kandor city

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The Chronological Superman 1963:

One of the most grim Superman stories, written by Edmond Hamilton (co-creator of the original Starman), takes place in Action Comics vol.1 No.300. Trapped in the distant future by the Superman Revenge Squad, Superman is left powerless by Earth’s bloated, aged, now-red sun. His one hope for salvation lies in the Fortress of Solitude, accessible only by a veritable death march across a dried-up ocean bed populated by strange and deadly creatures.

The story goes a long way towards establishing – as do many stories in 1963 – Superman’s resourcefulness and toughness, qualities left uncelebrated as long as he possesses his tremendous powers. This must have been an engaging read for fans who had become accustomed to Superman juggling suns for amusement.

Famously, Superman Under The Red Sun contains a massive continuity error which was repaired in later reprintings: Finding his Fortress abandoned and the Bottle City of Kandor – whose science he hoped to use to return to the modern day – presumably relocated and enlarged, he uses Red Kryptonite to shrink himself sufficiently to use a left-behind Kandorian rocketship to break the time barrier. As many readers pointed out, Kryptonite only affects super-powered Kryptonians, and Superman was powerless under the red sun of Earth’s distant future…

Hello MTV and welcome to my crib. I call this joint the FORTRESS of SOLITUDE bc as an alien I feel pretty alone some times, and fortresses are pretty cool I guess… Check out these sick ice spikes that my dead space dad hooked me up with in 07′, yeah pretty neat right. And I got all sorts of dope alien things in the back like the bottle city of kandor and the phantom zone projector – probably shouldn’t show you that last one though… but the point is you won’t catch this kind of equipment in the Batcave, - no shade tho bats, no shade,

nerderrican  asked:

This sounds like a headcanon, but it isn't. I just want people to know that Nightwing got his name from a story Clark told him about a Kryptonian superhero. I think that's awesome.

Yeah I know!  Superman told him about Van-Zee.  Van-Zee took up the mantle Nightwing to safeguard the bottle city of Kandor.  He fought alongside Ak-Var, a fellow Kandorian, who was known as Flamebird.  On several occasions Superman and Jimmy Olsen took up the titles Nightwing and Flamebird, respectively.

But do you know who Van-Zee got his name from?  He named himself after the Kryptonian god Nightwing.  Let’s see if I remember the legend…  The god Vohc-the-builder was tasked with decorating Krypton with magnificent works of art every day by his father Rao.  Rao instructed his daughter Flamebird to destroy Vohc’s creations every day to further push his creativity.  Rao tasked Nightwing with hunting down and destroying all the evils on Krypton, which hid in the shadows.  This prohibited Nightwing from entering the daytime, his entire world was night.  For a time, Vohc-the-builder and Flamebird were in love.  Vohc-the-builder was thankful that Flamebird constantly spurred him to reimagine his works.  Nightwing was isolated from most of the other gods since he was trapped in darkness and the other gods stayed in the light.  Vohc-the-builder pitied him.  So he created twilight for Nightwing and introduced him to Flamebird.  Nightwing and Flamebird fell in love.  The next day Vohc-the-builder made a colossal momument of his love for Flamebird.  While she appreciated and admired his work she must do her duty and destroy.  And so she did.  This enraged him and he transformed into Vohc-the-breaker.  He became the immortal enemy of Nightwing and Flamebird as well as the rest of the Kryptonian pantheon.

Nightwing and Flamebird

I’ve just written up the debut of Nightwing and Flamebird – Superman and Jimmy Olsen’s Batman-and-Robin-style identities when they have to fight crime in the Bottle City of Kandor – for The Chronological Superman. I didn’t really like N&F when I was a kid (although that was a different pair, as depicted in Superman Family), but the idea has since really grown on me.

Were I in charge of the Superman titles, I’d definitely bring this back. It seems to me that it could serve a really interesting purpose. I figure, every now and again, Superman visits Kandor specifically to play the Nightwing role, in part to keep his fighting skills sharp, inasmuch as he doesn’t have powers in Kandor.

But, more to the point, I expect he’d do it in order to be wounded, beaten and in pain. From Superman’s perspective, it would be disrespectful to the ordinary humans who frequently put themselves in danger to help others – firefighters, search-and-rescue, police, many of his allies in the Justice League – to not take the same kinds of risks as they do and have similar experiences, even if it’s only once-in-a-while. Superman’s invulnerable, so to really understand the bravery of everyday humans, he’d need to push himself to his mortal limits, and occasionally get a split lip or a bruised rib…

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The Chronological Superman 1960:

The most monumental development in the character of Superman’s longtime foe, Luthor, takes place in Adventure Comics vol.1 No.271, in which the teenage incarnation of the Man of Steel’s most deadly and implacable enemy gains not only his first origin story, but a first name - Lex. Prior to this, he’d only ever been referred to by his ominous surname.

Considering the number of the adult Superman’s supporting cast who, retroactively, met the Man of Steel when he was an aspiring adolescent hero (which is to say Bruce Wayne, Lois Lane, Mxyzptlk, Jimmy Olsen, Perry White, and Oliver “Green Arrow” Queen, just to name a few who’ve already appeared in the Boy of Steel’s assorted adventures), the appearance of teen Luthor shouldn’t really have been considered anything of particular importance. Youthful incarnations of existing characters crossing paths with Superboy is par for the course. Luthor’s won’t even be the last intersection, by a long shot.

