More Superman Silver Age Physics!

by Robert Gillis, who had nothing better to do
9/2016

What was so special about the silver age of comic books? Read about it HERE
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In a recent podcast of “From Crisis to Crisis, A Superman Podcast,” Mike and Jeffrey called our attention to this Silver Age Gem: From Superman #145, May, 1961. Another example of Superman being a little too powerful in the Silver Age   Since SUNLIGHT powers  one of the members of an interplanetary circus that is causing a kerfuffle in Metroplolis, Superman cancels out the green guy’s power by {wait for it}  pushing the MOON out of its of its orbit (thank God that the moon’s gravitation pull has absolutely NO effect on Earth whatsoever) so he can create an eclipse that will {wait for it} cut off all sunlight from the Earth.  {Um, anyone else remember that the Moon isn’t big enough to cut off ALL sunlight across the entire planet Earth?}  Thank goodness that twenty five years later they didn’t have Superman doing the exact same thing in Superman IV: The Quest For Peace in 1987!  Oh, um, wait.    Superman later apologized to the former residents of every coastal area on Earth.

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More fun with Superman and Wonder Woman comics: “Hi there, something wrong with the elevator?”

by Robert Gillis
4/2016

What was so special about the silver age of comic books? Read about it HERE
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The super-heroes of the bronze and silver age seemed to do a lot of unnecessary damage while performing their rescues – even back on the “Adventures of Superman” TV show, Superman was also smashing through windows and walls because it was much more dramatic than, say, opening a door.

I found these gems from the Bronze Age; all three involve elevator rescues that could have been done with far less property damage:

From Wonder Woman #246, Diana Prince is doing some laundry when the power goes out – suddenly, she realizes people are trapped in the elevator.

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Silver Age Superman Fun: STOP THE PRESSES! Somebody sent Superman… A LETTER!!!!!!!

by Robert Gillis, who didn’t have anything better to do. (3/2015)

From Action Comics #202 (May 1955): Just two pages from the story but enough to provide lots to um… Think about…

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So a letter is delivered to the Daily Planet for Superman. We’ve seen this before and it even happens on the Superman TV shows and in the movies. Superman gets lots of mail addressed to the Daily Planet. No big deal there. But for some reason Perry is all over this letter – he’s acting like Superman never gets any mail.

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I won the Superman Homepage Caption Contest Again!


This is kind of fun — there’s no prize involved, but I won the “Caption Contest” on the Superman Homepage several times 🙂  The Superman Homepage is THE site on the net for all things Superman: Comics, TV, Movies, and so much more.  I can honestly say there is no better place on the web if you love Kal-El.

One of the monthly features (besides all the news, podcasts, reviews, comic book and movie news, and EVERYTHING about Superman and his world — far, far more) includes posting a silly Superman picture and inviting readers to post humorous captions.

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I was a runner-up on the caption contest on Superman Homepage :)

This is kind of fun — there’s no prize involved, but I was a runner-up on the Superman Homepage many times times; I’ve posted some of my favorite runner-up wins here…

In addition too being the most comprehensive and best Superman site in the world, each month they post a silly Superman picture and invite readers to post humorous captions.

Check out the site; it’s excellent.   http://www.supermanhomepage.com



robertgillis:

Lex: “I am called… The Blur!”
Superman: “You can’t use that name.”
Batman: “Because it’s stupid.”
Superman: “I was going to say it was taken, but stupid works just as well.”



robertgillis:
Kal-El: “Daddy, why is a monkey crawling into my spaceship?”
Jor-El: “That’s just Beppo, my son.

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More Silver Age Comics fun with Lois Lane!

by Robert Gillis
1/2012

What was so special about the silver age of comic books? Read about it HERE
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Another slow news day so I thought we’d have even more fun with some gems from the Silver Age of Lois Lane comic books.

Lois Lane #80: Surprise! A birthday party for Lois! And just like in real life in the 1960s, the adults wear children’s tiny party hats (so we know it’s a birthday party) and there’s Lucy Lane,  once again dressed in her freaking stewardess outfit.

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Silver Age Comic Book Sillyness: Watch the skies!

by Robert Gillis
12/2011

What was so special about the silver age of comic books? Read about it HERE
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Slow news day so I thought we’d have some more fun with some gems from the Silver Age of comic books.

From the cover of Batman #101 (August, 1956): Whoosh! Batman’s cape and cowl have blown off his head! Robin yells that that particular cape, “…contains a clue to your secret identity!”

Hey Robin, you know what ELSE contains a clue to Batman’s secret identity?

