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Author Archives: Paul O'Connor

“Q” Is For …

… The Question! (1987)

Not a lot of “Q’s” out there, folks!

I did actually read and collect the Question … I had a dozen of the books, so I must of liked it. But the book is a (wait for it) question mark for me. I don’t remember a thing about it, and the issues went out in one of my many purges.

What did I miss? Or is there some other “Q” I should pursue? Tell me in the comments, below!

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“P” Is For …

… Power Man & Iron Fist! (1978)

I was fostered into this book.

Power Man wasn’t a book I followed, but I was definitely an Iron Fist fan. When Iron Fist was spliced into Power Man as an experiment to improve the sales of both lagging books, I was spliced into Power Man, too. I’d be lying if I said my time with the book lasted much beyond the departure of Claremont and Byrne, but I did enjoy the team-up, and the friendship that developed between the heroes (and grew into one of the great partnerships in all of Marvel).

Returning to this book to more thoroughly enjoy the run is perpetually near the top of my “to read” pile. Should I do it? Should I pursue some other “P” book? Let me know!

Honorable Mentions:

  • Paper Girls (2015)
  • Power Girl (2009)

Check out the complete Longbox Graveyard Comics A-To-Z HERE!

“O” Is For …

… Our Army At War! (1952)

And this is kind of a cheat. When I say, “Our Army At War,” I really mean, “Sgt. Rock.” I don’t think I’ve read much else from the series.

(I did write a Haunted Tank chapter for an academic horror anthology a couple years ago … but I don’t think the Haunted Tank appeared in this series).

All of which is to say that the “O’s” are pretty thin. Same can be said of the next several letters. I need your help today, and into early next week, to help me find those hidden gems. If you have suggestions, now is the time. Shout ‘em out!

Honorable Mentions:

  • The Omega Men (2015)
  • Omega The Unknown (1976)

Read more about Our Army At War at Longbox Graveyard:

Check out the complete Longbox Graveyard Comics A-To-Z HERE!

“N” Is For …

… The New Gods! (1971)

I’m going to cheat a bit here and include all of Kirby’s Fourth World under this entry. The New Gods is very good on its own, but it gets even better when you mix in the rest of Kirby’s Fourth World work into a single story (particularly Mister Miracle, another favorite book that got caught up in yesterday’s pile-up).

My hardcover copies of DC’s four-volume Fourth World Omnibus is one of the prize parts of my collection — not because they are especially valueable (though they may well be) but because I delight in taking them down from the shelf more than any other collection. I do a cover-to-cover re-read once every couple years, and I always find something new. I also drop in for a story or two in between my re-reads, and am always thrilled to spend an evening with Terrible Turpin, or revisiting The Pact. Truly, this is a series that burns off more incredible ideas on a single page than many books realize in a run of a hundred issues or more. Just genius.

Tell me a better “N” book, I dare you!

Honorable Mentions:

Check out the complete Longbox Graveyard Comics A-To-Z HERE!

“M” Is For …

… Master of Kung Fu! (1974)

The letter “M” is one of the real bloodbaths in this project. There are a pile of books I need to set aside in picking a favorite, and not just because all those “Marvel” branded books start with an “M.” I think this is the single toughest letter of the alphabet for me.

Which makes Master of Kung Fu that much more remarkable. It was Master of Kung Fu that first introduced me to “cinematic” storytelling in comic book form (I missed Steranko the first time around). I loved that Master of Kung Fu was human-scaled, and clearly channeling the James Bond movies that I so loved as a teen. I was intrigued by the weird pulp fiction background bits mixed into the tale; I loved the deep continuity; I loved the unforgettable cast of heroes and villains and villainous heroes and heroic villains; I loved that this series made me feel that the deeply-missed Bruce Lee was still alive. I even liked it when the series was flooded with Fleetwood Mac music.

Few Marvel books enjoyed such a long run by a single creator, with Doug Moench guiding the adventures of Shang-Chi in nearly every issue, with a series of artistic partners in Paul Gulacy, Gene Day, and Mike Zeck all so good that we could argue which were the best of them and see the sun come up without a resolution.

This may well be my favorite comics series of all time.

Now … tell me about the “M” books I am missing!

Honorable Mentions:

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Check out the complete Longbox Graveyard Comics A-To-Z HERE!

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