Normally, I don't hype individual ODDBALL COMICS here, but today I've got a comic that I'll bet that most of you have never seen, one that presents two "insiders'" point of view of DC Comics near the close of of the Silver Age -- created from within -- that you'll never see anywhere else!
ODDBALL COMIC #1,143: MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2006 -- Which ODDBALL COMIC cover-features Superman, Batman, Robin, Green Lantern, Plastic Man, the Atom, the Flash, Aquaman, Hawkman, the Martian Manhunter, Superboy, the Blackhawks and the Metal Men? (>Whew!< So where’s the entire Legion Of Super-Heroes?) And features an interior story that takes a scathing look at the entire editorial staff of DC Comics, circa 1968, including Mort Weisinger, Jack Schiff, Julius Schwartz, Cover Editor Carmine Infantino and even Editorial Director Irwin Donenfeld? Wouldja believe -- THE INFERIOR FIVE? Plus, an epic poem in honor of the IF by teenage Mark Evanier!
This week's ODDBALL COMIC guest-stars the editorial staff of DC Comics, circa 1968. It's an extremely hard-to-find comic that I'd been looking for a looong time, but as I re-read it, my jaw kept hitting the floor. I don't think I've ever seen such a vehement commentary on working in the comic book industry..."How To Build A >Bomb<!" even exceeds Jack Kirby's acidic issue of MISTER MIRACLE that introduces Stan Lee, er, Funky Flashman to the world.
How the heck did this thing ever see print? Who at DC ever allowed this thing to be printed? What was the reaction within fandom? (I never saw this when it was published, which was very unusual, because I really haunted the comic racks by that time.) Why are copies of this comic so hard to come by? Is it because of the cover? Or the outrageous story inside?
Plus, a cover that features tons of superhero guest-stars (even that Oddball incarnation of the Blackhawks), yet only actually features Robin The Boy Wonder for about three panels? And then there's that lettercolumn poem by a teenage Mark Evanier!
I said it in my column and I'll say it again, this just might be the very ODDEST comic book that DC Comics has EVER published!
If you dig DC comics from the 1960s (this one's from 1968), you really owe it to yourself to read this week's column about INFERIOR FIVE No. 6! Please, drop by ODDBALL COMICS and leave your reactions on its message board!
P.S.: "Desperate Cry"..."DC", get it? -- SS!