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12/31/2004 I discuss COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1601, Stan Lee's SECRETS BEHIND THE COMICS, Robert Kanigher's HOW TO MAKE MONEY WRITING FOR COMICS MAGAZINES and SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOES #18. Also, how you can help victims of the South Asia earthquake and tsunamis.
12/30/2004 My commentary and review on the final act of BATMAN: WAR GAMES in specific and Batman in general.
12/29/2004 The closest to a Christmas column you're going to get from me this year.
12/22/2004 The Tony Poll results for "Naughty" or "Nice": BRAD MELTZER, BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, THE ATOM, THE SCARLET WITCH, Me (TONY ISABELLA), J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI, GWEN STACY, DAN DIDIO, BATMAN (as seen in the recent WAR GAMES), MARK EVANIER and HEIDI MacDONALD. Also the Tony Poll results for: What kind of gifts are you most likely to give a friend who also reads comic books?
12/16/2004 The second half of my Mid-Ohio-Con Report.
12/13/2004 I review the BATMAN: WAR GAMES issues BATMAN: THE 12-CENT ADVENTURE #1, DETECTIVE COMICS #797, BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #182, NIGHTWING #96, BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #56, ROBIN #129, BATGIRL #55, CATWOMAN #34 and BATMAN #631.
12/06/2004 The first half of my Mid-Ohio-Con Report.
12/03/2004 I review SUPERMAN/BATMAN #8-13, "The Supergirl From Krypton" storyline.
12/02/2004 I feature and discuss SUPERMAN #95.
12/01/2004 I present the TONY POLLS results for what DC and MARVEL title you would recommend if you could only recommend one.
11/25/2004 Happy Thanksgiving! Today, I discuss THE MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL which represents an important part of my career in comics, a career I owe pretty much to Roy Thomas. Thanks, Roy!
11/24/2004 For a little pre-Thanksgiving fun I feature WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES #2 and 135. Then I review DEAD@17: REVOLUTION #1 and JUGHEAD'S DOUBLE DIGEST #108. Also, two comic collections recommended as gifts by TV GUIDE. Finally, the TONY POLLS results for our series of INTERNET DEATH MATCH questions: DC vs Marvel's website, Newsarama vs. The Pulse's comic news sites, and Lying in the Gutters vs. All the Rage's gossip/news columns.
11/23/2004 I feature DENNIS THE MENACE #56 and review ARCHIE DIGEST #211, ARCHIE'S PALS 'N' GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #89, JUGHEAD WITH ARCHIE DIGEST #197 and B.A.B.E. FORCE: JURASSIC TRAILER PARK #1-2. Also, I point out the two comic creators and their respective graphic novels given props in Nov. 26's ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY.
11/22/2004 I give a Tony-centric low down for the upcoming MID-OHIO-CON.
11/21/2004 I review MAD #448, AMERICA: THE BOOK (A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO DEMOCRACY INACTION), BETTY AND VERONICA SPECTACULAR #68, JUGHEAD #161, SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH #62, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #142 and VERONICA #156. Also, some advice from DARK HORSE COMICS editor Scott Allie and THE SUPERHERO BOOK.
11/20/2004 I discuss COSMO THE MERRY MARTIAN #1-6, DEATHLOK #1-4, FANTASTIC FOUR #38-43, MS. TREE #10-50, SATAN'S SIX #1-4, THE SHADOW WAR OF HAWKMAN #1-4 and SILVER SURFER #1-7.
11/19/2004 I discuss ACTION COMICS #507-508 & 510-512, AKIKO #1-18, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #68-77, ANTHRO #1-6, THE AVENGERS #35-104 & ANNUAL #1-2, BLACK LIGHTNING #1-10 (first series) and BLACK LIGHTNING #1-8 (second series).
11/18/2004 I feature WILBUR #44 with some commentary on the cast and stories in this issue.
11/17/2004 I review THE INCREDIBLES, ARCHIE #552 and BETTY #142. Also, an email from a DC fan and TREMORS news.
11/15/2004 I have this overwhelming urge to write some sort of "mission statement" for this column.
11/12/2004 I review the DC COMICS PRESENTS Julius Schwartz tribute comics for BATMAN, MYSTERY IN SPACE, GREEN LANTERN, HAWKMAN, THE FLASH, SUPERMAN, THE ATOM and JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA.
11/11/2004 I review both the Burger King and DC Comics' edition BATMAN STRIKES! #1. Also, TV DEATHWATCH, TV MUST-WATCH and what I'm reading.
11/10/2004 Some commentary on politics and the election. Also, I feature GIRL ROMANCES #106, AMERICA (THE BOOK): A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO DEMOCRACY INACTION, BONE: THE ONE VOLUME EDITION, COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1600 and THE COMPLETE PEANUTES: 1953 TO 1954.
11/04/2004 NBM'S PAPERCUTZ DEBUTS HARDY BOYS AND NANCY DREW COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS and today, I have the scoop.
11/03/2004 I review PETE VON SHOLLY'S MORBID, feature HORRORA's mock replica Aurora kits and toss a good word in for HERE DOESN'T COME THE FLYING F***!
