Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Superman's Sacrifice!

With art by Al Plastino, the first story in Superman 171 is called "Superman's Sacrifice!"
In the splash section of the page, we see a couple of creepy aliens threatening to destroy the Earth unless Superman selects somebody to die.
Do you suppose these alien guys were influenced by the 1962 Topps cards Mars Attacks! ? I think it's possible.
As the story opens, Earth defences notice a rocketship-type spacecraft on its way towards Earth. Shades of ST:TMP and Vejur 25 years later, Earth tries linguacode messages on all frequencies, to no avail.
So they try sending up interceptor rockets, but the craft has a forcefield around it that rebuffs all attempts to bring it down.
Last resort: send for Superman or Supergirl!
Say -- don't you think it's kinda keen that we poor Earthlings at least TRIED to solve the problem ourselves, before asking for help?
Finally for today ... read the "fine print" at the bottom of the page. This is the obligatory copyright notice, etc, found on the first page of all comics. We find that Superman is published monthly, except for March, June, September, and December. Mort Weisinger is the Editor. Subscription price is given, and the standard disclaimer about the contents being fiction and not intended to resemble anybody living or dead.
Printed in U.S.A.

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