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 Posted:   Oct 31, 2018 - 7:53 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Ok, I'm gonna be late for work, but I don't care. Michael, I just read the kindle sample of the silver age LSH volume and I realized just the point you make...originally it was all about the connection to Superboy, as made clear in their first appearance. And man, the sample ended before the story wrapped up, really left me hanging!

And Jim, that anecdote made me laugh and laugh. So true. I call it the "my magic doesn't reach that far" fallacy, as in Star Trek where fans constantly argue over the, um, nuances of the impossible.

I've been browsing Comixology, and they have many, many issues and collections, including the Secrets miniseries from 1981. I think I'll start there.

 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2018 - 4:56 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Yesterday I snapped up several LSH back issues instead of the "Curse" hardcover. For some nostalgia-infused reason, I prefer vintage original comics over their "antiseptic" reprints, unless said books are too expensive in their original incarnations or the comics are of such personal importance to me that I "require" the reprints as well, nutty comics fan that I am.

I'm finding much to enjoy in these Levitz-Giffen books. There's a good deal of angst with these characters, and young me would have taken quite a shine to the "surrogate family" aspects found here, just as in my beloved X-Men and New Teen Titans.

I wish I'd been reading these regularly as the came out instead of thirty-four years after the fact.

 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2018 - 1:01 PM   
 By:   drop_forge   (Member)

Yesterday I snapped up several LSH back issues instead of the "Curse" hardcover. For some nostalgia-infused reason, I prefer vintage original comics over their "antiseptic" reprints,unless said books are too expensive in their original incarnations or the comics are of such personal importance to me that I "require" the reprints as well, nutty comics fan that I am.

Same here. Nor do I like the recoloring said reprints exhibit. The colors are accurate, but often deeper/brighter, like somebody went over them with those fun markers we used to use back in grade school. I prefer the pages as they looked upon publication-distribution.

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2018 - 5:48 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

As a kid, and maybe even now, I would have loved to have played with these LSH action figures.

It's irritating that they're so so expensive and so only bought by chronological adults.



Only one female Legionnaire? Dawnstar would have made for a cool action figure.

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2018 - 7:32 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

I like the issues on Comixology because they glow like they're from space or the future or the Springfield nuclear reactor! wink

Actually, I prefer printed issues, but as Jim may recall I'm not a fan of smelly old newsprint with faded, poorly printed, compromised art...in other words, the comics I grew up with. Love TPBs! Though I understand what you mean about the recoloring. And after buying a few, I gave up on the magisterial omnibus collections, truly too much of a good thing, want something easier to handle.

And I love Comixology to find cheap back issues like the LSH 1981 series.

Jeesh, everybody's got one...opinions that is...Texas tea....

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2018 - 9:24 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

In addition to the original issues, I also have several hardcover and paperback collections, and have duplicated both formats more times than I care to admit. However, as I age, wizen, and eventually possibly die, I find that I have shed the dreaded OCD of the collector mentality that tragically afflicts so many FSMers and I just enjoy what I have.

 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2018 - 8:29 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

There is a lot to be said for original issues of comics, but for practical reasons I prefer the collected editions. Most of my reading is done going back and forth to work on public transportation, and the collected editions are a lot more convenient to read that way. I have recently been getting digital collections as well, mostly because Amazon/Comixology has some pretty crazy sales. I have picked up some collections that retail for as much as $50 in print for $6 or less. I don't love how the digital comics are displayed, particularly for two page spreads, but it is still a great option for books I will likely only read once.

 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2018 - 9:02 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I completely understand the convenience factor, especially with comics you're trying out for the first time. For years, digital was how I got by before I got IDW's recent Star Wars hardcovers, but for years before that, I relied on the jpgs of the comic strip (both the Russ Manning and Goodwin-Williamson runs), as well as my old newspaper clippings for reading. However, they are part of my "hallowed" and "cherished" collection, so I preferred them in a nice hardcover form.

 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2018 - 8:21 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

IDW, my favorite classic comic strip publisher, has released a swell-looking Silver Age Superman collection, SUPERMAN: The Silver Age Sundays – 1959-1963:

http://loac.idwpublishing.com/silver-age-superman-now-in-stores/

They've also published Spider-Man's comic strip adventures. I'm sorely tempted to get those!

 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2018 - 7:28 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Adventure Comics #366



Blogger review here (no, it's not me):

http://legionofsuperbloggers.blogspot.com/2018/11/tos-adventure-comics-366.html

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2018 - 12:15 PM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

Dan Jurgens is probably my favourite Superman artist. He had a good run in the 90s. His figure work was always excellent and he had interesting panel layouts.

 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2018 - 12:32 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Dan Jurgens is probably my favourite Superman artist. He had a good run in the 90s. His figure work was always excellent and he had interesting panel layouts.

I enjoyed his work on the "Superman Red/Superman Blue" storyline--yes, I actually liked that arc.

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2018 - 12:10 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

Dan Jurgens is probably my favourite Superman artist. He had a good run in the 90s. His figure work was always excellent and he had interesting panel layouts.

