I have a segment on Radio KAL,  the Superman Homepage’s podcast, called Bailey’s Bookshelf.  It’s a pretty simple bit of business; every month I go to the bookshelf here at the Fortress and find a Superman trade or hardcover to talk about.

If you haven’t seen it before, this is that bookshelf.

This month I covered John Byrne’s Man of Steel and during the course of the five minutes I chatted about it I mentioned that I own five different versions of the Man of Steel trades.  This is what you call an addiction.  Some people would say that I am a completist and those people have a similar OCD that I do when it comes to collecting things.  When it comes to Superman it’s on like Donkey Kong.  I get obscure and weird stuff because I want them.  Not need them.  WANT them.  So for grins I thought it would be fun to post the covers of the various versions of Man of Steel that grace the action figure and trade filled shelf.  This is the closest I get to a multimedia event.  Hope it works out.

Here’s a page break because I cross post this to Live Journal and I really don’t want to kill any of my friends’ Friends Pages. Continue reading OCD: THE MAN OF STEEL EDITION


I’ve been doing this at my Live Journal for several years now so I decided to carry it over to this blog.

Official Comic Book Count for 2008

2008 was not a banner year for my comic book collecting but that was more to do with me wising up a bit when it comes to how much money I spend on the damn things.  In any case at the end of 2007 I possessed 15, 847 books.

Total count for this year?  16,740.

Here’s how it breaks down:

  • Superman Books: 2,437
  • DC Books: 9,260
  • Marvel Books: 4,053
  • Independents: 990

The Superman books are up 167 books over last year.  Most of those are Bronze Age back issues but I still buy all of the main Superman books plus the Superman family books plus mini-series and specials.  DC is up 145 books, which isn’t too surprising.  I dropped many a DC book this year and the back issues hold no interest at the moment.  The Marvel books are up 599, which again is no surprise because Marvel back issues have held quite a bit of my attention this year, especially right at the end.  Independents were up by only 22 books, 12 of those being Walking Dead.

Not a bad year overall, though.  At the beginning of the year I was kind of put out by the direction DC was taking and that has only gotten worse and this is reflected by the number of Marvel books I bought.  I don’t know if this will change.  I really don’t think it will.

My goals for this year are kind of modest.  I will probably end up dropping more DC books.  I may add more Marvel books to the buy pile.  When it comes to back issues go if I have a new want list and I am going to stick to that.  I have my reading project assembled.  As far as comics go I am set for 2009.

No really.  I am.  No fooling.

More to follow…


Caught this on Newsarama a week or so ago.  They had another Q & A with Dan DiDio.

6. Something that was brought up by many fans, and I figure you would like a chance to explain more in-depth: from what you said last time about the coming year – one without a Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, and Dwyane telling us about the coming year in Justice League without the “big three”…this brought up the question with many people of “weren’t we just there with 52?” Wasn’t that the point of 52, to show what the world was like without these three characters?

DD: That was the start of 52. But let’s approach this in two different ways. In 52, we pulled Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman off the stage in that series. In all of their ongoing series, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman were appearing. So let’s remember that we never had a disruption of those characters in their ongoing books.

The removal of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in 52 was a story point in 52, but as we’ve said, that story evolved and became one more about Steel, the Question, Ralph Dibny, Black Adam, Booster Gold and the space heroes. Every one of those storylines took on a life of their own and a story of their own. Every one of those stories could have been told, even if Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman were still on stage. So it really wasn’t about their removal – it became about those other characters as their lives moved on.

What we’re doing right now is we’re changing the status quo in Batman’s universe. We’re changing the status quo in Superman’s universe. We’re changing the status quo in Wonder Woman’s’ universe. That doesn’t exactly mean they’ll be gone – Superman will be active – his story just doesn’t take place on earth. There will be someone actively acting, and taking on adventures in Gotham City in a Batman suit. In Wonder Woman – she is removed temporarily before stepping into a new situation that changes her status quo.

So in every situation, the changes are unique to those characters and their stories and how their stories move through 2009 and into 2010. Realistically, I look at this as apples and oranges – it’s one thing to remove them completely and tell stories of the world without them, and it’s another thing to have their books proceed and see how the world changes when the status quo of those characters changes. The stories that we’ll be telling with Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman in 2009 and into 2010 are nothing like the stories that were told in 52, and are completely new stories for the characters. Simple as that.

In other words, we’re telling the same damn story again but this time we’re doing it slightly different, which is ok because that story could have happened at any point in DC history and thus wasn’t all that special.

See, I was under the impression that the point of 52 was to see how the DC Universe would react if Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman weren’t there.  Apparently it was only a story point, though.  I mean Booster Gold could have become the hero of Metropolis if Superman was still there, right?  The fight against Black Adam would have happened exactly as it played out if Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman had been there, right?  Everything happening in Gotham could have gone on with Batman hanging around, right?

Oh, and it really doesn’t count because we had other comics with Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in them.  Well, Wonder Woman sort of.  Her book was so freaking late that it seemed like she really was gone.

Are you freaking kidding me?

Wow, way to take one of the best stories told at DC in the past ten years and just make it seem like it was just an average, ordinary story that could have been told any old time.


I don’t have a problem with DC telling this story.  I just don’t like the fact that they are telling it for the second time in two years.

You know what really bugs me about DiDio.  He just says what he needs to say at the time to  try and placate the fan base.  You know how I know this, I mean besides him pretty much admitting that his agenda from the beginning of his tenure was to bring back Barry Allen?

This is how I know.

(Thanks to Occasional Superheroine for posting this.  I may not always agree with Valerie but she is a talented writer and has a better perspective on this than any of us.)

You know who Dan DiDio reminds me of?  I mean really, REALLY reminds me of?  I think I posted this once before but I feel like bringing it back because it works so well.


This is just another example of how DC really isn’t for me anymore.

And that makes me sad.

More to follow…about Marvel…out of spite…