Brian Michael Bendis previews his new DC comics about tattoos and revolution

After years spent writing superhero comics for Marvel (many of which went on to influence blockbusters like Spider-Man: Homecoming), Brian Michael Bendis announced last fall that he was taking his talents to the publisher’s primary rival, DC Comics. Ever since, DC readers have been treated to ads declaring, “Bendis is coming,” and his transfer will indeed have a huge impact on superhero readers everywhere. Later this month comes the first issue of Man of Steel, a Superman miniseries in which Bendis will begin a new chapter for the original superhero, and after that he’ll take the reins on both Superman and Action Comics.

But Superman isn’t the only reason Bendis came to DC: The publisher will also be taking on the library of Bendis’ creator-owned Jinxworld imprint, including two new series written by Bendis: Pearl, with artist Michael Gaydos, and Scarlet, with artist Alex Maleev. EW recently caught up with Bendis to discuss the two comics.

“When the announcement first came that I was coming to DC, everyone was like, ‘What characters is he gonna write?’ Superman and the other projects I have — yes, I said other projects — are so exciting I have to calm myself down. It’s such a unique, different experience than I’ve had before,” Bendis tells EW. “But what really made this deal happen for me to come to DC was the offer from [DC co-publisher] Dan Didio and everyone to give us meaningful partnership in letting us create our own stories and publish them through DC. They literally said, ‘Bring your books here, make these comics, we want them.’ You’re getting a sense of right now what I was so excited about when we first announced this thing: That I not only get to write the great characters of the DC Universe, but also publish these books we’re so proud of in a place we’ve admired for so long.”

Pearl is the first of Bendis’ entirely new Jinxworld comics to launch under the DC banner, and he recruited an old friend to help: Michael Gaydos. Bendis and Gaydos co-created Jessica Jones and her original Marvel comic series Alias. Pearl is similar to Alias in that it tells the story of a hardened woman trying to make her way in the world, but instead of a superpowered alcoholic private eye, this comic focuses on a tattoo artist who finds herself at the center of a yakuza clan war in San Francisco.

“As the legacy of Jessica Jones left our hands and became this Netflix pop-culture icon (which I can’t take credit for other than just being a proud dad), it said to me that whatever we do next has to be just as dense emotionally but completely different,” Bendis says. “Pearl is an assassin with an albino skin condition. When she’s upset, patterns start to form on her skin that she’s done to herself through an art form her mother taught her. She’s a very unique character, like Jessica Jones, and I’m hoping people will just trust us and meet her to see what’s so unique about her. She’s trapped in a modern-day yakuza clan war, which is somewhat based on real stuff, and like many many people she finds herself in a world she was born into rather than one she wants to be part of. We’ll explore that journey as she figures out who she is, as opposed to who she’s been told she is. She meets her counterpart from another clan and find out what they have in common is wanting to get out of this. Sometimes you just need that one other person to make that bold, brave step for yourself. That is what the first issue is about.”

Bendis’ other new Jinxworld comic for DC, Scarlet, features a female protagonist who did take a bold, brave step for herself: starting a revolution. Unlike Pearl, Scarlet will be a relaunch rather than a premiere. Bendis first started the story with artist Alex Maleev in 2011, and continued it with a second miniseries in 2016. Set in Bendis’ home base of Portland, those early volumes told the story of Scarlet getting attacked by a corrupt cop, who also killed her boyfriend. When Scarlet realized her assailant would never be brought to justice, she decided to take justice into her own hands. She began by killing the abusive cop, but when her message started to resonate with wide swaths of people, she took things even further and launched a new American revolution. The new Scarlet series (still written by Bendis and illustrated by Maleev) will pick up with the revolution in full swing in Portland, as authorities start to push back hard.

Obviously, the cultural climate has changed a lot in the years since Bendis began writing Scarlet. Political divisions have become more heightened and heated, and even Bendis has been surprised at the convergences between real-world events and his fictional material.

