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Gratis Comic Tag

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mr. Silver Age May 18, 2016. 6 Replies

A friend of mine lives in Germany, where they have two Free Comic Book Days. The American comics day is in line with ours (May 7th), while the German comics day was yesterday. Here's the list of free…Continue

The 2016 Silver Age Trivia Challenge!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mr. Silver Age Mar 24, 2016. 21 Replies

The 2016 Silver Age Trivia Challenge lived up to its motto of “When Titans Clash!” (patent pending) as Mark Waid took on a team of fans in the annual battle for the Silver Age Trivia crown.Owing to…Continue

C2E2 Trivia Challenge on March 18th!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mr. Silver Age Feb 24, 2016. 4 Replies

The band and I want to invite…Continue

The 2015 C2E2 Silver Age Trivia Challenge!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mr. Silver Age May 2, 2015. 9 Replies

The Silver Age Trivia…Continue

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Mr. Silver Age replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Flash Season 3 -- SPOILERS
"My wife leave me alone to watch them all, so I have my pick. But there are getting to be too many for that to work well. I did hook her early onto Grimm and iZombie, but I doubt any of the others are gonna catch on. She's listened to Riverdale…"
Feb 20
Mr. Silver Age replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Flash Season 3 -- SPOILERS
"I tend to stay current on Supergirl and Flash, followed by Legends, so I guess I make up my list of favorites. Although I'm thinking I may catch up on SHIELD and others and keep Flash so I can watch both parts at once. Too many first-world…"
Feb 20
Mr. Silver Age replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Flash Season 3 -- SPOILERS
"Evidently we're going to get a gorilla invasion, and who doesn't enjoy a good gorilla invasion? Technically, a two-part gorilla invasion on an alternative Earth with Jesse Quick! Followed sometime later by a musical Supergirl crossover!…"
Feb 17
Mr. Silver Age replied to Captain Comics's discussion 'Riverdale': First Look
"I'm liking it more, if only because the One Big Secret isn't driving every plot, so it's less Twin Peak-ish than I feared. I decided to go with their notion that Chuck was so narcissistic he didn't suspect a trap at the hot tub…"
Feb 17
Mr. Silver Age replied to Captain Comics's discussion 'Riverdale': First Look
" We don't know exactly what the confession at the end was a confession to. I'd just like to point out that apparently none of us have watched last night's episode yet, which might explain some of it. The wonders of technology!…"
Feb 10
Mr. Silver Age replied to Captain Comics's discussion 'Riverdale': First Look
"the yelling and screaming over "This is not MY Archie" is likely directly related to how much anyone is invested in the characters being like you remember. I agree, and most of that comes from people who haven’t read them in decades,…"
Feb 10
Mr. Silver Age replied to Captain Comics's discussion 'Riverdale': First Look
"But Riverdale? It’s not organic; it’s done ham-fistedly. I' I don't see the organicness of Iris and Wally West being black and the inorganicness of Pop Tate being black. It's the other way around for me. I do think…"
Feb 9
Mr. Silver Age replied to Captain Comics's discussion 'Riverdale': First Look
">>I'm not against putting old characters in new settings, or reinventing a property, but ...<< But they couldn't really win this one, could they? Veronica and her mother are Latina? They should be white! Reggie is Filipino? He…"
Feb 9
Mr. Silver Age replied to Steve W's discussion Comical Comic Cuts
"That reminds me of Kyle Baker's Letitia Lerner, Superman's babysitter. He's a great kid to babysit, since nothing can possibly harm him, as long as you have super-powers and can wing him into outer space when necessary. -- MSA"
Jan 30
Mr. Silver Age replied to Captain Comics's discussion 'Riverdale': First Look
"Even there, Modern Family changed its Lily actor for a casting reason I forget now. Jenna Coleman (aka Clara) is 30 years old and she's playing the 18-year-old Queen Victoria on PBS right now. I wonder if they take that as a compliment?…"
Jan 30
Mr. Silver Age replied to Captain Comics's discussion 'Riverdale': First Look
"I pretty much l-l-liked it, if only because it was way more sorta/kinda like the new Archie series and way less like Twin Peaks than I was anticipating. I will stipulate they need something more serious and mysterious as a story arc than Archie…"
Jan 27
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Short and quirky posts
"Great snakes!"
Jan 24
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Short and quirky posts
"It's a bit over the top, especially since pickles aren't picked and hyenas aren't bob-tailed. If you start calling people stuff like that, you could end up saying almost anything! -- MSA"
Jan 24
Mr. Silver Age replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
">>Not my JLA (not even my cartoon JLA), but I can easily see it being someone’s.<< In keeping with the theme, I'd give it a C. I give it props for actually paying homage to JLA #11, meaning someone on staff is a fan, and…"
Jan 17
Mr. Silver Age replied to Captain Comics's discussion 'Riverdale': First Look
""Reggie Mantle, you have FAILED this city!" -- MSA"
Jan 13
Mr. Silver Age replied to Captain Comics's discussion 'Riverdale': First Look
"I've been watching for news and trailers with a very skeptical eye. I agree that Archie has taken the characters in new directions, but the alternative-worlds Life with Archie was more fascinating than entertaining for how dramatically skewed…"
Jan 13

Mr. Silver Age's News Posts

The Metal Humans!

