Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Single Issue Hall of Fame: 100-Page Super Spectacular #DC-14
Sure, that title may be a bit tough to remember, but jot it down because if you don't already own this book, you should track it down as soon as humanly possible. I bought this 100 pager from the back issue bins as a kid (circa 1980) and read it to pieces. I eventually had to buy a second copy. Why is this one so great? For, starters it features reprint of the Monk storyline from Detective Comics #31 and #32. It also reprints the first Atom story from Showcase #34, for those of you who don't have a few hundred dollars to spare. My favourite story in this issue? Truth be told, it's the Stretch Skinner origin story from the Wildcat entry - one of the most charming Golden Age tales I've ever read. Reed Crandall fans should not that this issue not only has a Crandall/Cudeira Blackhawk story, but also a Crandall drawn Doll Man story. There's also a very early (1942) Wonder Woman story, and a superb Dick Sprang drawn story from 1950 in which a new Batmobile is introduced. This book is a treasure trove for fans of classic comics. Did I mention the awesome Nick Cardy cover? It's a wraparound (with the remaining characters on the back). Perhaps someone can correct me if I'm wrong - but I believe the original version of this cover had Wonder Woman on the cover, but DC made a last minute change and went with Wildcat. I just love this book!