DC Comics Celebrated 80 Years of Superman at WonderCon

DC Comics is celebrating 80 years of Superman in 2018, and on Friday at WonderCon in Anaheim they assembled some of DC’s biggest names–Jim Lee, Alex Sinclair, Norm Rapmund, Dan Jurgens, Marv Wolfman, and Jason Fabok–to talk about the Man of Steel and two exciting upcoming releases to commemorate this huge milestone.

April 19th will see both Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman and Action Comics #1000 unleashed on the shelves of your local comic shop! Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman is a hardcover collection of new work, essays, and an unpublished Siegel and Shuster Superman story from comics legend Marv Wolfmans’ private collection, which he acquired in a very unusual way during a tour of the DC offices as a young boy. “Sol Harrison was wheeling a post office cart filled with never-published artwork from the 1940s, all written off. They were being wheeled to the incinerators,” Marv revealed. Harrison encouraged the kids to select pages that they wanted, and after much bargaining and trading Wolfman ended up with an unpublished 12 page Superman story which will finally see the light of day.

Action Comics #1000 will be a supersized 80 page issue including a bunch of fun stories, including Brian Michael Bendis’ first published DC Work. For Justice League artist Jason Fabok, the chance to work with Bendis on one of his favorite childhood characters was too good to miss. “Working with Brian Bendis is great, I’ve really loved his work for years,” Fabok shared. “And Superman is a great character, I’ve loved him ever since I was a little kid.”

DC publisher, Image Comics founder, and superstar artist Jim Lee was on hand, making some controversial statements about the return of Superman’s infamous red trunks! “It’s just red trunks, I’m not a trunkist, there is no anti-trunk sentiment here,” Jim laughed before threatening that “the trunks will come off again!” Though the general consensus is that fans prefer the trunks, Lee revealed that some passionate readers on Twitter had some seriously strong feelings about the return of the outside underoos, contacting the artist to say the return of the pants “is awful, this is the worst thing that ever happened to me!”

Though the panel was a celebration of Superman, it was also a celebration of comics legend Marv Wolfman, who’s about to hit 50 years at DC Comics. Wolfman will have work featured in both Action Comics #1000 and 80 Years of Superman, including scripting four unpublished Curt Swan pages which Wolfman repurposed for Action Comics‘ anniversary.

The panel ended with the creators sharing their favorite era of Superman, which for Jim Lee was the work of seminal supes artist Neal Adams. “I was more of a Neal Adams fan. He took the perfection that Curt Swan had done with Superman, but if he got punched you could see the swelling on the skin, so it just felt more real and alive. He was really the guy I was most influenced by,” Lee told the crowd.

Are you excited for the double team of Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman and Action Comics #1000? Can’t wait to read that secret classic issue of Superman? Just love Jim Lee? Let us know below!

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From: https://nerdist.com/dc-comics-80-years-superman-wondercon/

‘Justice League’: The Real Reason Superman’s Black Suit Wasn’t …

Justice League‘s lack of black suit Superman turns out to be a creative choice made behind-the-scenes by filmmakers prior to production’s start.

The suit was long-rumored for the DC Comics ensemble flick, as fans expected to see the iconic garb upon Superman’s resurrection following his Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice death. However, the suit would turn out to be nothing more than an Easter egg and a detail in a deleted scene. With DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes opening up at The O2 London, Justice League costume designer revealed to Digital Spy why the black suit didn’t make the cut.

“The black suit is something that has fascinated us as filmmakers from the get-go,” Wilkinson said. “We saw a glimpse of it in the nightmare sequence from Man of Steel when Superman was wading through skulls, and also in the deleted scene from Justice League where you do see Clark walking through the spaceship and it’s teased in the background.

“When we were prepping Justice League, at first it seemed that it might be a logical choice for the look of Superman when he’s resurrected. Zack is extremely respectful and passionate about the depiction of Superman in comic books and graphic novels, and traditionally when he is resurrected, he is in the black suit.”

However, as the filmmakers progressed through Justice League, they saw an opportunity to make the film more hopeful and brighter (literally).

“But as the tone of the film developed and we were in pre-production, the filmmakers felt that the classic red and blue suit seemed more appropriate to our story and our script,” Wilkinson said. “It seemed that a more positive, upbeat image of Superman was what was needed – the idea of hope and that the world could in fact be saved was important, so that’s the direction that we went.”

