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EARTH'S IMPOSSIBLE DAY
Crisis in the House of "M" -- Marvel outsold by DC!

Just two months ago, Marvel was solidly on top of the charts, but now, surprisingly, DC is #1! In the May rankings, DC charted 35.29% to Marvel’s 34.79% in Dollars and 41.03% to Marvel’s 39.80% in Unit Market Share. This is a huge upset. This is the first time DC was won both slots in almost 5 years. Top DC books in May: Green Lantern #1 (ranking 1st); Green Lantern: Rebirth #6 (ranking 2nd), Villains United #1 (ranking 5th), The OMAC Project #2 (ranking 7th), and The Rann-Thanagar War #1 (ranking 9th).
Noteworthy: DC Special Return Of Donna Troy #1, one of the most totally unreadable comic books in modern times, ranked 24th. In Rann vs. Thanagar news, Adam Strange #8 ranked 85th, while Hawkman #40 ranked an alarming 97th.
Hope for Marvel: The difference between Marvel and DC is very small, less than 2%, and these rankings are for MAY, and do NOT include Marvel’s “House of M” event, which began in June. But of course, we all know that fandom is enjoying DC’s run-up to “Infinite Crisis” far more than it is anticipating “House of M.” Top Marvel books in May: Astonishing X-Men #10 (ranking 2nd); Ultimates 2 #6 (ranking 4th); Ultimate Iron Man #2 (ranking 6th); and Ultimate X-Men #59 (ranking 7th). (Illustration above by John Byrne.)



.SUPERMAN RETURNS
Brandon Routh as Clark Kent

.This picture of actor Brandon Routh as Clark Kent in the upcoming "Superman Returns" movie ran in Entertainment Weekly magazine (pictured). Is it just me, or does "Clark" have a huge nose? And what's up with his hair? Don't let it worry you -- he's wearing a wig. A bad one. Why? I have no idea. At least he looks better on the cover.


SEVEN SOLDIERS
Before Grant Morrison got to them...

... the Seven Soldiers of Victory looked like THIS, and were made up of Vigilante, Star-Spangled Kid and Stripesy, Crimson Avenger, Green Arrow and Speedy, and the Shining Knight. The covers below of Leading Comics depict the all-second-banana team.

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#1 by Mort Meskin
#5 by Mort Meskin
#9 by Jon Small

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JUST A SKETCH
Green Arrow by Neal Adams

Here's a quick sketch of one of the Seven Soldiers of Victory, sporting his socially-conscious, hip 1970s look. It's the Emerald Archer, drawn by Neal Adams. For more previously unpublished or little-seen Neal Adams artwork, check out Neal's own Web site at www.nealadams.com.



WATCH OUT FOR EYE BEAMS
Attack of the Killer Sphinx!

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ST #70 by Jack Kirby WW #113 by Andru/Esposito MIS #36 by Kane/Adler


IT RAN IN FANTASTIC FOUR #89
Vintage 1969 Ad: Not Brand Echh!

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THE END
COMING TOMORROW:
When Worlds Collide!