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Rann activates new super-weapon!


You've heard the rumors for weeks ... and now, Adam Strange has activated the devastating new weapon designed by Rann's top scientist and Defense Minister, Sardath! Details on the weapon's effects -- even its NAME -- have been kept top secret by Rannian high command, but Dial B for BLOG has learned that the weapon is some form of a bomb.

Yesterday, Hawkman was able to recieve a mental image of the bomb using his Absorbascon, but it was too late to prevent Earth's First Spaceman from denonating it.

"Rann's war with Thanagar is now all but over," Sardath commented after the bomb's activation. "My new bomb requires 24 hours to take effect, but when it does ... well, let's just say that by tomorrow, the possibility of Thanagar winning this war will become laughable! And Hawkman will never be looked at the same way again."

This is getting serious, folks. Is Sardath right? What will the bomb's effects be? How will Hawkman and the Thanagarians be made into a laughing stock? Tune in tomorrow, same Bat-time, same Bat-URL, for the big blow-up of the most potent weapon ever seen in comics!


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Two brand new
Rann Victory Banners!


Thanagar's hours are numbered as Rann unleashes its devastating new super weapon! Support the victorious Rannies as they defeat the brawny but barbaric Thanagarians ... show your colors by posting these victory banners on your site. "Science Over Savagery" painted by Alex Ross, and "Action Figures for Rann" is a real Adam Strange action figure drawn by no one! Victory to Rann!

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Don't get a big head about it!

"Does my head look big in this dress?" Lois asks Bizarro in Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #27 by Swan/Moldoff; Rocky has a major migraine headache in Challengers of the Unknown #39 by Bob Brown, and Pal Jimmy has a big head (and Kryptonite vision!) in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #22 by Swan/Burnley.

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All-Imp League:
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Mr. Mxyzptlk!

Hard to believe, but Mr. Mxyztplk's first appearance was NOT featured or even announced on the comic's cover! Myx wasn't pictured, and no mention was made of him. No "Sensational Character Find of 1941!" or nuthin'. Instead, the cover of Superman #30 showed Lois Lane give Superman the "go-by," as the cover puts it, for Clark Kent in "Superman versus Superman."

But inside the book lurked the first Mxyztplk story, titled "The Mysterious Mr. Mxyptlk." And it's easy to see why the character caught on, and quickly became such an integeral part of the DC Silver Age mythos that EVERY superhero had to have their own version of this little delightful imp from another dimension.

As originally created by Siegel and Schuster, Mxy was, more than anything else, FUN! He wasn't really annoying (unless you were Superman), he was just FUN. Look at him -- in just the two panels shown -- original, uncolored art from Superman #30 by Joe Schuster -- Mxy displays more happy-go-lucky charm than all his imitators combined. He's bendy! Great! He leaps out the window with mad abandon, saying "Ta-ta!" Wonderful! And don't worry about him "committing suicide," by the way. In the next panel he simply floats on air. "I thought I was the only man who could fly!" a perplexed Superman muses. Not any more, Kal!

.Mxyztplk went on to vex Superman for decades -- but he never quite recaptured the outrageous zest for the comedic he had in his first few appearances. Once he ditched the earth-style hat and suit for a more "5th-dimensional" look, his obsession with Superman became less fun, and more annoyance. At times, it was almost almost hateful. And OH what Alan Moore did to him in that last Superman story! Shudder. Shudder.

This is the last of our series of close-ups on each of the "All-Imp League" members. In future Dial B for BLOG issues, we'll examine some of the early pairings of Mr. Mxyztplk and his caped counterpart, Bat-Mite.



Logo Smashers League

Uncanny X-Men #135 by Dave Cockrum; Amazing Spider-Man #382 by Bagley/Emberlin; and Incredible Hulk #345 by Todd McFarlane.

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Flash Comics ... starring Capt. Marvel?!?!?

In order to secure the copyright to a title quickly, before someone else can, companies used to publish "Ashcan" issues. These low print-run books were generally black and white, low quality editions intended only for office use. Often the book's title or characters would change radically before becoming a "real" title.
One superhero in particular went through some major changes before reaching the public: Captain Marvel (the "Shazam" version, not the "Mar-Vell" version). Pictured left is the Ashcan edition of Flash Comics starring Captain Thunder -- which would later make comics history with its revised title: Whiz Comics starring Captain Marvel! Cap's likeness was based on actor Fred McMurray of "My Three Sons."



VINTAGE COMIC BOOK AD
1965: The Kat Gets Cooled!

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