EXCLUSIVE: Superman Refuses to Abandon Earth in Action Comics #989

With Mr. Oz’s true identity revealed, he is pushing to convince the Man of Steel his efforts to provide hope and inspiration to the people of Earth have been wasted — that humanity is beyond saving. Therefore, Superman should abandon the planet and leave mankind to its never-ending cycle of chaos, violence and genocide.

RELATED: Why Rebirth’s Mr. Oz Had To Be [SPOILER]

Superman insists he won’t yield to this dark and cynical point of view, but it would seem Mr. Oz is not yet done trying to sway Earth’s Kryptonian champion to his side.

CBR has the exclusive first look at DC Comics’ Action Comics #989, by Dan Jurgens and Viktor Bogdanovic, on sale Oct. 11

Action Comics #989

  • Dan Jurgens (w) • Dan Jurgens Viktor Bogdanovic (a)
  • Cover: Nick Bradshaw
  • Variant Cover: Neil Edwards
  • “THE OZ EFFECT” part three! The startling revelation of Mr. Oz’s origin has stopped the Man of Steel dead in his tracks. With Superman distracted by disasters looming around the world, Mr. Oz has the time to confront Lois Lane.
  • Rating: Teen
  • In Shops: October 11th, 2017
  • SRP: $2.99

From: http://www.cbr.com/acton-comics-989-preview/

Geoff Johns: DC Comics Won’t Make Superman a Nazi

DC Comics president Geoff Johns says that there are no plans to turn Superman into a Nazi. When it comes to superheroes, there are arguably none more readily identified with America than Superman. As Superman’s vintage motto attests, Superman fights for truth, justice, and the American way, at least when he’s fighting for the side of good. As with any long-running comic character, Superman has turned evil a few times, but his standard characterization remains that of the moral freedom fighter.

Superman’s biggest competition when it comes to the title of most American superhero comes from Marvel’s Captain America, an identity most commonly inhabited by Steve Rogers. Unfortunately, this year saw Marvel Comics opt to take Cap in a direction that most fans came to hate. As part of Marvel’s Secret Empire arc, the star-spangled hero was revealed to secretly be a double agent for Hydra, the Nazi-aligned evil organization that has long-served as a nemesis to S.H.I.E.L.D.

Related: Captain America Wants To Enslave Humanity

While the end of the Secret Empire story saw the “real” Steve Rogers arrive to take out his fascist counterpart, many have argued that the damage to the character has already been done. Marvel was always quick to point out that Captain America didn’t technically become a Nazi, but Hydra is at the very least Nazi-adjacent, and the idea of Cap being associated with the Third Reich in any way turned the stomach of quite a few longtime fans. Thankfully, Screen Geek reports that during a panel at NYCC, Johns made it clear that Superman becoming a Nazi isn’t in the cards:

“Well, Superman’s not going to be a Nazi or anything like that.”

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In what seems to be a pretty clear shot at Marvel’s ill-advised decision to make Cap a Hydra loyalist, Johns’ statement leaves no room for doubt: Superman won’t be “hailing” anyone anytime soon. Despite technically being an alien, it would appear that Superman doesn’t dislike humanity nearly enough to want to join up with Hitler, or those who share his despicable values.

With it established that Superman won’t be following Captain America down the road to fascism, fans can look ahead to further adventures featuring The Last Son of Krypton, both in the comics and outside of them. Superman will of course soon return to theaters in the DCEU film Justice League, which fans hope can live up to the quality standards set by this summer’s Wonder Woman.

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New Richard Donner Superman Story Coming in Action Comics …

Action Comics #1 was published in late February or Early March 1938 (don’t be fooled by that June cover date) and it is essentially ground zero for the superhero revolution as we know it. Without this first appearance of Superman we don’t get Batman a year later, or The Flash, or Captain America or any of the other characters who have become household names and billion dollar box office sensations. Not bad for a comic that only cost a dime.

