Friday, June 1, 2007

DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest #15 - Nov. 1981

sgYou can never get enough secret origins! That was DC's thinking, at least.

The startled JLA (plus Robin) are about to be told the stories:
"The Case of the Real Gone Flash" by John Broome, Carmine Infantino, and Joe Giella
"The Amazing Bizarro" by Otto Binder and George Papp
"The Day 100,000 People Vanished" by Broome, Gil Kane, and Giella
"The Mad Hatter of Gotham City" by Bill Finger, Sheldon Moldoff, and Charles Paris
and the classic "Slave Ship of Space" by Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky

...when I was a kid and bought comics on newsstands, the budding collector in me couldn't stand when the sale date of the book was stamped on the cover, as this one is. Now I look at it as a charming reminder of days gone by.


Earth 2 Chris said...

I had some of my digests out last week looking at them, and my five-year-old son pulled up to me and started staring over my shoulder. He saw this cover and said the same thing that bugged me about this cover for the past 25 years: "Why is Superboy on this cover with Superman?" That kind of time paradox makes my brain hurt and didn't even work in the DCU's explanation of time travel.

Incidentally, the Mad Hatter story in this one was directly adapted into a two-part episode of the 66 Batman TV series.


rob! said...

ha! your five year old noticed something i didnt--that in fact, you have two Supermans on the cover.

that Mad hatter story's art is credited to Bob Kane, but of course that's NEVER the case...

earth 2 Chris said...

I think (off the top of my head) that the Mad Hatter art was most likely provided by Lew Sayre Schwartz.

My kid LOVES the concept of Superboy, so he notices him right away. I've repaired his DC Direct Superboy figure 3 TIMES!!!


rob! said...

according to the GCD, its by Sheldon Moldoff, but i guess you can't take some of the info on there as gospel (i learned that the embarassing way!).

BobH said...

Man, "The Slave Ship of Space". That's a favourite. I think it might have been my introduction to the Fox/Sekowsky JLA formula that worked so well.