Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Best of DC Blue Ribbon Digest #34 - March 1983

sgThis had to be a favor to someone at DC--a whole digest devoted to The Metal Men?

Don't get me wrong, I like the Metal Men, but the digests most of the time seemed to be an indication of who were the heavy-hitters, sales-wise, in the DCU, like Superman and The Legion, so a whole collection of Metal Men stories seemed pretty off-beat.

But hey, there's always time for another Superman collection next time, let's all bask in the metally goodness of these stories!

After the cover by Ed Hannigan and Bruce Patterson , we start with "The Flaming Fiend!" by Robert Kanigher, Ross Andru, and Mike Esposito, who also do the honors for the other tale in this collection, "The Deathless Doom!" These two stories are culled from the Metal Men's appearances in Showcase #'s 37-40, yet they're printed without covers so they read like two really long stories. Also, on the inside cover is a one-page feature "Metal Facts and Fancies!", a fun relic of comics gone by.

The one other curious bit from this book is the price/issue/date box on the cover:

...as you can see, obviously someone in the paste-up department put that month's Adventure Comics(see tomorrow's post) info box on this book by mistake. The inside indicia gets it right, but for a minute you think "Man, Best of DC Digest ran for almost five hundred issues?"


Anonymous said...


There are 3 variants of the Best of DC #34.

Best of DC
#34(Corrected editions with #34 on cover exist on American Newsstand copies only)
#34(States #497 on cover; Canadian Newsstand copies)
#34(States #497 on cover; DIRECT Edition copies)

Anonymous said...

Best of DC #34 American Newsstand Edition is Scarcer.