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Exclusive DC Preview: ‘Superman’ #3 From Brian Michael Bendis and Ivan Reis

DC has provided ComicBook.com with an exclusive first look at next week’s Superman #3 from writer Brian Michael Bendis and penciller Ivan Reis, with inks by Joe Prado and Oclair Albert, colors by Alex Sinclair, and letters by Josh Reed.

The issue brings the Justice League into play, giving longtime Marvel writer Bendis an opportunity to dig into the heavy hitters of the DC Universe in a way that he has not really had the time or real estate to do yet.

“That battle in The Man of Steel has revealed a great many truths to both Rogol and Superman, the state of the galaxy, the state of the Universe, and the state of each other, and what they want,” Bendis told ComicBook.com during a recent interview. “So that is going to be the launching pad in Superman #1 for what is a year long epic of Superman’s place in the big galactic story that is going on in the DC Universe, and how it connected from Krypton, and what Superman’s responsibilities are.”

The Guardians of the Universe, who are taking a somewhat more elevated role in Green Lanterns right now, are also involved, as one of their number was a member of the cosmic council that seemed to believe itself to be in control of Rogol before he went off the reservation and destroyed Krypton.


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At the end of The Man of Steel, Superman exiled Rogol Zaar to the Phantom Zone — which has turned out to be something of a mistake, as now Rogol seems to have figured out how to swallow all of Earth into the limbo realm with him.

…And given how Hank Henshaw recently described the Zone as rather hellish on your psyche, it seems likely that even once Earth is freed, there will be some ramificiations for public mental and physical well being.

You can check out the preview pages in the attached image gallery, along with a good look at both covers, and read the official solicitation text for the issue below.

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Guest-starring the Justice League! Locked inside the Phantom Zone, the Earth stands poisoned and its heroes lie dying, with no idea how to escape the deadly Kryptonian trap. But an even deadlier threat invades as Rogol Zaar teams with those who have been imprisoned inside the Phantom Zone to use Earth to escape, not caring if they destroy the planet to do it.

Superman #3 will be available in stores and online Wednesday.

From: https://comicbook.com/dc/2018/09/07/exclusive-dc-preview-superman-3-from-brian-michael-bendis-and-iv/

Confirmed – King’s Superman is on the Walmart Shelves and There Are More Copies This Time

This morning we told you about DC running previews for the new Walmart comics prominently on their website.  I just got back from taking a trip to Walmart to see if the new issues of Superman Giant and Justice League Giant were out.  They were and there were a lot more of them then I was expecting.

What was in that box?  11 copies of both Superman Giant #3 and Justice League Giant #3, plus a single copy of Batman #1 and 3 copies of Superman #2.

What does it mean?  It means Dan DiDio wasn’t kidding when he said they were raising the print allocations.  The most copies I’ve seen on a shelf were 13 copies of Superman #2 and Justice League #2 at an out of the way Walmart and that was two weeks after the initial shelving and likely after a restock.  The most I’ve previously seen on a debut week was 8 copies of Teen Titans #2 at that same store the weekend it was supposed to come out.

What does this mean for total print runs?  Assuming I got there before any copies were purchased and 11 copies is the standard distribution per store across approximately 3,000 stores, then we’re talking ~33K copies of each currently in circulation.  The precedent has been a restock when the next set of titles drop, although I saw no evidence of it today.  If another 11 drop in two weeks, then that would be ~66K in circulation.  Which would be a top 10 title in today’s Direct Market.  Is that 66K in actual sales?  That depends on the arrangement with the vendor.  If there are returns, it might only be 33K sales on 66K copies.  These aren’t selling out at _every_ Walmart, just a lot of them.

Let’s revisit the considerable amount of in-house advertising in these issue and see where DC is going with this.

Both issues have an ad for the DC Black Label collected edition of Sean Murphy’s Batman White Knight on the back cover.  Both issues do have a comic shop locator ad.