11/02/2004 The TONY POLLS results for when we asked readers who they would choose for President of the United States from a list of nineteen comics candidates.
11/01/2004 Some commentary on the upcoming election and a review for IN THE SHADOW OF NO TOWERS and TEAM AMERICA WORLD POLICE.
10/30/2004 Today, a BAD DAY FOR BUSH. I review THE BUSH JUNTA and FAHRENHEIT 9/11. Then mail I received regarding my political commentary.
10/29/2004 I feature ACTION COMICS #133 and discuss Superman a bit.
10/28/2004 I feature WILBUR and review WALKING TALL and THE WICKED WEST. Also, TV DEATHWATCH announces two more cancellations.
10/26/2004 I wish LARRY LIEBER a happy birthday and feature the RAWHIDE KID. I also review DETECTIVE COMICS #799, discuss a binlingual edition of HI AND LOIS called LALO Y LOLA, and share my thoughts about the current Riddler. Finally, I present the TONY POLL results for the questions drawing on SMALLVILLE.
10/25/2004 I feature UNDERDOG #4 and review BETTY #141 and GRIMJACK: KILLER INSTINCT #1. Also, how TONY POLL voters did on the TV DEATHWATCH, picking shows that would get the axe, and TONY'S MAILBOX prints and comments on a SMALLVILLE email.
10/24/2004 I feature ACTION COMICS #206 and #484 and let you know about a trio of Archie Comics issues shipping February: BETTY AND VERONICA SPECTACULAR #69, LAUGH DIGEST #200, and JUGHEAD WITH ARCHIE DIGEST #200. Then I review GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH and SOULSEARCHERS AND COMPANY #63-67.
10/23/2004 I congratulate the Boston Red Sox and review ARCHIE & FRIENDS #86, CONCRETE: THE HUMAN DILEMMA and KARAS #1. Also, THE GALLIFREYAN GAZETTE and a happy birthday to AGE OF BRONZE creator Eric Shanower. Finally, the TONY POLL results for questions regarding hree current cartoons based on DC Comics characters: JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED, TEEN TITANS and THE BATMAN.
10/21/2004 I review 2000 AD #1393-1406 and wish PAUL LEVITZ and JOHANNA DRAPER CARLSON a Happy Birthday. Then some info on my paperback books CAPTAIN AMERICA: LIBERTY'S TORCH and STAR TREK: THE CASE OF THE COLONIST'S CORPSE.
10/20/2004 I feature COMIC BUYER'S GUIDE #1599, MID-OHIO-CON and my kids. I review SAVED!
10/19/2004 I review CRAZY HIP GROOVY GO-GO WAY OUT MONSTERS #32.
10/18/2004 I feature the HI AND LOIS comic strip, which is 50 years old today. Then I review CATWOMAN #35 and BATMAN #632.
10/17/2004 In memory of IRV NOVICK, I feature CAPTAIN STORM #1. I review ROBIN #130 and BATGIRL #56 and present the TONY POLL results for: Which SUNDAY series do you think will be the first canceled?
10/16/2004 Today is Joe Sinnott's birthday and I feature STRANGE TALES #67. Then I review the MARVEL KNIGHTS 2099 titles: BLACK PANTHER 2099, DAREDEVIL 2099, INHUMANS 2099, MUTANT 2099, and PUNISHER 2099. Also, the TONY POLL results for: Which SATURDAY series do you think will be the first canceled?
10/15/2004 I feature CRIME DOES NOT PAY #98, review BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #57, and present the TONY POLL results for: Which THURSDAY and FRIDAY series do you think will be the first canceled?
10/14/2004 I review JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED, 2000 AD #1387, ATTACK OF THE POLITICAL CARTOONISTS: INSIGHTS & ASSAULTS FROM TODAY'S EDITORIAL PAGES, BIRTH OF A NATION: A COMIC NOVEL, GIVE OUR REGARDS TO THE ATOMSMASHERS!, POWERLESS, and SUPERMAN: THE WORLD'S FINEST COMICS ARCHIVES VOLUME 1.
10/13/2004 I feature SWING WITH SCOOTER #1 and wish my pal, Bob Ingersoll, a Happy Birthday. Next, I review FRANKENFISH and NIGHTWING #97. Finally, the TONY POLL results of: Which WEDNESDAY series do you think will be the first canceled?
10/12/2004 I discuss our loss of an American hero, CHRISTOPHER REEVE. Then I review BATMAN: WAR DRUMS, DETECTIVE COMICS #798, and BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #183. Also, the TONY POLL results for: Which TUESDAY series do you think will be the first canceled?
10/11/2004 I feature CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKOWN #60 and COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1598. Also, some Tony ESSENTIALs and TONY POLL results for: Which MONDAY series do you think will be the first canceled?
09/19/2004 I feature CRIME EXPOSED #8 and review ARCHIE'S DOUBLE DIGEST #155 and BETTY AND VERONICA DIGEST #150. Also the CAPA-ALPHA ANNIVERSARY, some upcoming COLLECTORS PRESS books, and TONY'S MAILBOX gets an email from GARY LEACH regarding his translation work on CERES: CELESTIAL LEGEND and other manga.
09/18/2004 The war has come to Medina, Ohio.
