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Aug 15 13 2:32 PM
I was buying Superman and Action regularly back in '83. I had boxes of both titles in my collection. Since then, I've drastically down-sized and they both fit into one short-box. Among those issues I saved was Action 544, not because of the revamps of Luthor and Brainiac -- I thought that destroying Lexor and Luthor's family, though touching, was short-sighted and unnecessary; and that the new Brainiac was just change-for-the-sake-of-change. I kept the issue because it was the 45th anniversary issue of Superman's first appearance, and the Siegel & Schuster info was interesting.
I dug out the comic this morning and reread it. What a surprise! I always thought Cary Bates was mostly a hack writer and Marv Wolfman was really good, but looking back on these two stories, Bates' Luthor story was both complex and poignant, while Wolfman's Brainiac tale was overly-involved, pseudo-poetic, and ultimately disappointing.
Aug 16 13 3:18 AM
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Aug 17 13 9:14 AM
Osgood Peabody wrote:It's funny how Mr. Olsen's IQ could range from buffoon to scholar in the Silver Age... in this particular tale, he's able to translate ancient hieroglyphics without breaking a sweat!
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TODD TAMANEND CLARK wrote:Hepcat: "What was your favourite girl group from the era?" See above! My second favorite is TINA TURNER AND THE IKETTES!! Then THE SHANGRI-LAS!!!
Aug 18 13 4:11 PM
I had sort of a small haul of DC comics during the month of August 1963. I think some of my allowance must have been spent in our family trip to Disneyland that year. Disneyland then was essentially a large scale state fair, done up with Disney movie and cartoon characters. This was before Pirates of the Carribbean, or It's a Small World, or any of the really clever and technologically advanced rides that came later. It was an early exercise in what nowadays would be called "brand extension," in which the Disney brand loyalty in cartoons was transferred to a family vacation site. Disney characters aside, there weren't any rides that I had not already seen some variation of at the state fair, without all the "E" ticket/"D" ticket mess.
I missed the Superman, Flash annual and Green Lantern books that month, and I think Challengers too. I did get the Brave and Bold team-up, the mummified Batman in Detective Comics, and that month's Atom.
Aug 18 13 7:32 PM
dearlenbaugh wrote:Thanks for the recap of the Lexor saga. For me, the lid slammed down on the Weisingerverse early in 1964 when I decided that the Superman family of titles was too childish for my tastes -- plus, I needed to shift more comics money over to the ever-expanding Marvel universe.
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Aug 18 13 9:31 PM
...and however nice the Marvels were on the verge of becoming, in mid-'63 they were just badly drawn books with high energy and low production quality.
Osgood Peabody wrote:
...but from my viewpoint I see DC holding steady at least through '64, if not even through early '65.The Weisinger books still hold up quite well, and the addition of Hamilton/Swan/Klein to World's Finest gave that title a shot in the arm. GL improved when Sid Greene took over the inking from Joe Giella. Doom Patrol entered its peak period. I'd say the Flash and JLA held steady. The Atom may have taken a step back when Greene replaced Anderson on the inking, but on the other hand you've got the new Hawkman title to savor Murph's work.The biggest negative was the impending transfer of Julie Schwartz from the sci-fi books to Batman and Detective, which no doubt was a net downer, but overall I'd say the quality was comparable across the line.
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Aug 19 13 3:58 PM
Okay. There is nothing like a half-century cooling off period to help a man understand that his childhood affection for a comic book was misplaced. However much I really liked the Metal Men as characters when I was a kid, there is no getting around the fact that this story is crap. Not even "could have been a little bit better" crap. It is pure, undiluted, not-sure-when-I-have-encountered-anything-worse crap.
Aug 19 13 3:59 PM
For me, the Batman TV show and it's effect on most of the DC books was a big game changer....
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