Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Random Comic Book Splash Page #15

Supergirl is aging pretty well for a 50-year-old, wouldn't you say? Though I'm sure that Kryptonian metabolism of hers has more than a little to do with it.

Fifty years ago today on March 31, 1959, Supergirl appeared for the first time on both the cover and on the inside of Action Comics #252. In just eight pages, writer Otto Binder and artist Al Plastino tell the tale of Kara, Superman's first cousin, whose hometown of Argo City was tossed safely into space after Krypton exploded. In an origin eerily similar to Superman's, Kara is sent to Earth by her parents during the destruction of Argo City by meteors. On Earth, she, of course, has the same superpowers as her cousin. Taking the name Linda Lee, the teenager moves into an orphanage, where she lives when she isn't joining Supes on super-missions. One wonders why Superman didn't just let her move into Clark Kent's apartment and pose as Clark's cousin, but who am I to second-guess the great Otto Binder?

This splash page is actually taken from one of "The Supergirl of Krypton"'s many reprints: Action Comics #334 (March 1966), which was a special 80-Page Giant filled with fun Supergirl reprints.

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