Why History’s Most Valuable Comic Book Was Destroyed On …

Many of us nerds have a sweet comic book collection, but I’d wager they would look a little bit nicer with a copy of Action Comics #1. The issue featuring Superman’s debut is the single most valuable comic book in history. In 2014, a copy sold for over $3 million.

Its value is not just based on the immeasurable effect that it had, and continues to have on the world, but also because there aren’t many copies left. Wartime efforts to recycle paper, sometimes printed in the comics themselves, means that it’s incredibly difficult to find comic books from the golden age of the ’30s and ’40s, especially one in pristine condition.

And that is made even harder for Superman because the publishers ran a contest that effectively asked readers to destroy their copy of Action Comics #1, and the sad news is, we have a record of people who did exactly that. Watch the video below or keep reading to learn more!

Superman’s Super Splash

Superman’s creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, claim it took them six years to sell their story which was originally conceived as a newspaper comic strip. They cut the strip up into a format that would fit the dimensions of a comic book and lifted a panel from the story to use as the last minute cover of Action Comics.

You can probably see the cover of Superman’s first appearance in your mind’s eye, or whatever, that jaw dropping image of Superman effortlessly lifting a car over his head while some stereotypical 1930s goons cower in fear.

[Credit: Action Comics]
[Credit: Action Comics]

The cover was seen as so outlandish at the time that the publisher reportedly banned Superman from appearing on any new covers of Action Comics, which is why the next few issues feature characters from other stories inside the anthology title.

After the initial print run of 200,000 books sold out in record time, it wasn’t long before National Allied Publications, the company behind Action Comics, realized it was because of the popularity of their Superman stories. Wanting to capitalize on this, the champion of the oppressed quickly returned to making appearances on the cover page.

Action Comics #1 launched a lot more than just the cape wearing Kryptonian into the public eye. It popularized superhero comics for decades to come. As author Mike Benton so eloquently wrote in Superhero Comics of the Golden Age:

“For a while, Siegel and Shuster’s tiny art studio at 10905 Amor Avenue was the only place in the world where stories about superheroes were dreamed, written, and drawn, but not for long.”

A Contest With Good Intentions

Action Comics #1 is the grandfather of comic books, the one that started it all, but before that, it was simply yet another comic book that National Allied Publications had to advertise to make sure it sold well. Thus, we get this promotional image printed in More Fun Comics number 31, regarded as the first published picture of Superman in history.

[Credit: More Fun Comics]
[Credit: More Fun Comics]

With the word out about this new comic title, potential fans were ready and waiting to stake their claim as the first nerds to get involved in what would soon become an enormous superhero explosion. In the decades after many readers could show their nerdiness by writing into a letters column.

That’s been pretty standard fare throughout the industry, but Action did not have a letters page. It did, however, have another way fans could get involved. Superman’s big debut had a color page contest that looked like this.

[Credit: Action Comics]
[Credit: Action Comics]

Readers could color in a black and white page from the Chuck Dawson story, which also appeared in Action Comics #1. Once readers had colored it in to the best of their ability, they would have to rip out the page from the comic and mail it to the publisher.

Let me restate that. These readers not only took crayons to what would eventually become the most valuable comic book in history, but they ripped out a page from it. If that wasn’t bad enough, the next part of the story might really make some of you cringe.

That first page of the Chuck Dawson story that fans tore out of the book? Well, the flip side of that page wasn’t just some random unimportant filler. If it was, we could forgive them because at least they left the Man of Steel alone, but they didn’t. On the reverse side of Chuck Dawson was the last page of the world’s first Superman story.

These images were not printed side-by-side as they appear here. They were the front and back sides of the same one page. [Credit: DC]
These images were not printed side-by-side as they appear here. They were the front and back sides of the same one page. [Credit: DC]

The Original Comic Book Nerds

The truth is, we don’t know how many readers went through with this, but we do know that 25 winners were chosen. Normally I’d be against this sort of nerd shaming, but these people are almost certainly dead by now, so here are their names real quickly:

[Credit: DC]
[Credit: DC]

They each destroyed their own piece of history, a story worth potentially millions of dollars for a grand prize of exactly one dollar, which to be fair is more like 17 when you adjust for inflation today.

