ACQUISITIONS FOR 08/27/2010: SILVER AGE EDITION PART 3

As promised, here are the last of the cover scans from the comics I bought last week.  I can honestly say that while I did not save the best for last it certainly turned out that way.

Another classic cover and oddly enough one I yanked from the Grand Comics Database to kick off this new era of the Fortress.  Aside from some wrinkles and a bit of spine distress this issue is in pretty good shape, so as I have been writing over and over again this week I was pretty psyched to find it in the longbox of awesome for the paltry sum of three dollars.

Now that I own this book I have issues 200, 300, 400, 500, 600 and 700 of Superman (vol. 1).  Yes I count Adventures of Superman in the numbering of the first volume simply because DC chose to return to that numbering after Infinite Crisis.  That’s kind of cool, at least to me.  Maybe I’ll track down and spend the money on Superman (vol. 1) #100 just have it.

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FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS EPISODE 64: WORLD’S FINEST 1990

Episode 64: World’s Finest 1990

Welcome to the sixty-fourth episode of From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast! This podcast has a simple premise; examine just about every Superman comic published between Man of Steel #1 in 1986 to Adventures of Superman #649 in 2006 in an informative and hopefully entertaining format.

Part index. Part commentary. Part history lesson. All podcast.

This time out Mike and Jeff finally get around to covering the World’s Finest mini-series from 1990 and the final result is…well, the final result is a bit more casual than the usual episode of this show. Sure they talk about the story and the art and the whole Batman and Superman trading cities thing. They also discuss why they really didn’t like the series all that much. In between all of that, though, they go on a number of digressions that go all over the map and generally have more fun than should be allowed.

During the episode Mike and Jeff discuss the back covers to this series.  Here they are.  Sorry there isn’t more in the way of scans this time out but Prestige Format books are hard to flatten without pretty much destroying the book.

You can subscribe to the show in two ways. First there is the RSS Feed and there is also the iTunes link .

If you want to comment on the show or contact the hosts you can always private message Mike and Jeff, at the Superman Homepage, leave comments here or at the Homepage or here or email them by clicking this link.  All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.

Seriously, let us know what you think.

Next Week: The Sinbad Contract. Jeff and Mike have a lot of good things to say about this one.

ACQUISITIONS FOR 08/25/2010: SILVER AGE EDITION PART 2

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.

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YOUTUBE TUESDAY FOR 08/24/2010

Welcome to another YouTube Tuesday!  This time out I thought it would be fun to present another episode of the sixties Filmation New Adventures of Superman series since I am posting a bunch of Silver Age Superman covers over the course of the week.  So without further ado I present…Luthor’s Plan.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j76192mAXEE&feature=related

I have to admit that I enjoyed the heck out of this video even though there wasn’t a whole lot to the story.  It was good Silver Age fun.  It is also a story that could never happen today as they know longer produce lead based paint.  You have to wonder if Luthor and his goons died of lead poisoning while awaiting trial.

Now that would be a good reason for Luthor to hate Superman.

I have no idea why this video has a Superman The Movie/Superman Returns style opening.  It’s kind of cool but at the same time kind of weird.

Oh well, hoped y’all liked it either way.  Come back tomorrow when I have more of those awesome Silver Age cover scans to share.

More to follow…

ACQUISITIONS FOR 08/23/2010: SILVER AGE EDITION PART 1

A little late today, but this post still got in under the wire.

Last week I was shopping with my wife and we stopped by Dave’s Comics in Fayetteville where I wasn’t really planning to buy anything and of course I found something to buy.  This is the way things work out for me.  If I want something it’s not there.  If I am not looking for anything in particular the comic fairies will sprinkle their magic dust over the store and SHAZAM I find something cool.

And I indeed found something cool.

Actually I found cool 14 pieces of cool and over the course of this week I will be posting the covers because I am really excited that I found these books.

The fact that I got all of these books for $3 a piece makes it all the better.

And here we go with Part One!

I am going backwards numbering wise, so here is the first one and the last one.

These books break down into two categories; covers I have seen again and again re-reading Superman: From The ’30s to the ’70s and covers that just looked awesome.  This one is from the second category because that cover looks awesome.

Come on!  It’s Clark Kent shooting Lex Luthor with a machine gun and Lex is wearing a Superman costume!  This one is begging to be purchased and read!  I’ll get back to you when I get around to reading it.