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These remarks finally lay the debate of Snyder’s cut versus Whedon’s cut to rest, at least in terms of the black suit Superman’s appearance having been a possibility for the former.

Justice League is available now on blu-ray and DigitalHD.

From: http://comicbook.com/dc/2018/03/23/justice-league-black-suit-superman-cut-/

Krypton Premiere: Every Superman Easter Egg You Missed

WARNING: This list contains SPOILERS for the premiere of Krypton

Krypton has arrived, and brought plenty of Superman Easter Eggs and DC Comics connections with it. From the earliest looks at the Syfy series, it was clear that the Krypton TV show was made in Man of Steel‘s image, offering a similar treatment to the ancient homeworld of Superman. Now that the premiere episode has aired, even more of the inspirations, homages, and DC Comics mythology can be spotted. Krypton may be more than a Superman prequel, but its creators are rooting their story in the history of DC’s greatest superhero… with some changes of their own to keep things fresh. Which means fans won’t want to miss any of the inside jokes, references, or teased connections to the Superman mythos.

To make sure that every viewer spots the Easter Eggs and more subtle bits of major DC lore – like the new version of Brainiac looming over the future of the House of El – we’re breaking them all down as more are spotted. So with one last SPOILER warning before we begin, let’s look at the best Easter Eggs and comic connections in the premiere of Krypton.

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12. The Remains of Wegthor, Moon of Krypton

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The establishing shots of the planet Krypton may not seem all that important, beyond creating a memorable backdrop for the show’s title card. But from the very first frames, the makers of this Superman prequel story show their dedication to the original DC Comics history of Superman’s birth world. Well, more accurately, the massive rocks that form a ring around the planet’s circumference.

The debris orbiting Krypton isn’t just random space rocks, but the remains of Wegthor, one of the planet’s moons. The reason for its destruction has been tweaked from an accidental collision with an experimental Kryptonian rocket to a terrorist attack over the years. But whatever the cause of the disaster in the TV show’s version of Krypton’s history, the bases are covered. Just as they were in the opening scenes of the Man of Steel movie, with a destroyed Wegthor just as prominent in the planet’s orbit.

11. The ‘Bottle City’ of Kandor

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The approach of honoring the past while creating something with its own identity and style continues into the urban setting of the show, as well. A title card introduces audiences to the main setting of Kandor City: a densely-populated city surrounded by… well, not much else. That’s no accident either, since the large protective dome over Kandor appears to keep the city in habitable, where the planet outside of the “bubble” is as harsh as an alien world can get. But the Easter Egg is in the city itself.

In the comics, this metropolis is most likely to be referred to as “The Bottle City of Kandor,” one of the only population centers to survive the destruction of Krypton. That may sound impossible, but it’s thanks to Brainiac for shrinking Kandor, and placing it inside a glass bottle to add to his collection. The domed city is just one of several visible on Krypton’s surface, but the reference is still appreciated (especially with the brief glimpse inside Brainiac’s ship revealing several miniature skylines).

10. The Symbol of The House of El

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Most Superman fans will tell you that back on Krypton, Kal-El’s family was one of the most respected, revered, and well-regarded. But Krypton wastes little time in showing the “true” origins of the House of El– actually, the potential end of the House, if the Voice of Rao and Kryptonian Council have their way. Thanks to Val-El, the House is stricken of its name, rank, and cost of arms: the famous ‘S’ glyph that once stood simply for “Superman” in the hero’s first comic appearance.

This time around, the writers of Krypton have returned to the idea that the ‘S’ isn’t just a Kryptonian glyph, or symbol, but their ancestral sigil. It’s the same idea adopted for Man of Steel, but one that Mark Wait, the writer of Superman: Birthright – a modern origin that influenced Snyder’s film – tried to replace. In Birthright, the symbol for ‘Hope’ wasn’t used by a single family but any who embodied that same idea. The movie folded those ideas into one, but it remains to be seen if Krypton’s symbol has any greater meaning.

9. The Voice of Rao’s Robes

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For all its reverence for the roots of Superman and Krypton’s history, the TV show is also adding a LOT of new story elements. And none is more pronounced than the apparent religious authority known as the ‘Voice of Rao.’ The figure dressed in golden and white robes, and wearing a multiple-faced, golden mask seems to be the head of Krypton’s relatively new theocracy. The role of the Voice of Rao will surely be explored in future episodes, but their robes are already one of the best Easter Egg finds for comic book fans.

