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It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane… It’s Eighty Years Of Superman!

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We don’t tend to write a great deal about Kal-El here in the Precinct’s comic crypts, it’s not that we’re aren’t fans of the Kryptonian visitor, we are, but our love for DC’s other big two (Bats and Wondy… natch!) eclipses our admiration for the Man of Steel… yet, we admire the otherworldly hero enough to often include him whenever something major happens… and this is, most assuredly, one of those times.

2018 will definitively be the year of the Superman, as Clark Kent gets set to celebrate his 80th anniversary since creation! That’s right fellow fans of fantastic fiction, eighty years of the big blue boy scout thwarting crime, foiling nemesis Lex Luthor, saving cats out of trees, and feuding with the Batman… Supes has been doing all this and more for an astonishing eight decades and DC intend to show him the reverence he absolutely deserves since his groundbreaking debut in Action Comics #1 in 1938.

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But wait, not only does 2018 mark eighty years of the red-caped crusader but also that of Action Comics itself, which is additionally celebrating an astonishing 1,000 issues! which in and of itself is a first for Superhero comics.

Action Comics #1000 comprises eight different comic covers in celebration of this remarkable achievement by a number of acclaimed artists including astounding talents such as Jim Lee, Dave Gibbons, Jim Steranko, and Dan Jurgens. 

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Variants Galore For Supes And Action Comics’ Astounding Anniversary!

Action Comics #1000 is releasing as an 80 page prestige format comic that will feature a variety of tales brought to you by some of comicdom’s most celebrated creators, sensational scribes such as – Tom King, Grant Morrison, Tim Sale, Richard Donner (yes indeed, the director of Christopher Reeves’ awesome cinematic Superman debut) and Brian Michael Bendis. In fact speaking of Bendis, this will mark his inauguration as a DC contributor since his dramatic defection from Marvel Comics, with Bendis then taking the reins of both Action Comics and Superman for the foreseeable future this coming July.

Also, alongside Action #1000, DC are releasing a hardcover collection titled ‘Action Comics: 80 Years Of Superman‘ which will feature a variety of classic Superman reprints from yesteryear, a large comic cover image gallery, essays by writers and comic historians, and, most interestingly, a never before published story by Supe’s creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster!

Action Comics #1000 and the 80 Years Of Superman hardcover will be released at your local comic book emporium on April 18. So don your red cape and trunks (that’s right folks, Supe’s classic outer/underwear also marks it’s dramatic return!!) and soar on down to your comic-shop and tell them Precinct1313 sent you!

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Supergirl Takes Flight…

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Warner Brothers’ Supergirl series has been snapped up by CBS, the network confirmed the order for the series yesterday. The series comes from the same creators of the extremely popular Arrow and Flash, and it has been confirmed that they will share the same on-screen universe, and to expect crossover stories. 

Actress Melissa Benoist is playing the lead role of Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-EL in the series, and initially the show will follow Kara’s attempt at coming to terms with her new powers, and a new life away from her destroyed planet of Krypton. Interestingly, former Supergirl, Helen Slater has also been cast to appear in the series, though her role is as yet undetermined.

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Girl of Steel, Melissa Benoist as Supergirl

Supergirl was created by writer Otto Binder and artist Al Plastino in 1959 as a female counterpart to the Man of Steel. Making her first appearance in Action Comics #252, she became an instant hit with comic book fans across the globe. Kara is the last survivor of Krypton’s Argo City, sent to earth in a rocket pod by her father Zor-EL. Whilst on Earth, Kara acquired the same powers as her cousin Superman, and adopted the secret identity of Linda Lee Danvers, and at her cousins request, only becomes Supergirl in secret, until she is able gain sufficient control and confidence in her escalating powers.

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We are huge Supergirl fans here at the Precinct, so it’s great to see the series has been picked up by CBS. Also this will hopefully start a trend to bring more female characters to the fore in both television and cinema, and Supergirl is definitely one of the best possible choices to lead this charge.

Power Girl Unleashed…

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Well this is awesome, Sideshow Collectibles once again show their superior sculpting skills with this amazingly lifelike statue of Kryptonian – Power Girl, aka  Kara Zor-EL. Kara hails from the alternate dimension of Earth 2, where she is known as Supergirl, after being stranded on Earth One with her best friend and fellow Superhero The Huntress, she changed her name to Power Girl/Karen Starr to differentiate herself from Earth One’s resident Supergirl. Cousin to Superman with the same powers, PG is one of DC Comic’s most enduring and beloved characters.

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Original design by the amazing Stanley Lau

Sideshow’s premium format statue follows hot on the heels of last month’s Wonder Woman statue and is equally as gorgeous. Designed by the extremely talented Stanley Lau, this amazingly detailed statue stands at an impressive 21 inches in height. 

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Sculpted in polystone by the very talented team of Andy Bergholtz, Mark Newman, Earl Ellis and Joe Menna, with the meticulous paintwork by Kat Sapene and Mireya Romo-Bowen. Sideshow are the kings of statue makers, Power Girl is limited 3000 statues worldwide and is also available in an even more exclusive limited variant edition with an interchangeable head. 

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We are huge fans of Power Girl here at the Precinct, you may recognise her as our header image for the website, so it goes without saying that we will probably have to get this at some point (as soon as our wallets recover from the expense of the Sideshow collectibles Wonder Woman purchase) Sideshow pre-orders begin November 13th, so if you like the look of this stunning statue head on over to their site PG fans.

Precinct1313’s all time favourite comic-book characters..daily countdown.

Welcome friends…

NUMBER 6 is: Power Girl.

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Power Girl was created by Gerry Conway and Wally Wood and was first introduced in All Star comics #58 in January of 1976, she is from the alternate reality of Earth 2 where she was known as Supergirl. Her origin story has varied over the years but currently is the same as her equivalent Earth one counterpart, when her parents learn that their planet-Krypton 2 was going to be destroyed they sent Kara Zor-L (PG’s real name) to Earth in a capsule to escape the destruction. At the same time her cousin Kal-El..Superman was also being put aboard his own escape capsule by his parents, though they left at relatively the same time Kara’s pod took longer to reach Earth 2.

There have been differing versions of what happened after this event in the comics, but the current story as told by the reboot New 52 version is that Earth 2 is attacked by the Apokolips ruler and God-like being of Darkseid, during this struggle the alternate versions of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are killed and Kara and her friend..fellow crime fighter Helena Wayne (known as the Huntress and daughter of Earth 2’s Batman and Catwoman) are thrown into a dimensional rift and end up on Earth one. Discovering that another Supergirl exists in this dimension PG changes her name to Karen Starr and renames herself Power Girl.

Though they are essentially the same character, the differences between Power Girl and Supergirl are many, PG is physically bigger than Supergirl and is a few years older and a lot less naive. Running her own billion dollar business, PG spends her off time fighting crime alongside the Huntress in the monthly World’s Finest comic-book.