As noted elsewhere (including in an earlier blog post), DC’s “Tiny Titans” ends in March, after a fifty-issue run. I, along with plenty of readers, will miss this fun title.
However, the crew on “Tiny Titans,” Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani, will be working on a new all-ages title, a revival of “Superman Family,” now titled “Superman Family Adventures.” (Comic Book Resources has more about this title.) The new title will feature the usual modern Superman supporting cast. Superman, as shown in the picture to the left, will be wearing his new DCNU/upcoming-movie collared costume. Also featured among the supporting cast (presumably alongside Krypto and Streaky) is “Fuzzy, the Krypto Mouse.” Fuzzy is actually a revived old character, who appeared only once—in a 1958 Superboy story. I’ve read the story, but have to admit Fuzzy’s obscure, even by my standards!
“Superman Family” was originally an anthology title published in the 70s and early 80s by DC Comics, as the result of merging two of their long-running Silver Age titles: “Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen,” and “Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane.” Along with Jimmy and Lois continuing their solo stories in “Superman Family,” there were also stories featuring: Superboy; Krypto; Supergirl; Nightwing and Flamebird (the Batman and Robin-like heroes of the bottle city of Kandor); “The Private Life of Clark Kent” (stories where Clark solved problems without changing into Superman, including one era-appropriate situation Clark once found himself in); and “Mr. and Mrs. Superman,” stories about the married Earth-Two Clark Kent and Lois Lane. The series was apparently successful enough to spawn a shorter-lived similar Batman title, “Batman Family” (featuring Robin and Batgirl prominently).
Hopefully, the new “Superman Family Adventures” will be as successful as its Bronze Age predecessor and “Tiny Titans!”
Showcase Presents: All Star Squadron vol. 1 TPB, on sale Apr. 18, $20
It looks like there’s a lot of writers being shuffled around this month, with the first six issues of the rebooted-DCU under DC’s belts by this point. Guess that’s one trait being held over from the old-DCU. I wonder what any new readers (still reading by this point) will make of this facet of modern-day superhero comicdom. Superman and Static Shock both get new writers this month; while I’m still sticking with Static, Superman’s been demoted to “might buy” status.
What’s with Catwoman’s eyes in that cover? Being attacked by Static’s second cousin aside, did Selina just have her eyes dilated by the optician or something?
This month’s “Action” picks up where issue #4 left off, with Superman trying to rescue Metropolis (plus a Steel backup story).
This month’s Showcase is a first volume of “All Star Squadron,” Roy Thomas’ early 80s title about the lesser Golden Age/Earth-Two (not “Earth II,” as the solicit spells it) heroes during the early days of the US’ involvement in World War II. There’s also a trade paperback of Fortress of Solitude stories, but I’m not sure if it’s worth the purchase, since I already own several of the stories reprinted.
On the Johnny DC side of things, there’s sad news to report: March is the last issue of “Tiny Titans.” While I’ll miss this title, there’s some good news: Art Balthazar and Franco Aureliani will be working on a new title debuting in May, “Superman Family Adventures.”
(Update: 1/22/12) Dropping Justice League from the lineup for sure, along with Mister Terrific.