For our [Superman Fan Club] first reading in July, hold on to your seat belts, because we are diving head first into the two-part EVIL King Superman story of the Silver Age! Oh, and remember as you read these, RED KRYPTONITE IS REALZ (MAYBE…well, Krypton is anyway….I assume kryptonite is really really tiny krypton…)
ACTION COMICS (1938-) #311 – 312 (released April, May 1964) Action 311 Link Action 312 Link “SUPERMAN, KING OF THE EARTH!” Red Kryptonite splits Superman and Clark Kent into two separate beings: a tyrannical Superman who forces the United Nations to declare him king of the world, and a non-super Clark Kent who leads an underground movement against him. (plus lots of Supergirl Silver Age fun in the backup stories)
SUPERMAN (1939-) #238 (May 1971) Superman 238 Link “Menace at 1,000 Degrees!” Dennis O’Neil / Curt Swan art, the Amazing New Adventures of Superman (circa 1971) continue with breakout villain Sand-Superman!!!
DC Comics Presents (1978-) #4 DC Comics Presents #4 Link Very very similar story from 1978 to the current 2020 Metal Men storyline, Superman and the Metal Men team up to battle Chemo!!! Oh Daaaannnn…
And, the desert to this reading’s smorgasbord of Superman family goodness,
SUPERMAN (1939-) #123 (August 1958) Superman 123 Link “The Three Magic Wishes.” Jimmy Olsen gets his hands on a wish-granting totem, and wishes a “Supergirl” into existence. We need more Jimmy, so here he is!
Reflections (Spoilers alert, whooop whooop whooop whoooop):
- Rate the two part “SUPERMAN, KING OF THE EARTH!” 1 to 5, 5 being these two issues are among the most inventive, enjoyable comic books you have ever read.
- What do you like about “sand” Superman in the Superman #238 story this time around? Anything?
- Any favorite scenes or panels from the fun-fest of DC Comics Presents #4 with the Metal Men? Please post
- Was the “pretend” Supergirl in Superman #123 someone that you would like to see return someday? Why or why not? Very stylish, wouldn’t you say?
In two weeks, I think we may need to visit Superman’s Girl Friend and also his Pal to get a perspective on all things Silver and Bronze Age….