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Entertainment Weekly's Stan Lee Tribute

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fred W. Hill Dec 4, 2018. 8 Replies

On sale today: Entertainment Weekly's special tribute issue to Stan Lee. With comics-history information and a sidebar on Iron Man supplied by me (written originally for Life Magazine's Rise of the…Continue

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

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Mr. Silver Age replied to Joseph Riordan's discussion Need help from the experts! Does anyone know a site or blog about Superheroes actual Birthdays?
"It's kind of surprising that it didn't come up somewhere over what for some of them is 50+ years, even on a form they filled out we saw or something. It's also interesting that no writer took the opportunity to make the character they…"
Feb 22
Mr. Silver Age replied to Joseph Riordan's discussion Need help from the experts! Does anyone know a site or blog about Superheroes actual Birthdays?
"Yes, February 29th was the date--it was easy to remember as a result. We talked about it in 2017 here. And Superman has probably celebrated his birthday more often than any other character, if only because he's had so many stories in…"
Feb 8
Mr. Silver Age replied to Joseph Riordan's discussion Need help from the experts! Does anyone know a site or blog about Superheroes actual Birthdays?
"Hi, Joseph, welcome aboard! After you posted about this, I went looking, but I didn't find much except this FB page that has a few, but more DC ones. Marvel never seemed quite as determined to designate those as DC did (and neither did much to…"
Feb 8
Richard Willis replied to Mr. Silver Age's discussion What Should Be Collected Next?
"Between eBay and MyComicShop.com I have assembled the following run covering the early Infinity Inc stories, and am enjoying them as time permits. All-Star Squadron 25, 26, and Annual 2 Infinity Inc 1-25 and Annual 1"
Jan 13
Mr. Silver Age replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Silver Sightings: Batman's Silver Age: What Took So Long?
"Another fun fact I forgot to mention: Batman's New Look actually made its debut in...World's Finest #141, which came out two weeks before Detective #327! It's not on the cover because it's made up much earlier. Apparently…"
Jan 13
Mr. Silver Age replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Silver Sightings: Batman's Silver Age: What Took So Long?
"Cary Bates actually began writing Superman stories in 1964, although only a handful until 1967, when he became a mainstay on Superman and WF. You can look it up. They didn't have credits, so there was no way of knowing. -- MSA"
Jan 11
Mr. Silver Age replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Silver Sightings: Batman's Silver Age: What Took So Long?
"Certainly the Infantino artwork helped make that case. I was reading earlier than that, when Batman was essentially a super-acrobat and challenger of the unknown (and fashion plate). They had their charm, but a lot of the stories didn't require…"
Jan 11
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Merry Christmas!
"LOL! That little town needs a theater playing this. -- MSA"
Dec 27, 2018
Philip Portelli replied to Mr. Silver Age's discussion What Should Be Collected Next?
"You should get the latter issues of the series as well. It was one of the few Post-Crisis books that tried to explain the new continuity (big shock there) as well as still honor DC's Golden Age. Titles from the 90s like Sandman,…"
Dec 25, 2018
Richard Willis replied to Mr. Silver Age's discussion What Should Be Collected Next?
"I just bought an incomplete set of Infinity Inc on eBay. I'll have to fill it in with single issues until I have enough to satisfy the completist in me. I'll probably go as far as the Crisis and then stop.    "
Dec 25, 2018
Philip Portelli replied to Mr. Silver Age's discussion What Should Be Collected Next?
"And the funny thing is that I own the darn book!"
Dec 25, 2018
Richard Mantle replied to Mr. Silver Age's discussion What Should Be Collected Next?
"How about the Dan Jurgans Teen Titans series? Not too ground-breaking but beautiful art and the Warlord storyline along with the spotlight on the old guard issues (sooo like Titans Hunt decades later!) were highlights for me."
Dec 25, 2018
John Dunbar replied to Mr. Silver Age's discussion What Should Be Collected Next?
"Philip, I looked it up as I was wondering how long ago this collection was released.  DC announced that there would be 2 volumes of the Generations Saga.  Volume 1 was released in June 2011.  It actually did collect the debut of…"
Dec 25, 2018
Philip Portelli replied to Mr. Silver Age's discussion What Should Be Collected Next?
"I'll second that! There was a hardcover that reprinted the first five issues (of a ten issue story arc) and not their All Star Squadron debut!  Actually, All star Squadron NEEDS a full-color (or colour) collection or two or…"
Dec 24, 2018
Richard Willis replied to Mr. Silver Age's discussion What Should Be Collected Next?
"Infinity Inc needs to be collected. I never bought the series but have been curious about it since I returned to comics years ago, particularly because of its references in Neil Gaiman's Sandman."
Dec 24, 2018
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Merry Christmas!
"Merry Christmas to one and all! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsZ8k843CzM"
Dec 24, 2018

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 (12 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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