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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 everyone at the Mr. Silver Age Forum to attend the Pro-Fan…Continue

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Latest Activity

Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Three of a Kind
"In talking about terrible costumes, it's not fair calling out the 1970s Legion. That's just shooting fish in a barrel."
Jun 19
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Three of a Kind
"Thanks, Hoy! It's always nice to add a new A-M photo to my collection. I'm glad when these things come up, you immediately know there's a photo for that. The A-M photo takes my mind off the previous one. Besides the embarrassing name,…"
Jun 18
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Happy birthday Mr. Silver Age 2019
"Thanks, Steve! I'm glad you found it, it was fun to do! I hope I do get some more chances to write for them. They ran some of it in their Stan Lee issue last year, but it was just a reprint. I'll let people know if another opportunity…"
May 29
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Three of a Kind
"I'm glad the article was inspirational, Hoy! It's interesting how different those three interpretations are. Jerry, of course, was trying to mimic Spider-Man, the others not so much."
May 29
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Happy birthday Mr. Silver Age 2019
"Thanks, all! I'm glad there are still a few of us still here!"
May 23
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Happy birthday Mr. Silver Age 2019
"Thanks, Dave. As always, it's the thought that counts, such as it is. With your...unique perspective on all things cover related, you might want to join (or at least check out) Hoy's Three of a Kind thread. Some of them are pretty…"
May 22
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Happy birthday Mr. Silver Age 2019
"Thanks, Hoy! I know exactly how Kal feels. Fortunately, reading Silver Age comics keeps me young at heart. -- MSA"
May 22
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Three of a Kind
"Done. I agree they may have wanted to do that, but playing up how similar JJ and GA are to Superman and Batman was not the best way to go, IMO. It reeks of second-rate, and WF already had to jump through hoops to come up with villains challenging…"
Apr 6
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Three of a Kind
"But I think if they'd decided to give GA his own title, it'd have been a chance to give him the cast and details that would've made him more interesting. Obviously, they weren't going to take his 6-page stories and pad them out…"
Apr 6
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Three of a Kind
"I had both of those comments in my head when I saw the GL/GA cover. Aquaman finally got his title in the SA, I wonder why GA never did, even after joining the JLA? That seemed like a requirement for a long time, except for him. -- MSA"
Apr 5
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Three of a Kind
"Hoy's was really hidden (I never even realized there was a ring around Mar-Vell's emblem), which makes us think. I was going to have to ask, too. I think the Ms M. three were female versions of existing male characters which The Cat and…"
Apr 4
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Three of a Kind
"That is a...very impressive A-M shot, Hoy. I've never seen it before, and it's quite memorable. I don't think it's from a movie, certainly not one I've ever heard of. It could be a photo shoot. It's always a…"
Apr 3
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Three of a Kind
"I miss the creative covers of the old days. -- MSA"
Apr 2
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Three of a Kind
"Too bad we're not doing 25 of a kind, I've got that covered. -- MSA"
Mar 30
Mr. Silver Age replied to Captain Comics's discussion What's wrong with DC superhero movies?
"That was immediately apparent to me in MOS when Pa Kent suggested Clark should've let the kids on the school bus die rather than chance revealing his identity and being hounded from Earth. As Mark Waid phrased it, when I saw that scene, I heard…"
Mar 30
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion DC / Marvel Crossover - Bob Hope
"Bing showing up in Bob's book, even under another name or varied likeness, would've been hilarious. It's too bad they didn't do that. The Jerry Lewis comic adapted some of his movies, in which he played other characters, not…"
Mar 28

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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