09/17/2004 I feature CRIME MUST LOSE! #12 and present the results of the TONY POLL questions that asked for your FAVORITE WRITER and EDITOR. Also, my reply to MICHAEL McCLELLAND's email on Neil Gaiman and Steve Gerber and RENEE PERRY's email on why she doesn't buy DC and Marvel reprints and on the comics she likes to read.
09/16/2004 My daughter Kelly turns 13 today! To celebrate, we talk about the things she likes... which apparently includes boys she finds "hot". My God, what have Sainted Wife Barb and I gotten into?!
09/14/2004 I review ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN COLLECTION and share a couple super Spidey stories. Then I review THWIP! #100, ARCHIE & FRIENDS #85, and ARCHIE DIGEST MAGAZINE #210. Also, I present the results for the TONY POLL questions that asked which dates would you choose for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2005 and which date would you choose for 2006 and beyond?
09/10/2004 I feature STARTLING STORIES and HOWARD CRUSE CENTRAL. Also, an email regarding movies based on comic books and my response.
09/09/2004 I open with HOWARD CRUSE and EDDIE SEDARBAUM's joyous occasion, their marriage, and discuss gay rights. Also, the TONY POLL results for FAVORITE PUBLISHER, FAVORITE CHARACTER, FAVORITE PENCILLER, FAVORITE INKER, and FAVORITE COMIC BOOK.
09/08/2004 I feature DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE and reply to an email regarding PASSION OF THE CHRIST. Also, DC TIMELINE online, Rufus Dayglo really is Rufus Dayglo and I reply to some questions regarding Jack Kirby.
09/07/2004 I feature YOUNG ALLIES #20 and review 15 MINUTES #1. I also mention a few more items from COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1597, a 20th Century Fox DVD ad, MARY WORTH and Mark Evanier's NEWS FROM ME.
09/06/2004 I review FLARE #1 and GOJIRA (the original 1954 Rialto Picture's GODZILLA film). I also present the TONY POLLS results that asked: In an average week, how many 32-page comics - mainstream or independent - do you buy? In a month, how many manga volumes do you buy? In a year, how many DC Archives do you buy? In a year, how many Marvel Essentials trade paperbacks do you buy? In a year, how many Marvel Masterworks hardcovers do you buy?
08/29/2004 I feature PRETTY GUARDIAN SAILOR MOON and review ALL STAR COMICS ARCHIVES VOL. 10, SUPERNATURAL LAW 101, and X-MEN UNLIMITED #4.
08/28/2004 I review the ASTONISHING X-MEN #1 and #2, GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA, GOTHAM CENTRAL: IN THE LINE OF DUTY, HENCH, WHAT DO WOMEN REALLY WANT? CHOCOLATE!, .REMOTE VOL. 1, THE BLACK FOREST, FIERCE #1, THE MILKMAN MURDERS #1, and SUPERHEROES IN MY PANTS.
08/27/2004 I feature an issue of ANDERS AND, the Danish language version of DONALD DUCK. Also, THE COMICS READER #121 and the demises of ATLAS COMICS, some notes on COMICS BUYERS GUIDE #1597's "Marvel's Top 10 Silver Age Moments" and a review of WALT DISNEY'S VACATION PARADE #1.
08/26/2004 I feature ADVENTURE COMICS #392 and share with you Alex Ness' list of comics trades he would most like to see.
08/25/2004 I feature SUPERBOY #117 and discuss the short-lived Atlas Comics line. Also, FOX TROT and some TONY STUFF.
08/24/2004 I feature WALT DISNEY'S SUMMER FUN 2 and the comic strip CLEATS. I also review MAJESTIC #1, ON THE ROAD TO PERDITION: DETOUR, TABLOIA WEEKLY MAGAZINE #572, and TOMMYSAURUS REX.
08/23/2004 Features a column-within-a-column regarding the inequity of African-American writers in comics today by Stephanie Brandford along with my own observations.
08/19/2004 I discuss COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1597 and review JUGHEAD #158 and #159. I also present the TONY POLLS results for which is more important, rights of real-life creators or status quo of fictional universes? Also, did readers give a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" for AVENGERS DISASSEMBLED, CATWOMAN, Comic-Con International, COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE's new format, and IDENTITY CRISIS?
08/18/2004 I feature ACTION COMICS #150 and review SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH #58 and #59, WALT DISNEY'S MICKEY MOUSE AND FRIENDS #265 and JANE'S WORLD #14. TONY'S MAILBOX brings up the Libertarian party.
08/17/2004 I review COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE #112, discuss the short lived 1950s publisher ALTAS COMICS and reminisce about THE COMIC READER #115.
08/16/2004 I review MOONSTONE NOIR: BULLDOG DRUMMOND.
08/15/2004 I review UNCANNY X-MEN #446 and #447.
08/14/2004 I review MICHAEL CHABON PRESENTS THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF THE ESCAPIST: VOLUME 1 and TONY'S MAILBOX receives a note from Michael I. Silberkleit, Archie Comics chairman and co-publisher, offering additional background on ARCHIE #550's story on grizzly bears.
08/13/2004 I review DORK TOWER #28 and TONY'S MAILBOX discusses catalog reports.
