Superboy Did It, Jimmy Olsen & Lois Lane Tried, The Challengers Fell Short: On Kirby’s DC Covers 1957-9 (Part 1)

1. June/July 1959’s Challengers Of The Unknown #8 contained the very last new Jack Kirby work to appear in a DC Comic until 1970.┬áIt’s hard not to regard its cover as a prime example of the vitiating effect of DC’s constant attempts to rein in Kirby’s dynamic style. It is, all at the same time, […]

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The Good God Brought Down By Compassion & Trust

What is Superman’s greatest weakness? Kryptonite? Magic? Over-mighty humanoid weapons of mass destruction? The cynics amongst us might include his faith in humanity’s better nature. In 1961’s The Death Of Superman, the character’s co-creator Jerry Siegel and artists Curt Swan and Sheldon Moldoff explored how the Man Of Steel’s unshakable decency might render him over-trusting […]

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