As you may have noticed there haven´t been a lot of posts in the last few weeks since I didn´t write as much in my kind - of - two - week - vacation as I expected. So much for increasing my posting quota.
But there were some things I had kept off too long - like sleeping or getting rid of a lot of the trash that has piled up on the laptop - so that took priority. Not that things got easier once I had to work again.
Quite the opposite. Sometimes I really think that fate is against me - or at least my mother. I don´t want to say that she´s some kind of evil genius who always tries to spoil my plans for those few days when I don´t have to work. But it can´t be coincidence that every time I´m ready to write a new post or at least relax from the hard work she always finds something for me to do instead. Maybe it´s just me but I absolutely love it when my Mom - or any other member of my family - seems to be unable to notice when I´m doing something. Like when I´m sitting at the laptop doing stuff and she comes in and starts talking and then there´s this super duper important thing that I have to do right now. Because I´m not doing anything right now, or at least nothing important.
And that not only happens when I´m doing stuff you could argue not everybody sees as important. My mother always nags that I have to clean my room more often but the last time I did it there were these important phone calls I had to make and it took a few hours and in the end I didn´t get to finish cleaning my room until a few days later. Like hello ? Or last Wednesday. Since I don´t work on Thursday and Friday that´s practically my weekend so I like to prepare all the stuff I´m going to need the next few days so I don´t have to leave the house. I like to stay at home on my free days and do marathon sessions of watching BONES, THE MENTALIST or - my newest acquisition MISFITS. I like to stay indoors mostly.
So I had stocked up on snacks and ice cream, the fridge was full with cold bottles of beer ( I have now switched from BECKS Green Lemon to what I call " the beer for all old railway workers " BECKS ICE which is lime and mint flavored and a bit sweeter ), I had new seasons of SMALLVILLE, BIG BANG THEORY and BOARDWALK EMPIRE on my desk and my last two comic orders from amazon and one of my online comicshops had just arrived.
I was ready to go for two days of debauchery and comic reading, comic arranging, writing about comics and doing all those things to recharge the batteries when I came home and there was one of the usual catastrophes waiting for me. So in the end I didn´t get to do anything I had planned, the two days came and went super quickly and before I knew it I had to work again and I haven´t had a chance to catch my breath until - well, until Today basically. And since I have to work Tomorrow I can only do a short post. I had intended to do a post about the FREE COMIC BOOK DAY issues of this year because as I mentioned my last comic order from one of my online pulp peddler just arrived last week. I didn´t get to do a post about FREE COMIC BOOK DAY last year but the one I did in 2009 seems to be be pretty popular since it´s at the top of this blogs list of popular posts. Although that may have something to do with the picture of Power Girl having a wardrobe malfunction. They seem to be pretty popular too.
( Here is the link to the picture below by elee0228. But I have to warn my more sensitive readers, there´s some nude stuff in the gallery. Which you can only see if you´re logged in so that can be avoided easily. )
Back to Todays post, in my last post I didn´t get to include the obligatory Deja Vue section which I´m doing now. Since it was all about Superman I thought it only appropiate to do an installment with one of the Man of Steel´s iconic covers and what could be more iconic than the one that started it all. Not only the rise of Superman but the superhero genre which was non existent before ACTION COMIC 1.
Back then Superman was not a allpowerful as he later would become which ultimately lead to such extremes where he could move entire planets.
When he first appeared on the scene he was " only " faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap small buildings in a single bound so lifting a car high over his head was a big deal. And since it was such a huge success he did it again ( although this time without doing any harm to the vehicle because of the passengers involved ) on the cover of SUPERMAN 19.
Here´s another cover, this time setting the whole scene in the future. This was in the DOMINUS storyline when Superman was scattered through four different timelines, one for each Superman title. Happy times, folks.
The image was also used for the anniversary issue of ACTION COMICS 800, although in this case seen from a different perspective.
Alex Ross also took that approach when he did the variant cover 100 issues later on ACTION COMICS 900. I don´t know about you but I liked the fact that the series had been around that long and I always got a kick out of the anniversary issues with the big numbers. But that´s all in the past now thanks to those geniuses with their NEW 52.
