Good Thing: Superman Beating Up Cybernetic White Supremacists

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The best idea from the New 52 relaunch of Superman continues to endure, in fan consciousness if not in continuity; Superman as social crusader, taking on ills of our world that have been elevated to human-plus levels. This was a version of Superman that fought familiar evils — corrupt cops and crooked businessmen who thought they were above the law — in a T-shirt and jeans.

The idea was central to the stories told by Rags Morales and Grant Morrison in their run on Action Comics, but it also found its way into the works of other creators, including a Zero Year tie-in that saw Superman fighting one of the most virulent evils of our world: white supremacists.

 

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Published back in January 2014, Action Comics #25, written by Greg Pak, with pencils by Aaron Kuder, colors by Arif Prianto and letters by Carlos M. Mangual, is mostly about Superman fighting a hurricane as he learns to expand his approach to problems beyond violence and become a more well-rounded superhero. But it’s still a beautiful, cathartic opening sequence, watching men lower than a worm get laid out by the Man of Steel.

And it carries on the proud tradition of “someone freaking out in the viewer’s face as Superman hefts a car” that dates all the way back to Action Comics #1.

 

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We at ComicsAlliance are very into the idea of white supremacists getting clocked in the face and humiliated in public — possibly even set to music. Comics haven’t mastered the art of setting something to music, but they do have Superman, and that’s pretty good too.

 

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Everyone saw this man cry on TV.

 

Good Thing is a new feature at ComicsAlliance where we celebrate something we love from comics or pop culture, because every day could use something good.

 

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From: http://comicsalliance.com/superman-versus-cybernetic-white-supremacists/

Rare Superman-Muhammad Ali comic art on display in NYC

Superman vs. Lex Luthor? Sure. Superman vs. Batman? If you say so. Superman vs. Muhammad Ali? Wait, what?

Matthew McDermott

It’s true. The unlikely showdown between the Man of Steel and the Greatest was immortalized in an oversized 1978 comic book illustrated by famed artist Neal Adams — and now, nearly 40 years later, the original art is on display in Midtown Manhattan.

“Everybody thought it was incredibly stupid!” Adams told The Post. “But I became a booster for it and it took a life of its own.”

That it has. The issue, published by DC Comics, is today considered a goofy classic — an over-the-top tale written by Adams and Denny O’Neil that’s filled with aliens who contrive a battle between our heroes. (SPOILER ALERT: Superman’s powers are reduced and Ali wipes the floor with him. Then they team up and become buddies.)

It’s still so popular, though, that two companies — NECA and its sister operation WizKids — have just released sets of action figures and toy miniatures based on the the caped combatant and his real-life counterpart that will be shown off at this weekend’s Toy Fair trade show at the Javits Center.

Adams, 75, whose photorealistic style remade the industry and influenced generations of comics and commercial artists, recently opened a public gallery in his W. 39th Street studio, so it made sense to curate an exhibit displaying the art, paired with the new memorabilia.

The highlight? The wraparound cover, which features a cornucopia of late ’70s celebs — real and imagined — looking on as Superman and Ali square off, including Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Pele, “Welcome Back, Kotter” cast members, President Carter and the Caped Crusader himself, Batman.

‘I have a feeling the comic and toys are going to come out forever’

“If you’re going to have an intergalactic fight with the stakes being the survival of Earth, you’d have famous people watching,” Adams said. “There are 172 recognizable people on the cover.”

It’s a cover that’s been parodied and homaged many times over, including by ESPN Magazine.

“John Wayne didn’t want to be on the cover – so I put a mustache on him,” said Adams, who mistakenly drew two Raquel Welches. “With 172 people, you gotta make a mistake somewhere.”

Superman had already been paired with other American icons such as John F. Kennedy, Bob Hope and Jerry Lewis – but Julie Schwartz, an editor at DC Comics, broke new ground with the idea for the bizarre new comic.

Adams, who even today is one of comics’ most in-demand artists, was not a boxing fan, but he immersed himself in the “sweet science” and learned how to portray Ali floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee.

“I learned to love it and I really grew to love Ali,” he said. “I realized, ‘This is a pretty good guy.’ It became a labor of love.”