Am I the only one weirded out by the fact that Superman is probably naked in that tube?

This cover was in the interesting category.  It’s creepy but I have to admit it begs to be bought.

This one is kind of a surprise to me.  The thing about the cover galleries in Superman: From the ’30s to the ’70s is that they were kind of small, so I never noticed the issue numbers.  Until I bought this comic last week I was absolutely convinced that this story took place after Superman (vol. 1) #233, the kick off to the Kryptonite Nevermore storyline.  Turns out I was wrong.

Oh well.  Live and learn.  I still love that I have this issue.

This is a classic cover.  It’s kind of beat up but for three bucks it was a great buy.  I am very fond of imaginary stories and even though most of them end on a weak note I still dig them, so I am looking forward to getting this book as well.

And that’s it for today.  Come back tomorrow for YouTube Tuesday and then come back on Wednesday for more cover scans of the awesome books I have recently purchased.

More to follow…

THE GIRLS OF STEEL WEEK DAY FIVE

Welcome to the final day of The Girls of Steel Weekhere at the Fortress.  For five days I want to celebrate the various characters that have been given the name Supergirl.  Instead of ranking them one to five I am going to go in chronological order, so sit back and enjoy the various Maids of Might that have been around DC Comics for over fifty years!

The Girls of Steel Week Day Five: Kara Zor-El 2.0

You know, I really feel bad for the current Supergirl.

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THE GIRLS OF STEEL WEEK DAY FOUR

Welcome to The Girls of Steel Week here at the Fortress.  For five days I want to celebrate the various characters that have been given the name Supergirl.  Instead of ranking them one to five I am going to go in chronological order, so sit back and enjoy the various Maids of Might that have been around DC Comics for over fifty years!

The Girls of Steel Week Day Four: Cir-El

I didn’t like Cir-El.

At all.

Not even a little.

Let’s go back to 2003 for a paragraph or two.    It’s the early part of the year and Superman got his very own 10 Cent Adventure just like Batman did and in that book we got our first glimpse of Cir-El, the  new Supergirl and I was put off immediately.  I didn’t like her.  She was annoying and to add insult to injury that book came out a month or so before the last issue of Linda Danver’s series hit the stands.  There is an old saying about not waiting and a body not being cold yet that springs to mind.  Superman: The Ten Cent Adventure was supposed to be the opening salvo in a bold new era of Superman and while I enjoyed the book on some levels in the end I felt like something was being foisted on me quite against my will.

And that goes to the heart of why I have such an issue with Cir-El.  When the Matrix version of Supergirl was introduced it was to little fanfare and became a sub-plot/mystery that ran for several months before we were given the lowdown on the character.  When they brought her back after a two year absence in 1992 her role in the Superman books was minor at first and evolved into something bigger.  When Linda Danvers was introduced there was some hype surrounding the first issue but Peter David took his time in establishing the character.  We got to know her over several months and then they started playing with her place in the Superman mythos of the time.

In both cases DC didn’t shove either characters in our faces and yelled, “HERE’S THE NEW SUPERGIRL!  ISN’T SHE AWESOME?” and that’s what it felt like with Cir-El.

I vividly remember thinking, many times in fact, “They canceled Peter David’s series for this?  Are you @#$%ing kidding me?”

The fact that her first appearance began what I call my “Vietnam” era of Superman reading and collecting doesn’t help either.  While I think that Joe Casey and Steven T. Seagle are both competent writers I was not a fan of their work on the Man of Steel.  The stories were uneven, the art was either inconsistent or just not to my liking.  I dig Scott McDaniel ‘s work when he’s drawing Nightwing or Batman, not when he is drawing Superman.  I was just flat out hating the books and in the midst of all of that was this new Supergirl that had a stupid costume and a lousy back story.

The thing is I am beginning to wonder if it was really her fault.  A character isn’t bad, what’s done with him or her is.  Maybe if things were going a little better in the Superman titles and I was enjoying the monthly grind of collecting I would have liked her more.  That’s not how it went though.  Instead we got a year or so of this character and not much to show for it.

I feel bad for Cir-El.

I really do.

She never really had a chance between the quality of the stories she appeared in and readers like me not accepting her because of how she was introduced.

Sigh.

