X-POSITION: Burnham, Culver, Villalobos Spell Out "E Is For Extinction"
COMIC LEGEND: DC had a series of odd edits based on Superman’s super-vision not being able to see through time.
This is an example about how sometimes you just can’t get ahead of the game.
Superman #127 (by Otto Binder, Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye) introduced the King Kong riff, Titano…
At the end of the issue, Titano is trapped in the past. And Superman uses his Super-vision to search through the time stream to see how Titano is doing…
Naturally, the ficklest of fans freaked the f out over this. “Superman can SEE THROUGH TIME?!?!”
So when they reprinted it in the Giant Superman Annual #2, they made it super-imagination instead…
Which doesn’t really make much sense itself “Trust me, Lois, everything worked out fine. Well, I imagined that it did, at least.” But it made more sense that him seeing through time. A couple of the stories from this time period (the late 1950s/early 1960s) were collected into Signet trade paperbacks. Impressively, they actually went with the edited version (this was rare – typically these type of books just use the original version).
However, when the story was reprinted in 1971’s Superman #239, it was the original version…
So famed fan Rich Morrissey (today’s column is all about the super-fans!) wrote in and it is funny that the editors seemed to have forgotten the Superman Annual, where the change happened in the first place!
Oh well, Superman editors, you tried!
Thanks to everyone’s pal, Commander Benson, for the information! You rule!
Okay, that’s it for this week!
Feel free (heck, I implore you!) to write in with your suggestions for future installments! My e-mail address is email@example.com. And my Twitter feed is http://twitter.com/brian_cronin, so you can ask me legends there, as well!
Here’s my new book, Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent? The cover is by Kevin Hopgood (the fellow who designed War Machine’s armor).
If you want to order a copy, ordering it here gives me a referral fee.
Follow Comics Should Be Good on Twitter and on Facebook (also, feel free to share Comic Book Legends Revealed on our Facebook page!). Not only will you get updates when new blog posts show up on both Twitter and Facebook, but you’ll get original content from me, as well!
Here’s my book of Comic Book Legends (130 legends – half of them are re-worked classic legends I’ve featured on the blog and half of them are legends never published on the blog!).
The cover is by artist Mickey Duzyj. He did a great job on it…(click to enlarge)…
If you’d like to order it, you can use the following code if you’d like to send me a bit of a referral fee…
See you all next week!
Comics Should Be Good accepts review copies. Anything sent to us will (for better or for worse) end up reviewed on the blog. See where to send the review copies.