When the tabloid-sized comic hit the stands in early 1978, Leon Spinks was the heavyweight champ. But when Ali regained his title, he encouraged everyone to buy a copy of his fight with the world’s greatest superhero.

“Oh, he loved it,” Adams said. “For the life of me, I don’t even understand why it’s so popular. It is beyond my explanation – but it’s one of the best projects I’ve ever done.”

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Though he’s a household name among the comics cognoscenti, the average person would likely know Adams through his influence, even if they don’t realize it. Popular TV shows like “Arrow” utilize his concepts, and Liam Neeson’s villainous Ra’s al Ghul from Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight Trilogy” of films was co-created by Adams and O’Neil.

The whole notion of treating superheroes as more serious fare can also be traced in part to Adams’ work in the ’60s and ’70s. With that in mind, the exhibit also features art and memorabilia that spotlight many of his innovations, like his work on Green Arrow, Green Lantern and Batman.

But it’s Muhammad Ali and Superman who take center stage.

“I have a feeling the comic and toys are going to come out forever,” Adams said, chuckling.


The Neal Adams Gallery is located at 15 W. 39th St. Admission is free but reservations are required. Call 212-869-4170. The Superman/Ali exhibit will be open Saturday through Tuesday during Toy Fair. The gallery is constantly rotating but the exhibit is expected to remain active through the end of the month, when it’s open Monday-Friday.

From: http://nypost.com/2017/02/16/inside-the-bizarre-oft-parodied-ali-superman-comic-book/

Newly Spotted Batman v Superman Easter Egg Nods To Superman …

If you’re a DC Comics guru, then you have surely heard the name Richard Donner. The man was the director behind 1978’s original live-action adaptation of Superman, and his vision of the hero still resonates with fans today. The film, which featured Christopher Reeves playing Clark Kent, was an action-packed ride that pitted the hero against his nemesis Lex Luthor. And, now, a group of fans recently discovered a clever nod to the director’s film in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Over on Reddit, @halast posted the sneaky nod after having watched the 2016 film for the fifth time. In the image, fans can see a wall of newspapers collected which various headlines, but there is one very familiar story tacked up. To the right, there is a headline that reads, “Superman Shifts Tectonic Plate; Prevents Devastating Earthquake.”

As fans know, Superman: The Movie featured a very similar event. The film followed Lex Luthor as the villain tried to wipe out the California coastline by forcing the San Adreas Fault to crack. When the baddie’s plans began to unfold, Superman was there to save the day. The hero was seen reconnecting the tectonic plates to prevent a massive earthquake that would have obliterated the sunny state.

You can check out the rest of the Batman v Superman easter eggs gathered by ComicBook.com here.

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

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Directed by Zack Snyder, the film features Oscar-winner Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) as Superman/Clark Kent and also stars Oscar nominees Amy Adams (American Hustle, Man of Steel) as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) as Lex Luthor, Diane Lane (Unfaithful, Man of Steel) as Martha Kent, and Laurence Fishburne (What’s Love Got to Do with It, Man of Steel) as Perry White; Oscar winners Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune) as Alfred, and Holly Hunter (The Piano) as Senator Finch; and Gal Gadot (the Fast and Furious films) as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and its Ultimate Edition are now available on Digital HD and Blu-ray.

From: http://comicbook.com/dc/2017/02/14/batman-v-superman-easter-egg-1978-superman/

‘Watchmen’ Is Joining Superman And Batman In The DC Comics …

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One of the big mysteries of DC Comics‘ big reboot event Rebirth is what, exactly, the Watchmen have to do with the whole thing. One of the dangling plot threads in the reboot was that Batman found, wedged in the wall of the cave, a certain button with some “bean juice” on it, and that the original ginger Wally West was removed from time by, supposedly, Doctor Manhattan. Well, in April, we’re going to find out just what the Watchmen have to do with all this.

