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Mar 22 16 7:59 AM
Mar 22 16 9:58 AM
Superboy #77 was a comic I bought right off the spinner rack and pretty much read it to death as a child. As you can see from the scan below, it is in what I call “near-lint” condition (that usually gets a chuckle from diehard collectors). In addition to having lost the its cover and needing the outer pages reconnected with a Tot Stapler, this comic suffered the indignity of having holes punched in it so I could put it in a binder (I don’t recall doing this, but several of my comics from this period were treated similarly). And I wrote the cover price in pencil on the upper right corner. Go figure.
Written by Otto Binder, art by John Sikela. I was never young enough to be charmed by this story!
For the first of only two times we get a look at Jonathan Kent’s parents. Ma and Pa Kent are in a bind and have to leave baby Clark with the elder Kents for the afternoon. “We’ve never revealed to them that our son is Superbaby! Luckily, the long ride to their country place always puts Clark sound asleep in the car for hours!” So Ma and Pa are leaving it to Providence that little Clark won’t suddenly wake up and decide to start uprooting trees and stuff. I used to wonder about their brains!
Sure enough, when Ma and Pa leave, their car backfires and awakes the sleeping toddler. Then things get silly.
Grandpa Kent is a retired puppeteer who is working up a new act for a charity show. He lolls in a hammock, intermittently brainstorming and dozing off. Meanwhile, Grandma is sewing up costumes for the marionettes, who just happen to be the same size as Clark (somehow Clark arrived as a tiny bundle in a blanket, tucked under Ma’s arm, but now he’s a toddler almost a yard tall!).
The rest of the story consists of Grandpa repeatedly waking up long enough to see Clark dressed in a tiny suit and top hat as he uproots an apple tree (told you so!); a flying elf in red long-underwear who retrieves Robin Hood’s lost arrows; and finally Red Riding Hood (a real wolf wanders into the yard, bites the Babe of Steel only to break his teeth, and is thrown out of the yard by his tail). A-L-L this, Grandpa assures himself, is a series of dreams.
OK, both of these stories combined were not worth the 10¢ I paid for the comic -- but the next story was a prize!
Mar 22 16 12:00 PM
Osgood Peabody wrote:I actually kind of like the fact that Kanigher gave Marie a no-nonsense attitude with her male comrades-in-arms... it's refreshing given the normal depiction of females during that era, who went out of their way to be deferential to their male counterparts... even Wonder Woman, ironically written and edited by the same guy, didn't approach Marie's haughtiness!
Mar 23 16 2:17 AM
DennisDaMennis wrote:I'd rather have a ton of B+W Superboy over a few piddly issues in color.
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Mar 23 16 9:24 AM
alizarin1 wrote:Since it's Kanigher, though, he feels he has to imbue her with a dismissive, even scornful attitude toward males. She must be the dominant leader of the resistance group, constantly lecturing, hectoring and giving orders to all the other men who are merely foils for her.
Mar 23 16 9:28 AM
DennisDaMennis wrote:And no, I'm not spending my declining years with a box of Crayolas!!
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Mar 24 16 11:10 AM
"The Space Adventures of Krypto" is a quick 8-pager written by Superman/Superboy co-creator Jerry Siegle and drawn by George Papp. Krypto’s “space fun” includes chasing comets and meteors, and rescuing a cat from a rocket that had been shot into orbit around an extraterrestrial planet.
Mar 24 16 6:59 PM
Hepcat wrote:I was a big fan of Krypto stories as a kid and I still am today. Comics are supposed to be fun, and whatever else you may say about Krypto he was fun!
DennisDaMennis wrote: The Superboy tales were holdovers from an earlier period when they were aimed at an even younger audience than the Superman stories. The first two in this issue were prime examples of these charming stories.
Yossarian wrote:This month's Strange Adventures included its forecast for what the world would look like in 2059--100 years in the future. . . long-skirted women and men who still wear hats. . . Smoking in public? That habit pretty much didn't make it out of the 20th Century.
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Mar 26 16 1:30 AM
Yossarian wrote:Now that we are 57 years into it, let's see how close or how far the predictions look: Returning space travelers being discussed by long-skirted women and men who still wear hats.
Gee, the future must be quite "regressive"!
Most women I see these days wear pants, not skirts or dresses, and very few of the latter as long as those shown here!
Mar 28 16 9:49 AM
Man, I always loved Sid Greene's penciling and inking. He had a very clean, polished style, and it reminded me of Russ Manning's work.
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Mar 29 16 10:27 AM
DennisDaMennis wrote:If the volume you're talking about has the B&Bs, I'd be interested. The other soldiers vs. dinosaurs stories would be icing.
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