In the 60s, the venerable folks at long-established DC Comics, under pressure from new-kids-on-the-block Marvel Comics, realized they had to try to compete with Marvel's hip, fresh, wacky, youthful, and revolutionary new characters and stories! Stalwart DC heroes such as Superman and Batman were largely left alone, but the third-tier super-doers, like DOOM PATROL, suddenly concerned themselves with weird plots, subject matter, and oddball character turns! Click below to peek between the covers of one 1965 DP issue (art by Bruno Premiani) and get ready to be--confused!
|Above: Risking Neg-Man's health only to eavesdrop on local newsrooms? I know |
it was just to demonstrate his powers and limitations for any new readers, but...
The wrap-up: There's certainly nothing wrong with the kind of zany and fast-moving adventures that DC supplied in the 60s, but, once you've tasted Marvel's heftier, weightier, and (dare I say it?) more realistic superhero tales, it's hard to be satisfied with DC books and their lack of characterization and logic! Sure, these were comics meant for 10-year-old kids, but Marvel showed that you can entertain that audience while giving more demanding readers some meat with their superhero slug-fests!
BONUS! Click below to see the cover (as well as me) of this never-to-be-forgotten issue!