On to the next bootleg.
In 1984, DC published Superman #400. This issue was truly amazing! It was LEGEN…(wait for it!)…DARY! IMO, this is the comic that had so much talent, far surpassing any other regularly published comic before or since in the amount of sheer talent.
To coincide with this comic, DC Comics also published a portfolio of 16 B&W plates from the pin-up pages in the comic. The one exception is the plate drawn by Mr. Jim Steranko, which was instead pulled from the first and second pages of the 10 page story Mr. Steranko made specifically for this issue (which, I believe, is the only time Mr. Steranko wrote and drew interior art for DC Comics).
(As impressive as these pin-ups are, I can’t help but think there should have been more pin-ups from people like Ms. Trina Robbins, Ms. Marie Severin, and the truly incredible Ms. Ramona Fradon. The powers-that-be (or maybe superpowers-that-be) at the time certainly went outside the box by including a humorous pin-up by Mr. Jack Davis. Consequently, perhaps someone could have tried to include something funny by Ms. Lynn Johnston from “For Better Or For Worse” or Ms. Cathy Guisewite from “Cathy”. Maybe something from Ms. Dale Messick, since Clark Kent, reporter from Metropolis, meeting Brenda Starr, reporter from Chicago, has a tad more logic than Superman carrying around Little Orphan Annie and Sandy the dog. Alas, this was not the case. I suspect there was a reason for that, but I don’t think I need to get into that here.)
The 16 B&W plates were inside a presentation envelope that had a painting (which was also the cover of Superman #400) magnificently done by Mr. Howard Chaykin. It was not an archival quality envelope and over the years, causing some staining. Consequently, you may noticed some yellowing on the bottom of plate #1 and #9 . What follows will be the front cover, the back cover, and the 16 B&W plates.
This was truly monumental. Please enjoy!
(P.S. at a later time, I’ll scan parts of the original Superman #400 to allow a side-by-side comparison between color and B&W. When I do that, I’ll come back and edit this line to include the URL for the color section.)
Unfortunately, the sixteenth and final plate is not with me right now. It is at another location and due to travel restrictions and the nature of the pandemic, it shall stay there for the time being (no signs of the virus from myself, just a necessary abundance of caution). I’ll scan and enter it into this spot at a later date.
Hope you enjoyed it!