“This is the most unique experience I’ve had as a storyteller. I’ve written books for many years where the world changed while I wrote them, but never has it so affected the narrative. The real world has completely shifted under the feet of this book, like, four whole times since it started,” Bendis says. “It was written before Occupy Wall Street had even started. I imagined Scarlet as a book Paddy Chayefsky might write. I was watching Network, and Network is that kind of movie where it all seems like over-the-top parody that would never ever happen, and almost all of it has. Like every writer, I’m completely fascinated by that, so I sat there in my backyard thinking, what would be the story he would tell today using that mindset? That’s what started Scarlet. I thought I was 10 years ahead of anything like this ever happening. Then all of a sudden, the world shifted. If Chayefsky had decades, I was about three weeks ahead of the curve. But it felt like I was writing honest, and that’s a good feeling.”

Bendis continues, “It’s a dangerous book, because you’re following a world that may come about. We follow an alternative history based on the world we live in and push the characters into a situation that could happen. I don’t want them to happen, I don’t want people to do these things, but people are being pushed into doing them and things are going to happen. I wanted to explore the more extreme, violent ideas of what could happen, and how our country was based on these revolutionary and violent ideas. What would that look like today? With the media the way it is, the way stories are told to the world versus what’s really happening. I’m writing this new storyline where an American revolution has begun to take place in an American city, and the American government is responding in kind. It’s shocking to me how not sci-fi it feels right now. I don’t want it to happen, but I also can’t stop writing about. It feels like an answer to what has happened to us as a country and a world.”

Pearl #1 and Scarlet #1 are both due out this August from DC. Check out preview images from Gaydos and Maleev above.


DC Relaunching ‘Supergirl,’ ‘Super Sons’ Comic Book Series

It’s not just Superman who is impacted by Brian Michael Bendis’ upcoming Man of Steel miniseries, which relaunches the mythos of the Man of Tomorrow. DC Entertainment has announced plans to relaunch both Supergirl and Super-Sons this summer, as well.

The Supergirl monthly series, which went on hiatus with last month’s No. 20, will return in August with a new creative team — Marc Andreyko and Kevin Maguire — and a new mission, as Kara Zor-El journeys into space to learn more about Rogol Zaar, the villain of the Man of Steel series, and a character who claims to be responsible for the destruction of Krypton.

“The baseline story is very big. She’s trying to learn why he does what he does, where he comes from, and if there’s anyone else involved with him. It’s a detective story in space. She’s looking for answers to the questions that have been raised by Rogol Zaar,” Andreyko told SyFy Wire. “The external journey of her going on this quest through space mimicks her internal, emotional journey in finding out who she is and where she fits in. Your characters always have to have an emotional journey. Otherwise, it’s like you’re just watching someone play a video game.”

(Kara will also get a number of different new costumes as part of the series relaunch; one, designed by Jorge Jimenez, is shown above.)

The same month that Supergirl No. 21 hits the shelves, Super Sons will return in a new miniseries, Adventures of the Super Sons, written by original series co-creator Peter J. Tomasi, with art from Carlo Barberi. The new series reteams Damian Wayne, son of Batman, with Superman’s son Jon Kent, as the two attract the attention of a group of interstellar troublemakers called “The Gang.”

Interestingly, Tomasi told Paste Magazine that Adventures takes place prior to the Man of Steel series, which is important for one particular reason — advance solicitations for Bendis’ miniseries and the subsequent Superman comics suggest that Jon Kent has gone missing for some unknown reason. DC, it seems, is attempting to keep Bendis’ plans a mystery while simultaneously feeding the audience’s hunger for more Super Sons.

Both Supergirl No. 21 and Adventures of Super Sons No. 1 will be released digitally and in comic book stores in August. Man of Steel No. 1, launching the new status quo for Superman and related titles, will be released May 30.


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“There’s a couple of earlier comics that you can point to and say this is the beginning of the medium and that’s fair and that’s vitally important. But (Action Comics #1) changes the medium from being the glorified newspaper strips and mock newspaper strips, practically, to have a real voice,” said Paul Levitz, editor of the recently released collection, “Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman Deluxe Edition.”


INTERVIEW: The man behind the Superman

Courtesy of Super Genius / Provided by Super Fan Promotions with permission.

Superman continues to be one of the most successful and impactful superhero titles of all time. The adventures of this heroic character, along with the endless number of villains he has had to face, have filled comic books, movie screens and graphic novels for some time. Now fans can read the behind-the-scenes story of how Superman, the character, was created in the pages of Action Comics.

