Earth Station DCU Classics Issue 7: 1979 – World of Krypton and Legends of the Superheroes

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1979 saw the release of the very first comic book mini-series (and Drew’s pick for this episode), World of Krypton. DC had previously canceled comic books after just two or three issues (looking at you, Brother Power), generally due to low sales or other factors. But this was the first time a limited self-contained three-issue story was the plan going in. And this was the story of Jor-El, Superman’s father on Krypton. Under the editorial guidance of DC historian E. Nelson Bridwell, creators Paul Kupperberg and Howard Chaykin covered Jor-El’s life (and, you know, death) in impressive detail. They included Lara, General Zod, the Phantom Zone, Mon-El, Brainiac’s theft of Kandor, Krypto the dog, Beppo the monkey, and even a time-traveling Superman himself. World of Krypton was a success, and as the 80s began, limited mini-series and maxi-series became business as usual at DC. However, one format DC happily abandoned was the television comedy variety special. But Kevin’s pick is the notorious pair of 1979 live-action prime-time shows known as… Legends of the Superheroes. This bizarre project is perhaps best remembered for getting Adam West, Burt Ward, and Frank Gorshin back in costume as Batman, Robin, and Riddler. But it also featured the live-action debuts of heroes like Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, and Atom. And many characters (such as Black Canary, Huntress, Weather Wizard, and Dr. Sivana) were appearing outside of comic books for the first time in any other format. Legends of the Superheroes had it all: a comedy roast hosted by Ed McMahon, appearances by Laugh In’s Ruth Buzzi and future Night Court star Marsha Warfield, Batman and Robin on jet skis, an engagement announcement from Atom and Giganta, and some problematic new heroes who definitely have not aged well. It’s all just too weird to ignore, so here we are. You’re welcome. Why not join in all the fun and become supporters of the ESO Network also!! https://www.patreon.com/posts/74239901

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