Do you think wedding anniversaries are big deal? Anniversaries for comics series are a big deal too! Fans of a certain age were trained to expect a mandatory celebration when a series reached a certain numerical milestone, and usually the celebration was self-congratulatory, and promotional. And the fans would be soaked for a higher cover price too.
As a kid, I remember when my neighborhood pal George Riley proudly proclaimed he had a copy of the Batman #200 Smash Issue. I was perplexed. How could George, whose forte was always war comics, have this important Batman comic? And one that I didn’t have? And just what was a Smash Issue anyways?
<Note: I still don’t know what a Smash Issue is.> Continue reading “With Further Ado #100: 100th Smash Column”