Friday, December 14, 2012
BTW, that's one of two things that definitely establish that Metropolis is somewhere in the Eastern US; here's the other:
Superman catches the mobsters and threatens to clap his hands in front of them if they don't sign a confession. Fortunately they don't seem to have heard of his code against killing.
Comments: It's an interesting premise, although as noted the story is very predictable.
The Supergirl story is an oddball one. It starts out with some aliens landing and contacting the authorities to tell them:
Angered, the "kind and gentle" king orders his assistants thrown in the dungeon. They decide to kill him rather than face imprisonment, but Supergirl saves him with her rediscovered powers. And later:
Incidentally, the whole "beauty and the beast" subplot had previously been used in Action #243, which (no surprise) had been published almost exactly 7 years before this issue:
may be others.
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis #3
Dobie and Maynard head out to the beach club, where a beauty contest is planned. The organizer of the contest is the manager of a Hollywood starlet, and he immediately sizes Dobie up correctly:
But then the manager comes into the store and says it's okay, his starlet client doesn't need to win the beauty contest after all. Now Dobie is free to pick Thalia, and win her everlasting gratitude. But:
Update: NES Boy reminds us that several issues of Dobie Gillis were recycled in the late 1960s as "Windy and Willie", which was covered by Dial B for Blog last year. Robbie expressed surprise that the comic was successful enough in its Showcase launch to justify four issues as a separate title, but looking at the timing I suspect the main factor was one I have talked about before.
In early 1969, DC had still not raised its prices from 12 cents to 15 cents, and so they were looking to produce magazines as cheaply as possible. What could be cheaper than comics that just required a little change to the hairdos and some minor text editing? It's certainly a lot less expensive than commissioning 23 new pages of artwork and a script. The first two issues were produced with the old cover price; the latter two came out after the bump to 15 cents. This is similar to what Mort Weisinger had done in the early 1960s when he recycled old Superboy stories in Adventure Comics.
Update II: Had to do some digging for this one, but a thought occurred to me. One of the other drawbacks to licensed products is that DC didn't have the copyright to the characters. For example, the Adventures of Bob Hope contains a copyright statement in the indicia showing that the copyright belonged to Mr Hope. The Dobie Gillis issues bore this copyright:
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