Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wizard 220 - Supergirl's 50th Anniversary
I know that Wizard Magazine is not that comic book media giant it once was. Still, I think the name carries some clout and I think the topics it covers does influence the business.
So I was glad to see Supergirl covered in December's issue. But in some ways I was also sad.
The topic of the article is how Supergirl's 50th anniversary was basically overlooked by DC and pretty much everybody in 2009. Titled "Missing Candles", the two-page piece briefly reviews the storied history of Supergirl and comments on the title's recent revitalization.
But writer Andy Serwin wonders why there was no celebration, no anniversary tags on issues, no specials.
And to be honest, that hit pretty close to home. While Supergirl's anniversary has been mentioned on this blog over the course of the year, I never actually did a 50th anniversary post. And now 2009 has come and gone.
In fact, an Internet search for celebrations had only one major hit. And that hit was the Pima County Library celebration that was the brainchild of a blog friend Gene and was covered here. At the very least, congratulations Gene for doing the right thing. You can look at the Library's celebration here: http://comicboxcommentary.blogspot.com/2009/08/supergirl-first-fifty-years-library.html
I think it is sort of a shame that DC didn't promote this anniversary more. I think it's a big shame that I didn't promote it either.
The magazine also does a Marketwatch piece on some of the bigger issues in Supergirl's history. I suppose one day I will be lucky enough to own a copy of Action Comics #252. All I need is an extra $2600.
Maybe in May I will do a big 51st anniversary post to try to make up for this year's absence.