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Author Topic: Who...WHO is Superman's eagle?  (Read 11315 times)
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« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2006, 10:50:16 PM »

This brings to mind an interesting point: to what extent are just the covers of an issue "canon?" Did the events on a cover "really happen?" How should they be treated?

If Superman has an eagle on a cover, does that mean he really does have an eagle somewhere?

This is particularly problematic because covers sometimes show events that don't actually HAPPEN in a comic! For instance, the cover to GIANT SIZED AVENGERS #3 has Thor, Iron Man and Vision saying something like "One of us will die in Limbo! But who? WHO?" Nevermind that they were teleported seperately and never actually MET each other until that question was answered, and also...how would they know one of them was going to die, anyway?

It may be that whenever a character remembers something, they remember it in terms of that one particular image that makes it to the cover...thus, covers are flashbacks to a very reminscent scene). You know, sort of like how lots of Baby Boomers only remember the sixties through Bob Dylan song lyrics.  Grin

Alternatively, it may be that especially memorable or splashy cover images exist in the photography of a world. For instance, in the Kurt Busiek MARVELS, tons of famous Marvel covers and panels existed as photographs taken by Phil Sheldon.

It is also possible that certain particularly memorable images that are covers in our real world, in the DC and Marvel Universes may exist as posters on college dorms, just like memorable photographs in our real world are subjected to this: the LIFE cover of a sailor kissing some random woman, or Mohammed Ali knocking that one guy down!

Another explanation is that in the "real" DC or Marvel universe, comics covers are the covers of liscenced comics BASED on real-life superheroes. Maybe that's one way Phil Sheldon made a few bucks on the side: letting his photographs be used to make covers!
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« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2006, 11:08:09 PM »

Maybe the covers are "Earth-B" if they depict something that happens in the story, but in a different way...

OR like the one referenced, it's just a portrait that was done of Superman with the eagle as a prop.

I dunno... it's like saying any of us that have drawn a picture of Superman.. is IT canon?  No, it wouldn't, so I don't think the covers would be either.  Just because it's a cover, it's what's inside the pages that count (or maybe this week, what's inside the issue ISN'T canon!)
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« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2006, 11:27:40 PM »

The week after that, only the Ads will be considered canon. Then the staples that hold the pages together will be canon and nothing else. Then the whites spaces between panels will be considered canon. Then..



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« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2006, 07:42:09 AM »

There must have been children who thought of Hostess Twinkies ads as canon. "My favourite Daredevil adventure is the one where he gets into a fight with a guy who thought he'd said he smelled of socks."
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« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2006, 08:09:25 AM »

There must have been children who thought of Hostess Twinkies ads as canon. "My favourite Daredevil adventure is the one where he gets into a fight with a guy who thought he'd said he smelled of socks."

Or "Remember when Batman and Robin stopped the Penguin with Hostess Fruit Pies?  It must be canon cause I rememember Dick Giordano drew it and he was a REAL Batman artist!"

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« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2006, 02:02:50 PM »

Well, these covers are "cannon" for sure...













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« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2006, 08:19:19 PM »

Nightwing, those are all a blast!!!
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« Reply #15 on: October 21, 2006, 01:22:06 AM »

Nightwing, those are all a blast!!!
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