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« on: December 23, 2005, 05:54:38 PM »

Many thanks to Richard Levins for scanning and sending in this latest story,

"SUPERMAN DUELS THE FUTUREMEN!"

As Richard wrote in his email,
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I have a copy of "Superman Duels the Futuremen", which as you probably know is often cited as the last appearance of the Golden Age Superman. Obviously a lot of the stories in the late fifties were sort of a blend of the Golden and Silver Age versions of the character. But this was the last book in which it was specifically stated that there was NO Superboy, and that Clark began his career as an adult. It was also the second (or third, or fourth, depending on your definitions) appearance of Red Kryptonite.

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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2005, 08:21:34 PM »

Cool, I was wondering if he ever e-mailed you Smiley

A great addition to the site Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2005, 09:14:39 PM »

I agree, it is a great addition and one that I'd never read.

There are some fantastic concepts in this story, just begging for more detail.  For instance, Superman travels forward in time to the far-flung future of 2000 A.D. (beautfully drawn by Wayne Boring) and people there obviously know who he is - his great exploits are described in the history books and there is a museum devoted to him - but where is the Superman of 2000?  Did Superman die?  Leave the planet?  Retire to the old-folks home?  What eventually happened to him?

One answer that I know of that was given to this question was Elliot S! Maggin's explanation that Superman left Earth some time at the turn of the century - yet another great example of good writers respecting their characters and valuing the stories of their predecessors.

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« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2005, 10:40:44 PM »

The story is reprinted in Showcase Superman in B&W and will be included in the S:MOT Archive Vol. 2
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« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2005, 01:58:26 AM »

Good things cvome to those who wait.  I'm glad I'm alive to witness this "Golden Age" of Superman reprints, both on this site and from Warners/DC.
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« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2005, 02:03:58 AM »

Excellent story, I love those "mystery" stories of the time...

Pretty fair summary of Mars without liquid water for the time, as well...
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« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2005, 02:32:58 AM »

2000 AD - what a far out future! :shock:

Hope I live long enough to see it.

What? Oh. :oops: Never mind. :evil:
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« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2005, 02:38:50 AM »

Yeah, a Superman Museum, spaceships and time machines, and no "relevence"...

Yippee!!!!!!! Cool
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