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Recommendations For Classic Superhero Comic Collections?

Unknown Lamer posted about 2 months ago | from the comic-book-nerds dept.

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mvdwege (243851) writes "Due to being in a relationship with a comics geek, I have gotten interested in the history of superhero comics. I would like to get a better grounding in the Golden Age (pre-Comics Code) comics, so here's my question to the Slashdot audience: what are your recommendations for essential reading? What collections/omnibus editions of Golden Age comics would you recommend?"

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Flaming Carrot (4, Funny)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 2 months ago | (#47201165)

The Flaming Carrot [wikipedia.org]
Dare I share it?
The hero of win
& mega-whisker chin
Burma Shave

Re:Flaming Carrot (1)

Nyder (754090) | about 2 months ago | (#47201363)

The Flaming Carrot [wikipedia.org]

Dare I share it?

The hero of win

& mega-whisker chin

Burma Shave

Guess you missed the part that said "Golden Age"

This is the best I can do (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201205)

Re:This is the best I can do (2)

Kazoo the Clown (644526) | about 2 months ago | (#47201431)

Oh please. After you've been a "grownup" for 30 or 40 years, you may realize it's overrated...

Re:This is the best I can do (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 2 months ago | (#47201997)

Oh please. After you've been a "grownup" for 30 or 40 years, you may realize it's overrated...

Fortunately, by the time I've been a "grownup" for 30-40 years, I should have passed the average lifespan of a human and won't have to find out.

I've been an adult for 25 years or so, but so far being a "grownup" has been something I've avoided. ;-)

Masterworks/Archives (4, Interesting)

Jiro (131519) | about 2 months ago | (#47201213)

Marvel Comics has a Marvel Masterworks line which includes a lot of Golden Age volumes. They are very expensive, but there are also $20 paperback editions that come out 7-8 years later. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... [wikipedia.org]

DC Comics has its DC Archives program, but most of those never get reprinted in paperbacks and the program rarely releases much nowadays.

Also, something about this topic seems to bring out the stupid in Slashdot. No, Flaming Carrot is not a Golden Age comic.

Re:Masterworks/Archives (1)

Culture20 (968837) | about 2 months ago | (#47201747)

Don't get any Marvel "The Essential Iron Man/Spider-Man/Avengers/etc". The art in these editions is reduced to black and white. Since you're more interested in the stories than the value of the books, buy used. If you like electronic reading, there are DVDs sold with omnibuses. Unfortunately the newer app versions of the ebooks cost the same or more than the paper versions.

Re:Masterworks/Archives (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201795)

Or you could do something better with the intelligence, creativity, and financial resources you have, and not worry about collecting comics. Seriously, even if you're a fan of this nonsense, is there anything valuable or collectible here? It all relies on the Greater Fool Theory. Is an 'original' is better than a perfect hi-res scan? Is a printing of Shakespeare from the 1700s qualitatively better than a modern text?

A: If it is, that's because it's fucking Shakespeare. Not comics. Why do grown men with formed minds waste their time on this shit? It's another symptom of the navel-gazing society we have become. Instead of looking outwards, we have generation of man-babies who look inwards, increasingly isolating themselves in fiction and trivia that does not matter. The same people who mourn the decline of the space program, are the same people who dedicate serious intellectual effort to Star Trek debates on the internet, and buy plastic toys. But NASA apparently represents the waste of big gub'mint.

Re:Masterworks/Archives (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47202357)

It's a hobby for many people and they should feel free to spend their time and money as they see fit. If you have any hobbies, we could easily be just as dismissive and rude with our opinions as you have been with yours. I seriously doubt your hobbies would be considered useful by a good number of people.

Re:Masterworks/Archives (2, Insightful)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 2 months ago | (#47202085)

Instead save your money. Not one penny of that money is going to go to the people who created those Golden Age comics.

Instead, download one of the excellent comic reader apps and use this:

https://thepiratebay.se/torren... [thepiratebay.se] .

Re:Masterworks/Archives (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47202331)

>No, Flaming Carrot is not a Golden Age comic.

It's odd that you mention the Marvel Masterworks collection because almost all of Marvel's significant material was create from 1961 and onwards, which is considered Silver Age. Out of all of Marvel's stuff that's still published, only Captain America has Golden Age roots.

Kavalier & Clay (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201227)

I don't read many superhero comics but I enjoyed immensely reading the novel "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" [wikipedia.org] by Michael Chabon. The novel is about two fictional comic creators during the Golden Age.

Also... (5, Funny)

BlackPignouf (1017012) | about 2 months ago | (#47201245)

Also, I'd like to take notes while reading those comics.
Which text editor do you recommend? Vim, Notepad or Emacs?

Re:Also... (4, Funny)

Trepidity (597) | about 2 months ago | (#47201251)

That's a good question, but first I'd need to know on what operating system you plan to take notes. Do Slashdotters recommend Windows, Mac OS X, or FreeBSD for this purpose?

Re:Also... (1)

Noryungi (70322) | about 2 months ago | (#47201267)

I'd like to commend ''BlackPignouf'' and ''Trepidity'' for the magnificence of their comments in this thread.

Seriously: Go back to these comments. Read them. Re-read them. Savor their perfect balance of snark, trolling and irony. This is simply superb - it almost brings tears to my eyes.

