Pree-senting—Stories in Super-Scope

One of the benefits superhero fans and students of comics history enjoy as a result of LOAC’s teaming with DC is the ability to read the same basic story and plot structure presented in two different formats – the original comic book version, and the “Earth N” version that ran in the newspaper strip version.

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One of the benefits superhero fans and students of comics history enjoy as a result of LOAC’s teaming with DC is the ability to read the same basic story and plot structure presented in two different formats – the original comic book version, and the “Earth N” version that ran in the newspaper strip version.

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Man of Tomorrow Archives Volume 3 also contains the comics version of a pair of stories we carried in our Superman Dailies Volume 2:

  • “The Super Luck of Badge 77,” a Binder/Plastino collaboration.
  • And, from Action # 257, Binder/Boring/Kaye’s “The Reporter of Steel!”
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Being able to compare and contrast these five stories by reading the alternate versions contained in these three volumes is one more piece of evidence that this is the Golden Age of comics scholarship. Between DC’s Archives, Marvel’s Masterworks, The Library of American Comics, and the many other comic book and newspaper strip reprint projects underway from publishers too numerous to mention, an unprecedented amount of the medium’s history is once again in print and available for interested readers to savor. At the end of his introduction to Superman: Silver Age Dailies Volume 1, scholar of all things Kryptonian Sidney Friedfertig concluded, “It’s a great time to be a Superman fan.” I’ll agree with Sid and add that it’s a great time to be a comics fan, with the LOAC/DC collaboration offering an invaluable window into link between comic strips and comic books.

Here’s a preview of Pete Poplaski’s cover to Volume Three of the Silver Age Dailies, scheduled for release in December.

 

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