Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Resurgence of Blackbriar Thorn

"The Resurgence of Blackbriar Thorn" from DC Comics Presents #66 (DC, 1984) by Len Wein and Joe Kubert
Told you the day before yesterday I had a soft spot for Blackbriar Thorn comics. What it is, actually, is a soft spot for the late days of DC Comics Presents. DCP #59, in which Superman teams up with the Legion of Substitute-Heroes against a not-yet-full-on-parody Ambush Bug was the first comic I ever bought with my own money, and the weirder the team-up the more likely I was to buy future issues (or pick up old ones from bargain bins). Among my favorites, the ones with OMAC, Freedom Fighters, Kamandi, Bizarro, and Swamp Thing. Basically, once they'd done all the big names once or twice, it turned into a weird tour of the DC Universe. Loved it. Consequently, the next Superman team-up book, post-Crisis Action Comics, was a deep disappointment to me. Too many headliners!

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