Superman

  • Superman/Batman tpbs (the run that started with Loeb/McGuinness
  • All-Star Superman / Final Crisis / Morrison’s Action tpbs / Batman R.I.P., so basically “the Grant Morrison ad”
  • 2-page spread of Earth One OGNs, emphasizing the recent Green Lantern Earth One Vol. 1
  • 2-page spread for Heroes in Crisis
  • Geoff Johns Green Lantern tpbs
  • Blackest Night tpbs
  • 2-page spread for Justice League (the current bi-weekly)
  • 2-page spread for Superman (the current monthly)

Justice League

  • New 52 Justice League tpbs
  • Rebirth Vol. 1 tpbs – Justice League / Cyborg / Aquaman / Green Lanterns
  • 2-page spread for Justice League (the current bi-weekly)
  • Rebirth Vol. 1 tpbs – Flash / Justice League / Titans / Hal Jordan the Green Lantern Corps
  • New 52 Flash tpbs
  • 2-page spread for Superman (the current monthly)
  • 2-page spread for Heroes in Crisis
  • New 52 Aquaman tpbs
  • Rebirth Aquaman tpbs
  • 2-page spread of Earth One OGNs, emphasizing the recent Green Lantern Earth One Vol. 1

So we’re seeing a shift to promote some of DC’s Direct Market periodicals.  Justice League, Superman (no love for Action?) and the upcoming Heroes in Crisis.  If the goal is to drive new readers into stores, then promoting some of the current ongoing titles is appropriate.  Whether you think it should be a priority over collected editions is probably contingent on where you think the market it is going, but at least that is legitimate discussion that can be had now that we’re seeing a mix of ads.

It still seems like the call to action is all wrong if the primary audience for these Walmart periodicals is the new reader.  The tpb ads still all have the “Get more DC graphic novels wherever comics and books are sold” tagline which simply isn’t the case in a Walmart store.  The ads for bi-weekly/monthly comics have no information about where to get them.  This requires the reader to first find the comic shop locator ad, near the back of each issue, and then make a causal leap along the line of “oh, the ads don’t mean I should look for these other comics at Walmart where I bought this issue, they mean I should go to the locator and find a store that actually stocks more than 4 comics each month.”

It would not be a bad idea to have the shop locator a bit earlier in the issue – before they see the other ads – and have the line about discovering your local comic shop a lot more prominent in that particular ad.  And maybe swap out the “wherever comics and books are sold” line for a reference to the shop locator.  Repetition makes for reinforcement and all.

But there I go again, trying to apply logic to the comics sales process.  No good ever came of that.  And if a significant part of the intended audience is pulling DM customers in for King and Bendis to get the initial sales up, they already know where to shop.

Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.

From: http://www.comicsbeat.com/confirmed-kings-superman-is-on-the-walmart-shelves-and-there-are-more-copies-this-time/

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PREVIEW: King & Kubert’s 12-Part Superman Story Has Batman Ask for Help

DC Comics’ 100-page Superman Giant #3 arrives in Walmart stores this week, with an original 12-part story from writer Tom King and artist Andy Kubert.

Part One of “Up in the Sky” will mark King’s second Superman story since his heartfelt “For Tomorrow” short story in Action Comics #1000. Superman Giant #3 sees Batman call for the Man of Steel’s help to investigate a Gotham crime that has left a couple and two foster girls dead, with one girl missing and another in a local hospital.

RELATED: DC Comics Brings 100-Page Giants Back To Life This Summer

You might be wondering why Batman would turn to Superman for help when he’s Gotham’s protector and an experienced detective. However, once Superman begins talking to the injured little girl, her enthusiasm and love for DC superheroes reveals he’s just the man for the job, even if Perry White believes Clark Kent should spend his time on other cases.

Another important clue is the suspect showed up in a spaceman suit and escaped by flying up into the sky, meaning Batman may be out of his depth when it comes to pursuing the murderer and kidnapper.

Below are the description and preview for King and Kubert’s Superman Giant #3 story:

The cornerstone of SUPERMAN GIANT #3 is part one of the 12-chapter “Up in the Sky,” an original story by multiple Eisner Award-winner Tom King, writing his first Superman story since the poignant and heartfelt “For Tomorrow” in April’s landmark ACTION COMICS #1000. King, along with artist Andy Kubert, inker Sandra Hope, colorist Brad Anderson and letterer Clayton Cowles, has created a classic superhero story involving the kidnapping of an Earth child from Gotham City. Featuring DC mainstays Lois Lane and Perry White, in addition to cameo appearances from Batman and Green Lantern, this 12-part tale asks the question: How far across the galaxy will the Man of Steel go to bring a single child home?

