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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 363

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Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!

Following up on yesterday’s different take on the Superman legend, today we take a look at John Byrne’s Superman/Batman: Generations, where Byrne details the story of what if Superman and Batman’s stories took place in “real time” (that is, they both debuted in 1938 and 1939, respectively)….

Enjoy!

Byrne sets the mini-series up thusly – four issues, each extra-sized issue (almost 50 pages per issue) telling two stories a decade apart. So issue #1 tells a story in 1939 and 1949, #2 tells a story in 1959 and 1969, etc. (with a little twist in issue #4).

However, Byrne also attempts to match the story of that decade in with the style of comic books that came out during that particular time period, which is really quite ingenious.

Here’s a quick glimpse of some samples from the first three issues…

1939…





1949…



(this one has a particularly clever “era-specific” conclusion)

1959…



1969…



1979…



1989…



Pretty cool stuff, huh?

Byrne continued the concept in a sequel mini-series and then a third maxi-series, and those were good, but I think this original series is still the best of the bunch.