As promised here are more scans of the covers from the comics I bought last week.
This is another one of those covers I would see again and again in the Sixties Cover Gallery section of Superman: From The ’30s to the ’70s. I have no idea what the story is about and frankly I don’t know if that matters. This cover has been “with me” for pretty much as long as I can remember. It’s actually kind of weird owning this issue and several of the others that were showcased in that collection. For years it seemed like an impossibility that I would ever hold one in my hands and yet here it is.
Sure it’s banged up a bit but I still own it.
This brings up an interesting point. For years and years I assumed that my Superman comic collection would begin with Superman (vol. 1) #233, along with the other Superman titles from that cover month, and go from there. It struck me as a very attainable goal, especially after I started actively pursuing those comics. The Silver Age books seemed like something I would never be interested in collecting nor could I afford them, but buying these books has made me realize that it might take a little time and a certain amount of patience as well as the knowledge that some of these books may end up costing a pretty penny but I really can start my collection at just about any point, though I am realistic that I am not going to amass an entire Superman collection.
A man can dream, though.
On with the covers.
I have no idea what’s going on with this cover.
Part of me thinks I really don’t want to know.
Sure looks interesting, though.
Yes it surely does.
I was REALLY excited to find this issue.
Back when Jeffrey Taylor and I covered World of Krypton on our podcast From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast we discussed the terrorist group known as Black Zero. In what we used to call the Post Crisis days Black Zero was ultimately responsible for the destruction of Krypton when they, for lack of a better description, dropped a bomb into the planet’s core. After that episode “aired” a listener wrote in and informed us that in the Pre-Crisis continuity Black Zero was the name of a man and that man somehow destroyed Superman’s home planet. I was fascinated by this and was pretty stoked when I discovered that Superman (vol. 1) #205 was reprinted in Superman: Tales of the Phantom Zone, which I got off of eBay for a song. I thought, “Good. I’ll finally get to read that when I can find the time.” Then I stumbled upon this bad boy in that longbox of awesome.
And it is in such good condition.
So now I own the actual issue. And that fact puts a big ol’ smile on my face.
Talk about an iconic cover.
This one is in the worst condition, but I love this image. Like many Silver Age covers it probably writes a check that the story can’t cash but still. Floating, flaming letters. A dying Superman on the ground. An ominous question.
The only thought that comes to mind when I look at this cover is, “They probably deserved it.”
All kidding aside this is one goofy ass cover. Kind of cool, but goofy.
And that is all for today. Tomorrow is From Crisis to Crisis day here at the Fortress. On Friday I will post the rest of the covers. The best is literally yet to come.
More to follow…