From: https://www.cbr.com/preview-king-kubert-12-part-superman-giant-walmart-story/

The new DC Universe streaming service is a nostalgic trip for fans — even without original shows yet


Lynda Carter’s ’70s “Wonder Woman” series will be available on DC Universe. (DC Entertainment)

DC’s new streaming service doesn’t have any new shows yet — but that shouldn’t stop you from having a good time with it.

During a beta version tryout, DC Universe revealed itself to be a fun, nostalgic digital experience. The service is a one-stop-shop for the live-action and animated TV series and movies that DC has produced over the years — and even DC’s comic books (more on that later).

You can watch episodes of Lynda Carter’s 70s “Wonder Woman” television series and Christopher Reeve’s iconic “Superman” movies. If you enjoy John Wesley Shipp’s supporting role on the CW’s “The Flash” you can watch the ’90s CBS series of the same name, back when Shipp starred as the Scarlet Speedster and muscle suits seemingly had no limits. No ’90s superhero television stream would be complete without ABC’s “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” starring Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher. DC Universe has all four seasons (87 episodes) of the campy and romantic series.

DC’s current live-action television universe on the CW (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Legends of Tomorrow,” “Supergirl” and “Black Lightning”) seems like a gaping omission. (Those shows currently stream on Netflix but perhaps could become available to DC Universe at some point.) And there’s no sign of the current DC movie universe, but maybe if upcoming films “Aquaman” and “Shazam” can be more “Wonder Woman” than “Justice League,” we’ll see the current DC movies available in the future.

Perhaps DC Universe’s strongest offering, at least for now, is the animated section. It features a wide variety of DC’s underrated straight-to-home-video movies, including the spectacular “Green Lantern: First Flight” from 2009, which makes you wonder how they could have gotten the live-action movie so wrong with this film as an animated template. The crown jewel of DC animation, “Batman: The Animated Series,” is there, as well, although the beta version had only the first two seasons. That makes sense, since Warner Bros. Animation is preparing to release the entire series in high definition on Blu-ray for the first time on Oct. 30. “Superman: The Animated Series” and Max Fleischer’s ’40s Superman cartoons are also available.

Like most streaming services, available content is subject to change, but DC says users will be notified when a series or movie is about to be removed.

Amid all this entertainment content is the feature that sets DC Universe apart from just being a streaming experience: the comics themselves. Watching a show or movie and then flipping your device to the comic that inspired it is a unique experience.


DC Universe debuts on Sept 15. (DC Entertainment)

DC Universe has a well-curated collection of groundbreaking comics (“Action Comics” No. 1 and “Detective Comics” No. 27, the first appearances Superman and Batman), old-school nostalgic ones (Jack Kirby’s ’70s “Mister Miracle” series and Marv Wolfman and George Peréz’s ’80s hit “The New Teen Titans”) and current comics (plenty of titles from DC’s ongoing “Rebirth” era). You can swipe through Batman getting his back broken by Bane in “Batman” No. 497 or digitally flip through perhaps DC’s most famous comic ever, the death of Superman in “Superman” No. 75.

But the hype of DC Universe isn’t just a look into the past, it’s running toward a future that includes original content that will be available only on this service. The two most buzzed-about upcoming series are the live-action “Titans” and a new season of the animated “Young Justice.” “Titans” will be an intense, bloody, R-rated take on some of the same characters that are currently bringing in swarms of young fans in Cartoon Network’s “Teen Titans Go!” “Young Justice” is a revival of the show that ran two seasons on Cartoon Network starting in 2010, and it comes in response to online demand from fans. Neither will be available to stream when DC Universe goes live Sept. 15. “Titans” will get a preview at New York Comic-Con on Oct. 3, then arrive on DC Universe Oct. 12. “Young Justice” is expected to begin streaming in January 2019.


Brenton Thwaites stars as Robin in “Titans,” which will debut on the DC Universe streaming service on Oct. 12. (DC Entertainment)

Those two series, and the response to them when they arrive, will likely be the determining factor for some fans as to whether to pay for DC Universe and get excited for future original offerings like “Stargirl” and “Swamp Thing.” DC provides two ways to pay: $7.99 a month or $74.99 annually. Not having “Titans” and “Young Justice” ready at launch doesn’t seem like the best idea, but it must mean DC is confident in what other options DC Universe provides, along with a hope that fans will be patient.