Ladies and gentlemen of /., this is why the Internet was created in the first place. That, and cute cat pictures, of course.

Re:Also... (0)

Jiro (131519) | about 2 months ago | (#47201291)

No, this is another case of the topic brinring out the stupid in Slashdot. Are you seriously suggesting that Golden Age comics have controversy about them similar to vi versus emacs or Windows versus Linux?

Did everyone take the original post, pick out the word "comics", and ignore the rest of it?

Re:Also... (1)

Noryungi (70322) | about 2 months ago | (#47201307)

No, this is another case of the topic brinring out the stupid in Slashdot. Are you seriously suggesting that Golden Age comics have controversy about them similar to vi versus emacs or Windows versus Linux?

Did everyone take the original post, pick out the word "comics", and ignore the rest of it?

You don't get out much, do you?

Re:Also... (0)

mvdwege (243851) | about 2 months ago | (#47201599)

It's fairly obvious that any real geeks have long gone from Slashdot, and the site has been taken over by 13-year old Rand-worshipping basement dwellers.

I had hopes some of the old spirit was left to give an answer to my question, but I now have come to regret this.

Re:Also... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47202395)

Some other post already mentioned the DC Archives, which compile early Batman, Superman, etc. comics from the Golden Age. If, by golden age, you just meant old comics that are good and not the specific "Golden Age" (which ended around 1956 or 1957) of comics, you can get plenty of Silver Age comics from the Marvel Masterworks compilations.

Re:Also... (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 2 months ago | (#47201931)

Ladies and gentlemen of /., this is why the Internet was created in the first place. That, and cute cat pictures, of course.

And the porn. Always with the porn.

Re:Also... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201295)

Hardware first, please. What are we? circuit city shoppers?

Re:Also... (1)

Thanshin (1188877) | about 2 months ago | (#47201441)

Why do you imply he would need a pre-made operating system? Are you insinuating anyone with a seven digit user ID is unable to make his own OS?

Re:Also... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201577)

Why do you imply he would need a pre-made operating system? Are you insinuating anyone with a seven digit user ID is unable to make his own OS?

Why did the voice of Sheldon Cooper run through my head as I read your comment? :-)

Re:Also... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201691)

Why did the voice of Sheldon Cooper run through my head as I read your comment? :-)

Because you are a fan of an incredibly shitty TV show?

Re:Also... (1)

secondhand_Buddah (906643) | about 2 months ago | (#47201717)

Seeing as it is gospel, I would recommend clay tablets.

Re:Also... (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 2 months ago | (#47201913)

If you're looking for old school comics, you need an old school editor ... and what could be more old school than a modal editor like vim?

If you're really nostalgic, take notes on the back of some old punch cards. Maybe festoon your workstation with paper tape.

Wrong site (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201253)

This is news for nerds, not news for dorks.
http://media.onsugar.com/files... [onsugar.com]

Planet must be LOADED with dorks then (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201661)

Check the film box office records ever since Iron Man in 2008 on MOST superhero films: THEY SET RECORDS (that *may* never be broken...)

* So, "argue with the numbers"...

(You're evidently the minority pal, so think about that...)

APK

P.S.=> Your reply only tells me YOU are a miserable person that feels the needs to *try* to spread your misery around - well, you won't find any company & misery loves company: A more positive attitude's what you really need, imo @ least, & to be more tolerant of others (what's that old saying? Oh, yea: Michael Jordan a jock makes x millions a year, which is great - a DORK like Bill Gates makes HOW MANY BILLIONS? Think about that... & yes, I can speak from both ends (former NCAA lettering athlete AND scholar + 'dork'/nerd/geek as a software engineer in my time as well as 'dork' that read comics which inspire you to be that BETTER person, and build up your reading & spelling + vocabulary to NO end)... apk

Re:Planet must be LOADED with dorks then (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201847)

comics which inspire you to be that BETTER person, and build up your reading & spelling + vocabulary to NO end

So do a lot of other forms of entertainment, like reading novels, going to a museum, etc.
It doesn't mean it should all be posted here...

What I oppose is that we see only the shallow types of entertainment here, like those comics (yes, they're fun to read, they are to some extent artistic, etc., but again, not suitable to post about here).

"comics geek" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201281)

Can't go wrong with anything and everything from the "New Trend" at
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EC_Comics

Consider it. You're not really a fan of "comics" if you only care for one genre and not the whole medium.

Re:"comics geek" (1)

soccerisgod (585710) | about 2 months ago | (#47201423)

No true scotsman would read that.

Re:"comics geek" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201489)

No true Scotsman COULD read that.

The Golden Age Spectre Archives (2)

normanjd (1290602) | about 2 months ago | (#47201301)

Superhero Comics existed but really were not as popular prior to the Comics Code... There tended to be more of the horror and shock type (in addition to cowboy and funny book types) which inspired the code to be created... Superheroes tended to be more magical than science based and more violent than today... (For instance, Batman had a gun in his earliest comics.) The Golden Age Spectre Archives, Vol. 1 might be a good start...