Generally acknowledged as the grandaddy of them all, Action Comics will be the first superhero series to reach a particular milestone next year, when it publishes its 1,000th issue, almost 80 years to the day, in March 2018. 

There’s not a lot of information available just yet, but here’s what DC has to say for the moment:

Action Comics #1000, written by Pete Tomasi and Dan Jurgens, will be published as a special, oversized edition featuring an all-star talent line-up writing back-up stories, including a story co-written by Geoff Johns and Superman film director, Richard Donner.

That last part is especially significant for Superman fans. One of the most significant milestones in Superman history was the release of 1978’s Superman: The Movie, one of the finest superhero movies ever made, which was directed by Richard Donner. Geoff Johns and Richard Donner have collaborated on Superman stories before, notably on Last Son, a 2006 story that introduced elements from Donner’s films into the comics. Johns is now co-chair of DC Films, making him one of the chief stewards of the Man of Steel’s big screen destiny. 

DC is also planning a hardcover book that will celebrate the 80 year legacy of Action Comics, featuring milestones from throughout the publication’s run. They’re promising this one includes “an UNPUBLISHED 1940s Superman tale believed to be by Jerry Siegel and the Joe Shuster studio salvaged from the DC files fifty years ago and hidden away until now.” 

I’ll update this with more information as it becomes available, but expect lots of cool Superman announcements as we head into 2018!

Read the full Den of Geek NYCC Special Edition Magazine right here!

From: http://www.denofgeek.com/us/books-comics/superman/268064/new-richard-donner-superman-story-coming-in-action-comics-1000

Geoff Johns Confirms DC Comics Won’t Turn Superman Into A Nazi

DC Comics fans know Geoff Johns quite well, and he’s quite respected in the comic book community. At his New York Comic Con Panel for Doomsday Clock and I was able to personally ask him a few questions. First, about the possibility of DC making a controversial change like Marvel did for Captain America, or any changes for that matter:

“Well, Superman’s not going to be a Nazi or anything like that.”

He added:

“It’s just a balance of the writing and look – it’s our relative balance and our subjective viewpoint of the balance that we’re doing on the characters and how they progress. You’ll see in the book and hopefully we do a good job and people enjoy it.”

I then asked him who his favorite Watchmen character was – as well as his favorite Justice League characters:

“Rorschach. Justice League it changes. Flash was always my favorite. I love Wonder Woman. I love Batman.”

Just last week Johns made some pretty interesting comments about the future of the DC Films Universe:

“Some of the movies do connect the characters together, like Justice League. But, like with Aquaman our goal is not to connect Aquaman to every movie.”

DC President added:

“Our intention, certainly, moving forward is using the continuity to help make sure nothing is diverging in a way that doesn’t make sense,” she said, “but there’s no insistence upon an overall story line or interconnectivity in that universe. Moving forward, you’ll see the DC movie universe being a universe, but one that comes from the heart of the filmmaker who’s creating them.”

I think the good thing to take away from this is that for now, it looks as though DC Comics don’t plan on making any drastic changes, or at least – not as drastic as the ones that Marvel have made.

From: http://www.screengeek.net/2017/10/06/geoff-johns-confirms-dc-comics-wont-turn-superman-into-a-nazi/

For the love of comics – Lockport Union

Joe Dagustine thinks kids are pretty lucky these days.

When he was younger, the 65-year-old Wheatfield resident didn’t have access to fancy toys or action figures so he clipped drawings of Superman, Batman and his other favorite super hero characters out of his comic books and used his imagination to keep himself entertained.

“Right now, I believe we are in the best time for super heroes on television and in the movies,” Dagustine said. “Back in my day, there weren’t a lot of superhero toys. I would have loved a super hero figure of Superman or Batman.”

Dagustine, known in local comic book collector circles simply as “Joe D,” is still a huge fan of super heroes and an avid collector, mostly of “Silver Age” comic books produced between the mid-1950s and 1970.

