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Showcase Presents: Superman Family Vol. 4 (Showcase Presents (Unnumbered Paperback)) Paperback – May 14, 2013

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  • Series: Showcase Presents (Unnumbered Paperback)
  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (May 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401238378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401238377
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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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.
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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.
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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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Some of the comics of the 1960s, including some in the "Superman family" of comics, had excellent stories. Others were almost unreadable... tedious and repetitive, ending with the character waking up and realizing it was all a dream. (Lois traels back into the past, and falls in love with Robin Hood. He has a secret identity, like Clark Kent. He asks her to marry him. She says yes. It was all a dream. Lois travels back in time and falls in love with Samson. He has a secret identity, like Clark Kent. He asks her to marry him. She says yes. It was all a dream. And so on, and so forth. This volume has a number of stories along these lines, which become tedious in short order.

On the plus side:

* The printing is excellent. The pages are all in order (which was not the case in one of the earlier volumes, which managed to print some pages out of order).

* Kurt Schaffenberger's artwork in the Lois Lane stories is wonderful, almost worth the price of the book in itself.

* The imaginary stories in which Lois marries Superman are fun, clever little microcosms of how marriage was seen and was portrayed in the media in the 1950s. (The stories in this volume are from the early 60s, but the way marriage is portrayed has a decidedly 1950s flavor)

On the down side:

* A number of the stories are just plain lazy and stupid. Some are thinly veiled rewrites of stories which had been published only three or four years earlier, and can be found in the previous volumes of the series. It's sad that the writers and editors were so lazy that they had to recycle tedious old stories, rather than taking the time to come up with something new and interesting for the thousands of kids reading the comics.
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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.
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This is another in DC's series of reprints from the silver age. It's black and white to keep the price down, but that shouldn't detract too much from the enjoyment. Any fan of that era should pick up a copy.
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As said this was a fun return to comics I read as a kid in the 50's and 60's. The only thing that could have made this better would have been if they were in color but the would have cost much more. For the pric asked for you can not beat this for some old time fun.
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