§ December 9th, 2010 § Filed under scans § 9 Comments


…Mary caught on to the whole “‘accidentally’ using the telescope to look through apartment windows” story**:

…comic publishers realized they shouldn’t ask fans
what they wanted to see***:


images from 100-Page Super Spectacular #DC-18 (July 1973)

* “Cake shows some light crumbling at the edges. Kept in smoke-free home. Certificate of Cake-thenticity included. Numbered #1221/8500.”

** Turns out “focussed” is an accepted, but little-used (at least in the U.S.) spelling of the word. Maybe I can get a Fake AP entry out of this.

*** Yes, yes, they actually haven’t learned this yet. Case in point.

**** So Superman actually drew a little picture of himself succumbing to Kryptonite. That’s…a bit peculiar.

9 Responses to “Before…”

  • Todd says:

    Dr. Togg was very much alive, in fact. And he did return to fight Hourman again (Morrison’s android version in the excellent and still uncollected ‘Hourman’ series).

    Granted, I’m pretty sure this wasn’t the result of a massive influx of half-century old pro-Togg fan mail, but he DID return.

  • ExistentialMan says:

    Wiping out crime AND evil is simply too large a task, even for Superman and Supergirl. They should definitely split the two up:

    3. Wipe out crime

    4. Wipe out evil (The picture of Luthor would go here)

    Also, what does # 4 say? That is NOT the letter “A” by Supe’s hand. Igainst?

  • Rich Handley says:

    So wiping out crime and evil comes in at #3? Priorities, man!

  • Thwacko says:

    Though I’ve only read a handful of Superman stories over the years, you’d think with all the growing and shrinking of things and people back in the DC Silver Age they would have figured out how to restore Kandor to normal size.

  • damanoid says:

    Isn’t green Kryptonite usually green in color?

    Or do I just need a new monitor?

  • Nat Gertler says:

    Your example that we “still” haven’t learned something is over two decades in the past.

    I’m just saying that you’re old.

    But yes, Superman, eliminating your one weakness is more important than eliminating evil…. because then you’d have absolute power, and as we all know, absolute power is a damn good step toward eliminating evil.

  • J.W.Rollins says:

    @ damanoid-I think it is typically green, however there are many color variations that affect Supes in very different ways:

  • Sarah says:

    He prepared the chart “long ago,” but he’s never gotten around to any of the task? What a super-procrastinator.

  • Jon H says:

    ““Cake shows some light crumbling at the edges. Kept in smoke-free home. Certificate of Cake-thenticity included. Numbered #1221/8500.””

    Check out what’s in the reflection on the glass! Ew!