Supergirl #75 (2002)

I paid twelve bucks for this comic. Twelve bucks! For a comic from less than four years ago. It seems crazy, especially since I had every reason to want to pick this comic up. By then my friend Mike had already keyed me in to the greatness of this comic, and I had a pretty good run of the series. I was intrigued by the new Supergirl, the whole Earth Angel/Chaos Stream storyline being fresh in my mind from reading the series, and even though this was a new direction in the storyline, I should have known to trust writer Peter David to deliver something interesting.
But no, I didn’t pick it up for the mere $2.50 I could have bought it for at the time, instead spending nearly ten times as much as cover price to read the first reappearance of the original Supergirl.
Yeah, that last sentence sounds like tanged comic book logic, doesn’t it? The first post-Crisis reappearance of a classic Silver Age character in a comic featuring a heroine who shares her name but not her powers or her looks.
Damn, that sounded worse.
See, the Silver Age Supergirl was from Argo City, a whole city-sized chunk of Krypton that was shot into space. There were a lot of survivors of Krypton in the 1960s. I don’t know what happened to the city, but somehow Supergirl rocketed to Earth and became part of DC’s mainstream hero line, including some wonderful stories illustrated by Curt Swan, Jim Mooney and Mike Sekowsky.
Meanwhile, there was a new Supergirl in this series written by Peter David, who took a much less common approach to the character. Her backstory is impossibly convoluted, and had its fans, including me. But many people didn’t want a complex Supergirl who didn’t even dress like her cousin Superman. Instead they wanted the original. And in this issue, they got her.
And, you know, there really is something refreshing about the original. She’s cute, she’s naive, she doesn’t quite know how to handle her powers. The original Supergirl is retro-cool, a sweet reminder of days long past when comics cost a thin dime. And here she was, back again for our entertainment.
Twelve bucks for a nice illustration of the power of nostalgia versus the modern world? That’s not a bad deal, if you ask me.

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