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Bizarro Back Issues: Captain Marvel Battles The Pie Plot! (1951)

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Last week, Captain Marvel Shazam Billy Batson and his super-powered alter ego returned to the spotlight in the pages of Justice League #0. For the new version, DC's going for a grittier, edgier version of the character that's sure to delight middle aged readers everywhere who want to see a little kid be a dick to everybody, but let's be honest: That grim darkness was always there, right from those original stories.

And to prove it, I'm

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Bizarro Back Issues: Saturn Girl For President! (1963)

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It's an Election Year here in America, which means that the strange eccentricities of our political system are in full swing. Don't get me wrong, it's not exactly a logical progression any other time, but it's only once every four years that things get truly insane, with mud-slinging ads, people pretending to be plumbers and the occasional celebrity yelling at a piece of furniture.

Eve

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Bizarro Back Issues: The Tarantula Is Definitely Not Spider-Man (1972)

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If you attended elementary school sometime in the past forty years or so, you may already be familiar with Scholastic Scope, a Language Arts-themed magazine for students put out in order to encourage reading, and therefore the purchase of the many fine books available from Scholastic Publishing. What you may

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Bizarro Back Issues: OMAC And The City Of The Super-Rich!! (1974)

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On the off chance that you missed it, yesterday was Jack Kirby's birthday. The King of Comics would've been 95, and it probably won't surprise anyone to learn that here at ComicsAlliance, we've been thinking a lot about the man and his contributions to the medium this week. That's why I decided

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Bizarro Back Issues: Supergirl Battles Black Flame — The Maid of Menace! (1963)

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It wasn't that long ago that the Bizarro Back Issues column turned its focus to Action Comics #304 and "The Interplanetary Olympics," but there was something I didn't mention in the write-up of that story. As it turns out, the strange saga of Superman going out into space and totally choking at a sham Olympics that's actually just a cover for three

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Bizarro Back Issues: Batman Dominates ‘The Olympic Games of Space’ Because Of Course He Does (1958)

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A few weeks back, I talked about Superman's ill-fated trip to the Interplanetary Olympics. In that story, the Man of Steel claimed that he could've won if he wanted to, but let's face facts here: When it came down to it, Super

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Bizarro Back Issues: Superman Is Terrible At The Interplanetary Olympics (1963)

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I've never really been much of a sports fan, mostly because my enjoyment of a sport is based entirely on how often a steel folding chair is used as a weapon, and for some reason that never really happens in basketball. That

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Bizarro Back Issues: Archie And Betty And Their Hillbilly River Adventure (1978)

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Over the past few years, Archie Comics has been taking a shot at telling a few more serious stories. Life With Archie in particular, in which Archie's alternate future marriages are detailed, has dealt with a lot of serious stuff, including Cheryl Blossom moving back to Riverdale after a failed stint in Hollywood so that she could be closer to her family while she underwent treatment for cancer. It's pretty g

Bizarro Back Issues: Spider-Man Beats Venom With Beach Nudity (1989)

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When I was a kid, I had a paperback called The Very Best of Spider-Man that I read until the binding wore out. Looking back, I might take a slight issue with that title, but it really was a pretty great selection of stories that had a huge impact on making me a fan of the character: "Whatever Happened to Crusher Hogan" is still a favorite to this day, the heartstring-tugging "The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man," and, probably most importantly, "The Final Chapter" from Amazing Spider-Man #33, which still ranks as the single best comic Marvel ever published.

And then there was the one where Spide

Bizarro Back Issues: The ‘Rainbow Doom’ of Superman (1955)

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DC's Silver Age comics get a bad rap sometimes. A lot of people look back on them as silly artifacts of a time when comic book stories were knocked out over lunch hours by people who thought catering to an audience of children meant that they didn't have to make the effort actually make sense, and while that's certainly the case for a few of them, that really sells things short. Thes

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