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Comic Book Questions Answered – What is a Baldy Award?

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Comic Book Questions Answered – where I answer whatever questions you folks might have about comic books (feel free to e-mail questions to me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com). Here is a link to an archive of all the past questions that have been answered so far.

This time around, the question comes courtesy of Brodie, who asked in the comments section of our recent piece on the history of the No-Prize Award:

I just want to know what a Baldy Award was.

Read on to find out!

The Baldy Award was basically the No-Prize equivalent of the Superman line of comics during the 1990s (which at one point grew to FIVE titles a month!), occasionally given out to the best letter they received this month.

The actual award was a postcard “from” Lex Luthor, personally “signed” by Luthor himself…

baldy-award

If anyone else has a comic book question, feel free to drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com

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That was quick. Woot!

The post card image was longer than all of the written part of this article. ; )

And I was one of those people buying Superman comics on a weekly basis. Every week I knew at least one Superman comic would be in my pull box every time that I would go into the store.

Ha! Hey, when the answer’s simple, the answer’s simple, ya know? :)

I never won a No-Prize, but I did get a Baldy.

It’s a little odd to get a postcard from a fictional character, but still a really cool memento.

I forgot about these, but I was always curious as well. I loved Superman during that era.

Blimey. That must have been when Lex was going through his Wilson Fisk phase.

Either that or his McDonald’s phase.

Weren’t there also in-story Baldy Awards? I seem to remember Lois, Clark, et al going to some awards ceremonies as part of the story at some point.

And in-universe, it was an affectionate nickname for a local annual excellence in journalism award that Lexcorp sponsored.

I feel it should be noted that “Superman: The Man of Tomorrow” was approximately quarterly–whenever there was a month with five Wednesdays–and didn’t last very long before DC decided to go the fifth-week event route.

That was a fun time for Superman books.

Ah the triangle numbering years, my absolute favorite…
And then Eddie Berganza happened

Didn’t someone get a (well deserved) Baldy for suggesting the triangle numbering system? Then someone else suggested the triangles be S-shields and that warranted another Baldy?

Mr Nitpicklx the imp, here. They never got to 5 titles a month, they got 5 titles a YEAR, i.e. 52 issues.
They added a fifth quarterly title to fill-in the four missing week resulting from 4×12 = 48 issues. It was titled “Superman the Man of Tommorow”.

So they could have 5 titles a month, but only 3 or 4 times per year.

The series died with the trangle numbers, I think, and I’m pretty sure the triangles were never turned into S-shields.

So…they had 5 titles a month, like Brian said, even though it was only a few months a year.

Here’s a Man of Steel cover with the original triangle:

http://www.comics.org/issue/1310387/cover/4/

Here’s MoS 100, with S-shield:

http://www.comics.org/issue/90182/cover/4/

And here’s the last issue of MoS, (although the Superman books continued) no more triangle #:

http://www.comics.org/issue/115922/cover/4/

In other words, xlkciptin!

(Not trying to bust on you, Rick, but just saying, if you’re going to nitpick, you probably should look things up first if you don’t remember them.)

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