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Friday, November 12, 2010

Flashback Friday: Metal Men from the Silver Age

by John Jackson Miller and Joyce Greenholdt

This week's Title Spotlight is shining on DC Comics' Metal Men series from the '60s. The Metal Men were created for a last-minute filler feature in Showcase #37-40 in 1962, and the characters proved popular enough for DC to give them their own bimonthly series the following year. Click to see the circulation reports for the title!

For the first few years, the average circulation on Metal Men climbed steadily, peaking in 1966. The fact that DC released circulation figures for Metal Men starting in 1964 is notable by itself; the company printed many of its circulation statements without any sales figures from 1963-65.

After 1966, sales declined sharply until the series went on hiatus at the end of 1969. The title resurfaced for three reprint issues (Metal Men #42-44) in 1973. The series returned one more time in 1976 with new stories and art by Walt Simonson, lasting until early 1979. No circulation statements were published for these periods.

Since then, the Metal Men starred in a four-issue mini-series in 1993 and have made guest appearances in several other DC titles.
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T.J. Frenzel said...

Awesome Flashback!

When I started reading comics my dad told me his favorite was Metal Men, which got me interested. I only have 3-4 issues from a mini-series in the 90's (I think), but I read some of the old ones in the Showcase Presents Metal Men mega-trade.

I also picked up the DC Universe Classics Iron figure for that reason. Reminds me of my dad.

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