Each Monday this year I'll be taking a look back at a random comic, prestige format issue, graphic novel or collection of reprints from amongst my 3,000 or so comics that date from 1962 to 2003 - I figured anything in the last ten years would be too recent to hark back to.
The comics are chosen completely at random and apart from a four week lead-in period, even I don't know what I'll be looking at in the weeks to come!
SUPERMAN & BATMAN: GENERATIONS 3 #8 - October 2003
Just sneaking into the list from late 2003 comes this issue of John Byrne's third foray into the real time adventures of Superman and Batman. Using their first appearances in 1938 and '39 as a starting point, Byrne had previously written two four issue prestige format series featuring the heroes' adventures - and those of their children - over the following years, allowing all of the characters involved to age in real time. When he came to writing the third story, it was placed into a twelve issue comic series, perhaps to save on costs.
The third story spanned centuries of real time and featured a plot by Darkseid to attack the Earth time and again but going backwards in time. There's a great conversation between Darkseid and Granny Goodness explaining how it all works:
Darkseid: Though my troops will be moving into the past, that past will not exist until they create it!
Granny: You mean . . . an attack on the Earth in their twenty-fourth century will not be remember by humans of their twenty-fifth century . . . because the attack in the twenty-fourth century will not have happened yet??As the series progresses forwards, however, by the time issue #8 comes round, we've already been seeing the attacks in reverse order!
It's a nice conceit and Byrne's art is always a delight. And if you're wondering who the young man is fighting on the cover . . . well, that turns out to be a young Pa Kent who's got a beef with an established DC Western character:
Yep, only in an Elseworlds tale would Pa Kent face off against Jonah Hex!