He’s also still spreading his love for all things heroic by continuing to organize comic book and toy shows in Western New York, as he has been for some 20 years now.

On Saturday, “Joe D” will present his latest comic book and toy show at the Frontier Volunteer Fire Company hall, 2176 Liberty Drive, Wheatfield.

While Western New York has seen its share of bigger-venue collectible shows drawing celebrities like William Shatner in recent years, Dagustine said he prefers to keep the admission price affordable, maintain a family friendly atmosphere and offer as wide a range of comic book and toy vendors as possible.

“My shows are more old school,” he said. “You come to my shows because you want to see the toys and you want to see the comic books.”

There will be more to see than comic book and toy booths. Saturday’s show, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature appearances by local cosplay enthusiasts, including members of the Superhero Alliance of WNY, the Northridge Star Wars Club and the IKV Bloodwarriors.

Artists, illustrators and authors will also be on hand. The list of invited guests includes Marvel and DC launch artist Kurt Lehner, The Flash CW launch artist Kristian Lehner, Marvel and Dark Horse comics artist Anthony Zicari, artist and writer Will Rodriguez, artist and illustrator Jeff Perdziak, artist and author Dennis John Glinski and members of the Under the Hood artists group.

Admission is $5 per person. Children aged 12 years and younger are admitted for free.

Check it out!

Joe D’s Comic Book and Toy Show

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Frontier Volunteer Fire Hall, 2176 Liberty Drive, Wheatfield

Admission’s $5 per adult, free for children 12 and younger

From: http://www.lockportjournal.com/news/local_news/for-the-love-of-comics/article_16ee43f1-d432-5b42-b256-cf2d0313075c.html

Superman Variant Cover Teases ‘Legacy’ Renumbering

A new variant cover by artist Tony S. Daniel for November’s Superman #34 teases a Legacy-style renumbering that would take the comic to triple-digits for its 800th issue.

When DC Comics launched its Rebirth publishing initiative, it continued the majority of its series with the numbering that began with the New 52 in 2011, with the notable exceptions of Action Comics and Detective Comics. Those two titles reverted back to their original numbering of #957 and #934, respectively, in a move Marvel Comics is currently implementing for a number of its long-running titles in Marvel Legacy.

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According to a report on Newsarama, Superman is one of several series receiving legacy variants illustrated by Daniel. Arriving in stores this fall, the other variants include a Wonder Woman 700, Batman 800 and The Flash 700 also planned. Whether the series will make the change to reflect this in their actual month to month numbering remains to be seen, though the publisher is reportedly referring to these covers as celebrating the respective character’s 700th or 800th “adventures.”


The Superman variant depicts the Man of Steel busting out of green Kryptonite chains while standing atop a mound of rubble. The number 800 is formed out of cracked stone and can be seen displayed behind him.

The fourth volume of Superman is being published under the Rebirth banner. Technically speaking, if you add up all the single issues of Superman in volumes one through four, they far exceed 800 issues. However, if you started counting from the final pre-New 52 issue’s #714, then the 800 would make sense.

From: http://www.cbr.com/superman-variant-teases-renumbering/

DC Movie News: New Justice League Details, Superman’s Pornstache and More

The day when we all find out exactly what the Justice League movie will look like is fast approaching. The film has had its share of trouble behind the scenes, but recent trailers have all looked really good. Already, it feels like a much more fun, optimistic affair than either Man of Steel or Batman v Superman. Now, a German behind-the-scenes promo has surfaced, featuring some new footage from the movie, and from the movie’s San Diego Comic Con panel.

That last part is especially exciting. Since the Justice League SDCC panel happened in Hall H, only those present got to see it. The rest of us had to settle for secondhand accounts. Now, we get to see a little bit of what went on. Judging from this clip, there was a whole lot of suit talk. Ben Affleck’s least favorite Batsuit is actually the tactical one he wears in the new movie. It’s even tighter and less comfortable than that metal one in BvS. One hilarious detail is that everyone appears to have some kind of issue with their costumes except for Cyborg actor Ray Fisher. Affleck’s didn’t breath at all, Gal Gadot was barely covered, and Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller wore 20 pounds of metal. Cyborg being mostly CGI, Fisher got to walk around in pajamas.

