New Set Video From Man of Steel Captures Tornado Scene


Here’s the vid.

And here’s a photostream of the events.

The video is a little blurry but you can make out the Jet engines used to simulate the tornado. It’s pretty cool to see Pa Kent walk in the direction of the storm while everyone else runs away. That scene really captures where Clark gets his heroic nature from. I also personally love how the guy camped out in the bushes and narrated the whole thing like an Animal Planet special.

Man of Steel is an upcoming American superhero film under the development of Zack Snyder, Christopher Nolan, and David S. Goyer. Based on the DC Comics character Superman, the film will be a reboot of the Superman film series. Using Chicago as a backdrop, and with production to be based in west suburban Plano, the film entered principal photography in August 2011, for a planned theatrical release on June 14, 2013 by Warner Bros., which also includes IMAX venues.



Strikingly Different and Cool Superman Images

Superman is a comic book superhero appearing in publications by DC Comics, widely considered to be an American cultural icon. Created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian-born American artist Joe Shuster in 1932 while both were living in Cleveland, Ohio, and sold to Detective Comics, Inc. (later DC Comics) in 1938, the character first appeared in Action Comics #1 (June 1938) and subsequently appeared in various radio serials, television programs, films, newspaper strips, and video games. With the success of his adventures, Superman helped to create the superhero genre and establish its primacy within the American comic book. The character’s appearance is distinctive and iconic: a blue, red and yellow costume, complete with cape, with a stylized “S” shield on his chest. This shield is now typically used across media to symbolize the character.










DC Comics News 8/9/11: First Film Pics of Superman & Catwoman, And MORE NEW 52!

– The biggest DC news of the week was the release of the first official image of Henry Cavill as Superman for the Zack Synder directed, Chris Nolan produced “MAN OF STEEL”. A smaller version is to the left, with a much larger version at ( The film is set to be released on June 14th, 2013 – a date which was pushed back from the original target date of December 2012. Many have naturally commented on it – the lack of the S-curl harkens back to George Reeves from the 1950’s TV show, while the raised symbol and fabric have also inspired debate. Equally interesting news is that Lawrence Fishburne has been cast as DAILY PLANET editor-in-chief Perry White ( The role had previously been played by Jackie Cooper in the Richard Donner era films (1978-1987) and by Frank Lengella in 2006’s “SUPERMAN RETURNS”. Fishburne had raised some eyebrows in Hollywood after announcing he was leaving the CBS hit show “CSI” after only two seasons. Naturally, the practice of changing the ethnicity of a character in a film adaptation for the sake of diversity, or other reasons, has been common in comic adaptations for some time – it even has it’s own TV Trope ( Billy Dee Williams, after all, was cast as Harvey Dent in 1989’s “BATMAN”. Also appearing in the film are Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue, Russell Crowe, Julia Ormond, Christopher Meloni and Harry Lenni