The Joe Shuster Story: The Artist Behind Superman explores the early days of writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster’s influential contribution to comic book lore. Those early issues of Action Comics proved to be historic, and Super Genius’ new title honors the tradition and retells the history.

At the center of the new graphic novel are writer Julian Voloj (Ghetto Brother) and artist Thomas Campi. Recently, Hollywood Soapbox exchanged emails with Voloj about the new project. Questions and answers have been slightly edited for style.

What inspired you to tell the story of Joe Shuster?

How not to be inspired? It’s the origin story of Superman and the American comic book industry! The story was begging to be told as a graphic novel. I’m surprised that no one else did it.

How influential was Superman on your comic book reading as a child?

I grew up mostly with European comics. I was not much into superheroes and have to admit that I was more a Batman fan. However, I have a collection of Superman comics dating back to the late 1960s. When I recently went through my old comic books, I discovered that from one issue to the other, Siegel and Shuster’s creator credit appears. As a kid, I never paid attention to this, but now it was an emotional discovery.

What do you love most about Superman?

He is the father of all superheroes. A true pioneer. Growing up, I never questioned how superheroes had their start. They were just something you would take for granted. Now having researched the backstory, it’s fascinating to see how Siegel and Shuster created from the culture that surrounded them something new, something that would inspire a whole industry. He really became the blueprint for the whole genre.

What did you find most surprising about Shuster‘s story?

To me the most surprising discovery was that the story was not as black-and-white as often assumed. Siegel and Shuster worked in the industry before Action Comics #1 was published. Them cashing in a check that would pass the rights to their creation to the publisher was business as usual. They were also not living in poverty, but for a decade had good salaries and a celebrity status. The story then takes a turn for the worse when they tried to sue their publisher. In comics, we often like to have good guys and bad guys; real life is not that way, and we show the more complex narrative in our graphic novel.

What was it like to work with Thomas Campi? Was it very collaborative?

Working with Thomas has been a pleasure. I’m based in New York; he’s in Australia, and we never met in person and only communicated with email and Skype. So the time difference was sometimes a challenge. I strongly believe in true collaboration between writer and illustrator, meaning each partner focuses on his/her strengths. My scripts don’t break down the pages into panels, but I trust the illustrator to create the best possible flow. In some cases, we had to go back and change certain details related to historic accuracy, but overall, Thomas had the artistic freedom he needed to create a masterpiece.

By John Soltes / Publisher /

The Joe Shuster Story: The Artist Behind Superman, written by Julian Voloj with art by Thomas Campi, is now available from Super Genius. Click here for more information.


From Fan of Steel to MAN OF STEEL: An Interview with Brian Michael Bendis

It’s 80 years since Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1 and DC Comics has a year of celebrations in store. Undoubtedly, the announcement of Superman’s newest writer has garnered the most excitement and speculation from fans so far as Brian Michael Bendis made an unexpected move from Marvel to the Distinguished Competition to take on the most iconic hero of the past century. The release of Bendis’ first Superman series begins with Man Of Steel #1 on May 30th, and I chatted to the superstar comic creator about everything from his first memories of Superman to his first interaction with Stan Lee, as well as which classic Superman creator he’d collaborate with if he got the chance.

For Bendis, a Cleveland native, Superman has always been a presence in his life. “I’m from Cleveland so it’s everywhere,” Bendis told me. “Honestly, when you grow up in Cleveland all you hear about is ‘You know we invented Superman and rock ‘n’ roll.’ It’s part of my DNA, so when I as a young Jewish man took to comics, people would say to me ‘You know Superman was created by two Jews from Cleveland just like you.’ And it does help to see that it’s something that other people in my position have made happen, and although you don’t have any idea how it could happen to you, it gets you on the road to thinking ‘Oh, I could do that,’” Bendis added with a laugh.

Bendis wasn’t kidding about being surrounded by Supes as he grew up, and when I asked him about a formative memory of Superman he didn’t disappoint.

“I was in college in Cleveland. I would hit the job board everyday and it said ‘illustrator wanted for Superman parade to celebrate a statue of Superman in the center of the city at the Superman museum,’” Bendis explained. “They did this big parade with all these guests and they hired me to be the parade artist, and I got to draw all these signs for the guests artists and got to meet some of my favorite artists. George Perez, that was the first time I ever got to meet him.”

