Back Issues


One of the great passions of my life is comic books, superheroes, and collecting graphic novels. I grew up reading mostly Batman and Spider-Man stories but I have an affinity for characters and stories published not just by DC Comics and Marvel Comics but also the likes of Image Comics and Dark Horse Comics. Back Issues gives me a format to explore a variety of comics on a semi-consistent basis, with new articles written every other month or so (or whenever I get the urge).

When discussing comic books, I employ a simple tier-based rating system to recommend that a comic or storyline is to be coveted, read, or simply burned. While I do go into the background and development of the story, and employ no restraint on spoilers, the review is much more of a reflection on the comic’s narrative and presentation rather than judging the artwork or creative process.


Back Issues [Venom’s Debut]: The Amazing Spider-Man #300

In May 1984, within The Amazing Spider-Man #252, Peter Parker/Spider-Man debuted a striking new, black costume; Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8 revealed how he acquired it during the “Secret Wars” event but it wasn’t until some four years later that the true nature of the organic costume came to be known. In actuality, it … Continue reading Back Issues [Venom’s Debut]: The Amazing Spider-Man #300

Back Issues [Robin Month]: Detective Comics #38

In April of 1940, about a year after the debut of arguably their most popular character, Bruce Wayne/Batman, DC Comics debuted “the sensational find of [that year]”, Dick Grayson/Robin. Since then, Batman’s pixie-boots-wearing partner has changed outfits and a number of different characters have assumed the mantle as the Dynamic Duo of Batman and Robin … Continue reading Back Issues [Robin Month]: Detective Comics #38

Back Issues [Batman’s Debut]: Detective Comics #27

Although the twenty-seventh issue of Detective Comics was cover-dated May 1939, the issue was actually released in March 1939, meaning that it was in this month that readers were first introduced to perhaps DC Comics’ most popular character, the Batman. Accordingly, March is the perfect time to celebrate the Caped Crusader and his iconic debut. … Continue reading Back Issues [Batman’s Debut]: Detective Comics #27

Back Issues [Iron Man’s Debut]: Tales of Suspense #39

Anthony “Tony” Stark/Iron Man first lived, walked, and conquered in the pages of Tales of Suspense #39, published in March 1963 and brought to life by Marvel mastermind Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Don Heck. Since then, ol’ shellhead has gone through numerous different armours, served on Marvel’s premier super team, the Avengers, struggled with … Continue reading Back Issues [Iron Man’s Debut]: Tales of Suspense #39

Back Issues [Captain America’s Debut]: Captain America Comics #1

First appearing in March 1941, Marvel Comics’ star-spangled super soldier, Steve Rogers/Captain America, has become one of Marvel’s most recognisable and celebrated characters not just for his super patriotism or for famously punching out Adolf Hitler, but also for being a prominent member and leader of Marvel’s premier super team, the Avengers. Having successfully made … Continue reading Back Issues [Captain America’s Debut]: Captain America Comics #1

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