Still, that’s a much better takeaway than all of the unnamed nerds who colored in and ripped up their copies of Action Comics #1 for nothing. Obviously I kid about shaming these people, but the fact is that they sacrificed their priceless Superman comic for something I’m sure a lot of us would love to have, historical records that they were the original comic book nerds.

Did you know about the competition that destroyed so many copies of Action Comics #1

From: https://moviepilot.com/p/action-comics-one-destroyed-on-purpose/4349476

DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers: Superman #29 Sees 2 HUGE Returns From Green Lantern Lore As Superman Joins …

DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers for Superman #29 follow.

While Dark Nights: Metal #1 (full spoilers and review here) seems to be generating the most attention this week, there are some other fascinating reads this week like in Superman #29.

A seemingly evil being has possessed children in Superman’s orbit and that being is…

…the yellow fear entity Parallax!

He wants to use Superman’s body as a host. In order to protect the children Superman relents…

…and becomes Parallax, but…

…Sinestro wants his fear entity back!

Two (2) big returns to DC Comics Rebirth this week in Superman #29.

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From: http://insidepulse.com/2017/08/16/dc-comics-rebirth-spoilers-superman-29-sees-2-huge-returns-from-green-lantern-lore-as-superman-joins-sinestro-corps/

Frank Miller’s ‘Superman: Year One’ Isn’t a Retelling of Supe’s Origin Story

Frank Miller Superman comic

Frank Miller Superman comic

Comic book writer and artist Frank Miller believes he’s never had a “meaningful crack at Superman.” He’s now taking his shot with a new Superman project. The author of The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City, and Batman: Year One is revolving his Superman story around the Man of Steel’s younger years. “It’s telling his beginnings from when Pa Kent discovered him in the cornfield, and the little boy goes to youth, and then to manhood,” Miller said. According to artist John Romita Jr., who worked with Miller on “Daredevil: The Man Without Fear,” Superman: Year One isn’t exactly a retelling of that familiar tale.

Below, Romita Jr. discusses the Frank Miller Superman comic.

Miller revealed plans for his Superman story at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Miller isn’t drawing the comic himself. He’s collaborating with artist Romita Jr. on it. During a DC Comics Metal Panel which ComicBook.com covered, the artist explained the story isn’t retelling the one everyone and their grandma knows:

I’ve seen the reactions online about, ‘Oh, my God, here we go, another Superman origin,’ and it’s not really the origin retelling. It’s after the origin, it’s after he lands, what happens between the time he lands and the time he realizes what he is. And this slight slant on the development of Superman is that he’s really unconscious that he’s an alien ’til his parents tell him that he’s an alien. In the meantime, he just thinks he’s special. And he doesn’t appear in costume until the very end. It’s similar to the “Daredevil: Man Without Fear” back in the ’90s, and it’s the period of time up until he puts the costume on for the first time.

The artist added:

And Frank has this twisted imagination about what should happen, and we talked about it, and [Frank’s] eyes glow. He said he’s wanted to do this as long as he can remember, since, when did “Batman: Year One” come out? Was that 30 years ago? He said he always wanted to complete the cycle and do a “Superman: Year One.” Well, he finally got the chance to do it, and of course, it’s a hundred pages and there are a million people in it.

I would be a surprise if Miller didn’t have a “twisted imagination” for what should happen in a Superman comic. Romita Jr. confirmed the page count is 100 pages but added: “knowing Frank, it could be 200 pages.” How he’ll depict Clark Kent in those 100 pages raises questions. The superhero is a symbol of hope, but that’s not how he’s been depicted by Miller in the past, who has often cast him in a more cynical light.

