Friends, I’ve never taken the time to say this before, but I deeply appreciate the fact that you’re reading this. It means you’re taking time away from the Big Game on TV, or from nibbling at the bowls of pre-feast snacks, or discussing politics with your oddball uncle, the one who insists that the Commies spiked our drinking water with saltpeter back in the ‘50’s to reduce…Continue
Darrin # 1 (Dick York) or Darrin # 2 (Dick Sargent)?
These are three of the great television debates of the 1960’s, and thanks to the magic of…Continue
In Showcase # 6 (Jan.-Feb., 1957), four men---Ace Morgan, Prof Haley, Red Ryan, and Rocky Davis---survived what should have been a fatal air crash. Deciding they were living on borrowed time, they continued to cheat death, tackling the riskiest of dangers head-on, as the Challengers of the Unknown. It was a venture that would last thirteen years, spanning the length…Continue
1. Be an acknowledged leading expert in an adventurous field.
2. Walk away from a certain-death disaster.
That’s how the original Challengers did it, ‘way back in Showcase # 6 (Jan.-Feb., 1957). “The Secrets of the Sorcerer’s Box” began with the conclusion of the radio programme,…Continue
For those who came in late, at one time in America, there were only three channels of television programming available, controlled by the networks NBC, CBS, and upstart ABC. Traditionally, all three networks debuted their new shows the second week in September every year. In 1965, the new fall season was scheduled to kick off a week earlier than usual. The ABC network,…Continue
Clearly, putting the Masked Manhunter in a science-fiction milieu had failed to grab readers---which vindicated Bat-editor Jack Schiff, who had argued, insightfully, that SF ran contrary to the core concept of the Batman as a sleuth who operated from the shadows. As a “reward” for his…Continue
In the late 1950’s, the Batman was yanked from his familiar dark alleys and moonlit rooftops, to be thrust into alien…Continue
Those of you who have been regular Deck Log followers have seen me discuss the mid-‘60’s phenomenon known as “Batmania” a few times. It’s one of those things impossible to convey in the written word. You had to experience it. When the ABC network launched its new series Batman on 12 January 1966 . . . well, the phrase “overnight sensation” would not be an…Continue
Every so often, in order to put the subject of one of my Deck Log entries into perspective, I have to go back to before the beginning of the Silver Age. Since I’ll be talking about that “Ninth Wonder of the World”, Congorilla, this is one of those times. So let’s ratchet the dial of the Wayback Machine much farther back than usual, back to the dawn of the Golden…Continue
Actually, I was quite impressed with the posters who chimed in with responses. Out of all ten questions, only one wasn’t correctly answered. At least, not with the absolutely, positively proper answer. However, even that one was kinda sorta gotten right. I’ll speak more on that…Continue
As promised, at the end of last year, this Silver-Age Challenge covers Marvel Comics. Frankly, coming up with ten interesting, suitably difficult, Google-resistant questions proved to be a lot tougher than I expected. I had set my target time for posting a Marvel quiz for June of this year, roughly six months following my DC quiz, and I felt, certainly, that ten decent…Continue
Editor Julius Schwartz’s instincts had been on the money. By the mid-1960’s, fans of the Flash and Green Lantern eagerly anticipated the regular spectacle of seeing their favourite heroes go into action together. Writers John Broome and Gardner Fox had done a splendid job of building a friendship between Barry Allen and Hal Jordan, one that extended to others in their…Continue
Mail from fans thrilled over Green Lantern # 13 (Jun., 1962) and The Flash # 131 (Sep., 1962) hit editor Julius Schwartz’s desk like an avalanche. It was early enough in the Silver Age that having two super-heroes meet and team-up was still an uncommon, and exciting, event. As tempting as it might have been to make the Flash-G.L. team a regular feature,…Continue
In this week’s Deck Log entry on the Flash and Green Lantern, there was some commentary on the subject of the J’onn J’onzz-Green Arrow team-up that appeared in The Brave and the Bold # 50 (Nov., 1963). The question was raised as to whether or not DC intended to establish the Manhunter and G.A. as a regular team, as it had with Superman and Batman, and the Flash and…Continue
In my last entry, I mentioned the close friendship between the Silver-Age Superman and Batman. In fact, it started long before the Silver Age. If you count all media, their friendship began in 1945, on the Adventures of Superman radio programme. And it was validated in the comics in 1954, when the heroes began teaming up in the pages of World’s Finest…Continue
Editor: Mort Weisinger Writer: Edmond Hamilton Art: Curt Swan (pencils); Sheldon Moldoff (inks)
The big news from National Periodical in the spring of 1964 was the debut of Batman’s “New Look”. As part of an editorial shuffle, Julius Schwartz had been assigned to…Continue
And as savvy DC fans of the Silver Age understood, “New” was not a good thing.
As most of you know, I use the year 1968 to demark the end of the Silver Age. For a variety of reasons resulting from behind-the-scenes events too detailed to go into now. But…Continue
Mr. Silver Age's recent re-posting of his article of the New Metal Men reminded me that, back in June of 2007, I ran two consecutive Deck Log entries on Doc Magnus' merry robot band. Since you can never have too much perspective on events from past comics…Continue
Blame it on William Dozier. He was the television producer who brought Batman to the airwaves. Batman debuted on 12 January 1966 and grabbed the public like few TV shows, before or since, have. Those of you who weren’t around then and watch…Continue
In one of my first Deck Log Entries, ‘way back when, I took a look at The Avengers King-Size Special # 1 (Sep., 1967), featuring the story “The Monstrous Master Plan of the Mandarin.” The story was notable for its resemblance to the style in which Gardner Fox wrote the early Justice League of America tales. The author of the Avengers story, Roy Thomas, spent…Continue