Not to bore you with the deets of how this little blog keeps a' chugging along after all these years, but the biggest challenge is (as you might imagine) finding something worth writing about. Even comics from indie publishers from the 1940's, while not technically the best comics out there, aren't always fodder for silly things to point out. That's also the reason I generally avoid anything published after 1980.
The Silver and Bronze Ages of Comics rule. One need look no further than Action Comics #421 to see why:
Yup. Superman basically fights Popeye. Mind you, this is the company that sued the publishers of Captain Marvel because, despite obvious differences in tone and appearance, the comics world wasn't big enough for two heroes who were strong and could fly ... and were outselling them.
Hypocrisy aside, this story is nonstop good times.
It's not the first time a publisher used a "homage" to accomplish a character crossover without using the actual character, but the fact that they were giving us Popeye of all things, was just plain fun.
And, we got to see the phrase, "The Mighty Seaman":
But as any good lawyer will tell you when it comes to potential trademark violations, "pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered." So, it was only meant to be a one-shot:
Yup. Superman stole the last of the
spinach sauncha, putting an end to the fun before King Features could assemble a lawsuit:
That was awesome. True, there wasn't much to make fun of, but sometimes a story is so great that it deserves some props. Off to the CMNS Comic Book Hall of Fame (tm!) with you.
Conversely, here's a story that had no potential:
Yawn. Besides, this kid has an awesome room. He has a tv, stereo, and can drink soda in it. I didn't even have a stereo in my room until I was 14. The rest of the world doesn't get any better, kid. Leave well enough alone.
Man, I wish I could find that issue. You can't go wrong with a fight involving a gorilla.
See? There are some blurbs on top telling you what's in there, but there's nothing getting in the way of the picture, which is incredible. Off to the Cover Hall of Fame (tm!) with you!
See you tomorrow!