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 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.

 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.


 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

 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

 on: August 13, 2017, 03:16:21 PM 
Started by Great Rao - Last post by Nykor
Of all the things you've posted, I think this is my favorite.
Too apropos today, and probably for the rest of this administration.

 on: August 08, 2017, 08:06:28 PM 
Started by Great Rao - Last post by Great Rao
I've got a  version of page 21 lettered and online.  Many thanks to Julian and Costin.

Still doing some minor adjustments to this page and a few others; then off to finish up page 23.

With luck, the entire K-Metal story will be complete before the year is out.

 on: May 25, 2017, 08:56:39 PM 
Started by unclesporkums - Last post by Great Rao

I accidentally let the domain name "" expire. is paid up for most of the rest of this century , so that's your safest bet.  The rest of the site is migrating to that domain in bits and pieces.

 on: May 24, 2017, 10:59:32 AM 
Started by Great Rao - Last post by Great Rao
In 2014, Julian DiLorenzo commissioned finished artwork for pages 21 and 23 of "The K-Metal from Krypton" from artist Costin Stefan.

Time passed.

Then last month, with the impetus of the pending "Miracle Monday" re-release, I repaired my long-dead Windows XP box; meaning that I regained access to my ancient copy of Adobe Photoshop, the K-Metal font, and all of the original K-Metal artwork. (The K-Metal project started in 2004 and it has lived on the same computer since that time.)

So I dove into the time machine and started lettering page 21.

Here's a sneak peak from the page.  Final appearance may vary.

I am waiting to hear back from the artist regarding some needed corrections to the page, so although the story isn't quite complete yet; we are much nearer that completion!

 on: May 13, 2017, 04:24:25 AM 
Started by Great Rao - Last post by Great Rao
K-Metal page 27 is now online:

Pages 21 and 23 are complete, lettering is in progress!

 on: May 08, 2017, 08:16:37 PM 
Started by Great Rao - Last post by Great Rao
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