Superman #117 (1957)

Here’s the solution to the conundrum of the signed award: Simply, as Clark Kent, pretend to repeatedly try to murder Perry White, eventually  shoot at him with a pistol, conveniently shooting out the “r,” the “a”, and the “e” on the plaque so that now no one can compare Clark and Superman’s similar handwriting. Then make up an excuse about hypnosis that everyone will totally believe no questions asked.
Side note: I love that hypnosis actually is a logical explanation.

Superman #117 (1957)

Here’s the solution to the conundrum of the signed award: Simply, as Clark Kent, pretend to repeatedly try to murder Perry White, eventually  shoot at him with a pistol, conveniently shooting out the “r,” the “a”, and the “e” on the plaque so that now no one can compare Clark and Superman’s similar handwriting. Then make up an excuse about hypnosis that everyone will totally believe no questions asked.

Side note: I love that hypnosis actually is a logical explanation.

Let’s play Solve Like You’re Superman!

The pattern of many, many Silver-Age Superman stories is “gosh, Superman is acting strange! Can you guess why?” leading up to the stunning reveal that it was all part of Superman’s plan to solve a mundane problem. Solve Like You’re Superman flips it around to see if you can match wits with the Man of Steel!

Here’s how it works: I give you a problem pulled right out of a silver age Superman story, and you try to figure out how Superman would solve it! Tomorrow I’ll post the answer and the source so you can read it yourself.

Tip for Success: think outside the box, and try to come up with a problem-solving method that will lead to the kind of zany situation you can slap on the cover.

Today’s puzzler:

Oh no! You signed the same congratulatory plaque as both Clark Kent and Superman, and forgot to vary your handwriting! Now anyone who looks closely enough to compare the two signatures would realize that Clark Kent and Superman are the same person! And the plaque is just hanging on the wall in Perry White’s office for anyone to see! What can you possibly do to fix this situation?

I cleaned out everything not-comics on this blog and change the URL to reflect the purpose-drift this tumblr has gone through since I created it.


Daredevil #25 (1967)

Matt’s “twin brother” act is amazing.

Daredevil #25 (1967)

Matt’s “twin brother” act is amazing.


Daredevil #25 (1967)

"Look, I’m not Daredevil; my identical twin brother that I’ve never ever mentioned before is Daredevil." - Matt Murdock’s actual excuse.

Daredevil #25 (1967)

"Look, I’m not Daredevil; my identical twin brother that I’ve never ever mentioned before is Daredevil." - Matt Murdock’s actual excuse.


Action Comics #224 (1957)

I don’t think that’s how light works, but I don’t care.

Action Comics #224 (1957)

I don’t think that’s how light works, but I don’t care.


Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #23 (1957)

"Special occasions"

Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #23 (1957)

"Special occasions"


Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #21 (1957)

How, indeed!

Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #21 (1957)

How, indeed!


Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #21 (1957)

I like the glimpses we get of the actual mechanics of Superman’s daily life. The idea that every month he patrols the world is pretty great.

Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #21 (1957)

I like the glimpses we get of the actual mechanics of Superman’s daily life. The idea that every month he patrols the world is pretty great.


Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #14 (1956)

Perspective, everybody!

Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #14 (1956)

Perspective, everybody!