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Halloween ComicFest at Sterling Silver Comics on Saturday, October 29th!

Drop by Sterling Silver Comics on Saturday, October 29th (the Saturday before Halloween!) and get free comics! We’ll also have special in-store deals available that day, as well as free candy! Wouldn’t be Halloween without candy! Drop on by and help yourself…and if you come by in costume and let us take a picture of you, we’ll feature you on this very site!

New comics for October 19th, 2016!

New comics are heading your way to Sterling Silver Comics this Wednesday, and take a look just below to see what you may find:

And as always, if there’s anything special you’re looking for, just let us know and we’ll put in an order just for you! See you at the shop!









Back Issue of the Week: Superman: Speeding Bullets (1993).

There’s been a long history in Marvel and DC’s comics of stories outside the regular continuity of their superhero comics, in which either minor changes to characters and situations (“What If Spider-Man Joined the Fantastic Four?”) or more drastic alterations (“What If Superman and Lex Luthor Were Brothers?”) were explored. These were called (as may come as no surprise) “What If” stories by Marvel, and “Just Imagine” or (mostly) “imaginary stories” by DC, though DC would adopt the “Elseworlds” label in later years.

One of the most famous (well, next to Kingdom Come) of DC’s Elseworlds is Superman: Speeding Bullets, in which the infant Kal-El is rocketed to Earth and, instead of being found the Kents in Smallville, is instead adopted by the Waynes in Gotham City. Effectively, it’s “what if Superman became Batman,” with even Lex Luthor becoming a variation of one of Batman’s most famous villains over the course of the story. In a way, Speeding Bullets is an updating of the “Bruce (Superman) Wayne” stories that ran in the 1980s…a similar set-up (Kal-El raised by the Waynes) only actually becoming Superman from the get-go. (You can see a cover blurb for those stories on this cover).

Nowadays, DC has mostly avoided doing new Elseworlds stories in favor of trying to establish the main continuities for their characters, but has been in the process of bringing them back into print (such as the recent Elseworlds: Batman trade paperbacks). Fun stuff, and individual Elseworlds specials are still pretty easy to find in the back issue bins.

New comics for October 12th, 2016!


New comics are on their way to Sterling Silver Comics this Wednesday, and you can take a peek at what’s coming just below!

And as always, if you need to place a special order for anything you don’t spot on the shelves, we’ll be happy to help! See you at the shop!










Back Issue of the Week: The Punisher Meets Archie Direct Market Edition (August 1994).

The comic fans couldn’t believe was going to happen…and then still couldn’t believe it once it came out! A precursor of sorts to more recent comics like Archie Meets The Ramones or Archie Vs. Sharknado, this crossover between the family-friendly teen shenanigans of the world of Archie with Marvel’s dark ‘n’ gritty gun-toting vigilante shouldn’t have worked, but somehow it did! Legendary Marvel artist John Buscema handled the Punisher-side of the art chores, while classic Archie artist Stan Goldberg took on that side of the book, and inker Tom Palmer provided the overall finishes, bringing a unifying look to the art job that didn’t sacrifice the visual qualities specific to each character.

Of note is the die-cut cover on the direct market edition, pictured above, with Archie peering through the target sight hole, evoking the Punisher’s first appearance from Amazing Spider-Man #129. In contrast, the “regular” version of the comic (titled Archie Meets the Punisher) was more in the style of the typical Archie Comics gag cover. And now, over twenty years later, this still remains one of the champion oddball crossovers of all time!

New comics for October 5th, 2016!


It’s the spookiest month of the year, and here is a scarily great selection of new comics coming to the shelves of Sterling Silver Comics this Wednesday!

And as always, feel free to place special orders for anything you can’t find! See you at the shop!















Back Issue of the Week: Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #1 (November 1982)

Supergirl’s last ongoing series hurrah prior to her final (well, as final as things usually get in comics) fate in the Crisis on Infinite Earths event mini-series that would appear just a few years later. This Supergirl series featured the artwork of Carmine Infantino, best known for his work on The Flash and Batman, and would later introduce the short-lived very-1980s costume redesign with the headband. The “Daring New Adventures of…” part of the title would also disappear during the later part of this comic’s short life, wrapping up with issue #23. If memory serves, a new ongoing starring Supergirl and Superboy in their own adventures was planned after the end of this series, but the aforementioned Crisis on Infinite Earths would have put the kibosh on that, if such a thing was actually in the works.

The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl series was notable for also having solo Lois Lane stories as back-ups in several issues. Issues 1 through 12 have been reprinted recently in a trade paperback (but not with the Lois Lane stories, alas). And of course, several years and reboots/revamps after that Crisis series, Supergirl has returned to the stands in one form or another, and is currently on the shelves in a new title as part of DC’s “Rebirth” publishing initiative, with a comic that more closely reflects the popular new TV show.

New comics for September 28th, 2016!


Get ready for all the new comics about to arrive on the shelves of Sterling Silver Comics this Wednesday! To help you prepare, here is a convenient listing of what you can expect:

And as always, if there’s something you want we don’t have, special orders are always available at no extra charge! See you at the shop!


















Back Issue of the Week: The Uncensored Mouse #2 (April 1989).


Discovering that the early Mickey Mouse newspaper strips from the 1930s had fallen into the public domain, Eternity Comics began a reprint project of those strips by legendary Mickey artist Floyd Gottfredson. The “Uncensored” part of the title came from the fact that these early strips presented a Mickey who was a little rougher around the edges than we all were used to, as well as featuring characters and situations that, in modern eyes, could be potentially offensive. The solid black front cover did not mention “Disney” or “Mickey Mouse” at all, and the entire comic was sealed in a plastic bag to prevent anyone from peeking within and witnessing the naughty antics of Mice Gone Wild.

It may come as no surprise that the Walt Disney Company was unamused by this particular publishing effort, and after some legal wrangling, the series was cut short with the second issue, pictured above. You can read more about what happened right here.

These strips were later reprinted in the officially-sanctioned Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse series of hardcover collections from Fantagraphics Books, but Uncensored Mouse remains as an interesting artifact of 1980s comics publishing.