Wednesday, November 25, 2015
This cover's no turkey, though Wonder Woman, Flash (Jay Garrick) and Green Lantern (Alan Scott) are fighting to pen one, in this classic cover from Comic Cavalcade #18 (December-January, 1947) by Everett E. Hibbard!
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Let's take a look at the Sand Demon, Tokamak and Killer Frost through the pages of DC Comics!
Golden Age Flash reprint guide for more info on this!
...but there wasn't much of an explanation for the return of Tokamak....
...who so impressed Superman that the Metropolis Marvel recommended the Nuclear Man for membership in the Justice League of America, which more can be read on here!).
Pied Piper, that faced Firestorm in his Fury of Firestorm title and they've been covered in previous Flash Facts!
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Let's take a look at the first few....the villains called Vartox, Hellgrammite and Reactron!
...along the way triggering Karb-Brak's allergy to super powers, and being turned evil and fighting Superman for a time....
...with Vartox needing Superman's help to escape the plans and survive...
Hellgrammite then briefly fought Green Arrow and Black Canary in World's Finest Comics #248 and #249 (mostly 1978) in an odd pair of stories that will get coverage later (mostly because they also dealt with Green Arrow dressing as Batman....).
...which he continued to do in Action Comics #674 (February, 1992, by Roger Stern and Bob McLeod).
...explained a bit in Secret Origins Annual #1 of 1987), and fights the Doom Patrol in Doom Patrol #10 and #11 (July and August, 1988 by Paul Kupperberg and Erik Larsen; and oddly guesting Superman and the matrix Supergirl as Lana Lang in the first issue, with Superman and the Doom Patrol going to face Metallo in Superman #20 of August, 1988), with Larry Trainor trying to use Reactron to get the Negative Being back from Negative Woman (with Reactron being assumed to be dead again...and his history being slightly altered, with his name now being Benjamin Martin Krull).
Deadshot, the second Killer Frost and Blackstarr..
...with Reactron being shot to end his association with the Suicide Squad!
Metallo, and getting a new power source, that of a variation of Gold Kryptonite, that only removes Kryptonians' powers for 15 seconds, resolving in Superman: War of the Superman #1 in July, 2010 (and his history being slightly altered, with his name now being Benjamin Martin Krull).
General Zod (and others from the Phantom Zone), who will come to menace Supergirl in the future....
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Batgirl started working with Batman back in the day with Detective Comics #359 (January 1967, by Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino), but there was another man in her life pretty soon.
No, not Robin the Boy Wonder, but the Man of Steel…Superman!
Superman Meets Batgirl
True, they didn’t meet until World’s Finest #169 (September 1967) by Cary Bates and Curt Swan, and barely worked together, being only in Justice League of America #60 (February 1968, against Queen Bee Zazzala by Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky) and in World’s Finest Comics #176 (June 1968, where they worked against Batman and Supergirl).
Batgirl then went to be pretty much a loner in the back of Detective Comics until she was wanted there no more, appearing last in Detective Comics #424 (June 1972).
Superman Saves Batgirl
But, she was of interest to the Superman Family…
….and revived with Superman #268 (October 1973) by writer Elliot S! Maggin and artist Curt Swan with a “Wild Week-End In Washington!” (and an astonishing cover by Nick Cardy).
The villainous organization, M.A.Z.E. began a plan against the United States and Clark Kent revealed knowledge of it…prompting his needing rescue from Superman and Batgirl (and yes, Clark Kent IS Superman…there’s quite a tale in those pages!
Not only that, M.A.Z.E. would return…).
Not content with one appearance, Batgirl returned again with Superman #279 (September 1974, with the same team, and an even MORE stunning Nick Cardy cover!).
Batgirl and Superman worked together to stop a scheme to smuggle oil (boy, wouldn’t it be great if they could do something about oil prices today!).
Both these tales (as well as Batgirl’s earlier solo stories, as well as a few tales with Batman and Robin) are reprinted in the Showcase Presents: Batgirl black and white book.
Superman Still Meets Batgirl
Batgirl stopped in to say hi to Supergirl and "Cleopatra, Queen Of America" in Superman Family #171 (June-July 1975) by Elliot S! Maggin and Curt Swan, before joining Robin in Batman Family (both teaming up with him and some solo tales) for twenty issues (along with Alfred Pennyworth, Man-Bat and Huntress tales along with way, and faced off against M.A.Z.E. again, as well as a few others), before the Batman Family took over Detective Comics (starting with #481, changing to dollar-sized), and only Batgirl survived when the book went back to normal with #497, and she stayed a back-up until #519, with Green Arrow taking over her spot with #521! Barbara Gordon’s alter-ego even met Superman again, in DC Comics Presents #19 (March 1980) by Denny O'Neil and Joe Staton before the Crisis on Infinite Earths (when pretty much everyone had to work together….).
Still, nothing beats the two issue fling Superman and Batgirl had!