Monday, January 31, 2011

Spider-Man VS Superman: Back Icons!

In Comicdom the superhero back icon/logo is a rarity. Reserved only for flagship characters like Spider-Man and Superman.

So as a dork I want to know...in a fight between Spider-Man's back icon and Superman's cape logo who would win?

Round 1 - Winner: Superman
Superman's came first. (I have no idea when in his history it first appeared, but I'd bet my collection it was before Spider-Man showed up in 1962.) (Update: The yellow within yellow first appeared in the 1950's)


Round 2 - Winner: Spider-Man
Spider-Man's back icon is actually on his back and not on a cape.

Round 3 - Winner: Spider-Man
Superman's logo is just a repeat of what's on his chest and the yellow within yellow is just lame. Superman could have at least inverted the colors.

Spider-Man's back icon is different then his chest design and much cooler. The red circle with legs adds just the right amount of splash/
pizzazz to his costume to put Superman's cape logo on the ropes.

The Winner by decision: Spider-Man!

Rob Note:
Looks like Superman wins round 4 of this bout...

Monday Who's Who: The Phantom Stranger

Friday, January 28, 2011

DC's The Greatest Stories Ever Told!

I'm a big fan of DC's Greatest Stories Ever Told TPBs. It's a nice way to showcase great individual issues. Issues that are often missed in other compilations.

Here is the list...


Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told, Vol. 1
Reprints/Collects:
Batman (1940) #1
Batman (1940) #25
Batman (1940) #47
Batman (1940) #61
Batman (1940) #156
Batman (1940) #234
Batman (1940) #250
Batman (1940) #312
The Brave and the Bold (1955) #197
DC Special Series (1977) #15
Detective Comics (1937) #31
Detective Comics (1937) #32
Detective Comics (1937) #211
Detective Comics (1937) #235
Detective Comics (1937) #345
Detective Comics (1937) #404
Detective Comics (1937) #429
Detective Comics (1937) #437
Detective Comics (1937) #442
Detective Comics (1937) #457
Detective Comics (1937) #474
Detective Comics (1937) #482
Detective Comics (1937) #500
Star Spangled Comics (1941) #124
World's Finest Comics (1941) #94

Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told, Vol. 2
Reprints/Collects:
Batman (1940) Annual 11
Batman (1940) #1
Batman (1940) #62
Batman (1940) #76
Batman (1940) #169
Batman (1940) #190
Batman (1940) #197
Batman (1940) #257
Batman (1940) #345
Batman (1940) #346
Batman (1940) #355
Detective Comics (1937) #58
Detective Comics (1937) #203
Detective Comics (1937) #473
Detective Comics (1937) #568

Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told, Vol. 1
Reprints/Collects:
Batman (1940) #5
Batman (1940) #62
Batman (1940) #156
Batman (1940) #250
Batman (1940) #251
Batman: Gotham Knights (2000) #32
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (1989) #79
DC Special Series (1977) #15
DC Special Series (1977) #21
Detective Comics (1937) #33
Detective Comics (1937) #439
Detective Comics (1937) #574

Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told, Vol. 2
Reprints/Collects:
Batgirl Year One (2003) #4
Batman (1940) #1
Batman (1940) #108
Batman (1940) #153
Batman (1940) #246
Batman Chronicles (1995) #5
Batman Chronicles (1995) #21
The Brave and the Bold (1955) #184
Detective Comics (1937) #526
Secret Origins (1986) #6

Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told
Reprints/Collects:
Batman (1940) #1
Batman (1940) #4
Batman (1940) #63
Batman (1940) #73
Batman (1940) #74
Batman (1940) #110
Batman (1940) #159
Batman (1940) #163
Batman (1940) #251
Batman (1940) #321
Batman Kellogg's Special (1966) #2
The Brave and the Bold (1955) #111
Detective Comics (1937) #168
Detective Comics (1937) #475
Detective Comics (1937) #476
The Joker (1975) #3
World's Finest Comics (1941) #61
World's Finest Comics (1941) #88


The Joker: Greatest Stories Ever Told
Reprints/Collects:
Batman (1940) #1
Batman (1940) #66
Batman (1940) #73
Batman (1940) #110
Batman (1940) #321
Batman (1940) #613
The Batman Adventures (1992) Annual 01
Batman: Black and White (1996) HC vol. 02
Batman: The Long Halloween (1996) #4
Detective Comics (1937) #332
Detective Comics (1937) #475
Detective Comics (1937) #476
Detective Comics (1937) #826

