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Superman: The Golden Age Newspaper Dailies: 1942-1944 Hardcover – February 7, 2017
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Wayne Boring was born in Minnesota in 1905 and studied art in his hometown, as well as the Chicago Art Institute. He became one of Joe Shuster’s early assistants in the late 1930s and eventually assumed the full drawing duties. His rendition of Superman became the most recognizable version during the 1950s and ‘60s.
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The big difference between the Silver Age dailies and the Golden Age dailies is that the Silver Age stories were simply redone stories from the comic books. The art was redrawn and the stories were expanded but ultimately they were just retellings. This is not the case with the Golden Age where all the stories were entirely new. I’ve been reading through the Golden Age Superman comics and in my opinion the stories and art in the dailies are superior to the comic books. In the dailies the writer had a lot more time to develop the story and the artist more time to draw given that they only needed to produce three or four panels per day. Most of the art here is by Wayne Boring and it looks much cleaner than his work in the comics. I actually like the fact that the lack of color allows the penciling and inking to shine.
If you enjoy Golden Age comics particularly Superman comics, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the quality of the material here. It’s an interesting decision for IDW to not overlap with the material that Sterling Publishing took care of but for me it’s good because I’m not double buying the same stories.
As well, I am glad that IDW skipped directly to this set of years simply for my own selfish reasons. If they had started with the same years as KS, it would take a couple of years to get to this volume and avoids the “redundant” book as I already have the KS volume. That also saves me waiting. Plus, these war years strips give an interesting insight into what the “every day Joe” might be thinking in 1943 as the war raged on. As you’d expect, the portrayal of the Japanese, Germans and Italians is not flattering or currently politically correct. I do believe that one has to read the stories in context with the times for historical perspective. For example, there is one story about a Japanese internment camp justifying the effort and basically claiming that using the Japanese in those camps as free forced labor was good for the war effort. Today, that would be called a disgrace and counter to everything America stood for. Not truth; not justice and certainly not something Lois and Clark would stand for.
While the art in the 1942 and 1943 strips has the Shuster shop look to it (with Shuster supplying Superman’s face), a definite shift occurs around 1944 when Wayne Boring takes over for pretty much for good with inks by Stan Kaye and others. Like the other reviewer, I was glad these were reprinted in glorious black and white, and while not all of the images are as sharp and clean as I’d like them to be, they are definitely larger than the clipped strips I own. So I can see a lot more detail.
Overall, I give the book a 4-4.5… primarily because of the clarity of images. The paper, covers and binding are all excellent. And I am definitely looking forward to IDW moving through the war years and into the 1950’s as the paper drives and then the reduced interest in super heroes when the soldiers returned home made it harder to find nice runs of these strips. I especially look forward to the Win Mortimer years.