[Superman Fan Club] Weekly Reader 2 May Second Reading May 21st 2020

For our [Superman Fan Club] second reading in May, let’s again read bits from the beginning, middle and the end of the Silver to Bronze Age available DC Universe library runs within Action Comics, DC Comics Presents, Superman and World’s Finest comics on DCU.

I’ve added Silver Age World’s Finest to our reading itinerary here: [Superman Fan Club] Google Sheet Reading Plan

Beginnings deep in the Silver Age of Superman:

ACTION COMICS (1938-) #267 (August 1960) Action 267 An entertaining “Part 1” of a two-part story of Hercules vs Superman in 1960!…too bad no one has digitized part 2, but still a fun story to read as well as the rest of the comic. Also lots of fun with a first encounter between the original Supergirl with the Legion of Super-Heroes.
(If you want to know what happens in part 2 of Hercules vs. Superman , maybe I’ll post some images in the next week or so from my Superman: The Man of Tomorrow Archives V3…it’s actually the very last story in that volume, and I don’t own Volume 4 (now I’ll be haunted about searching for those other volumes…aaaaaiiiiii)).

ACTION COMICS (1938-) #284 (January 1962) Action 284 “THE BABE OF STEEL.” Clark Kent has been sent out to do a report on a medium who can contact people from beyond the grave! In “THE STRANGE BODIES OF SUPERGIRL!” Supergirl experiences effects from red Kryptonite by growing an extra head! One does wonder what medicinals the writers were into when this “double header” came out, lol.

Middle, beginning of the Bronze Age:

WORLD’S FINEST COMICS (1941-) #198 (November 1970) World’s Finest 198 Flash / Superman Race Part 1 Dennis O’Neil, Dick Dillin

SUPERMAN (1939-) #234 (January 1971) Superman 234 The Amazing New Adventures of Superman (of 1971) continue with Dennis O’Neal and Curt Swan presiding! Working for WGBS, Clark Kent is sent to a South Seas island to cover a volcano that’s about to erupt. Second feature: The Fabulous World of Krypton starring Tron-Et, Jor-El, Lara, Ken-Dal, Nali-Ilv, Ed-Ilv, and Jax-Ur.

SUPERMAN (1939-) #235 (February 1971) Superman 235 The Amazing New Adventures of Superman (of 1971) continue as Superman takes on Ferlin Nyxly, who is surprisingly fast, smart, and strong.

Towards the end of Bronze Excellence of Thrilling enticing Storytelling:

DC Comics Presents (1978-) #1 (July 1978) DC Comics Presents 1 Superman and the Flash find themselves on opposite sides when they become “super bounty hunters.” Written by the recently-departed and missed Martin Pasko! Drawn by the highly-skilled hand of José Luis García López!

Discussion (with spoilers):

  1. In the Hercules story, is Hercules really the bad guy here? Why or why not?
  2. Would you purchase stories of Baby Superman if it came out today?
  3. Superman 234-235, the stories are all linked together with an interesting backstory slowly playing out during the main adventure of each issue. How compelling for you is the continuing plot of the Sand Superman?
  4. Which “racing” story between Superman and the Flash is your favorite, the 1970 Denny O’Neal one or the 1978 Marty Pasko take? Why?

In two weeks: We continue our three rail train ride through Silver and Bronze Age Superman tales!!

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The late Mr. Pasko certainly packed that issue of DC Comics Presents with every possible sci-fi concept he could fit into those 18 pages. Are we finishing the story next time?


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The earlier World’s Finest race with Flash is also a two parter that we’ll finish next time as well.

And yesterday as I was slowly filling up our Google sheet with descriptions of the stories we’re planning to read, I discovered yet one more earlier Flash-related Superman story.

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This is the other racing cover of our club reading this time around. Hard to say which is the better cover to feature…

Now we know why Supergirl turns evil every other year. People are real jerks to her. Ha Ha, heres some pranks to endanger lives at the fair. Oops, you’re a grown woman for ten minutes, sorry ‘no Legion for you’ try again next year. Hey cousin, live the life of an orphan, and don’t let anybody know we’re related because you might be convenient some day. Don’t blame blondie for losing it occasionally.

Superbaby says shrinking didn’t effect his mind, but come on Superbaby is got one heck of an attitude, he’s kind of a brat. I did 100% enjoy this story for its goofiness but then it turns cool when it’s Mon-el who sent the message.

Finally, for my first batch read the O’Neil/Adams story. I’m loving this 70s Superman. This is great stuff. From creepy sand Superman to how Clark ended up a tv anchor. Now, I believe he can pull off the reporter gig because of what he shows this issue. But, the anchor job still seems too much having to work around a broadcast schedule.
Anyway, time to read some more