5 comics to read this April, from vampire Veronica to 80 years of Superman

“April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain,” is how T.S. Eliot began his iconic modernist poem The Waste Land back in 1922. Nearly a century later, April remains a month of contradictions — at least in the realm of comics. EW’s list of comic books to check out this month brings together all kinds of heroes and villains, from across space and time, in unlikely ways.

Action Comics #1000 (DC)
Various writers and artists

This year marks the 80th anniversary of Action Comics #1, when Superman first arrived on the pages of newsstand comics and changed pop culture forever. DC is celebrating in style with this jam-packed issue. In addition to bringing back Superman’s red trunks (which had been excised from the character’s costume during his 2011 redesign), Action Comics #1000 will also feature the DC debut of longtime Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis, who will follow this issue by writing multiple Superman comics for the foreseeable future. Bendis isn’t alone, however: The massive roster of creators on the super-sized Action Comics #1000 includes Batman writer Tom KingSuperman movie director Richard Donner, the DC Rebirth Superman team of Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, longtime Superman writer and artist Dan Jurgens, Brad Meltzer with John Cassady, Scott Snyder with Tim Sale, and many more. Any fan of the Man of Steel would do well to check out this very special issue.  

Order it here.

Exiles #1-2 (Marvel)
Saladin Ahmed (writer), Javier Rodriguez (artist)

This month sees the release of Black Bolt #12, the final issue in an incredible series that redefined the Inhuman king and challenged the use of prisons in a superhero story. (Among other things, it earned a place on EW’s favorite comics of 2017.) But fans shouldn’t worry too much, because Ahmed is sticking around at Marvel with Exiles, a new series about a team of dimension-hopping heroes. The lineup alone should get fans excited for whatever Ahmed and Rodriguez have in store: The mutant Blink leads a group that includes the Tessa Thompson version of Valkyrie, a battle-scarred Kamala Khan from a dystopian future, a young Kang the Conqueror, and a literal cute cartoon version of Wolverine. Read Ahmed’s breakdown of the lineup here, and note that the first two issues both land this month.

Order Exiles #1 here and Exiles # 2 here.

Vampironica #2 (Archie Comics)
Megan Smallwood (writer), Greg Smallwood (writer/artist)

If you think Archie and his friends get up to wild adventures on Riverdale, just remember that comics can always get weirder. While the main Archie comic carries on with normal high school adventures, Archie Comics’ other books take the characters into wildly different universes and genres. The Archies introduces the Riverdale kids to real-life bands like CHVRCHES, while more horror-themed titles like Jughead: The Hunger turn characters into monsters. Vampironica hails from the latter category, with its story of Veronica Lodge gaining vampiric powers and fighting undead monsters. But as seen in the first issue last month, Vampironica balances its supernatural shenanigans with interesting exploration of Veronica’s character.

“Veronica’s character has always had this brevity to her, you always know where she’s coming from — usually a place of selfishness or vanity,” Megan Smallwood told EW back in February. “As a fan, I’m used to her playing opposite to Betty’s good-naturedness, but Vampironica will be a little different in that aspect. The story and supporting cast is seen through Veronica’s perspective, and that lends itself well to building more complex aspects of her personality.”

Order it here.

Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander #1 (Dark Horse)
Frank Miller (writer/artist)

300 finally gets a sequel! Twenty years after Frank Miller first depicted the legendary last stand of Spartan warriors valiantly holding off overwhelming Persian invaders, the celebrated comic artist returns to continue the story of ancient Greece’s struggle with Persia. The first issue opens with the Battle of Marathon, and the rest of the series continues to explore the gradual fall of the Persian Empire and the rise of a new Greek force led by the young prodigy Alexander, who will one day grow up to be Great.

Order it here.

Deathstroke #30 (DC)
Christopher Priest (writer), Carlo Pagulayan (artist)

Christopher Priest’s Deathstroke run has been a DC standout since it first launched in 2016 as part of the DC Rebirth initiative. The comic just wrapped a fascinating multipart arc called “Defiance,” in which Deathstroke assembled a few young superheroes into his own superteam. Now that’s over and Deathstroke is back on his own, just in time to find himself face-to-face with the Dark Knight. The six-issue “Deathstroke vs. Batman” series-within-a-series kicks off this month. The showdown could foretell a coming cinematic showdown between the two (as teased by Joe Manganiello’s appearance as Deathstroke in the Justice League post-credits scene), but with Priest and Pagulayan at the helm, it’s a good bet these comics will be as entertaining as any movie.

