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Showcase Presents Superman Family TP Vol 4 (Showcase Presents (Unnumbered Paperback)) [Paperback]

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21 May 2013 Showcase Presents (Unnumbered Paperback)
In these oddball stories from the start of the 1960s, Jimmy Olsen meets Tom Baker, Power Lad, an army of miniature Supermen, and Jimmy becomes "The Fat Boy of Metropolis," "Super Jimmy," "The Giant Turtle Man of Metropolis," and a wolfman. Lois Lane, mean

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  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (21 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401238378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401238377
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 3.5 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 664,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Superman's Friends - Good Nostaligic Fun 24 April 2013
By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This latest collection is volume four of Superman family.
It runs from the years 1960 until 1961 and contains the following print runs
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen Editions 45 to 53 and
Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane Editions 17-26.

Previous Volume links are here- all can be recommended.

Showcase Presents Superman Family: Volume 1
Showcase Presents: Superman Family v. 2 (Showcase Presents): Superman Family v. 2 (Showcase Presents)
Showcase Presents: Superman Family v. 3

They are printed on 'cheap as chips paper' in wonderful black and white but at this price we cannot complain.

Now many people will be like me- they have read Superman, Batman and Justice Leagues and their like with possibly The Flash and Green Lanterns
I doubt that many of them were available to buy anyway.
The reasons are money was tight you had to make a choice and Batman and Superman won hands down.
Why would a male reader want to read about a girl Lois Lane?
This was the early 1960s when women were treated like sex objects for men!
BUT I doubt many 9 to 13 year old super hero fan males would choose the NON Super Powered Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsens over Batman*, The Flash, Green Lantern and Superman if money was tight and you were forced to make a choice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DCs finest artists 14 May 2013
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The majority of artwork in this book consists of Kurt Schaffenberger and Curt Swan. Schaffenberger was the definitive Lois Lane artist. and Swan was considered to be the Superman artist. This is an excellent collection of their work and is well worth adding to your collection. Yes some of the stories may be dated now, but it's wrong to judge them by today's standards. As a piece of social history the book is a fine example of the comics produced by DC in the early 60s, before Marvel changed the rules.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superman Family Vol.4 14 Feb 2014
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This book is great for everyone who remembers these stories from the 1960's in the American DC Superman comics. The book has over 500 stories and are printed in black and white and not coloured. The book is printed on cheap paper but this does not distract from the value and enjoyment that all comic book readers expect from comics of the 1960's era. Overall excellent value for money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Precious Silver Age Tales 17 May 2013
By Daneel Olivaw - Published on Amazon.com
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First, a consumer tip: this book is in black and white, printed on pulp paper. If you are waiting for these stories to be reprinted in color and on glossy or archival paper, you probably have a long wait ahead of you.

Like the Golden Age comics of the 1940s, these Silver Age comics are the product of a time gone by. The technology and economics of producing comic books has advanced dramatically and there's no going back to those more "innocent" times. Originally published in 1960 and 1961, these stories were produced during a time closer to the invention of comic books (and Superman) than they are to today.

Reprinted in this volume are all the stories from Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane #17-26 and Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #45-53. They were written and drawn during the fabled Mort Weisinger era, the DC editor who oversaw the expansion of Superman's large supporting cast and the classic mythos of the Man of Steel's life. Faced with the difficulty of producing interesting stories about a superhero who basically could do anything, Weisinger sought the conflict needed for interesting stories by relying on Superman's friends and co-workers. He also had to do this while gearing these stories to a pre-teen audience.

Thus, this is the Lois Lane who desperately wanted to marry Superman, who kept trying to prove her suspicion that Superman was really Clark Kent and who constantly exposed herself to life-threatening danger in pursuit of her "scoops" for the Daily Planet. In the meantime, Jimmy Olsen continually got into hot water trying to prove his journalistic abilities and demonstrate to Lois' sister Lucy that he was worthy boyfriend material. Jimmy also had a bad habit of getting himself physically transformed into bizarre forms, such as the Giant Turtle Man depicted on this book's cover.

The artwork in these stories is flawless, the majority illustrated by Curt Swan and Kurt Schaffenberger whose work of a half century ago still puts most subsequent comic book artists to shame. And for longtime comic book fans, it warms the heart to realize that some of these stories were written by Jerry Siegel, one of the original creators of Superman (even though he was denied much of the recognition and remuneration for his historic work at that time).