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Next Saturday night, we’re sending Lois Lane… BACK TO THE FUTURE!

by Robert Gillis
8/2011

What was so special about the silver age of comic books? Read about it HERE
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We’re arrived at Lois Lane #59 (1965) and Superman has saved Lois for the eight thousandth time this week.
Lois, swooning: “Thank you so much for rescuing me… if not for you…” (Remember those words, we will revisit them later)

Superman, being a complete dipshit as usual: “Skip the thanks, blah, blah, lecture,  lecture, blah, I’ve a whole UNIVERSE to protect!” (Remember those words, we will revisit them later)

My God, the arrogance – um, Supes, really, THE UNIVERSE?

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More Silver-Age Lois Lane comic book madness!

by Robert Gillis
5/2011

What was so special about the silver age of comic books? Read about it HERE

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More random madness, silliness and shenanigans from the Silver Age Lois Lane comic books 🙂


One of the funniest Lois Lane panels EVER.  Never let a woman pilot the nuclear submarine. See also: Deanna Troi.


Lois Lane has died and THE WHOLE UNIVERSE mourns her. Yeah, the green alien guy from the Andromeda Galaxy admired her wit and kindness.

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More Lucy Lane and Lois Lane Silver-Age Comics Sillyness!

by Robert Gillis
3/2011

What was so special about the silver age of comic books? Read about it HERE

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Continuing my rant proclaiming the evil of Lucy Lane, Lois Lane’s stewardess sister, and the goofiness of Lois Lane and Lana Lang in general …

While admittedly a dream sequence, Lois has been transformed into an old hag because she messed around with an aging formula. She goes back to HER apartment, you know, where LOIS pays the rent.

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Silver-Age Comics fun: Going to the chapel, and I’m gonna get married: Lois Lane #42!

by Robert Gillis
2/2011

What was so special about the silver age of comic books? Read about it HERE
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While Silver Age comic book are always ripe for mocking, it’s rare that an entire story gets the detailed analysis (read: mocking) treatment. Welcome to July 1963, when Lois Lane #42 hit the stands. While most (if not all) of these early issues had Lois trying to get Superman to marry her (usually in some elaborate scheme), this particular epic, “The romance of Superbaby and Baby Lois” stretches even silver-age logic to the max, and as usual, snaps reality like a piece of taffy!

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Silver-Age Superboy comic book (in)justice!

by Robert Gillis 8/2010
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When it came to individual liberties (and the law in general) Silver Age comics could always be counted upon to dismiss such silly concepts as Miranda rights, due process, and fair protection under the law, not to mention all that bothersome and silly Bill of Rights nonsense. Here are two excellent examples of how the law really worked back in the Silver Age:

Adventure Comics 249, June, 1958: Clark’s wallet and ID have been stolen, and the sheriff grabs him because MAYBE he’s the sneak thief they’re looking for.

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Silver Age Superboy and Lois Lane presents: Comets and Meteors: THEY’RE AMAZING!

by Robert Gillis 7/2010

What was so special about the silver age of comic books? Read about it HERE
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Our understanding of the universe changes so rapidly these days that it’s no wonder back in the 1950s and 1960s, no one understood that a meteor was just a piece of space rock and that a comet was a merely a dirty snowball making a leisurely orbit around the sun.

Nope, back in the day, these ordinary space objects appeared over Smallville with the regularity of the daily mail, and always had UNPREDICTABLE MAGIC POWERS and could do ANYTHING!

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More Silver-Age Superboy Absurdity!

by Robert Gillis 7/2010

What was so special about the silver age of comic books? Read about it HERE
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Superboy was the lead feature in Adventure Comics in the mid-1950s, and each story usually featured him teaching a mean bully a lesson, getting kids to work together, organizing a community anti-litter club, or some other thinly disguised 1950s era PSA, all the while Lana Lang would follow him around saying, “I know you’re Clark Kent.”

Here are some classic, “epitome of the Silver Age,” Superboy panels from that era…

From Adventure Comics #195, 1953: …So Lana finds out that a super-hero boy from Mars (cleverly named “Mars Boy”) is on Earth and overhears Superboy use the lad’s real name (which I believe is “Klaatu barada nikto.”) Anyway, this is a year before J’onn J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter debuted, and back then, Mars was exactly like Earth, with people and cities and the Ice Capades and everything.

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More Silver Age Superboy antics: No matter where you look, there’s the Earth.

by Robert Gillis 5/2010

What was so special about the silver age of comic books? Read about it HERE

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Here’s a gem from a Superboy story from Superboy #106, dated 1963, called, “The Lair of Brainiac!” Our story so far: Baby Superman (Kal-El to you Marvel readers) has been kidnapped from Krypton before it exploded, and Brainiac and his goons take baby to their home solar system with its yellow sun, and of course, Kal-El gains superpowers and all hell breaks loose.

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