– The L.A. Times had an interview with Warner Brothers film group president Jeff Robinov, which states that the studio not only continues to have plans for “GREEN LANTERN 2”, but may move forward on film adaptations for “THE FLASH” and “JUSTICE LEAGUE” – at least for now ( “GREEN LANTERN” has grossed $144 million domestically – which is a dud for a film that cost some $200 million to produce and another $100 million to promote – and has had an equally weak international run. Director Martin Campbell will be replaced for a potential sequel, although due to contract clauses, he may have to be bought out. A script for “GREEN LANTERN 2” has already been written, and Robinov states perhaps the most clichéd fix technique that Hollywood always relies on; the “need to make it a little edgier and darker with more emphasis on action” (along with more space sequences). In other words, less of a rip off of “IRON MAN”, more of a rip off of “STAR WARS”. Robinov states that there is “a solid script” for “THE FLASH”, although this is also the studio that went ahead with “JONAH HEX” last year. This could reek of hypocrisy to some audiences, as WB execs infamously claimed, in so many words, that action films starring women are always duds, which was why WONDER WOMAN was never getting a film treatment (which ignores the fact that many of such films are poorly written as well as the franchises that weren’t duds). A franchise starring a male hero can get an unlimited number of chances, while one headlined by a woman has to hit a grand slam immediately. Warner Brothers Home Video balked at doing a second animated DVD film of “WONDER WOMAN” not because the DVD sold poorly overall, but because it’s INITIAL sales for it’s debut week were low (the fact that it outsold “GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT” in overall sales wasn’t important). For SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE, a film that was mostly about Supergirl, the cover and promotions sought to hide this, and a BATGIRL animated film was nixed. Not surprisingly, WB animation director Lauren Montgomery eventually left the WB for other projects. However, WB sticking to GREEN LANTERN may due to having few good options for future summer blockbuster franchises. “THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS” debuts next year, but it will be Chris Nolan’s last as director, which makes any Batman films after a question mark. “MAN OF STEEL” comes out in 2013, but Superman’s last film (“SUPERMAN RETURNS”) massively underperformed, so he’s nowhere near the reliable revenue stream he was in the 80’s. HARRY POTTER is finished, despite every attempt to stretch it out (making 7 films out of a series that had 6 books). So much money was already sunk into “GREEN LANTERN” that WB may have no choice but to stick with it until the rings sell – especially since Geoff Johns is a major figure at DC Entertainment now and GL is his pet franchise. While WB have more than enough reason to want to do a “JUSTICE LEAGUE” film, as they are watching Marvel Studios build up to an “AVENGERS” film before them, the strategy of having every franchise be it’s own universe may doom it.


WB released another big image from one of their upcoming superhero films – the first of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in Chris Nolan’s “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES” ( In it, she seems to have stolen Batman’s motorcycle (the Batpod) – unless the dark knight (Christian Bale) lets her ride it as an ally, as he infamously let Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) handle the Batmobile/Tumbler/Bat-Tank in “BATMAN BEGINS”. Selina Kyle is in a cat-suit and hi-tech goggles, but it remains to be seen if she has her infamous cat-mask. Another angle of the suit can be seen from a snap of a stunt double filming the scene ( Given how the Nolan universe goes for “realism” as much as possible, it is possible Kyle may simply be a thief dubbed Catwoman by the media and may not wear her well known ears. This would be Catwoman’s first appearance in a film since the Razzie winning “CATWOMAN” starring Halle Berry was unleashed against moviegoers in 2004.

Bill Willingham – a longtime DC writer who has worked on JSA, SHADOWPACT, and FABLES – made some interesting Tweets recently regarding what he saw as problems writing DC superheroes ( To put it mildly, he grouses about how editors changing ideas on the fly mangled his stories and made them more of a chore to write. Perhaps this is a microcosm of DC Comics’ ills for years, and why they have struggled to outsell Marvel. The first step towards recovery is admitting one has a problem, after all.

DC has updated their “THE NEW 52 AND YOU” promotional statement ( to comic book retailers which answers some sought questions ( How can Batman have five Robins if he has only been around five years now? Robins are “an intern program”. This naturally didn’t answer the question of why there can only be one Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), when two others have filled that cape – the second, Cassandra Cain, starred in her own series which ran over five years. DC also is stressing their commitment to female creators after being called out on it at the San Diego Comic Con, and are committed to timely releases. Rumor is that creators may be bumped for missing deadlines. Finally, they plan to ship 13 new titles a week during September to get them all out. It also notes which of the titles will cost more than $2.99 and that FLASHPOINT is important – which may be too little, too late to keep it from being outsold by the underperforming FEAR ITSELF from Marvel.

– In a sign of DC Entertainment’s restructuring, the staff of their WILDSTORM imprint had a final lunch, and DC’s New York offices shift from having five floors to two or three as much of DC moves to Burbank, California (

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Comic-book bonanza: Donor gives UofL library a pop-culture treasure-trove – Louisville Courier

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Dick Wilson was a grade-school Army brat kicking around Japan when he bought his first comic book, a used Superman title that he got from a fellow brat for half off the cover price: a nickel instead of a dime.

“I still remember that cover,” said Wilson, 59, a Louisville native. “The book is long gone, though.”

Wilson’s fondness for the medium remains, however. He has pursued comics for 52 years, with a special affinity for Disney’s classic “Uncle Scrooge” books, but his collection contains everything from Batman and Spider-Man to “Gunsmoke.”