Whether it’s fair or not, DC Universe will likely be judged mostly by its original content. That makes it difficult to give a definitive description of the overall experience, except to say, at first glance, DC’s off to a good start.

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From: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2018/09/05/the-new-dc-universe-streaming-service-is-a-nostalgic-trip-for-fans-even-without-original-shows-yet/

This ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Batman v Superman’ Connection Has DC Fans Emotional

In the years since the releases of Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), DC fans have been digging deeper and deeper into Zack Snyder’s DC Extended Universe work, the deeper the thematic arc and narrative connections get.

Today brings yet another thematic connection that’s been spotted between the two films — a running motif that foreshadows the death, loss, and love that surrounds Henry Cavill’s Superman. Check out that connection, below.

This post from “not_like_this1” on Reddit shows, yet again, just how much pre-planning Snyder put into his DCEU saga, which was supposed run through Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and the Justice League film(s).

These two scenes above are both taken from Batman v Superman, but the scene with Kevin Costner’s Jonathan Kent was a major callback to the character’s arc in Man of Steel. Taken as one long-form story, these scenes tell the tale of how Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman learns the values of love and commitment from his Earthly father figure, values instilled deep in Clark, which manifest in his relationship and treatment of Lois Lane.

The sub-plot comes full circle as Clark ultimately sacrifices himself to protect both Lois and the world from Doomsday, just as Jonathan sacrificed himself to protect Clark from the world. As controversial as Pa Kent’s death was in Man of Steel, when you consider how it later feeds into Clark’s heroism and bravery in a moment of self-sacrifice, it’s just another indicator that — despite what trolls and critics try to argue — Snyder did have a deeper understanding of DC Comics heroes. Superman following Jonathan Kent’s example (when all others have failed) as inspiration for a great heroic act is fundamentally in line with the core concepts of the character.

As DCEU fans are already pointing out, it’s also clear that this particular motif wasn’t just a connection between Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: it was also a major foreshadow to a pivotal part of Justice League. The “Knightmare” sequence of Batman v Superman showed Evil Superman frying Batman and his resistance troops, while the small amount of dialogue we get indicates that Superman turned evil after something happened to Lois (“She was my world,” he tells Batman before killing him). That now-awkward scene where Flash briefly warps back to warn Bruce Wayne also feeds into the motif, as Flash explains to Bruce that Lois was always the key to Superman.

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Altogether, Superman’s close connection to select humans — and the losses / protection of those connections — was a major character arc that would’ve hopefully brought Henry Cavill’s Superman around to being the hero fans wanted him to be, and would connect right back to Jor-El’s Man of Steel prediction about his son’s arc as an Earth hero, leading humanity ‘into the sun.’

Alas, we’ll never see the full picture, though — at least not until Warner Bros. releases that Snyder Cut!

Shazam! is slated to hit theaters on April 5, 2019, while Wonder Woman 2 hits theaters on November 1, 2019.

From: https://comicbook.com/dc/2018/09/03/batman-v-superman-she-was-my-world-lois-lane-jonathan-kent-scene/

This ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Batman v Superman’ Connection Has DC …

In the years since the releases of Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), DC fans have been digging deeper and deeper into Zack Snyder’s DC Extended Universe work – the deeper the thematic arc and narrative connections get.

Today brings yet another thematic connection that’s been spotted between the two films – a running motif that foreshadows the death, loss, and love that surrounds Henry Cavill’s Superman. Check out that connection, below:

This post from “not_like_this1” over on Reddit shows, yet again, just how much pre-planning Snyder put into his DCEU saga, which was supposed run through Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and the Justice League film(s).

These two scenes above are both taken from Batman v Superman, but the scene with Kevin Costner’s Jonathan Kent was a major callback to the character’s arc in Man of Steel. Taken as one long-form story, these scenes tell the tale of how Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman learns the values of love and commitment from his Earthly father figure – values instilled deep in Clark, which manifest in his relationship and treatment of Lois Lane. The sub-plot comes full circle as Clark ultimately sacrifices himself to protect both Lois and the world from Doomsday, just as Jonathan sacrificed himself to protect Clark from the world. As controversial as Pa Kent’s death was in Man of Steel, when you consider how it later feeds into Clark’s heroism and bravery in a moment of self-sacrifice, it’s just another indicator that – despite what trolls and critics try to argue – Snyder did have a deeper understanding of DC Comics heroes. Superman following Jonathan Kent’s example (when all others have failed) as inspiration for a great heroic act is fundamentally in line with the core concepts of the character.

