Tuesday, December 4, 2012
This dynamic Planet Comics cover from down under showcases one of the best Jack Kirby and Neal Adams hook ups during the famous Fourth World run. But with a difference.
Here's the original cover with Superman and Golden Guardian flanked by Jimmy Olsen and a character dubbed "Goody Rickles". The reason is the presence of veteran comedian Don Rickles, who mug is front and center on the globe carried by the two heroes.
For whatever reason (probably a good dose of "Who is Don Rickles?") his face was removed on the Australian Planet Comics reprint and was replaced by this later Jimmy Olsen cover by Bob Oksner according to the Grand Comics Database. I personally see the hand of Dick Giordano in this one, at least as inker.
The final result was less dynamic than the classic original, but I can see why they changed it.