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.

No foolin’.

More to follow…

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  1. Steve says:

    Great stuff Mike, keep ’em coming!

  2. Bibliomike says:

    What fun! The 209 cover could only be made better if Clark had somehow stuffed Superman in a garbage can, the way Peter Parker does his Spidey suit in that one, iconic Marvel cover…

    Any idea who the artist on 205 is? That’s a really neat cover, Silver Age or not! I like the realistic expression on Superman’s face, actually — it’s the blend of anger and sadness you might expect if Superman really were finding himself driven to do away with someone, once and for all.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Another set of great silver age covers mike. You’ve really managed to bring back my excitment for the Silver Age. The amazing thing is these came out one after the other and each is iconic in its own way. This is a perfect example of how creating a cover to hook readers and draw them in is a lost art today. When I started reading Superman with Man of Steel I became hooked and I started picking up back issues just like you did. After going to the smithsonian Superman exhibit in 88 and buying The Greates Superman Stories ever told in the giftshop, I really ramped up my collecting. In the late 80’s in Rhode Island we had many comics and collectibles stores and the silver age was only 20 – 30 years before so these books weren’t as hard to come buy, it was like getting 80’s books today. I can still remeber early in my collecting life probably around or 89 my dad took me to a place called Arlington Coin that had all kinds of collectibles, among other things I picked up copies of Superman 200, 201 from the late 60’s and annual 1 from 1960 each for like a buck and believe me there were issues of Flash an Green Lantern that I now wish I picked up instead of the issues of JLA I did get, issues 46, 47, 61 and 66. I can remeber thinking 1960 was so long ago and I’ll never be able to own a comic older then that so 1960 was my cut off. Over the years I managed to fill in a lot of gaps, mostly through 50 cent or dollar boxes. I was also lucky I had a cousin in the comic business and he sold me a many of the Superman 80 and 100 page giants not long after my trip to Arlington Coin including issues 183, 187, 207, 212, 217, 222, 227, 232, 245, 252, 284 all for around $15. These were like Superman 101, with reprints of golden and silver age stories including the first appearence of Luthor, and the many other iconic stories. Over the years I filled in gaps as best I could there was a time the I knew the covers I had from memory, back before the internet I had no way of knowing what covers I didn’t have looked like so if I saw a cover new to me I knew I didn’t have that book and bought it if it was affordable. I always had a policy of not paying more than $10 for a single issue but I managed to fill a lot of gaps. I haven’t got any new Silver Age in awhile because its a lot more costly now. I did manage to pick up some pre- 1960 books, the oldest book I own is Superman 64 even though it doesn’t have a back cover its cool because it has Lois Lane as a teacher, and I dig that because my wife and I are teachers. I can remember 10 or 15 years ago when Silver Age books were really hot and I worked at a comic shop the owner offered to buy my collection, but I just couldn’t give those books up they were just to cool and I’m glad I didn’t. This blog just gets me really excited to see whats out there in this buyers market. I have to dig out my books and inventory them and see where the gaps are. Thanks you once again Mike for giving this 36 year old 25 year fan of comics a chance to be excited about them again, its been a long time.

  4. Alan Leach Jr. says:

    Sorry that last one was from me, I forgot I cleared my history so the ID went away, and sorry about the grammar mistakes, I’m a math teacher not an English teacher, I was always bad at spelling.

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