Check that: It used to be his collection.

Wilson and his wife, Ardi, have donated around 2,000 choice comics to the University of Louisville’s Ekstrom Library, where they form the foundation of what library officials hope will become a carefully curated comic archive much like the famous one at the Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Tonight, the collection will make its public debut with an open reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Rare Books Kain Gallery at Ekstrom. It will remain on display through Oct. 7.

“The whole thing about this is to be able to share something I really love, and I do love them,” said Wilson, senior vice president of investments for The Trident Group. “A lot of people my age start thinking about legacy, leaving something that people will remember. This is so cool to have an institution like U of L say, ‘Hey, we’ll embrace this, we’ll take care of it, we’ll help spread the message.’

“I felt like it would be insane to not give them to Ekstrom.”

Unlike hard-core speculators, Wilson has largely collected only books that he loves. A complete run of the “Uncle Scrooge” books, first written and drawn by Carl Barks and later by Louisvillian Don Rosa, makes up a large chunk of the 2,000 books, but Wilson also made it a point to buy nice copies of any rare comic book when he found one.

He has also sold a few, much to his chagrin. He sold his 1963 copy of “X-Men No. 1” in 1979 for $120 and was plenty happy. In April , a near mint copy sold for $200,000. Still, plenty of nice books remain.


August 6, 2011: San Diego Comic-Con International Recap

Okay… so a hundred and thirty thousand people walk into a convention center… Sounds like the beginning of a joke doesn’t it? But, in this case it’s true! And the number is an accurate tally!

Every July, thousands upon thousands of people of all ages invade San Diego for the monstrous event called Comic Con International.

Years ago, Comic Con ceased to be merely a comic book and sci/fi convention. Instead, it has morphed into a multimedia extravaganza where the elite producers, directors and stars of Hollywood join in the festivities to give their fans a thrilling sneak peek into the latest movies, TV shows, video games and anything else that brings the “geek” out in the attending masses.

The convention center itself is divided up into several sections. The Dealer Room/Exhibit area, which takes up all of the downstairs; the Panel Rooms, which are mainly located upstairs along the hallways; and the Autograph Area, also located upstairs. As an extra bonus, off in the corner of the Autograph Area is a group of curtained off booths. Within these booths, young, wannabe comic book artists can show their portfolios to industry professionals

Many stars appeared over the weekend. The A-List stars confining themselves to panels where fans were treated to discussions about their latest projects. Steven Speilberg, Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig, for example, were there promoting “Cowboys And Aliens”. Mark Hamill, Kevin Conroy, Jim Lee and Paul Dini were on hand to promote the new video game, Batman: Arkham City. And there was a panel with writers Grant Morrison and J. Michael Straczynski entitled “DC Superman: How does the Man of Steel fit into the new DC Universe” that rises in September.

The one panel I was able to attend was for a new comic book series in production called Flesh and Blood. The premise would be taking short horror stories, illustrating and anthologizing them in the style of the old EC Comics (Tales From The Crypt) and have each story introduced, Crypt-Keeper style, by Bela Lugosi in his prime. I took a picture of the panel, and the white-haired fellow, second from the left, is none other than Bela Lugosi, Jr. He was there as creative Consultant on the project.

In the Autograph Area I got to hobnob with the likes of James Hong (Big Trouble in Little China), Larry Thomas (Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi), Richard Hatch (Battlestar Gallactica), Vernon Wells (Mad Max and Power Rangers) and Lee Meriwether (Catwoman).

Over the weekend, you never know who (or what) you’re going to see and I saw many familiar faces!

All in all, this was, I believe, my fifth time as a guest, and I was very excited to be there! Just as a year without going to Metropolis, IL for the Superman Celebration would not be a good year for me, I can say the same for Comic Con.

I have friends at both events and my life has been made richer because of them. If you ever get a chance to attend Comic Con International (every July), by all means go! You won’t regret it!!

