Comic Review: Superman: The Silver Age Sundays, Vol. 2: 1963-1966 (IDW Publishing)

From IDW, Superman Silver Age Sundays, Vol. 2: 1963-1966 brings the series to a conclusion. As indicated inside the volume, Mort Weisinger at DC was recycling recent comic stories into […]

From IDW, Superman Silver Age Sundays, Vol. 2: 1963-1966 brings the series to a conclusion.

As indicated inside the volume, Mort Weisinger at DC was recycling recent comic stories into Sunday page strips. He had a lot on the go. An issue of Superman or Action Comics from just a few months earlier might provide a two month period of full-page Sunday strips.

The stories here are credited as having been written by Jerry Seigel, Robert Bernstein, Otto Binder, Leo Dorfman, Bill Finger and Edmond Hamilton. They’re all drawn by Wayne Boring. At times, Boring was called upon to reillustrate stories that he had just drawn for the comic books, in different dimensions for the Sunday strips. No matter, his style, dated today, was what the Superman readers had come to see, along with those of Al Plastino, Curt Swan and Kurt Schaffenberger.

The fifteen storylines contained in this volume are the last of the Superman Sunday strips ever produced. They end in May 1966, at a time when public interest in Superman was waning. The stories are of the ‘fantastic’ variety, mostly; Time travel, the frequent appearance of Mr. Mxyzptlk, Lois wondering if Clark Kent is indeed Superman, and lots and lots of large creatures: bugs, octopus, and so on.

It’s great nostalgic fun, the book is well composed and edited by Dean Mullaney, with a foreword by Mark Waid with John Wells.

IDW, Superman Silver Age Sundays, Vol. 2: 1963-1966, $49.99 for 186 pages of content

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