And yet, it has more impact on both Superman AND Luthor than any of those other tales, most of which were partially or completely ignored almost immediately after publication. By contrast, the newly penned origin of Lex Luthor continues to provide the motivation between the two characters’ long-running feud for, effectively, the rest of their careers. Superboy and Lex once having been best friends often falls out of continuity, but you can always count on some writer or editor to pick it back up again.

The secret of the longevity may simply be that it gives Luthor a sympathetic backstory – he is, in his own way, as much a victim of his megalomania and ambition as Superman or any of Luthor’s other victims. Additionally there’s the implication that it’s not just the seeming betrayal of his closest friend which turns him evil – Lex inhaled a lot of weird fumes in that lab explosion, after all.

One of the intriguing elements of Superman’s Silver Age is that it’s defined, more or less, not only by Superman’s wondrous world but also his failures. His romances with Lori Lemaris and Lyla Ler-Rol, the Bottle City of Kandor, Mon-El ending up trapped in the Phantom Zone, his endless experiments to make himself invulnerable to Kryptonite, his shattered friendship with Lex Luthor – all the result of Superman failing to protect, rescue, cure, innovate or save someone when the stakes were at their highest.

And here’s Lex Luthor, now, the embodiment of the limitations of Superman’s amazing abilities. 

Besides humanizing Luthor, the story also humanizes Superman – the Man of Tomorrow must now contend with his lifelong foe as an enemy for whom salvation is a possibility, rather than as a relentless and inconsolable menace. It adds tragedy and depth to a contest which had previously, largely, only been about fantastic stunts and schemes. 

Not to go on forever about the implications of this story – although they shouldn’t be underestimated in the grand scheme of Superman stories – but this returns to Superman something that had long been missing from the character; the desire to reform villains rather than merely defeat them. It was a hallmark of the character in the Thirties and Forties that the many corrupt and venal baddies against whom he pitted his might were, very often, only vile because they hadn’t been shown the consequences of their selfish acts. Superman would very often save not only their victims but the wrongdoers themselves, setting them back on the path to good citizenship and common humanity. 

The return of this peculiar angle to the Superman universe at large gives the character a purpose from which he’d idly ambled away over the last decade and a half, or so. The writer who returned that missing component? Naturally, the author of this tale was Superman’s co-creator, Jerry Siegel …

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Kandors by Mike Kelly is a series of recreations of the capital city of the planet Krypton, where Superman was born. 

According to the Superman legend, the super villain Braniac shrunk and bottled the city of Kandor in a bell-jar-like container, stealing it just before Krypton’s explosive demise. When Brainiac came to Earth looking to harvest more cities, Superman wrested the miniature city away from him, and stored it safely in his secret hideaway, the Fortress of Solitude. As Kelley once explained, the shrunken city “functions as a constant reminder of Superman’s past,” as well as “a metaphor for his alienated relationship to the planet he now occupies.”

(Also- these might be the largest glass vessels ever blown by hand)

Currently at Venus Gallery in Manhattan

Reasons Why Superman Has A Giant, Impenetrable Man-Cave of Arctic Ice To Chill Out In, By The Numbers:

10%: Batman and his ‘I have a plan for everything’ arrogance.  And the fact that all that bat guano from the Batcave really lingers in his cape and cowl, but no one else in the Justice League has a Super sensitive sense of smell.  Between the two of them, Bruce and Dick have an entire laboratory of chemicals in their utility belts, but not a single ounce of Febreeze.  Really?

23%: Half his day is dodging Lois’ crazy schemes to get him to put a ring on it, and the other half punching a clock at the Daily Planet with her treating Clark like a cuckold.  He’d probably have better luck with Wonder Woman, but there’s no way he can bring her home to his mother for Thanksgiving dinner in Smallville and have Diana regale Ma with tales of 'binding games’ played with her Amazonian sisters on 'Paradise Island’ without getting the stink eye to end all stink eyes.  Ma was totally cool with him dating a mermaid when he was younger, but star-spangled panties, an eagle-encrusted bustier, and thigh-high boots with heels do NOT get the Martha Kent seal of approval.  She’d probably be more OK if he brought home a Bizarro girl.

15%:  Mentally conditioning himself to remember all the complex yet crucial trivia he needs to main his day-to-day existence: how to spell Mxyzpltk backwards, The Periodic Table of Kryptonite Colors, which alternate versions of his friends and enemies come from which numbered Earth, the correct head count for all the Phantom Zone prisoners, which side he parts his hair on when he’s Clark and which side when he’s Superman, and reminding himself to check the oxygen tanks on the Bottle City of Kandor on a regular basis.

7%: Both of his female cousins make repeatedly poor wardrobe choices.  He’s not sure which is more embarrassing: accidentally upskirting Kara while she’s flying ahead of him, or catching himself unwittingly gazing into the near-infinite abyss of Power Girl’s windowed cleavage.

3%: Despite Bob Barker’s sage-like advice, it is not possible to neuter an invulnerable dog and control the Super-pet population.  Secretly pawning off floating, bulletproof half-Kryptonian puppies on every alien visiting Earth to take back to their homeworld each time Krypto gets out of the Fortress’ yard is exhausting.

42%: Superman’s self-declared BFF, Jimmy freakin’ Olsen, spamming the signal watch every other day over some idiot crisis he manages to get himself into. Jimmy crossdresses and goes on a date with a frisky gangster to get a scoop: signal watch.  Jimmy turns into a teenage werewolf and trees Lois’ kid sister: signal watch.  Jimmy turns into Elastic Lad and challenges Plastic Man and Elongated Man to a friendly stretch-off and thanks to a sudden tornado attack by Weather Wizard, they’re tied in fleshy spandex covered Gordian knots across half of Metropolis: signal watch.