The b-roll of the actors shooting the movie on the green screen is also really cool. It’s always interesting to see how these big special effects come together. Given all the strangeness about whether or not Affleck was leaving the role of Batman at the time, it’s nice to watch the cast joke around together like this. We can only hope that chemistry comes through in the final cut of the movie. Also, how great is it that Jason Momoa has pretty much the same reaction any of us would if they were standing next to Batman? Nice to know that even Khal Drogo has his geek-out moments.

LOIS AND CLARK #1 (Cover Art by Lee Weeks, via DC Comics)

We also got another sneak peek of what’s to come in Justice League from a fairly unusual source. Screen Rant reports that not only is Superman coming back in Justice League (duh), he might be wearing his black suit. A hat appeared on SuperHeroStuff with the name “Superman Black Armor Justice League.” While everyone knows Superman will return in the upcoming movie, exactly how he’ll be resurrected has been kept secret. The title of this merchandise would appear to indicate it would follow the Return of Superman arc from the comics. After the fight with Doomsday “killed” him, Superman famously returned, clad in a black suit.

Of course, there are more funny stories from the set of Justice League going around today. By now, it’s no secret how extensive the reshoots for the movie have been. The most hilarious detail to come out of them was that Warner Bros. would have to digitally shave Henry Cavill, who was not allowed to shave the mustache he grew for the next Mission Impossible movie. Right away, everyone wanted to see a cut of the movie where Supes kept the ‘stache. Now, Ben Affleck’s comments have us desperate to see it.

Speaking with Empire Magazine, Affleck had this to say of his co-star’s facial hair: “It was a full-on porn-star mustache. He looked like a porn star from the ’70s, just with a better body. It’s a different twist [on Superman].”

Sadly, we won’t get to see 70s porn Superman when Justice League hits theaters. Hopefully, it’ll be on the Blu-ray/DVD bonus features, because to deprive the world of that glorious vision would be a terrible crime. In the meantime, we have this fan-made edit of BvS, which I think we can all agree is greatly improved by the Superstache.

Looking beyond Justice League, it’s sounding like DC is planning to step away from the cinematic universe idea after this one. Vulture ran a huge story on the future of DC Entertainment, and it sounds like the studio is going further to differentiate its movies from Marvel’s.

Rather than having each movie take place explicitly in the same continuity, building up to a gigantic crossover, Warner Bros. now wants each superhero movie to be more standalone. The universe idea will still be there, but it won’t be the whole point, like with the Marvel movies.

“Our intention, certainly, moving forward is using the continuity to help make sure nothing is diverging in a way that doesn’t make sense, but there’s no insistence upon an overall storyline or interconnectivity in that universe,” says DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson.

Gal Godot (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Warner Bros.)

Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns pointed out that they’ve already had success with the idea. DC’s biggest hit, Wonder Woman isn’t explicitly connected to any other movie. The character shows up in BvS and Justice League, but you don’t have to watch either to enjoy the story of Wonder Woman. Nor do the events of Wonder Woman have any bearing on Justice League. The upcoming Aquaman movie will be the same way. It will be Aquaman’s own story, not following directly from Justice League, nor laying the groundwork for a Justice League 2.

This sounds like the best possible move for the DC movies at this point. Man of Steel and BvS were critically panned partly because they were more about getting to Justice League than doing right by the characters. That’s how you end up with a dark, brooding Superman movie with a high body count, and the hero snapping a man’s neck at the end. Now, the filmmakers behind future DC movies will get to tell a story that fits the character they’re working with, rather than trying to build a bridge to something else.

