• DC Comics Presents 85 is one of the more unusual team-ups in that fun if often inconsequential series, as Supes has no idea he’s working with Swamp Thing. A memorable Alan Moore script from the heyday of his superhero work for DC.

    The new Black Canary costume on the cover of Detective Comics was what she would wear for about five years, during a period where DC was trying to get away from the cheesecake outfits of characters like her and Zatanna. It’s interesting that ultimately the classic outfits came back and don’t seem to have the same sort of taint they once did. Make of that what you will. But the new look for Canary was a dud, and there is a cover of one comic that shows her burning the thing.

  • Rosy Fingers

    So, this Crisis on Infinite Earth thing; is that as insanely convoluted as it kinda seems? Like how did people know which comics issue to buy next if it keeps hopping around and crossing over from one character to another? And say you’re a Wonder Woman fan and you want to follow what’s happening in the current issue, do you first have to read like sixteen other comics featuring other characters?

    Also, is Deadman’s superpower the ability to be dead?

    Anyway… this is what nine-year-old me would’ve purchased this month:

    Life with Archie (looks like things are getting postmodern here!)
    Pep (always loved a Hiram Lodge appearance.)
    Judge Dredd’s Crime File

    • BurgundySuit

      Pretty sure all the important Crisis stuff happened in the miniseries. And if I know anything about eighties comics, the crossover series spelled everything out in exhausting detail.

      Now, every other comic book crossover that’s ever existed…

      • Rosy Fingers

        Hah. One reason I never delved into the major superhero comics is that they seemed so damned impenetrable. Like every time you opened one up you’re arriving mid-story. Where to start? I didn’t know about things like trade publications or comic book stores.

        That, combined with the expense, meant it was real hard to keep up. A Marvel comic was like $5 – $7 for fifteen minutes of reading. A Phantom comic was $1.50 for the same amount, plus they were self-contained stories.

        • DJ JD

          That problem was only made worse by how far out there they’d go. I wanted to like comic books as a kid, but then my friends who had a bunch would start trying to explain that in this issue, they’re really on an all-mutant island but all the action you see is taking place in Professor X’s mind because he has to prepare the team for an alien invasion…and my eyes would glaze over. It all sounded very cool and fun in theory, but in practice, I couldn’t possibly step into that and pick up the threads.

          • Rosy Fingers

            Yeah, I found the nineties X-Men cartoon fairly bewildering and that was linear as far as comics plot-lines go.

  • DJ JD

    Robotech! Now we’re moving into stuff I was actually into as a kid. This is a fun column.

    Although I gotta say that going by the cover alone, Ms. Tree doesn’t really seem all that Ms.TreeOus. DIE DIE DIE while she shoots a guy; seems like a pretty straightforward situation.

    • BurgundySuit

      Gosh darn it, I just got that.