SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL VOLUME 8 ANNOUNCED!

Recently (which automatically dates this post but that’s how this game is played) DC released Superman: The Man of Steel Volume 7.  Volume 6 came out in 2008 so Volume 7 coming out in 2013 was a pretty big deal for me and other fans of this era.  The question soon became would there be a Volume 8?  Looks like from a solicitation standpoint that question was answered.

Volume 8 is up for pre-sale over at Amazon.

Notice that the image provided is listed as Not Final Cover, which makes a lot of sense.  I mean that’s a great cover but it doesn’t quite fit with the trade dress they have been using for these collections.  Anyone that knows me will not be surprised that I think they should stick with a Jerry Ordway cover.  In my heart of hearts I would like to see an original like Volumes 1-6 had but I would be okay with a re-purposed cover like they used on Volume 7.  According to the listing they are reprinting Adventures of Superman issues 439 and 440 in this trade, so those are two options.  439 has a pretty decent cover.

AOS 439I did yank this from the Grand Comics Database because I haven’t scanned this one yet and at the moment I am not in a position to do that.  So credit where credit is due and all that.  I had to do the same with issue 440, which has a more dynamic cover.

AOS 440Now that would make for a sharp cover.  The thing is they are reprinting Action Comics #600 and the “Clark has a thing for Wonder Woman” sub-plot which had been running since Superman (Vol. 2) #5 was finally paid off in that book.  Considering Superman and Wonder Woman are currently an item in the New 52 it would make sense to try and tie this trade into that story, which means this sort of art will more than likely appear on the cover.

Ad- Action Comics #600Now I really like this bit of art.  It is very dynamic and would make for a fine cover but part of me wants them to stick with the Ordway theme.  Luckily there is some art that would fit that bill and like the two covers above I did use  Google to find this.

Adventures 440 SplashSo if they were going with Superman and Wonder Woman kissing as a theme then this would work just fine.

The break down of the issues is interesting and once again I think DC has gone in the right direction.  Not only will you get the first appearance of Skyhook, Checkmate and the Post-Crisis Prankster but they’ve also included Superman (Vol. 2) #18, which is not only an amazing story involving Superman returning to Krypton but it is also the conclusion to the final story in Action Comics #600, so you don’t have to wait for the next trade to see how that story plays out.  I am curious if they will include the Bonus Book from Action Comics #599, which wasn’t all that memorable but would be interesting to see.  I am also curious if they are going to reprint every story from Action Comics #600.  I think they should but I can see them maybe cutting the Lois Lane story or the Lex Luthor/Maggie Sawyer confrontation though it would be a damn shame if they did because it was probably my favorite tale from that issue.

No matter what they decide I hope this trade goes through.  Sometimes they will solicit a trade but not publish it because pre-orders are so low.  I rarely do this but if you are thinking of buying this book please pre-order it now.  Use this link to head over to the Superman Homepage and use their store as they have a thing with Amazon.  So not only would you be supporting this book but that site as well.  I won’t make a dime off of it but I’ve been with the Homepage for over a decade now and they’ve been really good to me.

So this leads to another question; where could they go from here with the Superman: The Man of Steel trades?  Come back tomorrow and find out how I would break down the next few volumes in this line.

Or click on the link to go to the next page if you are reading this in the future.  Either way…To Be Continued.

WHO’S WHO CLASSIC – LANA LANG (POST CRISIS)

Welcome to another installment of Who’s Who Classic, a regular feature here at the Fortress where every Monday I will present an entry from the original series of Who’s Who comics that DC published between 1984 and 1988.  Superman was well represented in those series and I wanted to share the entries with you just in case you have never seen them.  Today’s entry is Lana Lang (Post Crisis)!

Lana Lang(originally published in Who’s Who Update ’88 #4, November 1988)

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WHO’S WHO CLASSIC – LANA LANG A.K.A. INSECT QUEEN (PRE-CRISIS)

Welcome to another installment of Who’s Who Classic, a regular feature here at the Fortress where every Monday I will present an entry from the original series of Who’s Who comics that DC published between 1984 and 1988.  Superman was well represented in those series and I wanted to share the entries with you just in case you have never seen them.  Today’s entry is Lana Lang (Pre-Crisis)!

