Monthly Archives: October 2017

CBH Podcast Episode 5: 1966 Part 5/5: 1968, The Decline of Both Batmania & Old D.C, and the Rise of Carmine.

Alex Grand, Bill  Field, and Jim Thompson wrap up 1966 as Batmania declines and the Superhero glut is shown not to be the significant cash cow it used to be, Carmine Infantino uses corporate change at old DC, as an opportunity to change the creative face of their comics line by enabling the release of the old guard and replacing them with the new artists and writers that would transition into the bronze age.  What were the creative titles in 1968 that echoed these internal changes?  What does it mean for DC when its old pulp writer editors are replaced with next generation artists?  Can DC tap into nonsuperhero genres to soften the superhero crash after the moneymaking glut?

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CBH Podcast Episode 4: 1966 Part 4/5: The Superhero Glut in Tower Comics, Charlton, and Harvey Comics

Alex Grand, Bill  Field, and Jim Thompson discuss more aspects to 1966 and the superhero glut as it strikes Tower Comics, Charlton and Harvey Comics.  This episode also goes over where Wally Wood and Steve Ditko went after leaving Marvel in 1966, and how successful those lines showed to be, as well as Charlton Superhero… Continue Reading

CBH Podcast Episode 3: 1966 Part 3/5: The Marvel Age with guest historian, Barry Pearl aka Forbush Man

Alex Grand, Bill  Field, Jim Thompson, and special guest, Marvel historian and 4 time published author / co-author, Barry Pearl discuss more aspects to 1966 and its place in the 1960s Marvel Age.  This episode goes over the 1954 Comic Code Authority, the 1957 Atlas Implosion, and the 1966 Batman TV’s effect on Martin Goodman,… Continue Reading

CBH Podcast Episode 1: 1966 Part 1/5: Batmania, Cartoons and Merchandise

Alex Grand, Bill  Field and Jim Thompson discuss 1966 and its place in the Silver Age of Comic Books as well as Animation and Television Pop Culture in general.    Topics include the Batman 1966 show, the Spider-Man animated show, Dell Superhero Monsters, Captain Action, and more. ©Comic Book Historians   For reference, we highly… Continue Reading

Where does Superman come from? First Answer is …

by Jim Thompson The obvious answer is Krypton …  but that’s like asking for someone to recite the alphabet and only receiving an  “A” in response. Krypton is the DIEGETIC answer, meaning it’s the answer based solely on the subject TEXT, and not any outside determinants, such as authorship, the popular culture zeitgeist, literary antecedents,… Continue Reading

The Golden Age Movie Stars That Shaped the Face, Body and Look of the Comic Superhero by Alex Grand

The Golden Age Movie Stars That Shaped the Face, Body and Look of the Comic Superhero by Alex Grand

In previous episodes we discussed how both Newspaper Comic Strips and Pulp Fiction Stories pioneered the artistic choreography, story telling techniques, and fictional story plots of the first Comics books of the 1930s and 1940s.   There was a third very strong factor that went into the visualization of the early Comic Strips and Books that… Continue Reading

Fredric Wertham was more than just an Anti-Comic Caricature by Alex Grand

Fredric Wertham was more than just an Anti-Comic Caricature by Alex Grand

Fredric Wertham is notoriously known as the child psychiatrist who led an almost puritannical witch-hunt against the comic book industry.  His essays, and book, Seduction of the Innocent 1954 suggested that comics were a danger to children, and a direct cause of juvenile delinquency.  His efforts were not unilateral since there was a growing feeling… Continue Reading