As DCEU fans are already pointing out: it’s also clear that this particular motif wasn’t just a connection between Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: it was also a major foreshadow to a pivotal part of Justice League. The “Knightmare” sequence of Batman v Superman showed Evil Superman frying Batman and his resistance troops, while the small amount of dialogue we get indicates that Superman turned evil after something happened to Lois (“She was my world,” he tells Batman before killing him). That now-awkward scene where Flash briefly warps back to warn Bruce Wayne also feeds into the motif, as Flash explains to Bruce that Lois was always the key to Superman.

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Altogether, Superman’s close connection to select humans – and the losses / protection of those connections -was a major character arc that would’ve hopefully brought Henry Cavill’s Superman around to being the hero fans wanted him to be, and would connect right back to Jor-El’s Man of Steel prediction about his son’s arc as an Earth hero, leading humanity ‘into the sun.’

…Alas, we’ll never see the full picture, though – at least not until Warner Bros. releases that Snyder Cut!

Shazam! is slated to hit theaters on April 5, 2019, while Wonder Woman 2 hits theaters on November 1, 2019.

From: https://comicbook.com/dc/2018/09/03/batman-v-superman-she-was-my-world-lois-lane-jonathan-kent-scene/

Waterloo collector pays US$45,000 for ‘Superman,’ issue No. 1 …

“Action Comics” No. 1 is tops. “Detective Comics” No. 27, introducing Batman, is second. “Superman” No. 1 flies in third. Couto bought an original copy two months ago from a collector in Toronto.

How did he know it was for sale? The other collector had started selling off his most valuable comic books, like first issues of Batman and Captain America. Couto noticed this curious activity through his collecting connections on social media and auction houses.

Surely, he concluded, this other collector was raising the cash to buy an “Action Comics” No. 1. That takes around US$150,000.

“‘Action Comics’ No. 1 was always a pipe dream,” Couto said. “It’s a pipe dream for most collectors.”

After years of waiting for the right moment, Couto shot into speeding-bullet action. Couto wanted the other collector’s copy of “Superman” No. 1, which had been obtained for US$25,000 at auction four years ago.

The collectors connected. A deal was struck.

To raise the cash, Couto sold off a dozen or so of his rarest comic books to other collectors, including the first appearance of Spider-Man.

This was his moment of truth, justice and the American way. He had purchased all those other comics so they could be sold for this higher purpose. The culmination of years of collecting was at hand.

“Superman” No. 1, now valued at US$65,000 US, became his.

“It’s beat up. It’s well-loved,” he said. “I like the character it has. It’s unique. Someone read this. Someone enjoyed it.”

All the back-issue wheeling and dealing is worth it, right? His girlfriend shakes her head at the prices. Couto, a hockey card collector as a child who recently went all-elbows-in to buy a Gordie Howe rookie card, tries to explain his comic-book compulsion.

“I have a connection to them,” he said.

“I love them. Whenever I get a new book, if it’s not encased already, I flip through it. I smell it. I have a nostalgia with them. It’s something I did as a kid. I takes me back to a simpler time.”

Things were simpler when Couto was an eight-year-old grade schooler in Galt — and tougher too. His family had just moved there from Portugal. Like Superman, he felt like a stranger from a faraway land. Then, his Central Public elementary school had a yard sale. His mom, Lucia, gave him $1 to buy a comic book at one of the tables.

That’s where he found it — a 1950 issue of “Strange Adventures,” with a menacing red robot tossing full-size airplanes about.

The boy from Sao Miguel bought his first comic book. He still has it. He’ll never sell it. It’s too dear to him. It was his entry ticket into the wondrous world of comic books.

“Coming here, not knowing how to speak English, it was the only thing that caught my attention because of the pictures,” said Couto, whose collarbone tattoo “amor e paixão” means “love and passion” in Portuguese. “That’s how it started. It just became kind of an obsession.”

It’s an obsession he shared with his brother Nelson, older by seven years and now owner of a Toronto construction company. The brothers both became collectors from a family of collectors. His mom has her room stuffed with cherished antiques. The boys have their comics.

“We bonded over comic books,” he said.

And Superman was the sibling adhesive for a pair of business-savvy comic book geeks. His immigrant-from-another-world backstory and Clark Kent alter ego resonated with them.

