RETRO HOT PICKS! On Sale This Week — in 1965!

Scott and Dan hit up the comics racks from 57 years ago!

This week for RETRO HOT PICKS, Scott Tipton and I are selecting comics that came out the week of Oct. 12, 1965.

Last time for RETRO HOT PICKS, it was the week of Oct. 5, 1987. Click here to check it out.

(Keep in mind that comics came out on multiple days, so these are technically the comics that went on sale between Oct. 9 and Oct. 15.)

So, let’s set the scene: Lyndon Johnson was in the midst of his only full term as president. The Sound of Music, which was released March 2(!), was the No. 1 movie in all the land, as it was (on and off) for most of the year. But if you were looking for something with more sizzle, the espionage classic The Ipcress File, starring Michael Caine, was also in theaters.

Bonanza was routinely in the top Nielsen ratings slot but other major shows included the ever-hilarious Get Smart — which premiered on NBC in September 1965 — as well as The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle, Bewitched, The Red Skelton Show and The Lucy Show.

The Beatles’ Yesterday, which was really a solo Paul McCartney tune and is one of the most covered songs in history with more than 2,000 versions, was No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart. The runner-up was the relatively obscure but fabulous Treat Her Right, by Roy Head and the Traits, which made a splash in recent years as part of the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood soundtrack.

The US albums chart was full of hugely popular and enduring LPs: At the top was Help! by the Beatles but other smashes included The Sound of Music soundtrack, Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited, More Hits by the Supremes, Out of Our Heads by the Rolling Stones, Whipped Cream & Other Delights by Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass, the Mary Poppins soundtrack, and Barbra Streisand’s My Name Is Barbra.

What a time. What a gotdamn time.

Dan Greenfield, editor, 13th Dimension

The Amazing Spider-Man #32, Marvel. The penultimate issue of the classic “Master Planner Saga.” If you read between the lines of these comics (and their credits) you can feel the creative tension between Stan Lee and Steve Ditko as they produced their best Spider-works. Who knew that Ditko would only be around for another six issues?

Scott adds: An odd choice by Ditko here. Is this the only Ditko Spidey cover where we can’t see his face?

Green Lantern #41, DC. I don’t think that Green Lantern was ever cooler than he was in the ’60s. He would become more relevant in the hands of Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams, of course, but Hal Jordan was the perfect Jet Age hero. No wonder Darwyn Cooke made him the focus of The New Frontier. Love that Gil Kane/Murphy Anderson art.

Hawkman #11, DC. By the same token, there are no Hawkman comics I’ve enjoyed more than those from the Silver Age. Gardner Fox and Murphy Anderson, man. And dig the Shrike! He should have been a much bigger deal. Just look at that guy!

Archie #159, Archie. Nobody captures the zeitgeist better than Archie Comics. It’s true now and it was most definitely true then.

Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #89. Speaking of capturing the zeitgeist…

Scott Tipton, contributor-at-large, 13th Dimension

Fantastic Four #46, Marvel. That Lockjaw headshot with the rest of the Inhumans cracks me up every time I see it.

Dan adds: I dunno, one of the most famous covers of the ’60s? I’d argue so. I’d also argue that Black Bolt still has one of the absolutely best looks in all of comicdom. This Kirby-Sinnott masterpiece just never gets old. Oh, and don’t forget, the Inhumans’ first appearance was only the issue before. All cylinders, folks. All cylinders.

The Avengers #23, Marvel. Weirdly moody and evocative coloring for a Silver Age Marvel cover.


— RETRO HOT PICKS! On Sale The Week of Oct. 5 — in 1987! Click here.

— RETRO HOT PICKS! On Sale The Week of Sept. 28 — in 1976! Click here.

Primary sources: Mike’s Amazing World of Comics, the Grand Comics Database.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Fantastic Four 46: I’m admittedly not a huge fan of Black Bolt’s face for the cover, but that body language and surrounding head reactions… so choice!

    Archie 159: I’m positive my wife could say the same thing about Bond comparisons with myself!

    Green Lantern 41: Some of the stories of this period I’m up-and-down about, but the Gil Kane artwork is FAULTLESS every time he tackled Hal Jordan!

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    • Great stuff. Always loved Black Bolt and the Inhumans.

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  2. I agree with you about how good Silver Age comics were! In the early 70s I hit the used stores and snapped up DC’s superhero comics from a decade earlier! Loads of fun! Thanks for this!

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