Check here for a longer preview with Priest. Order Deathstroke #30 here.

From: http://ew.com/books/2018/04/03/april-comics-preview-actions-comics-1000-vampironica-exiles/

One of DC’s New Heroes is Revealed to be Stronger Than Superman

WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Damage #3 by Tony S. Daniel, Robert Venditti, Danny Miki and Tomeu Morey, in stores now.


Spinning out of the pages of Dark Nights: Metal, several new characters have been launched into their very own series under the “New Age of DC Heroes” banner. Leading the charge, both figuratively and literally, is the new super-strong DC hero named Damage.

The character’s origin borrows a more than a little bit of inspiration from Marvel’s Incredible Hulk: Private First Class soldier Ethan Every was turned into a super-soldier by the U.S. government, transforming into a super-strong, rage-fueled monster that smashes everything in its path. However, unlike the Hulk, Ethan only turns into Damage one hour per day. After that, he’s back to his regular, non-super-powered self.

RELATED: Damage #1 Introduces A New Take On A Classic DC Superteam

As a man, Ethan is just a soldier with basic, human limitations. But as Damage, he is pure, raw power. He is, without a doubt, incredibly strong. How strong? Well, as we discover in issue #3 of Tony S. Daniel and Robert Venditti’s Damage comic series, he is even stronger than Superman.

Damage and Wonder Woman fight

Ever since the debut of his series, Damage has proven what a fearsome force he is. Buildings fall in his wake, war-suit-wearing soldiers don’t stand a chance against him — in fact, entire armies can’t stop him. The team known as Suicide Squad XL went up against him … and was defeated in mere seconds. He punched his way through Giganta’s hand, he overwhelmed Parasite and Harley Quinn, Deadshot and Solomon Grundy were all ineffective against him.

Damage #3 reveals that it isn’t just the mid-level powerhouses who are ineffective in stopping him; the super-powered creature can hold up its own in a fight against Wonder Woman, for the better part of an hour. What’s more, it can overcome the effects of the Amazon Princess’ golden lasso.

RELATED: How the ‘New Age of DC Heroes’ Titles Tie Into Dark Nights: Metal

The fight between Damage and Wonder Woman is hard hitting and devastating. It leaves buildings crumbled to dust, and an entire city shaken. The only reason it ended in the first place is due to Damage’s one hour time limit. There is no telling how it would have ended were it not for this time constraint — perhaps even Wonder Woman would have fallen.

Later, Diana Prince reports back to Batman and Superman, telling them of her encounter. It’s here that the Amazon warrior, who has fought against gods, aliens and other super-powered beings, reveals that she has never before faced the level of strength Damage holds.

Damage Batman Superman Wonder Woman

“Never?” asks an incredulous, slightly shocked Superman, to which Diana simply offers silence. Wonder Woman knows Superman’s power levels, and the fact that she is silent when faced with the question is quite telling. Damage has proven himself even stronger than the Earth-bound Kryptonian, meaning that there aren’t many other characters out there stronger than him, on Earth or off.

In one fell swoop, we instantly got an idea of the levels of strength packed behind the punches of Damage, while positioning him as one of the DC Universe’s strongest characters. Not bad for a character with a mere three appearances to his name! We have no idea of his limits yet, but may get to learn just how strong he is when he faces the collective might of the Justice League.

KEEP READING: How the ‘New Age of DC Heroes’ Titles Tie Into Dark Nights: Metal

From: https://www.cbr.com/dc-comics-damage-stronger-than-superman/

Library of Congress Celebrates 80 Years of Superman




The Library of Congress (LOC) hosted a QA and book signing session on Thursday, March 29, with two legends of DC Comics. David Betancourt, a staff writer for the Washington Post, moderated the evening’s QA. Paul Levitz, a former publisher and president of DC, and Dan Jurgens, DC writer and artist, had much to share about their work and the legacy of the beloved character Superman.

DC hits not one, but two major milestones this year, reaching the 1,000th issue of its series Action Comics and commemorating 80 years of Superman. The LOC event coincides with Awesome Con, an annual pop culture and comic book convention also held in Washington, D.C.



