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Truth and Justice, Part I

Sometimes fate can be cruel. In retrospect, there’s no way these two teenagers from Cleveland could possibly conceive of the ironies in store for them. Even if you could warn them somehow, they’d never believe it. “Jerry, Joe, listen up. The two of you are going to create a character so universally beloved, it will […]

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Comics 101 In Focus: The Old Bait and Switch

You don’t see it as much these days as you used to, the maneuver in comics of having a big sensationalistic cover that had almost nothing to do with the story inside, but back when it was a fairly common practice, no one did it more often and more shamelessly than DC Comics, particularly late […]

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The Man of Tomorrow

Continuity, Superman, and Alan Moore

Continuity is a tricky beast. When you’re telling stories about a character for years or decades, there have to be common ties. You need consistent places, familiar villains, and constants that can revolve around and tangle with the protagonist’s ongoing story. Ten years of one shot issues or unrelated mini-series don’t work as well. You […]

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Always a Bridesmaid, Finally a Bride

We’ve had a lot of fun here over the years with various issues of LOIS LANE in which Lois is either scheming to marry Superman, marrying someone else instead of Superman, or crying as someone else marries Superman. So imagine our surprise to finally find an issue of LOIS LANE where Lois actually marries the […]

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Spidey Vs. Supes

Karl and Jud discuss Karl’s love for reading Spider-Man and how not being much of a Superman fan was helpful in writing the character. Click the button to your right to peruse The Karl Kesel Collection!

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There’s Something About Lois

Every time I get too concerned about the state of today’s comics industry, all I have to do to cleanse the palate is look at a random issue of SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE, and I can breathe easier. Things could always be much worse. Let’s look for example, at LOIS LANE #131 (June 1973), […]

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Truth or Justice

It may not have been his intention, but Larry Tye’s new “biography” of Superman, SUPERMAN: THE HIGH-FLYING HISTORY OF AMERICA’S MOST ENDURING HERO, raises more questions than it answers. Intended as an exploration of the cultural impact of Siegel and Shuster’s landmark creation while at the same covering its history in all media, HIGH-FLYING HERO […]

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Lightning in a Bottle

Time for a change of pace this week, as I take a few moments to expand at length to a question from reader Jeff Flannigain. Jeff, you have the floor: As always, I look forward to your columns every week. Nice to know there are other geeks out there like me despite what my wife […]

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Welcoming the Future, Treasuring the Past.