Posted on March 26, 2011 at 3:35pm 15 Comments

Doc Magnus’ creations tried on new identities as The Silver Age was winding down

 

Dear Mr. Silver Age,

It is my understanding that near the end of their illustrious Silver Age publishing run, The Metal Men adopted human identities. Why would such impressive super-heroes wish to perform such a contrary act?

Jim H.

Avengers Mansion.

Mr. Silver Age…

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Mind-Slaving The Hulk!

Posted on February 26, 2011 at 3:14pm 13 Comments

The Hulk, Mind Slave!

It’s not much of a mind, but a lot of people conveniently decided they had to have it!

 

Dear Mr. Silver Age,

I know The Hulk is a misunderstood beast, but you’d think, with all his good intentions and the good deeds he did in his early days during The Silver Age,…

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AMSA #2: The Need for Tomboy Betty!

Posted on February 5, 2011 at 3:30pm 15 Comments

In light of our recent discussion in Cap's Blog about Archie and the gang, I pulled out this AMSA column from CBG #1583 (March 19, 2004), arguing for a modest proposition that would make the Archie gang way more interesting and drop the point spread on the Betty Vs. Veronica cage match below six figures. 

After this article appeared, CBG told me that Archie Comics ordered extra copies of the issue. Sadly, I don't believe they took my arguments to heart, more's the…

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AMSA #1: Superman's Trials & Tribulations

Posted on January 22, 2011 at 1:25pm 35 Comments

Welcome to the new Ask Mr .Silver Age blog!

I'm Craig Shutt, who writes the Ask Mr. Silver Age column for the Comics Buyer's Guide. I'll be posting regular articles and essays in this space, mostly concerning Silver Age comics but possibly topics of other types of interest to Silver Age fans. Who really knows?

Many of the posts will feature…

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Comment Wall (11 comments)

At 10:27am on August 9, 2010, Doc Beechler (mod-MD) said…

At 10:27am on August 9, 2010, Doc Beechler (mod-MD) said…
Welcome!
At 11:45am on August 9, 2010, Cavaliere (moderator emeritus) said…
I'm glad to see you here, Mr. S.A.!
At 6:48am on August 12, 2010, Commander Benson said…
Welcome aboard to our little part of the comics playground, Craig! I trust you will find it a pleasure to be here.

And to echo the official greeting around these parts: we're glad you're here!
At 6:37pm on August 13, 2010, Philip Portelli said…
Glad to have your expertise here! You are most welcome! It's been so strange not having friendly debates at your site!
At 1:22am on August 14, 2010, Doctor Hmmm? said…
Holy simoleons, Mr. S.A.! I've been reading your column in CBG since ... well, since you started it, actually. You know, back in dinosaur days.

Welcome! We're glad you're here!
At 4:42pm on June 13, 2011, Kirk G said…

Hello Mr. Silver Age,

I've been reading your column on and off, well, since you started it... in fact, in the defunt Comic Scene or similar fanzines, for years.  You are extrodinarily well versed in the Silver Age.

Question for you:  We all know that music doesn't translate well to the comic page. Why is it that so many attempts have been made to incorporate it?
I remember Rick Jones becoming a drifter guitar solo act in Captain Marvel shortly after the big change. How long did his career last?

And multiple instances of Beatles' songs being used in or as themes for Sgt. Fury and Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD.

Who was behind this?

Congrats on your blog!

At 4:38pm on September 28, 2011, Kirk G said…
Hey Mr. Silver Age,   do you ever accept "friends" messages?  I've been waiting since Summer.  How about a confirmation or an invitation?
At 8:40pm on October 26, 2011, Kirk G said…
Hey, Mr. S.A.-- I meant that I knew I was going to open a can of worms by expressing my opinion about the merrits of one artist over another...in the middle of a discussion threat about the merrits of Johnny Storm--the Essential Human Torch.
At 3:28pm on November 29, 2012, Kirk G said…

Hey Mr. S.A--  I'm wondering what the reaction to the porn image in TOS #28 "Secret of the Black Planet" was back in 1962...or when it was reprinted in Weird Wonder Tales #4 (1974).  Did either book have letters pages, and if there was a reaction, would it appear three months later in either TOS #31 or WWT #7? Or were they bi-monthly?

Does anyone know if there was a fan newspaper, like Comic Buyers' Guide in circulation yet at that point? Where would reaction have seen print?

Again, I doubt if Marvel would have called attention to it, but I'd like to hear from someone who was around or THERE at the time.  Did the Bullpen get a tongue lashing? Or was it ignored?  Or was it just another day in the office for them?

 

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