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Bizarro Back Issues: Superman Plays Superman In A Movie About Superman (1967)

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You may not have heard about it since Warner Bros. is keeping it pretty quiet, but there's a new movie about Superman coming out this week. That means that it's once again time for a new group of people to try their hand at bringing Superman to the big screen, and if there's one thing we've learned from past movies, it's that this is a darn near impossible task. Even in the best of circumstances, even if Clark Kent himself steps up to play the lead role, they're always going to get something wrong.

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Ask Chris #136: Supergirl, Krypton And How It All (Sort Of) Works

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Over a lifetime of reading comics, Senior Writer Chris Sims has developed an inexhaustible arsenal of facts and opinions. That's why, each and every week, we turn to you to put his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!

Q: Chris, there have been a wide amount of versions of Supergirl over the years. Which is the best, which is th

Bizarro Back Issues: Reltih, The Reverse Hitler (1944)

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A few weeks ago, I asked my pal Andrew Weiss if he knew of any Captain Marvel stories that involved boxing that I could use for my annual pugilism-themed December 26th post, and he pointed me to Captain Marvel Adventures #35 and the story of Radar, the International Policeman. Under ordinary circumstances, the story of Billy Batson's alter-ego get

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Bizarro Back Issues: The Strange Amnesia Of President Superman! (1969)

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One of those old saws that always gets tossed around every election year is that nobody who actually wants to be President should ever be given the job. If that's true, then I think we can all agree that it would be better if someone just woke up one morning and found out he was in charge of the country. And also -- a

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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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Ask Chris #118: What’s So Great About Jimmy Olsen?

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Over a lifetime of reading comics, Senior Writer Chris Sims has developed an inexhaustible arsenal of facts and opinions. That's why each and every week, we turn to you, to put his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!

Q: Why do you consider Jimmy Olsen one of the best characters in comics history? That might have sounded kind of derisive or snarky, but I'm genuinely curious to hear your take on the character. -- @jameymcdermott

A: I

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Ask Chris #98: The Best and Worst of Lois Lane

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Here at ComicsAlliance, we value our readership and are always open to what the masses of Internet readers have to say. That's why every week, Senior Writer Chris Sims puts his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!

Q: What is your favorite Lois Lane story? Least favorite? -- @FellAndTerrible

A: Whenever I talk about the Superman family, I usually go straight for Jim

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Bizarro Back Issues: Captain Marvel and the Peace Ray (1946)

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So yeah. That happened.

Oh, relax. Despite the unfortunate modern-day subtext of that panel, the crook here only means it in the sense of generally harming. Point is, I've been reading through a lot of Golden Age Captain Marvel Adventures comics lately, and if I've learned nothing, it's that Billy Batson and his super-heroic alter ego face even stranger situations than the average Golden Age hero, and that's saying something. Being stranded in a futur

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Fatman: The Human Flying Saucer — The Silver Age Madness of Otto Binder and C.C. Beck

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In 1939, Otto Binder and C.C. Beck created Captain Marvel for Fawcett Comics, and for a while, he was the single most popular super-hero in the world. So popular, in fact, that his adventures were outselling even Superman's, which led pretty much directly to a lawsuit from National (the company that would later become DC) that successfully alleged that Captain Marvel was infringing on their existing copyright of a dark-haired guy in a cape who went around punching out a bald scientist.

That story is

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