08/12/2004 I review CHEEKY ANGEL VOL. #1 and discuss some politics and the upcoming election.
08/11/2004 I review EXCALIBUR (vol. 2) #2 and #3.
08/10/2004 I discuss Isabella Rossellini and then review NORMALMAN TWENITIETH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL. Also, I present the results of the TONY POLLS that asked who thought was the greatest sci-fi legend on TV, when you started reading comic books, and what decade has the comic books you enjoy most.
08/09/2004 I feature SPIDER-MAN: THE '67 COLLECTION and review ARCHIE #550 and SIMPSONS COMICS #96. Also, TONY'S MAILBOX shares a letter from a fellow DOOM PATROL and CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN fan.
08/08/2004 I feature ALL-SUPRISE #1 and review ALTER EGO #37 and COMICS REVUE #219. Also, I discuss Mike Gold and some politics.
08/07/2004 I again admire THE GRAND COMICS DATABASE PROJECT who help me with today's cover story, THE MARVEL FAMILY #38. Also, some Archie Comics to expect in November and TONY'S MAILBOX shares a letter from someone discussing the "bang for your bucks" factor with comic books.
08/06/2004 I feature WEIRD COMICS #2, share with you Archie Comics' schedule, review BROTHER DESTINY #1, discuss FREAKS! HOW TO DRAW FANTASY CREATURES and present the TONY POLL results regarding the list of Emmy Awards nominees and asking you to vote on the outstanding drama series and the outstanding lead/supporting actors and actress in a drama series.
08/05/2004 I review the DR. CHAOS' COMIC CORNUCOPIA and B.A.B.E. FORCE: JURASSIC TRAILER PARK PREQUEL flipbook by Forcewerks for Free Comic Book Day.
08/04/2004 I get a little political and also feature GANG BUSTERS #60. Then, I review CATWOMAN: NINE LIVES OF A FELINE FATALE, DORK TOWER #28 and RAIJIN COMICS #28.
08/03/2004 Good feelings today and you get to hear about it. Then next, I review ARCHIE #549 and BATMAN: BROKEN CITY.
08/02/2004 I review BLOODHOUND #1, CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN #1 & #2 and JLA #100.
08/01/2004 Back to MY FIRST MARVELS with MY GREATEST ADVENTURE #85, CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN #35, ADVENTURE COMICS #317, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #25, ACTION COMICS #309 and THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #52.
07/31/2004 My COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE feature on the BETTY newspaper strip and reviews of THE STEVE DITKO READER 2, HOW LOATHSOME, THE CHRONICLES OF CONAN: THE SONG OF RED SONJA AND OTHER STORIES, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM SEED 1 and TEEN TITANS: A KID'S GAME.
07/30/2004 For today, I review 2000 AD EXTREME EDITION #24 and WORLD WAR 3 ILLUSTRATED #35.
07/29/2004 I review THE 4400 and touch on RESCUE ME. I'm watching FRANKENSTEIN, THE INVISIBLE MAN and BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN on Turner Classic Movies and I tell you about it. I also give you and comment on the TONY POLLS results from last week when I asked you to make your picks from nominees in the categories of outstanding comedy series, lead/supporting actors in a comedy series, and outstanding variety, music, or comedy series.
07/28/2004 We're back with a full-size column now that Justin is back from Comic-Con International. I review G-FAN #68, NEGIMA! MAGISTER NEGI MAGI VOL. 1-2, ROB HANES ADVENTURES 5-6, and DRAWING FAERIES. Also, I point out some must-haves for comics fans from Watson-Guptill Publications' fall/winter catalogue.
07/27/2004 Some brief explaining of my print vs. online review and then on to BATMAN ADVENTURES VOLUME 2: SHADOW & MASKS and DEAD@17: THE COMPLETE FIRST SERIES.
07/26/2004 I review COMIC PARTY VOLUME 1 and MAD MAGAZINE #443.
07/25/2004 An exercise in cinema levity with GODZILLA VS. KING GHIDORAH.
07/24/2004 A little recollecting on TOT for looong time readers, then I review FELIX'S TOTALLY WACKY NEWS #1 and IDENTITY CRISIS #1.
07/23/2004 I review MEN OF MYSTERY #46 and SHONEN JUMP #18.
07/22/2004 The TonyPoll results for Comic-Con International related questions along with my comments.
07/21/2004 I review DISTRICT X #1 and EXCALIBUR #1.
07/20/2004 I make some special notes on COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE 1696 and review ELVIRA, MISTRESS OF THE DARK #133.
07/19/2004 Behold Computo, the god of online comics fandom! My frustrations with the Internet brings us to ADVENTURE COMICS #341 and the introduction of Computo.
07/18/2004 Today's "My First Marvel's" recollect's "The Return of Zarrko, the Tomorrow Man" in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #101, "The Master Plan of Doctor Doom" in FANTASTIC FOUR #23, and ""The Return of the Eel" in STRANGE TALES #117.
07/17/2004 The trip down memory lane continues as "My First Marvels" takes us to my first Spider-Man comic with AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
07/16/2004 "My First Marvels" continues with ADVENTURE COMICS #316, BATMAN ANNUAL #6, GREEN LANTERN #26, HOUSE OF SECRETS #64, JIMMY OLSEN #74, SUPERMAN #166, and SUPERMAN ANNUAL #8.