All these changes come as Johns and Nelson gain more influence over the movies. While DC Entertainment has a ton of input on the animated movies, TV shows and video games based on their superheroes, Warner Bros. didn’t give them the same level of input in the movies. As a result, the studio spent the first three DCEU movies trying to chase Marvel’s success. DC is never going to beat Marvel at the game they started. Rethinking the DC movie universe and going the complete opposite direction from Marvel is almost certainly the right move here. DC Comics have been knocking it out of the park with an approach entirely different from Marvel’s. It’s time for the movies to follow suit.

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From: https://www.geek.com/movies/dc-movie-news-new-justice-league-details-supermans-pornstache-and-more-1718282/

Resurrection Superman Depicted in New Justice League Fan-Art

Probably one of the worst kept secrets in the history of superhero movies is the fact that Superman will be coming back to life in the upcoming Justice League movie. It was already pretty heavily foreshadowed even with the ending of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice where rumblings at Superman’s grave indicated he was still alive. This certainly did not surprise long time comic fans since the moment was clearly influenced by the two comics that inspired the plot of Dawn of Justice. The majority of Dawn of Justice drew upon the plot of The Dark Knight Returns which saw an older Batman gearing up in a special made suit to battle Superman to the death. Batman’s heart seemingly gave out, but after his funeral, Superman’s super hearing detected Batman’s faint heartbeat, revealing it had all been part of Bruce’s plan.

The second major influence for the movie’s plot was, of course, 1992’s The Death of Superman which seemingly saw Superman killed at the hands of the near unstoppable Doomsday. Clark would later return totally healthy and revealed his body had merely entered a stasis state that resembled death, but was actually healing him. But during his time away Clark’s hair continued growing so that when he returned he was now sporting a mullet, as well as a new black costume. And judging by the screenshots we have seen of the upcoming Justice League movie, the film will be true to the comics by giving the Man of Steel a drastically different look.

Related: Ray Fisher and Jason Momoa Talk Justice League’s Diversity

Yet if you have only been paying attention to the posters for Justice League, Superman is nowhere in sight. Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman are the League members who stand front and center, while Superman remains noticeably absent. So the marketing team is being a bit coy by not making it too explicit that DC’s biggest star is coming back. But most fans are well aware of what the movie has in store for Clark and have been studying the handful of shots of the movie for more clues. Some fans are so excited that they have even put together fan art based on the movie of Clark’s potential new look.

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Seen above, artist BossLogic has created a possible preview of what the final product might look like when Superman returns with his new look in Justice League. It’s not an exact match for Superman’s return in the comics where he comes back with significantly longer hair, but this piece of fan art is a pretty good estimation for how Henry Cavill might look. The beard in particular marks quite a departure from Superman’s typical persona where he has always been America’s clean cut hero. But as fans of the comics know, Superman’s return changed more than his appearance, and even instilled him with a new attitude and some new powers. Those aspects at least have been pretty well-guarded, though, since all we know to expect right now is Superman will be coming back a bit different after his near brush with death.

With only two more months to go, the unveiling of the new Superman isn’t far off now. We’ve seen some cool fan art concepts for what Clark might look like, but fans are ready for the real thing. What will Cyborg and Aquaman be like? Will Wonder Woman and Batman be as good as their last appearances in the DCEU? And what will happen with the returning Superman? We’re set to get a lot of answers with the arrival of Justice League.

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Comics icon Frank Miller on “Batman,” his career and Donald Trump

All I can say is that this president is an opportunity for cartoonists. The buffoons usually are. But this one has a particular range of exceptionally cartoony characteristics.

With Trump’s obvious deficiencies, I can also see a great amount of hack work coming out of this too.

But you could see also that Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan were both easier cartoon presidents. There’s everything from that cheap work to some rather exquisite cartooning done. It depends on the talent.

What do you think separates the folks who have gifted insight from those who are just superficial?

You’ve got to be a good observer and you’ve got to have a point of view.

