The problem with Superman was that he was so powerful that it was difficult to come up with situations that were a real threat, which is how the stories degenerated into daft melodramas about Superman protecting his secret identity from the snoopy Lois Lane. Anothert feature of some of the lazy plotting at DC at the time was the constant use of magic - and it was a magic that had nor apparent rules. So characters were regularly subject to all kinds of strange transformations, usually into animals but sometimes into puppets or robots. In the end readers ceased to take this sort of thing "seriously", as it became apparent that the hero would be changed back at the end of the ten-page story. And that would account for why this kind of "daft idea" cover disappeared by the late 1960s.
Action Comics 282 (1961)

This was a common theme in DC comics of the era, the idea that someone human turns out to be a robot. The threat here revolves around the imminent exposure of Superman's secret identity.
  Flash 133 (1963)

This classically silly cover from the Julius Schwartz stable gives the idea of revealing a human to be a robot more of a Pinocchio-style twist. Nonsense, but endearing anyway.
  Green Lantern 36 (1964)

This cover reveals Green Lantern to be a robot, yet the story inside doesn't bear that plot detail out. "Cheat" covers were quite common at the time, and just ticked the readers off ...
<< Previous Page  
  Next Page >>  
Copyright © 2008 The Story Works | Contact | Other sites hosted by TheStoryWorks