Tag Silver Surfer

Covered 365: Day 250

Incredible Hulk #250, Marvel Comics, August 1980, Artist: Al Milgrom. I mentioned this in the comments of Day 248 but I thought I’d put it in the body of the post for the big Day 250. With the cover selections…

Covered 365: Day 93

Tales to Astonish #93 – Marvel Comics, July 1967 – Artist: Marie Severin. Such an iconic cover from Marie Severin. TTA #93 has always stood out in piles of Marvel Silver Age. Today in the Marvel U there are few…

Covered 365: Day 4

A great comic book cover matching each day of the year, 1 through 365. Please chime in with your favorite corresponding cover, from any era. Day 4 – Silver Surfer #4, Artist – John Buscema with inks from brother Sal…

Undervalued Spotlight #405

Defenders #8, Marvel Comics, September 1973. It’s been over a year since the last early Bronze Age Marvel has been featured on the Spotlight. I’m not sure how something like that happens but one is long overdue an I think…

Undervalued Spotlight #372

Fantastic Four Annual #5, Marvel Comics, November 1967 Comic Annuals have been a neglected collecting strain for years now but thanks to the “pick and choose” mentality of the new collectors and investors specific issues, if they can offer up…

The coming of The Defenders

This week in Arcs & Runs we turn our attention to the early beginnings and formation of the super-hero team: The Defenders. I used to think of this team as the group of super-heroes who weren’t invited to be an…

Undervalued Spotlight #356

Silver Surfer #3, Marvel Comics, December 1968 I wanted to feature this book a while ago but when I realized the market was already onto it I held off. Upon some reflection I’ve decided Silver Surfer #3 still has very…

Dan Slott

52 weeks. 52 different writers. 2 trade paperbacks or hardcovers a week.  Each week I’ll take a look at a different writer and read two different collected editions from within that person’s repertoire to help in the examination of their…

What to Buy

If you’re in this hobby to read books and be entertained, then far be it for me to tell you what you should be buying. The answer is simple: buy books you like and don’t let guys like me tell…

Undervalued Spotlight #251

Fantastic Four #48, Marvel Comics, March 1966 Young Mike Huddleston and I have been exchanging a few fun filled emails lately. We’ve been sending each other mini lists of books we think are overvalued. Mike and I both think this…

Fantastic Four 52-60

We are way overdue for more of the Fantastic Four.  We will continue where we left off way back in Arcs & Runs #2 with another super run from this team and issues 52 thru issue 60. Marvel may have…

Undervalued Spotlight #241

Avengers Annual #7, Marvel Comics, 1977 I was having dinner yesterday with the gang from the Big B comic shop in Hamilton. This is quite the brain trust of comic heads so I took advantage and asked “hey guys, what…

Undervalued Spotlight #232

Incredible Hulk #250, Marvel Comics, (August 1980) It’s been DC heavy on the Spotlight for the last little while so let’s feature a big fat Marvel. I came across this week’s Spotlight pick while pricing up a pile of comics…

Where Soars The Silver Surfer?

Funny you should ask. The new IDW Artists Edition of John Buscema’s Silver Surfer. That’s where! I have been eagerly awaiting this book since I heard about it when I was speaking with IDW about a year ago when they wanted to…

Big John Buscema…Hands Down!

As any regular readers of this column doubtlessly know, I am a huge fan of Big John Buscema. We are coming up on the 13th anniversary of his passing on January 10th, and I have been looking through some of my…

Emotional Assets and Failed Series

The two posts over the last week by Mike Huddleston “Why Did the Original Silver Surfer Run Fail” and “Comics as Emotional Assets” by R.J. Steinhoff both brought up some interesting thoughts for me. The Silver Age Surfer run for…

Why did the original Silver Surfer run fail? #1-18

A little more than two years after the first book hit the stands it was part of a Marvel wave of cancellations due to poor sales (Nick Fury, Doctor Strange, and The Silver Surfer) and suspensions (X-Men & Captain Marvel) and it was gone. I can’t say I was that sorry to see him go. What happened? There are a gazillion reasons and theories why the Surfer failed in his first solo effort. I will list some of my own reasons I thought the book failed and then we will take a look at the high’s and lows of the run itself. For anybody who thinks this run is not a failure I say this – when you are cancelled and the Sub-Mariner continues you have done something wrong.

Undervalued Spotlight #196

Love Diary #36, Charlton Comics, January 1965 This is a bit of a coup for the Undervalued Spotlight. I believe I’ve found a yet undiscovered prototype. I’m not sure you could even call it a prototype, to me it looks…

Arcs & Runs #2 | Fantastic Four 44-51

This instalment of Arcs & Runs will look at the most important run of comics in the silver age IMO. DC Showcase (revival of super-heroes - new Flash and Green Lantern) and The Amazing Spider-Man, both receive and deserve a lot of consideration as the most important run of the silver age. Spider-Man is easily the most popular character to emerge from the 60’s; however he may not have even happened if it weren’t for a comic called the Fantastic Four.

Undervalued Spotlight #186

Sub-Mariner #34 and #35, Marvel Comics, February and March 1971 Sub-Mariner #34 – dead. Sub-Mariner #35 – deader. Sub-Mariner the title – Deadest. There are comic books out there that are slower than they should be and Sub-Mariner #34 is…