‘Lost in the Longbox’ Episode 19: “Sin City” #1


Sin City #1
(Dark Horse, 1991)
Reprinted in Dark Horse One for One in 2010

Story & Art by: Frank Miller

Greetings from the Wasteland!

There are names in the history of comics that will forever be lauded. Lee, Kirby, Schuster, Kane…and so many more helped to form the foundation of the industry, as we know it today. But atop that foundation there must be a structure, and others moved in to build on it. Continue reading


‘Lost in the Longbox’ with Brad Gischia, Episode 17


What If…#2
“…Daredevil killed the Kingpin?”
(Marvel Comics, 1989)

Writer – Danny Fingeroth
Penciller – Greg Capullo
Inkers – Akin and Garvey
Letterer - Michael Heisler
Colorist – Evelyn Stein

Greetings from the Wasteland

Caution! In order to carefully describe the events herein, I’m going to have to spoil the hell out of a couple of storylines. Fortunately, these are stories that took place in 1989, so if you haven’t read them yet, it shouldn’t affect you too much. Continue reading


‘Lost in the Longbox’ with Brad Gischia, Episode 16


Detective Comics #603
(DC Comics, 1989)

Writer – Alan Grant
Pencils – Norm Breyfogle
Inks – Steve Mitchell
Colors – Arienne Roy
Letters – Todd Klein

Greetings from the Wasteland!

Detective Comics, before the New 52 re-launch, was one of the two longest running comics series without renumbering.  With that longevity comes a mix of feelings.  Can a series stay fresh when looking at a 700-plus issue run? Continue reading


‘Lost in the Longbox’ with Brad Gischia, Episode 15


“Luke Cage: Hero For Hire” #1
(Marvel Comics, 1972)

Written by Archie Goodwin
Drawn by George Tuska

Greetings from the Wasteland!

I often think the greatest trick a comic writer can pull, aside from creating a new and exciting character, is to re-create an old character, make them viable in today’s market and more importantly, in their own comic universe. One such character is Luke Cage, Power Man. Continue reading


‘Lost in the Longbox’ with Brad Gischia, Episode 14


Batman/Judge Dredd: Vendetta in Gotham
(DC/Fleetway, 1993)

Written by: Alan Grant & John Wagner
Art: Cam Kennedy
Color: Digital Chameleon
Lettered: Ken Bruzenak

Greetings from the Wasteland!

There are few characters in comics who could claim to be more morally driven than Batman.  His vow never to kill ranks him above most heroes, and his spurning of firearms (with a few exceptions) make him a model for heroes everywhere. Continue reading


‘Lost in the Longbox’ with Brad Gischia, Episode 13


West Coast Avengers #1 (of 4)
(Marvel Comics, 1984)

Writer:  Roger Stern
Pencils:  Bob Hall
Inker:  Brett Breeding
Letters:  Joe Rosen
Colorist:  Julianna Ferriter

Greetings from the Wasteland!

There is one title that, whenever I see it floating up at me from the dollar box, brings me right back to the eighties, to parachute pants and big hair, and that is West Coast Avengers. Continue reading


‘Lost in the Longbox’ with Brad Gischia, Episode 10


Fever Ridge #1
(IDW, February 2013)

WRITTEN BY:  Michael Heimos
ARTWORK BY:  Nick Runge
COLOR ARTWORK BY:  Jordie Bellaire
LETTERING BY:  Brandon Destefano

Greetings from the Wasteland!

This week, as you’re browsing the longboxes while waiting for your comic book purveyor to deliver into your hands the magical pile that has collected in your pull box, keep your eyes open in the top left corner for the letters “IDW”. Continue reading