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“Here’s something that was created that is still a living, growing, changing part of the culture,” said Levitz, marveling about the Kryptonian’s popularity. “Dan is writing it again. Movies are being made. The television series Krypton started a week ago looking at a different aspect of the character’s life. That’s an extraordinary thing in a culture that has the attention span of a mayfly.”

Fans may have noticed that Superman appears in recent comics and the newer Henry Cavill films without the red-trunks part of his Superman suit. It’s worth mentioning that those trunks make a comeback in the 1000th issue. Whether they stay remains to be seen. Jurgens, a longtime comic book artist best known for “The Death of Superman,” is a good panelist to weigh in on the subject because he’s drawn the iconic superhero both ways: with trunks and trunk-less. He confirmed to Betancourt that after the trunks went away, he continued to draw their outline in his underdrawings or preparatory sketches. “We always saw the trunks as part of the uniform as though it were all one piece, not necessarily something he put on the outside,” Jurgens shared.

The Man of Steel has been through many adventures over these 80 years. More recently, he and Lois Lane welcomed a son, Jonathan Kent, into their family. Jurgens sees a lot of potential in that storyline. He said, “If Superman is out there serving in terms of a beacon of hope and inspiration, and trying to guide those around him, would it be fun to do stories where we see him trying to do that as a parent? Is there some kind of duality there? Because ideally as a parent, you’re trying to be the exact same thing.”

supermanSuperman often joins forces with other superheroes in the DC universe, collaborations that continue to draw a lot of interest among fans. “When you put Superman among the other heroes, you really see his iconic nature because he’s fundamentally different from the rest of them,” said Levitz. “There are many other heroes that have incredible powers but in this mythology, he’s the primal figure. You see people reacting to him that way.”

It’s interesting to explore how the comic book industry has changed over the years. By the 1980s, the business model for selling comic books was changing. Initially, the newspaper stand was the only place to purchase comic books and when those started disappearing, companies faced a new challenge. “For a few years we were petrified we were never going to have new kids because we don’t have the newsstands to recruit them with,” Levitz recalled. “Turns out in fact, you can recruit people to read comics at a later age.I’m really comfortable that at this point we’re recruiting a lot of new people of all ages to come into comics. They’re just coming through very diverse paths, not the same that my generation came in.”

For more information about Superman’s legacy, be on the lookout for DC’s upcoming release of a special hardcover book called Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman.

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Soar into Alex Ross’ stunning Action Comics #1 Superman …

Electrifying comic artist and illustrator Alex Ross has become a global sensation in recent years, conjuring up a masterful portfolio of unforgettable covers for DC, Marvel, Dynamite, IDW, Image, Dark Horse, and Boom!.

In addition to his superb comic book work, Ross has contributed art to a number of special projects celebrating the anniversaries and legacies of pop culture sensations like The Beatles, Universal Monsters, Batman ’66, Flash Gordon, and The Wizard of Oz.

Since bursting onto the scene with Marvels and Kingdom Come in the ’90s, his name has become synonymous with a signature photo-realistic style and dramatic compositions that cut to the core of the superhero mythos and redefine the way we view caped crimefighters.

In an exclusive new team-up between SYFY WIRE and Alex Ross Art, we’ll be unveiling many limited-edition Alex Ross lithos, rare variant covers, con-only surprises, behind-the-scenes videos, signed posters, intriguing interviews, and contest giveaways all year long.

First out of the gate is this spectacular, limited-edition fine art lithograph titled, More Powerful Than A Locomotive.”

Celebrating the 80th anniversary of Superman this spring, Ross has manifested the Man of Steel in a bold reimagining of the iconic Action Comics #1 cover from June of 1938. This new star-lit tribute litho depicts Superman hoisting an auto over his head to the horror of ordinary citizens fleeing the chaotic scene.

“Most people coming to comics realize the historical importance of Superman,” Ross tells SYFY WIRE. “But I’ve always loved very specific traits of the character, and in fact, very specific versions. When I saw some reprints of the oldest comics with him, from the ’40s, I immediately fell in love with the art style from then. He looked very serious, very rough and ready… a character built for the era of the Second World War. I like to connect with that earliest version of him, to bring him back to those roots.”

