‘Shazam!’ Superman Cameo Excites ‘Mortal Kombat’ Creator

Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon is as excited about Superman’s cameo in Shazam as every other DC Comics fan.

Rumors surfaced earlier this week that Superman will have a small role in Shazam, though not played by Henry Cavill. Boon heard the news and tweeted about it.

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Shazam stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson and Zachary Levi as Batson’s mystically-powered superhero alter ego, the titular Shazam.

Here’s the synopsis:

“We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard (Djimon Hounsou). Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong).”

Angel and Levi have previously hinted at what fans can expect from the new film.

“It is a family movie,” said Angel. “I think him and Superman have a lot in common. He can basically do everything Superman can do.”

“It is you [Angel] in me,” Levi said. “It’s a fourteen-year-old kid. You’re the Earth’s Mightiest Mortal.”

“I can’t tell you much, as you can probably imagine, but what I can say is I am just out of my mind excited!” Levi said in a separate interview. “I get to do my version of Big, basically. It’s like Superman meets Big, and that’s just so fun. I get to be a superhero that’s excited about being a superhero, and I think that’s refreshing. It’s not glum, and like, ‘Oh, I have to save the world again.’ So I think it’s all really gravy.”

Are you excited about Shazam!? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Shazam! will open in theaters on April 5th.

Aquaman is now playing in theaters. Upcoming DC Extended Universe movies include Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) on February 7, 2020, and Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020.

From: https://comicbook.com/dc/2019/02/09/shazam-superman-cameo-ed-boon-mortal-kombat-creator-reaction/

‘Shazam!’: "Superman" Cameo Reportedly Confirmed, Without Henry Cavill

Shazam! movie, it’s been heavily speculated that the mystical hero could have a run-in with Henry Cavill’s Superman. Earlier this year, new rumors circulated that it could be happening; then we heard that it the studio couldn’t work out getting Henry Cavill into Shazam!, and it seemed like the final discussion on the matter.

Now, however, comes a new report stating that “Superman” will appear in Shazam!but Henry Cavill won’t.

We Got This Covered reports the following:

“According to sources close to WGTC, the Man of Steel’s appearance comes at the end of Billy Batson’s new film as part of the payoff to a running joke. Throughout the movie, it’s said that Billy’s friend and foster brother Freddy Freeman has been asking Billy to show up at his school in the Shazam persona in order to prove to all of Freddy’s classmates that he knows the hero. In the final scene, Shazam finally shows up, before saying that he brought another friend with him. At this point, Superman walks into the room, but since Cavill isn’t looking ready to return anytime soon, the film will allegedly use a body double that doesn’t show Clark Kent’s face.”

At this point, it makes sense that DC/WB would reference the Superman franchise without bringing Cavill in. The situation with that character and casting has been extremely murky as of late; and now that Ben Affleck has dropped out of his Batman role, DC fans have been wondering if Cavill’s Superman will be recast, as well. There were reports that Cavill’s demands for his next Superman movie were stalling forward progress – a claim that Cavill’s team has strongly denied. For now, it seems as though “Superman” will have to be admired at a distance, until the next step is decided for him.

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Other big DC Comics cameos seemingly confirmed for Shazam! recently include the possible first looks at the entire Shazam family, who are created when Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) foster siblings – Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer), Mary (Grace Fulton), Darla (Faithe Herman), Eugene (Ian Chen) and Pedro (Jovan Armand) – all get endowed with mythical superhero power, as well. Be sure to check that out.

The DC Movie Universe continues with Aquaman, in theaters now. Shazam hits theaters on April 5th, Joker on October 4th, Birds of Prey on February 7th, 2020, Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5th, 2020, and The Batman on June 25th, 2021.

From: https://comicbook.com/dc/2019/02/07/shazam-superman-cameo-henry-cavill-body-double/

Man and Superman #1 review: An instant classic

Man and Superman #1 is a supersized story that is without question one of the best Superman stories of the past 10 years.