The robes are virtually covered in script, but it’s all a match for the actual Kryptonese language as established in DC Comics. The Man of Steel invented an original written language, but Krypton seems to be adopting the same symbol-for-letter substitution. The robes are hard to read in action, but everything from title cards to background signage can be translated one letter at a time.

8. A Familiar Ancient DC Warrior

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When the fearsome leader of Kandor’s military forces was revealed ahead of the show’s release, it was her name that stood out most to comic book fans: Alura Zod (yes, as in that Zod, born a generation from where the show begins). The character shared a name with Supergirl’s own mother, Alura In-Ze, but by the time Krypton premiered any potential confusion had been sorted with a re-naming.

Now, Kandor City’s Military Guild is led by Jayna-Zod. But that’s probably not why the actress will seem familiar. Ann Ogbomo has already portrayed a DC Comics character in both Wonder Woman and Justice League. Making the leap from Philippus of the Amazons to Jayna of the Sagitari isn’t all that difficult – just drop some of the famous Amazonian mercy. As likely grandmother to the infamous General Zod, it’s clear his strength runs in the family.

7. The Black Zero

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The namedrop “Black Zero” is both a pleasant surprise and all but expected, as one of the few factions or storylines of Krypton to truly break out and into the mainstream DC conversation. Originally, ‘Black Zero’ was a supervillain who believed himself responsible for destroying Krypton, claiming he had been hired to do it, revealing the planet wouldn’t have exploded without his intervention.

That turned out not to be the case, but the idea of a ‘Black Zero’ tied to Krypton’s destruction stuck. The name was re-used by John Byrne and Mike Mignola as a terrorist group opposing the genetic manipulation of Krypton’s elite, a more aggressive version of the liberation movement introduced in Krypton. Black Zero was also re-purposed as the name of the ship first used to imprison General Zod and his loyal soldiers, and later wielded by them in their attack on Earth in Man of Steel.

6. Dev-Em of Krypton

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In the training scene that introduced the Sagitari and Jayna-Zod, fans also get their first look at her daughter – and likely mother of General Zod – Lyta-Zod. The scene demonstrates the brutal strength and discipline of everyone involved, but there’s also a famous Kryptonian name thrown into the mix. The name of Lyta’s “intended,” a Kryptonian young man by the name of Dev-Em.

It may lack the instant recognition, infamy, or star power of ‘ZOD,’ but to fans of the Man of Steel movie and its prequel comic, Dev-Em is a major player. Named for an earlier juvenile delinquent on Krypton, the Dev-Em as created by writer (and Krypton producer) David S. Goyer was the attempted murderer of Kara Zor-El – otherwise known as Supergirl. No need to worry about conflict with The CW’s Supergirl series though: this version of Kara and Dev-Em existed thousands of years before Kal-El was even born.

5. The Blend of Both Superman Movies

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As we mentioned at the start, the shared DNA between Zack Snyder’s updated vision of a grand, ancient, but deeply troubled civilization and the world of Krypton is hard to miss. Whether to minimize confusion over Krypton being an actual prequel story to the film, or step away from an already-divisive film franchise, the version of Krypton to hit the airwaves has been tweaked.

The command key which unlocks Val-El’s lost fortress of Solitude shared the shape and function of the Man of Steel version, only now created in transparent, crystal-like stone. The city of Kandor reads closer to the layers stone and organic lines of Man of Steel‘s Krypton, but outside is the frozen climate highlighted in the original Superman: The Movie (1978). The end result is a combination of both origin films for the Man of Steel, combined into one new version of Krypton (an elegant move on the creators’ part).

4. The House of Vex

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What may be the most curious connection between the prequel story of Krypton and the Man of Steel film – and a hint the two stories were once more directly, if unofficially linked – comes with Seg-El’s assigned mate. After being informed by Daron-Vex that Seg has earned a new rank, and an invitation into his family by binding with Daron’s daughter, Nyssa, the soon-to-be married couple head off to witness the child that will be born from their combined DNA.

They won’t have the child themselves, since Krypton is using the same genetic birthing technology introduced in the comics of the 1990s (the “Genesis Chamber” name is all Man of Steel). But the predictions of their son, Cor-Vex, may not be as accurate as one might think. After all, a Car-Vex appeared as one of Zod’s loyal soldiers on Man of Steel, played by actress Samantha Jo. Coincidence? Or a more explicit link between TV show and film that was blurred by changing the gender and vowel…? The good news is that Seg-El will have another famous child, no matter what.

