Welcome to the first meeting of The Midnight Comic Club! A few months ago, I got an idea that just would not leave me alone: a podcast about horror comics. There are plenty of shows about horror and many about comics, but this cross-section seamed relatively uncovered. It’s time to fire up those flashlights and read some creepy comics!
This first episode focuses on some of my favorite Superman-related horror stories that I read not long after getting into comics in 1992. I cover everything from hugely popular stories like the Death of Superman to smaller, but still-hard-hitting tales like the sad story of Adam Grant.
When it comes to DC Rebirth books, the Superman group, the Superman group stands apart. I’m not saying that as a longtime and devoted Man of Steel fan (though I am), but because the headline character is actually the version from the previous universe, as explained in Superman:Lois & Clark. Some time after that book, the New 52’s version of Superman seemingly died before DC launched their Rebirth initiative. In Superman Volume One: Son Of Superman and Superman: Action Comics Volume One: Path Of Doom, the previous incarnation of Superman leaves the black-and-silver suit behind, takes up the more familiar colors and makes his presence known to a world still reeling from his predecessor’s death. Continue reading Superman Rebirth Trade Post: Action Comics & Superman
Oh man, you guys, I fell in love with this toy line hard. The story that got me into going to comic shops and buying monthly comics was the death of Superman. It blew me away at the time and holds up surprisingly well on repeated readings. Anyway, I was pretty blown away when I started seeing these action figures in my local toy stores. I don’t think I ever actually saw the commerical above, but was immediately drawn to the line which featured Long Haired Superman, Superman in Black Suit, Superboy, Steel, Doomsday and even Conduit, an interesting villain choice if ever there was one.
I thought had all of the figures including the Hunter/Prey Superman/Doomsday 2-pack, but after looking at this Cool Toy Review post, I’m surprised to find that there was a Lex Luthor figure I never knew about. I’m also disappointed that I never made the connection between this line and the ToyFare Eradicator exclusive that I probably could have gotten my hands on when I worked at the company. I do remember that 2-pack with Batman and shiny Steel, but they didn’t hold much interest. Lastly, how crazy is it that Massacre got a figure in this line?
I guess it’s cool that they tried to go with villains who were appearing in the comics of the early to mid 90s, but it seems so crazy to be talking about a line of Superman action figures without characters like Metallo, Toyman and or Brainiac. On the other hand, “Don’t mess with the S” is an awesome ad campaign, made all the better by Superboy’s performance.