Maybe I’ll like her more on the second go round.  I doubt it but there’s always a chance.

Well, that’s it for today.  Sorry this one turned out kind of depressing but that’s the way things work out sometimes.  Come back tomorrow for the last day of Girls of Steel Week where I talk about the current version of Kara Zor-El.

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FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS EPISODE 63: THE DAN JURGENS INTERVIEW

Episode 63: The Dan Jurgens Interview

Welcome to the sixty-third episode of From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast! This podcast has a simple premise; examine just about every Superman comic published between Man of Steel #1 in 1986 to Adventures of Superman #649 in 2006 in an informative and hopefully entertaining format.

Part index. Part commentary. Part history lesson. All podcast.

This week Mike and Jeff have something special for you. Instead of covering the World’s Finest mini-series like they’ve been promising for a few weeks now the boys decided to release the interview they conducted a few weeks ago with the one, the only, DAN JURGENS!

Jeff and Mike “sat down” with him for a little over an hour and had a fun and informative conversation. Topics include how Dan got sucked into the world of comics, the behind the scenes origin for Booster Gold, the early days of Dan working on Superman, destructible cape vs. indestructible cape, Lois vs. Lana,  Day of the Krypton Man, Lobo, Soul Search, Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite and the shocking truth behind why all of the cab rides in Metropolis were $6.50.

Mike and Jeff would like to thank Dan for being very generous with his time. They hope to have him back soon.

Next Week: Batman and Superman team up in the World’s Finest mini-series. For reals this time. No seriously. They aren’t putting it or The Sinbad Contract off at all. They promise.

Dan Jurgens has his own website which you can find by following this link.

You can subscribe to the show in two ways. First there is the RSS Feed and there is also the iTunes link .

If you want to comment on the show or contact the hosts you can always private message Mike and Jeff, at the Superman Homepage, leave comments here or at the Homepage or here or email them by clicking this link.  All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.

Seriously, let us know what you think.

THE GIRLS OF STEEL WEEK DAY THREE

Welcome to The Girls of Steel Week here at the Fortress.  For five days I want to celebrate the various characters that have been given the name Supergirl.  Instead of ranking them one to five I am going to go in chronological order, so sit back and enjoy the various Maids of Might that have been around DC Comics for over fifty years!

The Girls of Steel Week Day Three: Matrix/Linda Danvers

A week or so ago I chose the Matrix version of Supergirl as my second favorite supporting hero from the Superman titles circa 1990/1992. In that post I talked about what a great character I thought she was and how the Matrix iteration was all that and a bag of chips with ranch dressing on the side and gave a brief rundown of her early days, so I really don’t want to go over all of that again.   If this is your first time here at the Fortress or if you just plain missed out on all of that you can read that post here.

What I really want to talk about today is the Peter David version of Supergirl.

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THE GIRLS OF STEEL WEEK DAY TWO: YOUTUBE TUESDAY!

Welcome to The Girls of Steel Week here at the Fortress.  For five days I want to celebrate the various characters that have been given the name Supergirl.  Instead of ranking them one to five I am going to go in chronological order, so sit back and enjoy the various Maids of Might that have been around DC Comics for over fifty years!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slmqs2xNoSA

The Girls of Steel Week Day Two: Supergirl The Movie a.k.a. YouTube Tuesday for 08/17-2010

I like when things fall into place without prior planning.

So I decide to do this whole Girls of Steel Week thing, right?  And I planned to talk about the various Supergirls in chronological order, right?  And YouTube Tuesday happens on Tuesday, right?  I mean it’s right there in the name.  So how cool is it that YouTube Tuesday hits on the day I want to post some YouTube videos from the Supergirl movie like the one above which I think is a teaser trailer of some sort.  Not the teaser trailer from the two-disc DVD I bought years ago but still kind of cool, like this full trailer below.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7haxF2IXGdQ

There are aspects of this movie that I really like and while I could make the joke that those aspects are  poking out of  the S symbol on Helen Slater’s Supergirl costume but I will refrain from doing so because for one thing  it’s too obvious and for another I do like the film on other levels starting with the fact that the special effects are quite good.  I am especially fond of  the flying sequences.  There is this whole “ballet” scene where Kara “stretches her legs” after discovering she can defy gravity that is really neat to watch and is made all the better by Jerry Goldsmith’s score.

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