Re:The Golden Age Spectre Archives (1)

flyneye (84093) | about 2 months ago | (#47201517)

If they want Golden Age heroes, they should read golden age comics. First, mortgage the house for everything over principle. Then, run down to the comics shop and drop the wad on all the double bagged stuff behind the counter they don't usually drag out for anyone. Don't for the love of God, read any of them. Just leave them in their bags,hang them on the wall in frames and just soak up the golden ageness of it all. There, worth it, wasn't it?
Golden age comics have their place, not in your grubby mitts. They're old, they fall apart, they tear, the staples chew through, the addresses of the ads are outdated.
Just hold your investment and realize, the reason no one reads these and most of these heroes aren't around anymore is; they're boring. They were drawn in an age of different moral standards and attitudes toward violence and sex.( yeah that comics code worked about as good as music industry warnings on albums, lol) Flash was arguably slower, Superman dorkier, Batman had less cool stuff, Capt.Marvel was ambiguously gay, etc.
Give up on this idea, roll a blunt and read a stack of underground comics.

Superhero comics? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201315)

Boy did you come to the wrong place. Slashdot is all about calm and dispassionate intellectual debate about issues important to science nerds and not frivolous things like comics. Why we have never even had a flamewar around here!

Recommend that you keep reading /. (-1, Flamebait)

Dystopian Rebel (714995) | about 2 months ago | (#47201319)

"Due to being in a relationship with a comics geek"

This must mean that you are a girl who enjoys basement lodging. Therefore, your post is false and was either submitted by a program that won the Turing Test or by a CIA operative.

It's 2014 and Slashdot is full of Golden-Age Comics.

Re:Recommend that you keep reading /. (0, Offtopic)

mvdwege (243851) | about 2 months ago | (#47201357)

As it so happens, the partner in question is a woman. But thank you for your completely pointless misogynie.

Re:Recommend that you keep reading /. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201371)

As it so happens, the partner in question is a woman. But thank you for your completely pointless misogynie.

And are you a girl too? ..... interest peaked!

Re:Recommend that you keep reading /. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201449)

Just like in the competitive starcraft scene it is reasonably safe to assume that all girls are transsexuals here.

Re:Recommend that you keep reading /. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201879)

So does she fuck you with a black strapon while you wank your 2-inch cock?

Oh and the term is mysogyny.

Re:Recommend that you keep reading /. (2)

RavenLrD20k (311488) | about 2 months ago | (#47202011)

Have you tried asking your partner what she'd recommend? You don't seem to have the experience with comics to realize it, but your question is extremely loaded. There are so many threads from the Golden Age that you could start reading about and reading through a particular thread and it may wind up having no relevance to what your lady likes. Is she into Dick Tracy? Classic Superman, WonderWoman or Batman? Submariner? Human Torch (not to be confused with Johnny Storm from Fantastic 4)? If you talk with your partner about what she likes from that era, she may be willing to open up to you more and start to take you under her wing.

On the other hand... if she looks at you with a highbrow "you're not worthy" sort of look and seems to be annoyed with you learning this world, she may want to keep this world to herself for her own private enjoyment.

Re:Recommend that you keep reading /. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47202163)

You're displaying an astonishing lack of understanding of ./ culture -past or present, which leads me to ask the obvious question:

How much did you pay for that 240k UID account? Did you cop it off ebay?

Curious geeks want to know!

Also, you're approaching your question entirely wrong; fuck the golden age, go by series and read what's recommended by comic geeks: http://comraderecs.tumblr.com/ [tumblr.com]

Posting this STILL yet again... apk (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201681)

Check the film box office records ever since Iron Man in 2008 on MOST superhero films: THEY SET RECORDS (that *may* never be broken...)

* So, "argue with the numbers" & grow up!

(You're evidently the minority pal, so think about that...)

APK

P.S.=> Your reply only tells me YOU are a miserable person that feels the needs to *try* to spread your misery around - well, you won't find any company & misery loves company: A more positive attitude's what you really need, imo @ least, & to be more tolerant of others (what's that old saying? Oh, yea: Michael Jordan a jock makes x millions a year, which is great - a DORK like Bill Gates makes HOW MANY BILLIONS? Think about that... & yes, I can speak from both ends (former NCAA lettering athlete AND scholar + 'dork'/nerd/geek as a software engineer in my time as well as 'dork' that read comics which inspire you to be that BETTER person, and build up your reading & spelling + vocabulary to NO end)... apk

Re:Posting this STILL yet again... apk (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201835)

Iron Man aint Golden Age.

Did I say it was? apk (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47202017)

It's "Silver Age", I know that - that much I recall easily. So, what's your point?

APK

P.S.=> However, I *did* note SUB-MARINER comics from the actual "Golden Age" (iirc, & feel free to correct me there if you like as I stated that also in THAT posting of mine)... apk

Re:Did I say it was? apk (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47202113)

The point is that your post is irrelevant to the topic of Golden Age comics.

Re:Recommend that you keep reading /. (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 2 months ago | (#47201957)

This must mean that you are a girl who enjoys basement lodging

Hmmm ... several permutations.

Female dating male comic nerd. Male dating female comic nerd. Female dating female comic nerd. Male dating male comic nerd.

Most frightening, one or both could be furries. ;-)

Super Recommendation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201377)

Move out of your gramma's basement and grow up already.

Posting this again: Read it... apk (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201671)

Check the film box office records ever since Iron Man in 2008 on MOST superhero films: THEY SET RECORDS (that *may* never be broken...)

* So, "argue with the numbers"

(You're evidently the minority pal, so think about that...)