Marv Wolfman does for Superman in Man and Superman #1 what Mariko Tamaki did for Supergirl in Supergirl Being Super, which, in short, is to take an origin story and turn it into a fresh tale that’s an instant classic. This is a Superman story with heart, focusing on the smaller details of Clark Kent’s arrival in Metropolis rather than the story of how he became Superman. As a fresh look at a side of Superman’s origins that is rarely explored, it’s a tale that will appeal to fans both old and new.

Wolfman originally wrote this story as a planned four-issue miniseries for Superman Confidential, but the story was shelved when the book was cancelled. Now Wolfman’s masterpiece has a chance to shine and readers get to benefit from having the entire story available in one volume. And at $9.99 it’s an absolute steal for a 100-page story.

In short: This could very well be the best Superman story of the last 10 years.

It’s important to note that the Man of Steel is barely in it and it really works for the best. This is the story of Clark Kent in Metropolis, living in a dingy apartment and learning the ropes at the Daily Planet while watching Lois Lane work her magic.

Clark’s early days in Metropolis, alone in the big city, are some of the most important days of his life as he finds meaning and purpose in his gifts. These days tend to get lost as soon as Superman appears, but that changes with this beautiful story. Wolfman explores this critical period of time with eloquence and an eye for the little things that make this story special.

Claudio Castellini’s art brings Clark Kent to life as the bright eyed young man who arrives in the big city only to find that it’s not exactly what you see on postcards. Looking at Clark Kent in this book is like seeing Christopher Reeve come alive on the page. From the filthy apartment to street hustlers working their brand of magic on their unsuspecting victims, Castellini paints a sweeping picture of the darker side of Metropolis, a place fans normally think of as a shining city.

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Writer: Marv Wolfman
Art: Claudio Castellini
Colors: Hi-Fi
Letters: Tom Orzechowski

Man and Superman #1 is available now at your local comic shop.

From: https://fansided.com/2019/02/07/man-and-superman-1-review-instant-classic-dc-comics/

Review – Superman: Action Comics #1007: Spy War

Owner/Publisher, Editor-at-Large

Ken Denmead

Editor-in-Chief

Matt Blum

Managing Editor

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Senior Editors

Jonathan H. Liu, Jenny Bristol, Corrina Lawson, Patricia Vollmer

Gaming Editor

Dave Banks

Assistant Editor

John Booth

Associate Publishers*

MacKenzie Paulus, Megan Fulton, Tim Johnides, Jeff Williams, Dante Lauretta, Magnus Dahlsröm, Jayson Peters, David Michael, Gerry Tolbert, Andrew Smith, Ray Wehrs, Joel Becker, Scott Gaeta, Beth Kee, Joey Mills, talkie_tim, Danny Marquardt, Adam Bruski, John Bain, Bill Moore, Adam Frank, Lacey Hays, Peter Morson, James Needham, Matt Fleming, Adam Anderson, Jim Reynolds, Seiler Hagan, Bryan Wade, Petrov Neutrino, Jay Shapiro

Editor (Emeritus)

Chris Anderson

Core Contributors

Darren Blankenship, Rory Bristol, Robin Brooks, Preston Burt, Mathias DeRider, Ray Goldfield, Jamie GreeneRyan Hiller, Rob Huddleston, Will James, James Floyd Kelly, Anthony Karcz, Michael Kaufman, Mordechai Luchins, Joey Mills, Brad Moon, Tony Nunes, Anton Olsen, Skip Owens, Jules Sherred, Shaun Washington, Simon Yule

Occasional Contributors

Tim Bailey, Sara BlackburnStephen Clark, Jeffrey Cohen, Adam Dimuzio, Mathias DeRider, Tom Fassbender, Luke Forney, Logan Giannini, Travis Hanson, Sean Hallenbeck, Michael Harrison, Kim HaynesWhit Honea, Greg Howley, Michael J.Angela Leach, Michael LeSauvage, Jim MacQuarrie, Eric Parrish, Michael PistiolasRicardo Rebelo, Drew Rich, Mitchell RoushMariana Ruiz, Tony Sims, Randy Slavey, Erik Stanfill, Andrew TerranovaGerry TolbertMark VorenkampChris Wickersham

From: https://geekdad.com/2019/01/review-superman-action-comics-1007-spy-war/

Man and Superman: 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 Review

A previously-unpublished Superman story set during the hero’s
first days in Metropolis, written by Marv Wolfman? Who could say no to that?