At this point in your long career you have likely been approached to do many projects that either don’t interest you or may not fit your talents. How do you resist those temptations? 

Well, that’s a stage to a career. That’s particular. If you’re on your way in your career, you find the things either that you’re good at or that you want to do or that you’re not good at and you want to test yourself on. At this stage in my career, I’m looking for more things I haven’t done before.

What are some of those examples?

There’s a whole lot of different stories to do. They don’t all involve guys in tights, even though I do love those.

The “guys in tights,” as you say — Batman and other classic American superheroes — are archetypes.  Superman is a sun god. Batman is a response to deep fears in the subconscious. What stories are left to tell using those archetypes?

From: https://www.salon.com/2017/10/01/comics-icon-frank-miller-on-batman-his-career-and-donald-trump/

In ‘Action Comics,’ Mr. Oz Continues To Explore Humanity’s Dark Side

Two weeks after Dan Jurgens and Victor Bogdanovic’s Action Comics #987 introduced a shocking new villain for Superman, this week’s #988 gave fans a sense of history and backstory to Mr. Oz, and explained how he got his scars, how he got to Earth, and what has made him so profoundly jaded about humanity..

Spoilers ahead for recent issues of Action Comics.

At the end of Action Comics #987, the enigmatic Mr. Oz — a cloaked figure who had been mysteriously skulking around the periphery of the Superman titles for years — revealed himself to Superman as Jor-El of Krypton.

Superman’s father — if that is indeed who he is, a mystery Superman will apparently recruit Booster Gold to help him solve — wants Kal-El to leave Earth behind, claiming that humanity is beyond salvation. He bases this on his life experiences on Earth since the destruction of Krypton, but most especially on a brief period decades ago, when he arrived in the Middle East around the same time Superman came to Kansas.

Jor-El was brought to a lawless city ruled by a tyrant, where residents were compelled to provide food and other comforts to local soldiers. He appeared, his skin color marking him as an outsider and his language unfamiliar to the locals, but a family decided to take him in anyway and care for injuries he sustained during Krypton’s explosion, including shards of Kryptonite in his eye and face.

When one member of the family, fearful of the warlord’s wrath, suggests that they should turn the stranger over to the authorities, another rebuts the argument by saying “So that butcher can torture him, hold him for ransom, or simply kill him? No. It is righteous to help the wayfarer.”

That last phrase likely was inspired by a passage from the Quran that bears similarity to the Christian Beatitudes, imploring followers to be kind to the less fortunate. There are numerous translations of the passage, and you can go deeper into the meaning here, but for the purposes of Jurgens’ comic, it illustrated simply that Jor-El’s salvation came from a man who drew from his faith the inspiration to do good in the world around him.

This would be an important dichotomy later, when the comic’s darkest moment took place and Superman’s response — “oh God” — prompted his biological father to tell him that God had nothing to do with what happened.

That man — and Jor-El — would later be betrayed by a member of his own family, who turned Jor-El over to the warlord and was forced to gun down his own family for harboring the stranger. It was this moment — when a corrupt person in power ignored an what they not only knew but had been told was right on a fundamental level — that broke Jor-El’s faith in humanity and drove him to kill some of the warlord’s men with his newfound heat vision.

Superman’s hope and optimism in opposition to the despair and cynicism of Watchmen is the premise to Geoff Johns and Gray Frank’s forthcoming Doomsday Clock miniseries. Rather than a cosmic realignment of DC’s multiverse or some other abstract high concept, the notion of building a major comic book event series around a conflict of values and issues of ethics is a surprising and interesting one.

Those themes and that approach seem to be heavily informing Jurgens’s approach to “The Oz Effect,” in which Jor-El wants to convince Superman that mankind “doesn’t deserve” his help.

You can get Action Comics #988 at your local comic shop or digltally on ComiXology.

by Russ Burlingame
| September 28, 2017

From: http://comicbook.com/dc/2017/09/28/supermans-father-doesnt-trust-people/


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