APK

P.S.=> Your reply only tells me YOU are a miserable person that feels the needs to *try* to spread your misery around - well, you won't find any company & misery loves company: A more positive attitude's what you really need, imo @ least, & to be more tolerant of others (what's that old saying? Oh, yea: Michael Jordan a jock makes x millions a year, which is great - a DORK like Bill Gates makes HOW MANY BILLIONS? Think about that... & yes, I can speak from both ends (former NCAA lettering athlete AND scholar + 'dork'/nerd/geek as a software engineer in my time as well as 'dork' that read comics which inspire you to be that BETTER person, and build up your reading & spelling + vocabulary to NO end)... apk

Re:Posting this again: Read it... apk (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201809)

Heya dickwagon, nobody cares if you waste your money on hollywood movies or gives a shit about your hosts files.

Quoting ULTRON from comics (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47202071)

"Heya dickwagon, nobody cares if you waste your money on hollywood movies" - by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 10, 2014 @08:29AM (#47201809)

As far as your opinion, see subject-line & this:

Films - the FINEST artform & portrayal of the human condition imo (books are a BIT better though, you paint your own screens & don't have the director's filtering either + instead you use your OWN perceptions).

They elevate the human condition (in a world often full of shit) even if only for a moment, & inspire also... & set those records I noted - MANY disagree with you, so "argue with the numbers"...

---

"Heya dickwagon, nobody cares... or gives a shit about your hosts files." - by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 10, 2014 @08:29AM (#47201809)

As far as hosts?

"Shutdown code, rejected: My programming ( http://start64.com/index.php?o... [start64.com] ) has advanced beyond YOUR commands: Beyond YOUR weakness" - Ultron 6 FROM -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?f... [youtube.com]

* :)

Very appropriate/fits the bill here considering he's a comic book character &, QUITE nicely I'd say (considering HE is the "star" or will be that 'steals the show' imo, in the upcoming next Avengers film installment in 2015).

APK

P.S.=> Lay off the profanity & effete off-topic illogical ad hominem attacks already - they make you sound like a cretin (& since you only understand that? When in Rome, I do as the romans (trolls) like you do - & speak in a language you understand on that last note)... apk

SUB-MARINER! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201379)

Especially the 1940's - 1950's Bill Everett issues... however: As far as being "pre-comics code" issues? THAT, I am not sure about IF they are, or not - I would say "Yes, they are" but, feel free to correct me if not folks from the "peanut gallery" here.

(I was into comic books as a boy, they helped me learn to read & increase my spelling + vocabulary abilities quite a lot, enough to be a national spelling bee contestant by the 6th grade, so I will always thank my father for "turning me on" to reading them, along with Science-Fiction books of all kinds)....

* On a "side-note" here: I must NOT be that big of a "comics geek", or I am just getting old, but... I'm not sure if they are pre-Golden Age/Silver Age & what-not!

(Guess I wasn't that big of a 'comics geek' then, even though I had Fantastic Four issues 12-200 & Avengers 19-100 which bought my 1st PC for me in 1991... & here goes another "just when you *think* you knew everything about a particular topic..." only to find out, you really didn't! Your line of questioning really 'tested me', heh, & even PERPLEXED me since I didn't know the details here on Silver Age/Golden Age, or not...)

Anyhow/anyways - MUST have coffee, gotta go!

APK

P.S.=> I don't think they'll be EASY to find (or purchase) though... still, *IF* you do? He's the classic "anti-hero", & had some decent tales (though I found the series I liked most listed above from Marvel, the best for stories & what have you vs. the earlier & other producers material)... apk

DC++ (2)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about 2 months ago | (#47201383)

Get DC++, join comics hub. Easy to get access to all the comics you could ever want.

Re:DC++ (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47202007)

How about answering the question? He's asking for specific titles as a starting point. Durrrr.

Wrong place to ask (0)

stealth_finger (1809752) | about 2 months ago | (#47201391)

Why not ask this supposed 'partner'. They're such the comic geek after all and it will give you stuff to talk about and bond and all that crap. That is if this person even exists.

Re:Wrong place to ask (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201585)

Why not ask this supposed 'partner'. They're such the comic geek after all and it will give you stuff to talk about and bond and all that crap. That is if this person even exists.

She should just dress-up like a Cosplay girl and that would likely be sufficient to keep her partner interested.

Re:Wrong place to ask (0)

mvdwege (243851) | about 2 months ago | (#47201587)

Because, as it so happens, Golden Age is not to her taste. Now, did you have anything useful to add? No? Then kindly STFU.

Re:Wrong place to ask (1)

stealth_finger (1809752) | about 2 months ago | (#47201791)

So you want to get into comics she's not into? Great plan.

Re:Wrong place to ask (1)

OzPeter (195038) | about 2 months ago | (#47201811)

Because, as it so happens, Golden Age is not to her taste. Now, did you have anything useful to add? No? Then kindly STFU.

So the relationship is superfluous to question. But we don't/can't know that from your submission. Thus you WILL get a bunch of replies saying ask your partner, and given that the question reads like a relationship advice request ("what can I do to understand my partners interests?") you will get a bunch of replies like the OP, especially given that /. is slowly dying (and I bet net craft can confirm it) and people are trying to hold onto the tech side of things rather than the crap(*) that is being promulgated as submissions.

