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May 5 17 11:46 AM
BrianWells wrote:Those Superman covers are ace. Please post more anytime you're in the mood.
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May 11 17 2:27 AM
I have every single one of those Superman comics (in fact I have a complete run from #132-423, plus many earlier issues), all acquired 1998 to circa 2008.
The far smaller collection I had as a child in the 1970s is long gone.
May 11 17 4:48 PM
Alan wrote:Not great copies but ok for lighting the old fires.
May 15 17 2:24 PM
I've been a big fan of Radio Comics' Fly and Jaguar suoerheroes ever since I first discovered them at Lamont & Perkins Pharmacy's comic stand in early 1961. Nonetheless I have to admit that John Rosenberger's artwork on these stories could leave something to be desired in certain ways. In particular, he far too often drew his heroines and villainesses with the body of your average secretary:
This was even more apparent from his work in Jaguar stories:
John Giunta returned to pencil an occasional story during the latter part of the Adventures of the Fly run:
If anything though, John Giunta's artwork looked to have regressed from his earlier work on the title.
May 20 17 12:47 PM
This is as good a time and thread as any to recount the most infamous
Batman story of them all from Batman 66. Yes, the lurid boner saga in which Batman
attempts to top the Joker's best efforts! The seeds of this contest are
planted when the Joker's puny boner makes front page news:
Determined to never be caught short again, the Joker first bones up on the subject:
The awesome boners he then unleashes soon draw rave headlines:
Batman responds by valiantly matching the Joker boner for boner:
The Joker then raises the ante by making Batman himself the target of his next boner:
This unexpected development seems to have Batman at a loss. His heavy
handed approach to crime fighting isn't the answer. It doesn't seem to
occur to him that a woman's tender touch may be necessary, specifically
that of Catwoman who's known across Gotham for more than just lipservice
when action is needed. But would Catwoman now be willing to lend a
helping hand when Batman has spent years rejecting her advances
preferring instead to humiliate her by sending her off to prison?
No, she wasn't there for ole Bats this time. The Caped Crusader would
have to face up to what was coming from the Joker himself. The
experience probably left poor Batman with deep and abiding emotional
scars. Poor Robin....
May 23 17 2:37 PM
Check out the wild cool ads on the back covers of Big Daddy Roth magazine!
May 26 17 5:07 PM
Here are scans of fifteen more of my Justice League of America comics that I've not recently posted:
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May 27 17 1:23 PM
Alan wrote:JLA #56 has one of those much loved covers featuring two sets of heroes rushing towards each other for a good set to - but was this the first of that type? I know The Avengers used it on King Size Annual 2, but this cover appeared the same month as the first Avengers Annual, so I think Infantino got there first.
Anyone know of an earlier example of that cover?
BrianWells wrote:Had 55 and 64 off of the spinner rack. I'd grab anything Earth 2 related I could get my hands on.
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The first DC superhero comic I can specifically remember reading was Green Lantern 11 in April of 1962 which a buddy of mine on a farm outside of London had:
I still remember how it filled me with a sense of awe and wonder at the time. Now I know that it prompted me to check out the comics at the newsstand of Les' Variety at the time. But I just don't remember which comics I saw there on the stand. I suspect therefore that the only superhero comics I encountered on the stand that day were Superman family titles. These never intrigued me as much as those devoted to the lesser known heroes which would explain why I don't remember the comics I saw at the time.
But I do remember the ads within the DC comics I saw at the time!
I recall being captivated by the exotic Atom and Hawkman characters I was seeing for the first time in the latter two ads. And I know for a fact that it was in the spring of 1962 that I first encountered that house ad for Atom 1. When I saw basically the same ad reprinted for Atom 2 a couple of months later, I remember thinking that it was a pity that it was no longer exactly the same ad for Atom 1 I'd seen before since it meant that I had missed out on getting Atom 1 with the cool Venus flytrap cover! Therefore I must have seen the Atom 1 ad previously.
But if anything the house ads on the inside front and back covers impressed me even more strongly:
Wow, so cool and mysterious that Hawkman, and who were these Metal Men anyway? Since I very clearly remember knowing nothing about the Atom, Hawkman and Metal Men at the time, I must have viewed those ads for the first time in the spring of 1962.
The Tomorrow's Stars Appear Today ad is still one of my very favourite DC ads of all time despite, or perhaps precisely because, it was in B&W. But because these ads were so compelling, over the years I've periodically wondered why I didn't start looking for and buying some of the comics that must have been on other comic racks only a few blocks away. I mean how could I have resisted covers such as these?
Well the answer lies in another ad from that month I clearly remember seeing:
Wow! Baseball Coins! Just like the Shirriff/Salada Hockey Coins that had been so popular with young boys in Canada over the previous two winters. Here are scans of a few of these coins from my present day set:
I wondered immediately though whether they'd just be offered in the States, but within a week or so I found out that they'd not only showed up in bags of Shirriff Potato Chips as well as Shirriff Jelly Desserts in local store shelves, but that Mike M. from just down the street already had some! Mike being over a year older than me was always into the cool stuff first it seemed. Well I had to start collecting the Shirriff Baseball Coins and I did, but I didn't get beyond four or five before Hostess Potato Chips and Jell-O launched their own competing promotion (well they weren't just going to stand idly by while Shirriff carved into their market share), an absolutely fabulous set of 200 Aircraft Wheels! Here are scans from my present day set:
But, but, but, I couldn't collect both! It cost a whole dime to get a bag of potato chips with one of these little treasures and my ability to accumulate these Coins/Wheels was severely limited by cash flow considerations. Since I was already collecting the 1962 Topps Baseball cards (mercifully limited that year to the first three series totalling 264 cards since O-Pee-Chee didn't seem very good at convincing retailers to order the higher numbered series once the end of spring approached):
And eating Sugar Crisp cereal to collect the Canadian issue of the Post Baseball cards:
I therefore chose to collect the Aircraft Wheels thus contributing to the profits of the Hostess Potato Chip Company even though Shirriff made slightly better chips. (Mmmmmm, so delicious as well as nutritious whatever the brand!) Going with the Hostess turned out to be a wise decision since the Hostess/Jell-O Aircraft Wheels I accumulated that spring and summer are among the very few items that somehow survived in my possession from my childhood to the present day.
But of course cash flow constraints prevented me from buying any comics as well - until late June anyway!
Jun 10 17 6:33 PM
Fantastic Four 7 would also have been on the stands at the time but I have no recollection of seeing any Marvel comics that month.
It was just as well that I didn't come across any more comics to buy since within three weeks my older sister convinced my mother to pitch my small collection out before I was hopelessly corrupted. Nonetheless I must have continued to peruse the superhero comics on the stands for another few weeks because I very clearly remember being captivated by this house ad for Superman 156:
Temporarily though I'd learned my lesson and resisted the urge to buy that or any other comic for the time being. Besides, the fabulous Topps Civil War News cards would hit variety store counters at about the same time as that Superman comic and they'd act to squeeze most every nickel and dime from my grubby fingers for weeks:
And of course my sister's efforts to save me from being corrupted by my comics failed. I was already addicted and my life has been one of comic book degeneracy ever since.
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