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Clark Kent, Down on the Farm?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gene Phillips yesterday. 10 Replies

A friend of mine has been slowly foraging through the early SUPERBOYS thanks to the online site READ COMICS ONLINE, and I thought I would share his insights here, though he's only up to 1956.Many…Continue

ONE HUNDRED BEST JUSTICE LEAGUE STORIES

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gene Phillips Nov 1, 2019. 15 Replies

I found this DC "greatest hits" on markdown for $3, so even though I knew I wouldn't agree with its choices, I bought it.…Continue

WHY ISN'T SILVER AGE MARVEL AS WACKY AS SILVER AGE DC?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Willis Oct 20, 2019. 6 Replies

They were aimed at roughly the same age group, though some DC titles skewed younger than others. Yet Marvel in the 60s only occasionally indulged in really oddball villains or cover concepts. For…Continue

Any SICKies here?

Started this discussion. Last reply by JohnD May 5, 2019. 10 Replies

I never read any of the MAD magazine knockoffs of the sixties. However, in recent years I got a little curious about SICK, the magazine that provided most of Joe Simon's daily bread in that decade.…Continue

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Gene Phillips replied to Gene Phillips's discussion Clark Kent, Down on the Farm?
"Excellent overview, Commander Benson. I'm not surprised the artistic depictions were all over the place. Nobody in comics back then expected anyone but the kids of the time would read the things. I have a dim memory that maybe the farm came…"
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Richard Willis replied to Gene Phillips's discussion Clark Kent, Down on the Farm?
"I never read the stories featuring the "youthenized" Kents. They never existed on "Earth-RW"."
Saturday
Richard Willis replied to Gene Phillips's discussion Clark Kent, Down on the Farm?
"Finding those many examples impresses me no end. This panel makes me think it was a coloring error. The older Kent in the corner is drawn older and more flabby than the other, who had shorter, more groomed hair and a thinner face. The younger one…"
Saturday
Commander Benson replied to Gene Phillips's discussion Clark Kent, Down on the Farm?
"The Kents didn't always look the same ("The Fantastic Faces" notwithstanding) no matter how old Clark was.  Actually, their appearances during Clark's babyhood changed quite a bit.  As much as I credit Mort Weisinger…"
Saturday
Jeff of Earth-J replied to Gene Phillips's discussion Clark Kent, Down on the Farm?
""Meanwhile,Ma and Pa always look the same age no matter how old Clark is." Well, until..."
Saturday
Richard Willis replied to Gene Phillips's discussion Clark Kent, Down on the Farm?
"Continuing the mish-mash created by Uncle Mort's stories of the past, present and future,the panel posted by The Commander seems to imply that they moved to town and opened the general store just as Clark was starting school while the cover I…"
Saturday
Commander Benson replied to Gene Phillips's discussion Clark Kent, Down on the Farm?
""The Origin of Superboy's Super-Costume", from Superboy # 78 (Jan., 1960), is the earliest Silver-Age reference that I recall off the top of my head which directly states that the Kents moved from a farm to Smallville…"
Saturday
Richard Willis replied to Gene Phillips's discussion Clark Kent, Down on the Farm?
"I suspect that an editorial decision was made some time in the 50s to base the stories in Smallviile rather than on a farm, since most kids buying comics by then lived in large or small towns, not farms. It will be interesting if someone finds an…"
Saturday
Richard Willis replied to Gene Phillips's discussion Clark Kent, Down on the Farm?
"I started reading the Superman family of comics, including the Superboy tales in Adventure Comics and Superboy, in early 1958. My first Superboy comics were Adventure Comics #247(APR58) (yes, the first LOSH) and Superboy #74(JUL59) (I think). I…"
Saturday
Randy Jackson replied to Gene Phillips's discussion Clark Kent, Down on the Farm?
"I'd always heard that at dome point during Clark's youth the Kent's switched from farming to owning a store in town, although when that happened precisely I don't know. I'm sure someone else here has knowledge of that and…"
Friday
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Clark Kent, Down on the Farm?

A friend of mine has been slowly foraging through the early SUPERBOYS thanks to the online site READ COMICS ONLINE, and I thought I would share his insights here, though he's only up to 1956.Many Silver Age fans will have heard that Pa and Ma Kent weren't fully realized in their earliest appearances as the Norman Rockwell oldsters we knew from that period. My friend was surprised, though, to see little if any mentions of "life on the Kent farm," particularly since that's become such a big part…See More
Friday
Gene Phillips replied to Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man's discussion What Comic Books Have You Read Today?
"In one of my old reviews of a Ditko work, I made the slightly inaccurate comment that where names were concerned, "Apparently Ditko never met a consonant blend he didn't dislike." This was in reaction to a Missing Man story in which…"
Friday
Gene Phillips replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Silver Sightings: Batman's Silver Age: What Took So Long?
"Speaking of scandals in Hooterville, let's not overlook the fact that blonde-haired Kate manages to sire three daughters, all three with different hair colors (assuming none of them use coloration). I was for Billie Jo all the way, though I…"
Jan 20
Gene Phillips replied to Gene Phillips's discussion ONE HUNDRED BEST JUSTICE LEAGUE STORIES
"Among the important JLA stories that built on O'Neil's "White Martian-Green Martian" mythology was the 1977 Steve Englehart-Dick Dillin tale "The Origin of the Justice League--Minus One." While the official…"
Nov 1, 2019
Emerkeith Davyjack replied to Gene Phillips's discussion ONE HUNDRED BEST JUSTICE LEAGUE STORIES
"...I remember a story that occupied a full issue of - JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED? JUSTICE LEAGUE QUARTERLY? - this supplemental JL title from the 90s. a Giant quarterly.   It followed General Glory through the years, from the Golde. or Silver to…"
Oct 31, 2019
Border Mutt replied to Gene Phillips's discussion ONE HUNDRED BEST JUSTICE LEAGUE STORIES
"I don't know how hardcore a JLA fan I am, but I do remember it was in issue 5, two issues before the JL went international.  After Batman put Gardner in his place, I'm pretty sure they went off to fight the Grey Man.  Hmmm, maybe…"
Oct 31, 2019

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