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but trust Lex Luthor to take it a little more literally than most

Back in 1972, Lex is in the middle of one of his daily rants about how much he hates Superman, when he's excited to hear a knock at the door.

Candygram for Mr Luthor! )
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Lois Lane discovers the down-side of celebrity...
"The Superman-Lois Hit Record!" Lois Lane #45, 1963
(select panels from an 8-page story)
Read more... )
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What with many of us getting misty-eyed over the loss of the Superman-Lois Lane marriage, I thought I'd present a story that many of you (especially the young'uns) might never have seen.

Back in the day, Superman was so popular that not only did he have two titles (three if you count Superboy) but his girlfriend Lois Lane and pal Jimmy Olsen had their own spotlight series as well. Eventually, however, sales on these ancillary titles dropped enough that DC decided to merge them along with some other characters into one big book entitled "Superman Family."

It kept the numbering of "Jimmy Olsen" , and eventually reached #200. As a celebration of this milestone, the magazine had an extra-long imaginary story, depicting the future marriage anniversary of Clark Kent and Lois Lane.



I've tried to stick as closely as possible to the 1/3rd rule, so extreme choppiness ahead.

In the far-distant future of 2000 AD, forty-year old women wear hot pants unironically. )

Next time, more public domain!

Your thoughts and comments?
SKJAM!
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Hello s_d! As promised back in my last Legion Lost post, here is a Chameleon Girl retrospective. Because this is gonna be too huge, I'm breaking it into two parts: pre- and post-Conspiracy. Second part will go up tomorrow if my computer cooperates. Images from Legion of Super-Heroes 288-305 in this part.

In this part we ask the eternal question, When is a Shrinking Violet not a Shrinking Violet? Is it when she suddenly starts entertaining advances from the guy who's had a crush on her forever? Or is it when she gets called out on same by her boyfriend of record?



Or is the answer...something far more sinister? dun dun DUNNNNN

pace Vic Sage, 'Obvious, in hindsight' )

So ends part 1 of our tale. I don't think it's much of an exaggeration to say this plot was the most interesting thing to happen to Shrinking Violet and/or Colossal Boy in years. Plus, it falls during my personal pick for Keith Giffen/Larry Mahlstedt art at the top of its game.

Next up, pretty much all of Yera's post-conspiracy appearances.
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Let's switch gears for a moment and return to the Bronze Age of comics, specifically Action Comics #556. We'll be looking at 7 2/3rd pages of the 23-page story, "Endings."



Not really a very good cover, but it does come pretty close to the events inside.

A bit of background: Vandal Savage was originally from Earth-Two, where he fought the Golden Age Green Lantern, and later the Justice Society of America. Thanks to the JLA/JSA teamups of yore, Mr. Savage learned of the existence of Earth-One and how to get there. He also learned that he apparently had no counterpart on that parallel world, which gave him an idea.

Vandal Savage comes to Earth-One where he has no criminal record. He somehow gets enough resources to build Abraxas Industries, and become a legitimate businessman. Since he has no criminal record, people are willing to give Mr. Savage the benefit of the doubt, despite Superman's warnings about his past behavior on Earth-Two. But just being free from the threat of prosecution isn't good enough for Vandal Savage, and he begins a plot to discredit and perhaps destroy the Man of Steel.

We join that plan already in progress. )

Your thoughts and comments?
SKJAM!
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Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7

TL;DR version: Amnesia and bad continuity have left Wonder Woman unsure of her abilities, so she asks the JLA to monitor her next 12 missions to make sure she's still fit for duty.

This time, we've got the Phantom Stranger, Felix Faust, and an epic battle of patriotic ladies! Selected panels from a 10-page story, Wonder Woman #218, 1975.
Give Her Liberty, And Give Her Death! )
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Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

TL;DR version: Amnesia and bad continuity have left Wonder Woman unsure of her abilities, so she asks the JLA to monitor her next 12 missions to make sure she's still fit for duty.

Red Tornado is next up on monitor duty, and the series finally gets a regular writer: Martin Pasko. From the halcyon days of 1975, it's Wonder Woman #218: "Revolt of the Wonder Weapons"
(Selected panels from a 10-page story)
Read more... )
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...There was "Action Comics Weekly", DC's first attempt at a weekly comic book. It was an anthology comic somewhat on the model of 2000 AD, several continuing stories each week, with seven page chapters (and a two-page Sunday comics spread for Superman.) There were several interesting projects done during this run--I especially liked the new Secret Six they had. Sadly, sales and logistics reasons meant that the experiment lasted less than a year.



Love that Kirby art, though I think this might have been an inventory piece DC had lying around. 2 1/3 pages from each of the seven-page storiesin Action Comics Weekly #638 (2/7/89), one double-page spread, and a special treat!

Remember relevance? )

Your thoughts, questions and comments?
SKJAM!
(http://skjam.dreamwidth.org/19423.html --see my fiftieth birthday approaching!)
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The preview for Flashpoint introduces us to a new iteration of the Marvel Family; six kids, each with one power of Shazam in their mortal form.

That reminded me, sort of, of this story, where Captain Marvel has to deal with a team of villains who share a similar sort of concept.



Well, he IS a 12 year old in an adults body...

From Shazam! The World's Mightiest Mortal #31 in 1977 I bring you

Rainbows are always signs of acceptance, and joy, and equality... well... most of the time )
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Homage or tasteless cash-in? You decide!

This is from a 12 page story in Detective 484 in July 1979 (written by Jack C Harris, with art by Kurt Schaffenberger and Frank Chiaramonte), and dates to the time when Dick was a student at Hudson University, back before it was decided that Robin going to college was uncool..
But don't worry, there's no studying here! )

tags: char: robin/nightwing/dick grayson, title: detective comics, creator: jack c harris, creator: kurt schaffenberger, creator: frank chiaramonte
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[personal profile] werehawk requested scans of Ambush Bug meeting the Substitute Heroes, in DC Comics Presents #59 from July 1983. It's a 23 page story, which my calculator says gives me 7 2/3 pages to play with, but even so, cutting this baby down was hard.



And it goes a little something like this. )

By the way, if you're thinking the art looks a little different from Keith Giffen's usual output of the era, note that there's a text box on the first page saying the ish is dedicated to original Superman artist Joe Shuster. So there's some conscious mimicry going on there.

Tagapalooza, and this will be fun, because most of the Subs have no tags:

char: ambush bug/irwin schwab, char: antennae lad, char: chlorophyll kid/ral benem, char: color kid/ulu vakk, char: double header/frenk & dyvud retzun, char: fire lad/staq mavlen, char: infectious lass/drura sehpt, char: polar boy/brek bannin, char: stone boy/dag wentim, char: superman/kal-el/clark kent, creator: keith giffen, creator: kurt schaffenberger, creator: paul levitz, group: legion of substitute heroes, in-joke: funny, publisher: dc comics, title: dc comics presents
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[personal profile] sailorlibra requested Bronze Age Lois Lane. Here are 6 and a half pages from a 20-page story, "The Day Lois Lane Walked All Over Superman," from Superman Family #183, May-June 1977. It's also the story that gives us a rather famous image, one that I considered using as the preview image, but in the end I couldn't resist a lovely image from the Neal Adams-drawn cover, especially since it encapsulates part of the story I had to cut:


I-I'll do anything, Lois! J-just don't hurt me... )
Whatta ya think, gang? Cracky enough for ya?
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What could Billy Batson be looking at with such surprise? Is this the last time he investigates a menace at a San Francisco bath-house?



(Or is he thanking all the deities who make up "SHAZAM" that he IS gagged right at this moment...?)

Click for context.... )

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