Last week’s column prompted some responses and additional info from readers and when I opened my Feedback Folder, I realized that there were some other emails that came in while I was away on my teaching “sabbatical.”
I have to say that I was amused by the question about DC being “anti-child” since DC seems to the only major publisher (except for Archie) that has a regular line of kids’ comics. They have their long-running line of Cartoon Network comics (POWERPUFF GIRLS, CARTOON CARTOONS, SCOOBY-DOO, and LOONEY TUNES) plus the BATMAN ADVENTURES and JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES.
— Dave (email@example.com)
Dave Hearn asked, ” I remember that DC’s LEGENDS mini-series was originally solicited as CRISIS ON CAPTIVE EARTH. Why was the title changed?”
If I remember correctly, CRISIS ON CAPTIVE EARTH was a planned Marv Wolfman / George Perez follow-up to CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS that never materialized. I think there were rumors at the time that LEGENDS came out that it was the same series, but these were false.
— Dan Dan.Condon-Jones@landmark-information.co.uk
LEGENDS was always called LEGENDS. CRISIS ON CAPTIVE EARTH was an entirely different post-Crisis event that fell apart before a page got written.
Also, DOMINO #2 came out on time and should continue to ship monthly.
— Bob Greenberger
Regarding your answer about dates on the 80s bimonthly titles: “Ideally, the publishers hoped that Jan/Feb bi-monthly book that came out with the books dated January would go off-sale with those dated February, so they used the latter date on the cover.”
To the best of my recollection, most comics came out over 2-3 months before the cover date, supposedly to allow for a longer period on sale. Only in the late 80’s or early 90′ did the Big Two change the dates to coincide with actual publication. So a January/February issue would probably come out in November.
— Harry Tzvi Keusch (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I didn’t say the books came out IN January, only that they all came out together. The cover date on comic books (and virtually all magazines) are later than the date they actually go on sale.
Thought I would throw in some info regarding different questions in your column:
Regarding Marvel bringing back the DEADPOOL title: Probably when they need to renew the trademark on the title, but the character is returning in upcoming issues of AGENT X, coinciding with writer Gail Simone’s return to the title.
Also, there’ve been rumors of a MISTER MIRACLE series from Jeph Loeb and Adam Hughes for several months, but still no official announcement. This is supposed to be part of a line that will have Wildstorm taking on DC characters.
And Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch have publicly committed to a 24-issue run of THE ULTIMATES. At Hitch’s current rate of production, that should mean the series will last at least two more years, possibly longer. After that, of course, it’d be up to Marvel whether they choose to continue. Also, in the unlikely event that sales plummet, they could also discontinue the book before 24 issues are up.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has been attached to a new version of a DOC SAVAGE movie for years, but it’s yet to get beyond early script stages.
— Julio Diaz (email@example.com)
No question, but I sure did enjoy reading your “A Stroll Down Gasoline Alley.” In 1971, I decided there was no higher calling for a person than to be a cartoonist. I decided that while reading Gasoline Alley. Thank you for your wonderful treatment of it.
— Tony Stauss (firstname.lastname@example.org)
On behalf of my official unofficial researcher, John Wells, who wrote the article, you’re welcome.
The Vertigo Superman is sort of a Real Worlds project set in a universe where Superman is fictional. It explores his impact on people. Sort of Earth-Prime themed.
— John McDonagh (email@example.com)
On the subject of Spider-Man Clone Saga trade paperbacks, the final four part story, featuring Green Goblin’s Return, and Ben’s death, was also collected as a trade, although I can’t remember it’s name for the life of me.
— Brian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
About Batman’s ears, I remember reading a story where he and Robin were chained up without their utility belts (of course) and he snapped off one of his bat-ears to reveal a hidden acetyline torch! That Bats! SOOOOO resourceful!
Also, I agree with the reader who wants to know why writers are so lazy they won’t work within continuity. It seems that they don’t realize that part of the allure of the comic medium is its serialized nature. We like that about comics. When I started reading at age 8 it was an adventure to discover all the history and nooks and crannies of the DC Universe. That was part of the fun! HEY, WRITERS! DID YA HEAR THAT?
— Jim (email@example.com)
I have a strong memory of having worked on that issue of TEEN TITANS (#44) you mentioned. It’s possible Paul Levitz gave it to me to do some rewriting during my brief staff career. I recall one line of mine in particular, Mal talking about “having a Sunday punch that lasts all week long” or some such.
I’d also like to caution folks that the Atlas Comics article in COMIC EFFECT is filled with inaccuracies and spurious reasoning. CE remains one of my favorite zines, but that article was, well, mostly crap.
— Tony Isabella
Dave Cockrum often appears on the DC Legion message board. He is called Dark Bamf, and is pencilling part of LEGION #25 to be released in two months.
— Paul Simmonds (PMSimmonds@aol.com)
I had the honor of talking to Dave Cockrum and his charming wife Paty last week. I’m happy to say they are both alive and well and living in the Catskill Mountains in New York. Dave does commissions, and you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
— Jason Sacks (email@example.com)
Do you have any documentation that “regular” comic boards are acid free? I would love for this to be true as I paid a lot more for “archival” backing boards.