Greatest Flash Stories Ever Told
Reprints/Collects:
Action Comics (1938) #124
Adventure Comics (1938) #51
Adventure Comics (1938) #67
Adventure Comics (1938) #144
All-American Comics (1939) #6
All-American Comics (1939) #92
All-Flash (initially All-Flash Quarterly) (1941) #14
All-Star Comics (1940) #37
Batman (1940) #30
Crack Comics (1940) #19
Detective Comics (1937) #1
Detective Comics (1937) #69
Flash Comics (1940) #4
Flash Comics (1940) #96
Kid Eternity (1946) #3
Modern Comics (1945) #67
More Fun Comics (1935) #57
Plastic Man (1943) #21
Sensation (Mystery) Comics (1942) #1
Star Spangled Comics (1941) #77
Superman (1939) #61
Wonder Woman (1942) #13

The Flash: The Greatest Stories Ever Told
Reprints/Collects:
DC Special Series (1977) #11
Flash Comics (1940) #86
Flash Comics (1940) #104
The Flash (1959) #123
The Flash (1959) #155
The Flash (1959) #165
The Flash (1959) #179
The Flash (1987) #91

Green Lantern: The Greatest Stories Ever Told
Reprints/Collects:
Flash & Green Lantern: The Brave and the Bold (1999) #2
Green Lantern (1960) #1
Green Lantern (1960) #31
Green Lantern (1960) #74
Green Lantern (1960) #87
Green Lantern (1960) #172
Green Lantern (1990) #3
Green Lantern Secret Files and Origins 2005 (2005) #1

Justice League of America: The Greatest Stories Ever Told
Reprints/Collects:
JLA (1997) #61
JLA Secret Files and Origins (1997) #1
Justice League (1987) #1
Justice League of America (1960) #19
Justice League of America (1960) #77
Justice League of America (1960) #122
Justice League of America (1960) #166
Justice League of America (1960) #167
Justice League of America (1960) #168
Justice League of America (1960) #200
Shazam!: The Greatest Stories Ever Told
Reprints/Collects:
Adventures in the DC Universe (1997) #5
Captain Marvel Adventures (1941) #1
Captain Marvel Adventures (1941) #137
Captain Marvel Adventures (1941) #148
DC Comics Presents (1978) Annual 03
L.E.G.I.O.N. (1989) #31
The Power of SHAZAM! (1995) #33
Shazam! (1973) #1
Shazam! (1973) #14
Superman (1939) #276
WHIZ Comics (1940) #2
Superboy: The Greatest Team-Ups Ever Told
Reprints/Collects:
Adventure Comics (1938) #216
Adventure Comics (1938) #253
Adventure Comics (1938) #271
Adventure Comics (1938) #280
The New Adventures of Superboy (1980) #13
Superboy (1949) #55
Superboy (1949) #63
Superboy (1949) #80
Superboy (1949) #171
Superboy (1949) #182

Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told
Reprints/Collects:
Action Comics (1938) #241
Forever People (1971) #1
Superboy (1949) #68
Superman (1939) Annual 11
Superman (1939) #4
Superman (1939) #13
Superman (1939) #30
Superman (1939) #53
Superman (1939) #123
Superman (1939) #125
Superman (1939) #129
Superman (1939) #132
Superman (1939) #145
Superman (1939) #149
Superman (1939) #162
Superman (1939) #247
Superman (1987) #2

Superman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told, Vol. 1
Reprints/Collects:
Action Comics (1938) #775
The Man of Steel (1986) #1
Superman (1939) #1
Superman (1939) #65
Superman (1939) #156
Superman (1939) #164
Superman (1939) #247
Superman (1939) #400
Superman (1987) #18

Superman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told, Vol. 2
Reprints/Collects:
Adventures of Superman (1987) #500
Adventures of Superman (1987) #638
Superman (1939) #30
Superman (1939) #132
Superman (1939) #141
Superman (1939) #167
Superman (1939) #233
Superman (1939) #400
Superman (1987) #2

Superman/Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told, Vol. 1
Reprints/Collects:
Batman & Superman: World's Finest (1999) Book 07 - Seventh Year
The Man of Steel (1986) #3
Superman (1939) #76
Superman/Batman (2003) Annual 01
Superman/Batman Secret Files 2003 (2003) #1
World's Finest Comics (1941) #142
World's Finest Comics (1941) #159
World's Finest Comics (1941) #176
World's Finest Comics (1941) #207