Well, as explained in Wolfman’s wonderfully insightful and charmingly self-deprecating foreword, Man and Superman was originally meant to see publication about a decade ago as a four-issue run in Superman Confidential, but the book was sadly canceled before it could be run. Afterwards, the shake-up of DC’s New 52 left this story in a funky place, in terms of canonicity. Now that DC is once again willing to play ball with stories somewhat outside of continuity, this “lost” Superman story can finally see print! And thank goodness it’s here, because it’s a real treat.

There are moments in Man and Superman that bring to mind one of my all-time favorite superhero origin stories, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. I love the sequence in which Clark attempts to do some sleuthing in Metropolis for the first time. He’s knows how his abilities work, but he’s still unsure of his methods or how to proceed with his big debut. We’re used to seeing Clark presenting himself as a bumbling farm boy as a way of covering his identity. In this story, there’s a clumsy side of Superman himself on display that we don’t normally get to see, which opens up Clark Kent in ways that should be very appealing to readers who may normally feel disconnected from the godly superhero.

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I appreciate seeing Clark Kent as an aspiring journalist, hunting for jobs and hungry for acceptance. (Am I projecting? Naahhh.)

In portraying Clark as a man with incredible power, yet a near-total lack of confidence (at least early on), Claudio Castellini’s art evokes some of Neal Adams’ finest work with the character. Seeing Clark’s silhouette against a wall of flames, there’s a mythical quality to Superman’s first public appearances, a real sense of the world changing. Aided by vibrant coloring from Hi-Fi, the action sequences almost bring to mind the timeless Fleischer Superman cartoons of the ’40s. That’s a lot of comparisons to make, but so much of this book feels like a beautiful synthesis of all of my favorite takes on Superman.

The most interesting thing about this comic, though, is how secondary all of the action is to the real meat of the story. So many versions of the character’s origin gloss over the kind of hustle that Clark would have had to show in order to get a job at one of the nation’s top newspapers, so I appreciate that Wolfman found this struggle important enough to feature it as a through line for this tale.

Also, as a fan of Lois Lane, it was great to see her talked about in hushed tones by background characters in the issue, even when they were speaking out of jealous derision. It lends her a public admiration and gravitas that is normally reserved for the Big Blue Boy Scout in these types of books. To present her right out of the gate as not only Clark’s equal, but his star to shoot for, is a fantastic choice. She is a hero in her own right. By the time she’s fully introduced, you’ll be wishing DC would give Marv Wolfman an ongoing Lois Lane solo series! There is such a sureness of being to her. Clark may the guy flying around and catching buildings, but this book really sells you on why Lois is Superman’s personal hero.

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The one thing that keeps this story from being a completely satisfying read is thankfully addressed in Wolfman’s foreword to the book. The fact is that we have seen some of the plot ideas in Man and Superman explored in volumes such as Straczynski’s Superman: Earth One and even in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. The “plainclothes” look for Superman recalls the opening arcs of Grant Morrison and Rags Morales’ Action Comics. It’s always so interesting to see how different creators tackle similar concepts. While some of Man and Superman‘s elements may feel familiar, it’s all executed in an altogether different manner.

Wolfman has always been a master of making larger than life characters into relatable people, and that gift is on full display in this story. This relatability is what really sets Man and Superman apart from similar stories that have emerged in the last decade. While some of the ideas for the book have been seen in the years since, that doesn’t change the fact that Man and Superman would have been something of a revelation if it’d been published ten years ago, as intended. DC has made a great choice in finally publishing this story. I hope it will set a precedent for the release of other “lost” tales.

