Post by Reptisaurus! on Dec 19, 2019 12:13:36 GMT -5
5. Superman/Flash World's Finest 198-199 "Race to Save the Universe/Race to Save Time" DC Comics, Oct. Dec 1970
First of all! Oh Fratabulous day! This is the issues where the Superman/Batman team from World's Finest split up, and WF became, for 16 glorious issues, that most wonderous and perfect of comic formats: A rotating cast team-up book!
Second: There had been a couple Supes/Flash races before this, but those were boring races around the world. Here DC's two two speediest heroes race around the universe, dodging comets and collapsing stars.. O'Neil and Dillin et al. are putting the "E" in "Epic" and it's glorious!
Third: Jimmy Olsen is in this for some reason. Jimmy Olsen is in this a lot, somehow being sentenced to death-by-arrow from ancient Romans? I guess you can't have everything. *sigh*
Fourth: This is the first Superman/Flash race that has an actual w-i-n-n-e-r... in a panel that has always stuck with me as a great example of body language and facial expression. A beat-to-hell and exhausted Flash drags himself to the finish line just seconds ahead of Superman...
Great stuff. (And the Flash SHOULD win, because running is his only power. Not fair for Superman to be the fastest and the strongest AND have Super-Ventriloquism.)
Post by Slam_Bradley on Dec 19, 2019 14:33:10 GMT -5
Random thoughts on Day Five because my trial ended early.
DC Comics Presents #59. Have I mentioned how I feel about Superman. I will say I love me some Ambush Bug. So I actually do like this comic.
Tarzan/Carson of Venus #1-4 and Tarzan/John Carter: Warlord of Mars. I kind of considered a few of Dark Horse's Tarzan books. I thought that overall they did a good job with the character. I have read the latter mini, but not the former. I have never really loved Carson of Venus. Tarzan, Pellucidar and Predators. And this one is better than it has much right to be.
Cerebus and Moon Knight. I kind of feel bad that I left Cerebus off my list because there were some great quasi team-ups.
Incredible Hulk #181. I've read this, but it's been eons. I want to say it's more of an important book than a good book.
THE INCREDIBLE HULK VS. SUPERMAN. I've not read this. I love Steve Rude. And I've seen a lot of art from the book. But it came out at a time I was buying very limited comics. And...Superman.
Incredible Hulk annual #7. I got this at a garage sale around 79 or '80. I remember liking it but I've not read it in 35 years.
Batman vs. The Incredible Hulk. I've read this a couple times. I bought it new. Love the art. The story on the other hand...not so much.
Detective Comics #500. Damn! I didn't even think of this one. And I absolutely should have. It might well have taken that 12 spot. ARRRGGHH!!
Rom #17-18. I've never read an issue of Rom.
Marvel Feature #4. That actually sounds pretty good. hmmmm...
Batman/Grendel, Devil's Riddle; Grendel/Batman Devil's Masque. I bought these because I was in something of a Batman completest phase at the time. But I have no memory of them at all.
Heroes For Hire #14. I'm a big fan of Ostrander and have thought that I should read this book. Maybe some day.
Spider-Man and Human Torch #1-5. Slott and Templeton sounds pretty good.
Judge Dredd and Mean Machine Angel. I've read little to no Judge Dredd. Because I'm a bad funnybook fan.
Adventure 275. Something something Superman. Something something Silver Age DC.
Marvel Team-Up #79. Did we already talk about this one? I feel like we have.
Marvel Two in One # 63. I read MTIO very sporadically. This was not part of that reading.
Strange Tales #128. I know I've read this because I've read the entirety of the Human Torch run in Strange Tales. I have ZERO memory of it. But overall that run was terrible so that's not surprising.
World's Finest 198-199. This was part of that Flash/Superman race trade. Ehhhh..
Post by Paste Pot Paul on Dec 23, 2019 3:52:09 GMT -5
8. Captain America 286/287 Captain America and Deathlok
Marvel Comics 1983
I'd been lucky enough a few years before to find a complete set of the Deathlok run in an obscure rural town bookstore. I was impressed to say the least, and this appearance in the midst of the DeMatteis/Zeck run has always stuck with me. Too bad their time on the book was soon to end. Did Zeck ever have any decent size runs after this? I know there were the Punisher mini, and the Kraven/Spidey story, but I dont recall if he had any significant others.
It was the year of fire… the year of destruction… the year we took back what was ours. It was the year of rebirth… the year of great sadness… the year of pain… and the year of joy. It was a new age. It was the end of history. It was the year everything changed.