Wednesday, October 21, 2015

How WOULD You Spank an Invulnerable Child?

Superman #190 had a great moment of Random Ray Usage (tm!), don't you think?

Yeah, the kid got hit as well, and that was part of the plot, but I didn't follow it very closely.  You'd think that Detective Comics would have had complicated plots, but they couldn't hold a candle to what went on in Superman Comics.

Oh, gee.  Superman is losing his powers.  Like that never happens.

But he's fighting creatures he simply calls Earth, Air, Fire and Water.  This, of course, naturally made me think of this:

Cue the next issue where:

Yeah.  Superman loses his powers again.  From Random Ray Usage (tm!), which seems to be the favored plot device.

And, for the umpteenth time, we have an imaginary story:

But, yeah... there is a Random Spanking (tm!), so there's that.

And guess what happens in this imaginary story?


Moving on:

See?  Even in an imaginary story, Clark's own son recognizes that Batman is simply cooler.  I've got some Superman artwork hanging up in my office (the covers to numbers to issues 5, 24, 38 and 76) that look all kinds of awesome, but no one can deny the awesomeness of Batman.

Here's a CMNS Moment of Comic Book Greatness! (tm!)

And fetch me some long pants!   And a cape of proper length!

Why would I show you a shot of a newsreel showing Superman fighting Titano the Super-Ape?

Because it's TITANO the SUPER-APE!

And finally, check this out:

In 1967, a first issue of Action Comics was a hundred bucks?  YIKES!  Can you imagine?

See you tomorrow!


Gummboote said...

Little did Guy H. Lillian III know that within a few decades Action Comics 1 would be sealed inside a perspex shell as often as not.

wordsmith said...

Guy H. Lillian III, the letterhack who wrote of viewing Action Comics #1, went on to work for DC Comics and later became a lawyer, proving once again that reading comics leads to bad ends. (Just kidding.)
The alternate Green Lantern Guy Gardner was named after Mr. Lillian, Esq. and DC comics writer Gardner Fox, also Esq., according to Wikipedia.
I have a few Silver Age Superman and Action Comics back issues, but I never realized before just how many times Supes lost his powers in that era, though editor Mort Weisinger did say in interviews that he liked depowering Big Blue so that he'd have to think his way out of a jam; I agree, though, it really seems like overkill at this point.

Wayne Allen Sallee said...

If that was the cover with Supermnan fighting the Elementals, I always thought it was one of the cooler covers from that era.

It is always something to see repeat letters writers. I'm FB friends with Irene Vartinoff because any time you read a Marvel comic from the 70s, there was a good chance that Irene had a letter in it, her name showed up on some other blog awhile back and...well, you get the idea.