From: http://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2019/02/06/man-and-superman-100-page-super-spectacular-1-review/

‘Reign of the Supermen’ Review: A Worthy Follow-Up to DC’s ‘The Death of Superman’

reign-of-the-supermen-bluray-reviewIn The Death of Superman, the inevitable happened. That’s normally where adaptations of the acclaimed DC Comics’ storyline end, but Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s latest animated release, Reign of the Supermen, finally brings the story’s continuation to a screen near you. While you can read my review of the first film here, I’m happy to say that the sequel carries on with the same quality that preceded it. Beautifully animated, compellingly told, and expertly acted, and with a thumping good soundtrack and effects work to boot, Reign of the Supermen is worthy of the source material.

In this sequel, the world and its people must cope with the loss of Superman and the sudden emergence of four would-be heirs to the title: a super-powered boy looking to make his mark, a cyborg who believes he’s Superman in earnest, a “strike first and ask questions later” version of Superman (sporting a visor, of course), and a mild-mannered man wearing a super-suit and wielding a sledgehammer. It falls to the remaining members of the Justice League to preserve order while Lois Lane seeks to find the truth behind the arrival of this mysterious foursome. But bigger threats may yet emerge …

Now available on Digital, Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack, Reign of the Supermen is a worthy addition to your DC animated movies collection and makes for a stunning finisher of the one-two punch that is this fan-favorite storyline.

reign-of-the-supermen-bluray-reviewFans of the comics and other adaptations of the “Death of Superman” arc will recognize Steel, Cyborg Superman, Superboy and the Eradicator as soon as they appear on the screen, but Reign of the Supermen does a nice job of establishing their particular quirks. Superboy makes a flashy entrance as a stylish superhero who seeks the spotlight, Steel steps into the path of danger to save an innocent life, Eradicator (distinguished by his yellow, see-through visor) neutralizes some arms dealers, and Cyborg Superman launches a terrorist’s nuke out into the relative safety of space. Everything seems on the up and up with this foursome, and even though the world is mourning the loss of Superman and wondering what to do next, these replacement heroes seem more than up to the task.

The conflict here, however, is two-fold: Not only does Superman’s death and the arrival of these mysterious super-powered stand-ins seem too good (and coincidental) to be true, there’s also the fact that the Earth now has a bigger target on it than ever before. This threat from extraterrestrial forces overtaxes the remaining members of the Justice League and encourages ordinary citizens to take matters into their own hands. That’s some rich storytelling material to work with, and Reign of the Supermen doesn’t waste a bit of it. We get to follow along with the Justice League’s struggles for a time, though the bulk of the drama centers on Lois Lane’s investigation, Lex Luthor’s machinations, and the step-wise reveals of each pretender Superman’s origin and ultimate goal. It’s solidly done, beginning to end.

reign-of-the-supermen-bluray-reviewThe all-star cast of Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romijn, and Rainn Wilson, with returning players like Jason O’Mara, Rosario Dawson, Shemar Moore, Nathan Fillion, Christopher Gorham, and Nyambi Nyambi, are joined by newcomers Cress Williams (Black Lightning) as Steel, Cameron Monaghan (Gotham) as Superboy, Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul) as Hank Henshaw, and Tony Todd (Candyman) as Darkseid, with Charles Halford (Constantine) as Bibbo Bibbowski and The Eradicator. It’s one of my favorite casts this team has assembled since the halcyon days of the Batman and Superman animated series. Those who have worked together in this franchise before bring a familiarity to the characters’ relationships that feels genuine, and the newcomers are acting as outsiders to this core group, so being less familiar works to the story’s benefit.

There’s a ton of action to be found throughout the telling since we not only get four times the Superman but we also see the Justice League head into battle. The humor throughout the movie is reined in a bit since it deals with the mystery surrounding the death of the world’s greatest hero and the threat posed by these imposters (and those seeking to use them), but there’s still plenty there in just the right amounts to break up the tension. And while this is a fantastic adaptation of “The Death of Superman” saga in the comics, it’s also a great place for newcomers to that story who are meeting these characters for the first time. This is an easy add to your collection, especially if you have The Death of Superman on your shelf already.