3. The Classic Superman Theme

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It’s almost impossible these days to make a Superman TV show, movie, cartoon, or any other piece of media without paying tribute to one of Hollywood’s greatest composers, John Williams. As the man who created the iconic Superman Theme for the 1978 film, Williams has seen the handful of notes he assembled to announce the Man of Steel twisted, reimagined, and homaged more times than can be counted.

In the first episode of Krypton, viewers have two different opportunities to catch the famous theme heightening the action taking place onscreen. First, it can be heard playing when Seg-El is shown Val-El’s Fortress of Solitude by his mother (performed with a serious Blade Runner vibe). And finally, as the camera rises for the episode’s final shot to reveal Seg clutching the cape of his superhero grandson whilst standing on the symbol he will make one of the most recognized images on Earth.

2. The Fortress of Solitude’s Famous Statues

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The Fortress itself is hard to dissect for further Easter Eggs just yet (other than a strange plant in a glass case that has been cited as a Black Mercy… despite not looking anything like one). What does stand out, however, is the massive statue depicting a man and a woman with arms outstretched, raising either the planet Krypton or its famous sun, Rao, above them (more likely it’s the planet).

At this point, such an inclusion is as pivotal as finding a Bat-Computer inside of Bruce Wayne’s superhero cave. Traditionally, Superman (or Supergirl) has included a statue of his Kryptonian mother and father, raising a scale model of the planet Krypton between them – fashioned from ice or crystal by Superman himself as a tribute to the parents who saved him from their planet’s destruction. In Krypton, it’s a nod to the founders of the House of El, but… something tells us Seg-El’s son and grandson will keep the tradition alive in their own way.

1. Luthorello Cigarettes

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Finally, not every Easter Egg needs to mean big things for the coming story or the larger Superman mythology. A though perfectly summed up in the arrival of Adam Strange, a time traveler from modern America. For starters, he must point out to Seg-El that the ‘D’ on his hat signifies the Detroit Tigers, and not a mysterious Kryptonian Guild (which may also be a nod to DC boss Geoff Johns, who has seen a similar tribute to his hometown of Detroit from comic artists).

The real joke goes to Adam’s pack of cigarettes – itself a rare sight in superhero TV shows. It isn’t the tobacco fans should catch, but the brand: Luthorellos. That’s as obvious and throwaway a reference to Lex Luthor as you’re likely to find, which means it may be the best one in the entire episode. Apparently, Lex diversifies his business into every industry in the future Earth of Krypton‘s universe.

So there you have it, our breakdown of each and every Easter Egg, comic book nod, and hidden detail in Krypton‘s first episode. If you’ve spotted anything we’ve missed, or have questions unanswered, let us know in the comments!

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Superman’s Tigers cap no accident in ‘Krypton’

If you’re listing Michigan’s contributions to the world, you could go the obvious way – Edison or Fords (Henry and/or Gerald) or Kellogg’s and such.

Or you could ponder something new: In a distant time and a distant galaxy, Earth’s future may be rescued by a man wearing a Detroit Tigers cap.

OK, that man (Adam Strange) is fictional. But the guys – Geoff Johns and David Goyer – who plunked him into the new “Krypton” series are quite real and the cap is no accident.

“We’re both from Michigan,” Goyer said. “We like the Tigers.”

Johns – a Michigan State grad who happened to be wearing a Tiger cap as he was talking – agreed. “We wanted Adam Strange to kind of be from a grounded place like Michigan,” he said. “It give him a little more, I guess, normalcy and (gives him) the Midwestern ethic that Superman has.”

Superman grew up in Kansas. But he wouldn’t have reached there if it hadn’t been for the time-traveler who whisked to Krypton to counsel the man who would become Superman’s grandfather.

“Adam Strange gets to become a proxy for the audience in a lot of ways,” said producer Cameron Welsh. “He’s probably the most relatable character.”

And the easiest to overlook. “On Earth, he just kind of blends in,” Johns said. “He’s an average man. But when he travels via zeta beam to another planet, … he becomes this hero.”

Which is kind of like these two guys – easy to overlook back home, heroes to comic fans.

Johns, 45, grew up in Grosse Poine and Clarkston; Goyer, 52, grew up in Ann Arbor. Johns is Lebanese on his dad’s side; Goyer is Jewish on his mom’s side. Johns went to Michigan State University, Goyer to the University of Southern California.