Painted in dark, moody blues and projecting an essence of startling change, it will be available for purchase in limited quantity at the C2E2 comic convention in Chicago from April 6-8. Each signed-and-numbered artwork measures 16″ X 22″, includes a Certificate of Authenticity, and is printed on premium, 110-lb fine art paper via an exacting process that recreates all the magic and mystery in crystal clarity.

After its limited advance release at C2E2, this showstopping homage will have a full online debut on April 18, which corresponds to the original launch date of Action Comics #1.

Fans and collectors can join the wait list at Alex Ross Art starting March 30 at 10 a.m. ET, with a per-poster price of $195.

Will you run faster than a speeding bullet to buy one of these beautiful “More Powerful Than A Locomotive” tribute lithos?

From: http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/alex-ross-action-comics-1-superman-anniversary-litho

Library of Congress celebrates 80th anniversary of Superman

It’s a bird, it’s a plane. No, it’s the celebration of the thousandth issue of DC Comics’ first series, Action Comics, and the 80th anniversary of America’s iconic superhero – Superman.

The celebration featured a panel with two people integral to Superman’s legacy, Paul Levitz, the former publisher and president of DC Comics, and Dan Jurgens, the writer and artist most famous for the comic book series “The Death of Superman.” The panel, held at the Library of Congress Thursday, was moderated by Washington Post reporter David Betancourt and coincides with Awesome Con, which will be hosted at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center this weekend.

The event took place in the Coolidge Auditorium, which featured displays of Action Comics ranging from the 1940s to the mid-1970s. The Library of Congress has one of the largest collections of comic books in the world. The stage featured various types of Superman memorabilia such as old posters, collectibles and covers of past Action Comics.

Levitz said it was a rarity that an entertainment franchise like Superman still sustains itself in American popular culture.

“There is very little that is culturally relevant in 1938 that is still culturally relevant today,” Levitz said.

Superman made his first appearance in the 1938 comic book series Action Comics, the series that introduced Superman. Levitz said people often find a connection to Clark Kent despite his near invincibility and incredible strength.

“The strongest part of Superman has always been the emotional part, and sort of his representation as an iconic moral figure,” Levitz said.

One of the most notable changes in the thousandth issue is the return of Superman’s red trunks – which were removed in the 2011 reboot of the DC Comics lineup – called the New 52. Jurgens said there were multiple design iterations, including how Superman wore the outfit.

“I think it’s the yellow belt, even when they got rid of the trunks we played around with a yellow ‘S’ shield for a buckle,” Jurgens said. “Ultimately, I think the trunks are needed because the yellow belt pulls the whole uniform together.”

They also discussed latest storyline additions to the Action Comic series, which included Clark Kent’s marriage to Lois Lane and the subsequent birth of their son, Jon Kent. Jurgens said the series allowed for new facets of the superhero’s identity.

“It allows us tell a little bit of a different kind of story with Superman,” Jurgens said. “Would it be fun to do stories where he tries to do that as a parent. Is there a duality there?”

After the interview, Jurgens took part in a question and answer session with the audience. Most of the questions came from avid fans who wanted to hear the speakers’ take on topics like the relationship between Superman and Batman or how certain supervillains like Doomsday, the first villain to stop Superman, were originally created.

“What superheroes, and in particular Superman, tells us is that we are all born with certain gifts and it’s what we do with them,” Levitz said. “How we choose to use them, it determines how the world grows, how the world changes and who we are.”

From: https://www.gwhatchet.com/2018/03/30/library-of-congress-celebrates-80th-anniversary-of-superman/

Soar into Alex Ross’ stunning Action Comics #1 Superman … – Syfy

Electrifying comic artist and illustrator Alex Ross has become a global sensation in recent years, conjuring up a masterful portfolio of unforgettable covers for DC, Marvel, Dynamite, IDW, Image, Dark Horse, and Boom!.

In addition to his superb comic book work, Ross has contributed art to a number of special projects celebrating the anniversaries and legacies of pop culture sensations like The Beatles, Universal Monsters, Batman ’66, Flash Gordon, and The Wizard of Oz.

Since bursting onto the scene with Marvels and Kingdom Come in the ’90s, his name has become synonymous with a signature photo-realistic style and dramatic compositions that cut to the core of the superhero mythos and redefine the way we view caped crimefighters.

