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4.0 out of 5 stars Superman's Friends - Good Nostaligic Fun, 24 April 2013
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This review is from: Showcase Presents Superman Family TP Vol 4 (Showcase Presents (Unnumbered Paperback)) (Paperback)
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.
If I had pocket money of 2 shillings (20 pence) and had to buy 2 comics for 9d each (almost 10 pence one half of my allowance I would always go for the more exciting Batman and Supermans over the Non Super Powered |Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lanes.

(*Yes I do know that Batman was not Superpowered)

The Jimmy Olsen comics had Jimmy as 'wet as a halibut's bathing costume to quote Blackadder.
the stories were lame even then BUT

That is the attraction of these stories.
It's a chance to relive your youth- suspend belief and enjoy the comics for what they were.
If you are like me you will not have read any of them anyway.

America in those days was a fabulous yet exotic place. Familiar from countless TV series and Movies yet to an English eye familiar and exotic.
Times, attitudes and politics were really different then.

I've read and enjoyed volumes 1, 2 and 3 greatly much to my disbelief!

Read and enjoy.
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Initial post: 23 Jun 2014 17:11:06 BDT
Karen El says:
Funny how no one ever considers why a female reader would want to read or watch movies or TV about men, but somehow a male reading about women is something that requires an excuse that it's all about reducing her to a sex object for the male gaze, so it's okay.

Thankfully, you are wrong about this book.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jun 2014 19:56:53 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Jun 2014 19:58:36 BDT
Glenn Cook says:
Hmmm I think my phrase was clumsy.
I think I could have worded it better.

I enjoyed the stories BUT in the 1960's Lois Lane was seen as 'girly' as wet as a halibut's bathing costume.
Little money.
I was a straight choice Batman (who was excellent then) or Superman. or Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen?

I think we both will agree times have changed for the better?
Women quite rightly are seen as equals which is right and proper.

However there is 'Chick Lit' which is aimed at the female buyer.

We are talking about comics from the 1960s.
I think I deserve little leeway in that I am saying just how enjoyable the stories are whilst saying and admitting why I never read those comics as a 9 year old male?

I am intrigued by your name or nicky.
Karen El is that a play on Superman's Kryptonian Name?

Have you read the articles on how he was based on Jewish Folklore?
The name and traditions as well as the writers both I believe of the Jewish faith?
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