They might seem like opposites, but both found comic books. Goyer found them in Ann Arbor’s comic stores; Johns found them in his grandparents’ attic. He chose MSU partly because East Lansing had two comics stores; after graduating in 1995, he moved to California and, in 2000, started working with Goyer on “JSA” (Justice Society of America) comics.

They wrote together for about five years, before Goyer switched mostly to screenplays. He’s written movies for Batman (“Batman Begins”), Superman (“Man of Steel”) and both (“Batman v Superman”). He wrote all three Blade films, plus “Jumper” and the upcoming “Sandman,” “Green Lantern Corps” and more. For TV, he’s had been the prime writer-producer for “Da Vinci’s Demons,” “Constantine,” “Flashforward” and a “Blade” series.

Johns, however, has stuck with the comics. He’s “written some of my favorite comic books,” said Cameron Cuffe, the “Krypton” star.

For the past eight years, he’s also been the chief creative officer of DC Comics. That involves lots of traditional comic books – 100 new ones each month – plus movies and TV.

Several – especially “Batman v Superman” – have been sharply criticized, but DC seems to be on the upswing now. “I think ‘Wonder Woman’ was one of the best movies in the last several years,” Johns said. “And we’ve got a lot of great stuff coming up with Aquaman and Shazam.”

On TV, DC consistently provides half the CW line-up (led by “Supergirl,” “Arrow” and “The Flash”) and has moved into Fox (“Gotham,” “Lucifer”) and now Syfy.

That’s for “Krypton,” which has seemed to take forever – announced in 2014, pilot filmed in 2016, finally reaching TV now. “We’ve got a significant visual effects budget for the show, very significant,” Goyer said. “The post-production period is almost double that of your average show.”

In a Belfast studio, alternate worlds have been created. “It’s like being on set of ‘A New Hope’ or ‘Empire (Strikes Back),’” Cuffe said. “It’s of that caliber.”

In those Kryptonic worlds, filled with special effects, a young man is told he must protect the future of Earth’s greatest hero. And he gets the news from a guy in a Tiger cap.

To watch:

• “Krypton,” 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Syfy, debuting March 21

• Opener reruns that night at 2:30 a.m., Thursday night at midnight, Sunday at 10:55 p.m.

• Also: Opener reruns at 10 a.m. Saturday on Bravo, 11:05 p.m. Monday on USA

From: https://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/entertainment/television/2018/03/21/supermans-tigers-cap-accident-krypton/33079027/

Superman’s History Explored in Dan Jurgens’ Action Comics #1000 …

The historic Action Comics #1000 hits comic book shelves next month. As part of the celebration, variant covers for this special 80th anniversary issue have slowly been trickling in from the industry’s top artistic talent. One such variant was illustrated by Dan Jurgens for Dynamic Forces. The variant highlights the Man of Steel’s visual evolution over the last 80 years.

Superman (otherwise known as mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent) debuted in Action Comics #1 in 1938, establishing the ultimate superhero archetype that continues to be recognized to this day. Beginning with the Golden Age of the late 1930s, Jurgens’ cover for this oversized anniversary issue spans the character’s incredible history.

The cover includes references to the death of Superman’s home planet of Krypton, as well as the iconic hero’s own death (at the hands of Doomsday) and eventual resurrection. Jurgens boasts a particular attachment to this grim period in the character’s history, as he penned the very Death of Superman arc portrayed on the variant cover.

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Beyond that, Jurgens is no stranger to writing and illustrating the Superman mythos — he contributed heavily to various Superman series in the ’90s and is currently the writer for Action Comics.

Starring new stories by creators such as Brian Michael Bendis and a never-before-seen illustrated story by the legendary Curt Swan, Action Comics #1000 is out April 18.

From: https://www.cbr.com/dan-jurgens-action-comics-1000-superman-variant/

Superman takes a beating in first artwork from Bendis and Jim Lee’s Action Comics #1000

Action Comics #1000 arrives in less than a month, and now we have our first look at Jim Lee’s artwork for the debut DC story written by Brian Michael Bendis, who is taking over the Man of Steel title for the publisher. Posting a black and white sketch on Twitter, Lee wrote:

“Sneak peek time–ladies gentlemen–at my 12 page story with @BRIANMBENDIS for ACTION issue 1000! Just typing that out gave me GOOSEBUMPS Not a one-off but a story that sets up his upcoming run on Action Superman! Had a veritable BLAST with this! 😀 #action1000.”

