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I buy cheap reader comics. I read them. I discuss them.

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AMAZING ADVENTURES #18 - It's All in a Name!

AMAZING ADVENTURES #18 - It's All in a Name! I was a pretty well-read 10-year-old kid, and I think comics may have had an opposite effect on me than it does most people. MOST collectors learned to read from comics. They didn't teach me to read, they made me lazy to read. Who needs books when you have pictures to spell it all out? I didn't STOP reading books of course, but when movies like War of the Worlds (1953) was shown on regular TV, how could I not be glued to the screen? Back in th

Chuck Gower

Chuck Gower

11/13/2019

HAWKMAN #25 - My Baby has a Temper!

HAWKMAN #25 - My Baby has a Temper! Here's another series I'm pretty clueless to, but this cover lured me in and, boy am I glad it did. It sort of has a 'Coop' (Devil Girl artist Chris Cooper) look to Dillin's art (even though Coop was born the year this came out!). Anyway, I dig it a great deal - the sexy green 'Death Goddess' (not sure why she's 'green' on the cover) - the flames  - Hawkman getting his butt kicked - the purple background...   (HAWKMAN #

Chuck Gower

Chuck Gower

11/12/2019

MARVEL TEAM-UP #12 - Wanna Play on the Bridge?

MARVEL TEAM-UP #12 - Wanna Play on the Bridge? Marvel Team-Up was the FIRST regular spin-off series for Spider-man (Spectacular Spider-man Magazine preceded it for two issues) and featured Spidey in all but 10 of its 150 issues and 1 of its 7 Annuals. Somewhere out there, someone has all 150 issues collected, but amazingly enough all SEVEN Annuals as well. I can picture the first one in my head (Spidey and the X-Men) but for the life of me can't remember the other 6. On

Chuck Gower

Chuck Gower

11/10/2019

LIFE WITH ARCHIE #109 (and #23) - Remembering Amnesia!

LIFE WITH ARCHIE #109 (and #23) - Remembering Amnesia! No, that isn't the cover to Life with Archie #109, it's the cover to Life with Archie #23. I'm starting this post off with it because it's another cool old comic I picked up for $1 at a recent show.   Featuring a fairly ho-hum cover (as far as Archie Comics and Life with Archie in particular goes) from the nevertheless under appreciated Bob White, the story inside (Sy Reit) isn't much to talk about either. However, it

Chuck Gower

Chuck Gower

11/07/2019

Superman's Girlfriend LOIS LANE #35 - Scheming Up and Teaming Up!

Superman's Girlfriend LOIS LANE #35 - Scheming Up and Teaming Up! Man, it’s amazing to me what comics I can find, beat up, in $1 bins! Another classic Superman/DC artist that I prefer to Curt Swan, the oft-forgotten Kurt Schaffenberger, here with an early 60’s ‘modern-ish’ theme. I really like the way he uses shadows and shading to show depth and perception. (Superman's Girl-Friend LOIS LANE #35 - Cover Dated August 1962 - on Newsstands June 26th, 1962 - cover art by Kurt Sc

Chuck Gower

Chuck Gower

11/06/2019

FANTASTIC FOUR #142 - It's a Thing Thang

FANTASTIC FOUR #142 - It's a Thing Thang One of the earlier comics I owned within the actual time frame it came out, I would’ve been 10 years old when SOMEONE made this available to me. The cover really stood out... and I would learn to really enjoy the personality and mannerisms of the Thing, one of the great characters of the Marvel Universe.   (FANTASTIC FOUR #142 - Cover Dated January 1974 - on Newsstands October 16th, 1973 - cover art signed by Buckler and Sinnott)

Chuck Gower

Chuck Gower

11/03/2019

The ATOM #27 - Funny Little Guy

The ATOM #27 - Funny Little Guy Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman survived the disappearance of Superheroes through most of the 50's, but DC's power was so strong during this period, that in July 1956 a re-vamped Flash hit the scene, followed by the Green Lantern 3 years later.  TWO YEARS after that (man things moved slowly back then), The Atom appeared in Showcase #34, an Atomic Age type of hero, firmly landing in the Silver Age of Comics. Culled from the concept of the Golden Age Ch

Chuck Gower

Chuck Gower

11/01/2019

DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #16 - What'd you call me?

DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #16 - What'd you call me?   (DEADLY HANDS of KUNG-FU #16 - Cover Dated Sept 1975 - on Newsstands August 7th, 1975 - cover art by Luiz Dominguez) Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #16 starts off with a painted cover by Luiz Dominguez. Not my favorite DHoKF cover, and certainly not my favorite Luiz Dominguez painted cover (that would be Dracula Lives #5), but... it conveys a scene from an interior story pretty well so... it's all good. I love this beat up co

Chuck Gower

Chuck Gower

10/31/2019

STRANGE TALES #174 - There Walks the GOLEM!

STRANGE TALES #174 - There Walks the GOLEM! One of the earlier comics I ever had was this Strange Tales #174 from the Spring of 1974.  (STRANGE TALES #174 - Cover Dated June 1974 - on Newsstands March 26, 1974 - cover art by Ernie Chan? John Buscema? Tony DeZuniga?) What a great cover and what a controversy surrounding who drew it!  I've read Gil Kane, Tony DeZuniga, John Romita, and Ernie Chan for pencils and then Ernie Chan, Tony DeZuniga, and John Romita

Chuck Gower

Chuck Gower

10/20/2019

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11/09/2019

METAL MEN #9 - The FIRST Quirky Team?

METAL MEN #9 - The FIRST Quirky Team? I'll be quite honest. I wan't really all that familiar with the Metal Men. But the research has been fun and I've learned a lot. And the issue I've read here (#9) was entertaining. These days, for $1 you can't beat it.   (METAL MEN #9 - Cover Dated Aug/Sept 1964 - on Newsstands June 25, 1964 - cover art by Ross Andru)   Many might think the Metal Men were some kind of rip off of the X-Men or the Marvel ‘team’ c

Chuck Gower

Chuck Gower

10/18/2019

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10/31/2019

Superman's Girl Friend LOIS LANE #98 - Romance Comics in Plain Sight

Superman's Girl Friend LOIS LANE #98 - Romance Comics in Plain Sight I'm going to warn you ahead of time - I may sound overly critical of Curt Swan's work here in this piece. I get that he was the definitive Superman artist for 2 1/2 decades. No question about that. But personally, I just never understood the huge fan love for his work, other than "I was 13 and these were my favorite comics." That I get. Going back and discovering his work after reading Neal Adams Superman stories? Hmmm...

Chuck Gower

Chuck Gower

10/17/2019

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10/19/2019