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Monday, January 31, 2011

The World's Greatest Superheroes!

We're starting a new feature on The Aquaman Shrine today: The World's Greatest Superheroes!

WGSH was a daily comic strip that debuted on April 3, 1978, written by Martin Pasko and drawn by George Tuska and Vince Colletta. It initially featured Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and, in a lesser role, Aquaman.

After a year the strip was changed to
The World's Greatest Superheroes Presents Superman, and it ran all the way until 1985 under the stewardship of writers like Paul Levitz, Gerry Conway, and our pal Paul Kupperberg.

Unfortunately, the strip has never been completely collected, in any form (there is one paperback book featuring some of the run), so I thought as an additionally daily feature, the Shrine would run each day's strip, every day, starting today!

Like I mentioned above, Aquaman does not play a large part in the strip, so its not the kind of thing I wanted to devote a lot of time and space to. But the strip was a fun read, and deserves to be seen again.

Thanks to the efforts of F.O.A.M.er Jon Helfenstein, I was able to find a complete run of the strip from an Ohio newspaper. Unfortunately, this paper didn't run the Sunday strip, so we don't have access to those. But since the daily continuity was different than the Sunday one, you won't be missing any of the story.

So be back here every day @12:03pm to check in with The World's Greatest Superheroes!


Wings1295 said...

Awesome! Cannot wait. Thanks Rob & Jon!

Shawn said...

This is so great! I can't wait to read these. I have the paperback, but those are the only strips that I was ever able to read.
Thank you so much!

- Shawn

Orin's dad said...

How cool! can't wait to start reading them every day. Thanks guys!

rob! said...

Thanks for the kind words, guys! I've been wanting to add this sort of daily feature to the Shrine for a while but it took a while to come up with the right thing.

As the strip goes on, if you enjoy seeing WGSH every day, PLEASE BE VOCAL! I want to hear from everyone that they enjoy the strip--or if you don't.

I'm using this as a sort of experiment, to see if there's an enthusiastic audience for this type of thing...with an eye towards producing something all-new, all-Aquaman once WGSH wraps up.

So if you like the daily installments of WGSH, lemme know!

Marc Tyler Nobleman said...

In case you don't already know about it: http://www.thespeedingbullet.com/. Some of the strips, including Sundays, are there.

IADW said...

This is a great idea Rob! Looking forward to checking it out. We only ever got the Spider-Man or Phantom non-humourous newspaper strips over this side.

Awesome stuff!

JasonMotesBowles said...

I'm in favor of this! I've always been curious about this strip and I don't think I've ever seen more than a few strips here and there.