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 …
There’s rarely been a less appetizing prospect than "Atari Force", and yet the comic surprisingly turned out to be a highly enjoyable space opera. As always, Lopez’s artwork was exquisite, while Conway produced his best scripts since his fine run on Amazing Spider-Man in the previous decade. But even now, it’s hard to believe that such an apparently ropey high concept could inspire such splendid work.
"But this long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead."
John Meynard Keynes
"Man is born to live, not to prepare for life"
(Page by Arthur Suydam in homage to George Perez’s cover to 1995’s Crisis On Infinite Earths #7, as appeared in a slightly-edited form in Wizard #189, 2007.)