Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Groovy Age Gold: "I Sustain the Wings!" by Weisinger and Ray

It's Veteran's Day here in the U.S. and to celebrate, Ol' Groove would like to share a favorite Golden Age Superman story with ya! "I Sustain the Wings" was originally published in Superman #25 (cover dated November/December 1943). The story was "Prepared in cooperation with the Army Air Forces Technical Training Command, Major General Walter R. Weaver, Commanding General" while both writer Mort Weisinger and artist Fred Ray were still in the service, so some might call it propaganda or a recruiting tool or somesuch, but to Young Groove, this story represented what it meant to be a true hero. Not a guy with super-powers, but a regular Joe (or in today's story, Larry) who gives up his personal freedom and risks his own well-being to defend the freedom of others. Dated and even hokey this story may be, it's meant a lot to me since I first read it in 100-Page Super Spectacular DC-18 (cover dated July 1973). Ol' Groove hopes you like it, too!

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