Sunday, August 1, 2010

10 Moments in DC History That You Won’t See On the Top 75

CBR is presently having readers vote on top moments in the history of DC comics, with a list that’s fun to read for the stroll down memory lane it provides. It got me to thinking of some of the perhaps lesser, but nevertheless significant moments.

1. Wondertot is evasive with her mother – Wonder Woman #130, 1962 by Robert Kanigher, art by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito

This unforgettable face kicked off a series of “Nothing Happened” stories. Nothing would ever be the same.

2. Wendy, Marvin and Wonderdog meet Zan, Jayna and Gleek – Superfriends #7, 1977, by E. Nelson Bridwell, art by Ramona Fradon and Bob Smith

I really think to Superfriends fans this is actually a pretty huge moment!

3. Superbaby almost kills a guy – Superboy #124, 1965 Writer: Otto Binder Artist: George Papp

Long before comics turned dark, we almost saw a superpowered baby kill a dude. That would’ve been pretty dark, never mind Wonder Woman and Maxwell Lord decades later, that’s kid’s stuff. Considering this is also the issue where Lana Lang becomes Insect Queen, Superboy #124 is key, baby.

4. Reveal why Cynthia not turned on by Scooter – Swing With Scooter #1, 1966 Written by Barbara Friedlander and Jack Miller, Art by Joe Orlando

Who could forget the one girl on the cover of Scooter’s inaugural issue not totally into the Brit import? The shocking revelation behind “Zippsville” comes at the end of the issue, and it’s a humdinger.

5. Sugar and Spike realize they can understand each other – Sugar and Spike #1, 1956, Written and Drawn by Sheldon Mayer

I mean if they hadn’t, there wouldn’t have been much of a comic.

6. Flip of the Maniaks appears to be attempting suicide – Showcase #69, 1967 by E. Nelson Bridwell, art by Mike Sekowsky and Mike Esposito

Another proto-dark moment of the Silver Age. He does land on a trampoline, talking hipspeak all the way.

7. Robin kicks Johnny DC in the face. Inferior 5 #6, 1968 – Written by E. Nelson Bridwell, Art by Orlando and Esposito

Ouch! That’ll learn ‘im!

8. Stanley’s Monster dresses like Superman – Stanley and His Monster #111, Written by Arnold Drake, Art by Winslow Mortimer

Thus is born Super-Hulk, whose legend will live on for the next several pages of wackiness.

9. Brother Power gets a makeover – Brother Power the Geek #1 Writer Joe Simon, Artist…uncertain, most say Al Bare and Bill Draut

Well, he gets his hair combed, that’s something anyway. I dunno, to me Bro-Po’s look actually anticipated a few later rock stars, I won’t say which ones.

10. Lois goes black – Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane # 106, 1970 – writer, Robert Kanigher Artists: Werner Roth and Vince Colletta, Cover Artist: Curt Swan

The girl reporter takes a bold stride into the seventies with this classic issue and cover, years before Nick Fury did it.

Runner-up: Batgirl gets a run in her tights. Detective Comics # 371, 1968 Writer: Gardner Fox, Artist: Gil Kane and Sid Greene

Batgirl finds a way to distract thugs during a fight, with her pulchritude, though Batman and Robin are presumably too focused to be distracted.

Bonus Moment: Brother Power decides the lazy ways of the hippies are not for him…

…but I decide the lazy ways of getting two moments from one issue are for me! And we see our logo on the bottom the page, so it’s time to sign off for now! Goombye please!


rob! said...

The Lois-turns-black thing definitely needs to be on the Top 100 list!

(And, more seriously, I think the that Sugar and Spike moment does belong there)

Aaron said...

Definitely once you see that Lois cover you don't forget it!

Blaze said...

I agree with rob! that Spike meeting Sugar is major league stuff.

I have no knowledge of Scooter or Cynthia, but the fact the lady has glasses and freckles is a dead giveaway that she's an "ugly" immigrant from Squaresville. And very likely more representative of the average reader of "Scooter" than any of the groovy hipsters in the starring roles.

Aaron said...

Scooter rocks! What are you saying? lol...thx for the comments, I mostly was pretty randomly pulling stuff in my ever burgeoning "sixties cult classics" section, but a couple of those I think are pretty memorable and significant.