Yesterday was the 82nd anniversary of the publication of Action Comics #1—in other words, Superman’s birthday. So yeah, I’m a day late but still: a belated Happy Birthday to the Man of Steel, 82 years young as of yesterday.
Plus a couple other things that popped up on Twitter and hit me right in the feels this morning. First, our friends at the Spinner Rack came up with another goodie, bringing us back to this date in 1986.
Total domination achieved, as DC flexed their creative might, at THE SPINNER RACK, April 18, 1986! 1/2 pic.twitter.com/6OeAIL86al
— THE SPINNER RACK (@RackSpinner) April 19, 2020
The second installment of Miller’s Dark Knight Returns and the conclusion of Moore’s “American Gothic” arc in Swamp Thing released on the same day. Sweet Lord, what a time to be alive.
And then nine years earlier, the comics on the racks this day in 1977, courtesy of Tony Scipione:
There is light at the end of the #comics tunnel. But til then, let’s see what was on the spinner-rack… THIS VERY WEEK in 1977! Did anyone here pick up these comics off the rack? As always, stay safe. #dccomics #marvelcomics #StarWars #Avengers #CaptainMarvel #70s #Shazam pic.twitter.com/OuY0YNpaOO
— Tony Scipione (@Seven_Soldiers) April 18, 2020
The first issue of Marvel’s Star Wars, Omega the Unknown, the Justice Society in All-Star Comics, the Avengers kicking off their then-latest Ultron epic, Freedom Fighters against the Crusaders, Kirby on Black Panther, the Legion, the Defenders (with Moon Knight) taking on the Zodiac (with their 50th anniversary issue just a month away), the Champions battling Swarm, Return of the New Gods, Superman (apparently) fighting Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel versus Modok… oh the pain! Give me back my childhood! Now, please!