I just thought I would start up a personal column where I can reflect on different things about comics of the past.

 

First off, what a neurotic life that boy sidekicks led.

 

 

 

 

 

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Batman had Bat-mite.  Superman had Mr. Mxyzptlk.  Martian Manhunter had Zook.  You would think that being under the sea would save Aquaman from being followed around by a tiny mite.  Not so.  He got a water sprite fan named Quisp in Aquaman's first issue.

 

 

 

And if one water sprite weren't enough, #6 introduced his brother Quink..

 

#4 also introduced the bad sprite, Quirk (aka known as Quirp on different pages of #10). 

Quisp makes me Quake.

Peter Bosch said:

Batman had Bat-mite.  Superman had Mr. Mxyzptlk.  Martian Manhunter had Zook.  You would think that being under the sea would save Aquaman from being followed around by a tiny mite.  Not so.  He got a water sprite fan named Quisp in Aquaman's first issue.

 

 

 

And if one water sprite weren't enough, #6 introduced his brother Quink..

 

#4 also introduced the bad sprite, Quirk (aka known as Quirp on different pages of #10). 

I remember those cerials, but nobody else seems to!

As I recall, the flavor of both Quisp and Quake were identical, cause they were made at the same time by the same mix, just shapped differently....or was I wrong?

A followup to the insecurity of sidekicks.  Turns out it applies to grownups, too.

 

Pretty sure you're right. It was like a cereal company decided to do an in-house sales rivalry. For the uninitiated, Quisp's mascot was a propeller headed alien and Quake's was a miner, and then later a cowboy. (follow the Google/Bing trail if you're curious).

Kirk G said:

I remember those cerials, but nobody else seems to!

As I recall, the flavor of both Quisp and Quake were identical, cause they were made at the same time by the same mix, just shapped differently....or was I wrong?

The cereals couldn't be identical, one was from outer space and the other was from the center of the Earth.

Today's subject...

There was a period when Neal Adams did a lot of provactive covers for "Superboy" that made you want to read the inside story...

 

 

 

But then, through a change of editors or whatever, it all went wrong.

 

 

 

It's no surprise that the Legion of Super-Heroes took over this title very soon thereafter, just like they had taken Adventure Comics away from him.

SUPERBOY #160 reminds me of a SUPERMAN story where Lois was accidentally wounded by bullets shot at him that bounced off and hit her, where he went to another planet, one with a red sun, intending "never" to return to Earth (YEAH RIGHT).  The cover was a blatent swipe of ASM #50, "Spider-Man No More", which came out only a few months earlier.

Then of course there's also the post-Crisis/New DCU Superman, who, after EXECUTING the Pocket Universe Phantom Zone prisoners (who had-- let's face it-- MURDERED every single person on an ENTIRE PLANET!!!) he was so overcome with "guilt", and suffered a nervious breakdown, that he decided to fly off into space, "never" to return (YEAH RIGHT).  The cover of the issue where he left was a blatent swipe (tribute) to Steranko's cover of NICK FURY #6.

"As I recall, the flavor of both Quisp and Quake were identical, cause they were made at the same time by the same mix, just shapped differently....or was I wrong?"

I used to eat QUISP a lot, but oddly enough, I'm not sure I ever ate QUAKE.

QUISP tasted a lot like CAP'N CRUNCH, if memory serves... except, CC was better.   (Crazy thing... CC-- the original flavor-- is one of the few breakfast cerals I still eat regularly!  Unlike many of my old favorites from the 60's, Quaker Oats, as far as I know, NEVER changed the flavor.  Too many of my old faves were ruined by being "new and improved".)

Today's discussion

If you are old enough, you will remember these

 

 

and then...

 

 

and then, they went to 25 cents...

 

 

Do they still do that in this day of $3.99 comics?



Peter Bosch said:

 

Do they still do that in this day of $3.99 comics?

No. I haven't seen one of those since the '70s!

BTW, the bottom six Superboy covers you posted were by Nick Cardy, not Neal Adams. You probably knew that, but it wasn't indicated.

And then there's the final issue of Ka-zar that also swipes Nick Fury #6,Cover for Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD (1968 series) #6

in one of the most blatent parodies I've ever seen.
Cover for Ka-Zar the Savage (1981 series) #34

But the joke may be on me...I recall an even MORE perfect imitation, where it is exactly the steranko cover, with only the title masthead, the specific face, and the cover blurb being changed.  As I recall, instead of  Collector's Item: Final Issue"  it reads, "Guess who won't have a next issue?"  Am I dreaming of was this done twice, or with a variant print run?

 

Henry R. Kujawa said:

SUPERBOY #160 reminds me of a SUPERMAN story where Lois was accidentally wounded by bullets shot at him that bounced off and hit her, where he went to another planet, one with a red sun, intending "never" to return to Earth (YEAH RIGHT).  The cover was a blatent swipe of ASM #50, "Spider-Man No More", which came out only a few months earlier.

Then of course there's also the post-Crisis/New DCU Superman, who, after EXECUTING the Pocket Universe Phantom Zone prisoners (who had-- let's face it-- MURDERED every single person on an ENTIRE PLANET!!!) he was so overcome with "guilt", and suffered a nervious breakdown, that he decided to fly off into space, "never" to return (YEAH RIGHT).  The cover of the issue where he left was a blatent swipe (tribute) to Steranko's cover of NICK FURY #6.

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