In an exclusive new team-up between SYFY WIRE and Alex Ross Art, we’ll be unveiling many limited-edition Alex Ross lithos, rare variant covers, con-only surprises, behind-the-scenes videos, signed posters, intriguing interviews, and contest giveaways all year long.

First out of the gate is this spectacular, limited-edition fine art lithograph titled, More Powerful Than A Locomotive.”

Celebrating the 80th anniversary of Superman this spring, Ross has manifested the Man of Steel in a bold reimagining of the iconic Action Comics #1 cover from June of 1938. This new star-lit tribute litho depicts Superman hoisting an auto over his head to the horror of ordinary citizens fleeing the chaotic scene.

“Most people coming to comics realize the historical importance of Superman,” Ross tells SYFY WIRE. “But I’ve always loved very specific traits of the character, and in fact, very specific versions. When I saw some reprints of the oldest comics with him, from the ’40s, I immediately fell in love with the art style from then. He looked very serious, very rough and ready… a character built for the era of the Second World War. I like to connect with that earliest version of him, to bring him back to those roots.”

Painted in dark, moody blues and projecting an essence of startling change, it will be available for purchase in limited quantity at the C2E2 comic convention in Chicago from April 6-8. Each signed-and-numbered artwork measures 16″ X 22″, includes a Certificate of Authenticity, and is printed on premium, 110-lb fine art paper via an exacting process that recreates all the magic and mystery in crystal clarity.

After its limited advance release at C2E2, this showstopping homage will have a full online debut on April 18, which corresponds to the original launch date of Action Comics #1.

Fans and collectors can join the wait list at Alex Ross Art starting March 30 at 10 a.m. ET, with a per-poster price of $195.

Will you run faster than a speeding bullet to buy one of these beautiful “More Powerful Than A Locomotive” tribute lithos?

From: http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/alex-ross-action-comics-1-superman-anniversary-litho

Superman turns 80, DC boasts stealing Bendis and The Terrifics are fantastic: Journey Into Comics

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Happy anniversary Superman! April 18 marks exactly 80 years since Superman first appeared on the cover of “Action Comics” No. 1, written and drawn by Cleveland’s own Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

More on this soon, including announcements about what is being done to celebrate. After all, the 80th anniversary only comes around once in a lifetime.

As former Clevelander Brian Michael Bendis prepares to take the writing reins of Superman, causing equal amount of joy and apprehension among fans, DC is making its feelings clear with double-page spreads declaring “Bendis is Coming” in all its books this month. The huge declaration is next to a drawing of Superman wearing his original uniform.

Here’s a fun game. In some cases, the pronouncement seems to follow the last panel of the preceding page, making for some interesting scenarios.

In “The Terrifics”  No. 2 (DC, $2.99), Mister Terrific, Plastic Man, Metamorpho and Phantom Girl are escaping a giant, reanimated alien corpse. In the last panel, Mr. Terrific shouts, “Now go!” to the team. Turn the page and we see the ominous warning, “Bendis is Coming.”

Gorilla Grodd has taken control over Central City in issue 43 of “The Flash: (DC, $2.99). Flash says he will not let Grodd win, even if it means his death. Grodd responds, “Grrr. Is this how you win, Flash?” Flip the page and we get the response, “Bendis is Coming.”

In “Injustice 2” No. 22 (DC, $2.99) Batman ominously says “Open an emergency channel. Break through to everything.” and on the next page we see the reason for his concern, “Bendis is Coming.” 

And my favorite, in issue No. 41 (DC, $2.99) Nightwing is fighting some whackadoodle called “The Judge” on a car suspended over Bludhaven. The Judge says, “Go live a life full of joy and grace. I’m the Judge and I give people what they deserve –” Flip the page and see what they deserve: “Bendis is Coming.”

Before we stop ranking on Bendis, it should be noted that Marvel Comics, where he worked for 17 years before switching to DC, is getting in a few licks in his final issues there.

In issue 17 of “Jessica Jones” (Marvel, $3.99) which is Bendis’ penultimate issue of the character he created with artist Michael Gaydos, the artist takes a gentle swipe at his old friend. In a beautifully rendered riot scene on pages 2 and 3, one of the protesters carries a large sign that says “Traitor Bendis” with a goofy caricature. Then on the next page, an optimistic, cheerful scene, a marquee declares “Bendis Saves Earth” and a young woman in the foreground is wearing a t-shirt bearing the same Bendis caricature.