Rating: B+

reign-of-the-supermen-bluray-reviewSpecial Features:

Sneak Peek at The Justice League vs The Fatal Five – This sneak peek at the next animated movie features specific, unique opponents for the title team to take on. Expect to see your favorite heroes along with a whole bunch of lesser-known characters. Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman are joined by Mr. Terrific, Miss Martian, Jessica Cruz (Diane Guerrero in the lead), and Starboy, to battle against Tharok, Emerald Empress, Validus, Mano, and the Persuader, creations of Jim Shooter.

Not based on one specific storyline, they adapted a number of Legion of Superheroes comics and the surprisingly powerful Fatal Five. Mano apparently blew up his own planet just by touching it, Persuader carries an atomically sharp axe, Tharok acts as the hacker/bombmaker/resident genius, Validus possesses brain-lightning and superhuman strength, and their leader, Emerald Empress wields an incredibly powerful Eye of Ekron. Get excited for this one!

Lex Luthor: Greatest Nemesis – DC Comics veterans comment on the history of Lex Luthor, his particular personality traits, his deep-seated issues with Superman, and what the supervillain’s greatest achievements have been to date.

Superman: The Animated Series “Heavy Metal” – Animated introduction of Steel, and a nice moment for Superman superfan, B. Bibowski.

Justice League Unlimited “Panic in the Sky” – Steel returns as part of the Justice League to tackle a new threat. This is a super intense episode rarely outmatched in other adaptations, live-action or animated, big screen or small. It’s also got one of the most insane endings of an episode ever, so it’s definitely worth a watch.

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From: http://collider.com/reign-of-the-supermen-bluray-review/

Comic Book Review – Superman – Action Comics: Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 3

Ricky Church reviews Superman – Action Comics: Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 3…

With Superman – Action Comics: Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 3 comes the end of Dan Jurgens’ run on the title in the lead-up to Action Comics #1000 and Brian Michael Bendis’ stewardship of the title. Jurgens concludes his run by focusing on Superman and his family, asking the Man of Steel some difficult questions as his faith in humanity is put to the test.  With its character examination and great artwork, the book is a nice send off for Jurgens that puts a cap on one of the best Action Comics stories in several years.

The first half of the book contains Superman: The Oz Effect, in which Superman comes face-to-face with one of the mysterious beings who has secretly been pulling the strings behind the lives of his family and other superheroes. It’s a good story that places Superman in a tough spot as he is confronted with the choice of staying true to his ideals or embracing a more Kryptonian heritage as Mr. Oz tries to convince him humanity is undeserving of his loyalty and faith. While it’s not an entirely new argument that is presented, Jurgens does come at it from an interesting perspective given the identity of Mr. Oz. He does make Oz a complicated villain for Superman to go up against because of his philosophy and connection to Superman’s past. The only downside to this story in the book is that for anyone who already owns The Oz Effect Deluxe Edition, they’re essentially double dipping for the same story in the same deluxe format. It’s not entirely bad since readers are still getting all of Jurgens’ story in one book. Anyone who doesn’t own The Oz Effect will be pleased to get this and the follow-up story together, but those who already own it might feel like its not worth it.

The second half of the book contains Booster Shot, a fun and entertaining team-up between Superman and the time-travelling and self-promoting Booster Gold. Picking up shortly after the events of Oz Effect, Superman travels back in time to the moments before Krypton’s destruction to ascertain the truth behind Oz’s claims, but gets trapped in a myriad of shattered time dimensions and the far future which Booster Gold has to save him from. Most of the story comes from Booster’s perspective which adds a welcome freshness to the narrative after following Superman and Lois for so long. Jurgens has a good take on Booster, from his glory-hounding ways to looking at Booster’s deeper compassion and heroic qualities, showing there’s more to him than even Superman was aware of. Booster also adds a nice amount of humour to the story that balances Superman’s dour mood and some of the book’s darker moments.

Superman still remains a big focus of the story of course, but its nice to see Jurgens utilize Booster as much as he can while not pushing Superman to the sidelines. He gets plenty of emotional moments throughout the book as he discovers some hard truths about the past and future and is forced to watch very painful moments. The one criticism, however, is that Superman’s motivation is often stated repetitively as he tells Booster or Skeets numerous times he just wanted to go back to see one thing, not to change anything. It gets a little old after he says it so many times. Otherwise, his characterization of Superman is pretty on point in both stories, but most especially in the final chapter which exemplifies Superman’s faith in rehabilitating people and relationships. His decision to never use the Phantom Zone again, both for its morally grey use and the effect is has on its occupants, makes him release one of his most dangerous enemies in the hopes of changing him for the better. The Phantom Zone has always been a bit of a crutch by various writers trap really powerful villains without death, but this move away from it is both refreshing and a good development for Superman.