Now, my confession: I was smack-dab in the middle of that pre-teen audience when these stories first appeared and I was enchanted by them. I cannot separate my love for these stories from my ability to objectively critique them. They might be too old to appeal to modern comic book fans, even today's children. And the lack of color in this book might be an added barrier to an audience that barely knows movies were once all in black and white.

But if you were there and sucked these stories in like oxygen as a child, this collection is wonderful. It also comes as a bit of a surprise, since it has been four years since volume 3 was published, a huge gap that made one fear the earlier volumes didn't sell enough to continue the series. Maybe DC is hoping the release of a new Superman movie this summer will juice up sales for this book. Whatever the reason, it is a treasure for today's old timers who literally grew up with these stories and for comic book fans who value these innocent old stories as a time capsule of the days before "The Sixties" profoundly changed virtually every aspect of American society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Showcase Presents: Superman Family Vol. 4 10 Jun 2013
By Tony Barrington - Published on Amazon.com
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I do love this series that mostly showcases the great artwork of Kurt Schaffenberger and Curt Swan. Of couse I miss the color of these stories since they are in black and white, but with so many pages to enjoy I wouldn't have been able to afford this otherwise. Looking forward to the later editions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic if sometimes silly stories 1 Jun 2013
By joel m welker - Published on Amazon.com
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They still haven't reached my early comic reading years but I read a number of these in the 80 Page Giants. Can sometimes be serious and poignant and at other times you wonder how Superman kept himself from killing Jimmy and Lois to get relief from the idiocy and snoopiness - not to mention having to constantly rescue them from the situations they got into. Not intended to be read straight thru and I don't reccommend anyone try that - take in small doses.
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a bargain getting these reprints in one book ! 9 Feb 2014
By Morgan Painter - Published on Amazon.com
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These old B & W reprints are great for reading those comics that slipped by when 12 cents was hard to come by. Plus you don't have to leaf through those endless ads for 'Sea Monkeys.' Such a deal. It would cost a small fortune to get these classics in the original comic book form. The service was fast and the book arrived in perfect condition since it was extremely well packaged. I sure hope they reprint more in this series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the Funnest Era in DC Comics 3 Oct 2013
By E. David Swan - Published on Amazon.com
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The DC Showcase line is the inexpensive way to get a ton of comics. The tradeoff is that the comics are printed on cheap paper and the images are In black and white rather than color as they were originally presented. However, another way to look at it is as a showcase of the penciling and inking of legends like Curt Swan and Kurt Schaffenberger. This isn't just rationalizing, I really do believe the artwork shines with the color removed. Superman Family features all the comics of Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane and Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen from May 1960 to July 1961. The Lois Lane comics tend to revolve around Lois trying to win Superman's heart with Lana Lang appearing as a rival for the Man of Steel's affection. Superman is generally amused by the whole thing and often acts as a prankster teaching Lois a lesson. With Jimmy Olsen, Superman is more like a genie appearing whenever Jimmy calls him with his signal watch. Other stories tend to revolve around items in Jimmy's "Superman Trophy Collection" which Superman has given him over the years including inexplicably powerful and dangerous objects that Superman handed him without warning. The third type of story are the Professor Potter stories. Potter is an absurdly ridiculous scientist who can seemingly invent anything like, for instance, a fully working time machines. These inventions invariably get Jimmy into wacky adventures but never elicit shock that he has created, y'know A TIME MACHINE.

Less than half the stories here have a credited writer but most of those that list a writer are done by either Jerry Siegel or Otto Binder. I tend to associate all these lighthearted 1960's Superman stories with Otto Binder who brought his fun, lighthearted style from Fawcett Comics. There is no attempt at seriousness here. This is unconstrained creativity. It amuses me to no end to see this being of godlike powers paying so much attention to Jimmy and Lois including playing endless practical jokes on them. It's also made clear that Superman is constantly monitoring Lois and Jimmy in case they find themselves in danger and that's CREEEEEPY. Although the frequency in which they find themselves in mortal peril would necessitate this observation lest they perish before the day is done.

The Showcase series is for people who are fine with black and white images and love TONS of material. In this case the book is a wonderful 520 pages of fun. I think it's a safe bet that you will NEVER see stories like these again. They are aimed more for children but the writing and art are done by some very talented people. You may find yourself groaning and slapping you palm against you forehead but they are just so darn entertaining in a silly harmless way that I can't see how anyone could dislike them. Once you start reading this collection you may find them hard to put down.
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