Thursday, June 14, 2007

Best of DC Blue Ribbon Digest #25 - June 1982

sgAfter a couple of months of digests featuring Sgt.Rock, The Doom Patrol, and Dark Mansions of Forbidden Love, DC must have felt the need to get back to their bread and butter--Superman.

Behind another fun, Norman-Rockwell-esque cover by Ross Andru and Frank Giacoia is a smattering of Super-stories:
"The TV Show That Menaced Metropolis" by Cary Bates, Curt Swan(of course), and Murphy Anderson
"The Baby Who Walked Through Walls" by Len Wein and Neal Adams(a fun Private Life of Clark Kent tale)
"The Girl Who Didn't Believe in Superman" by Bill Finger and Wayne Boring
"World Beneath the North Pole!" by Elliott S! Maggin and Swanderson
"Superman--You're Not Clark Kent, and I Can Prove It!" by Gerry Conway, Swan, and Tex Blaisdell(one of my old instructors at Kubert--great guy)
"The Story of Superman, Jr.!"(ohh, so that's where Bryan Singer got it from!) by Jerry Coleman, Wayne Boring, and Stan Kaye
"The Kid With the Million Dollar Smile" by Martin Pasko, Swan, and Bob Oksner(another Clark Kent tale)
"Superman's Command Performance" by Bates, Swan, and Frank Chiaramonte

...for my money, it was the "Private Life" stories that are the most fun and unusual. It's interesting to watch the writers craft a story starring only Clark and not Superman. I wonder, could Bruce Wayne support his "own" series?

1 comment:

Earth 2 Chris said...

I always wondered if "The Kid With the Million Dollar Smile" wasn't based on Danny Bonaduce of the Partidge Family. Bratty, red-haired, slightly overweight kid TV star? The timing is right.

You can't go wrong with Neal Adams on that Clark Kent story. That one is a lot of fun. Oh, and Bruce Wayne did have one or two "Private Life of..." type stories in the 70s. Back when writer tried to flesh out Batman during the daytime. :-)

Chris