Action #364

Ok, I don’t quite feel that bad, but apparently I have an upper respiratory infection.

Which really sucks too because there are some things I wanted to do for the blog this week but I feel like crud on a stick left out in the sun for five hours coated with honey and placed on a fire ant hill.

Ok, it’s not that bad, but I still feel quite ill at the moment.

More to follow… 


…I really think that I bought the Superman/Doomsday DVD for the Requiem and Rebirth: Superman Lives! documentary.

 Don’t get me wrong.  I liked Superman/Doomsday as a movie.  It wasn’t a strict adaptation like Justice League: New Frontier was but it had it’s moments.  The action was phenomenal and the story was solid enough, but that documentary was what really had me excited.  It is one of the few times where a documentary (or featurette as they are sometimes called) surpassed my expectations.  It had the creators from what I consider “my” era of the character and brought back all of the memories from Doomsday, Funeral For a Friend and Reign of the Supermen

Well, it didn’t exactly bring them back.  I am one of those freaky people who can tell you where I was and what I was doing when I first read most of my comics.  It’s just one of those things.  I remember what I was doing the weekend Superman #75 came out, I remember when I bought the Funeral For a Friend issues and so on.  Despite this “gift” I enjoyed hearing the behind the scenes stories and was impressed with how in depth they went into the creation of the story.

In all honesty I would have paid fifteen bucks just for that.  I look at this DVD as a documentary with a cartoon attached.

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WHAT I BOUGHT: 04/23/2008

A very light week Superman wise.  One team-up book, one team book and one Pre-Crisis book. 

And here we go.

Superman/Batman #47

I just go through reading this one.  I have mixed feelings, all of which can be read in my review on the Superman Homepage, which will be up on Monday or so.

How’s that for self pimping?

Justice League of America (Vol. 2) #20

Another review book for the Homepage.  I haven’t read this one yet but I am hopeful that this book will get back on track after the past few issues.

And finally…

Superman Vol. 1 #237

The Pre-Crisis collection continues along at a good clip.  I’m taking baby steps because, well, even with the deals these seventies books are getting quite expensive.  I am looking forward to completing the “Sandman Saga” as it is a story that I have wanted to read in it’s entirety for some time now.  Part of me wishes they would put out a trade of the story but at the same time I would buy the individual issues anyway.  I like trades and all.  A lot actually as my bookshelf is nearly overflowing but there is something about owning the actual comic and seeing the ads and reading the letters pages.  It’s like a little time capsule.

Oh well.  Looks to be a good week comic wise.  I also bought a couple of the Secret Invasion tie-ins and the third issue of Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness’ Hulk came out, so fun reading all around apparently.

More to follow…


Smallville Season 5

I mentioned in my last post that I was going through Season 5 of Smallville lately.  Surprisingly I enjoyed it.  I didn’t think I would but there it is.  There were the obligatory bad episodes that made me want to punch someone square in the face, but overall it had a really good arc and the writing was much better than Season 3. 

Then again I liked Season 4 when I re-watched it so what the hell do I know?

Anyhow, I am the type of guy that likes to check out deleted scenes and one from the sixteenth episode Hypnotic was very odd to watch.  There was very little post-production work done on the deleted scenes and this is illustrated when you have the character of Simone (she of the hypnotic jewelry) racing down one of the back Smallville country roads (there’s a John Denver song in there somewhere) and there is literally no sound.  Not even the roar of an engine.  Just Simone driving really fast, getting pulled over, using her little neck thingie and getting out of the ticket.  It was just odd.  I felt like I was missing something.

So I thought about and then over thought about because that’s what I do and realized that two things were missing from this deleted scene; the car noises and some crappy pop song that I barely tolerate but they have several in every episode so I kind of have to put up with it if I want to watch the show.  But which crappy pop song?  It has to tie into the plot somehow because most of the songs do that.

And then it hit me.

Avril Lavigne’s Girlfriend.

Yeah, I know.  That song wasn’t on the air during Season 5.  Doesn’t matter.  It would have been perfect.  Absolutely perfect.  The lyrics match what Simone was doing in the episode. 

So perfect. 

Or at least I think so and since this is my blog I get to express that thought.

(By The Way: I have been meaning to post this for two days now but I have been having some issues with WordPress.  Turns out one of my plug-ins was causing some problems and when I would open the page to write a new post the page would load and load and load and then my web browser would freeze up.  So sorry I haven’t been around over the past few days but technical difficulties and all that.)

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Today I purchased two more issues from the Bronze Age, which is good.  I hadn’t really planned on focusing on the my Superman want list but after starting this blog t just kind of worked out that way.

BTW- My Superman want list is made up of my current Superman collecting goal, which is to have every issue of Superman, Action Comics, World’s Finest, Superboy and the Legion of Super Heroes, Supergirl, Superman Family, Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane and Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen from 1971 until today.  I’m even throwing in Justice League of America for good measure.  It may seem a little insane, but I have a near complete run from 1976 until today so it is achievable and if I’m smart about it and stretch it out over time I can achieve my goal and once I’m done I’m sure that I’ll be satisfied.