07/15/2004 My thoughts on SPIDER-MAN 2 and the final TONY POLLS results for the questions I asked my readers on this summer blockbuster.
07/14/2004 Is there anything good on TV? I review THE DAILY SHOW, THE DEAD ZONE, MONK and NYPD 24/7. Also, the TONY POLLS results and my comments from when I ask readers to grade 24, ALIAS, CSI: MIAMI, ENTERPRISE, JUSTICE LEAGUE, STATIC SHOCK and THE SIMPSONS.
07/13/2004 I give you my impressions of RAIJIN COMICS #7-25 and the variety of Japanese comics reprinted in these issues: THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF JAPAN, FIST OF THE BLUE SKY, SLAM DUNK, BOMBER GIRL, CITY HUNTER, BAKI THE GRAPPLER, GUARDIAN ANGEL GETTEN, REVENGE OF MOUFLON, AMERICAN DREAM, THE CLIMBER'S SAGA, BOW WOW WATA, AND KEIJI.
07/12/2004 I review AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #506-507, CAPTAIN MARVEL #19-23, WALT DISNEY'S DONALD DUCK AND FRIENDS #316, JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE #218, and the poll results for your favorite cult show ever.
07/11/2004 The series "My First Marvels" brings us back to "The Hulk and Sub-Mariner Vs. The Avengers" in AVENGERS #3. Then the Human Torch battles The Thing "In the Clutches of the Puppet Master" and "Return to the Nightmare World" with Doctor Strange in STRANGE TALES #116.
07/10/2004 This column's "My First Marvels" tells tales of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #23 with "Drones of the Queen Bee" and ADVENTURE COMICS #314's "The Super-Villains of All Ages" and "My Son, the Boy of Steel".
07/09/2004 "My First Marvels" reminisces on STRANGE TALES #114. Plus, I review UNCLE SCROOGE #330, COLONIA #9, and CSI: MIAMI - THOU SHALT NOT.
07/08/2004 Today, "My First Marvels" moves on to FANTASTIC FOUR #20 with "The Mysterious Molecule Man!" by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
07/07/2004 The "My First Marvels" series continues with the comic book that changed my life, FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #1. Plus: I review the fanzine's COMIC EFFECT #39, DCU: THE MAG FOR THE DC FAN #1, CTHULHU ARCANU, PHANTASCAPE #0, MAD SCIENTIST #9, and OFFICIAL POPEYE FAN CLUB NEWS-MAGAZINE.
07/06/2004 The nostalgia continues as I write about my all-time favorite Superman comic book, SUPERMAN #156. Plus, ACTION COMICS #293 with Comet the Super-Horse, ADVENTURE COMICS #301, and the first "Challengers Mail Chute" in CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN #28.
07/05/2004 This column launches a new series of comics commentary and history, "My First Marvels" starting with FANTASTIC FOUR #7, which will be running all month, alternating with looks at the DC comics I was reading at the time. Also, my look at the new monthly Comics Buyer's Guide magazine, my new ratings scale, and Godzilla.
07/04/2004 For Independence Day, I feature SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOES #13. I explain why I don't write about political issues as often as I once did and review TALES OF THE VAMPIRES #5.
07/03/2004 Features my COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE review of TALES OF THE VAMPIRES #4, SMALLVILLE VOL. 1, DODGE'S BULLETS, SHE-HULK #1 & #2, and THE HARVEYVILLE FUN TIMES #55.
07/02/2004 I review SPIDER-GIRL #74 and #75.
07/01/2004 I feature ADVENTURE COMICS #340. I review CLASSIC ILLUSTRATED JUNIOR #563: THE WISHING WELL, OPTIC NERVE #9, SPIDER-GIRL #73, and UNCLE SCROOGE #329. Tony's Mailbox prints letters about my review of old romance comics and collecting original art.
06/26/2004 Happy birthday to my son, Eddie Isabella. In honor of my Eddie, today's column is a showcase of classic SUPERBOY covers from the 1950s and 1960s.
06/25/2004 I review UNCANNY X-MEN #445.
06/24/2004 I feature CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN #11. I review LIBERTY MEADOWS #36, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #57, and UNCANNY X-MEN #444. IT'S A BIRD and more in Tony's Mailbox.
06/23/2004 I review the BATMAN: HARLEY AND IVY mini-series.
06/22/2004 I feature TALES OF SUSPENSE #58 and TALES TO ASTONISH #60. I review ARCHIE'S PALS 'N' GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #84, BATMAN ADVENTURES VOL. 1: ROGUES GALLERY, and B.P.R.D.: PLAGUE OF FROGS.
06/17/2004 I feature Jim Aparo's Aquaman vs. Weather Wizard art and review ARCHIE DIGEST MAGAZINE #207, BACK ISSUE #4 and SIMPSONS COMICS PRESENTS BART SIMPSON #17. And Tony's Mailbox offers some thoughts on TALES TO ASTONISH and Ant-Man/Giant-Man.
