The Silver Age Superman Was Way More Powerful Than You Thought

The other day, I came across this in the Superman Encyclopedia.

It was in the entry for Mr. Mxyzptlk:

“….. And in February 1961, after inhaling a cloud of the mischievous imp’s ”magical sneezing powder,“ Superman unleashes a gargantuan ”super-sneeze“ that literally destroys ”a distant solar system.” …… (Action no. 273)

Not having ever heard of this story, you might be wondering like I did…….

  • Was the solar system inhabited?
  • Did anyone die?
  • Did the solar system come back after Mr. Mxyzptlk returned to his dimension?

If it didn’t come back and people died, this is bigger than Dark Phoenix destroying a planet of intelligent asparagus!

But not to worry, Superman had that part under control.

Action Comics 273 - Superman destroys a solar system

This still leaves the fact that as powerful as the Silver Age Superman was, this is CRAZY POWERFUL!

Who could touch this power level? The Spectre? Mr. Mxyzptlk? Other Kryptonians and Daxamites, I suppose. Certainly not Darkseid or any of the New Gods.

And if I understand right, this story is back in continuity because of Convergence!

So the current DCU includes a version of Superman this powerful.*

(*Potentially subject to change when the universe reboots again during the announced “Rebirth”.)

(BTW, that image is courtesy of Mike S! I still haven’t read the story.)

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Robert Beerbohm – Golden Age Comics & More!

I’ve “talked” to Robert Beerbohm on any number of email lists and on Facebook over the years and I’ve always been impressed by both his knowledge and dedication to comics as a reader and high-level historian.

I’ve bought comics from him in the past and can vouch for his integrity as a seller.

So when I saw this on Facebook, I felt compelled to re-post here. Please consider browsing his online stores. (The ‘snips’ are mine — these are from 3 different posts).

His daughter is due for another brain surgery and he recently suffered a stroke and is in need of income.


I do not have health insurance any more canceled by HMO Aetna in 06 citing undisclosed pre-existing condition having stupidly been honest I was a passenger in a van accident Bud Plant’s Art Books owner Bud was driving back in June 1973 coming out of Houston Comicon. We used to be partners in Comics & Comix Store #1 now in a galaxy far far away a long time ago.

All I have left is a batch of vintage comic books and good graces of friends who have been stepping up to the plate to date. I thank you my friends.

These last couple days in hospital are going to be thousands more I simply do not have anhy more. I wish I was making all this up.


My long time friend Russ Cochran readily agreed to conduct a Feb 25 benefit auction for (Robert’s daughter’s) healing fund which if the spirit moves you please consider sending Russ something for inclusion be it vintage comic book(s), original art, as he volunteered the concept of expanding that horizon.
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Prez — Why It’s Great

I was never a Prez fan.

What I remember of the original run was that it had a B-Movie “so bad it’s good” quality to it.

Anonymous figures into the future world of Prez
When I heard DC was reviving the title for the DCYou launch, I was a little surprised but not interested. I’ve pretty much abandoned DC’s current output. There are no regular books I buy from them.

I came across DC’s free previews online (Hey! Free Comics, Kids –> Prez preview on Comixology & Prez preview on DC and read the Prez short story. It had its moments but it was only “ok”.

Then I read this review/appeal by Devon Sanders on BleedingCool. Now this sounded like a really excellent comic.

So I went and bought #1–3 and enjoyed the crap out of them.

This comic is smart and funny. It has sharply-aimed social & political satire but also the kind of deep character work jaded comic fans like myself want from modern comics.

Unfortunately, with the history of the name and without having a big name creator attached to it, the book likely won’t sell as well as it should. I’ve already heard from one comicshop manager that she buys the minimum and won’t restock it. She said she hasn’t read it and isn’t likely to.

So I, like Sanders, am making an apeal to fans to buy the book. I won’t rehash what he says because he said it so much better (i.e. go read his post). But I hear what you’re saying…..

“Ed, why should I buy this comic? It’s 4 issues in. I could buy the trade. Does Batman guest star?”

C’mon. You know you won’t buy the trade despite your good intentions. If the trade comes out the same week as ALL-NEW X-MEN VOL 4, you’ll spend the money on that rather than PREZ VOL 1.

No, my friend, you need to be buying the individual comics.The cover to issue 4 of Prez

It’s the atavistic way sales are still judged in this weird world caught between monthlies, trades, and digital pubs. DC needs to know that the monthlies did well or they won’t do ^%$# to support this book as a trade or otherwise.

For the continuity nuts, there are little mentions here and there referencing the main DCU if that helps you decide.

There are also mentions of the writer’s, Mark Russell‘s, indie book God Is Disappointed In You (which is enlightening and funny as he summarizes the Old Testament in 200+ pages. Funny because there is stuff in the Old Testament where you wonder what some of the people back then were thinking but I digress).

Ok, end of appeal. Please go read the preview or better yet, the monthly books.

OR, let me know in the comments why not.


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Lois Lane Becomes a Black Woman – I am curious, geek

I Am Curious (Geek)

Lois Lane transforms into a black woman

From BuzzFeed:

Do You Remember When Lois Lane Tried To Be Black?

Not really. It was a little before my time although I have heard of this story.

“Relevant” comics were the rage in the early 70s but the stories don’t always age well. Did the story seem awkward at the time? I have no idea.

Can Marvel or DC take the same risks today?

They consider it a big deal to have a major character gay or muslim (and it is a big deal) but could they take on a hot issue like police shootings? I remember back in the 90s DC took a lot of heat for a Batman one shot on gun control.

OTOH, they are businesses with shareholders. Making political statements isn’t their business and it is a legitimate issue if doing so conflicts with running a profitable corporation. If you work for a big company, you’ve got to pick your battles if you want to make a statement.

Just because I am curious (geek), I looked up the credits on that issue of Lois Lane (issue 106).

Script: Robert Kanigher
Pencils: Werner Roth
Inks: Vince Colletta

That people are still talking about this comic today says something. Well done, gentlemen.

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a Batman Night Light? Like the Bat Signal?

8 Items Up For Auction

Batman nightlight photo

What? You think this is a library or something? 😉

A new batch of comic related items are now on eBay. Two of the more unusual items are the History of the Comic Strip — a serious academic book — and a Batman Night Light.

I was always under the impression that the night light was from the ’60s since the logo borrowed from the TV show but doing some searching, it turns out it was made in the 80s. I was given it as a gift in the 80s so it makes some sense.

Anyway, please take a moment to check out the items there. Here’s the link, effendi…..

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