Wonder Woman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told
Reprints/Collects:
Sensation (Mystery) Comics (1942) #1
Wonder Woman (1942) #28
Wonder Woman (1942) #99
Wonder Woman (1942) #108
Wonder Woman (1942) #163
Wonder Woman (1942) #178
Wonder Woman (1942) #214
Wonder Woman (1942) #286
Wonder Woman (1987) #20
Wonder Woman (1987) #170

The Greatest Golden Age Stories Ever Told
Reprints/Collects:
Action Comics (1938) #124
Adventure Comics (1938) #51
Adventure Comics (1938) #67
Adventure Comics (1938) #144
All-American Comics (1939) #6
All-American Comics (1939) #92
All-Flash (initially All-Flash Quarterly) (1941) #14
All-Star Comics (1940) #37
Batman (1940) #30
Crack Comics (1940) #19
Detective Comics (1937) #1
Detective Comics (1937) #69
Flash Comics (1940) #4
Flash Comics (1940) #96
Kid Eternity (1946) #3
Modern Comics (1945) #67
More Fun Comics (1935) #57
Plastic Man (1943) #21
Sensation (Mystery) Comics (1942) #1
Star Spangled Comics (1941) #77
Superman (1939) #61
Wonder Woman (1942) #13

The Greatest 1950's Stories Ever Told
Reprints/Collects:
Action Comics (1938) #238
Adventure Comics (1938) #159
Adventure Comics (1938) #245
Adventure Comics (1938) #252
Adventure Comics (1938) #253
All-American Western (1948) #121
Batman (1940) #81
Blackhawk (1957) #109
The Brave and the Bold (1955) #3
Congo Bill (1954) #6
Detective Comics (1937) #228
The Fox and the Crow (1951) #14
Girls' Love Stories (1949) #27
Our Army at War (1952) #87
Phantom Stranger (1952) #1
Sensation (Mystery) Comics (1942) #107
Showcase (1956) #6
Showcase (1956) #8
Showcase (1956) #9
Showcase (1956) #23
Star Spangled Comics (1941) #113
Strange Adventures (1950) #28
Sugar & Spike (1956) #3
Superboy (1949) #22
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (1954) #32
Western Comics (1948) #78
Wonder Woman (1942) #99
World's Finest Comics (1941) #64
World's Finest Comics (1941) #77

The Greatest Team-Up Stories Ever Told
Reprints/Collects:
Adventure Comics (1938) #253
Adventure Comics (1938) #267
The Brave and the Bold (1955) #53
The Brave and the Bold (1955) #54
The Brave and the Bold (1955) #178
DC Comics Presents (1978) #85
The Flash (1959) #123
Green Lantern (1960) #76
Justice League of America (1960) #21
Justice League of America (1960) #22
Mystery In Space (1951) #90
Superman (1939) #88
Superman (1939) #257
World's Finest Comics (1941) #82

Dork Note: Batgirl has been added to the mix, but with sad disappointment.

DC missed adding a pivotal Batgirl issue to the TPB, called "The Last Batgirl Story"; which ran in Batgirl Special #1

Batgirl Special #1: Batgirl's final case as she goes after Cormorant, the man who 'killed' her once. But is it a case of justice, or an obsessive desire for revenge? This one-shot special issue, the last Batgirl tale before Batman: The Killing Joke, is written by Barbara Randall, with art by Barry Kitson and Bruce Patterson.

Hopefully, there will be a volume 2 and this will be included.

Batgirl: The Greatest Stories Ever Told
Reprints/Collects:
Batman Chronicles (1995) #9
The Batman Family (1975) #1
The Batman Family (1975) #9
Detective Comics (1937) #396
Detective Comics (1937) #397
Detective Comics (1937) #422
Detective Comics (1937) #423
Detective Comics (1937) #424
Legends of the DC Universe (1998) #10
Legends of the DC Universe (1998) #11

DC Style Guide Part 4: Wonder Woman UPDATE


Cool Poster: Superhero Wallbusters (1977)

Dork Note: I tried to find good quality images of these Wallbuster posters, but this is the best I could find on-line:(

Clipped from on-line: It's a type of poster they used to call "Wallbusters," from 1977. This thing is monstrous: 50" x 38", and the idea is that the scene is perforated and removable from the surrounding white space, after which you stick it on your wall to give the room that whole "HOLY SHIT! They're coming to get me!" feeling. These were popular in the 70s, with artist Neal Adams providing the artwork for several of these posters, which featured Marvel Comics characters like Spider-Man or the Hulk, DC Comics heroes like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.

Dork Note: Here is a list of Wallbusters done by Neal Adams -
Batman & Robin, Evil Kneivel, King Kong, Superman, Tarzan, and Wonder Woman