In the artwork (below), Supes is having a rough go of things as he slams into a building and then onto the ground below, creating what we can only assume is thousands of dollars in property damage. 

Speaking to SYFY WIRE at New York Comic Con, Lee described #1000 as “the first issue of a big arc that resets or redefines Superman in a very unique way.” The issue will also include stories from Peter J. Tomasi and artist Pat Gleason, as well as Action Comics writer and artist Dan Jurgens. Director Richard Donner, Geoff Johns, Olivier Coipel, Paul Dini, José Luis García-López, Tom King, Clay Mann, Jordie Bellaire, Brad Meltzer, John Cassaday, Laura Martin, Louise Simonson, Jerry Ordway, Scott Snyder, Tim Sale, and more will also be adding their mark to the issue. 

Action Comics #1000 goes on sale Wednesday, April 18. A supplemental publication, Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman, will be available April 11 and feature previously unpublished Superman stories from the character’s creators, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel. 

From: http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/superman-takes-a-beating-in-first-artwork-from-bendis-and-jim-lees-action-comics-1000

DC Confirms Superman is Immortal in New Comic Story – Screen Rant

WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Action Comics 1000

Don’t worry about Superman dying of old age, since a new comic confirms the immortal Man of Steel living forever into DC’s future. Well, a few billion more years. But it seems that as long as no villain manages to kill him, Superman will even live to see the destruction of planet Earth – taking place long after humanity has left for the stars.

The clarification of whether or not Superman will ever die if remaining in the light of a yellow sun comes as part of Action Comics 1,000. The anniversary issue won’t just be Brian Michael Bendis’s first DC story, but a collection of several stories from a variety of DC creators. That includes current Batman writer Tom King, who gave fans early access to his emotional short story.

A look at Superman’s last day on Earth… and the only loved ones he must leave behind.

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Unlike many writers of DC’s main Batman book, Tom King has distinguished his work as surprisingly sentimental, emotional, and evocative. This short story, “Of Tomorrow” keeps that trend alive. It’s not the first time King has written a story about a DC hero’s last day on Earth, and with flawless work from Clay Mann, Jordie Bellaire, and John Workman, this tale is just as unforgettable.

When the Sun finally expands to burn Earth to a crisp – as scientists predict it will billions of years from now – Superman is there. Not to push the planet to safety, or to mourn the loss of another planet he called home. He’s there to visit his parents’ grave as he has been for, according to him, five billion years. As some fans have speculated before, King posits that as one big, super efficient solar battery, Superman simply won’t age.

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Fortunately, he doesn’t live forever by himself. As he “updates” Ma and Pa at their graveside, his and Lois’s son Jonathan has grown into a man he’s proud of. And since no hero deserves a happy ending like Superman, Clark also tell his parents that Lois remains hard at work running the “Universal Info Network” (is anyone really surprised?). Where fans can assume Superman and Jonathan’s powers might render them impervious to aging, Clark explains that Lois is “sick of the Eternity Formula. It tastes like grape… she’s tired of grape.”

As the story draws to a close, Superman saying his final words to the remains of his parents, Planet Earth cracking and exploding all around him, he finds peace. Whether or not their spirits are present, ever-present, or non-existent, the Earth’s impending destruction means they’ll soon be returned to the universe that made them. A touching end to a heartfelt story – and one that fans would be wise to not overthink.

 

The questions are easy to raise. Did Superman’s and Jonathan use an Eternity Formula too? Are their bodies immortal? Did humanity perish and leave Superman’s family to join an alien civilization? Did humanity spread to the stars just one billion years into the future, as Superman may imply?

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Questions that King’s story never addresses, and never needs to address to get his message across. That no matter what, nothing can really kill Superman. He will go on protecting the universe for billions of years, and raise a son to do the same beside him. And as proof that Lois and Clark’s is a love story for the ages, the intrepid reporter would find a way to stay at Superman and her son’s side. While delivering the news to an entire universe.

And as this story shows, Superman will go on missing his parents every day into infinity – until they find rest, in this world if not the next. Plenty of comic book fans will be picking up Action Comics 1000 to see what’s next in Superman’s story. But DC was right to show off this look at the ending of Superman’s life, love, and legacy… one that will clearly never come.

C’mon – he’s Superman.

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Action Comics #1000 releases April 18, 2018 from DC Comics.

