[Superman Fan Club] and friends, for our best, most titanic, grand, over the top spectacular 2020 reading #13, we will travel through the Silver and Bronze Age Superman family stories like the True Time Travelers we are, using the Mind’s Eye …if you dare!!!
Not for the timid! Appearing in chronological order!
WORLD’S FINEST COMICS (1941-) #72 (September 1954 (the month and year Grandpa Don-el was born)) https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/book/world-s-finest-comics-1941-72/79c9b33c-b94f-4544-ba89-1e7d9d816473/ Superman and Batman must find out who has been supplying weapons to the Heavy-Weapons Gang. It will be curious to observe here what they plunder after blowing things up to itty bitty pieces as in a battle with artillery! Oh, it’s defensive fire against that authoritarian bully Superman, THAT explains the gag…
WORLD’S FINEST COMICS (1941-) #94 (May 1958 ) https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/book/world-s-finest-comics-1941-94/319ad122-01d0-41ee-ba2f-1fa26ad72413/ The Origin of the Superman / Batman Team . If you read nothing else this month, this is the issue for YOU!! (Batman probably stored the liquid Green Kryptonite gun in the Bat Cave after saving Superman “just in case.” )
ACTION COMICS (1938-) #325 (released June 1965 ) https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/book/action-comics-1938-325/22e9b7c1-53ff-4824-b754-d5e5b9c82fb7/
“THE SKYSCRAPER SUPERMAN!” Red Kryptonite turns Superman into a giant without superpowers who must stop aliens from stealing all the iron on Earth. “ Best Superman Story of the Year !” the cover proclaims, we better read this one extra-careful! The Supergirl. story is “Ugly Duckling Teacher of Stanhope High!!!”- yes, over 50 years before the CW Riverdale series, truly ahead of it’s time!!!
Superman (1939-) #306 (released December 1976 ) https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/book/superman-1939-306/ffc3c841-43e0-4677-9f82-ac64e312db47/
That rasco Marty Pasko makes Superman battle his imperfect duplicate Bizarro, who is convinced that the Man of Steel has destroyed him home planet Htrae!
DC COMICS PRESENTS (July 1979 ) #11 https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/book/dc-comics-presents-1978-11/0685061d-137b-4445-b3b0-138e3e05b328/ Superman must figure out what’s wrong with Hawkman! “ The Most Titanic Battle of the Year ” the cover notes, so we all have to read this one for sure!!! Oh, “ All New ” as well! Yup, there was a time at DC that noting the stories weren’t reprints this issue was big news!
Which year was your favorite: 1954, 1958, 1965, 1976 or 1979 for the stories here? How does the culture and times of when that story was written influence your choice?
Which villain this time around was the most compelling and interesting antagonist this time?
Please share any scenes or panels that stood out for you or meant something special from this reading selection.