Watchmen, of course, is Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ seminal ’80s superhero story about a set of optimistic ’60s heroes slamming smack into the crime, blight and moral darkness of the 1980s. It’s also been one of DC’s top selling graphic novels ever since it first arrived. But DC has been, with one or two exceptions, fairly strict about keeping Night Owl, Rorschach, and the rest of the gang firmly away from its superheroes. But, come April, Batman, written by Tom King and drawn by Jason Fabok, and The Flash, written by Joshua Williamson and drawn by Howard Porter, will answer it with the crossover The Button, crossing issues #21 and #22 in both books. We assume there will be a Bat-beating for everybody, but especially the Comedian. That guy was really a jerk. We’ll find out in April. In the meantime, DC’s sent along some neat GIFs of the covers, including a hint that Reverse-Flash might be involved. Or, at least, really wishes he wasn’t:

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From: http://uproxx.com/hitfix/watchmen-rebirth-dc-comics/

‘Lego Batman’ Phantom Zone Dives Deep Into Superman Canon

The following contains spoilers for ‘The Lego Batman Movie’.

Everyone knew The Lego Batman Movie was going to be fun, but fans didn’t anticipate how heavily steeped in comics canon the story would be. Most of the movie’s plot actually revolves around Batman trying to kidnap Joker from Arkham and send him to “The Phantom Zone”.

The film briefly alludes to this ethereal dimension as being a place only Superman has access to, and Batman uses Robin to steal the tools he needs to send Joker there. Of course, once Joker arrives in the Phantom Zone, he realizes that it’s populated with villains from Lego-ized fantasy and science fiction properties, including Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and The Matrix. Some of all this kooky madness is actually comics accurate, so let’s explore.

In Lego Batman, the Phantom Zone is overseen by a multicolored sentient Lego brick named Phyllis (Ellie Kemper). When speaking to Joker, Phyllis mentions that she works for an unknown female leader of the Zone, but the movie doesn’t elaborate on that point at all. The purple and white alternate dimension acts as a prison for baddies across Lego universes, which is similar to the role it plays in DC comics. After many issues in which Superman and his friends use the Phantom Zone the same way Batman uses Arkham Asylum, it’s revealed that the Zone is actually the underworld. The only person able to enter and exit the Zone at will is a superhero called Phantom Girl.

The Phantom Zone as it appeared in 'The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe'The Phantom Zone as it appeared in 'The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe'

Through Superman comics and adaptations, the Phantom Zone is usually accessed by way of triangular-shaped spaceships, or by a ray similar to the one Lego Batman steals from the Fortress of Solitude.

In some storylines, Superman and his buddies send wounded good guys into the Phantom Zone temporarily, because the dimension stops the human need for food, water, and medicine. It’s an extra-dimensional form of stasis, but The Lego Batman Movie doesn’t use that particular facet.

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If we understand the Lego Batman Movie as representing yet another alternate DC universe, in which all the characters know they’re made of Lego bricks, it makes canonical sense that the Lego Phantom Zone would house evildoers across franchises. We learn after the villains are released into Lego Gotham that the inhabitants of the city don’t know exactly who each of the monsters is. Batman and the Bat family call the Eye of Sauron things like “that evil eye,” and they only seem to know the Gremlins as “‘80s monsters.” The disconnect is a nice little tidbit of dramatic irony, as the viewer gets to see familiar characters battling each other, though the characters themselves don’t know what’s going on.

The Lego Batman Movie hits theaters February 9.

Photos via DC Entertainment (1, 2, 3)

Emily lives in Brooklyn, where she reads comics and feeds her pet rats.

From: https://www.inverse.com/article/27632-lego-batman-wphantom-zone

‘Superman’ #18 Launches ‘Reborn’, Builds On ‘Rebirth’ [Preview]

Cover by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray
Cover by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray

 

The threads left dangling in DC Rebirth are being picked up in Superman #18, written by Peter Tomasi with art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray. It’s the first part of “Superman Reborn,” a crossover running through Superman and Action Comics, and it sees the return of Mr. Oz, the mysterious figure who’s been meddling in the DC Universe and kidnapping people who seem to have something to do with the pre-Flashpoint timeline.

In this preview we learn that someone has escaped from Mr. Oz’s prison. We don’t know who it is, but they may be about to bring the Mr. Oz situation to a head. Superman #18 is out March 1, and features a variant cover by Gary Frank.

