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…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…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…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.
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…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. …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.,…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…Continue
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…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.
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…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,…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,…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…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
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…Continue
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…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…Continue