And then, to ice the cake, there’s stunts like this, which makes him want to find a new, less douche-y Pal to engage in male bonding with.

Someone like, say, Doomsday.

Curt Swan & Neal Adams, July 1969.

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DC Solicits, Part 1 - April 2014

BATMAN ETERNAL #1

  • Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, JOHN LAYMAN, RAY FAWKES and TIM SEELEY
  • Art and cover by JASON FABOK
  • 1:50 Variant cover by ANDY KUBERT
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Don’t dare miss the start of the Bat-story so big it’s going to take every week of the month to tell! A massive cast of Gotham City’s best (and worst) examines the relationship between Batman, his allies and his city. In this debut issue, Commissioner James Gordon is caught on the wrong side of the law!

BATMAN ETERNAL #2

  • Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, JOHN LAYMAN, RAY FAWKES and TIM SEELEY
  • Art and cover by JASON FABOK
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A notorious Batman adversary appears for the first time in The New 52 continuity!

BATMAN ETERNAL #3

  • Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, JOHN LAYMAN, RAY FAWKES and TIM SEELEY
  • Art and cover by JASON FABOK
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A gang war erupts in Gotham City, but the G.C.P.D. doesn’t plan to help Batman stop it. Plus: The return of a fan-favorite Batman supporting character: Stephanie Brown!

BATMAN ETERNAL #4

  • Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, JOHN LAYMAN, RAY FAWKES and TIM SEELEY
  • Art by DUSTIN NGUYEN
  • Cover by JASON FABOK
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Batman battles Batgirl as Jim Gordon’s troubles take a turn for the worse!

FOREVER EVIL AFTERMATH: BATMAN VS. BANE #1

  • Written by PETER J. TOMASI
  • Art and cover by SCOT EATON and JAIME MENDOZA
  • 1:25 Variant cover by KEVIN NOWLAN
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The title says it all! FOREVER EVIL is over! Now, Batman has returned to take Gotham City back – by force! The only thing standing in his way? BANE! Get ready for the grudge match of the year!

NIGHTWING #30

  • Written by JAMES TYNION IV
  • Art by MEGHAN HETRICK
  • Cover by EDDY BARROWS
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The Bat Family is forced to face the brutal aftermath of FOREVER EVIL, but after everything they’ve been through, can they stand together?

BATMAN/SUPERMAN #10

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  • Art and cover by JAE LEE
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Following the events of FIRST CONTACT, witness the last days of Batman and Superman of Earth 2 from a new perspective.

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BATMAN #30

  • Written by SCOTT SNYDER
  • Art by GREG CAPULLO and DANNY MIKI
  • Cover by GREG CAPULLO
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“ZERO YEAR – SAVAGE CITY” begins!

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DETECTIVE COMICS #30

  • Written by BRIAN BUCCELLATO and FRANCIS MANAPUL
  • Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
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A bold new direction for DETECTIVE COMICS as THE FLASH creative team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccelato take over the creative reins! Batman finds himself knee-deep in a new mystery involving a deadly new narcotic that has hit the streets of Gotham City.

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BATMAN AND WONDER WOMAN #30

  • Written by PETER J. TOMASI
  • Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
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The quest for Damian’s remains takes Batman to Paradise Island and into direct conflict with Wonder Woman!

BATWOMAN ANNUAL #1

Written by MARC ANDREYKO
Art and cover by TREVOR McCARTHY
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Batwoman vs. Mr. Bones! Will the DEO triumph over Kate, or will she cross the line and free herself for good! Lingering questions are answered as long-standing conflicts reach their final resolutions.

BATWOMAN #30

  • Written by MARC ANDREYKO
  • Art by JEREMY HAUN
  • Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
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Assault on Arkham Asylum! Wolf Spider needs one more painting, and Batwoman will do anything to keep it out of his hands – even if it means entering the notorious asylum!

CATWOMAN #30

  • Written by ANN NOCENTI
  • Art by PATRICK OLLIFFE
  • Cover by TERRY DODSON and RACHEL DODSON
  • On sale APRIL 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

“The Race of Outlaws” begins! Despite her best efforts, Selina Kyle just can’t stop being Catwoman. What’s dragged her back into the catsuit? A globe-trotting contest that will have her competing to earn the prize for being the best thief in the world. But watch out, Catwoman – there’s no honor among thieves!

BIRDS OF PREY #30

  • Written by CHRISTY MARX
  • Art by ROBSON ROCHA and JONATHAN GLAPION
  • Cover by JORGE MOLINA
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As her teammates fall, only Black Canary stands between the utterly helpless Mother Eve and Ra’s al Ghul. If she stands aside, her husband will be saved. If she refuses to fold, everybody else will die! What can she possibly do?

HARLEY QUINN #5

  • Written by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
  • Art by CHAD HARDIN
  • Cover by AMANDA CONNER
  • 1:25 MAD Variant cover
  • On sale APRIL 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Sure, Harley has made some enemies along the way. So what happens when a bunch of them show up to kill her dead? She kills them right back, of course! You’ve been warned: This issue contains violence.

BATGIRL ANNUAL #2

  • Written by GAIL SIMONE
  • Art by ROBERT GILL
  • Cover by CLAY MANN
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It’s the start of a new story arc as Batgirl must unravel a mystery centered around her former BIRDS OF PREY teammate, the woman who betrayed her trust – POISON IVY!