 

Art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray
Art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray
Art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray
Art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray
Art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray
Art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray
Art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray
Art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray
Variant Cover by Gary Frank
Variant Cover by Gary Frank

 

Here’s the official word from DC Comics:

“SUPERMAN REBORN” part one! In DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1, the enigmatic Mr. Oz told this Superman, “You and your family are not what you believe you are. And neither was the fallen Superman.” Now, in the first Rebirth crossover between SUPERMAN and ACTION COMICS, the shocking truth behind Oz’s words is revealed. It begins with one of Oz’s prisoners escaping, and ends in a tragic moment for Lois and Superman.

* The covers by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray and the variant covers by Gary Frank for SUPERMAN #18-19 and ACTION COMICS #975-976 will connect to form a single vertical image.

 

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From: http://comicsalliance.com/superman-18-reborn-preview/

ICYMI: ‘New Super-Man’ Re-Introduced The Oldest Character In DC Comics History

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Viktor Bogdanovic Mike Spicer / DC Comics

 

New Super-Man has been one of DC‘s most enjoyable straight-up superhero titles since the launch of DC Rebirth, and one of the best things about it is the way it embraces risks and shakes up the status quo with the same confidence exhibited by its title character.

However, in this week’s issue of New Super-Man, Gene Luen Yang and Billy Tan drop what may prove to be the most shocking cliffhanger of the year as they bring back the oldest character in DC Comics history.

NOTE: Spoilers follow for New Super-Man #8. If you plan on reading it, go do that now!

New Super-Man #8 is a really great issue, packed with key moments not just for Kong Kenan, but for the entire core cast, which has grown to include Wang Baixi and Peng Deilan, the Bat-Man and Wonder-Woman of China’s Justice League.

So far, the series has stayed rooted in China, but as it prepares to go global, Yang and Tan have brought back the mystery Superman Zero from “The Final Days of Superman,” who is approached by a shadowy benefactor who claims there would be no superheroes without him. This leads to the shocking final page:

 

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Billy Tan, Haining, Gadson Dave Sharpe / DC Comics

 

Yes, that is the character from the front cover of Detective Comics #1, and when he says “I am the very beginning” he’s certainly not wrong.

The character’s name is Fui Onyui, and he not only appeared in the very first issue of Detective Comics, he’s also a creation of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, debuting in a Slam Bradley story that predates Action Comics #1 by over a year.

Fui Onyui only made one more appearance, in the pages of Detective Comics #22 — five issues before the debut of Batman — and his existence is something of a stain on DC’s record. The character is a racist “Yellow Peril” stereotype of a Chinese man, and even his name is a labored pun, dreamed up solely to give Slam Bradley’s sidekick the opportunity to say “Phooey on youie” after his defeat.

 

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Vincent Sullivan / DC Comics

 

In the hands of most writers, the return of Fui Onyui might seem like a misguided attempt at reclamation, but Gene Luen Yang might be the one person capable of pulling it off. He dealt with breaking down offensive stereotypes in his acclaimed book American Born Chinese in 2006, and in 2012 he worked with Sonny Liew on The Shadow Hero to bring back forgotten Golden Age Asian superhero The Green Turtle.

Still, hearkening back to the comics industry’s earliest days of stereotypes and caricatures is an incredibly risky proposition. All eyes will be on Yang to see where he takes this story next.

 

Next: The Best DC Comics For Young Readers

From: http://comicsalliance.com/icymi-gene-luen-yang-new-super-man-fui-onyui/

Preview: SUPERMAN #18 kicks off “Superman Reborn” in mysterious fashion

Presumably, it’s all been leading to this…Mr. Oz, the mysterious other Clark Kent, Superman’s blue glowing hand. What does it all mean? With “Superman Reborn”, the upcoming 4 issue crossover between Superman and Action Comics, it looks as though some answers are in the offing.