06/15/2004 I feature TALES TO ASTONISH #59 and I review 2000 AD #1383-1386, ACTION COMICS #816, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #628, ARCHIE & FRIENDS #82, ATOMIC MOUSE #3 and the AVENGERS/THUNDERBOLTS: THE NEFARIA PROTOCOL mini-series.
06/14/2004 I feature WALT DISNEY'S VACTION PARADE #3 and review 24 HOUR COMICS. Also, Al Davison's big weekend and Tony's Mailbox revisits THE ADAM STRANGE ARCHIVES again.
05/31/2004 Memorial Day. It's a day to remember those who have died in service to our nation, those whose sacrifices should be honored on each and every day. I reflect back on some Sgt. Rock stories.
05/29/2004 Featurings my COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE commentary on PATSY WALKER #99 and LOVE ROMANCES #84 and #86. To this I've added the answer to the CBG QUESTION OF THE WEEK regarding what I, a curent CBG reader, would say to new readers and TONY'S MAILBOX.
05/27/2004 Features an email to me from Stan Lee regarding my review of his JUST IMAGINE comics and my COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE review of THE GOON: ROUGH STUFF, NEVER ENDING SUMMER, MY FLESH IS COOL and COMMON GROUNDS. To this, I've added new material including the answer to the CBG QUESTION OF THE WEEK regarding what original art I collect, Milo George's blog, my secret shame, and a letter from Craig Boldman for TONY'S MAILBOX.
05/25/2004 I feature TALES TO ASTONISH #41 and then discuss computer woes, health problems and the weather. I also feature a comics related BLOG OF THE DAY, a sample of my READ ROOM REVIEWS with MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #6 and the results for the TONY POLLs asking which Universal Studios movie monsters is your favorite and for a thumbs up or thumbs down on some SUPERMAN titles.
05/19/2004 Features my COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE review of AVENGERS/JLA #4, BACK ISSUE #3, DEMO #1-5, G-Fan #67, and WINSOR McCAY: EARLY WORKS II. To this I've added new material including comments on DC's aquisition of North American publishing rights to Judge Dredd, my answer to "What's your favorite comic strip? Why?", and last week's TONY POLL result.
05/17/2004 I feature WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #103 and I review SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES and SUPERMAN/BATMAN #7-9. I ask a Supergirl question and for Superman review suggestions.
05/13/2004 I'm in a Superman state of mind. I review SUPERMAN #107, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #627, SUPERMAN #204, and ACTION COMICS #815. I also make a correction regarding a STAN GOLDBERG cover attribution.
05/11/2004 Features my Comics Buyer's Guide commentary on naming your car. To this, I've added new material including the TONY POLLS results for questions conerning DC's forthcoming Julius Schwartz tribute comics.
05/09/2004 Happy Mother's Day! To celebrate, I feature SUPERBOY #8.
05/07/2004 Features my Comics Buyer's Guide reviews of THE COMPLETE PEANUTS: 1950 TO 1952, THE ADAM STRANGE ARCHIVES: VOLUME 1, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #505, AVENGERS/THUNDERBOLTS #2, and SEVEN OF SEVEN: VOLUME THREE. To this, I've added new material.
05/06/2004 Today is the birthday anniversary of Orson Welles so I feature SUPERMAN #62. I review the SHONEN JUMP titles DRAGON BALL Z, SHAMAN KING, HIKARU NO GO, YUYU HAKUSHO, NARUTO, ONE PIECE, and YU-GI-OH! I also present the TONY POLLS results for our readers' favorite Steve Englehart series.
05/05/2004 Happy Birthday, Stan Goldberg! I talk about Stan and feature STRANGE TALES #26. I review ARCHIE #547, DONALD DUCK AND FRIENDS #315, MICKEY MOUSE AND FRIENDS #264, and SIMPSONS COMICS #93.
04/29/2004 Features my COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE commentary about STRANGE SCHWARTZ STORIES and review of BATMAN #624, THE FLASH #207, HAWKMAN #25, JLA #93, and SUPERMAN #202. To this, I've added new material including the CBG QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK: Who created your favorite comics character? and the TONY POLLS results on JLA/AVENGERS, BATMAN: WAR GAMES, and the HELLBOY movie.
04/28/2004 Happy Birthday, Dick Ayers! I features some of my favorite Dick Ayers covers: THE GHOST RIDER #7, THE DURANGO KID #18, TWO-GUN KID #77, SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS #34, and THE GHOST RIDER #1. Also, I review BEST OF THE WEST #39 and #40.
04/27/2004 I review 2000 AD #1377-1382, 2000 AD EXTREME EDITION #3, and JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE #217.
04/26/2004 I feature CRIMES BY WOMEN and review FAIRY TALES OF OSCAR WILDE VOLUME 4: THE DEVOTED FRIEND/THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE ROSE, DRAW MANGA VILLAINS, and MARVEL 1602. Also, I introduce my new regular feature, WWTD.
04/24/2004 Sometimes it's best to let the pictures do the talking. A cavalcade of classic (and not-so-classic) comic-book covers featuring Wonder Woman in duplicate.
04/23/2004 I decided today had to be a NAKED ON ROLLER SKATES kind of day and I discuss Maxwell Bodenheim and review the DC FOCUS title by Steve Gerber, HARD TIME.