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From: http://www.slashfilm.com/frank-millers-superman-year-one-isnt-a-retelling-of-supes-origin-story/

John Romita Jr. Discusses Working Wtih Frank MIller on Superman …

Frank Miller announced at Comic-Con International that he plans to rework the Man of Steel’s origin in a manner similar to what he did 30 years ago with the Dark Knight in Batman: Year One. Over the weekend at Boston Comic Con, his artistic collaborator John Romita Jr. revealed new details about the upcoming graphic novel, hinting at the plot and page length, and likening it to his and Miller’s 1993 Daredevil tale.

RELATED: What Was the Only Thing Keeping Superman From Marrying Supergirl?

“I’ve seen the reactions online about, ‘Oh, my God, here we go, another Superman origin,’ and it’s not really the origin retelling,” Romita said Friday following DC Comics’ Metal panel. “It’s after the origin, it’s after he lands, what happens between the time he lands and the time he realizes what he is. And this slight slant on the development of Superman is that he’s really unconscious that he’s an alien ’til his parents tell him that he’s an alien. In the meantime, he just thinks he’s special. And he doesn’t appear in costume until the very end. It’s similar to the Daredevil: Man Without Fear back in the ’90s, and it’s the period of time up until he puts the costume on for the first time.”

“And Frank has this twisted imagination about what should happen, and we talked about it, and [Frank’s] eyes glow,” he continued. “He said he’s wanted to do this as long as he can remember, since, when did Batman: Year One come out? Was that 30 years ago? He said he always wanted to complete the cycle and do a Superman: Year One. Well, he finally got the chance to do it, and of course it’s a hundred pages and there’s a million people in it.”

RELATED: Chris Kent’s Rebirth Return Will Be Big For Superman

Romita later elaborated on the planned page count, saying that when it comes to working with Miller, there’s likely going to be room for interpretation.

“It’s gonna be a hundred pages. I don’t know if it’s gonna be 92, or 100, I don’t know,” he said. “But knowing Frank, it could be 200 pages. I look forward to that more than anything, and I’m hoping it can turn out as good as I can see it in my head.”

Superman: Year One by Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. has yet to receive an official release date from DC Comics.

From: http://www.cbr.com/john-romita-jr-frank-miller-superman-year-one/

DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers & Dark Nights Metal Spoilers: Batman V Superman In Dark Nights Metal #1 / Dark Nights …

DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers and Dark Nights Metal Spoilers follow.

Many comics sites have latched onto a now deleted tweet of inker Jonathan Glapion that included the below image.

These same comic book and pop cultures sites have raised issues about Superman killing or maiming Batman in Dark Nights Metal #1 to kick off the event among other things. Well, even a novice fan of comics doesn’t believe that, but the clicky-baity nature of a Batman V Superman redux where one kills the other is too irresistible for these sites. Veteran fans should know better too.

Well let me remind you and those sites of part of a black and white preview to Dark Nights Metal #2. See anything interesting?

Yes, multiple Batmen. Clones, robots, from the Dark Multiverse? Perhaps, but in the end its likely Superman is tackling on of these and not the real Batman. I mean, that first pick doesn’t show any innards or anything you’d expect when a super-human impales a human.

Just my two cents.

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From: http://insidepulse.com/2017/08/13/dc-comics-rebirth-spoilers-dark-nights-metal-spoilers-batman-v-superman-in-dark-nights-metal-1-dark-nights-metal-2-is-not-what-it-seems/

Superman Attacks in Dark Nights: Metal – CBR

A new image posted to Twitter by Dark Nights: Metal series artist Jonathan Glapion proves that the series’ subtitle is well-deserved. The early art shows Superman doing something completely unexpected to Batman in a yet-released issue. If these are the kinds of twists and turns fans can expect from Dark Nights: Metal, the trip is sure to be a long and strange one.