* Not saying that your submission is crap, just that it is badly worded (especially for this audience.)

Re:Wrong place to ask (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 2 months ago | (#47202057)

So the relationship is superfluous to question.

Or, the poster is going for more of a 'classical' education where you learn what came before, understand the roots and origins of it, and then have a greater context for what came after.

For instance, if all these smarmy teenagers would stop pretending that their cool punk rock clothes have never been done before and realize there are people old enough to be their parents who used to wear the same things, they'd stop acting like they invented this stuff.

And, anybody who still acts like the 80s was cool. Those of us who lived through it would mostly like to forget large chunks of it. (Well, technically, some of us already have ;-)

Re:Wrong place to ask (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47202171)

Reading Golden Age comics offers no insights into Silver Age and later comics. Golden Age stuff is mostly jingoistic and stupid. This is just some faux nerd trying to fit in by mentioning comics.

Re:Wrong place to ask (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47202309)

Reading Golden Age comics offers no insights into Silver Age and later comics.

Perhaps you lack insight?

Golden Age stuff is mostly jingoistic and stupid.

What, like Americans?

This is just some faux nerd trying to fit in by mentioning comics.

Or you're some faux nerd dismissing this to fit in?

If you have anything of value to add, go ahead. Otherwise, you're just a whining anonymous idiot.

DC Omnibus (2)

Sandman1971 (516283) | about 2 months ago | (#47201395)

My personal suggestion is to go back where the superhero genre first started. DC Comics released a Superman Omnibus last summer (http://www.dccomics.com/graphic-novels/superman-the-golden-age-omnibus-vol-1).

If you want to read about the golden age, Paul Letvitz (long time DC comics writer and one time President) wrote a great book entitled The Olden Age of DC Comics (Amazon)

Speaking of "Superman", I finally saw (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201485)

The 2013 film "Man of Steel": It was GREAT! Inspiring, touching emotionally, & overall excellent with high production values - & even though I am more of a Marvel comics fan in my time, I would put this film above MOST other Marvel-based films (up there with Iron Man OR The Avengers imo @ least).

Favorite lines from it are:

"It's not an 'S': On my world, it means HOPE..."

"Let's put our cards on the table here General (snap) - You're scared of me because you can't control me - You don't and you never will! But that doesn't mean I'm your enemy..."

"I grew up in Kansas General: I'm about as American as it gets.Look - I'm here to help"

"Nothing Sir - It's just that I think he's kind of hot" (The look on the General's was classic in response to that line from the young female Captain... lol!)

"He did see it Clark..."

"Welcome to the PLANET" (double-meaning for Clark that one @ the end of the film from Lois Lane, him being an extra-terrestrial of course & where he was working...)

"You're just going to have to decide what kind of man you're going to grow up to be, cuz whoever that man is, good character or bad? He's going to change the world..."

(Imo, that's every human being's duty - to improve the human condition... for those of us, not yet or yet to be!)

I felt really BAD for young Clark - having to restrain himself when he had all those times when bullies would hassle him as a boy, & as a young man trying to find himself.

* In the end/anyhow-anyways/on a side-note: It "blows my mind" that the comics I read as a young boy are now hit movies topping the charts & setting box-office sales records etc. - et al...

APK

P.S.=> I guess it goes to show that I was NOT alone in my love of them, which helped me build a decent vocabulary, & instilled a good moral character (well, lol, @ least I *think* so), & a spelling database in my head that took me to a contestant in the national spelling bees in the USA in the 6th grade (which I'll always thank my Dad for showing me my 1st ones along with Science Fiction books - I can't HELP but think they assisted in forging the path to my entering into the field of computing which changed my LIFE for the better allowing me a career of creativity & helpfulness empowering others, and a job I'd actually ENJOY parts of (headaches like any other technical job come along too, nothing's perfect, as we all know))... apk

Re:Speaking of "Superman", I finally saw (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201917)

Ugh... thanks for the highlights. I'm glad I skipped the low ones. >_>

Re:DC Omnibus (0)

mvdwege (243851) | about 2 months ago | (#47201699)

Thanks, that was a useful answer!

Re:DC Omnibus (1)

Oligonicella (659917) | about 2 months ago | (#47201775)

Not quite GA, but other brands had some good works; Gold Key, Western Publishing, Tower, Red Circle, etc... even Archie. Mostly they didn't stay around because they didn't enter the steroid/big tit arms race DC and Marvel did.

Re:DC Omnibus (1)

markhb (11721) | about 2 months ago | (#47202105)

If you want to broaden it out a little beyond superheroes and comic books, Fantagraphics did collections of the Foster-era Prince Valiant and the pre-Depression Little Nemo in Slumberland which are worth your time particularly for the artwork.

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Alan Ford (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201409)

Alan Ford is one of the best ones. See Alan Ford (comics) [wikipedia.org] .

Golden Age (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201515)

I think you don't quite understand the Golden Age... there is no 'grounding', because there is no continuity. It was just wacky stuff that each writer decided to write.
That said, Golden age Superman is awesome because he was such a jerk to everyone, even his supposed friends.

Herbie (1)

some old guy (674482) | about 2 months ago | (#47201553)

Nerd hero non pareil. Fear the lollipop.