This anecdote that Bendis shared with me was one that not only centered around everyone’s favorite superpowered farm boy, but also foreshadowed his decades-long career in comics.

“One of my coolest memories–and I did a cartoon about this–was that Siegel was supposed to come to be at the parade, but he fell ill so instead Stan Lee came in his stead, and it was a big deal that the competition was coming to support this great moment. So I had to stay up all night drawing a sign for Stan Lee,” Bendis chuckled. “So it’s 6 a.m. and I’m completely covered in ink and paint, and the bus pulls up and Stan Lee gets off. He looks at me and he says, ‘Brian Michael Bendis!’ I’m completely confused–I’m 19-years-old–and I’m like ‘You know my name?’ And he leaned over and said, ‘You’re wearing a name tag, schmuck!’ And he walked off. So that’s my great Superman memory, [because] it’s also my great Stan memory, and decades later here I am.”

Superman is a universally recognized figure, but how did growing up in the Man of Steel’s shadow affect Bendis when it came time to take up the mantle of Superwriter.

“You always feel the legacy of the character when you hop on, and I’ve had that joy a couple of times, but there’s something different about Superman,” Bendis explained. “I’ve written big icons. Not to brag, but to a lot of people Iron Man and Superman are peers, and I’ve written Iron Man. So why is Superman different? He just is, and you feel it from the first sentence that you write,” Bendis pondered. “Because when a character that invents the genre, sometimes those characters don’t age well. They fall out of favor as the genre explodes, they don’t go the distance. But Superman did. I think there’s something fascinating about the fact that not only did this character invent the genre but it stayed true and became the core, soul, and center of the genre for the entirety of its existence.”

The responsibility of taking on one of the most iconic heroes to have ever put on a cape is not lost on Bendis.

“Last week The Siegel Shuster Society gave me a brick from the chimney of the house where Superman was born, and it’s sitting in my office reminding me not to f–k up!” Bendis revealed. “I joke, but it’s really reminding me to write honest, write true, and write bold. It reminds me to write the most honest thing you can write cos anytime you do that you never fail.”

Man of Steel is an unusual start to such a huge task as each issue is drawn by a different artistic team–starting with Ivan Reis, Jason Fabok, Joe Prado, and Alex Sinclair–but for Bendis that has only enriched his experience.

“I live by this philosophy very deeply, that collaboration for the writer should be in service of the artist. There are certain writers who write a script and say ‘Draw for me!’ But that’s not why we make comics. When people do that, they’re missing the magic of making comics. What I do is that I write towards that artist. I call them and ask what they want to draw! For some artists, like Doc Shaner [who’s drawing Man of Steel #2], I didn’t even have to call him. You just look at his Twitter feed and you can see what he wants to draw! You want a Green Lantern scene? You’re definitely getting a Green Lantern scene!” Bendis exclaimed. “Some of it is obvious, and some of it is ‘I’m a huge fan of this person and I’ve never seen them do this, and I bet they would kickass at this.’ Then you go to that person and say, ‘I think you’d kickass at this.’ And most of the time they’re very challenged and charmed by the fact that you think so much of their work.”

There’ve been many classic Superman artists over the decades who’ve left their visual stamp on the hero. Selecting from some of the Big Blue Boy Scout’s most iconic artists, I asked Bendis with whom he’d most like to collaborate– Golden Age co-creator Joe Shuster, Silver Age perfectionist Curt Swan, or Bronze Age reinventor John Byrne.

“It would be Curt Swan. What Curt did and how much Curt did and how consistent Curt was is one of the true beauties. There’s something magical about when Alan Moore wrote for him,” Bendis gushed. “It gave him something to draw that was so much more emotional and truthful than he sometimes got–cos Curt did some of the craziest Superman stories–but he had him draw real emotion.”

Curt Swan’s Superman | Image: DC Comics

“Ivan [Reis] will talk about how Superman just putting his head down and crying is one of the most emotional moments in all of comics, and Curt brought it with the most elegant of cartooning,” he continued. “So it would have to be Curt even though, listen, I’m a craft junkie–get me in a time machine and get me in a room with Siegel and Schuster and I’ll stay all day. I have a million questions for those guys! A million!”

As for what has Bendis most excited about when it comes to Superman, well, it’s actually about a whole lot more than just the Last Son of Krypton.

