I got this issue of DC SUPER-STARS while visiting my grandparents in Valley Stream, New York. They were weekly visitors to our home in Farmingville, making the hour drive up virtually every Saturday, but on occasion we would go out to meet them at the home they shared with my Aunt and Uncle--possibly for some … Continue reading BHOC: DC SUPER-STARS #17


The now all-new DC SUPER-STARS returned to the clearly-successful theme of SECRET ORIGINS, this time once again focusing on the bad guys. It’s a somewhat odd collection of tales, and I wonder if one or more of them might not have been commissioned for use in other places, then burned off here. Either way, it … Continue reading BHOC: DC SUPER-STARS #14


I didn’t get it when I was a kid, but then I was only nine years old when I first bought this issue of DC SUPER-STARS. But it contains perhaps the most wrong-headed and casually offensive Superman story of the Bronze Age. Somebody–a lot of somebodies–were asleep at the switch when they approved this one. … Continue reading BHOC: DC SUPER-STARS #12


I had skipped the previous two issues of DC SUPER-STARS–#10 I passed up after being challenged by the owner of the short-lived candy store in which I found it, and #9 had contained only a single Superman story backed up by other war, western and science fiction tales focusing on firearms–not enough to make me … Continue reading BHOC: DC SUPER-STARS #11


By this point, I was purchasing DC’s remaining all-reprint titles semi-religiously. That included DC SUPER-STARS, which for this eighth issue once again revisited the concept of space heroes, as it had been doing in every even-numbered issue. This wasn’t a reaction to the still-in-the-future Star Wars, as one might expect. Ad truth be told, I … Continue reading BHOC: DC SUPER-STARS #8


Summer was drawing nearer, and so this issue of DC SUPER-STARS arrived at the 7-11, touted as a summer spectacular. I can’t say that I was the biggest Aquaman fan–I knew him, of course, from Super-Friends and his appearances in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. But none of those appearances had really driven me to seek … Continue reading BHOC: DC SUPER-STARS #7


I think it must have been the fact that this was another Giant reprint comic that got me to pick up this issue of DC SUPER-STARS, as I wasn’t reading comics for science fiction at this point so much as I was for super heroes. On the other hand, the combination of an Adam Strange lead … Continue reading BHOC: DC SUPER-STARS #6


A nice surprise, this issue of DC SUPER-STARS devoted itself to reprints of the Flash. These apparently had been prepared for FLASH #235, which was intended as a Giant issue (and mentioned as such in the letters page of the preceding issue) but canceled at the last moment. There was also an interesting story here … Continue reading BHOC: DC SUPER-STARS #5