Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Superman Family #191 (DC/1978)
Superman Family #191 (DC)
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During the seventies DC comics faced a real crisis and had an "implosion" in which the company had to cut the number of titles back to the basics. However you can't keep good comics down and as they rose from the ashes one of the experiments they tried was the "Dollar Comic", a giant-sized comic with several features and to begin with no ads.
One of those comics was Superman Family which was a merger of Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen and Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane but continuing with the numbering of Olsen's solo title. It actually began as a 100 pager, but with lots of reprints, whereas the Dollar titles gave all new stories and art which is what the punters (myself included really wanted.
Although the format eventually became uneconomic these are comics well worth picking up containing charming stories about Superboy, Supergirl, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and even solo tales of Krypto the superdog!
Issue 191 sees a kryptonian exploration machine try to wipe out mankind whilst Jimmy Olsen and the Newsboy legion search for the Guardian. Supergirl teams up with the Doom Patrol and Lois Lane goes in search of a missing baby smashing a baby kidnapping ring at the same time.`
There's also a tale of Nightwing and Flamebird set in the bottled city of Kandor and Krypto is proving to be a man's best friend as he travels in search of the real killer....