04/22/2004 I wish a happy birthday to Stainless Steve Englehart, one of our favorite comics writers. In addition, I review ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR and KNIGHTS 4.
04/21/2004 I announce the new COMIC BUYER'S GUIDE format changes and have an interview regarding them.
04/20/2004 In this installment your find the classic Silver Age cover to GUNSMOKE WESTERN #65, the ground rules for future political discussions, a long review of ACTION COMICS #814, the results of our TONY POLLS on what you'd like to see more of, and other stuff.
04/18/2004 My thoughts of Stilt-Man and I continue my review of the various stories in RAIJIN COMICS including THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF JAPAN, GUARDIAN ANGEL GETTEN, REVENGE OF MOUFLON, and THE BAREFOOT CLIMBER. In addition, I discuss Nick Simon's SILVER AGE MARVEL COMICS COVER INDEX and Stan Lee's SECRETS BEHIND THE COMICS.
04/17/2004 I discuss Bruce Brenner's VINTAGE PAPERBACKS website and review the various stories in RAIJIN COMICS including SLAM DUNK, FIRST OF THE BLUE SKY, CITY HUNTER, BOMBER GIRL, and BAKI THE GRAPPLER. In addition I run and reply to Craig Shutt's response to my review of his book, BABY BOOMER COMICS.
04/16/2004 Features my Comics Buyer's Guide commentary on Dave Cockrum and Marvel's agreement and reviews of CARTOON CARTOONS VOL. 1: NAME THAT TOON, CARTOON CARTOONS VOL 2: THE GANG'S ALL HERE, AVENGERS/THUNDERBOLTS #1, CHOSEN #1, and TOMB RAIDER: THE SERIES #35-#36. To this I've added new material including CGB Question of the Week and Tony's Mailbox.
04/15/2004 I discuss Tom Sutton and review CHARLTON SPOTLIGHT #3, ARCHIE'S MYSTERIES #34, and ECLIPSE & VEGA #3. In addition, I talke about Gerry Boudreau, Lee Barnett's blog, and an itch I'll need to scratch sooner or later.
04/14/2004 I discuss AIR ACE and review IRON FIST #1 and PVP #6. In addition, I comment on the recent nicknames for comic books: "floppies" and "pamphlets", FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, Clifford Meth's "Past Masters" column on Dave Cockrum, and David Yurkovich's column on WAR IS HELL, a series I created for Marvel Comics in the 1970s.
04/13/2004 Features my Comics Buyer's Guide review of TALES OF ORDINARY MADNESS, THE O'NEIL OBSERVER #5, JLA #94, ARCHIE #546, and TESHUVAH, PROPHETS OF JAH. This this I've added new material including my comics buying habits, a new venture for a comics industry veteran, and a long-time comics fan who lost her collection to the fire which destroyed her house.
04/12/2004 Features my Comics Buyer's Guide commentary on quotes and reviews of COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE #109, MARVEL AGE: SPIDER-MAN #1, 2 TO THE CHEST #1, ROGUES #1, HEROES ANONYMOUS #4, and SEVEN OF SEVEN. To this I've added new material including the results of our X-Men TONY POLLS questions and other stuff.
03/30/2004 I discuss THE COPACETIC GALLERY, THE AUTHENTIC HISTORY CENTER, THE TIMELY-ATLAS MAILING LIST, BATMAN: DETECTIVE NO. 27 and THE AMAZING TRUE STORY OF A TEENAGE SINGLE MOM.
03/27/2004 Features my Comics Buyer's Guide comments on naming one's car and my review of RUROUNI KENSHIN VOL. 1, ZACHERLEY'S MIDNITE TERRORS, BETTY AND VERONICA #198, and PHANTOM JACK #1. To this I'ved added new material including Comics For 4-Year-Olds, Dave Cockrum and Tony's Mailbox.
03/25/2004 I discuss INTERNATIONAL DAVE COCKRUM DAY and review 2000 AD EXTREME EDITION #2 and JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE #213-216.
03/22/2004 Features my Comics Buyer's Guide review THE PULSE #1, THE LOSERS: ANTE UP, and TALES OF THE VAMPIRES #1-3. To this I've added new material including favorite publishers (asking for your's, telling you mine), Charlton Comics, online recommendations, and where else you can find my work.
03/18/2004 Today is International Dave Cockrum Day!
03/17/2004 I discuss Manga, Britian's 2000 AD PROG 2004 and 2000 AD #1371-1375, and our March moron of the month.
03/16/2004 Features my Comics Buyer's Guide tips for selling Manga and reviews of Yu Watasa's CERES: CELESTIAL LEGEND VOL. 1: AYA and ALICE 19TH VOLUME 1: LOTUS MASTER. To this, I've added over 2000 words of new material on convention plans, manga, and comics shop management.
03/06/2004 Features my Comics Buyer's Guide thoughts on what I look for in a comics shop and reviews of THE BRISTOL BOARD JUNGLE, DESPERATE TIMES #0, GIANT ROBOT WARRIORS, LIBERTY MEADOWS #35, THE MARC SILVESTRI SKETCHBOOK, REX MUNDI #8 and a brief revisit to JLA: ZATANNA'S SEARCH. To this, I've added new material including an Addendum, Baby Boom, In The Newspapers, and Tony Stuff.
