For December DC Comics are continuing to their theme variant covers but this time there is a twist. Instead of just normal variants, each variant will come three varieties: full colors, inks, and pencils. The buyer won’t know which of the three they will get as they will all come in the following black polybag.
In addition to the three normal varieties (color, ink, pencils) one lucky buyer will truly hit the jackpot as each artist created an original 1 of 1 sketch cover which was slipped in the mix as well. Here is J. Scott Campbell’s original sketch variant that he posted on his Facebook page. Sadly with the number of collector’s that will buy copies of these books and never open them its likely that a few of these original sketch variants will never see the light of day.
Here’s the full list of comics and artists:
- Harley’s Little Black Book 1 – J. Scott Campbell
- Justice League 47 – Jim Lee
- Justice League Of America 6 – Joe Madureira
- The Flash 47 – Terry Dodson
- Green Arrow 47 – Tim Sale
- Wonder Woman 47 – Amanda Conner
- Superman 47 – Lee Bermejo
- Batman 47 – Alex Ross
- Harley Quinn 23 – Bruce Timm
- Green Lantern 47 – Darwyn Cooke
Here is the complete collection of covers including each in full colors, inks, and pencils:
Harley’s Little Black Book 1
Justice League 47
Justice League Of America 6
The Flash 47
Green Arrow 47
Wonder Woman 47
Harley Quinn 23
Green Lantern 47
A couple of years ago my wonderful wife qcait bought me three old issues of Action Comics featuring Streaky the Supercat for my birthday. So I decided to write about them in here! This will be the first of my three part series going through each of these comics. The first issue we will look at is Action Comics 261 which is the first appearance, and origin of Streaky the Supercat. If you are wondering why Streaky doesn’t have top billing on the cover, this comic is old enough that they used to have multiple non-Superman stores in each issue of Action Comics. “Supergirl’s Super Pet!” is actually the third story in this comic along with “Superman’s Fortresses of Solitude!” and “Congorilla’s Last Stand!”. I actually didn’t read the other two stories as this comic is pretty old and I didn’t want to be handling it too much.
Streaky’s origin begins with Linda Lee aka Kara Zor-El aka Supergirl hanging out at her home, an orphanage. Her super vision spots a small piece of kryptonite falling from the sky. She quickly changes into Supergirl to go retrieve the small rock. Kara takes it back to her orphanage chemistry lab and begins experimenting with it to try find a way to reverse its effects. After believing her attempts have failed she tosses the Kryptonite out a window. Just then her new pet kitten happens to find the rock which, through her experiments, has become the new element x-kryptonite. The x-kryptonite gives Streaky superpowers which he immediately goes out on the town to show off. Supergirl hears Streaky’s distinct meow magnified over 50x so she goes to investigate and finds her new pet has super powers. The two go into space to play when suddenly Streaky’s powers are lost and he starts dropping back to earth. Kara quickly swoops him up and takes him safely back to the orphanage.
Here are my stray thoughts and observations. I was surprised to find out that Streaky was not actually from Krypton. I had always assumed with his stripe that he had somehow gotten to earth similar to Krypto the Superdog. I also did not know that Supergirl had an alter ego named Linda Lee. I’ve seen the Supergirl movie in which she uses that name, but like most people I immediately blocked the film out of my memory. I was also surprised that Supergirl wears a brown wig when she is her alter ego Linda Lee. I mean it makes sense, Superman’s glasses have to be the worse disguise of all time. I did laugh out loud when it said, “Next day, in a small chemical laboratory in the orphanage”. You know the small chemical labs that orphanages are all famous for having.
Overall I really liked the story. It was short (only 8 pages) but tells a nice little complete story. It also was corny (as the golden / silver age tend to be) but not so corny that it was unreadable. The art was fantastic, very detailed and able to emote a lot of action.
I don’t really collect a lot of high dollar comics so this is by far the oldest and most valuable comic I own. So I was a little afraid to handle it and in order to read it winded up scanning the complete Streaky story. Since I already went to the trouble of scanning the whole thing I figured I mine as well share the whole thing with you guys, so here it is the complete origin of Streaky the Supercat!
In honor of the premiere of Supergirl tonight here is a video that DC All Access put together on some of her best moments from the comics.
DC continues it’s theme variant covers this November with Looney Tunes Variant Covers. Here is the complete collection.
We have now reach Comic number 9 of my 25 part Mystery Comic series with 2005’s Day of Vengeance 1.
I’ve never heard of Day of Vengeance before. So I had to look them up on Wikipedia, which made me feel better that it wasn’t some long on going series I had never head of. Day of Vengeance is a limited series that came out as a prelude to DC’s Infinite Crisis event. Reading up on Wikipedia revealed there ate some complicated steps that happen before we get to Day of Vengeance 1. It centers around some stuff left over from Identity Crisis that is so comiplicated that I don’t really understand it, and don’t want to get in to it.
The long and short of it is that Day of Vengeance centers around The Spectre and the magical characters and elements of the DC universe.
The comic opens up with a vague scene of a woman locked up in a weird mansion. She is possibly getting tortured? It’s unclear what is going on and it ends with her putting a crystal to her chest and transforming into some sort of magical wizard or something. I’m assuming the series was purposefully vague about all this and it will come into play later on.
The comic then cuts to an introduction to Ragman which I appreciated, because I had never heard of him before. It was a pretty cool introduction, it shows him in action and gives the reader enough context to figure out what his deal is. The art is really fantastic and managed to make a character with a lame name like Ragman a interesting character. After our introduction Ragman is sent to help out The Enchantress who has been buried in a forest as collateral damage during a battle between The Spectre and Blackbriar Thorn.
Enchantress is like we have got to GTFO and Ragman transports the both of them to the Oblivion Bar (a hangout of magical folks).
Enchantress tries to gather a group of people together to fight The Spectre who she fears will lead to the death of every magical person. No one at the bar seems eager to take on one of the most powerful members of the magic community except Detective Chimp (yes a talking Chimp) who is ready to go.
The comic then ends with an allusive scene involving some mystic sending out SHAZAM to take out our new team.
Overall I enjoyed the comic. The story telling was engaging and had a good mix of exposition along with vague foreshadowing. The art was fantastic and did a good job of helping tell the story itself which helped cut down or pure expositional text. I think the mystical / magical side of DC is intriguing and would like to be more familiar with these characters. If I see Day of Vengeance collected in trade at a Half Priced books I will definitely pick it up.
In honor of the latest DC Original Animated Film Justice League: Gods and Monsters DC All Access put together a list of the Top 10 Moments from their library of 24 original movies.
I definitely agree with a few of these on the list. I think they were spot on with their number one pick and the scene from Superman vs. the Elite is definitely one of the best. The only moment that really stuck out in my mind that should of been on this list was the Joker reveal in Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. I put a link below but if you haven’t seen it I’d suggest just going ahead and watching the whole movie.