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I’ll just squeal at how cute he is.
(New 52 Green Lantern - New Guardians #25)
Brad Walker is killing it with his art on New Guardians. This comic was a joy to read, both story-wise and with respect to the art. It reminds me of Walker’s spacefaring days on Guardians of the Galaxy. And it helps that Kyle is super-cute. Always my favorite Lantern.
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Sometimes you get some interesting things in a donations box. Here we have two classic single issues featuring two of America’s most iconic superheroes.
On the left is Superman #168, written by Edmond Hamilton with art by Curt Swan and George Klein. The issue has the distinction (if one can call it that) of being the first to be published after John F. Kennedy’s assassination in November of 1963. The letters page has a tribute to the fallen President. This issue was originally supposed to have featured a story centered around JFK’s physical fitness program, but the story was pushed back to issue #170 after the President’s untimely death.
The issue on the right is Detective Comics #357, written by John Broome with art by Sheldon Moldoff and Joe Giella. The main story of the issue is entitled “Bruce Wayne Unmasks Batman!” and features a cameo appearance by then-well-known radio personality William B. Williams. Williams was a disc jockey on New York City’s WNEW station for over 40 years, where he interviewed top talent, including Frank Sinatra. As you can see from the cover, some early fan has removed Williams’s face from the late, great Carmine Infantino’s otherwise exquisitely beautiful cover. This issue also featured a backup story with the Elongated Man, with a story by Gardner Fox and art by Murphy Anderson and Sid Greene.
While each comic’s innards are well-preserved, the covers are both heavily damaged. This is typical for this era of comics, as they were printed on acidic paper and fans didn’t necessarily collect or keep issues. Often they were traded and shared after they were read, making them very “well-loved.” Still, markings and tears on any sort of book makes a librarian wince.
One last note: There’s an interesting progression between the two issues in the ads section. Each of these books is like a cultural time capsule, sharing what was important to young people at the time they were published. The 1963 Superman seems to assume that every reader is part of a household where at least one parent is present. The 1968 Detective Comics issue makes references to “parents or legal guardians,” acknowledging more complicated, less traditional family structures. Just an interesting observation on the progression of cultural ideas of family in a silly Batman book.
There are days I really, really love my job.
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