BATGIRL #30

  • Written by GAIL SIMONE
  • Art by FERNANDO PASARIN and JONATHAN GLAPION
  • Cover by ALEX GARNER
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An ordinary day takes a turn for the worse when Barbara Gordon must find a way to save her roommate Alysia Yeoh from fan-favorite villain Ragdoll!

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #30

  • Written by WIL PFEIFER
  • Art by RAFA SANDOVAL
  • Cover by PHILIP TAN and NORM RAPMUND
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Jason and Kori face off against the Agents of S.H.A.D.E. as they embark on a quest to save a kidnapped Roy from his alien abductors!

BATWING #30

  • Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
  • Art by EDUARDO PANSICA
  • Cover by DAN PANOSIAN
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Batwing races Menace to attempt to save his family! But the Gotham Underground is about to boil over with anarchy, and no matter which tribe rises up from below Gotham City, Batwing will be the first target!

SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #9

  • Written by SCOTT SNYDER
  • Art and wraparound cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
  • Backup story art by DUSTIN NGUYEN
  • 1:25 Variant wraparound cover by DAVID FINCH
  • 1:50 Variant wraparound cover by BRYAN HITCH
  • 1:100 B&W Variant wraparound cover by JIM LEE
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This is it – the extraordinary finale of Scott Snyder and Jim Lee’s Superman saga, surrounded by an epic wraparound cover! It’s a battle in the sun as Superman and Wraith accept their destinies…and Lex Luthor pulls the trigger on his ultimate weapon!

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #7

  • Written by CHARLES SOULE
  • Art and cover by PAULO SIQUEIRA
  • 1:25 MAD Variant cover
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Doomsday has awakened and the Earth and heavens tremble! And discover how Superman and Wonder Woman survived a nuclear blast!

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ACTION COMICS #30

  • Written by GREG PAK
  • Art and cover by AARON KUDER
  • 1:25 MAD Variant cover
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Following the events of FOREVER EVIL, Superman confronts Lex Luthor – but the world has turned around for these two. The hero has become the villain and the villain the hero as forces beyond these two gather to destroy the Man of Steel, beginning with a dormant Doomsday who has crossed over from the Phantom Zone!

SUPERMAN #30

  • Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
  • Art by KEN LASHLEY
  • Cover by ANDY KUBERT
  • 1:25 MAD Variant cover
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Every man, woman and child in Smallville has suddenly fallen into a coma while the citizens of the Bottled City of Kandor begin to rise again. Meanwhile, Superman has his hands full as Doomsday cuts a swath of destruction through the heart of the earth itself!

SUPERGIRL #30

  • Written by TONY BEDARD
  • Art by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
  • Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
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In “Red Daughter of Krypton” part 2 of 3, the newest, most powerful Red Lantern finally meets her match! Worldkiller-1 is a cosmic menace from the darkest recesses of Kara’s past, and he will gladly destroy every one of her crimson teammates to get to her…

SUPERBOY #30

  • Written by AARON KUDER
  • Art by JORGE JIMENEZ
  • Cover by KEN LASHLEY
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A FOREVER EVIL aftermath issue! Superboy is returning to the world post-FOREVER EVIL, but it may not be strong enough to survive this twisted Teen of Steel and his allies from the future. His plan is simple: Wipe out all Super Heroes!

ALL-STAR WESTERN #30

  • Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
  • Art by STAZ JOHNSON
  • Backup art by JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ
  • Cover by DAN PANOSIAN
  • On sale APRIL 23 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T+

Now back in the Old West, Hex finds readjusting to his old life a bit more difficult than he expected – especially when he finds out that there’s a NEW Jonah Hex! Plus: This extra-sized issue features a back-up story drawn by the legendary Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez that introduces Madam 44 to The New 52!

TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #3

  • Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
  • Art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
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Skitter finally returns to the team – and it’s perfect timing, because the Teen Titans are going to need all the power they can muster in this final battle against the man known as Harvest! Plus, the team must deal with the staggering betrayal by one of their own!

TEEN TITANS #30

  • Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
  • Art by TYLER KIRKHAM and ART THIBERT
  • Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
  • 1:25 MAD Variant cover
  • On sale APRIL 23 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • FINAL ISSUE

In the wake of FOREVER EVIL, The Titans return to learn that Harvest has grown more powerful in their absence! And with the body of Jon Lane Kent gone from its chamber, Harvest is marshaling all the resources of N.O.W.H.E.R.E. to get it back! All this and the return of Bunker and Beast Boy!

Above: Not pictured – Superman’s keychain, which would take one hundred men to lift.

The Chronological Superman 1958:
Terms like “Silver Age” and “Golden Age” (and “pre-Crisis,” “post-Crisis,” “reboot,” “pre-boot,” “three-boot,” and so on) are very handy for capturing the essence of a roughly-defined era of stories, or for the cataloguing and branding purposes of collectors, historians and corporations. If there’s one idea which this blog has promoted, though, it’s hopefully that there’s really no such thing as a distinct “border” between Golden Age and Silver Age stories for a specific, ongoing character.

You can say, for instance, that there’s a clear distinction between the Golden Age Flash and the Silver Age Flash, because those were distinct characters with non-overlapping runs. Superman, however, has remained in continuous publication and evolved from year to year since his debut. The Supermen of 1938, 1946 and 1954 are as distinct from one another as a character can be, when he’s sharing the same name, costume, supporting cast and environment.