Jeffrey Breslauer

Superman Super Site
Contributing Writer


August 5, 2011: Reactions to First "Man of Steel" Superman Photo

The Superman Homepage contacted a number of celebrities and personalities in the Superman world, from comic book writers and artists to film and television actors, to get their reaction to the first image of Henry Cavill as Superman released for “Man of Steel”.

Here below are the first batch of answers we received. Look for more in the week ahead.

“It looks interesting. I’m not really crazy about the texturing, but I like the cape attachment. I need to see it in motion before I make a judgement call. It’s certainly an effective first image, although I do wander if it reflects the tone of the movie.” – Jamal Igle (Comic Book Artist)

“WOW! Henry Cavill looks powerful, majestic, and ready to beat the hell out of some bad guys! I’m now more psyched for “Man of Steel” than I was before, and I didn’t think that was possible! I love the way the cape comes off of his shoulders, too. Great looking Superman.” – Sterling Gates (Comic Book Writer)

“Looks Cool! I always liked the rugged Superman. Smart of them to show him doing something “Super” for the first pic released instead of a pose. Seems fresh and reverent. The royal colors on the suit look nice. Very Majestic!” – Scott Cranford (Previous Official Town Superman for Metropolis, Illinois)

“To be honest I’m not at all thrilled or impressed. The colors are too dark for Superman, I know that they are wanting an edgier story and version of Superman but he represents light and purity. Also there are no red trunks. I feel they are trying to make the suit edgy and hip with the raised rubber ridges, like Spider-man but there is no need to do that with such an iconic character as Superman. As Richard Donner, said Verisimilitude, stay true to the character and story. He’s been around for nearly 75 years, people know what they want and like. These execs today at Warners make things more difficult than they need to be.” – Josh Boultinghouse (Official Town Superman for Metropolis, Illinois)

“I think it was the right choice to present a dramatic and dynamic first pic of the costume instead of any of the classic poses that we’ve seen a million times before. This pic has an air of kick-ass-ery that is badly needed for our dear ol’ Superman. I still think they went a little dark on the color scheme but that could be the lighting. Either way – lookin’ good!” – Brandon T. Snider (Writer)

“Henry Cavill looks badass as Superman. So excited for 2013.” – Jim Lee (DC Comics Co-Publisher)

“Plastic man” – Jeff East (Actor)

“I keep making a terrible pun. I’m reminded of a phrase that’s frequently used by the critic John Simon: Only a churl would Cavill. Meaning, he certainly *looks* like the comics’ image of the character. And we know he can act, sort of, though so far he hasn’t really been called on to do much more onscreen than preen and posture in a sulky pretty-boy sort of way. It will all depend on whether he can sound credibly like he was raised in Kansas or sounds more like James Bond in Spandex. This will make or break the performance, especially if they want us to believe that the adoptive father from whom he’s learned Englishis everybody’s favorite Walking Bowl of Tapioca, the Bandit of Sherman Oaks. I note with some amusement that the photo seems carefully chosen to be coy about whether he’s wearing red panties or not. Beyond that, there’s not much to say except that Cavill is fortunate that the bar has not been set very high; after Brandon Routh and his clunky Christopher Reeve impression, there’s nowhere to go but up.” – Martin Pasko (Comic Book Writer)

The final word from this batch of responses goes to Jon Bogdanove (Comic Book Artist)…

“I’m genuinely optimistic about the new Superman blockbuster. I haven’t seen The Tudors, but I think it’s reasonable to assume that Cavill will be pretty good. Since Superman abandoned his U.S. citizenship, I don’t see any reason he shouldn’t be played by a British actor. It seems half the actors in Hollywood are British now, anyway. Maybe it has something to do with education.

Anyway, I think this publicity still looks pretty good. I love the Golden Age-inspired “S” shield. I rather hope the finished version won’t look quite so textured or raised. A frustration to modern costumers, I think, is the plain-ness of Superman’s design. As the prototype for all comic book superheroes, his costume is absolutely old-school, basic– holding more in common with 19th century circus strongmen and aerialists than with the high-tech molded armor of movie Batmen. Also, since canonically it was literally knitted by Ma Kent from the fibers of Kal-El’s baby blankets, the costume should have a somewhat home-made look. The wool costumes worn by Kirk Alyn and George Reeves are probably closer to the mark than the shiny spandex of the disco era version, but at least Chris Reeve’s costume didn’t arbitrarily elaborate on the comic book design.

