Posts Tagged ‘Kal-El’

Gastronomical Anomalies – Part 5


Great power and great table manners don’t necessarily go hand in hand.

Well, we can add "super-obnoxiousness", "super-gluttony", and "super-burping" to Superman's list of lesser-known superpowers.

Well, we can add “super-obnoxiousness”, “super-gluttony”, and “super-burping” to the list of Superman’s lesser-known superpowers.

Today’s dinnertime disaster has been brought to you by Action Comics #266 (July 1960) by Jerry Siegel, Wayne Boring, Jim Mooney, Curt Swan, and Stan Kaye.

Reductio ad Hitlerum ‚Äď Part 4


They transferred Hitler’s brain! :O

Ahem...the correct spelling is "Dummkopf", Dummkopf. :P

Ahem…the correct spelling is “Dummkopf”, Dummkopf. ūüėõ

This horror of 30th century science has been brought to you by Adventure Comics #314 (November 1963) by Edmond Hamilton, Mort Weisinger, John Forte, George Klein, George Papp, and Curt Swan.

Truth, Justice, and the Canadian Way – Part 2


Not to be outdone by Canada Post, the Royal Canadian Mint has issued six commemorative coins for Superman’s 75th anniversary.

The way DC's going, I doubt Superman's going to last another 75 years.

The way DC’s going, I doubt Superman’s going to last another 75 years.

As was the case with the postage stamps rolls, the coins also contain messages written with the Kryptonian substitution cypher (though these are plainly visible rather than hidden) and differ depending on the denomination.
superman-2013commemorativecoinmessages001The top message, which is only present on the 10 Dollar one, simply reads “Superman”. It should be noted, however, that this is only true for the left side of the coin, going clockwise from down to up. In the apparent interest of symmetry, the characters on the right side were simply mirrored and aren’t proper Kryptonian “letters”.

The bottom two messages, which are present on all other denominations, are the same phrase written in Canada’s two official languages, French and English:

75 Years of Superman
Superman: 75 ans déjà

Truth, Justice, and the Canadian Way – Part 1


My mother recently purchased a strip of commemorative Canadian Superman postage stamps for the epic purpose of…sending bills.

Canada Post gives more of a damn about Superman's 75th anniversary than DC Comics does.

Who’d have thought that Canada Post would give more of a damn about Superman’s 75th anniversary than DC Comics?

While examining them, however, I noticed a series of strange symbols along the back of the strip that I immediately recognized as Kryptonian. Or, more correctly said, characters from the substitution cypher that DC’s been using to represent Kryptonian in their comics for the past decade or so.

Even though I completely abandoned DC in the wake of the New 52 not-a-reboot-just-a-relaunch debacle, my curiosity was nevertheless piqued, so I visited my local Canada Post outlet to purchase enough of a roll to figure out what the message was. It ended up being a strip that was 33 stamps long and cost around $20.79 CDN.

Still a much better investment than those crappy issues of "Justice League: Cry For Justice".

Still a much better investment than those crappy issues of “Justice League: Cry For Justice” by James Robinson.

So what exactly does it say?
superman-kryptonianstampmessages001Oh, you want a translation. Right. Well, it’s actually the same message written in both of Canada’s official languages, French and English, and reads:

The “S” shield is more than Superman’s family crest. It’s a Kryptonian symbol that means “hope”.

L’√©cusson “S” est bien plus que blason de la famille de Superman. Ce symbol signifie “espoir” en kryptonien.

Superman Says The Darndest Things – Part 6


Little known fact: one of Superman‘s lesser known powers is super-creepiness.

Trust me, you DON’T want to know where Superman’s other hand is in that second panel.

This semi-incestuous Kryptonian moment has been brought to you by Action Comics #289 (June 1962) by Leo Dorfman, Jerry Siegel, George Klein, Jim Mooney, Curt Swan, and Al Plastino.

Superman Says The Darndest Things – Part 5


Remember how I theorized that White Kryptonite might’ve affected Superman‘s brain last time around? Well, if it did, I don’t think it ever wore off.

Or maybe it’ll trigger the Kryptonian photic sneeze reflex and result in your BLOWING OUT THE SUN.

This leap of logic has been brought to you by DC Comics Presents #58 (June 1983) by Mike W. Barr, Curt Swan, and Dave Hunt.

Reductio ad Hitlerum – Part 1


There’s only one thing worse than a clone of Adolf Hitler. And that’s two clones of Adolf Hitler.

Those Brazilian geneticists really went too far this time.

This abomination courtesy of Superman: At Earth’s End (1995) by Tom Veitch and Frank Gomez.

Superman Says The Darndest Things – Part 3


So Superman’s seen This Is Spinal Tap? Who knew?

I'm more surprised that he caught the MAGIC hammer WITHOUT SHATTERING EVERY BONE IN HIS GODDAMN HAND.

This gratuitous 80s movie reference has been brought to you by Avengers/JLA #2 of 4 (2003) by Kurt Busiek and George Pérez.

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