Superman has been experiencing a sort-of proto-Silver Age existence for the previous several years, setting the groundwork for the iconic 50s/60s Man of Steel so often referred to with loving nostalgia. Some of the foundational preparations have already borne fruit – Krypto, Lana Lang, and a canonical Ma and Pa Kent have all nestled comfortably into Superboy’s continuity at this point, for instance. Meanwhile, precursors for other iconic Silver Age elements – the future world of 1,000 years from now, teen heroes from other worlds, a succession of super-sidekicks – have been road-tested repeatedly.

The Silver Age has crept up on Superman, but it’s fair to say that it has fully landed in 1958. Why?

Brainiac debuts in Action Comics vol.1 No.242 (Jul 1958), bringing with him the Bottle City of Kandor and its millions of tiny inhabitants.  The Legion of Super-Heroes makes its first appearance in the Twentieth Century in the pages of Adventure Comics vol.1 No.247 (Apr 1958), while Bizarro debuts in a three-part story in Superboy vol.1 No.68 (Oct 1958). Red Kryptonite appears twice, in Adventure Comics vol.1 No.252 (Sep 1958) and Adventure Comics vol.1 No.255 (Dec 1958). While its biology-bending effects haven’t yet been fixed in stone, Superman also undergoes weird transformations, given a lion’s head in Action Comics vol.1 No.243 (Aug 1958) and acquiring an “amazing new power” in Superman vol.1 No.125 (Nov 1958).

Kryptonite gets weirder than ever. A giant bug released from the Earth’s core proves to have alchemical powers, and creates a deadly Kryptonite forest in Adventure Comics vol.1 No.245 (Feb 1958). A new foe shows up, powered by Kryptonite. John Corben (a.k.a. Metallo, the Man with the Kryptonite Heart) debuts in the daily newspaper strip in late December. Superboy’s first encounter with Kryptonite is recounted for the first time in Adventure Comics vol.1 No.251 (Aug 1958), a story which also paints a colorful picture of Superboy’s army of replacement robots.

Superman’s arctic fortress was introduced all the way back in 1949, but it reappears in Action Comics vol.1 No.241 (Jun 1958) in the form in which it’s best-known, carved into the side of a mountain and bearing Superman’s many trophies, collections and alien wonders. There’s a Super-Girl (notice the hyphen) who appears in Superman vol.1 No.123 (Aug 1958), and while she’s blonde, blue-eyed and almost entirely a dead ringer for Superman’s yet-to-appear cousin Kara “Supergirl” Zor-El, she’s only setting the template for the teen sidekick’s debut.

“Super-Girl” isn’t the only flying figure to don a Superman costume in 1958. Another ape from Krypton – “King Krypton, the Super-Gorilla” hassles Superman in Action Comics vol.1 No.238 (Mar 1958), and Superboy has to deal with a boy-sized Krypto-Mouse in Superboy vol.1 No.65 (Jun 1958). The newly-relocated Bottle City of Kandor coughs up its first lookalike super-villain in the form of Zak-Kul, renegade scientist, in Action Comics vol.1 No.245 (Oct 1958).

Lois Lane gets her own title – Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane – in April, while Jimmy Olsen first dons the rubber uniform, quaffs the stretching formula and adopts the superheroic identity of Elastic Lad (Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen vol.1 No.31 – Sep 1958).

The floodgates have been opened! Meanwhile, although unintentionally, the Adventures of Superman television show broadcasts its final season in 1958. The show’s popularity hadn’t waned, and another two seasons were planned to begin broadcasting in 1960. Even the sudden death of John Hamilton, the show’s Perry White, hadn’t dampened the plans. It would take a tragic event in the following year to end the show’s future plans for good.

Not that the producers of The Adventures of Superman didn’t have alternate plans – Whitney Ellsworth was prepared to launch The Adventures of Super-Pup in 1958, a recasting of the show in a world of walking, talking dogs. The pilot never aired.

Whatever the case, the television program ending as the Silver Age fully spreads its wings has a symbolic significance. The show had been a direct descendant of the radio program, which itself branched from the adventures of the original, then-new Superman. With its final season, the last ties to the sedan-smashing, recklessly enthusiastic, grounded and proletarian Superman were gently severed.

what the LoT team did in the past 6 months:

rip: MWF - mourn dead wife, TRSun - stare longingly at sara’s instagram, Saturday - think about life choices

sara: has started a fairly successful underground fight club

jax: just wants to get through one semester of college without hijinks

stein: is at least 1/3 of the way through planning jax’s bar mitzvah, is having trouble deciding on invitation fonts

mick: is trying to get lisa to talk to him again

ray: built 17 homes, cured several rare and strange diseases with nanotechnology, saved the bottled city of kandor, provided power to the entire eastern seaboard, saved a family of seals, gave sara $12,000 that she promised “totally isn’t for a fight club or anything,” stopped a wildfire, was head of boy scout summer camp, stared longingly at a picture of kendra he has in his wallet, helped oliver queen learn to read, helped 25 separate old ladies cross the street in one day, tried to get lisa to talk to mick again, built a rocket ship, helped everyone else in his life find love, learned to knit, almost became a green lantern, adopted a cat, stood outside kendra and carter’s apartment in the rain, threw a charity square dance

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A comiXologist Recommends A Comic That Brings Them Joy:
Scott McGovern recommends All-Star Superman

The best superhero stories are the ones that inspire and stay with us long after we’ve finished reading. In All-Star Superman, creative partners Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly tell a Superman story full of heroism, whimsy, love, and action while staying true to what makes him such an iconic character.

