Sunday, May 13, 2007

DC Special Series #23 - Feb. 1981

sgTwo digest series apparently weren't enough for DC this month, since they decided once again to convert the catch-all DC Special Series title into a digest--and even more odd is that it's less pages than the standard digest comic(at least they knocked the price down)--why, for Rao's sake? They didn't have another reprint or two they could stuff in here?

Anyway, as you can see, this book is dedicated to tales from the late, great World's Finest comic, a book I always loved as a kid--not only did you get Superman and Batman together, but there was always a couple of other cool features, too, as this digest reflects:
Superman and Batman in "The Composite Superman" by Edmond Hamilton, Curt Swan, and George Klein
Green Arrow in "Menace of the Mechanical Octopus" by France Heron and Jack "King" Kirby
Aquaman in "The Day Aquaman Lost His Powers" by ? and the always-great Ramona Fradon
Superman and Batman in "The Has-Been Superman" by Cary Bates, Curt Swan, and Jack Abel

...plus a helpful list of all the various features that had appeared in WF up until that point, compiled by Robert Greenberger. Apparently someone named "Drafty" appeared in the first fourteen issues of World's Finest, which was almost as long as Aquaman did. Draw your own conclusions.

1 comment:

Earth 2 Chris said...

The Composite Superman. The most confusing villain in comics. He is called "The Composite Superman", yet he is half Superman, half-Batman. He's green. He has the Legion of Super Heroes powers. Very, out there villain. Edmond Hamilton channelled that same weird vibe Grant Morrison pulls from apparently. But the visual works. My kid stares and stares at my DC Direct Composite Superman action figure.

Oh and Nova, Superman's other identity (the guy with the green mask on the cover)? I'm pretty sure he was the inspiration for Super-Nova in 52. Some folks believed Clark Kent, or Superboy was secretly Super-Nova, so it was nod/wink to this tale.

Chris