Or I’ll start with every Superman book from 1960 until now.  It’s a fifty/fifty shot really.

Today I picked up two books which if I had paid the sticker price would have set me back thirty-two bucks but the shop owner knocked it down to an even twenty.  First up is Superman Vol. 1 #235.

Superman Vol. 1 #235

I like this cover and I really don’t know why.  Maybe because it is different than a lot of the other covers of the era.  Usually there would be one dynamic image and here is a series of images, almost like an interior page.  It does draw attention, though, which important for a good cover.  Next up is Superman Vol. 1 #236. 

Superman Vol. 1 #236

Now that’s a creepy cover.  I mean seriously.  Images of Hell aren’t ones I normally associate with Superman, which is why this particular cover works so well. 

I wonder if this issue scared little kids back in the seventies.  That would be pretty cool.

So two more to cross off the want list, which is very satisfying.

More to follow…


I’m a big fan of Power Girl.

Power Girl

I like her.  I like her a lot actually.  Despite the rather two-dimensional quality to her personality when she was first introduced Power Girl was still the cousin to the Earth-2 Superman and was very different from her Earth-1 counterpart.  This Last Daughter of Krypton would not be secondary to her cousin.  She would be her own woman, her own character.

Yeah, she was and is stacked like the library of congress, but that wasn’t the draw for me.

No really.  It wasn’t.

I swear.

There are certain characters that exist in the DC Universe (I spent nineteen years calling it that and still haven’t broken the habit) that have gotten what I consider a seriously raw deal.  Whether it is gross mismanagement or poor decision making on the part of the creative staff or myopic ideas that capcise the character into a sea of crap there are some heroes and villains that just get screwed over on a regular basis.  Power Girl is one of those characters.  After the Crisis on Infinite Earths it seemed that DC just didn’t know what to do with her.  So they made her the granddaughter of Arion and then stuck her in two of the ugliest costumes ever and then she had a baby and then the baby ages rapidly and on and on and on.  The only bright spot came when she joined the Justice Society in JSA.  Things started to get back on track.  The character was being treated with the respect she deserved.  Then came the news that Geoff Johns and the very talented Amanda Conner were going to write a Power Girl story for a new title called JSA Classified and that her origin was finally going to be revealed. 

And what was the real history of Power Girl?

That she was the cousin to the Earth-2 Superman and the Last Daughter of that Krypton.

Brilliant.  Simply brilliant.

So you would think that after that arc and Infinite Crisis things would turn around and to a certain extent they have.  Geoff Johns has continued to do great things with the character in Justice Society of America up to and hopefully including the upcoming Justice Society of America Annual that looks to be all about some awesome. 

And then they announce that she’s getting her own series, which is good.

And in the same announcement they tell us that the writers on the book are going to be Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, to which I say this.

Superman Benes

I am not the biggest fan of Palmiotti and Gray.

In fact I think they’re pretty terrible.

And now these two supposed writers are going to be in charge of Power Girl.


First they (DC, not Palmiotti and Gray) completely screw up Supergirl and now they’re going to do the same to the other Kara.

Oh well, Amanda Conner is doing the art, which is fantastic.  And it could be good, but I am not counting on it.

More to follow…

WHAT I BOUGHT: 04/16/2008

Decent week Superman wise.  Busiek’s last issue, Tangent stuff, a Bronze Age issue, a couple of guest appearances and a tenuous connection.

And here we go.

Superman Vol.1 #675

The last Busiek issue.  Definitely going to review this later.

Oh yeah, I bought the variant.

Superman Vol.1 #675

I don’t really know how to feel about the Galactic Golem, but we’ll see how that goes.

Next up is a Bronze Age book containing a story that many people consider a classic.

Superman #247

I have some definite opinions on this story, so this will get a post too.

Oh yes, it will get a post.

This next one was a lock simply because of the cover.

Brave and the Bold #12

Superman.  Supergirl.  Ultraman.  George Perez cover.  Mark Waid writing.  Jerry Orway drawing.

I am so there.

The second to last is here only because the name Superman is on the cover. 

Tangent: Superman's Reign #2

I’m a big Tangent fan, so I am looking forward to this.

Finally, a very tenous connection since it is a Superman villain (or villains I guess) and not Superman himself, but I still think it counts.

Salvation Run #6

I have been enjoying this series quite a bit.  Any time Lex and the Joker face off is a must read for me.

So it looks to be a good week reading wise.  If not I’ll let you know.

More to follow…


I wanted to post about the comics I bought today since I actually got my books on Wednesday this week, but I have been going in at five in the morning for three days in a row and did a lot of running around so I am tired.

Yeah, I know.  “Man up, Bailey.  This blog is more important than your petty concerns.”

I get it all the time.

Instead of posting a bunch of images and providing commentary I give you something I have wanted to do for a while now.  Sometimes I will see an image and a comment will pop up quite uncontrollably, which strikes me as funny.

Here’s one of those images.

Superman Returns Humor

“Uh, I like your drawing of us holding hands and eating lunch, Jimmy, but I don’t think this is the time.”

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