COLLECTED EDITIONS – TIME AND TIME AGAIN

(Collected Editions is a listing of the various trade paperbacks, hardcovers, omnibuses, etc. that are in my Superman collection.  The goal is to not only inventory my collection of trades, hardcovers, etc. but also to display said collection and produce something resembling a resource for other Superman readers, collectors and fans.)

209- Time and Time Again A 210- Time and Time Again BNuts and Bolts

  • Released on August 09, 1994
  • Original Price $7.50
  • 206 pages
  • Cover by Freida Christofides

Contents

  • Introduction by KC Carlson
  • The Linear Man from Adventures of Superman #476
  • Lost in the ’40s Tonight from Action Comics #663
  • The Warsaw Ghetto from Superman (Vol. 2) #54
  • “Death Rekindled” from Adventures of Superman #477
  • Many Long Years Ago… from Action Comics #664
  • Camelot from Superman (Vol. 2) #55
  • Moon Rocked from Adventures of Superman #478
  • Wake The Dead from Action Comics #665
  • Time and Time Again Again from Superman (Vol. 2) #61
  • Time Ryders from Superman (Vol. 2) #73

Notes

  • The Post Crisis Superman didn’t do a whole lot of time traveling.  In fact until 1991 he didn’t do any with the exception of traveling to the pocket universe thanks to that world’s Superboy but that really doesn’t count.  Superman didn’t have the power to travel in time unaided so trips to the future or the past were not in the cards.
  • That is what made Time and Time Again such a big deal.  Not only was it a multi-part story that took place over all three of the Superman titles but it put the Post Crisis Superman through something new and different.
  • The timing was awful.  Clark had just revealed his identity to Lois and that revelation didn’t go over well.  Just when the couple needed to have a serious conversation about their future Clark was sent there.  And to the past.  And then to the future again.  And then to the past again.  It added a level of drama that made the story more personal.
  • Three eras of the Legion were represented in the Adventures of Superman chapters.  Not only was this one of the few times that the events that happened in the pocket universe were mentioned in the Superman titles but at the time it was was one of the few times that the Legion and Superman had anything to do with each other.
  • When this story was published the Legion was well over a year into the Five Years Later era and the history of that group was being changed so the connection between the Legion and Superman was tenuous at best.  Seeing Clark interact with the group was a real treat at the time, at least for me.  I was not the biggest Legion fan but I thought Jurgens did some neat things with them in his chapters, especially the fight with Dev-Em.
  • Speaking of that fight the moon was destroyed in Adventures of Superman #478, which was a big deal for the Legion.  It was weird to have such a pivotal event that eventually led to the destruction of the Earth and the founding of a colony in space happen outside of the Legion’s title but again it made this story that much more special.
  • The Action chapters were a lot of fun.  Lost in the ’40s Tonight not only featured a meeting between Clark and President Roosevelt but also an appearance by the Justice Battalion.  The scenes at the circus were a callback to the events of Action Comics #7 from 1938, which involved Superman and…well, the circus.
  • Chronos makes an appearance in Action #664, which plays off of events from the short lived Blue Beetle series from 1986.  He was drawn to look like Richard Nixon on purpose.
  • The Superman chapters were shorter than the normal 22 page story.  A Newsboy Legion back-up story began in Superman issue 54 and ended in issue 56.  Those back-ups are not reprinted in this trade.
  • Mister Z makes an appearance in Superman #54 which chronologically predates his first appearance in issue 51.
  • Only five pages of Action #665 appear in this trade.  The rest of that issue features the return of Baron Sunday, which didn’t have much bearing on Time and Time Again as a story.
  • The final two comics reprinted in this trade were a real surprise but a very welcome one.  This book was released in August of 1994, which was right after the publication of Zero Hour.  Waverider and the Linear Men were a big part of that event so it made sense to release this trade which not only features the first appearance of the Linear Men as a concept but also included the issues of Superman that furthered that concept and tied it into Waverider from Armageddon 2001.  Not only was it a savvy bit of marketing on DC’s part but it also gave readers at the time that were just starting to read the Superman books or those that had read Zero Hour and might have been curious the full story on those characters.
  • The introduction by KC Carlson was a fun exploration of time travel stories in general and Superman related time travel stories in specific.  It’s always neat to see introductions in these collected editions.  On a personal note I wish that they would all have introductions but maybe alas this is not always the case.
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2 Responses to COLLECTED EDITIONS – TIME AND TIME AGAIN

  1. Martin Gray says:

    Thanks for the memories, I loved this saga – one thing, though, didn’t Chronos always look like a balder Tricky Dicky? Mind, Nixon was around in the early Sixties, of course, so maybe that was indeed a joke.

  2. Michael Bailey says:

    He might have. I would have to dig through my Who’s Who back issues but he might have.

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