Superman Adventures #35
DC Comics (September, 1999)
“Never Play With The Toyman’s Toys!”
WRITER: Mark Millar
PENCILER: Aluir Amancio
INKER: Terry Austin
COLORIST: Marie Severin
LETTERER: Phil Felix
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Frank Berrios
EDITOR: Mike McAvennie
Toyman’s toys are on a rampage throughout Metropolis, but Toyman isn’t behind it. (Directly anyway.) His assistant Curly brought the toys to Vito Manheim, the brother of the “dead” (he’s actually a prisoner on Apokolips but that was never revealed to the characters, just the audience and of course Darkseid’s bunch) Bruno Manheim. Except it was actually a trick so Toyman could draw Vito out and get revenge on at least one Manheim. Superman is forced to save Vito, but he’s going to jail right along with Toyman.
What they got right: Toyman’s revenge is against the whole family because they all ruined his father (that’s the backstory in the DCAU anyway), so getting to do one of these stories again works, since he’s had other ways to be a threat. And as a scheme to draw Vito out it’s actually rather brilliant. There are some interesting artistic ideas present in the artwork.
What they got wrong: I’m not even sure Toyman and Vito would be allowed in the same prison since the former tried to kill the latter, never mind being in the cell next to each other. Also, if Toyman is supposed to be crazy go nuts wouldn’t he be in some place more Arkham Asylum than Stonegate Prison? Hopefully not actual Arkham as that place should have been shut down year ago, even in the DCAU. Also we have another cover in this series that has nothing to do with the actual story. There is a part where Superman fights a toy dragon in the ocean but nothing like we see here and it’s hardly enough of the story to make it the cover.
Recommendation: A really good DCAU Superman/Toyman story. Check into it.