Take a look below at a preview for the first installment in Superman #18, written by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, with art by Gleason and Mick Gray, and releases on March 1st

“SUPERMAN REBORN” part one! In DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1, the enigmatic Mr. Oz told this Superman, “You and your family are not what you believe you are. And neither was the fallen Superman.” Now, in the first Rebirth crossover between SUPERMAN and ACTION COMICS, the shocking truth behind Oz’s words is revealed. It begins with one of Oz’s prisoners escaping, and ends in a tragic moment for Lois and Superman.

* The covers by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray and the variant covers by Gary Frank for SUPERMAN #18-19 and ACTION COMICS #975-976 will connect to form a single vertical image.

 

From: http://www.comicsbeat.com/preview-superman-18-kicks-off-superman-reborn-in-mysterious-fashion/

Why is the Chinese Superman getting a villain who’s a Chinese stereotype? It’s all part of a plan.

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When originally offered the chance to write a new, Chinese Superman for DC Comics, writer and MacArthur “genius grant” recipient Gene Luen Yang turned down the opportunity because he felt the series could be a “cultural and political land mine.”

After changing his mind and becoming the writer on “New Super-Man,” Yang is now set to reintroduce one of DC Comics’ oldest bad guys, who some might say is the embodiment of political incorrectness.

Ching Lung, whose appearance on the cover of the very first issue of Detective Comics back in 1937 predates the first appearance of Superman in 1938, will appear on the final pages of “New Super-Man” No. 8 (available Feb. 8 both in print and digitally).

Ching Lung will go up against Chinese Superman Kong Kenan and the Justice League of China, a group of young teen superheroes that includes the Batman and Wonder Woman of China.

Ching Lung is considered now to be a “yellow peril villain,” as he was originally designed to fuel the fears some Americans had of the Chinese in the 1930s. So he may be a surprising choice to bring into a series that has embraced diversity and fit into a market trend of taking famous superhero mantles and placing them on new characters of color — even if he’s coming in as an antagonist.

But Yang, who is Chinese American, said he felt the character fits into DC’s “rebirth” era, which has re-energized DC’s fan base by going back to the characters’ basics, after the polarizing New 52 era of constant reinvention. Yang said the reset approach shouldn’t only apply to the publisher’s good aspects.

“If Rebirth is about embracing the history of the DC universe, then we do have to go back to the very beginning, right?” Yang told The Post’s Comic Riffs. “If we really want to embrace who we are as Americans, we have to look at both the good and the bad and the pretty and the ugly of our history. If rebirth is about reclaiming a lot of DC’s past, we also have to examine some of the ugly stuff, too. So that’s what we’re hoping to do.”


Ching Lung appeared in the first issue of “Detective Comics” in 1937. The villain is seen here in issue No. 8 of “New Super-Man,” where he will meet DC’s Chinese Superman, Kong Kenan.

What’s also surprising is that the design of Ching Lung in “New Super-Man” almost mirrors his original 1930s design, which may seem offensive to modern eyes (and is very different from the typical style of “New Super-Man” artist Billy Tan). That is intentional. After trying out new, more modern designs, Yang thought it best to go back to the original one.

“I thought if we redesign Ching Lung, we will actually be introducing a new form of yellow peril. And that is definitely something that I was not interested in doing,” Yang said. “The purpose is not necessarily to kick up old stereotypes as it is to comment on them. My hope is at the end of all of the story line, the entire long arc that deals with Ching Lung, that a reader will be able to see it as both a comment on the past and evidence of how far we’ve come.” (Lung appears on the last page of No. 8, and his story line won’t be revealed until later issues.)

That’s not to say that Yang and his editors at DC Comics didn’t struggle with the decision to bring back Ching Lung.

“We were very thoughtful about [the return of Ching Lung],” Yang said. “I think that the two dominant emotions that I had going into the publication of issue No. 8, is a little bit of fear, I’m worried about how the readers are going to take to it, and the second is, I feel proud. I feel proud of playing a small part in the history of DC Comics and the history of American comics in general.”

Yang also pointed out that the character shows how far DC Comics has come.

“DC began with this yellow-peril image,” Yang said. “It’s basically a two-dimensional stereotype that was used to dehumanize an entire people. And now DC has taken its most important symbol, the Superman S, and stuck it on a Chinese character. Now we’re creating this three-dimensional Chinese hero.”

