FORTRESS ARCHIVES – SUPERMAN VS ALIENS PROMO

I am not entirely sure where this black and white promo piece came from.  It could have been one of those bits of business stuffed into the Previews catalog since publishers tended to stick all manner of trading cards and other assorted promotional pieces in there, especially during the nineties.  No matter where it came from I am glad it was in the folder that Alan Leach, Jr. gave me years ago.  It’s an interesting piece and I was a fan of this mini-series when it came out.  Jeffrey and I will be getting this sooner rather than later on From Crisis to Crisis.

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FORTRESS ARCHIVES – MANY LIVES MANY WORLDS POSTERS

I’ve posted in the past about the Superman: Many Lives Many Worlds exhibit that ran from June 1987 to June 1988 at the National Museum of American History, part of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. A few weeks back I posted scans of a post card you could pick up at the exhibit and years ago I posted pictures of the exhibit that were sent to me by Alan Leach, Jr.  Today I present something that I have been trying to get my hands on for years.  Featured below are scans of the poster that you could pick up at the exhibit.  It measured 11″ x 17″ and can be a tad expensive on the eBay market but I managed to track one down for a reasonable price.

I have fond memories of seeing this exhibit back in 1987 so getting this poster was a big deal.  The question now is do I buy another one so I can have both sides facing out or do I just hang this with the front side visible?  The back is neat to be sure but I love that image of Superman flying in front of those classic covers.  No matter what I decide I am glad this is finally part of the archives.

It’s not about how big your collection is but what you have and what that means to you that counts.  At least to me.

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THAT COVERS IT – COMICS READER #165

Jerry Ordway Superman artwork from 1979?  Count me in!

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THE NEW NEW COSTUME – FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Last week ComicBook.com broke the story that Superman is getting another costume change.  If you haven’t read that piece do so now because there’s a neat video that goes along with it.  Plus Russ Burlingame is a friend and does tremendous work for that site.

Anyway, I had some first impressions on the costume and thought I would share them here.  Before I get into those thoughts I wanted to make a few things clear.

  1. I am a traditionalist when it comes to Superman.  I prefer the classic look with the trunks.
  2. Having written that, I am not adverse to change.  I used to be but that’s why I say I’m a traditionalist and not a purist.
  3. I don’t have issues with those that are purists when it comes to the Man of Steel as long as they are reasonable about it but personally I feel that the costume can be tweaked and not be the end of the world.
  4. I was not a fan of the New 52 costume but it grew on me or at the very least I grew to accept that it happened and that there wasn’t a thing I could do about it.  I never liked the black S on the cape but the overall look wasn’t terrible.  Unnecessarily busy but not terrible.
  5. I did like the costume from Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  I thought it looked good on screen and kept enough of the traditional elements that I could overlook that horrible midsection.
  6. I liked the Rebirth costume…from the waist up.  I never liked the blue boots.  You could argue that that it hearkened back to the very first costume we saw in the comics but to me they looked like footie pajamas.  I did like the fact that the S was more traditional and that they put the yellow S back on the cape.

So what do I think of the new look?

Short version; I like it.

Long version: The new belt reminds me of what they were going for with the Tyler Hoechlin Superman costume from Supergirl. It’s not perfect but the shape of the belt works and I like the yellow detail in the front.  Normally having the symbol or even the shield on the belt is an issue with me but I don’t mind it here.  The boots are classic and fix that problem I had with the previous Rebirth outfit.  Other than that it’s not all that different from what we’ve been seeing for the past six months.  It’s an improvement and the best kind of upgrade.

Would I like to see the trunks return?  Yes, but I don’t think that’s ever going to happen so my choices are accept that and move on or get so upset I do something silly like…oh I don’t know…blow up the timeline of one of the publishers of DC Comics with memes that border on the obsessive.

I’d rather not be angry all the time so I accept it and move on.

This image actually makes me happier than the previous one.  The wedding.  The birth of Jonathan.  The shot of Superman flying over his friends at the Planet.  Superman carrying the flag.  Superman breaking free of Kryptonite chains.  It’s all so classic even if the costume is more New 52 in places.  More than anything that shirt rip makes me feel like a kid again.  I am a mark for shirt rips.  I have been since I was five years old and that will probably never change.  This cover makes a lot of promises and I have every faith that Dan Jurgens and Peter Tomasi will keep those promises because they’ve been doing that for the past six months.

So that’s about it.  I should have a post about the full April solicitations when they hit so keep an eye out for that.

A new costume.  A better costume.  A further step in the right direction.

I am a happy Superman fan.

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NEW SUPERMAN BOOKS FOR THE WEEK OF 01/11/2017

Below is a list of Superman related comics that I bought this week.

  • Action Comics #971
  • Supergirl #5
  • New Super-Man #7
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws #6
  • Titans #7
  • Justice League vs Suicide Squad #3 (from last week)

I am behind on my reading so Action Comics is the only one that I managed to get to at this point.  I have written a review which will be up later on the Superman Homepage.  I really need to get caught up on New Super-ManRed Hood and Titans but time has not been on my side recently.

Additionally Comixology has released the following Superman back issues digitally.  They are:

  • Action Comics (1938) #s 13, 14, 739 and 740
  • Adventures of Superman #s 552 and 553
  • DC Comics Presents (1978) #s 39 and 40
  • Superman (1987) #s 129 and 130
  • Superman: The Man of Steel (1991) #s73 and 74

Comixology (and by extension DC Comics) have been phenomenal about getting more Superman content in their back catalog.   There are still some serious gaps such as Adventures of Superman issues 445 – 450 and Action Comics issues 643-658 and, randomly, 729 but a lot of the Post Crisis material is there for the download.  I would love to see more Golden and Silver Age material up for sale but I guess I’m going to have to be patient for that.

