Monday, August 17, 2020

CoronaVirus Comics SUPERMAN "The Last Days of Superman!"

...the-often reprinted 1962 book-length tale shown above, which was based on the following never-reprinted post-Golden Age story from DC's Superman #66 (1950)!
BTW, in pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths canon, stories published before 1956 were considered to be tales of Earth-Two versions of Superman/Batman/Wonder Woman/etc!
You'd think a story this momentous would rate the cover, right?
The cover's totally-unrelated to any story in the comic, although it was seasonally-appropriate since the issue came out late summer-early autumn, during baseball season!
Illustrated by Al Plastino and Stan Kaye, and scripted by...someone (we don't know who), this was a reworking of an Adventures of Superman radio show storyline, though we haven't tracked down which specific one it was.
Trivia: All three versions indicate they are "real" (Not a Dream! Not a Hoax! Not an Imaginary Story!) and were all part of "official" continuity for the Earth-One and Earth-Two Supermen!
Why do three variations on the same story?
DC's editors believed the comics audience changed every few years as kids supposedly-outgrew reading them, so a story could be reworked six-seven years after initial publication and appear "fresh and original" to the "new" fans!
Lord knows what they'd think of today's comics fans and collectors, some of whom are senior citizens!
And no, I'm not telling you how old I am...
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