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Library of Congress & DC Celebrate 80 Years of Superman …

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Press Release

Library of Congress and DC Entertainment Celebrate 80 Years of Superman

Live Interview Featuring Legendary Paul Levitz and Dan Jurgens

The Library of Congress will celebrate the 1000th issue of seminal DC comic book series Action Comics, a commemoration of 80 years of Superman, with a live interview featuring DC legends onThursday, March 29. Former publisher and president of DC, Paul Levitz, will join famed DC writer and artist Dan Jurgens, known for his work on the Superman series and the pop culture phenomenon “The Death of Superman,” for a conversation about the history of superhero comics, the writers and artists who create comics and the legacy of DC’s iconic Superman character. The event coincides with Awesome Con, which will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center beginning March 30.

Levitz and Jurgens will be interviewed by creator Michael Cavna, of the Eisner-nominated “Comic Riffs” column for The Washington Post. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, in the Coolidge Auditorium on the ground floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free, but tickets are required. Visit this event-ticketing site for more information and to secure your ticket.

The event also will be livestreamed on the Library’s YouTube site at youtube.com/libraryofcongress. Follow the conversation on Twitter at @librarycongress and #LibraryofAwesome.

Guests will preview of Action Comics #1000, which features the DC debut of acclaimed writer Brian Michael Bendis, art by legendary DC Comics publisher and artist Jim Lee and stories from Superman writer Peter J. Tomasi, artist Pat Gleason and artist Dan Jurgens. Selected materials from the Library’s comic book and comic art collections will also be on display during the event.

Media wishing to schedule pre-event interviews may specify interest with their RSVP, due by Wednesday, March 28. Additional details will follow.

In 2017, the Library welcomed visitors to explore “Library of Awesome,” a pop-up display of more than 100 iconic comic-book issues of today’s most popular characters. The collections of the Library of Congress include nearly 140,000 comic books dating back to the 1930s.

DC Entertainment will publish a new hardcover book, “Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman,” this spring as part of the celebration of the 1,000th issue of Action Comics-the longest continually published comic book of its kind in history, the series that introduced Superman to the world and the title that launched the superhero genre.

This “Library of Awesome” event is made possible by gifts to the Library of Congress Fund. Those interested in supporting free programs at the Library can contact devofc@loc.gov.

The Serial and Government Publications Division maintains one of the most extensive newspaper collections in the world. It is exceptionally strong in United States newspapers, with 9,000 titles covering the past three centuries. With over 25,000 non-U.S. titles, it is the largest collection of overseas newspapers in the world. Beyond its newspaper holdings, the division also has extensive collections of current periodicals, comic books and government publications. The comic-book collection is available for research use by scholars, collectors and other researchers in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room. For more information, visit https://www.loc.gov/rr/news/comics.html.

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States-and extensive materials from around the world-both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov, and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.

From: https://www.newsarama.com/39107-library-of-congress-dc-celebrate-80-years-of-superman-action-comics-1000.html

Library of Congress & DC Celebrate 80 Years of Superman, ACTION COMICS #1000

Action Comics #1000

Credit: Jim Lee/Scott Williams/Alex Sinclair (DC Comics)

Press Release

Library of Congress and DC Entertainment Celebrate 80 Years of Superman

Live Interview Featuring Legendary Paul Levitz and Dan Jurgens

The Library of Congress will celebrate the 1000th issue of seminal DC comic book series Action Comics, a commemoration of 80 years of Superman, with a live interview featuring DC legends onThursday, March 29. Former publisher and president of DC, Paul Levitz, will join famed DC writer and artist Dan Jurgens, known for his work on the Superman series and the pop culture phenomenon “The Death of Superman,” for a conversation about the history of superhero comics, the writers and artists who create comics and the legacy of DC’s iconic Superman character. The event coincides with Awesome Con, which will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center beginning March 30.

Levitz and Jurgens will be interviewed by creator Michael Cavna, of the Eisner-nominated “Comic Riffs” column for The Washington Post. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, in the Coolidge Auditorium on the ground floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free, but tickets are required. Visit this event-ticketing site for more information and to secure your ticket.

The event also will be livestreamed on the Library’s YouTube site at youtube.com/libraryofcongress. Follow the conversation on Twitter at @librarycongress and #LibraryofAwesome.

Guests will preview of Action Comics #1000, which features the DC debut of acclaimed writer Brian Michael Bendis, art by legendary DC Comics publisher and artist Jim Lee and stories from Superman writer Peter J. Tomasi, artist Pat Gleason and artist Dan Jurgens. Selected materials from the Library’s comic book and comic art collections will also be on display during the event.