I totally understand the commercial and artistic impulse to trick up the old, rugged cape and tights. DC itself can’t resist changing things up occasionally. But personally, I’m a bit of a purist. Rubberized bodysuits and plasticized “S” shields, adorable electric skating unitards or new panty-less turtle-neck armor just feel like emperor’s new clothes to me. Perhaps the best effect of these variants is that they re-invigorate my appreciation for the original. Meanwhile, the basic costume remains the world’s most recognizable brand identity, so why mess with the “S”?

Ultimately, what will make or break Man of Steel is story. I think Christopher Nolan and David Goyer are absolutely capable of doing it very well indeed. I hope they aren’t being pressured to force Superman into Batman’s mold too much. The gray tone of the colors in this photo are cause for concern that somebody thinks Batman’s formula for success is applicable to Superman, too. Most of us think that Superman and Batman are the Yin and Yang of each other. In many ways visually and thematically, Superman is the opposite of The Dark Knight. I hope Nolan and Goyer can take on Superman on his own terms.

A fun coincidence for me is that this movie’s working title is Man of Steel, and the comic I’m most known for is Superman: The Man of Steel. Even more coincidental is the similarity between Cavill’s pose in this photo and a signature Superman motif of mine, exemplified by the cover to Superman: RetroActive 1990s (on sale Aug. 24th). :)” – Jon Bogdanove (Comic Book Artist)


Collection of nearly 2000 comics set for display

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Batman and Superman will have a new temporary home at the University of Louisville’s Ekstrom Library.

The two superheros, along with a host of other comic characters, will be on display as part of a collection of nearly 2,000 vintage comic books in the Rare Books Gallery at the library.

The opening reception for The Ardi and Dick Wilson Comics Collection is scheduled for Aug. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. The full exhibit will be on display through Oct. 7.

Local philanthropists Ardi and Dick Wilson donated the collection, The Courier-Journal ( ) reported. Dick Wilson began collecting the comics several decades ago, and the collection contains such comics as X-Men, Batman, Superman, Howard the Duck, Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge as well as cult favorites Devil Dinosaur and Man-Thing.

Information from: The Courier-Journal,

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Why do we care if Perry White is black?


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Perry White and Spider-Man are both black now. Well, kind of. Laurence Fishburne will play the editor of the Daily Planet in the 2013 Superman reboot, and a mixed-race teenager named Miles Morales is taking over webslinging duties in Marvel’s “Ultimate” universe. Now, you could argue that these changes aren’t “real.” (If you pick up a typical Spider-Man comic book, Spidey’s alter ego is still the indisputably caucasian Peter Parker. If you pick up a Superman comic book, Perry White is still very much his last name.) You could also point out both Perry White and Spider-Man are fictional creations who have never existed, so technically they could be played by unicorns with German accents, and the characters wouldn’t care, because they are not real people. You could even note that race is an illusion, since in another couple hundred years we’ll be multi-racial Vin Diesel lookalikes, except for the anxious white people who will leave Earth to colonize Neptune and rename it “Planet Bob Jones,” which will have great food and terrible music.

But a quick tour through the EW comment boards indicates that people do care — and they care hard. Some commenters make decent, arguable points: “Changing Spider Man’s race smacks of Political Correctness gone uber-wild,” says Ken. But there is also an intriguing gut reaction that pops up whenever matters of race pop up in the comic book world — a kind of strict-constrictionist defense. Here’s a typical comment, from a commenter named Kagome:

Now, this is a silly argument, but keep in mind: We are talking about rather silly things. Perry White is not really a “character” at all, at least not the way that Jay Gatsby is a character, or Michael Corleone is a character. White has appeared in comics for over 70 years, which means that literally generations of comic book fans have enjoyed his fictional presence. When I was reading comics in the ’90s, there was an extended moving subplot in which White battled cancer — there was an incredible issue that was just about White experiencing the terrors of chemotherapy.

