Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wanted TPB: The New Adventures of Superboy

Writer: Cary Bates
Artist: Kurt Schaffenberger
Publisher: DC Comics (1980-84) 
Includes: Superboy #1-12+ 

Kurt Schaffenberger had a four year run (issue #1 thru #54) drawing on The New Adventures of Superboy - that is a amazing!

I read this book as a kid and just like Curt Swan's run on Superman I enjoyed the fantastic and unreal quality these Superboy stories had going for them. They were not shackled by the "real world quality"; which would soon overtake the comic industry in 1985/86.

Most of these issues also ran backup stories (secondary stories). If DC should ever collect these issues into a TPB they need to include those stories.

Clipped from comicbookdb.com:

(Schaffenberger)...was essentially fired from DC in the late 1960s for helping to organize other artists to protest bad working conditions. He then briefly freelanced and worked for Marvel, but returned to DC in the early 1970s.

Somewhat metaphorically, the Superboy- and Supergirl-less DCU that followed from the Crisis on Infinite Earths turned out to be a mostly Shaffenberger-less one as well. He largely retired from comics soon after helping with the final pre-Crisis Superman tale, "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?"

2 comments:

Mark Anderson said...

wow, i've never heard of these. i stopped comics in the early 80's but was buying the old 60' and 50's Superboys in the beginning. always liked his work.

Sovereigneternal said...

I loved this run as a kid! The idea of having a comic take place 15-20 years prior to the current continuity didn't seem odd then, but I can't imagine DC or Marvel attempting that now. Although, as a pre-schooler in the 70's, I never noticed that the Superboy who went off with the Legion of Super-Heroes looked like he walked out of the 70's just like his older Superman self, and yet there was never a claim of them being from different Earths.