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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 Hoy Murphy's discussion Scooby-Doo Team-up 36 - A tribute to Silver Age DC comedy
"Thanks, Dave! I didn't realize he and Binky were buds. Sad to say, by the late-1960s, my interest in DC's teen-humor books had pretty well disappeared (it was never very high to start with). Swing with Scooter was as far as I felt I needed…"
Jul 10
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Scooby-Doo Team-up 36 - A tribute to Silver Age DC comedy
"I presume that is in response to my last comment, and so I will decline to read it. I'm sure everyone else appreciates it (not). At least we all were saved an artistic rendition, which I'm sure everyone appreciates (for real). -- MSA"
Jun 30
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Scooby-Doo Team-up 36 - A tribute to Silver Age DC comedy
"Didn't see it, don't want to see it, you can't make me see it. -- MSA"
Jun 30
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Scooby-Doo Team-up 36 - A tribute to Silver Age DC comedy
"Judy and Bilko were licensed, so considering "Windy & Willy," "Rob Pope" and "Louie Jervis" showed up, they'd have fit that theme better than Binky and Debbi. Buzzy wasn't licensed and didn't make it…"
Jun 29
Richard Willis replied to Mr. Silver Age's discussion What Should Be Collected Next?
"When the hardcovers of The Spirit were published I would have bought the later volumes if they had been published first. Because they didn't do that I never bought any of them, figuring I had most or all of it in Warren and Kitchen Sink…"
Jun 27
Richard Willis replied to Mr. Silver Age's discussion What Should Be Collected Next?
"The way they are doing the Marvel Epic and the Carl Barks Ducks books is that they publish out of sequence. The volume numbers are printed inside the books. Planning ahead, they know what they intend to put in each volume while publishing the ones…"
Jun 27
Philip Portelli replied to Mr. Silver Age's discussion What Should Be Collected Next?
"I've said this before but I never had a problem with 1950s Batman stories, etc, but with the amount of Superman, Superboy, Batman and Wonder Woman being put out at that time, whichever ones got reprinted were probably the best of the bunch so…"
Jun 27
Dave Blanchard replied to Mr. Silver Age's discussion What Should Be Collected Next?
"I think that's probably why we may never see those early to mid 1950s runs of Superman, Batman or Wonder Woman -- there wasn't enough interest in the early year to justify more Archive collections, and the Silver Age stuff didn't…"
Jun 27
Mr. Silver Age replied to Mr. Silver Age's discussion What Should Be Collected Next?
"I call that the Wizard of Oz effect. Every year, we'd be sure to watch the annual broadcast of the movie, because it was our only chance to see it. Then I got a VCR and videotaped it one year, so I could watch it any time. So we stopped…"
Jun 27
Dave Blanchard replied to Mr. Silver Age's discussion What Should Be Collected Next?
">> That's the other irony of these lists sometimes. When we say "I'd like this to be collected," it could be because we think it should be on library shelves for posterity or other collectors should get the thing we liked…"
Jun 27
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Scooby-Doo Team-up 36 - A tribute to Silver Age DC comedy
"Good call! I think you nailed it. I wasn't even thinking in that direction."
Jun 26
Dave Blanchard replied to Mr. Silver Age's discussion What Should Be Collected Next?
"Walter wrote: >> EVERYTHING HAPPENS TO HARVEY... and, leaving Marvel behind << Actually, EVERYTHING HAPPENS TO HARVEY was a DC title from the 1950s. HARVEY was the Marvel title. And I'm still amazed to this day that Marvel was able…"
Jun 26
Mr. Silver Age replied to Kirk G's discussion Silver, Bronze, Iron, Modern Ages: Start & End Dates
"That's a possible scenario, given that European (especially Belgian) comics begin with anthologies and then are collected into albums, and the genres represented are diverse. I was just in Brussels and was dazzled by the 40+ murals of…"
Jun 21
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Scooby-Doo Team-up 36 - A tribute to Silver Age DC comedy
"Thanks for the tip, Hoy! Sholly Fisch is a big SA and AMSA fan, so I'm sure he enjoyed writing that. The Maniaks are, in fact, singing their big hit song from Showcase #68, lyrics no doubt by E. Nelson Bridwell. The guy with the 7 (or maybe a…"
Jun 15
Hoy Murphy replied to Mr. Silver Age's discussion What Should Be Collected Next?
"Also, that one Golden Age Blackhawk Archive collection. Maybe that will change if the movie becomes reality, but I never did see much demand for that title by post-Silver Age readers, and I imagine the cost of reconstructing the art made it too…"
Jun 7
Mr. Silver Age replied to Mr. Silver Age's discussion What Should Be Collected Next?
"Thanks Hoy! I don't know that I missed it, but I definitely forgot it was out. I'll have to check around for it. I've got all the issues, but having them on the shelf rather than buried in a box would be nice if I could find it at a…"
Jun 6

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?

 

Mr. S.A., can you comment?

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