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Superman in the Comics (or Not in Them)

Op Ed by Holli

From Superman Batman #76 where the marriage still thrived periodically

I am no longer going to worry about the lawsuits since there is a difference between US copyright and international trademark laws. DC would not lose rights to the international trademarks. I just hope that both parties come to an amicable agreement so we can continue consuming products of this American icon. Be grownups, people, and do what is right. It’s what Superman would do.

So let’s talk about what DC has been giving us in way of Superman stories over the past few years. Apparently these books have warranted a revamp of the original superhero for DC’s relaunch. Not our fault!

DC, you’ve already tortured us with year long arcs that have nothing to do with the character who has a dual identity and a home life. This is the guy we’ve related to for over seventy years. Not Kal-El living with 100,000 Kryptonians who we know will die anyway because that would totally take away his uniqueness on Earth. And not the guy who never communicates with his wife, Lois Lane, or his mother or the people at the Daily Planet. And certainly not the guy walking across America while mind controlled in a cape and tights. We’ve had no enlightenment regarding the character or how he feels about his adopted country or planet or the people he left behind. Give us back Clark Kent and the real Superman. Give us back the guy who fights for the things he loves, his adopted country, planet, city and his wife, Lois Lane. Although they have been married for 15 years now, we’ve only seen about 12 years of married life since Clark/Superman/Kal-El or whatever they’re calling him now has been off planet or grounded. I believe the current writers haven’t done the marriage justice at all. Do they think marriage is passe’? Do they think superheros shouldn’t love or work from their hearts in order to be an inspiring light of hope for people instead of a to-be-feared creature of the night? Does anyone at DC really understand the Superman character at all?

Now DC is telling us they need to revamp Superman’s story because, y’know . . . he’s not Batman. Superman isn’t as cool as Batman or at least that appears to be the editorial attitude. Just look at how many Batman related books there are . . now compare them to the number of Superman books. They’re even dialing back the odometer on Action! What the hell is that? BTW, Superman was yanked from Action for almost two years to make way for Mon-El and Lex Luthor with a cyborg Lois and everybody else’s villains making appearances. Yea, creative. Where’s Superman?

In Action 900, David S. Goyer, who is writing/wrote the Man of Steel movie script, had Superman contemplating renouncing his American citizenship. Yep, not only is marriage passe’ apparently but also being an American. Chris Roberson in the Superman books gave us back the guy who loves America and what it means. Thanks, Chris!

Next week we will see how DC will prepare us for Action #1 and Superman #1 in September. Flashpoint: Project Superman. It appears we still won’t have our Clark Kent back since his ship crashes into Metropolis instead of Smallville at the Kent’s feet. Can you say clones & government intervention into alien life forms? Oh joy. That still means no Kents, no Daily Planet and no Lois Lane affiliations. Yea, it’s edgy alright.

So Shakespeare. . .oops, Grant Morrison is writing Action #1 and as anyone who has been reading comics for the last decade can tell you. Once Morrison is done with a book, it takes a nose dive. Every character’s books of the 52 in the relaunch has some kind of information regarding what we can expect – EXCEPT for Superman. Telling those potential new readers that Grant Morrison is writing Superman’s story is like telling a three year old what Bono’s real name is. They don’t know and they don’t care. Just read them the Little Prince or Dr. Seuss so they can get into the story.

DC, WRITE GREAT STORIES. Quit trying to fix something that wasn’t broke until you decided to “get creative or energized or edgy.” If you can’t find someone who adores Superman and understands his story inside out – then GO FIND THEM!  He has fans out here who are willing to read good stories about him – and tell all their friends who have never picked up a comic that they should.

Comic fans, be prepared for Superman Batman to go back to the past where they initially team up in a three issue arc before September. At present, there is no Superman Batman #1 coming out. Superman fans adore this book since it has given us great stories over the past three years which we relished because Action and Superman were . . .boring. That’s it, DC, take away something comic readers loved so you can get new readers with your gimmick. Really? Hopefully Superman Batman will return later on – it does have Batman in it and God forbid they’d ever cancel a Batman book. Oy!