But the cancer went into remission, and White returned to the Daily Planet. Like most mainstream comic book icons, White is essentially just a collection of unchanging personality traits — irascible, faintly annoyed, old-fashioned — that can be plugged into an infinite array of contexts. Make him African American, make him gay, make him a woman — none of it fundamentally alters his DNA. There are irascible old-fashioned black lesbian newspaper editors in this world, after all. (And who cares if there aren’t? Great art very often invents people who don’t exist yet.)

I’m basically repeating what Idris Elba said last year, after there was a mini-uproar online over his casting as the classically-white Heimdall in Thor. “Thor has a hammer that flies to him when he clicks his fingers. That’s OK, but the color of my skin is wrong?” Elba later told EW’s Mandi Bierly, “I just had to comment on [the uproar] because I found it so ridiculous.” It’s obvious which side of the debate I fall on — I’m the guy who thinks Beyoncé should play Wonder Woman.

But I realize that this line of argumentation drives strict-constrictionist comic book fans crazy. So allow me to play Devil’s Advocate for a second and note that there is a larger problem with color-blind casting: The blindness thing. Because even if we want to deny it, it does mean something that Perry White is a black man. Laurence Fishburne was born in 1961, which means that the version of Perry White who appears in Man of Steel grew up during the era of the Civil Rights Movement.

If we assume that he has been working in the media for most of his adult life, that means that Perry White has been a journalist during landmark moments in the history of American race relations. Journalists are opinionated loudmouths. White probably has an opinion about the Rodney King beating, and about the election of Barack Obama, and about the horrible statistics about African American men in prison. But none of this will come up in Man of Steel, because it is a movie about an illegal alien who wins over the American public by virtue of looking handsome a superhero. The well-intentioned M.O. of Hollywood entertainments is to essentially pretend that racial differences don’t exist.

Maybe that’s a good thing — a helpful lie that we can all agree upon until humanity evolves beyond racist grandmothers and controversies about horrific language in literary masterpieces. What do you think, PopWatchers? Don’t be shy — we’re all friends here.

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Read more:
Laurence Fishburne cast as Perry White in ‘Man of Steel’ — EXCLUSIVE
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Henry Cavill Reveals Which Superman Comics Are Preparing Him For Man Of Steel

Henry Cavill was at SDCC last week(or was that two weeks ago now?) speaking about his latest movie Tarsem’s Immortals, and showing off his newly dyed black Superman do. So off course a few questions were leveled at the young actor about stepping into the boots and cape of The Man Of Steel in Zack Snyder’s currently shooting reboot.

io9 ask him about his preparation for the role..

1o9: How is your Clark Kent coming along?

HC: Coming along very well, thank you.

What comic books did you read to prepare for this character? For Superman?

I read as much as I possibly could, so yeah, I mean I just got the DC Comics app, downloaded as much as I could, got as many of the comic books sent to me in the mail as I could, and just immersed myself in the character as much as possible.

Were there any few authors that you loved the best?

You’re going to catch me out on the authors, I’m afraid. I did love Superman: Doomsday, The Death of Superman, Superman Returns, The New Krypton Saga especially, Red Son. Red Son was cool because it had the alternate story line. A lot of them I love, but recently, the one I read most recently was The New Krypton Saga, and I really enjoyed that.

Now of course none of that means any plot elements will be taken from Cavill’s reading choices, but I’m sure that wont stop us speculating. I gotta say, I do like his choices anyway. Although conspicuous by it’s absence is Superman: Birthright which has long been rumored to have heavily influenced the plot of Snyder’s movie. Nothing has officially been confirmed or debunked on that thus far.

Click the link below to read more from Cavill on Immortals and watch a vid of the interview.



August 2, 2011: Superman Comics Shipping This Week

Diamond Comics has released the list of comic books and other items shipping this week. Here are the Superman related items in that list…

Shipping This Week: August 3, 2011.

The following products are expected to ship to comic book specialty stores this week. Note that this list is tentative and subject to change. Please check with your retailer for availability.

Click on the magnifying glass icon () next to a comic’s title to view a sneak peek at the pages within.

  • SUPERBOY #10
  • SUPERMAN #714


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