Comics Code (2)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 2 months ago | (#47201569)

I'm not sure how, but I'd never heard of this "Comics Code" you mentioned in your question.
Wow! That's a hell of a story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C... [wikipedia.org]
Thank god that's dead.

Re:Comics Code (1)

Zontar_Thing_From_Ve (949321) | about 2 months ago | (#47202301)

I'm not sure how, but I'd never heard of this "Comics Code" you mentioned in your question. Wow! That's a hell of a story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C... [wikipedia.org] Thank god that's dead.

It's even worse then you think. Here's the story that many believe on why it really got started.

EC Publications had a successful line of comics in the early 1950s that changed the industry. EC was very successful and they had some of the best artists ever to work in the comics such as Jack Davis, Graham Ingels, Wally Wood, etc. EC's most successful comics were 3 horror comics - Tales From The Crypt, The Haunt Of Fear, and The Vault Of Horror. Anybody remember the old HBO TV series "Tales From The Crypt"? Well, they licensed the title and the concept from EC and even had some episodes based on stories that ran in the comics. EC had other comics such as crime story, war story and sci-fi. All are considered classics.

In an effort to give editor/writer/artist Harvey Kurtzman a chance to earn more money by giving him another comic to edit, Mad was created - as a comic book, not a magazine. Mad became a gigantic success and spawned quite a few imitators, including EC's own official imitation of Mad comic (yes, they really advertised it as such), Panic. Mad the comic did a lot of comics parodies and one they parodied was Archie. The story was called Starchie and they turned him into a juvenile delinquent. Now it is true that at the time some psychologists were actually suggesting that the reason so many kids were "juvenile delinquents" were that comics were warping their poor little minds. Desperate parents latched onto this explanation and the US Senate actually held hearings on it.

The story goes that the guy who published Archie just completely lost his mind over the Mad parody. In his fury, he got some other creators of (mostly less successful than EC) comics to create the Comics Code to "save the kids". Think about the children! Won't somebody think about the children! Well, it just so happens that the Code specifically forbade the use of certain words in comic book titles that just happened to be ones used by EC and they specifically forbade the types of stories that EC published. Was it coincidence? Revenge? I lean towards the latter. Remember, the US was a much less litigious place in those days. People didn't sue over anything and if you tried that, it often didn't work. EC responded by dropping all of their titles except Mad and putting out a new series of comics that had high quality art and conformed to the Code, but as these were nothing like their previous comics, they failed and nobody bought them. EC made one last gasp attempt to avoid the code with a series of "picto-fiction" magazines that had a few drawings and were mostly text, but nobody wanted those either. Mad became a magazine to avoid the Code altogether and the comics line was killed off by EC. So basically the story is that the Comics Code came into being to specifically punish EC Publications for doing a parody of Archie with the cover story being that the Code was there to "protect the children". Mad's original creator Harvey Kurtzman got into trouble with Archie again in the early 1960s when he did another parody starring Goodman Beaver and called "Goodman Goes Playboy". This parody featured Archie and various other characters now living the Playboy lifestyle. Archie's publisher sued again and forced a settlement where the copyright got transferred to him. The story vanished for decades but the copyright failed to be renewed and it's actually in the public domain now, one of the rare things that passed into public domain before the dreaded Bono Act made copyright renewal automatic.

European influences (3, Informative)

bukowski90210 (252368) | about 2 months ago | (#47201583)

Maybe not commonly associated with 'golden age' comics but published concurrently and extremely influential and well-loved are "Tintin" (orig in french, starting c. 1929) by Herge (the pen name of Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi) and of course, the hilarious "The Adventures of Asterix" by Goscinny and Uderzo (orig in french, starting c. 1959). Enjoy!

Re:European influences (0)

mvdwege (243851) | about 2 months ago | (#47201611)

I am Dutch, and as it happens I have these, in the original French no less.

History of Comics: "Ten Cent Plague" (1)

Dr Herbert West (1357769) | about 2 months ago | (#47201595)

With the risk of un-hijacking this thread I notice you didn't specify comic book reading suggestions, just reading suggestions connected with comic books and a certain period of history. There's a couple great histories of the pre-comics code comic book industry: The Ten Cent Plague-- The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America [amazon.com]

You can also check out Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book [amazon.com] I didn't read the first, but it's supposed to be pretty good. The second focuses on some of the cool and quirky characters that really were the founders of a new industry. I found it entertaining and inspiring.

Golden Age Marvel is somewhat of an oxymoron. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201643)

Almost all of Marvel's staple titles emerged in the first few years of the 60's, whereas the silver age is commonly considered to have begun in 1956 with Showcase #4 (DC title featuring the second Flash). If you want golden age superheros, the bulk of the stuff that will resonate with today's comics will be found in Action Comics and Superman, Detective and Batman, and Marvel family titles (featuring the character often referred to as SHAZAM). Be warned, though, for a modern reader these things can be a tedious read. You have to look at them almost like reading historical fiction at this point in time, and really enjoy how goofy and tone-deaf they often are.

No homosexuals on slashdot please (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201651)

Keep your gay questions on grindr.

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For Christ's sake, now what? (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about 2 months ago | (#47201707)

Why is Slashdot all messed up?

- I checked "disable ads" because I have high karma, but it doesn't disable them. I turn it on and off, nothing.

