DC COSMIC CARDS – THE GUARDIAN

Another Friday, another set of scans from the DC Cosmic Cards set.

The Guardian is one of those supporting heroes from the Post Crisis era that I have a lot of affection for.  I have always liked his look and there’s that, “I was there on the ground floor,” feeling, at least as far as his Post 1988 appearances went.  Superman (Vol. 2) #23 and Superman Annual #2 both kept me company as I rode in the car with my Dad and eldest sister as we took her to college in the late summer of 1988.  I remember not knowing who this Guardian guy was but digging on him just the same.  He was always a welcome sight after that, so it was great that he got a card in this series.  Bogdanove had a more classic take on the character when he drew him in the comics and that carried over here.

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COLLECTED EDITIONS – SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL VOL. 2

(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.)

Nuts and Bolts

  • Original release: October 1, 2003
  • Original Cover Price: $19.95
  • 224 pages
  • Cover Artist: Jerry Ordway

Contents

  • Introduction by Marv Wolfman titled Reinventing the Wheel
  • Heart of Stonefrom Superman (Vol. 2) #1
  • Squatter! from Action Comics (Vol. 1) #584
  • The Secret Revealed! from Superman (Vol. 2) #2
  • Man O’ War! from Adventures of Superman #424
  • Going the Gauntlet from Adventures of Superman #425
  • And the Graves Give Up Their Dead… from Action Comics (Vol. 1) #585
  • Legends from the Darkside from Superman (Vol. 2) #3
  • From the Dregs… from Adventures of Superman #426
  • The Champion! from Action Comics (Vol. 1) #586
  • Cover Gallery
  • Who’s Who entries for Lois Lane, Amazing Grace, Krypton and Kryptonite and Metallo

Notes

  • The introduction by Marv Wolfman details how he got involved in the Post Crisis revamp.
  • The reading order of this book is a little odd, but that makes sense considering that while there were three Superman books at the time they didn’t crossover into each other like they would during the Triangle Numbering Era.
  • For example, Superman #1 is followed by Action Comics #584 which is followed by Superman #2.  Now if you were following the John Byrne end of Superman in 1986 this would make sense considering that there is a one page scene at the end of Action Comics #584 that leads directly into Superman #2.  So if you read those both together you get a sense that the books were somewhat connected.
  • The only hiccup in this is that there is a small scene in Adventures of Superman #424 where Clark Kent received a call from the man that would end up being the “villain” of Action Comics #584, which means if you were reading these books as they were released that page leads into the Action Comics story, which also gives you a sense that the books are somewhat connected.
  • This sort of “odd” reading order would continue through this series of trades but in all honesty I don’t blame whoever put the order together for doing what he or she did.  Again, these books were not designed to crossover with each other and while there would be small sub-plots that would carry over from title to title the books, with few exceptions, were pretty autonomous, especially Action Comics.
  • Superman #3, Adventures of Superman #426 and Action Comics #586 were Chapters 17, 18 and 19 of the Legends crossover.
  • The Who’s Who pages are a nice touch and to date are the only times these have been reprinted.  At least I think this is the only time they were reprinted.  I could be wrong about that.

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YOUTUBE TUESDAY – SUPER POWERS COMMERICALS

Welcome back to YouTube Tuesday, the day of the week where I get to be really lazy and instead of posting anything of substance I distract you with a shiny video.  With Christmas fast approaching (it’s only four weeks away now) I am in a holiday mood.  The problem is there are very few Christmas/Superman related videos out thereLuckily I associate the Super Powers line of action figures with Christmas as I received my first batch for X-mas in 1985 so here’s a compilation of Super Powers television commercials!

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-f2Ibdc-LM

My love for the Super Powers line knows no bounds.

No bounds I tell you!

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WHO’S WHO CLASSIC – LEX LUTHOR (POST CRISIS REVISED)

Welcome to another installment of Who’s Who Classic, a regular feature here at the Fortress where every Monday I will present an entry from the original series of Who’s Who comics that DC published between 1984 and 1988.  Superman was well represented in those series and I wanted to share the entries with you just in case you have never seen them.  Today’s entry…Lex Luthor (Post Crisis Revised).

“But, Mike,” you say even though you probably didn’t.  “Didn’t you do the Post Crisis Luthor last week?”  This is true, but they did a revised version of the entry in Who’s Who Update ’88 so…there you go.

(originally published in Who’s Who Update ’88 #2, September 1988)

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DC COSMIC CARDS – GANGBUSTER

Another Friday, another set of scans from the DC Cosmic Cards set.

Of all the supporting heroes from the Post Crisis era Gangbuster is my favorite.  I have always loved his design and Jose was a great character.  It makes me smile that he managed to get a card in this series.

Quick note: this is the best drawing of the character that Jon Bogdanove and Dennis Janke ever did.

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YOUTUBE TUESDAY – AQUA VELVA

Welcome back to YouTube Tuesday, the day of the week where I get to be really lazy and instead of posting anything of substance I distract you with a shiny video.  This week I present…something kind of strange.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zmNKUuZ4VE

This is a commercial from around 1966 or so.  The actor playing Supeman is Bob Holiday.  Bob portrayed Superman/Clark Kent in the Broadway musical It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman, which as a musical is actually pretty good.  I saw this video on a friend’s Facebook post and thought it was kind of keen so I wanted to share it here.  I realize that musicals are not everyone’s cup of tea but I happen to like them quite a bit so I was happy as can be back in 1993 when I stumbled upon a new release of the cast recording.  The musical gets kind of a bad rap mainly because of the 1975 ABC television production and when you actually see it…

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7ApypH5wko

…you can see why, but the original version is quite charming.

Really.  It is.  Stop looking at me like that.

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WHO’S WHO CLASSIC – LEX LUTHOR (POST CRISIS)

Welcome to another installment of Who’s Who Classic, a regular feature here at the Fortress where every Monday I will present an entry from the original series of Who’s Who comics that DC published between 1984 and 1988.  Superman was well represented in those series and I wanted to share the entries with you just in case you have never seen them.  Today’s entry…Lex Luthor (Post Crisis).

(originally published in Who’s Who Update ’87 #3, October 1987)

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