The beauty of All-Star Superman is how it incorporates ideas and individuals from so many eras of great Superman stories, while adding new ideas to the mythos; Bizarro, Jimmy Olsen, The City of Kandor, talking dinosaurs who live inside the earth… it’s all here.  

Add in Lex Luthor, whose disdain and loathing for Superman drives the conflict from the very beginning, and Lois Lane’s clear affection for Superman always present in his heart, and you’ve got a tale full of tribute, wonder and joy.

For many people, they hear the name Superman and they think “Truth, Justice and the American Way.” For me, Superman represents something else.

He represents hope.

The entirety of All-Star Superman is on-sale this week as part of our DC Entertainment Essentials Sale. For those who want to read more of Grant Morrison’s stellar DC stories, check out JLA Vol. 1 and DC One Million, the latter of which ties in almost directly with All-Star Superman.

[Read All-Star Superman on comiXology]

Scott McGovern is a member of the Launch team, works on the Pull List, and loved the finale of LOST. Yes, really.

TOP 20 - DC ANIMATED ORIGINAL MOVIES

Hey everyone! I thought I might change things a little and do something different this time. I’m sure everyone knows about the DC Animated Movies that are being released every year, which started back in 2007 with ‘Superman Doomsday’. Well, now that the 20th entry 'Batman Assault On Arkham’, has been released, I’ll do a ranking starting with my least favorites until my favorite of them all.  I hope you don’t get mad or anything, but I’m just posting my opinion/rant/indifference/love towards the movies! Also, some SPOILERS ahead!!

#20. BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM

And it is coincidentally that I start this list with the latest movie released. I’m gonna be honest with you, I didn’t like this movie one bit. Well, actually, there was a bit I liked, which was the opening scene, with Batman fighting Waller’s men. After that, it was downhill for me. Needless to say, I was disappointed that it’s not an actual Batman movie, but rather a Suicide Squad movie, which I have no interest for. Still, I gave it shot, but the characters were unlikeable, the dubstep music was to cringe for, and the dialogue was awful, since when do all the people say 'yatzee’? And, 'Hello, bitches’? Really?! I hated this version of Harley Quinn. Dumb, slut, annoying, etc. The other villains were boring, King Shark? Black Spider? No, thanks. If the movie focuses on the villains, at least use all Batman villains to be more attractive and more original. The only other thing I liked from this movie was when every villain breaks out. I loved specially the Two-Face cameo just for his awesome design alone. And Kevin Conroy as usual gives the movie a point by himself just because he is Kevin freakin’ Conroy. 4 out of 10.

#19. JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR

Well, how to put it… it felt like they had multiple ideas for different movies and they compressed it into one. A Justice League origin story, a Cyborg origin story, a Darkseid invasion story… To me, that was off-putting since the beginning because Cyborg is probably the only member in the league that I dislike (maybe Aquaman too, but he’s not on this one) and that dislike is doubled by the fact that he replaced one of my favorite characters, the Martian Manhunter. Probably the only thing I liked about this movie was the Batman/Green Lantern scenes, but Jason O’ Mara as Batman was a voice I still don’t quite get into. It’s like he’s bored and tired instead of calm, serious and focused. There’s no intensity to it. So what else? Wonder Woman being a total idiot with a throwback to the Thor movie ('I like drink! More!’) The fact that she’s a stranger to our world doesn’t mean she should have the mind of a 5 year old. Check her solo film to see her attitude done right. Also, Superman was a total jerk instead of the good hearted hero we like. I didn’t like that they put them together as a romance, that’s more of something I don’t like, I prefer by far Batman with Wonder Woman like it was done in the Justice League series. And how did Billy Batson got chosen to have his powers being such an annoying prick!? Also, Darkseid doesn’t feel intimidating or menacing as he should. Flash, luckily, survived the attempt to radically change the heroes personalities into something they’re not. It was hard to watch this movie. 4 out of 10.

#18. ALL STAR SUPERMAN

I think this one’s a short review: I didn’t read the source material, I didn’t get half the stuff that was going on. It just didn’t grab me. 5 out of 10.

#17. SUPERMAN UNBOUND

While this one was a little better, it didn’t grab me either. It was nice to see the classic story of the city of Kandor being transformed into a miniature, but there was nothing spectacular or interesting about this movie either. Lois’ middle finger to Brainiac was hilarious, though! 6 out of 10.

#16. SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE

Well this one was a hit and miss constantly. What first strikes you, are Batman and Superman’s designs. They look awful. This movie was another case of a misleading title. It’s all about Kara, and ends up being a trinity movie (plus Barda) Vs. Darkseid. There’s gotta be something wrong when one of the characters in the movie’s title is not on present on the climax… Here, while Darkseid’s voice was not really good, the character was really well done and you could feel he was powerful and badass. There’s some great action scenes, but there’s also Kara going shopping… you know those moments when you have to check if you didn’t get the wrong movie? Well, that’s one of those. Contrary with the men’s designs, the women look spectacular and beautiful, considering they’re a drawing… kudos there! It was nice to see Apokolips again, with Granny and the Furies, but then those weird moments come again, when they battle an army of Doomsdays. You know that theory that says that the more villains get together, the less dangerous they are? Well, that applies perfectly here, because it took 1 Doomsday to 'kill’ Superman, but if there’s an army of them, then they all become as good as battle droids (or stormtroopers, whatever reference you’d like to choose). So like I said, this was a rollercoaster ride between great stuff and bad or weird stuff. 6.5 out of 10

#15. WONDER WOMAN

This was a Wonder Woman movie done right. Right characters, right voice actors, good stuff. So why place it so low on the ranking? It’s all a matter of taste. To me, personally, I don’t find the Wonder Woman story and myth, along all the greek gods and stuff, very interesting. I find other heroes more appealing and I like Wonder Woman more when she’s along others in the Justice League. Please don’t think of this as a anti-feminist statement or whatever, for example, I loved Hawkgirl’s story and character in the Justice League series (how awesome of an episode 'Starcrossed’ is?). So back on topic, if you are a Wonder Woman fan, you’ll love this movie, otherwise, it’s a straight origin story for Diana, Steve & co. 7 out of 10.