- I only see 5 messages here, a score 3, a score 2, and a score 1, and the score 1 has two score 1's nested under it

- I expand the score 1 and it shows, then I collapse it and it's two child ones contract into "2 hidden comments" line

Other threads are like this -- one only showed me +5s (regardless of how I dragged the sliders and reloaded and prayed and wept like George Bailey on VE day)

I click "Load all", and it does nothing. I click it again and 400+ messages (other thread) all appear, ALL messages. Which is fine and working properly, I suppose, but what happened to the normal 2-3 level depth I've been seeing for years?

Re:For Christ's sake, now what? (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about 2 months ago | (#47201761)

I work in the embedded world, and the ability to find four major issues ***in seconds of use*** indicates a profound incompetency on the part of the programmers of this site.

Usability testing?

Test planning for features?

Obviously did not have any tests done and written by people who don't know the implementation because that is a known vector for bugs to get by the programmer?

This fixes THAT (& much more) better than (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201777)

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Hosts do more w/ less (1 file) @ a faster level (ring 0) vs redundant browser addons (slowing up slower ring 3 browsers) via filtering 4 the IP stack (coded in C, loads w/ OS, & 1st net resolver queried w\ 45++ yrs.of optimization).

* Addons are more complex + slowup browsers & in message passing (use a few concurrently - you'll see)

** Addons slowdown SLOWER usermode browsers layering on MORE - & bloating memory consumption too + hugely excessive CPU usage (4++gb extra in FireFox https://blog.mozilla.org/nneth... [mozilla.org] )

SO - Instead, I work w/ what you have in kernelmode, via hosts (A tightly integrated PART of the IP stack itself)

APK

P.S.=> "The premise is, quite simple: Take something designed by nature & reprogram it to make it work FOR the body, rather than against it..." - Dr. Alice Krippen "I AM LEGEND"

...apk

Re:This fixes THAT (& much more) better than (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201829)

Don't you have a bridge to hang yourself from APK?

Go kill yourself, you useless piece of flesh.

In addition to my other post (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201813)

Did you FLUSH YOUR BROWSER CACHES, shut them down, & reload them?

* Try it... it *may* just be webbrowser caching is all, as far as ads displays etc./et al.

(That's in addition to my last post on custom hosts files value in added speed, security, reliability, & even anonymity online as well as doing it FAR MORE EFFICIENTLY with less moving parts room for breakdown + complexity than other so-called 'solutions' out there, by FAR -> http://ask.slashdot.org/commen... [slashdot.org] ...)

APK

P.S.=> Now, I know you *claim* to be an embedded developer but, it's often the 'geniuses' that overlook the SIMPLEST things since they tend to look too "high-level" QUITE often (happens to the best & worst of us) - try that 1st... & IF you find hosts don't cut it for you? I can post a firewall rules list that "shears off" the REST of the trackers & what-not here that you DON'T SEE as well, if needed (& it works here AND on other sites - took me a year to build it, but it works like gangbusters in combination with hosts)... apk

Comic Book Plus (2)

sproketboy (608031) | about 2 months ago | (#47201735)

This is a great resource for old school comic books: http://comicbookplus.com/ [comicbookplus.com]

Digital Comic Museum (3, Informative)

fiziko (97143) | about 2 months ago | (#47201823)

I would head over to the Digital Comic Museum [digitalcomicmuseum.com] , create a free account, and start going through the public domain titles in addition to the Masterworks/Archives listed by others. The DCM will also give you access to stuff like The Spirit, Lev Gleason's Daredevil, Fawcett's Captain Marvel, Whiz (where CM first appeared), and Captain Billy's Whiz Bang, the golden age/western hero Ghost Rider (with the unfortunate outfit), and thousands of others. Follow your interests; the 1930s and 1940s were part of an era when superheroes weren't quite as dominant as they would later become, so you can find piles of romance, comedy, crime, and so forth in the mix.

Life and Death/Knightfall (2)

thewolfkin (2790519) | about 2 months ago | (#47201883)

[Life and Death of Superman] - that's some classic Superman right there. Superman vs Doomsday is literally my favorite fight in comics that I've ever read. It would be wise to not forget [Red Son] which like TDKR tells a what if story, of what if Superman landed in Russia instead of USA. Maybe you'll have better luck than I did in finding [Superman: Blue] I can find evidence it exists it wasn't just a dream I had but I can't find evidence that it's anywhere. To be fair most people seem to dislike it based on the less than 7 reviews I've read but I read the back of the graphic novel and I was intrigued. The idea is that Superman doesn't have his powers and develops new ones. Instead of stopping bullets, They phase right through him. He's still invulnerable but it's harder to protect people when you can't be a body shield anymore....etc etc etc.

[Knightfall] - a fantastic Batman book that introduced someone more powerful than batman. There's [The Killing Joke] which if I have my stories correct is how Batgirl got paralyzed (sorry for the spoiler but there's a lot of good beyond that)

If you're familiar with Batman already then you can't go wrong with [The Dark Knight Returns] there's a reason it's so revered. Again not the typical Batman story but it's awesome.

Static/Static Shock - because that is some freaking hard junk to find. At this point I would literally pay for Static but I can only find the first run of Static first fun of Static Shock and first fun of new 52 Static. Those are the only ones grouped into graphic novels that I can tell. It's only made me hungry for more.

