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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
"This show is so like actual comics in its willingness to embrace the wilder elements that make Flash work that I don't even nitpick the silly bits. It's more fun to just enjoy the ride. My sentiments exactly. They are so unapologetically…"
Thursday
Mr. Silver Age replied to Steve W's discussion Comical Comic Cuts
"That used to be funny, back in the quaint old days when the triangle was a key part of the fun. But nowadays it gets in the way of the storytelling they want to do in both the comics and the movies, so they've done away with it. It's too…"
Tuesday
Mr. Silver Age replied to Steve W's discussion Books about Comic Books
"Paul just got in copies of the new version, and he posted a comparison between the old and new. Maybe the new size will prevent some injuries among (ahem) veteran fans."
Apr 12
Mr. Silver Age replied to Captain Comics's discussion 'Riverdale': First Look
"He's given several explanations for the S, but since there's no continuity, it's unlikely any of them are still relevant or were true at the time. As to why Montana put it there, I don't think anyone knows. Betty looks much older…"
Apr 10
Mr. Silver Age replied to Captain Comics's discussion 'Riverdale': First Look
"I've been enjoying it fairly well, although as always it needs more (any) comic relief or Easter eggs. I tend to agree with NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour, in that it's not weird enough to be Twin Peaks with Archie, and not really sudsy…"
Apr 10
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Happy birthday to our old pal Don Rickles, born 90 years ago today, May 8, 1926!
"That cover has shown up several dozen times in my Facebook feed today. It's one of the reasons that I'm sorry Don is no longer with us."
Apr 6
Mr. Silver Age replied to The Baron's discussion Silver Age Lana Lang's Little Brothers
"At least they weren't raised by her uncle Phineas. They'd all be fat or rubbery or human flamethrowers. -- MSA"
Apr 4
Mr. Silver Age replied to The Baron's discussion Silver Age Lana Lang's Little Brothers
"None of them ever appeared together in a story--and only Alvin had two--so I would imagine they were a brother and nobody bothered to check on his name (even though Ronald and Larry both appeared in 1951. Ah, the wonders of knowing your audience and…"
Apr 4
Mr. Silver Age replied to Steve W's discussion Books about Comic Books
"The original book seems to be out of print, but Amazon indicates a new edition will be published June 1st. It'll cost $65, which might cut into the sales of the ones being sold on eBay for $300+! -- MSA "
Apr 1
Mr. Silver Age replied to Steve W's discussion Books about Comic Books
"Needless to say, Mr. Google squelched that career. Not as much as I'd think, though. There is a TV column my paper runs occasionally, as well as a daily weather question, and in both cases the people could've gotten deeper and faster…"
Mar 31
Mr. Silver Age replied to Steve W's discussion Books about Comic Books
"In the spirit of "Show Me Yours and I'll Show You Mine," here are two of my shelves of reference books (separate from reprint collections). The top shelf is hardbacks, the bottom shelf is paperbacks. There's another shelf of…"
Mar 30
Mr. Silver Age replied to Steve W's discussion Books about Comic Books
"That's an excellent idea. I've had that same thought, especially since I'm older than you. Many of the history or reference books are probably not very much in demand due to the vast quantity of material on the Internet. Some of the…"
Mar 30
Mr. Silver Age replied to Steve W's discussion Books about Comic Books
"I forgot about the Steranko "books," as they're big, oversized books that were saddle-stitched like a comic book rather than perfect bound like a book. They are probably the first ones I bought--I got them from ads in Marvel…"
Mar 30
Mr. Silver Age replied to Steve W's discussion Books about Comic Books
"I used to try to pick up every one out there, but then the market got saturated and I gave up. It was a bigger deal back before Google, when any reference had to be looked up in a book from my shelves. So yes, I have a long shelf of reference books,…"
Mar 29
Mr. Silver Age replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Flash Season 3 -- SPOILERS
"Jimmy Olsen stories used to avoid that problem by sending Superman on all kinds of "space missions" when things would be too easy with him around. But I think he was out in space using his telescopic vision to watch Jimbo get into trouble.…"
Mar 24
Mr. Silver Age replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Flash Season 3 -- SPOILERS
"I agree that it wasn't ideal. It was fun seeing so many people we know singing so well, and I'm glad they didn't try to explain how these characters ended up together in this situation, they just made them doppelgangers. They…"
Mar 24

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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