Today we flip through the pages of DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest #13. Looking for information on the exact title of this tiny tome introduced us to the world of comic book blogs back in 2010. We didn’t know people did that, and it looked like it might be fun. It reminded us, too, of the book’s sports stories without superheroes.
We first read this pocket-sized production as little martians in the early 1980s. Though the baseball game of DC heroes and villains makes for classic bronze age shenanigans, the gems of this book are the reprints of the short-lived Strange Sports Stories #1-6 in 1973. The faceless basketball team. The boxing glove necklace heirloom which saves the day. The man who pole vaults over the world to travel in time. WOW. We have since read the original issues of that series, and commend the editors of this digest for picking the truly outstanding ones.
We have an archive of scans from DC’s original Strange Sports series. It appeared in The Brave and the Bold and predated both the baseball game’s original appearance (DC Super-Stars #10, 1976) and the second series excerpted in this digest. (Astute readers will notice Warrior of the Weightless World in this digest comes from those Brave and the Bold stories.)