It doesn’t matter, Lois. Not tonight. It’s New Year’s and we’re together. He can’t take this away from us. Ever. — Superman Y2K
“In reality Madam Fatal was really Richard Stanton. Stanton went into hiding after his only daughter was kidnapped and his wife died of a broken heart. The new face he chose, an old woman’s. Madam Fatal is a heroic father and the first cross dressing superhero!”
“It’s exactly the kind of odd thing gods do, Ken.”
(from The Incredible Hercules #139)
First appearance of Doug Ramsey (aka Cypher).
[from The New Mutants (1983) #13]
From a time in the mid-90s when the only way someone in DC could make a Western was to tie it in to a superhero franchise, there comes… the Kents!
This miniseries by John Ostrander follows on the idea of what exactly lead the Kents to gain the values that would cause Clark to become Superman? And the result is a story that tells of the history of Kansas up and through the American civil war to the eventual end of the time period known as the Wild West, as told through the letters of two brothers: Nathaniel and Jeb Kent.
As with most historical fiction it involves them bumping into various famous people of the time period, both actual people and DCU characters, but it doesn’t really feel as contrived as, say, the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.
The story begins with Jonathan Kent digging up a box filled with manuscripts while digging in the barn, and is suprised to find that they’re from when the family originally moved to Kansas from Boston…
“Reed Crandall demonstrates once again how illustrative comic art was done. I’m not saying other artists didn’t share the gift of how to draw, and draw comic books, but Crandall had some sort of special mojo. He could draw anything in the Quality Comics line, and with his Captain Daring feature the headliner of Buccaneers, showed that historicals were also well within his considerable artistic abilities.
Despite that, Buccaneers, where this story appeared in #22 (1950) didn’t last for long. No comic book featuring pirates ever did, although attempts were made….”