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Monday, 27 June 2016
FAVOURITE COMICS OF THE PAST - PART FORTY-FIVE: SUPERMAN #296-299 - "WHO TOOK THE SUPER OUT OF SUPERMAN?"
Hell's bells! Has it really been 40 years since I first read these
comics as a callow teenager? Someone tell me I'm wrong - even if
it's an obvious a lie. I obtained replacements of the first two issues
a good number of years ago now, but I received the second two mags
only this morning. You may be wondering why it took me so long to
get around to it, and the answer is that all four stories are reprinted
in The GREAT SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK COLLECTION,
a book which was published back in 1981, and which I own.
However, it's great to read through the original comics and see
not only the story-pages, but also ads for other mags and various
items which reflect the heady days of the '70s. The story itself is an
intriguing if slightly convoluted one (with an obvious plot-hole), and
the fourth episode seems to have shoe-horned in a number of classic
Superman foes under the guise of being intrinsic to the story's resolu-
tion (but is clearly nothing more than an blatant sales ploy). Would
aliens out to destroy Earth really be prepared to wait 30 years to
do it, and wouldn't the bad guy have a better plan to ensure his
escape? It all seems rather unnecessary on reflection.
But, as I said, it is intriguing - and, more importantly, thor-
oughly entertaining. Written by CARY BATES & ELLIOT S!
MAGGIN, and drawn by CURT SWAN & BOB OKSNER, it's
an instant classic that every true Superman fan should have in their
comics collection. See CLARK KENT punch STEVE LOMBARD
in the mouth! See Clark snatch MORGAN EDGE's stogie from his
gob and extinguish it in Edge's drink while telling him where to get
off! And, what we've all been waiting for, see Clarkie-boy have
LOIS LANE swoon with desire for him in a way that she
never did for the mighty Superman.
Take it from me - if you don't have these four-issues, you
need to get onto eBay right away and track them down! You
shouldn't have to live the rest of your life without them!
Posted by Kid at Monday, June 27, 2016