“He was not from here,” Couto said. “Should he be like everyone else around here? Should he not? As an immigrant, you feel that way genuinely as well. You miss home. You feel when you come somewhere else, you have to change who you are, your identity.”

That’s all inside his eight-decade-old original copy of “Superman” No. 1.

Since June 26, it’s been his to admire through archival plastic. He keeps it and all his most precious comics in this sky-high Kryptonian crypt at the top of a tall building that an alien visitor in blue tights might leap in a single bound.

An unblinking camera quietly watches for intruders.

His vintage video games and a 1939 wood-composite Superman action figure — a collector in Philadelphia found it in a garage sale for $100 and sold it to Couto for “thousands” — are well guarded.

This is where he reflects, amid crank-up robots and Pokemon trinkets and other artifacts of a ’90s youth, on the Saturday afternoons he once spent hopping between the long-lost bookshops — Casablanca and Now Then — of downtown Kitchener.

He can mount “Superman” No. 1 on the wall among his most valuable comic books featuring shield-clutching, flame-shooting heroes of yesteryear. He can slide it between the half dozen Action Comics originals that he owns, the oldest being issue No. 15.

He can even hold it and pose for a super-selfie with his brother Nelson. Of course, Nelson can clutch his 1938 “Action Comics” No. 1.

One brother holds the Holy Grail. The other clutches a Stone Tablet.

“He had to sell his entire collection to get it,” Rui said. “But it’s worth it.”

One day, Rui will follow Nelson’s path. He too will sell his prized comics, maybe even “Superman” No. 1, to get that ultimate Action Comics issue.

“It’s the end game for any major collector,” he said.

Then what?

“That’s what is tearing my brother apart now that he has one,” Rui said. “What does he do now?”

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Twitter: @HicksJD

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Twitter: @HicksJD

From: https://www.therecord.com/news-story/8861666-waterloo-collector-pays-us-45-000-for-superman-issue-no-1/

Captain Comics: Still heading to the beach? Here are 4 great reads

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Dragon Con: A Place to be Yourself

He looks great in tights, wears a red cape, and can leap tall buildings in a single bound. Superman turns 80 this year and he’s getting the birthday treatment this weekend at a huge sci-fi convention called Dragon Con in Atlanta. 

For years, Dragon Con has been the go-to place for fans of science fiction, fantasy and horror. This year, 85-thousand people are filling downtown hotels. There will be a huge parade on Saturday, before the five-day convention winds down on Monday.

Superman is being especially celebrated this year. He’s been the star of DC comic books, movies, radio and TV since 1938.

Back then, the world was on the brink of war. The nation was still reeling from the Great Depression. Things looked bleak indeed. 

The world needed hope.

Here at Dragon Con, spokesman Dan Hammond says today—as when DC Comics issued the very first Superman tale, the Caped Crusader remains relevant. 

“In these tense times we live in,” he tells WSB’s Pete Combs, “we could all use a little bit of hope.”

Of the thousands of people attending Dragon Con, scores are dressed as Superman, and most of them know that the big red “S” on his chest doesn’t actually stand for Superman. On his home planet of Krypton, it’s the symbol for hope. 

Many of the 85,000 attendees come to Dragon Con to trot out their alter egos. For instance, Matt Gnojek from Denver, is transformed into Captain America by a suit he made himself.

“It is a fully-armored motorcycle suit,” he says. “I took the base suit, did the dying, detailing and customization all on my own.”

In this outfit, Gnojek is traveling by motorcycle from Denver to New York and back on a crusade to fight childhood cancer. It’s a journey he says makes him feel like a superhero. 

June Shepherd, dressed as Poison Ivy, says she steps out of her own skin when she dons the skimpy costume made from a $4 bathing suit and some plastic ivy she attached with glue and staples. She wears a flaming red wig and ruby-colored contact lenses.

“People who have social anxiety or feel uncomfortable—everyone is accepted,” she says.

 






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Indeed, it seems no one at this convention is challenged about their religion, race, sexual orientation or political affiliation. The only question people seem to ask of each other at this convention is, “What planet are you from?”  

Dragon Con runs through Monday. For more information, check out the web page www.dragoncon.org

From: https://www.wsbradio.com/news/local/dragon-con-place-yourself/ieKrY8LYjWMGGSerEKJgKI/

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