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12th-Dec-2005 10:14 pm
I See You!
Here's my reward to myself for passing my Doctoral Qualifying Exams. What could it be? A juicy subscription to Theological Studies? A pilgrimage to the Abbey of Gethsemani, the Vatican, or Skellig Michael? An overpriced tome from Brill Press that I've been hoping to find used and inexpensive? Anything remotely theological? Not at all! In fact, it's so inappropriate, I must hide it behind this lj-cut, so that it cannot be easily seen on the internet where it might influence the susceptible in untoward ways....

You see, with the arrival in the mail today of Action Comics #825

my Superman collection is now complete, with everything from the 1986 John Byrne The Man of Steel reboot:

Exciting, isn't it?! Think of it: everything!

From Superman #1
to Superman #224,

from The Adventures of Superman #424
to The Adventures of Superman #646,

from Action Comics #584
to Action Comics #833,

from Superman: Man of Steel #1
to Superman: Man of Steel #134,

from Superman: Man of Tomorrow #1
to Superman: Man of Tomorrow #15,

to the premiere the other week of the latest Superman title,
All-Star Superman #1:

It's all here! So I'm about to read the whole thing, most of it for the first time! Consider the classics:

So this is Mike, signing off for some long-anticipated fun!
(Well, after I'm done grading, that is....)
13th-Dec-2005 04:35 am (UTC)
It's that kind of sweeping, comprehensive, yet personal geekery that is the mark of the true-blue academic, really.

May your grading go smoothly!
13th-Dec-2005 07:46 pm (UTC)
agreed. geekery is a staple in the acidemic diet. weather practising politics or defeating the dragon in the 3rd relm, it's all about personal happiness. Bully for you on compleating your collection. and when your done with that I suggest you read "Jack" a webtoon based rather heavily around a very "Kevin Smith" concept of theology... its worth a read. Http://www.pholph.com/archive.php. Good luck grading.
13th-Dec-2005 10:22 pm (UTC)
I'll screw up my courage for that: it's a fine line between having fun with a piece of silliness like Dogma and nearly cringing to death over the mass of American stereotypes and misunderstandings in the field.
13th-Dec-2005 10:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Just finished with their final exams--an easy-to-grade, multiple-choice, drive-by shooting of an exam--and now have a stack of final papers on Julian of Norwich I'm in the midst of before I can read freely in good conscience.
15th-Dec-2005 10:54 pm (UTC)
Ironically, my grading's been done since last week, so I can send you all good mojo on that end.

Meanwhile, I am in the middle of a Currier-and-Ives-style winter wonderland and cannot stir from this room until I'm finished writing the impossible paper -- arguing that Spenser's Faerie Queene is secretly influenced by Dante, but Spenser never says so just because Dante's better than Spenser at everything... and arguing it to a man who weeps over the precise part of Spenser's epic that I'm discussing.

Julian of Norwich papers would seem so soothing at this point...

Done is good. Done is soon. Yes?
13th-Dec-2005 12:50 pm (UTC)
EXcellent! (dig the long hair on the fourth Superman from the bottom.) i highly approve. :)
13th-Dec-2005 10:23 pm (UTC)
Ahhh... the early-to-mid 90s. Clark was wearing a ponytail back then, but he cut it short for the wedding....
13th-Dec-2005 06:14 pm (UTC) - Curious, Very Curious
First things first. Geek! (takes one to know one!)

I observe that you are conflicted. Obviously you have a fascination with superpowers -- beyond human strengths. But curiously, you fear nanotechnology, and I assume bio-weaponry... the evolution of modern day "superpowers."

Interesting, .... you revel in the very thing of which you are apprehensive.
13th-Dec-2005 10:25 pm (UTC) - Re: Curious, Very Curious
Hmmm.... Perhaps it would be more precise to say that I'm geeked by nanotechnology, and can see it as the corrective answer to so many ills in our society, particularly some caused by other forms of technology. It's human beings that I fear....
13th-Dec-2005 06:41 pm (UTC)
All-Star Superman looks very smug!

So how many comics is that altogether?
13th-Dec-2005 10:31 pm (UTC)
Smug? I took him to look somewhere in the sheepish-to-content neighbourhood: that this is a guy who can sit on a cloud and look at the city, and try to figure out how he fits in.

In fact, I thought the range of covers from the "beginning to most recent" in the various titles didn't give me a very flattering set of covers to use, given the best of the stories and the artists. And worse, I confess that the new All-Star Superman title, which is supposed to be select stories from particularly well-regarded writers and artists was about as dismal a number-one issue as I've ever read. I'll have to give the story time, I guess....

As to how many comics that is altogether, all I can bring myself to admit is "More than I can justify, sister...."
14th-Dec-2005 04:36 am (UTC) - Geekdom
And I thought Commander Dillon was a geek... I really only followed the Reign of the Supermen story arc...
14th-Dec-2005 05:36 am (UTC) - Re: Geekdom
I read a good part of that back when it came out, too, mooching from friends. In fact, I think I later read the novelization, too.
14th-Dec-2005 05:39 am (UTC) - Re: Geekdom
Yup... My brother and I had a copy of the novelization. I think my younger brothers discovered it a year or so back...
29th-Sep-2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
Kick. Ass.

What did you think of Superman Returns?
3rd-Oct-2006 05:16 am (UTC)
Whoops: forgot to respond to this earlier! Effects: great. Story: better-than-average for the first series. Story as new "Superman III" completing a triology out of the first two: Interesting idea, but ultimately perhaps not worth doing. I would have prefered a clean break with the past a la Batman Begins. I don't think that the final implications: that Superman is left a "deadbeat dad," and that if Clark Superman and Lois have a child together and both know it (even if she can't remember how or when! which is another creepy thing), then admitting that he's Clark is really pretty anti-climactic or a no-brainer now. Unless we're really to think that Clark thinks she's together enough to raise their child but not to know his real name. This seems to me problematic.

The contemporary Superman books took such a leap forward in breaking out of that old Golden Age/Silver Age plot standby of "Will Lois prove her suspicions of Clark being Superman are true?" and letting them get together. Clark, in not being such a mess as Reeve's portrayal, but someone capable of being a go-get-'em writer for a great national newspaper, and insisting on winning Lois as Clark before telling her the truth. Goofy and hammy occasional plot and execution aside, I'd still prefer Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman over Superman Returns on that point.

The effects of Superman Returns, especially where he was "multi-tasking" in the city? Totally killer. The difficulty of catching a plane: all that was fabulous. Lex took a great step forward, but it still couldn't hold a candle to Smallville and in particular Michael Rosenbaum's Luthor. The season finale of season 5 of Smallville and – to a slightly lesser extent – its conclusion last week kick the living crap out of Superman Returns.
3rd-Oct-2006 05:02 am (UTC)
what a pleasure!
3rd-Oct-2006 05:05 am (UTC)
A somewhat sheepish, guilty one, but yeah....

3rd-Oct-2006 05:18 am (UTC)
Yay! You finally entered a userpic! Now I can mentally wave to you more easily!

Hi Dina!

3rd-Oct-2006 12:34 pm (UTC)
ha ha ha! and i will through flowers at you!!
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