Counting down to Avengers movie

And speaking of Marvel, the weekly “Avengers” series is picking up steam as it leads into the release of the “Avengers: Infinity War” movie that opens April 27.

I was a bit concerned that a weekly series might be too much of a good thing, but it turns out it’s just right. As Marvel is struggling with quality in some of its other titles, the Avengers book is keeping the quality high. In it, the Hulk is back from the dead and he is not happy. Fans were wondering how the resurrection could take place since the Hulk was very decisively killed with an arrow through the eye fired by Hawkeye. Turns out that, like Wolverine, the Hulk is immortal and can not be killed. He just keeps coming back to life.

New Age of Heroes at DC feels like Old Marvel

Hate to say it, but the first offerings from DC’s lauded “New Age of Heroes” feels a bit too familiar.

“Damage” is basically The Hulk. “The Silencer” is a female Punisher and really, can anyone look at “Sideways” and not see Spider-Man?

I’m looking forward to the return of “The Challengers of the Unknown” in “New Challengers” and am curious about “Unexpected,” but the three titles released so far have already fallen off my pull list. There is no “there” there.

The exception is the fourth title released so far, “The Terrifics,” written by Jeff Lemire and drawn by Ivan Reis and Jose Luis. This is one of the best books I’ve read this year.

It doesn’t take much imagination to determine that this book was initially pitched as a revival of Marvel’s “Fantastic Four.” Though no one is confirming it officially, it’s pretty obvious that Plastic Man is substituting for Mr. Fantastic, Metamorpho is filling in for The Thing, Phantom Girl (an ancestor of the Legion of Superheroes character) is Sue Storm. Mr. Terrific himself is a bit of Human Torch combined with Richard’s intelligence and arrogance.

Point is, the book is DC’s gain and Marvel’s loss. It’s beautifully drawn and is an exciting story. It also allows the DC characters to get some personality as well as advancing their original stories that have been dormant for years.

Issues one and two are out, grab them if you can.

And check out Metamopho’s right leg that looks like it could belong to The Thing.

From: http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2018/03/superman_turns_80.html

Superman Legends Simonson & Ordway Return for Action Comics #1000

When Action Comics #1000 hits on April 18, it’ll bring a series of incredible, unbelievable stories celebrating everything that is, was, and will be about Superman, The Man of Steel. New and returning writers and artists will join forces for DC’s celebration of one of their most enduring and beloved characters — and one of those pairings will be the team of Louise Simonson and Jerry Ordway, two legendary creators who have each helped create some of the most iconic stories to ever feature the character.

In their five-page story in the issue, called “Five Minutes,” they follow Clark Kent as he races to uphold truth and justice in both his life as a journalist and civilian, as well as his identity as the greatest superhero in the DC Universe.

RELATED: DC Releases King Mann’s Full Action Comics #1000 Story

Ahead of the release of Action Comics #1000, both Simonson and Ordway spoke to CBR about their story, and their feelings on getting to return “home” to Metropolis once again. Additionally, CBR has the first look at Simonson and Ordway’s “Five Minutes” in its entirety, courtesy of DC.

Action Comics #1000 cover by Jim Lee.

CBR: I suppose the big question is — how do you feel about the return of the red pants?

Louise Simonson: I prefer the red pants — I kinda like the classic costume — but that’s nostalgia. I really don’t care all that much. Superman isn’t his costume. I’m happy as long as he’s portrayed as the heroic embodiment of the best humanity has to offer.

Jerry Ordway: I couldn’t be more amused by the controversy! I think the costume looked fine without the shorts, but the belt needed to be yellow to break the blue color. While I can draw it without looking at reference, I feel like it’s possibly the wrong move to backslide on it, and bring the trunks back.

More seriously, then: what do you feel makes Superman look like Superman? From a design perspective, what defines Superman as an image, an ideal, for you?

Simonson: The S-shield! And the S-curl on his forehead. You know he’s gone from Clark to Superman when that curl appears. And I do love that bright red cape!

Ordway: To me, the simplest and best design element on Superman is his “s” shaped spitcurl. It’s a logo on his forehead, so you recognize who he is if he’s buried to his chin in lava, you know?