“It’s the overall journey at DC that I’m most proud of,” Bendis revealed with a smile. “It’s not just Superman; it’s the overall deal that we’ve created at DC. I couldn’t be more challenged, I couldn’t be more excited. It’s an overwhelming amount of good people that I’m working with, and having left a situation with that, it’s almost startling to find it again. I’ve got a whole bunch of new people that I get to collaborate with, and I still have all my old friends. It’s fantastic!”

And it’s not just his collaborators that have him excited, but also the support of the fans.

“Genuinely, I’m filled with this sense that people really want us to kick ass and do well, and you can just feel that people are really rooting for us, so I just let that fill me and get to work.”

Man of Steel #1 is available on May 30, 2018.

Images: DC Comics


Collection celebrates 80 years of Superman in Action Comics

“There’s a couple of earlier comics that you can point to and say this is the beginning of the medium and that’s fair and that’s vitally important. But (Action Comics #1) changes the medium from being the glorified newspaper strips and mock newspaper strips, practically, to have a real voice,” said Paul Levitz, editor of the recently released collection, “Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman Deluxe Edition.”


DEATH OF SUPERMAN Release Date Set, Home Video Details

Death of Superman

Credit: Warner Bros. Animation
Credit: Warner Bros. Animation

Press Release

The Man of Steel meets his ultimate match when Doomsday comes to Earth – hell bent on destroying everything and everyone in his path, including the Justice League – in the all-new, action-packed The Death of Superman, part of the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the feature-length animated film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting July 24, 2018, and on Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD August 7, 2018.

The Death of Superman will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($39.99 SRP), Blu-ray™ Deluxe Gift Set ($39.99 SRP), Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP), as well as on Digital ($19.99 HD, $14.99 SD). The Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray™ disc in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray™ disc featuring the film; the Blu-ray™ Deluxe Gift Set includes a collectible Superman figurine; the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack features the film in hi-definition; and the DVD features the movie in standard definition. The Ultra HD Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray Combo Pack™ include a digital version of the film. 

The Death of Superman ultimately finds Superman in a fight to the finish when the Man of Steel becomes the only hero who can stand in the way of the monstrous creature Doomsday and his unstoppable rampage of destruction.

As the inaugural film in the DC Universe Movies series, Superman Doomsday told an abridged version of “The Death Of Superman,” DC Comics’ landmark 1992-93 comic phenomenon. But with a runtime of 75 minutes, the film focused on a core, singular storyline. The new, animated The Death of Superman, the first of a two-part film experience that will conclude with Reign of the Supermen in early 2019, restores many of the moments and characters that fans hold dear to their hearts.   

Credit: Warner Bros. Animation

The all-star cast is led by Jerry O’Connell (Crossing Jordan, Stand By Me), Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, The Librarians) and Rainn Wilson (The Office) as the voices of Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, respectively. The potent trio is joined by the DC Universe Movies’ returning voices of the Justice League: Jason O’Mara (The Man in High Castle, Terra Nova) as Batman, Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Rent, Daredevil) as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T., Criminal Minds) as Cyborg, Nathan Fillion (Castle, ABC’s upcoming The Rookie) as Green Lantern/Hal Jordan, Matt Lanter (Timeless) as Aquaman, and Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs, Ugly Betty) as The Flash.

The cast also features Nyambi Nyambi (Mike Molly, The Good Fight) as Martian Manhunter, Rocky Carroll (NCIS) as Silas Stone, Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul) as Hank Henshaw, Toks Olagundoye (Castle) as Cat Grant, Max Mittleman (Justice League Action) as Jimmy Olsen, Charles Halford (Constantine) as Bibbo Bibbowski, Jonathan Adams (Last Man Standing) as the Mayor, Paul Eiding (Ben 10: Omniverse) as Pa Kent, Jennifer Hale (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) as Ma Kent, Trevor Devall (Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay) as Dabney Donovan Bruno Mannheim, Rick Pasqualone (Mafia II Mafia III video games) as Turpin, Amanda Troop (Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts) as Sawyer, Erica Luttrell (Salvation) as Mercy, and Cress Williams (Black Lightning) as John Henry Irons.

