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  1. So why December of 1978? Well, there was a movie released that month called Superman The Movie, that's why! A favorite complaint these days is that neither Marvel or DC has appropriate books on the shelves to take advantage of the heat that is generated by comic book movies. So how did DC do back in 1978 at the golden age of superhero movies? Not too shabby! All-New Collectors' Edition: Superman The Movie #C-62 was right there to take advantage of the hype, with an issue dedicated to the movie itself! The FFE's had ceased publication a few years prior, but they revived the title for one more issue with Famous First Edition Superman #C-61. How they neglected to print this issue back in 1974-1975 when they printed copies for Batman #1 and Wonder Woman #1 remains a mystery, but the timing worked out for them in the end. As for the other books that month? Pretty standard mid-to-late Bronze Age stuff. Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!
  2. Yesterday we looked at a rather curious cover appearance by a super-villain wannabe. Let's keep the theme going and take a look at another, this time from Superman Annual #2 from 1960/1961. This collection of reprints celebrates some the greatest super-villains ever featured! Naturally, we see Brainiac, Bizarro, and Titano. All three of these villains had been in about a half-dozen stories each, up until this book came out. They've also gone on to more than stake their claim as iconic Superman adversaries. Titano less so, but this was DC in the 60's, so of course a gorilla gets top corner billing! More curious, however, is the inclusion of Metallo, The Invulnerable Enemy, and The Thing From 40,000 A.D. In retrospect, the inclusion of Metallo seems like a no-brainer, but at this point his first (and only) appearance was overshadowed by Supergirl's first, as they shared the same debut issue with Action Comics #252 from May 1959. That's my newest holy grail book that I bought off the boards earlier in the year. But that's not really what we are here to talk about. Back to the nobodies... Metallo would have no other appearances until his brother picked up the Metallo moniker in 1977 and proceeded to turn him into one of Superman's A-List villains. Or at least a B+, if not an A. In retrospect, they got lucky here with Metallo as he would go on to become a player. So what happened to The Invulnerable Enemy and The Thing From 40,000 A.D.? The Invulnerable Enemy had one, and only one, in-continuity appearance back in 1957 from Action Comics #226. I don't have a copy of that issue yet, but it does sport a great looking cover if you get the chance to look it up. The Thing From 40,000 A.D. had one more shot at notoriety, but alas he never caught on. His first appearance was from farther back in Superman #87 from 1954. That story was reprinted in Superman #196 from May 1967, with a new cover by Curt Swan. I love the Superman vs. Superman covers, and while this one is fun, it doesn't hold a candle to the original cover by Wayne Boring. It's on my short list of books that I'm focusing on currently, so hopefully I'll find the right copy to add to my collection soon. And that was the last we saw of The Thing From 40,000 A.D. for another two decades until he was featured in DC Comics Presents #89 from January 1986. He even gets a cover appearance, beating up the Omega Men! Alas, he gets caught in a disintegrator beam before the issue's end, and winds up as some sort of repentant, sentient thought cloud...never to be seen again. In retrospect, I guess you can never discount anyone. While TTF40000AD (that acronym really didn't save me much time, did it? Especially since I've now typed more letters in this parenthesis than I would've if I just typed out his full name to begin with.) would never capitalize on his second chance like Metallo, maybe there's hope for The Invulnerable Enemy yet....it's only been 60 years, there's still time...
  3. Back in the day, from 2009-2011, I used to have a blog called The Random Longbox. The idea, was that I would let a random number generator pick a book at random from my collection that I would then have to read and review. I had a lot of fun, and enjoyed the pure randomness of pulling a book out of the longboxes and reading with no prior context other than my (faulty at best) memory. The old link is long dead at www.randomlongbox.com, but the the original blogspot link is still up and active if anyone is curious to take a look. www.randomlonbox.blogspot.com Seeing as how my buying has been in a bit of lull lately, let's dust off the old randomizer and pull a book out to see if that spurs any conversation for this week. And the random book is... DC Comics Presents #54 from February 1983. This was still two years before I started reading comic books full time, so I had to buy all of my issues after the fact. This title is probably the first Superman title that I finished a run on when I decided to start refocusing my collection towards Superman. I had about a dozen or so issues before I saw a listing on eBay for a complete run (minus one issue) for a hundred bucks. At the time, I was cherry picking random back-issues from my LCS for $0.50 a book, but here was a chance to get nice copies all at once for about a buck a piece. I jumped on it, and that is where this issue came from. The books were in great shape, ranging from a 8.5 on up in condition. There's nothing really special about this issue, as Superman and Green Arrow team up to battle a rogue industrialist harvesting a new type of "Z" energy. Unfortunately, the creation of the Z energy emits a smog that covers the country from coast to coast. Before everything is said and done, Superman has to take down a smog monster composed of "one part smog and five parts Z energy," while Green Arrow rounds up the industrialist's goons. Pretty typical done in one for a DC book from this time period. Story by Paul Kupperberg with art by Don Newton and Dan Adkins. I do quite like the cover though. And that's a great Commissioner Gordon mustache on Green Arrow! Green Arrow also had an earlier appearance in the title in issue #20, again battling a rogue industrialist of sorts, this time in the oil business. Nothing like typecasting old Ollie, eh? Be careful Green Arrow, if the boiling hot geyser doesn't kill you, the fall certainly will. Black Canary appeared in issue #54 as well, and she also had an earlier solo appearance in issue #30, facing off against the dream villainy of Doctor Destiny! I just reread the first year of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman last month, and it had completely slipped my mind that Doctor Destiny was a part of the first story arc! It was good to see him here, after just recently encountering a decidedly more Vertigo take on him over there. Man, that diner issue was brutal.