A little late today, but this post still got in under the wire.

Last week I was shopping with my wife and we stopped by Dave’s Comics in Fayetteville where I wasn’t really planning to buy anything and of course I found something to buy.  This is the way things work out for me.  If I want something it’s not there.  If I am not looking for anything in particular the comic fairies will sprinkle their magic dust over the store and SHAZAM I find something cool.

And I indeed found something cool.

Actually I found cool 14 pieces of cool and over the course of this week I will be posting the covers because I am really excited that I found these books.

The fact that I got all of these books for $3 a piece makes it all the better.

And here we go with Part One!

I am going backwards numbering wise, so here is the first one and the last one.

These books break down into two categories; covers I have seen again and again re-reading Superman: From The ’30s to the ’70s and covers that just looked awesome.  This one is from the second category because that cover looks awesome.

Come on!  It’s Clark Kent shooting Lex Luthor with a machine gun and Lex is wearing a Superman costume!  This one is begging to be purchased and read!  I’ll get back to you when I get around to reading it.

Am I the only one weirded out by the fact that Superman is probably naked in that tube?

This cover was in the interesting category.  It’s creepy but I have to admit it begs to be bought.

This one is kind of a surprise to me.  The thing about the cover galleries in Superman: From the ’30s to the ’70s is that they were kind of small, so I never noticed the issue numbers.  Until I bought this comic last week I was absolutely convinced that this story took place after Superman (vol. 1) #233, the kick off to the Kryptonite Nevermore storyline.  Turns out I was wrong.

Oh well.  Live and learn.  I still love that I have this issue.

This is a classic cover.  It’s kind of beat up but for three bucks it was a great buy.  I am very fond of imaginary stories and even though most of them end on a weak note I still dig them, so I am looking forward to getting this book as well.

And that’s it for today.  Come back tomorrow for YouTube Tuesday and then come back on Wednesday for more cover scans of the awesome books I have recently purchased.

More to follow…

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  1. penfold says:

    Superman #230 is actually a really cool story and it’s pretty much in line with how I’ve always thought that type of Lex Luthor should be done… even though it’s actually Clark in the role. So hmm. But yeah, that’s pretty much it.

  2. Alan Leach Jr. says:

    Wow, I don’t have any of these. Each cover is cool in its own way and it looks like two out of four are imaginary stories I’ve never heard of. I’ve been a fan of silver age imaginary stories since I got the hardcover Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told at the Smithsonian in 1988. I read the death of Superman and Superman Red, Superman Blue and was hooked. I especially like the sub genre where Clark/ Superman marries either Lois or Lana and has kids, of course whoever he marries seems to die in most of them. One of the earliest two part Superman stories I have is an imaginary story. Superman 192 and 194, he marries Lois has a son and she dies. I spent years tracking down 194 after I got 192 based on the cover and read to the end to find it was continued. These also show that during the 60’s and early 70’s Curt Swan was able to do some pretty interesting covers, although you can really see a step up with the Neal Adams cover. Anyway I rambled to long, thanks for the cool picts I’ll have to look out for those in the future, now that its a buyers market even for silver age.

  3. Bibliomike says:

    These are awesome, Michael — thanks for sharing! 230 is indeed one of the greatest “hooks” I’ve seen on a Silver Age Superman cover. And those Galactacons look even more finicky in their membership criteria than the Legion of Super-Heroes!

  4. Michael Bradley (omike015) says:

    That cover to #230 is awesome. The linework… the coloring! Fantastic. I really wish their was a market for reproductions of these types of covers as posters or nice-quality prints suitable for framing.

    Fun trivia: According to what I read on the “Who Drew Superman?” site some time ago, the “Killer Kent” story was the first Superman story to feature credits.

  5. Steve says: TomO of takes a sideways look at Superman 215. Very funny take on the book, and one of my favourite reviews of all time.

  6. Bibliomike says:


    Thank you for pointing out that review, and that website — awesome and funny! I have subscribed! 🙂

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