#14. BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT

The fist Batman movie released in this line of movies, was definitely a bold move to do. Consisting of 6 stories, each with different animation, but all within the lines of anime style, it was an interesting experiment. I don’t like anime (with the exception of Dragon Ball) and this movie was no different. I had never seen people look so weird as they do in the first short, 'Have I Got A Story For You’, and I don’t like the overdetailed look in 'Crossfire’ or 'Deadshot’. However, the landscapes, backgrounds and action scenes they can create are very impressive. Also somewhat misleading, this was supposed to be a tie-in between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, but little did they care about that other than a few small references. In the last short, when Bruce and Alfred are in Wayne Manor, all I can hear in my head is Michael Caine saying all over again 'it will be nice when Wayne Manor’s rebuilt’. The overall story wasn’t really engaging, but the short 'In Darkness Dwells’ is easily the best of the bunch, with a suspense build-up story in the form of a conversation between Batman and Gordon about Killer Croc that gives you chills. Sadly, it ends too fast. Overall, it’s a joy to look at, but it could have used a better story. 7 out of 10.

#13. SON OF BATMAN

One of the more recent releases, it introduced Damian Wayne to a wider audience, as the son of Batman and Talia’s Al Ghul. Overall, I thought it was an enjoyable film. There are some things here and there that bothers, mainly about Damian’s strength to fight an immense Ubu and keep fighting Deathstroke despite having been cut right through his both arms with a sword (c'mon….) Also, Batman is voiced by Jason O Mara again, and his passive voice matches perfectly Batman’s incapacity to react to the fact that Talia drugged him in order to have sex and get pregnant. Really? I would be mad. Still, Batman keeps the boy (who is out on revenge on Deathstroke for killing his grand father, Ra’s Al Ghul) and starts training him and eventually becomes Robin. Kirk Langstrom, the creator of the Man-Bat, gets thrown in and it turns out an interesting mix with some great action sequences. The scene when Gordon looks at the new Robin and he can’t believe it, 'another one?’, 'I’ll explain later’ was great. But still, nothing spectacular. Solid 7 out of 10.

#12. GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT

We are now on a place on the ranking where the movies weren’t bad but weren’t excellent either, so what I think of this one and most to come, is that, it’s a great movie, fun, fast, action packed and just fun overall, with nothing necessarily wrong, but nothing outstanding either. The first Green Lantern movie falls in that description. It’s a fun ride, it takes no more than 5 minutes to give the ring to Hal Jordan and it gets right in the action in the very beginning. Little time is spent on Earth, and most of the time is spent in outer space, getting to know the GL corp, more in special to Sinestro, who is wonderfully voiced by the man who knew the Titanic was going down, haha, I’m sorry, his name escapes me from the moment, but the Sinestro he pulls off is excellent, he gives Sinestro the perfect touch of superiority he think he has over everyone else. It’s a great space adventure for when you have nothing better to do. 7.5 out of 10.

#11. SUPERMAN DOOMSDAY

While most people hated this movie, because of how different it is to the original epic comic book, I actually liked it. Keep in mind, I did not read the original comic, so that may have a lot to do. It still had a very Bruce Timm feel to it that these movies were going to start to loose in terms of character design that I love. It was the first movie that they could do some serious stuff without concerning about networks and kids, so they went all for it. And it worked great, because it was shocking but well done, not unlike more recent movies where it’s just mindless gore. Mercy’s assassination, the brutal Superman VS Doomsday fight, Toyman’s death… it was very well done in my opinion. So yeah, as usual, if a hero like Superman dies, he’s obviously gonna revive and it’s kinda corny the way he comes back, because he never really died, his heartbeat was really, really, reeeeally slow. So well, apart from that it was a very good and enjoyable movie. 7,5 out of 10.

Watch out for the final 10 on the list!

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SUPERMAN: THE COMING OF THE SUPERMEN #1 (Feb. 3) | As Darkseid and the hordes of Apokolips lay waste to the world, even Superman is overwhelmed—but not for long, as three heroes from the miniaturized city of Kandor emerge at full size, armed with all the vast powers of Kal-El, ready to become the new Supermen! This battle of titans also features the machinations of Lex Luthor, plus fan favorites Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane aiding in the fight for Truth, Justice and the American Way.
→ SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN #4 (Feb. 17) | Clark travels to Metropolis for the Cerberus Summit, a rare meeting between three of the world’s most prominent young chiefs of industry: Lex Luthor, Oliver Queen, and the enigmatic Bruce Wayne. Landing an exclusive interview with any of the three would all but guarantee Clark a prestigious internship with the Daily Planet…but Clark runs into some unexpected competition when he meets another college journalist named Lois Lane.
→ SUPERMAN: LOIS AND CLARK #5 (Feb. 24) | How do you fight a villain who is a reality TV star and still stay undercover? That’s what Superman is up against as he faces a threat created just for ratings: Blackrock! Meanwhile, Intergang has Lois Lane in their crosshairs!

anonymous asked:

Who is your favorite superhero and why?

