How-DEEE [Superman Fan Club] and other interested parties! For this fun session of Silver and Bronze Age excitement, we reflect on how casually folks in the mid 50s and mid 60s used radioactive material in everyday life, like wrist watches with radium to glow in the dark…or Red Kryptonite on the tip of an arrow for a Robin Hood exhibit in our Action story, say…or kids searching for Uranium in Jimmy Olsen’s story…and even in the Lois Lane comic it comes into play this time around in a way that will surprise you!!!
Oh, and the ‘70s Black Lightning stops by to say hi as well!
Behold these glowing and electrifying examples of Silver and Bronze Age excellence in storytelling: Action #330, DC Comics Presents #16, Superman #352, Jimmy Olsen #7 and Lois Lane #7!!!
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ACTION COMICS (1938-) #330 (released November 1965) DC UNIVERSE INFINITE “THE STRANGE ‘S’ SPELL ON SUPERMAN!” After being exposed to Red Kryptonite, Superman begins to steal things with the letter S on them! AND Supergirl continues her hopeless battle vs Dr. Supernatural.
DC Comics Presents #16 “Black Lightning” (released 12/79) When one of Black Lightning’s students seeks revenge against the hero after an accidental death, it’s up to Black Lightning and Superman to subdue him before the city is destroyed . (only available in black and white here)
DC RETROACTIVE: SUPERMAN - THE '80S (2011-) #1 DC UNIVERSE INFINITE Just read the second story for our purposes, it is an early 1980s tale from Superman #352 , October 1980 by Marv Wolfman, “Superman’s Day of Destiny.” This is the only digital version of the comic.
SUPERMAN’S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN (1954-) #7 (released September 1955) DC UNIVERSE INFINITE Continuing our “radiation is fun” theme of the Silver Age 1950s to 1960s, Jimmy and Superman create false mirages to convince kids to give up their search for uranium in the Badlands. Also, later, Jimmy is transported to 1869 by a time carpet. BTW, Marbles were SO BIG in the ‘50s!
SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE (1958-1973) #7 (released February 1959) DC UNIVERSE INFINITE “The Girl Who Stole Superman” Watch out, Lois, Lana Lang is in town!!!
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