Regards from the Gutter

Comic Book Reviews

A blog dedicated to encounters with comic books: reviews, analysis, memoirs….

Daily Black Widow: The Avengers #45 (1967)

Today: a brief appearance from Natasha during the Summer of Love–and the thick of the Vietnam War…. The Avengers #45 by Roy Thomas and Don Heck (cover by John Buscema) Released in August 1967, in the heat of the Summer of Love, but also increasing protest against the Vietnam War, for which American troops had…

Weekly Wednesday August 18, 2021

New comics always drop on a Wednesday. I usually find at least one to check out. Even after Free Comic Book Day’s amazing stack from Saturday/Sunday, I went to Comics-N-Stuff Carlsbad to browse the new comics wall. I found myself struggling to pick just two, and then just three, and four, and finally five–and, well,…

Daily Black Widow: Daredevil #61 (2004)

Today: a Daily Double! A Double DD! Daredevil (1998) #61 By Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, August 2004 Appearing seventeen years ago, this issue of Bendis and Maleev’s rotoscoped noir Daredevil finds Matt Murdock and Natasha suddenly crashing back into each other after a long hiatus. The Widow has just been called off an…

Free Comic Book Day, Part 3

At Southern California Comics, I was pleasantly surprised to find a micro-con going on: maybe eight or ten booths, one of which was the FCBD tables. Holy dilemmas, Batman! (I only say that because I did indeed choose the FCBD Batman first from the piles.) There the regular clerk I know best was calling out…

A Bountiful Free Comic Book Day (or Two)

With Comics-N-Stuff Carlsbad, Southern California Comics, Comics-N-Stuff El Cajon (the “superstore”!!) yesterday and Panels Coffee & Comics today, I stretched Free Comic Book Day into two days–and one free comic into nineteen free comics! And some extras: a FCBD poster, original art from Emily Rocha and Doc Comics (Sean Ortega), and a pile of free…

Free Comic Book Day, Part One!

Displaced from the first Saturday in May, and erased in 2020 by the covid-19 pandemic, Free Comic Book Day this year is today, August 14! I decided to make a true day of it, recalling from past years that some comic book shops have strict limits on the number of free comics you can take…


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