For our [Superman Fan Club] second reading in July, we learn again that Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold!!! Yes, the Superman Revenge Squad has finally landed, run for cover!!! This set of readings is chock full of “ LL ”s, as was the tradition in the Superman family of comics back in the ‘50s and ‘60s, so keep your eyes peeled for them!!!
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ACTION COMICS (1938-) #313 (released June 1964) Action 313 Link
The Android Master, a member of the Superman Revenge Squad, abducts Superman’s friends and coworkers at the Daily Planet, substitutes android doubles for them. Meanwhile…in the Supergirl story , L ena Thorul discovers a connection to L ex L uthor that will rock her world…forever!!! Hmm…wonder what LENA discovered about the LUTHORS….
SUPERMAN (1939-) #240 (July 1971) Superman 240 Link
Continuing the Amazing New Adventures of Superman, where Superman continues to “depower” but help is on the way in the form of…I Ching, from the early ‘70s Wonder Woman series. Michael Kaluta art fans will enjoy the second feature here!
DC Comics Presents (1978-) #5 (January 1979) DC Comics Present 5 Link
It’s… L ori L emaris the mermaid from Superman’s past vs Aquaman???!!!??? How can this be?
And, speaking of “LL”s, as promised, it’s time to start reeling in the rest of the Superman Silver and Bronze Age Family (wow, that Aquaman story is really affecting me):
SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE (1958-1973) #1 (January 1958) SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 1 Link
Some nice stories in the first issue of Lois Lane’s very own comic book, fresh off the TV series!
SUPERMAN’S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN (1954-) #1 SUPERMAN’S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN 1 Link (September 1954, the month and year Don-el was born!)
“The Boy of 1,000 Faces!”
The absent Superman #239 is a Giant reprint issue, but too bad it’s not digitized, since it contains some stories that don’t appear in their original form here on DC Universe either from earlier in the 60’s, such as the Showdown with Luthor where Superman battles Luthor on a planet where he has no super powers.
Do we need a new Superman Revenge Squad now like back in the Silver Age? What do you like about the idea (it did come back early on in the Rebirth stories of 2016)? Who should be in a new Revenge Squad?
Do you agree with Dennis O’Neil’s conviction at the time of Superman in the very early ‘70s that he needed to be depowered?
What are some of your favorite reasons for reading the very early stories from SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE and SUPERMAN’S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN?
In two weeks, it’s time to see what’s cooking in World’s Finest, don’t you think? So many comics, so little time!!!