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Article in 1:8.1, transcribed in its entirety:

Famous "Firsts"

 45 Years and Three 
  Generations of Adventure

 Dr. Augustus Furst arrived in his hometown of St. Paul, 
Minnesota, this past May, to give the commencement address at the 
Harold Jordan Memorial High School graduation exercises. There 
was a brass band and a parade, and throngs of admirers from as 
far away as Boston, Massachusetts, and Fairbanks, Alaska. But 
there were also people who know Dr. Furst personally, and who've 
known him since he was a students at "H.J.'s", as the locals put 
it. "He was a science nerd then, and he's a science nerd now," 
says Mamie Didrickson, 64, Furst's date to his high-school senior 
prom. "But he's a really, really famous science nerd."

 Indeed. In between high school and today have come four wives, 
innumerable enemies, a pair of super-powered adoptive children 
(born to an ex-wife and an exotic enemy), a marriage for one of 
those children that shocked the world, the globe's most famous 
grandchild and, of course, a lifetime of adventure and lasting 
fame as head of what the world has come to know as "The First 
Family."

 It's been a heady ride for Dr. Furst and for his younger brother
Julius, starting back in 1950 with what was supposed to be a 
research field trip to Romania. "Some fancy scientific 
muck-a-mucks had been having trouble with something behind the 
Iron Curtain," says Julius. "They thought is [sic] was some 
unreadable energy flux whatsit that was drainin' energy from 
one'a their manufacturin' plants--they didn't know it was Onggu 
the Omnivorous. Nobody knew about that until Gus got there.

 "Anyway, they'd seen some stuff Gus wrote in one'a those 
science journal things he used to clog up the livin' room with--he [transcript ends.

[Harold Jordan Memorial High School is an homage to Hal "Green Lantern" Jordan.]

The First Family is also seen in headline, 2:2.1: "First Family to City: Good-Bye!" Also in 2:2.1, "Rex and Natalie: It's a Girl!" refers to Astra, "the globe's most famous grandchild". In headline, 3:6.1, "Dr. Furst Battles 'Space Spiders' ". In 3:18.1, the First Family is "out of town", with the implication that they're regularly *in* town, despite the headline of 2:2.1. Life Magazine, 5:10.0: "Special First Family album issue". Headline, 5:11.3: "First Family Leaves City". The First Family trophy room in 2.3:22.1 contains three giant robots apparently named "Mo", "La", and "Cu", a reference to the Three Stooges (also a likely homage to the "Hewey, Dewey and Lewey" robots from "Silent Running", an early Sci-Fi film from 1972 starring Bruce Dern and utilizing the dazzling effects created for "2001: A Space Odyssey").

 The Living Nightmare was created years ago by a psychologist who tried to eliminate fear. Instead, all he did was externalize it, creating a violent, destructive creature that lashes out at anything that threatens it. Over the years, the Nightmare's taken many forms, even twice, with a marine pilot's mind superseding the creature's consciousness, becoming a member of Honor Guard. These days [1995] it's in an exceptionally annoying configuration. It appears out of nowehere, it's drawn to the super-powered beings that have so often contained it, and it leeches off our energy so that I can't harm it and every time I hit it I grow weaker. And it always--always!--attacks when I'm tired.


Appendix: In 5.7, the alien spy Bridwell differentiates between "global" and "international" superhero activity. Kurt Busiek explicates:

 I don't know if I'll ever get to explain this in a story, so I'll do it here. It refers mostly to travel capabilities -- a hero

 who has an "International" range could turn up in Berlin or Moscow or Nairobi, but if they're in Nairobi, they're unlikely to be able to get to Berlin all that fast. A hero with a "Global" range can be anywhere, almost any time.

 If you do some globetrotting, your range is International. If you have an old-style JLA teleporter, it's Global. Or if you're Samaritan, you're Global without any outside help at all.

 

Acknowledgements:

(0.0)
Astro City, the rocket logo, all quoted text and all clip art are : and or TM Juke Box Productions.

