A spoiler warning for all seasons


DC Comics’ “The Spoiler” (aka Stephanie Brown)

In case you couldn’t tell from the name, this blog is all about comic books that I bought and read 50 years ago.  I am writing about my initial experiences in reading the books (to the extent I can recall those experiences) as well as my impressions of them today, a half-century later.  To accomplish these ends, I describe plot details of the stories in those books, up to and including the tales’ resolutions.  So, if you’ve never read these comics, and you’re interested in doing so at some point in the future, following this blog could, y’know, kinda spoil them for you.

Some might think it unnecessary to post such warnings about 50 year old comic books, and maybe it is, but honestly — these stories are still out there.  And not just as high-priced collectibles.  Many of the comics of the Sixties, especially those featuring the marquee characters of the major publishers, have been reprinted in (relatively) inexpensive hardcover or trade paperback collections — many of which may also be found in the collections of public libraries.  And the advent of digital comics has made many old comics even more accessible.  For instance, as of this writing you can download a digital copy of one of my favorites from 1965, Justice League of America #40, for only $1.99 — less than you’d pay for the latest issue of DC’s current Justice League series.

When all is said and done, no matter how old a story is, if you haven’t read it, it’s still new to you.  That’s as true of “The Catastrophic Crimes of Major Disaster” as it is of the Epic of Gilgamesh.  So, if you’ve had a copy of Showcase Presents Green Lantern #3 lying around for a while and just haven’t gotten around to cracking the cover yet — or even if you’ve just seen it on the shelves of your local library, and are mildly intrigued — stop reading this blog, and go on ahead and read that book first.  The blog will still be here when you get back.

On the other hand, if you decide to forge ahead and keep reading, that’s awesome, too.  Happy to have you aboard!  Just don’t say I never warned you. 🙂