The fact that more of the Superman Blue era keeps getting released also makes me happy.  They have gotten to the month where all of the DC books had huge close-ups of the characters’ faces on the cover, which means they are almost to 1998.  Hopefully this means that the Superman Red/Superman Blue and Superman: Forever specials will be available sooner rather than later.

The physical comics I got this week were bought at First Edition Comics in Peachtree City, GA.  Jared runs a great shop so if you are on the south side of Atlanta definitely pay him a visit and barring that check out his site.

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SECRET FILES FRIDAY – PERRY WHITE

Welcome to another installment of Secret Files Friday!  I have gone and run out of Superman related Who’s Who entries to post so I have moved on the the Secret Files and Origins entries that popped up starting in late 1997.  While they weren’t as detailed as Who’s Who I have a real soft spot for the Secret Files and Origins line so I wanted to give them some love.  The week’s entry is Perry White!

(originally published in Superman Secret Files and Origins #1, January 1998)

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DC HEROES (MAYFAIR GAMES) – KRYPTO

DC Heroes  was a role-playing game published by Mayfair Exponential Game Systems.  Three editions of the game were released between 1985 and 1993.  Superman was the subject of two sourcebooks in addition to appearing in other sourcebooks and gaming modules.  This series is meant to showcase the entries from those sourcebooks as well as Superman’s appearances in other areas of the game.

Krypto

  • Originally presented in Superman Sourcebook First Edition (1987)
  • Written by Steve Crow and Chris Mortika

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LETTER HACK DAYS – SUPERMAN #152 (1999)

Before I started this blog…before I started podcasting…before I started writing for the Superman Homepage…before all of that there was a brief time where I was a letter hack.

You know…back when DC published letters in the back of their comics.

This one comes from Superman #152, published in November of 1999.

Yes, I had Iron Munro’s name in my AOL handle, he was in the Young All-Stars, big whoop, wanna fight about it?

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HOUSE AD – WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON

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WHICH SUPERMAN IS IT? or BEING PICKY ABOUT LABELS IS A BLOGGER’S JOB

The past six months have been good for as a Superman fan.

Seriously.  It’s been awesome.  Tyler Hoechlin’s version of both Superman and Clark was amazing.  Comixology has been adding more and more Post Crisis issues to their site.  There have been a number of fantastic trade paperbacks and hardcovers and omnibuses coming out with more to follow.  On top of all of that the new comics DC has been publishing have been amazing and I look forward to each new issue.

I haven’t been this happy with just about everything involving the Man of Steel in years.

However…

There has been one thing that’s been nagging at the back of my mind since Jurgens started writing this version of Superman back in Convergence.  It’s seriously nit picky but it’s there just the same.

Which Superman are we seeing the current books?

Part of me wants to answer that which with, “It doesn’t matter.  The books are good.  Shut up and enjoy yourself,” but that’s not how my brain works.  I’m the guy that argues that the Earth-2 Superman from the Pre-Crisis days was not the Superman we saw in the Golden Age comics.  His backstory was largely taken from the books but in reality he was a character created in the late sixties and further developed in the seventies to be a version of Superman that started his career in the thirties and aged to the then present.  It doesn’t take away for the love and affection I have for that version of Superman.  Not in the least.  The Earth-2 Superman is one of my favorite iterations of the Man of Steel but calling him the Golden Age Superman implies that he is the Superman you saw in the early issues of Action Comics and he isn’t.

He’s “a” Golden Age Superman but he’s not “the” Golden Age Superman because he still worked for the Daily Star until the fifties and other minor inconsistencies.

What about the current Superman flying around in the pages of Superman and Action Comics and other books?  Some people call him the Pre-Flashpoint Superman.  Others are happy that the Post Crisis Superman has returned.  Still others probably don’t care but I’ve been curious about this since they announced that Superman: Lois and Clark was going to be a mini-series.  The Post Crisis Superman and the one that existed after Infinite Crisis are similar in character history but there are significant differences between the two, especially when it comes to Krypton and Lex Luthor.  The Krypton of the Post Crisis Superman was a sterile world full of bio-suits, funky headdresses and death and Superman met that version of Lex when he was an adult.  After Infinite Crisis  Krypton was more like the one seen in Superman: The Movie and Lex and Clark met in Smallville when they were teenagers.

The element that muddles the question the most is the fact that the current Superman is married to Lois.  While the Earth-2 Superman married the Lois from his reality he was never the main version of the character DC went with.  It wasn’t until 1996 that Lois and Clark tied the knot for reals.  This was something that the powers that be carried over after Infinite Crisis, which surprised me at the time because it seemed like the best time to make that change if they were going to do so.  I guess married Superman still had some pull until the New 52.  Superman marrying Lois is more associated with the Post Crisis version so the fact that the current Man of Steel is married it’s easy to assume that he’s Post Crisis all the way.

Thankfully the sleepless nights this question caused me (or would have caused me if I actually had any sleepless nights) are over.  On the second page of Action Comics #970 the question is resolved.

So there you have it.  This is definitely the Post Infinite Crisis/Pre-Flashpoint Superman.  The one that existed between 2006 and 2011.  Patrick Zircher even drew young Lex like Gary Frank did in Superman: Secret Origin.

In the end it doesn’t really matter.  That part of my brain that just wants me to shut up and enjoy the comics is ultimately correct.  My era of Superman has been over for nearly a decade.  As long as the Superman in the comics I read feels close to what I want to see in the character and as long as the stories are good I should be satisfied and for the moment I am.  The writing and art on both Superman and Action Comics have been top notch and most of the side books have been fantastic as well.

But for the record it’s not the Post Crisis Superman.

I mean technically it is because every story after Crisis on Infinite Earths is Post Crisis.  It’s just not that Post Crisis Superman.

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