For every story in which Jimmy demonstrated intelligence, resourcefulness, and competence, there were a dozen in which he was depicted as a vainglorious, overconfident doofus. And that might not have been so bad, if most of those tales had been smartly scripted ones about a…Continue
For the last couple of entries, we've been talking about Lightning Lad's rôle in the death of interplanetary criminal Zaryan the Conqueror. This prompted the question from correspondent Commando Cody, "Why didn't the Legion then charge Lightning Lad with violating the club's code against killing?"
It's a good question, and as we shall see, Cody wasn't the…Continue
Previously, Commando Cody suggested that Lightning Lad, of the Legion of Super-Heroes, violated the Legion code against killing. In Adventure Comics # 304 (Jan., 1963), the Legionnaire destroyed the space-cruiser piloted by the interplanetary criminal Zaryan the Conqueror. Nothing in that sequence indicated that Zaryan had been able to escape the destruction of his…Continue
Responding to my Deck Log entry on Adventure Comics # 342 (Mar., 1966), in which Star Boy was expelled from the Legion of Super-Heroes for violating the Legion code against killing, correspondent Commando Cody indicted another Legionnaire for also breaking the code.
Didn’t Lightning Lad kill Zaryan the Conqueror in…Continue
As promised, time for the answers to my DC Silver-Age quiz of two weeks ago. Not as many hardy souls posted in response this time around. Luke Blanchard and Prince Hal took excellent stabs at it, and Randomnole came through with one solid answer.
Editor: Mort Weisinger Writer: Edmond Hamilton Art: Curt Swan (pencils); Sheldon Moldoff, George Klein (inks)
“Talking head” stories, as a rule, don’t go over too well in comics. One of the strengths of the comic-book medium lies in its ability to depict…Continue
During a recent bit of chatter over on the message boards, I was reminded of a couple of pieces of Silver-Age trivia that I’ve carried around in my brain for a half-century, and it started me thinking about tossing another quiz at you folks. Before I knew it, I had the requisite list of ten…Continue
Central to the origin of the Legion of Super-Heroes was the premise that the inspiration for the thirtieth-century teen-age super-hero club came from the twentieth-century exploits of Superboy. Regarded as “the greatest super-hero of all”, the Boy of Steel was inducted into the Legion in Adventure Comics # 247 (Apr., 1958). Four years later, the Legion graduated to a…Continue
The “spin-off” is a peculiar feature of fiction. It isn’t birthed from creative inspiration, except indirectly. The spin-off is designed to commercially exploit a supporting character who turns out to be more popular than expected. The reasoning goes, if “X” character is so popular, then if we give him his own venue, his fans will follow.
As you’ll remember from where I left off last time, the television division of United Artists now had a product for syndication---Ultraman, which had been a phenomenal hit in Japan. Thanks to the dialogue direction of Peter Fernandez, the series was ready for airing on American stations. Now, UA-TV had to find buyers. Here, it got an unintended boost from the…Continue
As I’ve mentioned before, the Silver Age was not limited just to comic books. Super-heroes made their way to television, as well. And this time around, we’re going to look at one of the more popular examples, one that travelled over six thousand miles to reach the homes of American viewers.
In earlier entries, I’ve discussed the phenomenal popularity of the…Continue
So far, we’ve taken a look at super-villains who had the brains and the power, but fell woefully short in the strategy department. Guys like the Lord of Time and Headmaster Mind, who left holes in their plans big enough…Continue
By 1963, the ranks of the JLA had expanded to nine super-heroes. It’s quite a task, coming up with villains formidable enough to threaten that many heroes at once, especially when a plot wasn’t padded over a multi-issue arc, as is…Continue
Kanjar Ro! The Demons Three! Despero! Starro the Conqueror! These were only some of the awesome threats to mankind that the Justice League of America vanquished during its illustrious Silver-Age career. Terrible forces of evil so powerful that it required the mighty champions…Continue
What in the name of Rao’s green Krypton did Superman ever see in her?
Lois Lane was petty, conniving, jealous, prying, and two-faced. It doesn’t matter which…Continue
Editor: Stan Lee Writer: Stan Lee Art: Wally Wood
When fans discuss the classic titles put out by Marvel Comics during the Silver Age, Daredevil seldom comes up. For one thing, the lead character lacked the flashy super-powers of Spider-Man or the Fantastic…Continue
Which one of the following individuals did not visit the planet Krypton during the Silver Age (which I demark as 1956-68)?
B. Jimmy Olsen
D. Professor Amos Dunn
E. Lex Luthor
These were the last words Bucky Barnes, Captain America’s boy partner, ever spoke in the Silver Age. One panel later, he was dead, blown to pieces by a booby-trapped drone plane, and a mere three panels after his Silver-Age introduction in The Avengers # 4 (Mar., 1964).
Peace on Earth and good will towards man never seemed farther away. The world was still at war, and what would become known as the Battle of the Bulge was in its second week of savage conflict. It was Germany’s last desperate attempt to take over Europe---a massive offensive through the Ardennes mountain region of Belgium. American…Continue
Close your eyes---well, no, don’t close your eyes, because then you won’t be able to read this---but imagine that it’s almost exactly forty-six years ago. It’s mid-January of 1966 and you’re a contestant on NBC’s quiz show, Jeopardy!
After you and your fellow players are introduced by Don Pardo and greeted by the genial Art Fleming, the game…Continue