WC: SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #56

I remember this issue of SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN as being pretty good, even though it's been likely decades since I last read it. It headlined another Imaginary Story, editor Mort Weisinger's way of allowing his writers to work outside of the confines of the tight continuity that he'd established across all of the Superman … Continue reading WC: SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #56

WC: ADVENTURE COMICS #295

Much as with its sister title ACTION COMICS, ADVENTURE COMICS had adjusted to shrinking page counts by reducing the number of features that it ran from three to two. That second feature position eventually wound up handed over to the Legion of Super Heroes, who promptly took over the entire magazine. But before that, it … Continue reading WC: ADVENTURE COMICS #295

WC: ADVENTURE COMICS #292

This issue of ADVENTURE COMICS is another book that came in that box of 150 Silver Age comics that I purchased in 1988 for fifty bones--what I think of as my "windfall comics" purchase since it came about entirely by luck. As with ACTION COMICS last week, ADVENTURE COMICS back issues weren't especially in demand … Continue reading WC: ADVENTURE COMICS #292

WC: SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE #28

This was another issue of SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE that I got in my Windfall Comics purchase of 1988 and for which I paid 33 cents--more than three times the original cover price! This was another good example of where the series was at this time--it's worth keeping in mind that all of the … Continue reading WC: SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE #28

5BC: Five Best Silver Age Character Deaths

As Dave Lister explains to Arnold Rimmer in an early episode of the British science fiction comedy series RED DWARF, "Death isn't the handicap it used to be." Today, it's a given that, in the world of super heroes, death is, at worst, a revolving door, and any character who breathes his or her last … Continue reading 5BC: Five Best Silver Age Character Deaths

WC: SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE #24

Just as with Jimmy Olsen, whose title we covered here a few weeks ago, so too was Lois Lane popular enough throughout the 1960s to headline a series all her won. This is thinks in no small part, I expect, to the portrayal of actress Noel Neill in the ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN television series, which … Continue reading WC: SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE #24

Your Comics Code at Work: LOVE SECRETS #48

Here's a post that you can credit (or blame) entirely to Mark Waid. Mark sent me these two old Quality Comics releases with instructions to read a particular story inside each one. And now I'll share that story with all of you--another example of how the Comics Code of America was protecting the corruptible youth … Continue reading Your Comics Code at Work: LOVE SECRETS #48

5BC: The Five Most Unique Super Heroes of the Silver Age

In the early 1940s, as a myriad of would-be publishers heard about the overwhelming success of Superman nd rushed into the marketplace offering their own get-rich-quick versions of a comic book super hero, the reality is that nobody quite understood just what factors made Superman work. And so, everything was tried, and creativity--both good and … Continue reading 5BC: The Five Most Unique Super Heroes of the Silver Age