A 1987 bookmark featuring Wonder Woman, printed as part of a DC-backed literacy campaign. I would have guessed that Dick Giordano was at the very least the inker of the illustration, although far more informed folks - inc Sean Kleefeld - assure me it’s the work of Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. (It’s hard to imagine the no-longer-so-Nu52 version of the character fronting a comparitive initiative, or, indeed, being able to convincingly hold such a confident, winning smile.)
Fanzine Of The Day: Bemusing Magazine #12, February 1977
editor/publisher: Martin Lock
Assistant editor: Nigel Edwards
extract from Reg Uspatoff’s piece; "DC certainly have changed over the last few months, and most of the changes have been improvements - between them, Jeneatte Kahn & Sol Harrison have turned what was in danger of becoming a second-rate, faltering comics company into, if not yet the field leader once more, certainly a ‘house of ideas’, and a better place to work. A better ‘team spirit’ has been engendered at the DC office, with the rigid barriers between the various main editors thrown down, the return of artwork, fees for reprints, and a better deal for anyone who creates a new character or feature. Marvel had the edge over DC for years on friendliness and fringe benefits; now they don’t, and the trend now is for quite a number of Marvel people to turn up on the DC doorstep."
Elsewhere, Jack Kirby’s post-75 work for Marvel comes under attack from what would now seem a heretical number of letter writers and columnists.
After having spent decades actively destroying original art when it wasn’t simply giving it away, DC Comics offered to buy back something of what had survived in 1980’s The Comics Journal #54. (The cut’n’paste Superman comes from Neal Adams’ art for a 1975/6 Civics campaign by The National Center For Juvenile Justice. I’ll be posting more of that campaign in the near future.)
The original art by Nick Cardy for his utterly charming cover to January 1968’s Teen Titans #13. As you’ll probably have heard, Mr Cardy passed away at the age of 93. Over at the TooBusyThinking blog, I’ve posted some of my favourite Cardy covers. So tough is the competition that this one doesn’t make the final baker’s dozen of choices.
The business of merchandising superheroes is almost as old as the genre itself. In 1939, DC launched the Supermen Of America club with an appeal to “all red blooded young Americans”;
The above scans come from 1975’s Amazing World Of DC Comics #8. Below is a scan from The Pictorial Arts blog which shows a distinctly evangelical bent appearing in some of the SOA’s material;
And finally, from the Library Of Virginia site, a Supermen Of America button, extolling a reverence for justice which DC would so rapaciously ignore in so many of their dealings with Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster;
From 2006, a sheet of US Post Office stamps featuring many of DC’s line-leading super-heroes. Wonderful characters, estimable creators, and yet, blink and there’s a terrifyingly taken-for-granted absence of diversity …