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While Lois and Jon don’t have quite as much to do in The Oz Effect, that’s quite the opposite in Booster Shot, at least for Lois’ part. She discovers her father, General Sam Lane and a known detractor of the Man of Steel, is being held captive in a foreign country after a covert op gone wrong. Disavowed and left to die by the US government, Lois takes it upon herself to save her father as Jon follows without her knowledge. Its nice to see a story where Lois takes charge and acts independently from Superman and she shows she can very much hold her own in a hostile environment. Whether its utilizing the network of contacts she’s built up or taking on a couple gunmen on her own. Jurgens depicts Lois as a very effective woman in her own right. It also offers the chance to explore the rocky relationship between Lois and her father, a character who hasn’t appeared in the comics for quite a few years now. Jurgens’ take on General Lane is a little less aggressive than other interpretations, but he’s no less hard on Superman and Lois’ belief in him than before. Superman’s choice to help heal the divide between Lois and her father and allowing Sam time with his grandson is both a mature one character wise and intriguing story wise, opening a few doors into how the family will move forward together.

Also included is the Action Comics Annual #1, a collection of stories revolving around Superman and his supporting characters. They’re largely told out of the main story Jurgens has been telling, instead being one-off tales that don’t have any huge impact overall. The main draw of this story is the focus on Lex Luthor and his slow descent back to villainy, as we’ve seen in the pages of Justice League Vol. 1: The Totality. It shows the intense hatred Lex, or at least a potential version of him, has for Superman and how that hate continues to affect him when he has the means and resources to do anything else with his life and for the world. The only other thing that could have been included is Jurgens’ story from Action Comics #1000, making it a fully complete conclusion to his run.

The artwork throughout the book is pretty great. From Viktor Bogdanovic, Brett Booth, Will Conrad and Jurgens himself on pencils, each artist does some stellar work. They place a lot of emotion behind the character’s facial expressions and body language, an aspect which helps sell the turmoil Superman is in during parts of Booster Shot. It would have been better to entirely ditch Booster Gold’s narration just so readers could take in the art of Superman’s pain more than relying on some exposition to help save the day. Not only is the art well drawn, it is very vibrant looking thanks to the colours from Hi-Fi, Mike Spencer, Romulo Fajardo Jr. and Francis Manapul. None of the differing styles clash against each other, making the art from the whole team pretty smooth all round.

Superman – Action Comics: Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 3 is a fine conclusion to Jurgens’ run on the title. Its focus on Superman and his family is nicely done with some deep emotions behind it. While some readers might find it unfortunate to double dip with The Oz Effect, its still pretty worth it as the two main stories blend pretty well together. The artwork from the team is fantastic and a worthy send-off for Jurgens and company. Its a good book to have that ends one of the best runs in Action Comics in a long time.

Rating: 8/10

Ricky Church

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From: https://www.flickeringmyth.com/2019/02/comic-book-review-superman-action-comics-rebirth-deluxe-edition-book-3/

This 80-Year-Old Copy of ‘Superman #1’ Could Fetch More Than $300,000 in Comics Auction

An unrestored Superman rarity — and one of the most popular titles in comics history — is expected to headline a major comics and comic art auction and fetch more than $300,000.

The 80-year-old copy of Superman #1 featured by Heritage Auctions is unrestored and was given a condition rating of 4.5 by the comic grading service Certified Guaranty Company (CGC).

Superman #1 arrived on newsstands in 1939 barely a year after the Man of Steel’s first appearance in Action Comics #1, to support his meteoric rise in popularity. It marked the first time a character created for comic books was given his own title. And despite the estimated one million copies of Superman #1 that were printed in 1939, very few are known to have survived in this or better condition, according to Heritage Auctions.

