Curt Swan

Paul Kupperberg on May 1st, 2021

(This essay was originally written for a collection spotlighting the artists who followed Superman co-creator Joe Shuster on the comics and syndicated newspaper strip. A small portion of the piece was cannibalized for the “My Favorite 13 Win Mortimer Golden Age DC Comics Covers” column on the 13th Dimension website celebrating Win’s May 1 birthday.)… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on March 21st, 2020
Cover by HOWARD PORTER.

I’ve always liked this story, “Visions of Glory,” the framing sequence for the 80-page Justice League Quarterly #16 (September 1994), the “All Glory Issue” featuring four stories starring General Glory. General Glory was a star spangled parody of the straitlaced, upright Captain America created by the irrepressible Keith Giffen and J.M.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on December 9th, 2019

From 1994’s JUSTICE LEAGUE QUARTERLY #16, the “All-Glory Issue,” starring GENERAL GLORY. It consisted of a framing sequence (by me, with art by Vince Giarrano) and four General Glory stories I’d scripted, each “set” in a different era of the comic book industry.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on July 19th, 2018

Text features used to be a thing in comic books. Not just letter columns or chatty behind-the-scenes pieces like you get today, but actual short prose stories (often illustrated) starring the characters featured in the title. Stan Lee’s first published story was a Captain America prose story in that title’s third issue in 1941.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on April 8th, 2017
The Week of November 24, 1958
Written by: Alvin Schwartz
Art by: Curt Swan and Stan Kaye
Superman and all related characters & elements © DC Entertainment
 
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Paul Kupperberg on April 1st, 2017
The Week of November 17, 1958
Written by: Alvin Schwartz
Art by: Curt Swan and Stan Kaye
Superman and all related characters & elements © DC Entertainment
 
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Paul Kupperberg on March 4th, 2017
The Week of October 20, 1958
Written by: Alvin Schwartz
Art by: Curt Swan and Stan Kaye
Superman and all related characters & elements © DC Comics

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Paul Kupperberg on February 26th, 2017
The Week of October 13, 1958
Written by: Alvin Schwartz
Art by: Curt Swan and Stan Kaye
Superman and all related characters & elements © DC Comics

From out of the old file cabinet:

An eight week run of the 1958 Superman syndicated newspaper strip, distributed by the McClure Newspaper Syndicate, featuring a Bizarro story line.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on October 4th, 2016

img_2383Once upon a time, the mighty Warner Entertainment was known as Warner Bros. and it wasn’t so mighty. In fact, in 1968, it was sold to Steve Ross’s Kinney National Company, a small conglomerate consisting of a Hollywood talent agency, parking lots, cleaning companies, and funeral homes for $64 million.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on January 8th, 2016

Ehapa-Red-BlueIn the 1980s, Ehapa, the publisher to which DC Comics licensed its German (other other countries) reprints, was asking DC Comics for as much new Superman material as the company could provide. At the time, Superman was appearing in Superman, Action Comics, DC Comics Presents, and World’s Finest, but there was apparently an insatiable appetite for more Man of Steel for this part of the European market.… Read the rest

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