Dark Night: Metal focuses on a malevolent Dark Multiverse that has its gaze locked on the inhabitants of the DC Universe. The series is written by Scott Snyder, with art by Greg Capullo, which is perhaps the most surprising element of the featured panel. Snyder and Capullo teamed together previously on a fan-favorite Batman run that lasted from 2011 until 2016. With Glapion’s reveal, it appears Snyder and Capullo have turned a corner in their relationship with the Dark Knight.

RELATED: Jim Lee’s Dark Nights: Metal #2 Cover Introduces Rebirth’s Bat-Jet Ski

There’s no telling yet what precipitated Superman’s attack, but every time the Man of Steel punches a hole in someone the consequences are not far behind. Superman made a similar move on the Joker in the fighting game Injustice’s story mode. The Joker’s death led to a worldwide dictatorship orchestrated by the Man of Steel himself. With rumblings of a Dark Multiverse in play (which brings with it the potential for doppelgangers), it could be that Superman had the best of intentions. Though, it’s possible the Kryptonian himself was replaced…

Available for purchase on Aug. 16, Dark Nights: Metal is a publication of DC Comics written by Scott Snyder with art by Jonathan Glapion, Greg Capullo, Andy Kubert, John Romita Jr. and Jim Lee.

From: http://www.cbr.com/superman-attacks-batman-dark-nights-metal/

What Was The Only Thing Keeping Superman From Marrying Supergirl?

In every installment of “If I Pass This Way Again,” we look at odd comic book plot points that were rarely (sometimes NEVER!) mentioned again after they were first introduced.

Yesterday, I did a list about superheroes who slept with opposite sex versions of themselves. One of the instances was Peter David’s Supergirl, who was a merger between the alien known as Matrix and the human Linda Danvers. You might notice that neither of those two elements have any connection to Superman, so when that Supergirl ended up in an alternate reality, she had no problems pursuing a relationship with Superman. They got married and even had a kid. My pal, Robert, was creeped out by that idea and I told him that if he thinks THAT’s creepy, then I would have a little something even crazier for him!

All said and done, “Superman’s Super-Courtship!” from 1962’s Action Comics #289 (by Jerry Siegel and Jim Mooney, part of Siegel’s tremendous return to the Superman titles in 1959 where he did the best work of his career for DC during the early 1960s, writing some of the all-time greatest Superman issues) is a great story. I featured it years ago in I Love Ya But You’re Strange, because as good as it is, it definitely is a strange, strange story.

The concept of the story is that Supergirl feels bad for Superman being so lonely, so she decides to match him up with some of the most beautiful women in history through some time travel. However, hilarious hi jinks screw everything up. Eventually, Supergirl actually succeeds when she finds a Superwoman on another planet and Superman falls for her heed over heels, but sadly it did not work out, either and Supergirl finally learns her lesson…

But now we get into the creepy territory. The reason Supergirl picked this particular woman? Because she was basically just a version of HERSELF!!

Yep, Superman’s perfect girl was basically just a duplicate of his teen cousin!

Even odder, Superman just flat out TELLS Supergirl this, while explaining, though, that they can’t get married for a very good reason. Is it because she’s a teenager? Or because she’s your first cousin? Nope, because of the laws of a planet that exploded decades earlier!!

“I’d be all OVER you if it weren’t for this old law. Sorry.”

As you might expect, this did not exactly come up a lot in the future.

If anyone else has a suggestion for If I Pass This Way Again, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

From: http://www.cbr.com/what-was-the-only-thing-keeping-superman-from-marrying-supergirl/

Chris Kent’s Rebirth Return Will Be Big For Superman

The big hook of DC Comics’ Superman at the moment is that he’s is a father who is balancing his life as the world’s greatest superhero with being the world’s greatest dad, and setting an example for his son Jon Kent, the current incarnation of Superboy. However, this isn’t the first time in the past decade the Superman books have given Superman a kid to pass on his legacy to, and that kid made his return to the DC Universe last week with a new destiny that brings him into direct conflict with the Superman family.

