Friday, August 16, 2013

Uncovering the Bronze Age, Episode #1

Emily makes her first foray into the Bronze Age of Comics with Superman 233: Superman Breaks Loose and the Kryptonite Nevermore Arc.
Denny O'Neil? Team Swanderson? SCIENCE?!

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  1. Pre-Crisis Superman swallowing a chewed up rock particles would probably be as harmful as an ordinary person swallowing disinfected sterilized coins or pea size stainless ball bearings also sterilized. In a few comics he had sucked in liquids and gases that his stomach or lungs would have to compress to fit to carry. He also had swallowed explosives. Superman is invulnerable inside and out. Iron rock no problem and that's not even thinking about if he had super digestive powers, which I don't think he really had unless you count not having to eat and drink.

    I read this comic years after it came out so I already knew about most of the kryptonite being turned into iron. Thing that bothered me was would Superman really swallow iron that used to be kryptonite? What if it turned back into kryptonite? What if it was a Mr Mxyzptlk or Lex Luthor trick? He would had ended up dying from kryptonite stomach poisoning. So Superman eating the rock seemed more like the writers pointing out the kryptonite that turned into iron will no longer be an issue.

    1. Superman's powers are hard to figure out, if you go into depth ... digestion, cutting his hair, all that stuff. Best answer is not to think about it too hard.

  2. But people do that. That's why the reasoning for his and other heroes powers sometimes change. Like his X-ray vision used to melt metal but then changed to heat vision, I think that was because most people didn't think x-rays can be used that way or if they could it would cause too much deadly radiation. Pre-Crisis Superman's hair didn't grow past a point, John Byrne thought that was dumb and came up that Post-Crisis Superman used a reflective kryptonian piece of metal to use his heat vision to shave and cut his ever growing hair.

    Ever read Larry Niven's "Man of Steel, Women of Kleenex"? . Some people can read comics and accept what's there without thinking about it, some people don't and don't read comics. And some of us like reading comics and examining them, isn't that why you're here?

    1. Of course, that's the fun of it. I prefer to just remember that it's all fiction. I love Sherlock Holmes, Warlord, Star Wars ... it doesn't bother me too much that they don't always "make sense." or are impossible or even a little inconsistent. For me, story comes first, with continuity and consistency coming in behind. It matters, but as Len Wein once said, "Continuity ties our best writers to our worst writers."