Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here's the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we look at one of the most poignant Silver Age Superman comics - drawn by Wayne Boring and written by Superman's co-creator, Jerry Siegel!
In Superman (Vol. 1) #141, Jerry Siegel penned one of the great Superman stories, a tale that was truly ahead of its time, where Superman is accidentally sent into the past and lives on Krypton in the time leading up to the destruction of Krypton.
He befriends his own parents and begins a relationship with a glamorous "emotion-movie" actress, Lyla Lerrol.
Throughout the story, he keeps trying to come up with ways to save Krypton, but fails each time (by the way, this was an over 25-page story, which was a ginormous sized comic story at the time).
Ultimately, in today's "moment," Superman actually decides that he is fine living with Lyla (as his wife) and his parents and living out the last days of Krypton...
It's a striking work for its time, filled with a great deal of poignancy (of course, one could argue that Siegel is going over the top with the pathos, but come on, he was writing for a kid audience here, he had to make sure that they got the drama involved).
Right after this, though, through a series of fluke circumstances, Superman is sent away from Krypton in a rocket, and he is forced to deal with the fact that he is destined to live in the present. When he returns to the present day, he encounters a meteor shower that is all that remains of Krypton.
Brutal, but good, stuff.