Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Justice League 3000 finally takes off ...

PATIENCE sometimes does pay off in comic books.
So, I keep buying DC Comics' "Justice League 3000" (now "3001") for over a year, wondering why I do it when the storyline is so limited, lame and unimaginative.
I'm talking 13 issues for $2.99, or more than $39 wasted?
However, in February, issue No. 13 comes along and wow, the comic finally hits its stride.
Spoilers ahead!!!!!
From Sinestro to Lois Lane to Darkseid, the story finally shows some excitement.
(The story previous added the original Blue Beetle, Booster Gold and Ice to the story with little thrill.)
I still might give away issues 1-12, but this is great news!!!!
Also, I'm still not fond that the Superman here can't fly and seems to be pretty powerless, hardly deserving the Superman title, but at least the story is worth a read now ...............
UDPATE: Now "Supergirl" has shown up in Justice League 3001, so its twists continue.


The best Lois Lane actor?

I grew up with the 1950s "Adventures of Superman" George Reeves TV show.
Recently re-watching all of them again for the umpteenth time still yielded some new revelations.
The BEST Lois Lane for me is none other than  Phyllis Coates, who only starred in the first season of the series.

She was the most pretty and talented. No one, believe me, no one, could scream like her and she was impulsive and spirited.
Too bad, she had already made a commitment for another show, before the second season of Superman came along. (In addition, too bad she's only in ":black and white" in these early shows.)

-Also in one of those early 1952 episodes, it was the "Monkey Mystery" or the "Broken Statues," that is the only one where you see a Daily Planet Newsroom. 
Otherwise, it was always as if Perry, Lois, Jimmy and Clark were about the only employees in that large Daily Planet building/operation.

-In addition, I noticed so clearly a "Stunt double" for George Reeves in the "Mind Machine" episode that it was unbelievable. So, you've got to not look too close -- especially on those early episodes. At least they had great background music.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

State of the State Report on Superman in 2015

SUPERMAN is looking a little more promising in 2015 than in previous years ...

-The new super power Superman now has -- Solar Flare -- looks fascinating.
The only dispute I have with it is that it makes him human for a day. I can see where he would lose his strength and most powers from expelling so much solar energy -- but seems to me that his invulnerability would remain mostly intact.

-The third installment of "Earth One" Superman came out. I'd rate it a B+   and a notch or so above its two predecessors. I loved the unexpected twist with the male Luthor in the storyline.

-The "Future's End" maxi-series by DC Comics is coming to end and finally Superman is looking to be a factor in it. Yet, it seems to me that this series could have been half as long and twice as good.

-DC is apparently looking to make the Legion of Super-Heroes a major motion picture, along the lines of Marvel's "Guardian of the Galaxy."
However, "Legion" in NOT a comic book that even continues in DC's revised lineup.
I don't understand why DC can't figure this out -- Legion was originally and founded as "Superboy and the Legion ..." DC has tried 3 or 4 times now to get the Legion going on its own and only the version with Supergirl in the future showed any promise.
A movie about a bunch of super-heroes in the future isn't going to excite people UNLESS there is a link to the 21st Century. You have to have that element in the story.

-DC is back to having fun with its multi-universes or "Multiversity." That is some of DC's best material now. I look forward to more of that and more versions of Superman.