Great Comic of the late 70's-early 80's!
emeraldbeam
Yup- in my humble opinion it'd have to be DC Comics Presents, starring Superman.
Seems the series was started due to the Superman movies that premiered at the time, and served to showcase the Man of Steel teaming up with various heroes of the DC Universe.I suppose it could also be seen as the answer to the Brave and the Bold series, which featured Batman -- although originally that series had various sorts of stories or team-ups in its initial run.
The other fun aspect of the series was that which also was common in other DC series of that era:
The heroes team-up with little or less drama (unlike the practice over at Marvel) - so the camaraderie between the stars is showcased instead. While most won't probably see it, the DC heroes also had problems and everyday goings-on in their lives too, but it seems they were able to keep them separate from their super-hero careers. Of course, the cool thing for DC Comics of the time is that you weren't necessarily obliged to read a given title each month (excepting 2-3 parters) - so you were able to skip given numbers of issues and come back to things still being the same for the most part.
Unfortunately, it seems in later years this type of storytelling both fell out of favor when compared to the angst and ongoing story-lines that became the norm in other comics.
Therefore, now when this type of storytelling is used it's deemed to be "for kids", but regardless I enjoy collecting these comics that I unfortunately wasn't able to buy back then since I was rather young.

Quick Intro - and September thoughts ---
emeraldbeam
 Wow – September already….just hoping the warmth stays real late into the season, unlike last year!

Well, to begin with, a little about me and comics: although I liked them as a kid, it wasn’t till I was 14 that I was able to buy my first comic book (Action Comics #643, July ’89).Action 643

Action Comics 643Unbeknownst to me, this was the first issue where the title returned to a ‘monthly format’, as it was a ‘weekly’ from 601-642.

What was great was that although all I knew of Supes was the various cartoons and movies, this issue quickly yet gently plops you in all the action.

Also, it didn’t hurt that the art was nice, crisp and fresh – realistic if you will (props go out to both Mr. George Perez and Mr. Brett Breeding --- Additional props go out to the 7-Eleven in north El Monte, CA that had this issue I picked up while biking 5 miles from my house!).

Fun Issue! Only bad thing? It ended in a cliff-hanger, and I wouldn’t pick up the next issue till around 3 or so years later! Ahahahah!!

Side note for those that don’t know:  I imagine part of the appeal of the cover is due to its inspiration: the cover of Superman #1 from June 1939 by his co-creator, Mr. Joe Shuster:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman_(comic_book)

Cut to nowadays:  well after years of being away from the funnies due to college, work, etc., I’ve been able to resume buying (thanks in part to the wife in supporting my ‘vice’ heheheh), and will post both small reviews and updates on my readings as well as other entertaining items I run across, be it music, animation, TV/Film….thanks – holla!



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