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« on: September 04, 2007, 04:10:08 PM »

I'm trying to find the the "Lost Decade" thread I posted here back in 2003 (I think). I know it's a stretch, but I was able to search my posts back nine pages to 2003, so it's possible this thread still exists on this forum.

Bob Hughes has started a thread on the DCMBs about that period (what he calls Superman's "Atomic Age") and I wanted to find my posts on the "Lost Decade" which attempted to list all the available reprints (of Superman and Family) at that time.  I'm not sure what title I gave the topic, but probably "Lost Decade" was part of the title.
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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2007, 06:27:11 PM »

I only found a reference to it here:
http://superman.nu/smf/index.php?topic=286.msg6152

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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2007, 06:44:55 PM »

When the forum changed over to the new software, some threads were lost. I think Rao once explained why that happened, some of the other old ones are still around.
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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2007, 02:11:36 AM »

You might have some luck at archive.org, but you'd have to go through and lookup each URL one at a time.

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://superman.nu/phpBB2

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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2007, 05:18:15 AM »

A google search turned this up:

http://www.marvelmasterworks.com/superman_lostdecade.html

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"SUPERMAN: The Lost Decade 1948-1958," by India Ink

This is a list of reprints for Superman's lost decade.

What do I mean by lost decade? Is that like a lost weekend? Did Superman go on a bender for ten years before he got the super-monkey off his back?

Well...no. And the decade isn't lost. The amount of reprints shows it's been in re-runs a fair bit. But this is the Superman who doesn't fit into anyone's neat idea of what Superman was or should be. He's not the Siegel and Shuster creation--these are all stories published after their departure and after their names were removed from the splash pages. And he's not that grand mythic figure of the Mort Weisinger era. This is before Supergirl, the bottle city of Kandor, Tales of the Bizarro World, Van-Zee and Sylvia.

And as such, these are the reprints most likely to be overlooked. Thus my "lost decade" reference. And a ten year gap it is--Siegel and Shuster are gone by 1948 and the Weisinger revitalization doesn't begin in earnest until 1958. But the ghosts of Jerry and Joe remain in every panel, and Mort's ideas are slowly bubbling to the surface.

Other than a mere fanciful list of reprints, there's a more practical purpose here. Things that have been reprinted before are more likely to be reprinted again--as previous reprints provide another copy, besides the often rare originals, for the publishers to use in preparing new reprint collections- which is why I've included all English language versions that I can track down. Hopefully the publishers have an even better list than mine.

This list--thusfar--is indebted to SM Rubin, the Grand Comics Database, Mike's Amazing World of DC Comics, and other message board posters such as Aldous, Lee Semmens, and Osgood Peabody. I could never have compiled this list without all the information provided by these sources. And thanks to "Gormuu" for all his efforts in putting this list up on his site.

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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2007, 01:23:53 AM »

Well. since I did write that "lost decade" list (with the help of the webmaster) over on Masterworks, I knew it probably existed somewhere in cyberspace.  A more complete thread on the subject is held in the "Vault" over there...

http://p206.ezboard.com/Superman-quotThe-Lost-Decadequot-1948--58-reprints/fmarvelmasterworksfansitefrm6.showMessage?topicID=98.topic


...which is essentially the same thing I posted over here (with a few graphic changes), and it includes the rest of the Superman family. But I'm still hoping to find the old thread for this site.

The link I give on that thread, just takes me to the same wrong address as the archive links Great Rao gives above--maybe I'm just not navigating through the storms of cyberjunk properly.  But here's that old link for the record...

 http://superman.nu/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=2841#2841

I probably also have some of the thread copied to an old floppy or cd--but I have to sort through lots of junk to find it.
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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2007, 01:33:54 AM »

http://superman.nu/smf/index.php?topic=2841

that doesn't seem right  Huh?
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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2007, 01:41:07 AM »

perhaps this classic can give you a clue:

http://superman.nu/smf/index.php?topic=286
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