Dan Jurgens is one of my favorite Superman artists as well. I was a big fan of his '90s run on the Superman titles, and particularly liked it when he was inked by Art Thibert, who brought an energy to Jurgen's pencils that I thought no one else ever matched.

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2018 - 12:24 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

With the Aquaman movie coming soon, I thought I would read some Aquaman related comics. First up is Atlantis Chronicles, which gives a lengthy history of Atlantis, and reconciles the different takes on Atlantis in the DCU, including Arion, Lord of Atlantis, Aquaman's Atlantis, and even explains the origins of the merpeople, such as Superman's girlfriend Lori Lemaris. Anyway, the series came out in the '90s, and had been out of print for decades, with DC unwilling to reprint the series for fear of it not being profitable. Fortunately, DC eventually released a beautiful hardcover edition. The series is written by Peter David, and has some gorgeous art by Esteban Maroto. Anyway, finished up the second issue. So far so good.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2018 - 8:31 AM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

I had that Aquaman series at the time and really liked it. I'm a huge Curt Swan Aquaman fan but I think the art in this was just fantastic. I'd like to have seen more of his art but I don't think I ever did. I was randomly thinking of this comic the other day too for no reason. Love the cover!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2018 - 8:34 AM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

Dan Jurgens is probably my favourite Superman artist. He had a good run in the 90s. His figure work was always excellent and he had interesting panel layouts.

Dan Jurgens is one of my favorite Superman artists as well. I was a big fan of his '90s run on the Superman titles, and particularly liked it when he was inked by Art Thibert, who brought an energy to Jurgen's pencils that I thought no one else ever matched.



I agree about Art Thibert too. Great inker.

It's like my favourite Green Lantern artist was Mark Bright but ge needed to be inked by Romeo Tanghal. They were great together.

 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2018 - 4:36 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Don Newton drew a beautiful-looking Aquaman back-up feature in IIRC in Adventure Comics. I have a few issues of the Peter Davis series; not bad.

Thibert inking Jurgens, at least on the cover above, looks a bit too '90s for my taste.

The Supes Red/Supes Blue has just made it onto tpb...

 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2018 - 1:12 PM   
 By:   drop_forge   (Member)

With the Aquaman movie coming soon, I thought I would read some Aquaman related comics. First up is Atlantis Chronicles, which gives a lengthy history of Atlantis, and reconciles the different takes on Atlantis in the DCU, including Arion, Lord of Atlantis, Aquaman's Atlantis, and even explains the origins of the merpeople, such as Superman's girlfriend Lori Lemaris. Anyway, the series came out in the '90s, and had been out of print for decades, with DC unwilling to reprint the series for fear of it not being profitable. Fortunately, DC eventually released a beautiful hardcover edition. The series is written by Peter David, and has some gorgeous art by Esteban Maroto. Anyway, finished up the second issue. So far so good.

I didn't know for the longest time that Esteban did some "regular" work for DC for a few years. He drew a Zatanna mini-series, an Amethyst reboot, and Atlantis Chronicles. The guy's incredible and is one of my favorites when it comes to drawing women. I grew up lusting after his sultry females in the pages of the Warren mags.

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2018 - 11:34 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Getting back to Legion of Super Heroes, Saturn Girl, I finally slogged my way through the Great Darkness Saga (halfway through the last issue in the Deluxe Edition). Sorry to say, Evolvo Lad, I found it wholly sparkless, with lots of great art and some of the very worst dialogue I've encountered in 80's comics, Mon-El. The constant inclusion, Invisible Kid, of the names of every single effing character in every single effing balloon made me so crazy, Shady, that I had to start skimming, and I hate doing that, Timber Wolf, I really do.

Plotting was sketchy, emotional scenes were affectless, and it just never felt like an important Darkseid story at all - just an appropriation. (I'm a big fan of Kirby's original and hope to get to know Simonson's soon). So much of it felt corny and lame to me - first time I've been actually surprised that something from this era is so well regarded. And the characters just don't interest me the way Avengers, X-Men, FF, Justice League, even All-Stars do. The White Witch and Brainiac 5 are the only characters I find I care about.

I did pick up the first silver age paperback collection, and though I can only read a story once in a while, I find that much more enjoyable. Sadly, I think the Levitz years just aren't for me.

So glad you all mentioned the Aquaman stuff - I picked up the Atlantis story and the Giffen and first David collection and hope to tackle those soon. Utterly new to me, and the upcoming movie appeals.

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2018 - 11:59 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

And by the way! Over in the Superman 40th anniversary release thread we had a bit of a discussion about Man of Steel and so on. Well I haven't seen that yet (I know, I'll get to it), but I did watch the new Justice League movie, and I enjoyed it more than I expected. Liked it a lot better than Bats v. Supes, and since I'm fonder of team stories, a bit better than Wonder Woman (though enjoyed the WWI period for that). Anyway, enjoyed it so much that I'm actually psyched for the new movie. So Marvel guy that I am, I'm warming up to this DC stuff more and more (always loved the 90's and following animated series from Batman through Brave and the Bold).

 
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