Lana Lang - Insect Queen(originally published in Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #11, January 1986)

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WHO’S WHO CLASSIC – NIGHTWING AND FLAMEBIRD

Welcome to another installment of Who’s Who Classic, a regular feature here at the Fortress where every Monday I will present an entry from the original series of Who’s Who comics that DC published between 1984 and 1988.  Superman was well represented in those series and I wanted to share the entries with you just in case you have never seen them.  Today’s entry is Nightwing and Flamebird (Pre-Crisis)!

Nightwing and Flamebird(originally published in Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #17, July 1986)

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WHO’S WHO CLASSIC – VARTOX

Welcome to another installment of Who’s Who Classic, a regular feature here at the Fortress where every Monday I will present an entry from the original series of Who’s Who comics that DC published between 1984 and 1988.  Superman was well represented in those series and I wanted to share the entries with you just in case you have never seen them.  Today’s entry is Vartox!

Vartox(originally published in Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #25, March 1987)

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WHO’S WHO CLASSIC – RAMPAGE

Welcome to another installment of Who’s Who Classic, a regular feature here at the Fortress where every Monday I will present an entry from the original series of Who’s Who comics that DC published between 1984 and 1988.  Superman was well represented in those series and I wanted to share the entries with you just in case you have never seen them.  Today’s entry is Rampage!

Rampage(originally published in Who’s Who Update ’87 #4, November 1987)

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SO…YEAH…THIS HAPPENED

Hey, everybody.  I know it’s been a couple of weeks since I have posted anything here.  In the past the reasons for this have included me losing interest or me just letting everything else I do on the web get in the way and I just don’t have the time.  Well, my interest in Superman is at an all time high so that’s not an issue and I haven’t been doing anything on the web recently.  So what happened?

This.

Car Accident 1 Car Accident 2On April 1, 2013 my wife was involved in a very serious car accident.  I won’t get into all of the details here but she ended up with a broken arm, a broken leg, six broken ribs and a cracked sternum.  She was rushed to the hospital and we spent the next eight days there.  She’s home now and recovering but between work and taking care of her my time is pretty well spent.

My plan is to start posting again very soon.  I don’t know when that will be but normal service will resume at some point.

And in case you were curious; yes I have seen the new trailer and yes I thought it was awesome.

More to follow…promise.

ACQUISITIONS – DC BLUE RIBBON DIGEST #16

Found this for cheap on eBay recently.

Blue Ribbon 16 A Blue Ribbon 16 BFull disclosure time: I did manipulate the images above just a tad.  While this book wasn’t in horrible condition when I got it there were a few imperfections that bugged me once I scanned the front and back covers so I used my mediocre Photoshopping skills to touch it up.  I like being honest about these things.

I found this book while window shopping on eBay about two weeks ago.  Given that it is Superman’s 75th Anniversary it seemed appropriate.  Frankly I could devote an entire episode of Views From The Longbox to this book and would probably spend 3/4 of that episode talking about this gorgeous cover.  Rich Buckler and the late Dick Giordano made a great team and I just love how this one turned out.  Superman looks great, Batman and Robin look awesome (Buckler drew a great Robin and doesn’t get enough credit for what he brought to that character), Captain Thunder was a nice addition and you have to love Lex Luthor giving the ultimate thumbs down.  Beyond that this is a fun book with a bunch of great Superman stories and was well worth the six bucks I spent on it.

I need to buy more Blue Ribbon Digests.  I really do.

WHO’S WHO CLASSIC – NEWSBOY LEGION

Welcome to another installment of Who’s Who Classic, a regular feature here at the Fortress where every Monday I will present an entry from the original series of Who’s Who comics that DC published between 1984 and 1988.  Superman was well represented in those series and I wanted to share the entries with you just in case you have never seen them.  Today’s entry is Power Girl (Pre-Crisis)!

Newsboy Legion(originally published in Who’s Who Update ’88 #2, September 1988)

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