Will you also assert that “regular” comic bags are acid free and that Mylar isn’t needed?
I have no documentation about comic boards that are not MARKED “acid-free” as being such. I would suspect that if they are acid-free, the seller would play up that fact.
As far as bags, I have been using supermarket food storage bags for my comics (about a dozen comics to a bag) for thirty years and have not found any problems. I won’t assert anything about the acidity of any bags, just state my own findings.
Rick Gendron (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I must be psychic. I submitted a question last week regarding Clark Kent’s clothes, but my question is what he does with them in the post-Crisis universe. I’m still waiting… 😉
— Harry Tzvi Keusch (email@example.com)
From what I’ve been able to find — and my pal Bob Greenberger agrees — none of the writers have dealt with where Supes stashes his clothing after the change. (Bob also says the pouch in the cape is no longer used.) Maybe he drops them at home at super-speed?
Clark didn’t always wear a blue suit. In 1971, the creative team of Dennis O’Neil and Curt Swan gave him an updated look, with new glasses and “modern” brown suits, different colored shirts and ties.
As for Batman and Catwoman kissing, in the current continuity, I don’t think so. But in the 1980’s, Catwoman turned good and the two dated (and kissed). Then Robin Jason Todd wasn’t pleased at the duo becoming a trio.
— Darcey McLaughlin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Oh, in this week’s column you were asked about Batman and Catwoman. Len had them in a long-term romance (Bruce Wayne and Catwoman) during his days as writer in the early to mid-80s so the Lee/Loeb romance is a new take on an old situation.
— Bob Greenberger
Re the question as to whether Batman had ever kissed Catwoman prior to the “Hush” story line, they first kissed way back in BATMAN #1 (Fall, 1940).
And now a question of my own, as a follow-up to another question and answer, concerning Clark Kent’s blue suit, white shirt, and red tie. You wrote, “The clothing was treated with a special chemical that kept it from wrinkling, but the chemical also affected the colors of Clark’s clothing, which is why he always had a blue suit.” My question is: What was the real-life reason (as opposed to the explanation within the stories) for Clark’s uniform look? For a brief period in the early 70’s, Clark’s wardrobe was expanded, and he appeared in a variety of more fashionable outfits, but after a short time, he went back to his old look. What was the reason for the return to the unchanging blue suit, white shirt, and red tie?
— Dave Potts (email@example.com)
I don’t recall any specific reason, but I suspect it was to keep Clark identifiable. The blue suit/ red tie combo (as well as teenage Clark’s red sweater/ blue slacks outfit) was just as familiar to readers as the Superman costume.
THE WHAT’S IT WORTH DEPARTMENT:
The other folder that filled up in my absence was the one with questions about values of old comic books (and lots of other things). To all those who wrote (and those whose emails appear below), I repeat: They are worth whatever someone else is willing to pay you for them.
When are you going to tell all those “I Have The First Issue Of POWER PACHYDERMS And I Want To Know If Selling It Will Provide For My Retirement” types to buy a price guide and take a long walk off a short pier? Your column rules, but those chumps are a waste of my webtime and, I suspect, yours. Why tolerate speculators, Bob? Why!??!
— Leon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Per Leon’s request, I direct everyone else who discovers a gold mine of old comics somewhere to the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide or online siteshttp://www.comicspriceguide.com or http://www.nostomania.com.
Was ACTION COMICS #1 from June 1938 reprinted and sold in the mid 80s and if so is the reprint of any value? In mint condition.
— Clint Brock (email@example.com)
ACTION #1 has been reprinted a number of times. None of the reprints is going to pay for your retirement… or even a brief vacation.
I need a website that can tell me how much my Pokemon cards will me worth. I have over 150.
Still don’t have a Pokemon card values website.
I have 2136 pogs of which 1432 are different. Could u give me links to sites that sell them?
— Rachel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Or one for pogs.
How much is a 1942 penny worth?
At least 1c.
I have a comic book printing plate. It’s the front cover plate for FANTASTIC COMICS #23 featuring Samson. I know that it was the last issue; the date on the front is Nov. 1942. I’m trying to find out what it might be worth and anything else about it.
— Phil (email@example.com)
I have no idea what someone would pay for an old printing plate, Phil, or even WHO would want it.
I have a 18 oz. plastic Superman logo mug that has a copyright date of 1944. Do you have any idea how much it is worth?
I have an original copy of the Honolulu Star newspaper dated Sunday, December 7, 1941 with a headline of “WAR – Oahu Bombed By Japanese Planes.” The condition is vg – vg+. It is somewhat yellowed but is not torn or damaged in any way. I would like to know what the approximate value is and/or if you can refer me to someone that may be interested.
— Richard Heghinian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Haven’t got a clue.
And while we’re on the subject of helpful comics websites:
Where can I find pics of the Freedom Fighters on the net?
You can find a cover gallery in the vast Grand Comics Database, John.
Speaking of websites, don’t forget my daily Anything Goes Trivia at http://www.worldfamouscomics.com/trivia. And click back here next week for more questions, answers, and whatever else finds its way into the column.
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