Comics History

It Came From the Back Room #4

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 (especially with the school year now in full gear), this amounts to a two-year project. I’ve currently finished the letter “N” and started on the indy “M” books. Here are some of the titles I’ve been encountering: The Nam First published in 1986, The ‘Nam was that rarest of birds: a realistic, well-written war comic. Writer Doug Murray and editor Larry Hama were … Continue reading

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Fresh Eyes on Old Books #3 by Dan!

After Scott Pilgrim blew my mind this weekend, is there anything 40+ year old comics can do to be better?  I’m not sure, but let’s find out! Justice League of America #19 from 1963 Another team book?  Absolutely.  The 60’s was a time to let the world buy whatever they wanted, but then trick them into getting more!  This issue has a little bit of everything for JLA fans.  We get Snapper Carr, Doctor Destinty and plenty of ridiculous hijinks.  The issue itself was… interesting?  I’m not sure if that’s quite the right word.  Sometimes I honestly had no idea … Continue reading

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Fresh Eyes on Old Books #2 by Dan!

So here’s your second dose of my opinion of old stuff.  Yes, this stuff is much much older than I am, but on the internet, everyone gets an opinion! Iron Man #5 from 1968 I never get tired of Stan Lee.  Though this issue is written by Archie Goodwin, the effects of Lee’s editing run heavily throughout.  This issue is especially interesting because it supposedly takes place in a seperate reality, and by the end of it, Tony Stark is right back where he started.  So what does that mean?  Iron Man #5 didn’t even remotely worry about continuity or … Continue reading

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It Came From the Back Room #1

So, as Dan mentioned last week, we’re changing up some of the columns here at AABC.  Mostly, the whole “Stuff I Read and Put Back” deal was, after three years, getting old — too many mediocre comics, without much to say about them. Better to have one set of “new” reviews each week, and concentrate on the good stuff, while saving the mockery for just the two or three books bad enough to deserve it. That only accounts for one column a week, though. What to do for another? Well, as most of you know, my function at the store … Continue reading

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Fresh Eyes On Old Books #1 by Dan!

So here’s my second entry of the week.  In “Fresh Eyes On An Old Book” I’ll take a look at some Silver Age books, let you know what’s going on in ’em, and what I think.  Let’s do this! Sgt. Rock’s Prize Battle Tales #1 from 1964 So I’ve never been a huge fan of army books, but I’m willing to take the dive just to fill you guys in on what you need to know.  This 80 page giant is a serious rarity being the only Sgt. Rock or army book to have an 80 page giant (all the … Continue reading

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