Having become known as something of a Silver-Age expert, I occasionally receive questions on the subject in my e-mail. Sometimes these e-mails raise a topic of interest that is worth mentioning in my Deck Log, such as this one from a total stranger . . . .
Dear Commander Benson,
It goes without saying that you write the cleverest, wittiest, most fascinating column on…
While having Murray Boltinoff and Bruno Premiani appear in the pages of The Doom Patrol # 121 came as a bit of a surprise, their announcement that the title was on the ropes probably wasn’t a shocker. At least not for the veteran fans of “the World’s Strangest Heroes”. They had sensed it coming.
Like so many DC series in 1968, The Doom Patrol had moved away from many of the elements which had characterised it in the…
A veteran fan reading the banner “Is This the Beginning of the End of the Doom Patrol!” on the cover of The Doom Patrol # 121 (Sep.-Oct., 1968) would have probably written it off as hype, a come-on to entice him into buying the comic.
But once he opened it to the splash page, he would have known that something genuinely unprecedented was going on. Instead of the usual action-packed scene of Our Heroes…
I’m not a big Lois Lane fan. I never was. Try for the life of me, I could never see what attracted Superman to her. Oh, sure, every once in a while would come a story in which she was a true and helpful friend to the Man of Steel. But far more often than not, she was a genuine pain.
She snooped. She pried. She violated others’ privacy. And I’m not talking about in her professional rôle as a reporter. These things she did to dig into the personal secrets of…