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 on: September 02, 2017, 04:18:02 PM 
Started by Gernot1962 - Last post by Gernot1962
Wow...  I hope DC changes their minds about these books and DOES offer solo Superman Silver Age books.  I MAY have to go after the Digests and get the reprints THEY have in color, though I'd probably COMPLETELY ruin my eyes that way!   Wink

It's too bad the PTB decided profits weren't good enough on the Showcases.  I don't know if they CAN print the stories on cheaper paper!

 42 
 on: August 30, 2017, 05:51:36 PM 
Started by Gernot1962 - Last post by Nykor
I should have added that Amazon is offering full-color, Silver Age Supergirl tpb's, World's Finest (Batman-Superman) tpb's, Justice League tpb's, Legion of Super-Heroes tpb's, Flash tpb's, and Green Lantern tpb's, but no full-color, silver-age Superman solo tpb's, which is really too bad, because I'd buy them--discovering the Showcase Presents: Superman volumes at my local Borders is what drew me back into this hobby more than 10 years ago.

Maybe DC is waiting until SPOILER Supes returns to life in the Justice League movie in November, but, if so, they haven't told Amazon.

 43 
 on: August 30, 2017, 02:12:46 PM 
Started by Gernot1962 - Last post by Nykor
According to the GCD, Superboy initially appeared as a separate character in the Jan '45 issue of More Fun Comics; when Superman's 2-page origin was published in Superman #1 (Summer, 1939), there was no mention of any career as Superboy--perhaps Whitney Ellsworth (de jure editor) and/or Jack Schiff (de facto editor) waited until the perceived audience for that issue "aged out" before giving Supes' origin a retro-fit.

 44 
 on: August 30, 2017, 12:56:58 PM 
Started by Gernot1962 - Last post by Nykor
I remember reading, I believe on the Marvel Masterworks DC Message Boards, a contributor named Drew Moore, who was/is a colorist @ DC, saying that he heard from DC staffers that sales on the last (2008) Showcase Presents: Superman were disappointingly low, as may be evidenced by a recent trip to AmazonBooks Land, where several new full-color Silver Age collections are/will be offered for sale this year and next, but none of them devoted to the Silver Age solo adventures of Superman.

 45 
 on: August 29, 2017, 01:52:45 AM 
Started by Great Rao - Last post by Great Rao
As near as I can decode the text, it may just be saying that DC is offering a digitally-cleaned up jpg of the picture:

http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2017/08/25/superman-a-classic-message-restored

A physical poster would be awesome.  Based on the comments posted at DC, there are others who agree.

 S!

 46 
 on: August 28, 2017, 10:24:07 PM 
Started by Great Rao - Last post by nightwing
Saw an article on CBR that implied this is being offered as a poster by DC, but no details fleshed out that claim. If anyone knows where it's available, I'd love to have one.

 47 
 on: August 28, 2017, 10:19:06 PM 
Started by Gernot1962 - Last post by nightwing
I think the Showcase line ended because DC is focusing on the new "Silver," "Bronze" and "Golden Age" trades, much the same way Marvel abandoned their "Essential" line in favor of "Epics." But at least in both cases they've upgraded to color.

 Unfortunately, while the Marvel Epics are jumping around chronologically, DC seems determined to reprint everything in order, so Silver Age Superman is still a good ways off and the Bronze Age material may not show up til I'm dead.

The way I heard it, royalty deals were much more fair once the 70s rolled around, which cuts into the profit margins.  But they are putting out omnibuses of Bronze Age JLA and Brave and the Bold (and soon House of Secrets and Swamp Thing) so there's always hope. But if they keep to the "finish one Age before starting the next" rule, we've got a long wait for BA Supes, Bats and Wonder Woman.

 48 
 on: August 24, 2017, 11:20:24 PM 
Started by Gernot1962 - Last post by Gernot1962
Unfortunately, I cannot afford to get back issues as I once was.  However, I AM able (and have done so) to get several of the TPBs that have come out starring the Earth-1 and Earth-2 Superman, most notably the Showcases and Chronicles (on the Marvel side, I've gotten many of the Essentials, as well).

Now I've heard from one of the creators of '70's comics (I THINK it may have been Marty Pasko, but I'm not positive) that reprint fees paid to the creators of the comics back then are simply too high to warrant doing too many more reprints.  Sad

That's truly a shame, as Superman's Showcase Volumes ended in the very early '60's, while Batman and JLA continued well into the '70's, though I'd have liked both of THOSE to have continued, as well. 

I guess this is merely a rant because I'd hoped to continue my Superman collection for several more years.  I feel DC is sitting on a goldmine and they would practically be printing money if they continued the two lines.

Thoughts?

 49 
 on: August 24, 2017, 11:12:09 PM 
Started by Gernot1962 - Last post by Gernot1962
I was just thinking of Superman and Superboy, and a thought popped into my head.

Why did it take so long for Jerry and Joe (or ANYBODY, for that matter) to come up with the idea of Superboy?  After all, at the time Superman was created, kid sidekicks were quite prevalent in the serials, as well as the Our Gang theatrical shorts.  You'd think SOMEBODY back then would have had the idea of a youngster having the powers of Superman would have kicked in much earlier than it did!

Ah, well...  Those are just some of my own musings I had.  Thoughts?  Smiley

 50 
 on: August 24, 2017, 11:06:09 PM 
Started by Nykor - Last post by Gernot1962
I'm really glad to see this place is up and running again!  I'm ashamed to admit I gave up hope some time ago, and accidentally found this place and re-signed in here.  It feels great seeing so many familiar names herein as well.

Thanks for getting this place going again, Great Rao!   Smiley

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