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« on: February 07, 2006, 03:46:59 PM »

Just a reminder that Superman 226 and JSA 82, both featuring the Earth-2 Superman, will be in your local comic shop this week.



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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2006, 03:06:50 AM »

Oh boy - will he be reaping and killing like his good pal S-boy Prime? :roll:
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2006, 03:57:29 AM »

That's the worst Earth-2 Superman drawing ever  :l:
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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2006, 04:08:46 AM »

I'm just as P.O.'d as the next guy about what DC did to Superboy-Prime, but I'm still looking forward to these two titles.  It's been an extremely long time since the Earth-2 Superman's existence was admitted by DC.  Now he's finally back in the spotlight and back in the Justice Society of America; a year ago this would have been considered an impossible dream.

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It doesn't look it.  Seems that Paul is finally getting the chance to wrap-up the JSA.  This page is from the NYT article:



The Superman issue is most likely a re-telling of the 1938 origin with an E-2 wrapper.

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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2006, 01:22:32 PM »

The JSA dosbanding was also in New Fronteir and I guess Paulie did it first.

And yeah Im not liking the art but did E2 Sman have gray hair already by 1951?  :roll:
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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2006, 02:56:27 PM »

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And yeah Im not liking the art but did E2 Sman have gray hair already by 1951?

The first couple of times Earth 2 Superman appeared in the JLA/JSA team-ups he was pretty much identical to Earth 1 Superman (IIRC even his "S" insignia was the same as Kal-El's).  It wasn't until Superman 2 appeared in the 1970s All Star Comics that he was shown with greying temples.
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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2006, 03:12:31 PM »

Technically any story printed in 1951 would have been an Earth-2 Superman story, since the Silver Age is usually said to have begun around 1956 (with Showcase #4) or in Superman's case perhaps 1958 (with Action #241).

And none of my copies of comics from that era show Supes with gray hair.  I don't think he was shown with gray hair until Levitz and the Giffen/Wood art team brought him back in the All-Star revival of the 70s.  

Personally, I'm digging the Perez art in a big way.  Though I agree the McGuinness cover is no great shakes.
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2006, 07:51:24 PM »

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Technically any story printed in 1951 would have been an Earth-2 Superman story, since the Silver Age is usually said to have begun around 1956 (with Showcase #4) or in Superman's case perhaps 1958 (with Action #241).

And none of my copies of comics from that era show Supes with gray hair.

Nor was he shown working for the Daily Star nor having a costume with a golden-age S logo on it.

I think the real guideline for whether or not the Earth-2 Superman should have grey temples in 1951 is his appearance in all those "Mr. and Mrs. Superman" stories.  If I recall correctly, he had not yet gone grey.

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Personally, I'm digging the Perez art in a big way.  Though I agree the McGuinness cover is no great shakes.


Then perhaps you'll be pleased that the McGuinness cover introduces the Joe Kelly/Howie Chaykin/etc Superman issue and not the Paul Levitz/George Perez JSA issue.

I've read both the comics in question and my take on it is that although the Earth-2 Superman is back, he's a different character with a different continuity than the old E-2 Superman.

The JSA story was fun.  It read like an old issue of All-Star only better and the artwork was fantastic.

I made another find while in the shop this week:  Alter Ego #56 was on the stands.  It has some fantastic Superman material, including a Neal Adams cover and a never-before-published interview with Jerry, Joanne, and Laura Siegel from 1975.

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