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DC’s Post-Crisis Rebirth: John Byrne’s The Man of Steel

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Byrne’s cover for the first issue of THE MAN OF STEEL.

During the month of September, DC Comics will conduct a line-wide crossover event affecting almost all of their superhero titles. This month, NBC! will explore the many important, influential and just plain rad titles that came out of DC Comics original line-wide reboot, Crisis on Infinite Earths.

In 1986, DC Comics gave comics writer/artist John Byrne the task of revising Superman’s origin.  This revision was part of the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths revamp of DC’s entire superhero universe; the destructive, continuity-altering events of the Crisis on Infinite Earths maxiseries provided the groundwork for revising the origins of some of DC’s most iconic characters.

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THE PITCH: Alan Moore and Brian Michael Bendis Explore the Dark History of the Black Terror

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This is “The Pitch”, the NBC! feature where we challenge each other to take an obscure character and pitch a new comics series featuring that character.  In this article, Reed attempts to convince us that a Golden Age public domain superhero deserves a comic book comeback.

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THE ORIGINAL G.I. JOE

GI JOE 2When I was a kid, I loved Hasbro’s G.I. Joe:  A Real American Hero toys.  I remember the first time that I convinced (that is, pestered) my parents to buy me a G.I. Joe action figure (Snake Eyes, of course).  I clearly recall asking my Dad what “G.I. Joe” meant.  My Dad said that the term was a nickname for American soldiers, which made perfect sense and satisfied my curiosity, so my investigation into the origin of the term “G.I. Joe” ended; after all, I had to play with Snake Eyes!

However, I recently learned that the nickname “G.I. Joe” originated with a comic strip published in the 1940s.

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