Why do you think Superman has managed to last as one of the most defining and iconic figures in pop culture history? What is it about his character which people relate to?

Ordway: When anyone is in more trouble than they can handle by themselves, Superman is the hero we need. He can also fight social wrongs, an errant supervillain, or invaders from another galaxy! His “mission” is broad enough to translate to any decade.

Simonson: Truth and Justice sometimes seem in short supply. In a way Clark, as a reporter, is the seeker of Truth. And Superman is the dispenser of Justice. In this cynical time when adulation inevitably goes to the antihero, it’s inspiring to focus on a hero who, when he sees a wrong, will do his best to step in and put things right.

When you write Superman, what do you try to emphasize about the character?

Simonson: Responsibility. Because of his super-senses, he’s bombarded by information. He has enormous power to do good. At the same time, he’s just one man. So he’s learned to scan, evaluate, and focus his efforts where he hopes they’ll be most effective. His life could feel overwhelming… and futile since he can’t be everywhere. He can’t save everyone. All he can to is his best.

His human existence — friends, co-workers, family, the people of Metropolis — reminds him why it’s worth making the effort. The “small” victories are often the ones that count. They speak to his heart and help keep him sane.

Ordway: Whenever I’ve worked on the character, I’ve felt the key is to remember Clark’s humanity.

How have you found heading back to Metropolis again to write this new story? Was it a case that as soon as you started writing, you found yourself back again in that world?

Simonson: Loved it. It was like coming home.

Ordway: I know I felt that way once I started drawing the story, I was home.

What can we expect from your story in Action Comics #1000?

Simonson: Pretty much the themes I’ve mentioned above — Clark/Superman moving at super-speed through his dual life, doing the best he can to be the embodiment of Truth and Justice.

Ordway: Ten pages of story packed into five!

What’s it been like to collaborate with Jerry once again for this story? What has it meant to have the chance to work together once more?

Ordway: I think I inked some pages for Louise and Jon Bogdanove’s Man of Steel #1, but I am pretty sure this was my first time drawing a story the she wrote. I was writing on Superman for all of the time we shared on the titles, so I never had time back then. This was a blast, very fun to draw!

Simonson: Jerry inked a few pages in Man of Steel #1. That’s our previous collaboration! So I loved having Jerry draw this story. His Superman is classic! It was a blast having him draw one of my stories, especially this one appearing in Action #1000. And we did squeeze in a lot of story!

RELATED: DC Reveals Action Comics #1000 Variants From Allred, Gibbons More

Fundamentally, what do you think is the defining message of Superman’s story and journey as a character?

Ordway: I go back to his humanity. He comes here, is adopted by the Kents, and learns good human values. When he accepts his powers, he embraces his mission, which is to be a symbol of Truth, Justice and the American way.

Simonson: Superman was born an alien, but Earth is his chosen home. As humans — despite differences in race, religion, culture, or national origins — we are all his chosen people. Every one of us has power — so be like Superman! Look around you. Be inclusive. See where you can help. And use your power for good.

Action Comics #1000 is scheduled for release on April 18 from DC.

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From: https://www.cbr.com/action-comics-1000-simonson-ordway-interview/

Yes, DC Comics insists at WonderCon, you can write a fresh …

Though writer Brian Michael Bendis, who will write the Man of Steel comic book on its relaunch, wasn’t in attendance, there were more than enough panelists to talk Superman, including Action Comics team Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund, DC Publisher and artist Jim Lee, Jason Fabok (“Man of Steel” miniseries), Alex Sinclair and Marv Wolfman.The panel also produced one of the weekend’s best giveaways: red trunk Superman underwear.

From: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/herocomplex/la-et-hc-wondercon-dc-comics-20180326-story.html

Yes, DC Comics insists at WonderCon, you can write a fresh Superman story

Though writer Brian Michael Bendis, who will write the Man of Steel comic book on its relaunch, wasn’t in attendance, there were more than enough panelists to talk Superman, including Action Comics team Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund, DC Publisher and artist Jim Lee, Jason Fabok (“Man of Steel” miniseries), Alex Sinclair and Marv Wolfman.The panel also produced one of the weekend’s best giveaways: red trunk Superman underwear.

From: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/herocomplex/la-et-hc-wondercon-dc-comics-20180326-story.html

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