03/05/2004 Features a cool cover from the Golden Age of Comics, gorillas in comics news, and I review EERIE QUEERIE! and Oscar Night.
03/04/2004 I talk about Jimmy Gownley's AMELIA RULES and review BABY BOOMER COMICS: THE WILD, WACKY, WONDERFUL COMIC BOOKS OF THE 1960S. Also, a new bit from the "My Back Pages" files about the Marvel black-and-white magazines of the 1970s.
03/03/2004 Features my Comics Buyer's Guide tribute to Julius Schwartz.
03/02/2004 Features my Comics Buyer's Guide review of WORDS OF WONDER: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF OTTO BINDER, JLA: ZATANNA'S SEARCH, and THE HARVEYVILLE FUN TIMES. To this, I've added new material including an Addendum, ALTER EGO, GOD'S 15 MINUTES, In The News, and Tony's Mailbox.
03/01/2004 Features my Comics Buyer's Guide commentary on AMERICAN SPLENDOR and Harvey Pekar being named "Clevelander of the Year" plus my reviews of HEAVEN'S WAR, GRAPHIC CLASSICS: MARK TWAIN, VERTICAL and BLOOD STREAM #1. To this I've added new material on topics including the new Marvel Age comics, the Dave Cockrum tribute book, my most memorable comics romance stories, Mel Gibson's new movie, gay marriage, THE DEATH AND LIFE OF SUPERMAN, and what's coming in future installments of TOT.
02/07/2004 Features my Comics Buyer's Guide review of DICK GIORDANO: CHANGING COMICS, ONE DAY AT A TIME, BLACKSAD, LAST EXIT BEFORE TOLL, LEX TALIONIS: A JUNGLE TALE, and LEGACY OF KAIN: DEFIANCE #1. In the all-new section of the column, I talk about a big eBay story, my own good experiences on eBay, the newest issue of ALTER EGO, and the ongoing monthly challenges wherein you can win cool stuff.
01/29/2004 The third and final part of a Comics Buyer's Guide series on FREE COMIC BOOK DAY reviewing the giveaways LEAVE IT TO CHANCE: THE SERIES, METALLIX #1, PEANUTBUTTER & JEREMY, ROCKET COMICS: IGNITE #1, COURTNEY CRUMRIN & THE NIGHT THINGS, SKINWALKER, SLAVE LABOR STORIES, TRANSFORMERS ARMADA #1, ULTIMATE X-MEN #1, WALT DISNEY'S DONALD DUCK ADVENTURES, WAY OF THE RAT FREE COMIC BOOK DAY SPECIAL. To this, I've add new material answering the CBG question of what super-power I would like to have...reviewing COURTNEY CRUMRIN IN THE TWILIGHT KINGDOM #1...and giving you a final chance to take part in three TOT challenges, the winner of which will receive fame and free stuff.
01/27/2004 The second part of a Comics Buyer's Guide three-column series on FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, discussing the event and reviewing the giveaways CHRISTA SHERMOT'S 100% GUARANTEED HOW-TO MANUAL FOR GETTING ANYONE TO READ COMIC BOOKS, COURTNEY CRUMRIN AND THE NIGHT THINGS FREE COMIC BOOK DAY EDITION, RANK MILLER'S ROBOCOP/STARGATE SG-1 FCBD EDITION, KEENSPACE SPOTLIGHT 2003, KEENSPOT SPOTLIGHT 2003, and LANDIS #0. To this I've added an ADDENDUM and reviews of 2000 AD and PLAYBOY.
01/24/2004 The first part of a Comics Buyer's Guide three-column series on FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, discussing the event and reviewing the FREE COMIC BOOK DAY giveaways starting with ALTERNATIVE COMICS, ARCHIE FREE COMIC BOOK DAY EDITION, AVATAR GRAPHIC NOVEL SAMPLER, BATMAN ADVENTURES #1 and THE BEST OF DORK STORM #1. New and also included, I take issue with CBG's choices for the top ten comics news stories of 2003 and offer my own choice for the top story.
01/22/2004 Features my Comics Buyer's Guide review of ON THE ROAD TO PERDITION: SANCTUARY, JLA: LIBERTY AND JUSTICE, DISHING HOLLYWOOD, and BATGIRL #45.
01/17/2004 Features some New Year's resolutions and my COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE review of BATMAN: CHILD OF DREAMS, THE BLOODY STREETS OF PARIS, LA/AVENGERS #3, and HEROES ANONYMOUS #2. To this, I've added new material on my picks for the best comics movies and on how I see the Batman.
01/03/2004 Features a heartwarming holiday story from my Comics Buyer's Guide column plus my reviews of 2000 AD EXTREME EDITION #1, ARCHIE & FRIENDS #77, CARTOON CARTOONS #23, GENE POOL, and JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE. To this, I've added new material. Specifically, my "predictions" of the top comics news stories of 2004.
01/01/2004 Happy New Year! I invite you to change my life, rock my world, spread the word, and get something out of it.

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