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Fresh Eyes on Old Books #34 by Dan!

And we’re back! I’m taking a break from the bizarre-ness of the Cardinals game (we all know they’re going to lose) to bring you this new round of comics reviews. Let’s do this! Green Lantern #40 from 1965 So this is one of the first crossovers between Earth 1 and Earth 2. It’s… interesting. This gives an entire origin to the Guardians that involves a character named Krona. They basically punished Krona for trying to figure out where they came from. Basically, they banished him from existence for trying to learn about history. The Guardians have always been a bunch … Continue reading

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It Came From the Back Room #33

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 semester in full gear), this amounts to a two-year project.  This week, the focus continues to be on the letter “F,” and on discount comics featuring a series that Marvel has frequently billed as “The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine” — the Fantastic Four. Fantastic Four — Volume One The FF was Marvel’s first Silver Age superhero book, of course, … Continue reading

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It Came From the Back Room #31

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 semester in full gear), this amounts to a two-year project.  This week, the focus continues to be on the letter “F,” and on discount comics featuring the Fastest Man Alive: The Flash Volume One Discounted issues from Volume One of the comic don’t come up a lot here — there are a few dozen lower-condition books below issue #300, … Continue reading

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It Came From the Back Room #29

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 nearing the end of the letter “G,” and that means one of Marvel’s weirder creations: Ghost Rider This was part of the early-’70s horror boom, which saw vampires, zombies, werewolves and other creatures of the night all suddenly popular, and all jostling for comics-rack space (not to mention magazine-rack exposure, as Marvel’s black-and-white horror … Continue reading

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