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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 Short and quirky posts
"During the Silver Age, one of my favorite comics was Metal Men.  Andru and Esposito were born to draw them. I liked them a lot on MM and WW, where they were in their own little world of weird fantasy and whimsy. It's when they…"
Jun 9
Mr. Silver Age replied to Captain Comics's discussion The Top 10 Silliest Bits in 'Wonder Woman' comics
"Oh no! You haven't seen it? Don't read this thread! It's full of spoilers! I realized that after reading something you said, so I stopped until I saw it, which was yesterday. I'd say it was far and away the best DCU movie, but…"
Jun 9
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Short and quirky posts
"OK, I would buy that comic. Heck, I used to buy Aquama just to see what Mera was up to! -- MSA"
Jun 7
Mr. Silver Age replied to Captain Comics's discussion The Top 10 Silliest Bits in 'Wonder Woman' comics
"The SA WW could ride wind currents, which essentially served to allow her to fly, although it should've been different.  But it also allowed her to use the invisible plan when she wanted to. I think the Invisible Plane would have looked…"
Jun 7
Mr. Silver Age replied to Captain Comics's discussion The Top 10 Silliest Bits in 'Wonder Woman' comics
"it's hard to even think of any memorable villain stories from his run on the title Egg Fu and his descendant Egg Fu the Fifth are outraged by your characterization, and I'm sure Egg Fu's twin Dr. Yes, who took on the Metal Men, will…"
Jun 4
Mr. Silver Age replied to Captain Comics's discussion The Top 10 Silliest Bits in 'Wonder Woman' comics
" It was a very imaginative feature.  That's one way of putting it. I'm surprised those stories got into print. Apparently no parent ever bothered to look at what was going on in WW.   -- MSA"
Jun 4
Mr. Silver Age replied to Captain Comics's discussion The Top 10 Silliest Bits in 'Wonder Woman' comics
"Well, it lasted from September 1968 to January of 1973. That's pretty permanent for comics. Mostly, it rode out the period when superpowers were out of fashion. Even then, they gave her back to Kanigher for Paradise Island stories for another…"
Jun 3
Mr. Silver Age replied to Captain Comics's discussion The Top 10 Silliest Bits in 'Wonder Woman' comics
"This is why so many of the Superman stories in the Weisinger era were mainly focused on his love life or meetings with aliens or people from the past (and red kryptonite weirdness). Don't forget "Superman Under a Red Son" and his…"
Jun 3
Mr. Silver Age replied to Captain Comics's discussion The Top 10 Silliest Bits in 'Wonder Woman' comics
"Cap, the Journey followup was Wardrums, and there were two issues. I imagine the second one didn't get as much distribution as the first. I have all the Journey issues too, and it was a really good series. Richard, IDW did two TPB collections…"
Jun 2
Mr. Silver Age replied to Captain Comics's discussion The Top 10 Silliest Bits in 'Wonder Woman' comics
"Keep in mind, the depowering occurred during the groovy late-1960s when superpowered representatives of the administration were not especially in demand. GL refused to use his ring if he could avoid it because it made things "too easy,"…"
Jun 2
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion This looks familiar. Where's Goody Rickels?
"I've been to three, and I've got the programs from them, but they're not as groovy as this one! A definite improvement over its original.  I imagine you'll be able to snag a copy on eBay for much, much less money than plane…"
May 31
Mr. Silver Age replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Flash Season 3 -- SPOILERS
"They usually have more to worry about than what happens in seven years (which they can't do much about anyway). And as we keep seeing, "disappearing" is a temporary thing under the worst of conditions. I did notice that they had Iris…"
May 25
Mr. Silver Age replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Flash Season 3 -- SPOILERS
"Welllll, just to be clear, Barry sacrificed himself and left this plane of existence, never to be seen again. Sob. So all things considered, Ollie is doing okay. -- MSA"
May 25
Mr. Silver Age replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Flash Season 3 -- SPOILERS
"I must have zoned out. I don't remember the earlier transmogrifier appearance. It was a couple episodes earlier, when Barry and Snart broke into ARGUS and stole the Dominator power source. He changed into Lyla, and I said, "Verrrrrry…"
May 24
Mr. Silver Age replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Flash Season 3 -- SPOILERS
"Sad to say, my greatest emotion is that I'm glad it's over. I was really tired of the all-powerful villain being unstoppable until he's stopped, the number of times we nearly killed someone but then realized that wasn't the…"
May 24
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Happy birthday to our host, Mr. Silver Age, Craig Shutt
"Thanks, Dave. As I say every year, it's the thought that counts, which is a good thing. I will say that this year, you outdid yourself in sending three comics my way that I not only do not have but have never seen before. I hope this…"
May 23

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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