Comics History

It Came From the Back Room #21

Standard recap: I’m slowly going through AABC’s one-million-plus back-issue room, restocking the boxes on the sales floor and pulling stuff to sell as discount/overstock/special items. I’m going through the alphabet backwards (don’t ask), and at my speed, this amounts to a two-year project. This week, we’re continuing the letter “I,” and featuring the second half of The Invincible Iron Man. In our last episode, we got up to the end of Shellhead’s first run, which ended with issue #332, in 1996. If you’d like to see some high-end offerings of those early issues, check our stock here, here, here and … Continue reading

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It Came From the Back Room #20

Standard recap: I’m slowly going through AABC’s one-million-plus back-issue room, restocking the boxes on the sales floor and pulling stuff to sell as discount/overstock/special items. I’m going through the alphabet backwards (don’t ask), and at my speed, this amounts to a two-year project. This week, we’ve finally hit the letter “I,” and the first up is one of Marvel’s longest-running titles, and most popular movie stars: the Invincible Iron Man! Iron Man We can skip over much of Iron Man’s earlier years, since it’s not like there’s much in the way of discount issues available (although we’re now well stocked … Continue reading

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It Came From the Back Room #16

Standard recap: I’m slowly going through AABC’s one-million-plus back-issue room, restocking the boxes on the sales floor and pulling stuff to sell as discount/overstock/special items. I’m going through the alphabet backwards (don’t ask), and at my speed, this amounts to a two-year project. This week is brought to you by DC, who have the longest-running of all the “J” titles: Justice League of America This series started in 1960 (after a three-issue tryout in DC’s anthology title, The Brave and the Bold). The idea — get all of the company’s big guns into one team-up book — had proven successful with … Continue reading

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It Came From the Back Room #15

Standard recap: I’m slowly going through AABC’s one-million-plus back-issue room, restocking the boxes on the sales floor and pulling stuff to sell as discount/overstock/special items. I’m going through the alphabet backwards (don’t ask), and at my speed, this amounts to a two-year project. This week is brought to you by the letter “J”: Judge Dredd Joe Dredd, of Mega-City One, is a futuristic cop and a product of Great Britain, having first appeared in the British sf magazine 2000 A.D. in the late ’70s. Imagine a police force made up entirely of Clint Eastwood Dirty Harrys, all with the authority … Continue reading

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It Came From the Back Room #14

Standard recap: I’m slowly going through AABC’s one-million-plus back-issue room, restocking the boxes on the sales floor and pulling stuff to sell as discount/overstock/special items. I’m going through the alphabet backwards (don’t ask), and at my speed (even with school on holiday break right now), this amounts to a two-year project. This week, I’m on the letter “K,” and that means new old stuff from Marvel, DC and indy publishers out on the discount racks: Kull: This is the Marvel series from the ’70s, featuring Robert E. Howard’s other memorable barbarian character, and, like Conan, it benefited from memorable artists: on … Continue reading

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