Who Is Christopher Kent?

In the wake of Infinite Crisis, Richard Donner, Geoff Johns and Adam Kubert introduced Chris Kent, who became the foster son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane for a time. While the arrival of a new Kryptonian greatly interested the US army — especially classic DC Comics character Sarge Steel — Superman was determined that one of the last remaining Kryptonians remained safe and got the same chance that he did after arriving on Earth as a baby. Superman removed the child from the custody of the US government, and thanks to the help of Batman — who was also going through some newly-discovered paternal struggles — Clark and Lois were able to get their hands on documents stating the child was a relative of Clark’s named Christopher.

Chris-Kent-Child

Clark tried to help Chris assimilate into Earth culture, but the young boy struggled with his newfound powers, even after Batman created a red sun watch to dampen them when he attended school. Meanwhile, Superman confirmed to the US government and the press that he had taken responsibility for the Kryptonian child, which drew the attention of Lex Luthor who attempted to kidnap Chris Kent with the help of Bizarro, though he was unsuccessful in his endeavours.

Ultimately, it was discovered that Chris Kent was in fact Lor-Zod, the child of General Zod and Ursa, who was conceived in the Phantom Zone. The Kryptonian criminals escaped their prison alongside their heavy Non and attempted to bring their son back into the fold, but thanks to Superman’s inspiration, Chris rebelled against his biological parents and trapped them back in the Phantom Zone, even though it meant he himself would also be stuck there.

Nightwing and Flamebird

Chris Kent returned as a teenager during the “New Krypton” era of Superman comics in the pages of Greg Rucka and Pete Woods’ Action Comics. While in the Phantom Zone he interfaced with Brainiac technology which connected him with another Kryptonian, Thara Ak-Var. Once free from the extradimensional prison, he became the new Nightwing, with Thara acting as Flamebird. At the time, Dick Grayson was Batman in the wake of Final Crisis, and had thus abandoned his Nightwing persona, one that was itself inspired by an old Kryptonian legend Superman once told Grayson about then the latter was still Robin.

Chris-Kent-Nightwing

As Nightwing and Flamebird, Chris and Thara made it their mission to seek out and capture Phantom Zone sleeper agents hiding on Earth. But due to the hostility between Earth and New Krypton, they wore fake power armor as a means to hide their true origins. At the time, Chris was undergoing strange biological changes and growth spurts, first to around the age of seventeen, and then again to around twenty-three. It was eventually revealed that this was a plan by Jax-Ur to harvest Chris’ DNA to resurrect Rao, but Chris and Thara both summoned the ancient deities associated with the Nightwing and Flamebird to put a stop to that crisis.

Unfortunately, Thara Ak-Var perished when Lex Luthor and General Sam Lae turned the Earth’s yellow sun to a deadly red, sacrificing herself to turn it back to its traditional color. Chris Kent then took on his father General Zod during the War of the Supermen pushing him back into the Phantom Zone. Once Chris returned to the dimension of his birth, his body reverted to its natural age and size.

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From: http://www.cbr.com/chris-kent-rebirth-superman/

Superman & Wonder Woman’s Future Son Revealed

WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Justice League #26

If you’ve ever wondered what the children of Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, or Aquaman would look like, the time for wondering is over. Thanks to DC Comics, every fan gets to see the parentage and superpowers of the sons and daughters of the Justice League. The good news is that they’re every bit the heroes that their parents were, making up the Justice League of the future… the bad news is that they’ve traveled back in time to seek their parents’ help. Because as heroic as their superhero parents taught them to be, the future may be too lost for them to ever save.

The solution, as is usually the case in comic books, is to head back to a time before the world went so wrong. Before Aquaman was corrupted and claimed Cyborg’s body to keep himself alive. Before Mount Olympus was returned to Earth in the middle of New York City. And before the Gods of Olympus saw their powers stolen by the maniacal villain called ‘Sovereign.’ That’s the villain this ‘next generation’ of the Justice League battles in Justice League #26 – and it may be a villain their own parents helped to create.

