Another collection of boring annotations

Again, these are my annotations on some comics I have read in the not too distant past, aiming mostly at myself and googlers. But you are welcome to enjoy them.

In items 1 through 6, the page numbers refer to the Superman: Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite trade paperback.

1. Superman #49 (Nov 1990)
Page 9, panel 4: of course, “J.L. Byrne” is penciller and writer John Lindley Byrne, the artist who has had the most influence on Superman since 1986.
Page 10, panel 1: “alter-ego booster” is certainly a reference to Superman being Clark Kent in disguise.

2. Starman #28 (Nov 1990)
Page 60, panel 5: “Hanna” refers to inker Scott Hanna.
Page 61, panel 2: Time magazine has Batman on the cover. Of course, DC belongs to the Time-Warner group.
Page 61, panel 3, shows a cover from National Periodicals — DC’s old name.

3. Action Comics #659 (Nov 1990)
Page 78, panel 1: the kid on the left is wearing a Hulk T-shirt. This is a possible reference to both writer Roger Stern and penciller Bob McLeod’s previous work on The Incredible Hulk.

4. Superman #50 (Dec 1990)
Page 102, panel 2: “don’t let your current situation color the decision” probably refers to the red kryptonite.
Page 102, panel 5: “Dennis” is artist Dennis Janke.
Page 103, panel 2: “not so windy these past few days” because Superman is powerless, so he has not made the newspapers fly around as usual.
Page 106, panel 4, and page 107, panel 6: Kevin Dooley, editor.
Page 108, panels 2-5: nice, realistic dialogues. My favourite in this edition.
Page 112, panel 1: note an elongated Mr Fantastic, the Thing conveniently hiding his appearance under the pink fluid, and the Human Torch’s flames in the air. The Invisible Woman is nowhere to be seen…
Page 112, panel 2, refers to “fantastic new friends”.
Page 121, panel 1. Emphasis is put on the number of friends: four.
Page 121, panels 2-3 refer to the Impossible Man, an annoying but harmless foe (sort of) of the Fantastic Four.
Page 121, panel 4. The Fantastic Couple wears blue (clearly the right-hand one is a woman), and we can also see the Human Torch’s wake and the Thing, still under the pink slush.
Page 123, panels 1-3. After the 70s, villains are not in black & white. You come to understand that Luthor is a human being also, with virtues, and you come to understand some of his side, the life history that leads him to act as he does, his motivations. You see his reasons, which make all sense in his point of view — he is not necessarily “wrong”, and there is no wrong. Furthermore, Luthor’s dignity and reputation are unmarred by these revelations, since they are made by another person while he is unconscious, and, at that, by a maternal woman who cares for him, who understands him, and who has compassion for him.
Page 127, panel 2. Clark Kent’s novel has been published by Warner Books.

5. The Adventures of Superman #473 (Dec 1990)
Page 131. You can see an Elvis impersonator in the background.
Page 133, panels 4-6. This, added to Superman #49, page 10, panel 1 (see above), leads me to wonder. Has Lois already found out about Superman’s secret identity? After Action Comics #662 (where he reveals it to her), I have not read the followup Superman #53, so I would not know whether there Lois admits to having deducted it a while before. If she has by now, then Superman #49, page 10, panel 1, amounts to her teasing him, whilst this here instance in Adventures #473 is her way of allowing him the dignity of keeping the secret while unprepared to reveal it and saving face at the same time. Will have to check.
Page 140, panels 2 and 4; page 141, panels 1-2; page 142, panels 2-3; and page 143, panel 1: the USAF has never operated F-14s, none has ever been operated in Wyoming, F-14s have never been painted in camouflage, and the camouflage does not match any USAF standard, though these are accurate depictions of F-14s.
Page 143, panel 6, is a refreshing attempt at humour where the comics do not take themselves too seriously.

6. Action Comics #660 (Dec 1990)
Page 158, panel 2, provides for an interesting comparison between the customs of 1990 and those of 2010. Twenty years ago, no one who had their wits about them would think of bringing a mobile phone to a date. It was impolite to others and a bulky nuisance to self. Twenty years later, no one thinks of not bringing the mobile wherever. Reading this page in 2010, it is a stark contrast that, though I had thought that so little had changed, some things can already be traced as markedly different. Readers’ assumptions are clearly supposed to be significantly different in this respect between the two decades.
In another note, panel 2 goes to show how much of a workaholic Lois is, going to the extreme of bringing her mobile along on a date.
Page 158, panel 3. Look at the size of this gadget! Those are batteries for you!

7. Doom Patrol #47 (Sep 1991)
As published in Doom Patrol volume 4, page 159, panel 2, reads “DP inker – new dad!”, which should lead me to assume that inker Mark McKenna (who probably filled those headlines) had just become a father. Likewise panel 4 reads “Congrats”.

8. Detective Comics #659 (May 1993)
As published in Brazil in Liga da Justiça e Batman no. 8, page 8, panel 1: “Simpson Flanders” seems to be an obvious joke on the Simpsons’ neighbour Ned Flanders. Dr Flanders appears again in Robin #1 (Nov 1993).

9. Flash #76 (May 1993)
As published in Flash: the Return of Barry Allen, page 60, panel 4, refers to a certain Broome Building. John Broome was the Flash’s main penciller during the Silver Age.

10. Justice League America #80-83 (Sep-Dec 1993)
Evidently, the two alien fugitives’ names, Blake and Corbett, are references to those old scifi TV series, Blakes 7 and Tom Corbett, Space Cadet.

11. Action Comics #692 (Oct 1993)
As published in Brazil in Super-Homem no. 126, page 47, panel 3, the oldest reference on Doctor Occult is a passage from the Daily Planet dated 1935. I take this as an homage to DC’s oldest character, Doctor Occult, who first appeared in New Fun Comics #6, October 1935, thus predating even Superman (whose Action Comics #1 is from June 1938).

12. Superman: the Man of Steel #28 (Dec 1993)
Conforme publicada em Super-Homem no. 127, página 3, quadro 1, e página 25, quadro 1: “Jotapê” é Jotapê Martins, da equipe de tradutores do Estúdio Art & Comics, que fazia a tradução dos títulos da DC em 1995.
As published in Brazil in Super-Homem no. 127, page 8, panel 2, the pizza carton from “Titano’s” is a reference to Titano, the giant monkey from Superman Annual # 1 (1987).

13. Batman #502 (Dec 1993)
As published in Brazil in Batman no. 5, page 44, panel 4, Mad magazine appears on a rack, presumably with Alfred E. Neuman on the cover (obviously). Mad is published in the US by DC Comics.

14. The Adventures of Superman #507 (Dec 1993)
Conforme publicada em Super-Homem no. 128, página 3, quadro 2: novamente, “Jotapê” é Jotapê Martins.
Página 7, quadro 1, contém uma referência a Superboy no. 2 dando a entender que conta a história da morte de Adam Grant. Entretanto, a última edição antes de Adventures #507 é Superman #84 (Dec 1993), que saiu em Super-Homem no. 127 e que é a que mostra essa morte. A história que saiu em Superboy no. 2 (junto com outras que não vêm ao caso) é a de Superman #85 (Jan 1994), que, na verdade, é posterior a Adventures #507 e lida com as consequências imediatas do evento, mas não é onde ocorre o próprio.

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