When I was a kid, my favorite was hands down Spider-Man, I suppose because I could identify with a wise-cracking uber-nerd. The comics made me laugh, and that was good enough for me. I haven’t read Spider-Man on the reg in probably ten years or so, and the bloom had probably gone off the rose for me due to the clone saga anyway.

When I was in my late teens and early 20s, my favorite was probably Daredevil, largely due to the quality of the comics by Frank Miller (which I had been picking up from the back issue bins), Karl Kesel, and later, Brian Bendis.

Overall, however, I tend to gravitate towards characters a little off the beaten path. The things that make characters off-putting and weird to many readers are the traits that make me love them. If you follow this Tumblr, you’ll probably pick up on the fact that I really like Metamorpho, the Creeper, the Doom Patrol, Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family, She-Hulk, Jimmy Olsen, Aquaman, the Atomic Knights, and all sorts of other weirdos. A good way to get me to look at your book would be to do an earnest take on, say, Brother Power the Geek. I am very much looking forward to the forthcoming Squirrel Girl and Howard the Duck series.

I do have some favorites among the A-list, too, though. I think Ben Grimm is probably the best character Marvel has, and I’ve really been obsessing over Wonder Woman lately. I also like the Teen Titans, but my favorite ones are not the A-list ones (I like Hornblower and Gnarrk, for example).

But as an adult, my number one favorite superhero is the most A-list of all: Superman. I didn’t get Superman at all as a kid, because I was reading Marvel, and the first Superman comic I probably read was the Death of Superman, which, admittedly, I thought was pretty cool.

Here is a thing Chris Sims and I will argue about: it was probably the changes brought about by the ‘86 reboot that kept me from “getting” Superman. He was de-powered and a lot of his more fantastical elements were removed. I actually argued with a friend of mine in high school that Hulk should beat Superman in Marvel vs DC because Superman was only about as strong as Spider-Man. What the fuck did I know? If you had only read Death of Superman, this was a pretty reasonable assumption to make.

It wasn’t until I was a little older and I found out about the Bottle City of Kandor that Superman clicked for me. That’s when I realized, “Holy shit, this is a guy who comes from a world where anything can happen and he can do anything. A city in a goddamn bottle.” (Chris Sims also hates the Bottle City, so we argue about that too.)

I became completely in the bag for Superman once DC released its Showcase editions and I started reading all of Superman’s Silver Age stories. Why? Because even though he’s the most famous superhero in the world, his life is full of weird shit. I LOVE WEIRD SHIT. It is, for example, very important to my idea of Superman that he dated a mermaid in college. If the version of Superman in your head didn’t date a mermaid in college, I am really sad about how uninteresting your life must be. Superman can leap tall buildings in a single bound, change the course of mighty rivers, and date a goddamn mermaid if he goddamn feels like it.

But while the trappings of a character are a good reason to like a character, they’re a pretty poor reason to love one. Better writers than I have expounded upon what makes Superman such an important and powerful figure, but to paraphrase glenweldon, he puts the needs of others before himself, and he doesn’t give up. If that’s not what you aspire to, if that doesn’t inspire you, I’m not sure we’ll ever understand one another.

The Meteor of Kryptonite Ep 1
Cast of Superman: The Radio Serials
The Meteor of Kryptonite Ep 1

“The Meteor of Kryptonite” The Adventures of Superman Radio Serial - September 1945 

Some villains have made return appearances in the radio serial, including The Yellow Mask, The Wolf and Keno - the first three foes Superman ever met on air - and some supporting characters (like the rhyming extra-terrestrial Poco) propel stories well after their introductory arc.

The Meteor of Kryptonite, however,  may be the most ambitious instance of dedicated continuity in the series - it calls back to the introduction of Kryptonite more than a year earlier in 1943. 

The death of the “meteorologist” (sic) to whom Superman entrusted the sole sample of the deadly material sends Clark into a nervous fit in the Planet offices, fearing that the radioactive remnant of his home planet - the  existence of which was known only to Clark and his lone conifdante - may be discovered in the Metropolis Museum’s vault.

To impress upon his civilian comrades the seriousness of the incident, Clark - for the first time ever - fills in his colleagues on the true origin of Superman. Through his retelling, we relive the failure of Jor-El to sway the council, the tragic destruction of the magnificent world of Krypton and all its wonders, and the infant Kal-El’s journey across the gulf of space to the quotidian hearth of a humble farmer’s simple home. (How does Clark know all this, his compatriots ask? “Never mind” he answers, which they accept, apparently hungry to know more of the Last Son of Krypton’s heretofore hidden backstory).

The purpose of Kryptonite, historically across the Superman mythos, is to provide a certain sense of fatalistic irony to his heroic arc. In the broader sense, Superman is prohibited from returning to the world of his birth, in all its wonders - on the occasions he’s tried over the last seventy-five years, he’s is punished in some capacity or another: he can only visit as a phantom, or if corporeal then must be bereft of his wonderful powers, or is doomed to die with the world, or if the planet survives then he is heartbroken, or the land is poisonous (such as with the domed city of Argo) or he must be transformed drastically to be a part of it (as with the bottle city of Kandor). Kryptonite embodies a geas under which Superman, simply, will die if he ever touches again his native soil.

(Imagine, too, how that fatal prohibition represents the terror of abandonment, the dread of the immigrant that the land of their birth is forever denied them, particularly in the case of Jewish immigrants who fled their homelands when pogroms and putsches made them as fatal as Kryptonite to them and their kin).