First appearance of Supergirl.
—Action Comics #252 (1959) cover by Curt Swan & Al Plastino
R.I.P. Al Plastino (Dec. 15, 1921—Nov. 25, 2013), co-creator of Supergirl.
R.I.P. Al Plastino, 1921-2013, who drew the first appearances of Supergirl, the Legion of Super-Heroes, and Brainiac, among hundreds of other Superman stories.
Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane #93, cover by Curt Swan and Neal Adams
Superman: The Animated Series - Apokolips… Now!
OK, I guess my real problem with Man Of Steel is that it’s not one millionth as great as this cartoon.
Action Comics #130 (DC, 1949)
Ann Blyth as a mermaid promoting Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid film
Superman is not like other heroes. He’s not only among the first, and the one who defined the genre; he’s also the best. I mean that in a moral sense. Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel’s creation, as we understand him today and as he exists in the cultural lexicon, is the ideal of heroic virtue. That perception may change following the success of Zack Snyder’s new movie Man of Steel.
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I guess the Mrs put it best: “When Jonathan (Kent) said “maybe” to Clark after he asked if he should have just let the kids on the bus die, that’s when they lost me”. My thoughts were there was nothing wrong with the movie that a script by any halfway decent comics writer (like Paul Dini or Mark Waid or Greg Rucka to throw out some random examples) couldn’t have fixed.
I have never been a big Supes fan, though I love the first two Reeve movies and the Timm/ Burnett animated series, so this doesn’t burn me as much as it must the “superfans”, but it’s kind of disappointing they were able to come so close. (I think the cast is terrific.) But as soon as I learned Goyer was scripting (with Nolan story input) I feared the worst. And I guess we got it.
Here I have drawn “Man of Steel” Superman, but have added a bunch of “background”.
Clearly there has been some sort of a ruckus and Superman looks to be taking someone to task for it.
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Hope you guys are having a super day! (See what I did there?)
This month in DC History
Kal found out he wasn’t the only full size survivor of Krypton when his cousin Kara showed up in 1959. As Kara’s rocket descended to Earth, Superman remembered the time when he as Superbaby arrived on his new planet… I’m not making that up. That’s what the book says. Anyway Supergirl appeared across several titles until she sacrificed herself in 1985 during that Crisis I wrote about last time I did a History lesson. She’s return, of course. Can’t keep a good girl down.
What else happened in 1959?
- The first Suicide Squad was formed but it wasn’t made up of a group of lovable miscreants from Belle Reve. No the first Suicide Squad was a band of World War II-era military misfits lead by Rick Flag and they appeared in the pages of The Brave and The Bold.
- Hal Jordan was introduced in October of this year. His first issue told the story of Abin Sur’s death, introduced Carol Ferris, and also showed the tension between’s Hal’s new duties and his personal life. There was no Hector Hammond and no Parallax but there was a 2nd issue… hmmm.
- Everyone’s favorite Batman villain Mr. Zero was introduced. You know Mr. Zero right? Likes ice puns, was the governor of California, wether you want him to or not he will be back. Oh I’m sorry, Mr. Zero was renamed Mr. Freeze in the 1960’s Batman show. I bet if they didn’t change his name a third of the puns from Batman and Robin would have had to be dropped.