The current bid is at $220,000, but Heritage expects it to fetch more than $300,000.

One of just eight Famous Funnies covers by the legendary artist Frank Frazetta is also expected to headline Heritage’s Comics Comic Art auction, to be held on Feb. 21-23 in Dallas, Texas.

The Famous Funnies #209 Cover Original Art (Eastern Color, 1953), which features a “195os retro style” is one of the most coveted Frazetta covers for any comic, according to Heritage Auctions. It has also been estimated to fetch more than $300,000.

Other comics featured in the auction include a copy of The Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel, 1962), the second-most valuable Silver Age issue. With a rating of 9.0, this issue is also a rare find. It features the origin and first appearance of the Hulk, and features art and cover by Jack Kirby. It’s expected to fetch more than $200,000.

The Incredible Hulk #1, Watchmen #1, Journey Into Mystery #83 (Photo Credit: Heritage Auctions / HA.com)

Also up for auction is a Dave Gibbons Watchmen #1 Cover Original Art (DC, 1986), with a pre-auction estimate of more than $200,000. Among the most influential and iconic comic series of the 1980s, Watchmen by Gibbons and Alan Moore has had a lasting impact on the industry. The cover of the first issue, with the drip of blood on the smiley face button, remains one of the most recognizable images in the series.

Another issue up for auction that should appeal to serious collectors is Journey Into Mystery #83 (Marvel, 1962), which features the origin and first appearance of Thor, who is billed on the cover as “The Most Exciting Super-Hero of All Time!!” This copy carries a grade of 9.4, one of highest grades known to exist, and is the highest-graded issue offered by Heritage in three years.

See all Heritage’s comic auctions on their website.

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From: https://www.geek.com/comics/this-80-year-old-copy-of-superman-1-could-fetch-more-than-300000-in-comics-auction-1772607/

This 80-Year-Old Copy of ‘Superman #1’ Could Fetch More Than $300000 in Comics Auction

An unrestored Superman rarity — and one of the most popular titles in comics history — is expected to headline a major comics and comic art auction and fetch more than $300,000.

The 80-year-old copy of Superman #1 featured by Heritage Auctions is unrestored and was given a condition rating of 4.5 by the comic grading service Certified Guaranty Company (CGC).

Superman #1 arrived on newsstands in 1939 barely a year after the Man of Steel’s first appearance in Action Comics #1, to support his meteoric rise in popularity. It marked the first time a character created for comic books was given his own title. And despite the estimated one million copies of Superman #1 that were printed in 1939, very few are known to have survived in this or better condition, according to Heritage Auctions.

The current bid is at $220,000, but Heritage expects it to fetch more than $300,000.

One of just eight Famous Funnies covers by the legendary artist Frank Frazetta is also expected to headline Heritage’s Comics Comic Art auction, to be held on Feb. 21-23 in Dallas, Texas.

The Famous Funnies #209 Cover Original Art (Eastern Color, 1953), which features a “195os retro style” is one of the most coveted Frazetta covers for any comic, according to Heritage Auctions. It has also been estimated to fetch more than $300,000.

Other comics featured in the auction include a copy of The Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel, 1962), the second-most valuable Silver Age issue. With a rating of 9.0, this issue is also a rare find. It features the origin and first appearance of the Hulk, and features art and cover by Jack Kirby. It’s expected to fetch more than $200,000.

The Incredible Hulk #1, Watchmen #1, Journey Into Mystery #83 (Photo Credit: Heritage Auctions / HA.com)

Also up for auction is a Dave Gibbons Watchmen #1 Cover Original Art (DC, 1986), with a pre-auction estimate of more than $200,000. Among the most influential and iconic comic series of the 1980s, Watchmen by Gibbons and Alan Moore has had a lasting impact on the industry. The cover of the first issue, with the drip of blood on the smiley face button, remains one of the most recognizable images in the series.

Another issue up for auction that should appeal to serious collectors is Journey Into Mystery #83 (Marvel, 1962), which features the origin and first appearance of Thor, who is billed on the cover as “The Most Exciting Super-Hero of All Time!!” This copy carries a grade of 9.4, one of highest grades known to exist, and is the highest-graded issue offered by Heritage in three years.

