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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 Review: Silver Age Suicide Squad and Silver Age Adam Strange Omnibuses
"There's a fair amount of diversity if we  spread the nut that far, but those aren't readily available in most comic shops. I have to go to Amazon to find TPBs most of those things. I'd love for there to be more European…"
Apr 3
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Review: Silver Age Suicide Squad and Silver Age Adam Strange Omnibuses
"I've heard retailers say that Marvel needs to cut back their total titles per character and let readers focus on a few. That might raise sales and would definitely make it easier for retailers to order.  Even without figuring all the…"
Apr 3
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Review: Silver Age Suicide Squad and Silver Age Adam Strange Omnibuses
"So it sounds like Suicide Squad is well-named, as that's what it makes its readers want to join before they finish reading the book!"
Apr 2
Mr. Silver Age replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Review: Silver Age Suicide Squad and Silver Age Adam Strange Omnibuses
"Thanks for the reviews, Hoy! I wasn't aware of the Suicide Squad one and I only have a couple of their issues. It's too bad they didn't just do a smaller TPB of their collected issues. That would appeal to me, whereas an entire thick,…"
Mar 30
Mr. Silver Age replied to Kirk G's discussion Silver, Bronze, Iron, Modern Ages: Start & End Dates
"Although I vary slightly in that I generally end the Bronze Age in 1986, because of Crisis on Infinite Earths (and also Watchmen and Dark Knight). My definition of an Age is a period when there was a lot of excitement and…"
Mar 26
Mr. Silver Age replied to Kirk G's discussion Silver, Bronze, Iron, Modern Ages: Start & End Dates
"I think the consensus would come from us agreeing on what it takes to start an age and then proposing candidates that fit the criteria. For instance, if we agree that the return of superheroes started the SA, we can argue if Flash was more important…"
Mar 26
Mr. Silver Age replied to Kirk G's discussion Silver, Bronze, Iron, Modern Ages: Start & End Dates
"We we're very lucky that the direct market was robust enough by then that the virtual end of newsstand distribution didn't kill comics. I think the direct market killed the newsstand market, not that the newsstand market was dying and…"
Mar 24
Mr. Silver Age replied to Kirk G's discussion Silver, Bronze, Iron, Modern Ages: Start & End Dates
"the newsvendors decided they couldn't afford to fill display space with comics. Then a few years later, the internet put the kibosh on most newsstands. I think you're right about comics companies sealing their fate by cutting page counts…"
Mar 24
Mr. Silver Age replied to Kirk G's discussion Silver, Bronze, Iron, Modern Ages: Start & End Dates
"These longer, more complex posts make it happen, and I figure he's not aware of what email notices go out as a result of how he's posting. I usually write my long posts in Word and then paste them in (if only because I've been burned…"
Mar 24
Mr. Silver Age replied to Kirk G's discussion Silver, Bronze, Iron, Modern Ages: Start & End Dates
"Yeah, at this point I don't see the sense in continuing a back and forth on the topic, I don’t want to shut down the conversation, I just wanted to explain that I don’t have much more to offer because the definitions are too…"
Mar 24
Mr. Silver Age replied to Kirk G's discussion Silver, Bronze, Iron, Modern Ages: Start & End Dates
"I wasn't around then but I've read histories that said fans of the DC revivals in the 1950s and early 1960s called the early super-hero era "The First Heroic Age" and the revival as "The Second Heroic Age," cementing…"
Mar 24
Mr. Silver Age replied to Kirk G's discussion Silver, Bronze, Iron, Modern Ages: Start & End Dates
"Talk of the Silver Age came into use by 1980s Its first use was in 1966 in a JLA letter column, where a fan noted that all the superhero revivals from the Golden Age would someday lead that period to be called the "Silver…"
Mar 23
Mr. Silver Age replied to Kirk G's discussion Silver, Bronze, Iron, Modern Ages: Start & End Dates
"1970 could just as well have been a look at a hypothetical 1959 as opposed to 1970--not that much had changed. I don't disagree with that much at all. The SA was slow to develop superheroes because it was hard to get sales data and be sure why…"
Mar 22
Mr. Silver Age replied to Kirk G's discussion Silver, Bronze, Iron, Modern Ages: Start & End Dates
"I’m taking Mr. Silver Age’s idea of key comics under advisement here, but now there’s no gaps, things actually overlap: You’re taking one of my key concepts but ignoring the others, which are equally important. I’ll…"
Mar 22
Mr. Silver Age replied to Kirk G's discussion Silver, Bronze, Iron, Modern Ages: Start & End Dates
"What I saw copied in the '90s was the McFarlane/Liefeld style I'm not even sure I know what that style is, they were pretty different. It's also like saying that the SA was started by the Infantino/Kane style (and then, of course, the…"
Mar 22
Mr. Silver Age replied to Kirk G's discussion Silver, Bronze, Iron, Modern Ages: Start & End Dates
"You’ve said that before, which is why I haven’t posted anything about this since our last go ‘round. (That, and I got the impression you were really tired of hearing from me.) I don't want to discourage you from…"
Mar 22

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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