Producer Sam Liu (Gotham by Gaslight, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract) co-directs The Death of Superman with Jake Castorena (Justice League Action) from a script by New York Times best-selling author Peter J. Tomasi (Green Lantern: Emerald Knights). Executive Producers are Sam Register and James Tucker (Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay, Justice League Dark).

“As Superman celebrates his 80th anniversary, we felt the time was right to finally tell the unabridged version of this iconic story,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family Animation Marketing. “This is a landmark tale in comics history, and we wanted to bring the entire story – with all the characters and details the fans have clamored for – to animated life.”

The Death of Superman Enhanced Content
Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Deluxe Gift Set, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and Digital
The Death of Superman: The Brawl That Topped Them All (Featurette) – Experience the battle between Superman and Doomsday like never before as creators of the iconic comic and the new film explore the nuances of “The Greatest Fight” with the help of a martial arts expert.

A Sneak Peek at DC Universe’s Next Animated Movie, Reign of the Supermen – An exciting look at the next film in the two-part saga that brings the epic and emotional story of a world without the Man of Steel to life.

From the DC Comics Vault: Legion of Superheroes, “Dark Victory: Part 1” – After eliminating Imperiex, Brainiac 5 takes over his army and plans to take over the universe. With Superman thought to be dead, the other Legionnaires must stop him before it is too late!

From the DC Comics Vault: Legion of Superheroes, “Dark Victory: Part 2” – The Legion faces Imperiex in a final battle, while a traitor lurks in their midst.

A Sneak Peek at DC Universe’s Next Animated Movie, Reign of the Supermen – An exciting look at the next film in the two-part saga that brings the epic and emotional story of a world without the Man of Steel to life.

The Death of Superman will be supported by a national online, promotional, and publicity campaign.

Street Date: August 7, 2018
Run Time:  72 minutes
Languages: English


How Man of Steel Brought Margot Kidder’s Lois Lane to the Comics

Knowledge Waits is a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me.

With the tragic passing of Margot Kidder on Sunday, I was thinking of a column I do called “Follow The Path,” which is about how comic books will often make adaptations to adopt aspects that are introduced in superhero films. For instance, Spider-Man had organic webshooters in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man film and sure enough, within a couple of years, Spider-Man gained organic webshooters in the comics, as well. However, that’s mostly dealing with actual plot points that were changed to adapt to the films. Another way that comic books adapt to the films sometimes is that a particular actor’s performance can ultimately begin to inform the way that the comic book character is handled within the comics. For instance, there is no doubt that Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark has had an influence upon how Tony Stark is written in the comics nowadays.

That was the case with Margot Kidder’s Lois Lane, who debuted in 1978, but it would not be until a big fan of hers rebooted the Superman titles eight years later that Kidder’s Lois Lane would suddenly become the Lois Lane of the comics, as well.

RELATED: Superman Star Margot Kidder Dies At Age 69

Byrne’s interest in Kidder (who he once noted as being the first actress who played Lois Lane that portrayed in her such a way that Byrne “got” why Superman would be so interested in her) was evident long before he took over the Superman titles.

In an issue of Avengers that Byrne drew a year after the release of Superman, Byrne worked Lois Lane and her apartment into an issue of the series, with the character being named Margot Neil, in a reference to Kidder and Noel Neill, the actress who played Lois for most of the seasons of the Adventures of Superman TV show (it’s actually Byrne breakdowns with Dan Green finishes and inks)…

However, the biggest changes happened when Byrne rebooted Superman in 1986 with the Man of Steel miniseries.

RELATED: Superman Returns’ Brandon Routh Reflects on Margot Kidder’s Legacy

Now, please note that I am certainly not trying to say that the comic book version of Lois Lane was completely different than Kidder’s depiction prior to Byrne. Of course not. Kidder’s take on Lois was, in part, based on the general depiction of Lois in Superman comics, especially the early years of the Superman comics. It is not like Rosalind Russell just invented the archetype of the tough female reporter when she did His Girl Friday, after all. The whole point of Russell’s character in that film is that it WAS a pop culture archetype at the time and Lois Lane fit right into it.

However, it is also fair to say that over the years, Lois Lane really was no longer a “His Girl Friday” style tough reporter. She was still a strong character. Cary Bates and Elliot S! Maggin, in particular, wrote them some excellent Lois Lane stories in the 1970s into the 1980s. I’m definitely not knocking their take on Lois. It was good. It is just that they were working on Lois for years before the movie and thus, the movie did not really affect their depiction of Lois. They had their take and they stuck with it.