On a brighter note, can’t wait to read Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance!  It’s about time this character got some limelight. .. well, hopefully she will. Everyone with half a brain knows that she and whatever form Superman takes will hook up eventually even though they have separate books. It’s because Lois is so fantastic a human being and reporter. She fights the good fight without superpowers or gadgets and inspires Clark/Superman.

My list of things I want from DC is not that long or unreasonable. 1. CLARK ‘FREAKIN’ KENT!  2. Working at the Daily Planet as a mild mannered reporter. 3. Superman protecting Metropolis and the world. 4. Lois Lane and Clark Kent/Superman STILL MARRIED – don’t wimp out on us, DC. 5. Write strong characters that drive the plots for this unique character and his loved ones.

Superman fans love stories about hope, love, truth and justice. We’re not afraid of a bump in the road, but don’t have us wait at the rest stop for the highway to be built. Waiting for OUR Superman is OVER!  Patience is a virtue – it shouldn’t be mandatory in order to read GREAT Superman stories.

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WHEN LAWYERS DECIDE WHO SUPERMAN IS

pic from Newsarama

In Flashpoint, Kal-El crashes into Metropolis not Smallville

Nearly three years ago, Clark Kent, Daily Planet reporter, disappeared from the Superman books. Superman went off to New Krypton relinquishing any of his Earthly ties to live with 100,000 other Kryptonians. No longer Clark Kent or Superman, but Kal-El. No longer reporter, husband or Metropolis’ superhero.

Lana Lang and now Kara Lang have the Daily Planet featured in the Supergirl comics. Superman and Clark Kent were removed from Action Comics for a year so Lex Luthor with a Lois Lane cyborg and other villains could have their ‘due.’

After War of the Supermen with tens of thousands of Kryptonians dead, Superman decides to ‘walk the Earth’ to reconnect to humans. Not go back to the life he left, but to wander around mind controlled by some mysterious entity. Again, his reporter persona was seen in a single panel during this year long arc.

What on Earth is happening to the greatest superhero of all time? He’s being torn apart by lawsuits. Not unusual for him to have those looming. The Siegel and Shuster families have fought with DC and Warner Brothers for decades. However, within the past couple of years, the Families have been granted rights to certain aspects of the Superman character and his history as portrayed in the first six issues of Action comics. Deadline for DC and Warners = 2013. That’s when they share rights with the Families.

The Families have no means to write stories and distribute them unless they hold their rights up for auction. A split Superman story is a diminished Superman story. He is no longer the character that has been revered for over 7.5 decades. Bottom line: DC & Warners are going to have to get the checkbook out and settle it or everyone loses. In 22* years, it all goes to public domain, if there’s anything left.

In the meantime . . . we’re possibly getting a cloned Superman in Flashpoint. According to World of Flashpoint, Kal-El’s ship crashed into Metropolis destroying it. We know there is a Superman arc in this series coming out this month, titled Flashpoint: Project Superman. Sounds like good ole cloning. Lois Lane has her own arc as well. Lois Lane and the Resistance also premieres this month. This character is not only a journalist but a freedom fighter who has gone behind enemy lines to gain valuable insight into what the Amazons are doing. Both characters are not what you know that was started in Action #1.

Is Flashpoint our Crisis on Infinite Earths? Should it be titled Crisis on Infinite Worlds/Dimensions?

In September, Flashpoint ends and the rebooting of 52 comics takes place. Action and Detective Comics will go to #1 along with the rest. Insanity since both books are close to achieving #1000 status in a short period of time.

But what about the Superman story? Will we ever see Clark Kent again? I’m guessing, probably not since he is one of the elements that the Families have the rights to. What we may end up with Superman #1 is the cloned Superman from Flashpoint. Different background and history. Lois Lane may play a part in his story since she may be the only one to get him pointed in the right direction. The Kents would not have existed in his story.

How long will these new story arcs for ‘new’ readers last? I give it a year, maybe two depending on what happens at the negotiating table of DC/Warners and the Siegel/Shusters. The appearance of this ‘other world’ Superman is just the beginning if the two parties cannot negotiate a solution to allow Superman, the original, to live and thrive in the neverending story.

 

*95 years from publication for works published 1923–1963 (Copyrights prior to 1923 have expired.)

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