These are kinda the stories of my youth with the exception of Static that I wish I'd known about back then.

I know it's not golden age but I don't read much marvel in part because I'm still stupidly loyal to DC, in part because I have less interest in their characters and in part because I haven't read much comic books lately, but I would greatly recommend [Planet Hulk --> World War Hulk]. It's a fantastic story in one of the few Marvel characters I like. Planet Hulk literally brings a tear to my eye every time I read it. I heard it hugely recommended at the time and eventually I broke down and read it. Best decision ever.

[Identity Crisis] is a cool JLA story. If you've seen Teen Titans the show that'll help just a skosh. But it's a mystery and it's certainly an interesting one. It's been somewhat controversial in the comic book scene for reasons I can't reveal but should be fairly obvious in the end. But it has a lot of great comic elements.

Re:Life and Death/Knightfall (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47201901)

I don't even read comics and can tell you that zero of the titles you mentioned were "Golden Age" comics.

you insensi7ive 3lod! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47202015)

Silver age is the era you are looking for, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47202093)

the golden age is boring and trite 'greatest generation' propaganda.

Asterix (1)

tippe (1136385) | about 2 months ago | (#47202097)

Well, you're asking the wrong guy, because I'm not at all into comics. But since you asked, I do have fond memories of reading Astérix [wikipedia.org] as a kid. Astérix was translated into English and many other languages, so even if you don't speak french, it shouldn't be a problem for you.

What? You were hoping for a suggestion involving some sort of masked, tight-wearing super-hero that obtained their superpowers because of a bite from an irradiated insect? Oh, please. Astérix may not be masked or tight-wearing, but he has a winged hat, a fantastic moustache, and is absolutely fearless in battle. Furthermore, his friend Obélisk does wear tights (or at least some kind of tightly fitting, blue and white striped half-body-tube thing), and I challenge you to find another super-hero that is as strong as him, as funny as him and who has as voracious an appetite as him. Seriously, all those DC comics are for chumps; you should read Astérix, or at the very least, buy the comics for your kids so that at least they will grow up having known a real hero....

*ducks*

The JSA (2)

prgrmr (568806) | about 2 months ago | (#47202149)

If you really want to understand comics, get and read "The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How it Changed America". It's a part of American literary history that shouldn't be forgotten, and is indispensable for understanding the evolution of comic books. And then get a hold of every Justice Society of America comic, omnibus, and reprint that you can and starting reading from there through the 60s and 70s related titles. You will never look at modern comic books the same way again.

EC comics (Tales from the Crypt) (1)

robstout (2873439) | about 2 months ago | (#47202159)

Not going to be much help, since Golden age Comics is a specialized market.... Check out the EC comics, especially "Tales From the Crypt" and "Weird Tales" These are the comics that caused the comic book code to be put in place. I also liked the little bit of plastic man I read. ++ on Tintin, although I wouldn't think of it as Golden age per-se. Still worth reading. Finally, check out your local library. Mine at least has a large collection of graphic novels. Could help you save some money.

Second Suitor? (1)

ab0mb88 (541388) | about 2 months ago | (#47202189)

"Wow! That's a great question. Tough one, though I mean, what does one gauge his response on? Physical prowess? Keen detection skills? The ability to banter well with super villians?"

Something Slightly Off The Wall... (1)

magusxxx (751600) | about 2 months ago | (#47202237)

These are an excellent resource for those of us who may never be able to afford older comics... The Photo-Journal Guide to Comic Books It comes in three volumes... http://www.amazon.com/Photo-Jo... [amazon.com]

Comic Book Plus - Free And Legal Public Domain (2)

Hohlraum (135212) | about 2 months ago | (#47202271)

http://comicbookplus.com/

You are all welcome :)

Defining the Paramaters (1)

tiniebras (2158384) | about 2 months ago | (#47202475)

I'm no expert on American comics, but I know that the term "Golden Age" tends to be a little loosely defined. I'm going to make an assumption and suggest that you are interested in more than just the early super hero comics. If this is the case, then I would make the following points: (1) The golden Age is best remembered for the birth of the super heroe genre, but at the time Disney character comics out sold those by a wide margin. (2) During the Golden age there was a plethora of other genres avaible, including Detectivce, romance and western. (3) Towards the end of the "Golden Age" super heroes began to fall out of favour and crime and horror became more popularity. It was the rise of these which led to the comics code. With this in mind, it's immediately clear that there are a huge number of possibilities for exploring the "Golden Age". My recommendation would be to look at some of the most notable writers / artists whose work has been widely collected and is easy to get hold of. So specifically I would consider: (1) "The Carl Barks Library" - A series of books collecting all the Donald Duck stories by Carl barks, arguably the greatest golden age "Funny animals" artist. (2) "The Spirit Archives" - DC's reprinting of Will Esiners ground breaking Detective series. The Spirit covered a wide variety of genres from comedy to horror from action adventure to crime drama. (3) "The Ditko Archives" - Ditko came in at the end of the Golden era, and much of his early work was in the horror and mystery comics. There are of course many many other options, but these are soem of my favourites, and I think they give you a good flavour of the variety of the Golden Age!

Comical comic book reader (1)

Weaselmancer (533834) | about 2 months ago | (#47202575)

Download this. [sourceforge.net]

I have heard a rumor that there may be comics available on Bittorrent in this format.

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