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From: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2017/02/07/why-is-the-chinese-superman-getting-a-villain-whos-a-chinese-stereotype-its-all-part-of-a-plan/

Why is the Chinese Superman getting a villain who’s a Chinese …

Courtesy of (Courtesy of DC Entertainment)

When originally offered the chance to write a new, Chinese Superman for DC Comics, writer and MacArthur “genius grant” recipient Gene Luen Yang turned down the opportunity because he felt the series could be a “cultural and political land mine.”

After changing his mind and becoming the writer on “New Super-Man,” Yang is now set to reintroduce one of DC Comics’ oldest bad guys, who some might say is the embodiment of political incorrectness.

Ching Lung, whose appearance on the cover of the very first issue of Detective Comics back in 1937 predates the first appearance of Superman in 1938, will appear on the final pages of “New Super-Man” No. 8 (available Feb. 8 both in print and digitally).

Ching Lung will go up against Chinese Superman Kong Kenan and the Justice League of China, a group of young teen superheroes that includes the Batman and Wonder Woman of China.

Ching Lung is considered now to be a “yellow peril villain,” as he was originally designed to fuel the fears some Americans had of the Chinese in the 1930s. So he may be a surprising choice to bring into a series that has embraced diversity and fit into a market trend of taking famous superhero mantles and placing them on new characters of color — even if he’s coming in as an antagonist.

But Yang, who is Chinese American, said he felt the character fits into DC’s “rebirth” era, which has re-energized DC’s fan base by going back to the characters’ basics, after the polarizing New 52 era of constant reinvention. Yang said the reset approach shouldn’t only apply to the publisher’s good aspects.

“If Rebirth is about embracing the history of the DC universe, then we do have to go back to the very beginning, right?” Yang told The Post’s Comic Riffs. “If we really want to embrace who we are as Americans, we have to look at both the good and the bad and the pretty and the ugly of our history. If rebirth is about reclaiming a lot of DC’s past, we also have to examine some of the ugly stuff, too. So that’s what we’re hoping to do.”


Ching Lung appeared in the first issue of “Detective Comics” in 1937. The villain is seen here in issue No. 8 of “New Super-Man,” where he will meet DC’s Chinese Superman, Kong Kenan.

What’s also surprising is that the design of Ching Lung in “New Super-Man” almost mirrors his original 1930s design, which may seem offensive to modern eyes (and is very different from the typical style of “New Super-Man” artist Billy Tan). That is intentional. After trying out new, more modern designs, Yang thought it best to go back to the original one.

“I thought if we redesign Ching Lung, we will actually be introducing a new form of yellow peril. And that is definitely something that I was not interested in doing,” Yang said. “The purpose is not necessarily to kick up old stereotypes as it is to comment on them. My hope is at the end of all of the story line, the entire long arc that deals with Ching Lung, that a reader will be able to see it as both a comment on the past and evidence of how far we’ve come.” (Lung appears on the last page of No. 8, and his story line won’t be revealed until later issues.)

That’s not to say that Yang and his editors at DC Comics didn’t struggle with the decision to bring back Ching Lung.

“We were very thoughtful about [the return of Ching Lung],” Yang said. “I think that the two dominant emotions that I had going into the publication of issue No. 8, is a little bit of fear, I’m worried about how the readers are going to take to it, and the second is, I feel proud. I feel proud of playing a small part in the history of DC Comics and the history of American comics in general.”

Yang also pointed out that the character shows how far DC Comics has come.

“DC began with this yellow-peril image,” Yang said. “It’s basically a two-dimensional stereotype that was used to dehumanize an entire people. And now DC has taken its most important symbol, the Superman S, and stuck it on a Chinese character. Now we’re creating this three-dimensional Chinese hero.”

Read more: 

The writer who helped kill Superman is bringing him new life

The one superhero who can fix DC Comics’s movies

From: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2017/02/07/why-is-the-chinese-superman-getting-a-villain-whos-a-chinese-stereotype-its-all-part-of-a-plan/

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