See all Heritage’s comic auctions on their website.

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Superman at 80

close-up of Superman action figureThe iconic superhero, who turned 80 in 2018, has come in and out of fashion. Historian and Rochester alumnus Ian Gordon ’93 (PhD) explores why. (Getty Images photo)

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Ian Gordon ’93 (PhD)

Home: Singapore
Associate professor of history, National University of Singapore; author of Superman: The Persistence of an American Icon (Rutgers University Press, 2017) and Comic Strips and Consumer Culture, 1890–1945 (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1998); editor of Ben Katchor: Conversations(University of Mississippi Press, 2018) and coeditor of The Comics of Charles Schultz: The Good Grief of Modern Life(University Press of Mississippi, 2017)

I grew up in Australia in the 1960s. The Adventures of Superman television show was on constantly. And I read a lot of comics—Superman, Batman, those kind of comics. You could buy black and white reprints of Superman comics, because at the time you couldn’t get books published by DC Comics in Australia. So the superheroes were just there. Just part of the media.

Superman was a product of the Depression, and he was a symbol of hope. During the war, it was quite interesting that in the comic book, he never really engaged in war. The comic books themselves had very wide distribution among service personnel. Wherever American service personnel went, so too did American comics. But the way that DC Comics positioned him was that American service personnel didn’t need his help, because in a democracy, people fought a war for that democracy. They really didn’t need a kind of superhero to come and fight their battles for them.

Keeping Superman out of the war did something very important, in that it carried a message of normalcy in American life. That’s what Americans were fighting for, which was often constituted as the “American way.” And indeed, on the radio serial that existed at the time, the first episode after Pearl Harbor had Superman fighting for truth and justice and then, it was added, the American way.

The Superman TV show was one of the first TV shows, and the first season was generally described as dark. It really wasn’t material for children. But in the 1950s, DC Comics domesticated Superman. Then in the mid-1960s, I think Superman kind of lost that position to Batman, who became very popular with the kind of arch, camp, pop sensibility of the Batman TV show. And the reinvigorated Marvel Comics had a certain coolness about them for some kids.

The Superman movie, released at the end of 1978, was a turning point. On the one hand, it was the way that it was marketed that made it important, and made Superman important, in my view. They enlisted Marlin Brando in a small role and at a very expen-sive salary, because Christopher Reeve was then an unknown. And they hired several other marquee names, like Gene Hackman. It was one of the first movies to use Dolby sound. And DC Comics was also a very successful licensor of toys and other products.

But I also think the movie came at a moment when America was ready for it. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t designed to plug into post-Watergate angst, but it certainly was aware of that. There’s a playfulness about Superman, so that he flies onto Lois Lane’s balcony, and she interviews him as they flirt. She asks why he’s there, and he says, “I’m here to fight for truth, justice, and the American way.” And she says, “Wow, are you serious?” She’s quite sarcastic about that, as one might expect a newspaper reporter in 1978 to be. And he says, “I never lie.” Reeve said that Superman needed to express hope and not be cynical or sarcastic.

It’s hard to assess what Superman means outside an American context. Living in Singapore, I constantly see people wearing Superman T-shirts. So, what is it about Superman? Partly it might be the general sense that America is cool. Probably a good part of it has nothing to do with any ideology. But for many people, America does resonate as representing some very good values. I remember some years ago, reading an interview with a woman in Singapore who had a sleeve tattoo and thought she wouldn’t get as many looks in America, because people were more open minded there.

The sunny view of Superman isn’t without critics, though. In the early 1960s, the Italian novelist and theorist Umberto Eco argued that somebody with the power of Super-man could do transformative things, rather than being limited to small acts of charity, as Superman was. He thought this suggested an ideology that opposed necessary systemic change. I had thought that as well, for years. But more recently, it occurred to me that America can do transformative things, but often those things haven’t worked out the way it was thought they would. So, if you read Superman as a stand-in for America, then maybe you do want him to dial back the power.

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