(1.0)
Issue:page.panel notation created by Sidne Gail Ward. Dick Briefer IDd by Todd Beard and Jim Murdoch. Lee Elias, Al Feldstein, and Joe Maneely IDd by Jim Murdoch. Menagerie Gang correction by Andrew Farrell. Homage to Showcase #4 by David Goldfarb. Al Feldstein and Menagerie Gang additions and Maneely ID by Lawrence Watt-Evans. Cleopatra, Black Rapier, and Romeyn Falls confirmations and Romeyn ID by Kurt Busiek. Old Soldier modus operandi by J. Spitzberg. Harold Jordan homage by David Oakes.

(2.0)
Bakerville tease; boilermaker, Bill Elder, various Mob, and Veidt corrections; and FBU/Fox-Broome connection by Kurt Busiek again. Kamen and Ingels ID by Marcello Nicola. Baker possible ID and Craig, Davis, Elder, Ingels, Kamen, Torres IDs by Robert Klarer. Criag, Davis, Ingels, Kamen, Torres IDs by Tony Rose. Tripp possible ID by Steve Bowen. Chesler and many EC IDs by Lawrence Watt-Evans again and Jim Ottaviani.

(3.0)
Fass and Rensie ID, Baker confirmation, and Gaines correction by Lawrence Watt-Evans. Grant, Miller, etc. ID, Baker confirmation, Derbyville correction and addition, and Szenic's addition by Kurt Busiek. Max O'Millions addition and Astro-Naut theory by Jim Cowling. Gleason and Eisenstein possible IDs by MC Rogers.

(4.0)
Some clarifications by Jim Cowling. Klein Avenue correction, Irregulars formal team name, and activity definitions by Kurt Busiek. Jack-in-the-Box and Street Angel additions by David Goldfarb. Some headlines by Katie Schwarz.

(5.0)
Estrada ID, Beautie details, M.P.H. speedometer by Kurt Busiek. Natalie Furst powers observation by David Goldfarb. Cool HTML background by John Gaushell. Arriola ref by Goldfarb and Carl Pietrantonio. Nordling ref, Rensie Ave addition, and Nightingale/Sunbird homage by Tony Rose. Stallman ref by Scott Stewart. Cicero ref by Pietrantonio. 1959 ref, Silver Agent death date, and Nightingale/Sunbird homage by Pete Coogan.

(6.0)
Gentleman speculative secret ID appearance by Christopher Bird.

(7.0)
Melody's ID by Dwight Williams.

(7.1)
KBAC 1/2 entries made possible by a grant from Juke Box Productions. Some FF corrections by Kurt Busiek.

(8.0)
Klein ID by Gregory Tiede. Razorhawk ID by Kurt Busiek. Bolling ID by Tom Galloway.

(8.1)
"Tooth and Claw" ID by David Goldfarb. Beefy Bob info by Kurt Busiek.

(10.0)
Stanley Tripp and Tripp's IDs by Scott Rowland. Grandenetti Cathedral visual ID by Anthony Marrano.

(11.0)
Cloak of Night ID by Kurt Busiek. Guilloteam correction by Jim Cowling. Mooney's Pizza by Kent Lorenz. Gibson ref by John Quiring and Rod Smith. Beefy Bob's and Julius Furst corrections by David Hawkins. Colonial note by Mark Bernstein.

(12.0)
Wildenberg River ID by Kurt Busiek and Mark Fossen. Derbyville/Derbyfield ID by Scott Rowland. Bouncing Beatnik "sort of" ID by Kurt Busiek due to Brian Philbin. Brian Kinney ref by Jim Murdoch. Various notes by Jess Nevins.
(13.0)

(13.0)
Gantray ID by Derek McCaw. Possible Prochnow ID by Wim te Dorsthorst. Kiefer ID by Tony Rose. Veidt/Joker ID by Rich Medley. Anansi clarification and Roth-Toth spotting by Jess Nevins. Kast, Kiefer, Rodriguez, and possible Wallace ID by Lou Mougin. Myth-Master myths IDs and Borzoi notes by Kurt Busiek. JitB articles transcribed by Shannon Patrick Sullivan. Atmo-Sphere note by Ray Schaff, Jr. Possible Zzardo ref by Steve Mohundro. Kiefer differentiation by Dwight Williams. Woman who looks like Cat Yronwode notes by Cat Yronwode. Additional notes by Brian Philbin.

 


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