|Pop Culture Gadabout|
Tuesday, January 03, 2006 |
( 1/03/2006 04:13:00 PM ) Bill S.
"CAN YOU GUESS WHY CLARK IS SO POSITIVE THAT JIMMY'S DREAM COULD NEVER BE FULFILLED?" – Belatedly received a ten dollar gift cert for Borders after the holidays, so I quickly availed myself of this windfall by using it on a copy of the 500-page Showcase Presents Superman collection – definitely some sharp bargain shopping on my part.
By now, enough comics bloggers have written about this hefty black-&-white collection of Superman comics circa 1958-59 to make much description necessary. In no uncertain terms, these are kids' books, pure and simple, written by solid pro pulpsters with a young reader in mind (as an eight-year-old, I built my reading vocabulary on this stuff!). And, depending on your tolerance for the type of comics writing that tells you the same thing three different ways – then stops to ask the reader if they can figure out the grade school riddle upon which the story hangs – you may or may not be attuned to its clunky charms. Me, I find if I ration it, sticking to one or two issues worth of reprints at a time, my good will remains intact.
Too much at once, though, and it's like trying to quench your thirst with Nik-L-Nips. . .