Superman

Paul Kupperberg on September 12th, 2021
COMICS FEATURE #10 (July 1981)

E. Nelson Bridwell (September 22, 1931 – January 23, 1987) is a name that should be familiar to every fan of DC Comics’ Silver Age. Starting at DC in 1965 as assistant to Superman editor Mort Weisinger, Nelson would spend the next thirty years helping shape the adventures of the Superman family of characters as both an editor and a writer.… Read the rest

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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 March 17th, 2020

Glossary: Tandy Corporation was the parent corporation of Radio Shack.
Radio Shack was a chain of stores that sold electronics.
TRS-80 (i.e. Tandy/Radio Shack 80 Micro Computer System), a desktop computer launched in 1977, running TRSDOS, with 48KB memory.

I wrote this Tandy Computer Whiz Kids comic, a Radio Shack custom comic giveaway, in 1985 for Archie Comics.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on February 20th, 2020

That’s it. That’s all you need to know. “Joe Orlando, Artist.”

Comics throws the word “legend” around an awful lot, but Joe (April 4, 1927 – December 23, 1998) is the real deal. A Wally Wood assistant who was soon drawing for William C.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on January 24th, 2020

Once upon a time, DC Comics had this great children’s magazine published along with the Welsh Publishing Company called Superman & Batman Magazine, a mixed bag of comics and feature articles built around the DC stable of Superstars. Superman & Batman Magazine was edited by Charlie Kochman, who asked me to write a July 4th themed Hawkman story for S&BM #5 (Summer 1994).… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on December 17th, 2019

Ho-ho-ho! My first sale to DC Comics was “The Stranger,” a 10-page Fabulous World of Krypton back-up for Superman Family #182 (March-April 1977) to editor Denny O’Neil. Three cool things stand out for me about this otherwise pedestrian little riff on the Bible (well, four, if you count it being my first to DC): (1) It was one of the earliest stories penciled by soon-to-be-legend Marshall Rogers, who would go on to an iconic run on Batman and other features and who died way too young, (2) It was inked by Frank Springer, an already-a-legend in comics, and (3) the very first words I wrote for a DC story came out of the mouth of Clark Kent and was in a comic book with “Superman” in the title.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on August 20th, 2018

Look! Up on the dais…it’s Roger Stern! It’s Paul Kupperberg! It’s Jerry Ordway! It’s Peter Tomasi…and the “Eighty Years of Superman” panel at the 2018 Terrificon in Uncasville, CT, moderated by John Siuntres of the Word Balloon podcast!

(I got the recorder started a little late and missed the first couple of minutes of John’s introduction.)… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on July 31st, 2018

We come to the last of the U.K. London Editions Superman Official Album text stories (the last that I’ve got, at least), this one from 1986. It’s “Testing Times for Superman,” written by Pete Milligan and illustrated by Mike Collins and Mark Farmer.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on July 28th, 2018

Another text tale from the U.K., this one first appearing in the 1986 hardcover Superman Official Album, published by London Books. Nestled among three 1970s Legion of Super-Heroes and Superman stories written by Cary Bates were two prose stories, starting with this one by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Barry Kitson and Jeff Anderson!… Read the rest

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