Writer Bryan Hitch and artists Oclair Albert and Fernando Pasarin will get to that showdown soon enough. But first, let’s get to the good stuff: it’s time to meet the many children of the Justice League. Most notably, the son that would be born from the union of Kal-El of Krypton… and Princess Diana of Themyscira.

Superman Wonder Woman’s Son

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The hero that claims the spotlight – for obvious reasons – is referred to in the issue as simply ‘Hunter,’ but fans won’t need to see DC’s concept sketches to prove that his full name is Hunter Prince, son of the heroine Wonder Woman. In the bleak, battle-hardened future from which Hunter and his League hail, he demonstrates the leadership and strength you would expect from the son of an Amazon. And judging by the vambraces on his arms, the golden lasso on his hip, and even Wonder Woman’s tiara worn as a cuff around his arm, the message is clear: Hunter is his mother’s boy.

Paternal resemblance is tricky to judge in comic books, but the daggers Hunter shoots at Superman when finally confronting him (seen in the artwork at the top of the page) leaves little doubt that he is, in fact, the son of Superman as well. If his build weren’t proof enough, then his cape/cloak layers on the symbolism of a child of two heroes. He wears a golden eagle reminiscent of his mother’s costume as a broach… keeping Superman’s tattered cape hung around his shoulders. Hunter’s arrival is good news for the New 52 fans who hoped to see Superman and Wonder Woman’s romance continue – but had their hopes dashed when the classic Superman replaced the New 52 version.

Why Superman evidently ends up fathering a child with Diana, instead of Lois Lane, is the real question. But it’s not the only one these Justice League kids will raise… and it’s not even the biggest.

The Flash Green Lantern’s Daughter

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The suggestion that any woman other than Iris West could catch Barry Allen’s eye will be blasphemy to some fans, but not those who’ve been reading Hitch’s Justice League series since Rebirth. Yes, Barry has pursued a romantic relationship with Iris in his own Flash comic. But as this new League has formed around the classic heroes and two new Green Lanterns, Barry’s chemistry with Jessica Cruz has been slowly building. Apparently, that momentum will only keep building, judging by the arrival of his speedster daughter – going by the surprisingly apt and clever superhero moniker ‘Cruise.’ She may have her father’s gifts, but it seems she has taken her mother‘s name into her superhero career.

At least, that’s how it seems. The concept sketches actually referred to Cruise as ‘Nora Allen,’ confirming she is the daughter of Barry Allen, possessing his Speed Force connection and his mother’s given name. And while Cruise has yet to explicitly state that Green Lantern Jessica Cruz is her biological mother, pointing a finger in Jessica’s face while explaining that the group is “your children” is convincing. Barry Allen’s future children have changed over the years, and it seems the ‘Tornado Twins’ of the past have been replaced by a single daughter.

The Speed Force being passed genetically isn’t anything new, either. But the real twist of Barry’s offspring comes in the pair’s other children… which we’ll get to soon.

Aquaman Mera’s Daughter

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The least shocking member of the future Justice League is unquestionably ‘Serenity,’ born with the Atlantean name of Eldoris Curry. The daughter of Arthur Curry and his longtime lover Mera, Serenity seems to possess her father’s Atlantean strength and some undefined, potentially magical abilities in traversal and teleportation. Visually, she’s almost a perfect combination of her parents’ most iconic features: the appearance of Mera with her father’s blond hair, and a costume built out of component pieces conjuring images of both.

The exceptionally good news is that while Aquaman’s had his throne stolen in the current comics, things worked out well enough in the future that created Eldoris ‘Don’t Call Me Dory’ Curry. She’s not only a member of the Justice League, but the reigning Queen of Atlantis. We can only hope that means Arthur takes back the throne, and takes Mera as his queen (as fans always expect). The fact that Aquaman loses his love and becomes a force his own daughter must battle is the twist of the story still to be revealed, but it’s not the only one.