Media wishing to schedule pre-event interviews may specify interest with their RSVP, due by Wednesday, March 28. Additional details will follow.

In 2017, the Library welcomed visitors to explore “Library of Awesome,” a pop-up display of more than 100 iconic comic-book issues of today’s most popular characters. The collections of the Library of Congress include nearly 140,000 comic books dating back to the 1930s.

DC Entertainment will publish a new hardcover book, “Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman,” this spring as part of the celebration of the 1,000th issue of Action Comics-the longest continually published comic book of its kind in history, the series that introduced Superman to the world and the title that launched the superhero genre.

This “Library of Awesome” event is made possible by gifts to the Library of Congress Fund. Those interested in supporting free programs at the Library can contact devofc@loc.gov.

The Serial and Government Publications Division maintains one of the most extensive newspaper collections in the world. It is exceptionally strong in United States newspapers, with 9,000 titles covering the past three centuries. With over 25,000 non-U.S. titles, it is the largest collection of overseas newspapers in the world. Beyond its newspaper holdings, the division also has extensive collections of current periodicals, comic books and government publications. The comic-book collection is available for research use by scholars, collectors and other researchers in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room. For more information, visit https://www.loc.gov/rr/news/comics.html.

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States-and extensive materials from around the world-both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov, and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.

From: https://www.newsarama.com/39107-library-of-congress-dc-celebrate-80-years-of-superman-action-comics-1000.html

Action Comics #999 Review: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Cyborg Superman?

Superman: Action Comics #999

Summary

Writer: Dan Jurgens,
Artist: Will Conrad,
Color Artist: Ivan Nunes,
Letters: Rob Leigh,
Cover by: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, and Andrew Dalhouse,
Variant Cover by: Kaare Andrews,
Editor: Paul Kaminski,
Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea,
Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster,
Superboy created by Jerry Siegel,
By special arrangement with the Jerry Siegel Family,
Publisher: DC Comics,
Release Date: Out Now,
Price: $2.99

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General Sam Lane visits his daughter, Lois, and grandson, Jonathan, for the first time. While this tense reunion is happening, Superman is breaking apart an asteroid that could have threatened the Earth. Within the asteroid, he finds a crystalline material that will help him with a different problem: Cyborg Superman in the Phantom Zone.

Action Comics #999 cover by Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, and Andrew Dalhouse
Action Comics #999 cover by Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, and Andrew Dalhouse

Action Comics #999 is an endearing one-off story which remembers what people like about Superman. It also works a good midpoint between “Booster Shot” and the much-hyped Action Comics #1000.

The part of the comic that most sticks out the most is the plot with Superman and Cyborg Superman. This discussion will involve some minor spoilers, so you’ve been warned.

After his clashes with General Zod’s family, Superman has come to realize how psychologically damaging the Phantom Zone can be, and he locked Cyborg Superman in the Phantom Zone not too long ago. Clark builds a new cell for Cyborg Superman in the Fortress of Solitude made from the crystalline material in the asteroid and gives Cyborg Superman a crystal which allows him to relive his fond memories from when he was Hank Henshaw.

That’s one of those classic Superman moments that shows his kindness, even towards those who have done things as abominable as Hank Henshaw. Clark knows there is still a man in there, so he does him a kindness. He wants Henshaw to rehabilitate, not suffer.

The Lois Lane and General Lane plotline isn’t as compelling. They argue about Superman, but they don’t acknowledge each other’s points. They just argue past one another. Sam Lane argues that Superman is too powerful to be left unchecked, and Lois says he’s a great guy. Yes, Superman would be frightening in theory, but the kindnesses done by Big Blue should warrant him some trust. However, the ending is heartwarming enough to justify its presence in this comic.

Action Comics #999 art by Will Conrad and Ivan Nunes
Action Comics #999 art by Will Conrad and Ivan Nunes

Will Conrad contributes the artwork to Action Comics #999, and it largely looks quite good. It has that 3D-rendered aesthetic, and I’m generally fond of it. Sam Lane looks a bit odd at times, but the brief bout between Clark and Cyborg Superman looks great. Ivan Nunes presents some dazzling color work that gives some extra life to the book.

There’s also a prominent visual gag about the upcoming #1000, as you can see above.

Action Comics #999 is an all-around feel-good comic. Bridges are mended. Kindness is shown. People bond. Plus, the art is solid to boot. This one earns a recommendation. Give it a read.

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Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He’s always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

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