Comic Report: Superman #330

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We cleaned a good part of the house this week amidst a few distractions so all I have for you this week is another crosspost from BW Media Spotlight‘s “Scanning My Collection” series. I had just gotten this comic as reviewed it as I went along. It speaks to a pet peeve I have when discussing Clark Kent as a secret identity for Superman. Enjoy.


This is going to be an interesting edition of…

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…for a few different reasons. One, this isn’t something that has spent years in my longboxes. I picked this up last week for the heck of it. Two, I haven’t read this yet, so you’ll be seeing a “live” blogging as I go through it, kind of like I do with “Chapter By Chapter”. Three and finally, the subject is one that makes me shake my head–the continued belief that the Clark Kent identity is just a pair of glasses.

There is more to Clark than spectacles. He acts differently as Clark than he does as Superman, dresses differently (obviously), and speak differently. Look up the voice work of Bud Collyer or watch Christopher Reeve’s acting in the movies. Anyone who plays Superman, either by voice or in the flesh needs to remember that they are playing two separate identities, something most Bruce Wayne/Batman portrayers get but too many Clark Kent/Superman portrayers mess up. See my Clutter Reports review of All-Star Superman the movie. I picked up the old serials finally and the actor there does a good job as Clark but Superman thus far hasn’t gotten a lot of lines. This was something I should have pointed out in the review of DC Comics Presents #50, where the two identities became separate people for a time. It works because (1) nobody suspects Superman HAS another identity, (2) Clark is so weak and mild-mannered (although a little less so post-Crisis) that nobody would suspect him and (3) if they can’t guess Oliver Queen is the Green Arrow with the same distinct goatee and little to no change in personality they’d never figure this one out. (Lest you think the Marvel Universe has the only stupid people. They just have more stupid citizens per capita.)

So let’s read this one and see what the “big secret” is to how Kal-El pull this off, according to 1978.

Superman #330

“George Reeves?”

Superman #330
DC Comics (December, 1978)

“The Master Mesmerizer of Metropolis”
(try saying that title three times fast)
WRITER: Martin Pasko
(based on a script concept by Al Schroder the third)
ARTISTS: Curt Swan & Frank Chiaramonte
LETTERER: Ben Oda
COLORIST: Adrienne Roy
EDITOR: Julius Schwartz

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The Clutter Left Behind

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Man thinking on a train journey.

Man thinking on a train journey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Greetings, fellow clutter maintainers. This is going to be a hard report to write but it’s something I’m thinking about as we go through my late mother’s belongings. It’s something I haven’t seen mentioned in any clutter article I’ve read, or anything I would have thought of until this happened. When it comes to my various bloated collections I’ve been thinking about things like storage space and being able to enjoy my collection. And yet my mom’s passing has left me juggling a lot of different thoughts. Many of them are the typical and personal thoughts we all have when we lose someone we love. However, one matters to this project. What happens to our clutter when we die?

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Clutter Hiatus: Mother Passing

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Rita Marie Ackermann, my mother, passed away yesterday at 66 years old, a little after her birthday. I had this whole thing I was going write about her love of butterflies, how much of my creativity comes as much from her as my father (my favorite costume is a¬†Greatest American Hero costume she made for me as a kid using iron-on fabric on a sweatsuit, even making the belt and cape…it’s about as accurate as homemade could get in the 1980s even if it doesn’t compare to some cosplays today) but I find that it’s difficult for me to write anything right now.

I’m not going away. BW Media Spotlight is my passion and The Clutter Reports is still a project I need. There will also be more videos coming. Right now, though, it’s just not in me and my dad needs me. However, I am taking a few days at least away from reviews, commentaries, and anti-clutter tips while we get everything settled. I ask for your patience if you’re interested in my productions. Things will resume as soon as things settle and I get used to my new world dynamic.

Troy Ackermann, aka Troy A. aka ShadowWing Tronix

Digital Clutter Maintenance…Again

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With a job interview yesterday I took the easier (and needed) job of trying to reduce my clutter on my computer. Apparently there’s still too much stuff on there that I need to go over before I run out of disk space. I’m going to try transferring things to CD or floppies that I don’t readily need and there are a few things that belong on the project drive that for some reason are still on my computer. This must change.

Moving Clutter Sale To eBay

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English: eBay Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The process has started. This week (yesterday, in fact) my mother came home from the convalescent home, and getting the house ready for that plus dealing with snow and looking for work were my priorities. But now I have items up on eBay, linked to on the “Clutter For Sale” page. As of this writing only the untranslated manga are up for sale, except for the One-Piece book that for some reason I decided to try in auction mode. I have a goal of posting something up every day as I go through my stuff. Some things require new photos, but the comic covers can be re-scanned easy. Then we can add new things as I find something else I want to get rid of. Hopefully everything will be cleaned out soon. Not only could I use the money but I could use a little more space up here.

In Which I Switch Things Back

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Well, that failed. Not only did job hunting and other issues keep me from doing the eBay thing (which requires new photos form a number of items) but I ended up putting the comic boxes back in the studio closet for various reasons. Failure is the kind of thing that can make you lose focus, but I have yet to give up. I’m kind of stubborn that way, and this is mess is still annoying me too much to surrender to it. Next week I hope to have a real article of some kind and hopefully get some stuff up on eBay or some other source because some of this stuff really has to go.

Something I really want to do is utilize my writing and video skills to aid in going through this stuff. I want to finally get Video Game Clutter going, for example, and maybe a transforming toy review show with my own style thrown in. My biggest collection issues are still the comics and Transformers, but a lot of my problem is still paper management, something else I really need to work on. A lot of this can be solved with better scheduling, trying to find time to write article, edit videos, make comics, clean up the clutter, and somehow find something that can pay my bills until any of those other things can actually become profitable as well as fun.

I don’t make “New Years Resolutions” but these are my main goals. How do you plan to attack your clutter issue (including a cluttered schedule) in the New Year that will last through the year and beyond?

Special Organizing Project

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Things are not going well around the house right now. I’m still out of work with no income and nearly dried up savings. My mother is in the hospital…again, and we’ve got people coming to do some work on the house. Minor work, but it meant the project I had to do this week was put my comic book storage boxes back in my closet rather than the “studio” closet, and I’m starting to think they’re better off there. What I lose in footwear storage I gain at better access to the comics, and I think I can eliminate some of space taken up by my way too many transforming robot toy storage boxes by putting them in the slightly larger studio closet. This is something I plan to try after the workers leave.

Something else I want to do is move the “clutter for sale” items that aren’t selling here and finally use my eBay account. I wanted something in my PayPal account but I’ve never had the funds as I was paying bills, losing my job before the final debt I had was paid off. Over the week, as I seek an income (I do have a Patreon connected to my BW work as well as PayPal donations, and yes I’m probably begging for help) I want to start putting stuff up on eBay with better pictures if possible, especially the older reviews that had terrible photographs. This is what I hope to report on next week as well as the results of my moving things around. I still have a lot to go over.

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