When joining her friends for their trip back in time, Eldoris notes that her departure has left Atlantis vulnerable to “Tempest’s forces.” She’s not the only young member of the Aquaman family to rise to greatness in the future, it would seem.

Green Lantern Flash’s Twins?

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The biggest secret of the issue relates to the Green Lanterns of the future Justice League. Well, the Lanterns anyway, also a mixed gender pair combining their powers to make a formidable force for their teammates. The twist is that the two Lanterns – named Jenny and Jason in the actual issue – don’t use a Green Lantern ring at all. Jenny wears the Lantern symbol on her front, and Jason on his jacket… but it’s the Red and Yellow light of the spectrum they use, respectively.

Even more explosive is the fact that their names are revealed to by Jenny and Jason Allen in sketches. And with the pair seeming to stare down Barry and Jessica as Cruise points her finger, it would appear that the three young heroes have come to visit their speedster and Lantern parents. If Jenny and Jason are twins, then it’s a clever way for Hitch to keep tradition alive under new circumstances. But the question of their power is the real head scratcher. Rings are the source of a Lantern’s power, so how it could be passed genetically is a mystery. And even if the pair’s mastery of the Red and Yellow light is a loving nod to their father’s famous color scheme… the fact that they wield it with their hands demands some inspection.

But hey, at least they seem to know who their parents actually are, and how it’s possible for them to procreate. Which is more than we can say for the final Justice League member.

The Son of Cyborg

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No readers need to actually be told which member of the League is related to ‘Cube,’ since the glowing circuitry, the projected holographic maps during their mission, and his ability to both open and prevent Boom Tubes makes it obvious. Yet even if fans accept that Vic Stone remains human enough to father a son, then the mother is completely unknown. Then again, it’s possible that if Cyborg’s method of actually ‘being alive’ is inseparable from his partly-organic, partly-cybernetic existence, his offspring is a similar case. Was Cube born as a flesh and blood child of Vic and a mystery woman… or was he created in the same way that Cyborg was ‘created’ from Vic Stone?

It’s Cube who’s awarded the fewest clues to his parentage in the issue, but the cover art for Justice League #27 shows him going toe-to-toe with Cyborg (and the knowing glare they’re locked in on the final page shows they have some issues to work out, same as everyone else). But if you’ve got an idea about which hero, villain, or digital program will help bring Cube into the world, your guess is as good as ours.

We’ll have to wait and see about the strange, apocalyptic metahuman war that sent the DC’s Earth down the path to the future of this second generation Justice League. Not to mention our hopes for an explanation of why and how Earth’s greatest heroes left behind their children to keep up the fight. But if Hunter and Cruise keep up the flirting shown in the first issue, DC fans may just have a chance to see the powers and parentage of Superman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash in a single body.

Good luck beating that, cyborg Aquaman.

NEXT: Batman Goes Judge Dredd in Cyberpunk Gotham

Justice League #26 is available now.

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Mark Millar’s superhero rise from comic book nerd to Netflix winner

Like many comic book writers and artists, Mark Millar’s love of comics began as a young child when his older brother would take him to comic book shops. But now the Scottish author has become the latest beneficiary of the global obsession with bringing the stories to life on the screen, after his publisher Millarworld – whose titles include Kick Ass, Kingsman and Wanted – was bought by Netflix this week.

The price paid has not been disclosed but experts estimated it would be between $50m and $100m (£39m-£77m). It is the first company acquisition in Netflix’s 20-year history and an indicator that superheroes, old and new, will be on our screens for a long time to come.

Dave Gibbons, one of Britain’s most respected comic book artists whose works include Watchmen, began working with Millar in 2012. The pair created Kingsman: the Secret Service, which is among Millarworld’s most successful titles. He said the Netflix deal made a lot of sense for Millar, having successfully translated works such as Kick Ass from page to screen without losing their distinctive essence.

