Thursday, August 30, 2018

100-Page FAKES! presents: SECRET ORIGINS # 2

100-Page FAKES! imagines mid-1970s DC 100-Page Super Spectaculars that never were...but should have been!

As mentioned yesterday, the sudden and unexpected demise of most of my digital comics files means a premature end to 100-Page FAKES!, at least in its present form. I will probably still return for more faux 100-pagers, but any future editions will likely be wholly fabricated collections of reprints rather than my originally-planned expansions of real-life issues of Adventure Comics, The Shadow, The Brave And The Bold, et al.

But Phase 1 of 100-Page FAKES! goes out on a decent note with this imaginary expanded edition of 1973's Secret Origins # 2. I was thirteen when the original was published, and I was disappointed by its lack of Golden Age material. We've fixed that! To supplement the real-world SO # 2's Supergirl, Green Lantern, and Atom origins, we go back to the '40s for the debuts of Bulletman, Uncle Marvel (Mary Marvel's lovable fraud of an adoptive uncle) and The Ray, and throw in the first appearance of Doll Girl (Doll Man's significantly better-looking distaff counterpart) from 1951. We also have Jack Kirby's revamped origin of The Green Arrow and the origin of Batman and Robin's icy adversary Mr. Zero (later known as Mr. Freeze), both from 1959. That leaves almost enough room for a Steve Ditko extravaganza from 1967, detailing the story of the Silver Age Blue Beetle. I confess that this faux Super Spec runs two pages too long; I trust E, Nelson Bridwell woulda found a way to make it work.

Supergirl in "The Supergirl From Krypton!," Action Comics # 252 (May 1959)
"The Green Arrow's First Case," Adventure Comics # 256 (January 1959)
Bulletman (untitled), Nickel Comics # 1 (May 17, 1940)
Green Lantern in "S.O.S. Green Lantern," Showcase # 22 (September-October 1959)
Batman and Robin in "The Ice Crimes Of Mr. Zero!," Batman # 121 (January-February 1959)
"Mary Marvel Meets Her Uncle Marvel!," Wow Comics # 18 (October 1943)
The Blue Beetle in "The End Is A Beginning!," Blue Beetle # 2 (August 1967)
The Ray (untitled), Smash Comics # 14 (September 1940)
Doll Man and Doll Girl in "Doll Man Battles The Skull!," Doll Man # 37 (December 1951)
The Atom in "Birth Of The Atom!," Showcase # 34 (September-October 1961)

Even before my digital comics went pffft!, I didn't have a scan of Secret Origins # 2, so I grabbed those Supergirl, Green Lantern, and Atom adventures from other sources. I also didn't have the Kirby Green Arrow story I wanted to use, but was able to get it from Steven Thompson's late 'n' lamented Days Of Adventure blog. The Mr. Zero story came from an 80-Page Giant that reprinted the original; my Batman 80-Page Giant scans were among the relative handful of digital files I was able to salvage. I was also able to salvage my run of Ditko's Blue Beetle, though most of my Charlton Comics digital files are gone. The Bulletman, Mary Marvel, Ray, and Doll Man stories are all public domain, and readily available from Digital Comics Museum. (As always, the material that's not in the public domain is shown here solely in representative pages; I share the whole thing with my paid subscribers). LAST CALL! Please enjoy the final edition of this phase of 100-Page FAKES!


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  1. It's kinda a cheat as DC wouldn't have the Charlton Characters for another decade :)

    1. True, but if one's gonna pretend, one may as well let the imagination romp freely. Across the course of these 100-Page Fakes, I've had DC assume rights to the Charlton heroes in the '70s, and I've also expanded DC's licensing to include more Dick Tracy (plus The Phantom, The Green Hornet, The Lone Ranger, and The Six Million Dollar Man), and also had DC acquire E-Man and Archie's Mighty Crusaders heroes. It IS cheating--but it's fun!