Here’s the last issue of Superman before Alan Moore’s out-of-continuity sendoff to the Superman titles and Byrne’s reboot…

Nothing wrong with it, but it doesn’t really remind you much of the Kidder Lois, right?

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DC Comics, Mark Hamill, and More Mourn Death of ‘Superman’ Actress Margot Kidder

According to CNN, Margot Kidder—cinema’s first Lois Lane and genre-film icon—passed away peacefully in her sleep yesterday at 69 years of age. While an entire generation was first introduced to Kidder with Superman in 1978 and its sequels, she was an incredibly appreciated part of the horror film community as well, and became a powerful advocate of mental health over the course of her life. 

Before starring in genre-defining films such as Superman, Black Christmas, and The Amityville Horror, Kidder spent her childhood in the Northwest Territories of Canada and eventually got her start on the Canadian television series Wojeck in 1969. 

Lois Lane, though obviously not the title character, was as important to Superman’s success as Christopher Reeves was. The character was a tough, independent go-getter with intellect, integrity, and presence that only an actress as engaging and relatable as Kidder could’ve provided. Personally, Superman was the first superhero movie I ever saw, and I distinctly remember thinking I’d love to have a girlfriend like Lois one day. 

In regards to her personal life, Kidder was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and became homeless in 1996. The weight of fame, three marriages, and preposterous medical bills became too much for her—or anyone, for that matter—to process. 

“Nothing prepares anyone for that sudden thing of being world famous, it was such a shock,” she said. “It wasn’t until something I really liked or something I was very good at. I didn’t realize how good the movie was until I seen it at the premiere in Washington.” 

Fortunately, Kidder’s passing was reportedly peaceful, calm, and gentle. Sadly, the world is just a tad bit gloomier now that she’s gone. We’d say she’ll be missed, but that’s already more than clear. Have a look at some of the Twitter reactions to her passing below, and realize how many creative people she herself inspired to pursue their own dreams. Rest in peace.


Vintage Superman, Batman comic lot auction grabs $6.5 million on …

A massive lot of vintage comic books and original art sold today for a combined $6.5 million and that number could total upwards of $10 million, with two more days to go.

Heritage Auctions in Chicago started selling the books and the art on Thursday, which include rare gems like “Action Comics” #1 from 1938, which is the first time Superman appeared, “Batman” #1 from 1940 and·”Justice League of America” #1 from 1960.

The comic with Superman’s first appearance nabbed $573,600, while “Batman” #1 was purchased for $227,050.

PHOTO: A copy of the first comic book to feature Superman is going up for sale, Action Comics #1, 1938.Heritage Auctions
A copy of the first comic book to feature Superman is going up for sale, Action Comics #1, 1938.

“We expect this to be one of the largest comic book auctions ever held,” Eric Bradley, director of public relations for Heritage Auctions, told ABC News. He added the total proceeds after the weekend could reach upwards of $9 million to $10 million.

Bradley said auctions of vintage comics and original art have exploded in recent years because of Marvel Cinematic Universe films and those by Warner Bros. that include stars from the DC Comics universe.

PHOTO: A copy of Batman #1 comic book will be up for sale, featuring the first appearance of The Joker and Catwoman.Heritage Auctions
A copy of Batman #1 comic book will be up for sale, featuring the first appearance of The Joker and Catwoman.

“We also expect great things on the horizons for Venom and Deadpool with those films coming out,” he said.

In fact, one lucky Deadpool fan grabbed a piece of the “Merc with a Mouth”‘s history in this auction.

PHOTO: A page of art from the comic featuring the first appearance of Deadpool, will be up for sale. Heritage Auctions
A page of art from the comic featuring the first appearance of Deadpool, will be up for sale.

Original art from his first appearance in “New Mutants” #98, from the 1990’s, sold for more than $50,000.

“We also have original cover art from ‘Amazing Spiderman’ #61, the first cover appearance of Gwen Stacy,” Bradley added.

That piece sold for $163,000.

The highest sale of the day went to a Frank Frazetta painting, that went for $1.7 million.

And don’t fret, anyone not in Chicago you can head to Heritage’s website for all the big listings.

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