Another version by Alex Ross is this one. I´m not sure where it´s from.
Of course it has also been used inside of comics like this splash page of Earth 2 Superman crushing Earth 1 Superman from INFINITE CRISIS 5 by Jerry Ordway ( Which by the way was a much better reboot than the actual one since it was prepared 3 years in advance. Not 3 weeks ! ) .
The last one with Superman lifting the car on the cover is SECRET ORIGINS 1 which also uses the old Justice Society crystal ball schtick.
And our last one with the big guy himself on the cover this time on the receiving end of the car courtesy of Bizarro Number 1. The art is by LOVE & ROCKETS artist Jaime Hernandez and it´s a trade of Silver Age Bizarro.
There also have been other people wearing Superman´s costume - or a variation of it - getting into hijinks with a car like young Superman who then was discovered to be a clone and who took the name of Superboy
a shape shifter from a parallel world who later shared her body with a dead girl got different powers and turned out to be an angel - but not the new main character in FALLEN ANGEL after all probably due to copyright infringement reasons - who for a while took the name of Supergirl
and last but not least ...... I don´t know ? Superstrong weirdlooking Hornguy ? I don´t even know who this guy is or what his story was.
And that´s all for the first part. Next time we will come to the more exotic homages like this one for the spanish fanzine SLUMBERLAND.
As for the next post, with any luck we will get to what I originally wanted to post this time but what I had to cut short in the hopes of savoring the beer buzz before it has totally faded because I´m writing this.
With comic prices being what they are I´m delving into the realm of free comics with the FREE COMIC BOOK issues from 2013 that I was able to get as well as the ones from GRATIS COMIC TAG 2013 to appease my readers in Germany as well as outside. And since that is probably going to take a while and a few posts we will then come to the next best thing, which is comics you can get for a buck. I got some issues from Dark Horse´s ONE FOR ONE line as well as some new ones from IDW´s HUNDRED PENNY PRESS label that I want to go over.
I also wanted to mention the current bargain books from amazon : still at only 57 bucks is the IRON MAN OMNIBUS hardcover by David Micheline, Bob Layton and John Romita Jr which is a steal for a 100 Dollar book. Also still at 43 bucks is the AVENGERS VS X - MEN hardcover which normally goes for 75 Dollars and if you don´t want to invest that much you might want to get the DARK AVENGERS hardcover for 28 bucks which collects the entire series ( except issues 7 and 8 which are included in the UTOPIA collections ) normally priced at 50 Dollars or the AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS - HEROIC AGE at 23 bucks, a 40 Dollar hardcover collecting AVENGERS 1 to 6 by John Romita Jr, NEW AVENGERS 1 to 6 by Stuart Immomen and AVENGERS PRIME 1 to 5 by Alan Davis. Lately I really tend to get the collected editions and especially the hardcovers and one of the reasons is that they mostly include all the variant covers.
Todays video is from the SUPER FRIENDS : THE LEGENDARY SUPER POWERS SHOW since most of the post - aside from some whining on my part - is about Superman. I already posted one video of one of the later incarnations with the death of Superman. One of the DVDs my brother brought back from Spain was LO MEJOR DE SUPERMAN which includes episodes from all the different Superman cartoons over the years.
My favorite ones of the bunch have been by far the SUPER FRIENDS and I really would be superhappy if I could find the complete seasons somewhere. I just love that they brought in all the popular characters like Firestorm and I just have to learn more about the ones they made up for the series like like Black Vulcan, Samurai, El Dorado or Apache Chief ( who was the template for Raven Manitou and who is reintroduced to DC continuity through the YOUNG JUSTICE cartoon ). I also love that when they approach Cyborg from the Teen Titans for membership he is totally like " Meh, not interested. " and they con him into joining by pointing out that since he has made a new enemy out of Darkseid he´ll need some serious backup - like the Super Friends. How convenient.
Anyway, this is THE BRIDE OF DARKSEID part 1 which introduces Firestorm. Darkseid seems to have been the go - to bad guy.
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