“Mark does think very filmically, which is why I think his stuff does translate and will translate to movies and TV,” Gibbons said. “He has really paid his dues, starting out working on really very straightforward, unambitious comic fare and then upped his game, and by this point he’s already had a career that is quite unique and exemplary.

“And he has learned how to play the game. Us of older generations got kind of screwed over, to one degree or another, with the kind of deals we got doing comics but Mark in particular has very much learned from what happened before and done his business deals in a very canny Scots way.”

Gibbons added: “He’s not backwards in coming forwards and he’s very good at promoting his own brand, as he should be, so I think those are the things that have really led him to be in the rather wonderful position he’s in now.”



Kick Ass, starring Chloë Grace Moretz, was a Millarworld title that was successfully brought to the big screen. Photograph: Allstar/Lionsgate

Millar was born into a working-class Catholic family in the deprived area of Coatbridge, near Glasgow. He was one of six children, with four brothers and a sister, and it was not an easy upbringing. His mother died of a heart attack when Millar was 14, and he had to drop out of Glasgow University after his father died, to help look after his brother. Money was so tight that “the cat ate one day and we ate the next”, Millar once said.

Millar was a 16-year-old comic book obsessive when he wrote Gibbons a letter, though the pair wouldn’t formally meet and collaborate until decades later. “Mark wrote me a fan letter when he was 16 and said that my next step, after doing Watchmen, should be to work with him on a story that he’d created,” said Gibbons. “I’ve got no memory of it but I apparently wrote him a very gracious letter and sent him a sketch and thought nothing of it until years later.”

Millar eventually found himself working on 2000AD, the British title that bred most of the UK’s top talent. By 1994, his work had drawn the eye of American publishers DC Comics, and later Marvel, where his successes included The Ultimates, a reinvention of Marvel’s supergroup The Avengers, which was Time magazine’s comic book of the decade, and is credited as the inspiration for the current Avengers films.

This was when Gibbons said he realised Millar’s talent. “I was such a huge fan of The Ultimates, I enjoyed the stories so much they really made me feel like a kid fan again, haunting my local comic shop to see if the latest issue was in,” he recalled. “There was some wonderful character work. Mark has a really good understanding of human emotions and motivations and he’s the master of the moment that just rocks you, and makes you stop and think ‘wow’.”

Millar’s motivation to start his own company came from the man considered the godfather of comics, Stan Lee. Interviewing Lee for a feature in SFX magazine in 2003, when he was already a well-established writer for Marvel himself, Millar told Lee about his work with Marvel characters. “That’s great, but you should do your own characters instead of doing mine,” Lee said. “I didn’t do Superman and Batman and Tarzan and Sherlock Holmes. I went off and did the X-Men.”

Millar began creating his own characters and storylines and in 2004 left Marvel to launch his own comic book company. It quickly gained momentum and one of the first titles, Wanted, sold over a million copies – making it the highest-selling creator-owned comic of the decade. It was made into a movie starring Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman and James McAvoy, which grossed $340m.

However, his most successful jump from comic book to screen came with Kick Ass, in 2010, which he adapted with director Matthew Vaughn. The script was rejected by seven film studios so Vaughn independently raised the $50m needed for the film. It went on to take almost $100m worldwide, was critically acclaimed and spawned a successful sequel.

Kingsman: The Secret Service, first published in 2012, was another box office success for Millarworld when it was adapted into the 2014 film starring Samuel L Jackson, Colin Firth and Michael Caine.

Millar still adores original characters such as Superman and recently purchased the cape worn by Christopher Reeve in the original film, as well as the cat Reeves saved in the film which had been stuffed after it died and later sold.

Throughout his career Millar has embraced working with major film studios and is scathing of those who see such deals – including his sale to Netflix – as selling out. “I want to be Marvel rather than just work with Marvel,” he said.

From: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/aug/08/mark-millars-superhero-rise-from-comic-book-nerd-to-netflix-winner

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