Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Hanging The Green #13 - Ringing In The Past!
I was always confused by DC's 80-page giant annuals since they were at once specials but also regular installments in the run of a series. This issue interrupts the fabulous Denny O'Neil - Neal Adams run on Green Lantern title, but it offers up a dandy Neal Adams cover featuring Lanterns of two Earths. I always liked Hal Jordan's sleek and modern uniform, but Alan Scott's outfit always struck me as a mess with too many colors and not nearly enough "green" for a hero with that color in his name. The classic look though has grown on me over the decades, especially after seeing what wretched things they've dressed him in since.
This same month saw the publication of one of the most iconic covers by Neal Adams and Dick Giordano, this one for Batman #239 for the story "Silent Night -- Deadly Night!" written by Denny O'Neil, drawn by underrated veteran Irv Novick and inked by Giordano.
The issues from this month also featured one of my favorite subscription ads of all time. This is drawn by the great Carmine Infantino (who ironically did the artwork on the Golden Age GL story in the GL special) and inked by Dick Giordano (according to the GCD, but I think Vinnie Colletta did the job). It's so quaint now with it references to newsstand distribution and mail-ordered products. Not many products come with instructions on how to destroy their ultimate value. And these ads were great indicators of which comics were getting axed in the future as they'd sometimes disappear off the subscription list before the official announcements. I miss the 20th Century sometimes.