Is Clark Kent and Lois Lane’s marriage on the rocks?

Busiek said the marriage also makes dramatic stories a little harder to accomplish when writing Superman. “It’s harder for Clark to be in a bind at work if he’s got someone there covering for him. And of course, it’s harder to do stories where he explores the idea of romance, or of finding a place to belong that isn’t necessarily with Lois. It makes him feel less like an outsider, more like a homebody,” he said. “Which is nice for those of us who like those things in our own lives, but it’s not as dramatic. And while there’s drama in marriage, it’s not always easy to bring that kind of drama to the kind of sweeping action-adventure story that’s usually Superman’s wheelhouse.

“None of this is to say those challenges are insurmountable,” Busiek added. “I wrote a married Superman and had very little difficulty with it. But the one pre-marriage story I wrote felt even sharper, livelier in the Clark/Lois relationship. It can definitely work either way, but I think there’s more immediate juice in having their relationship unresolved, more competitive and subject to change.”

But Beatty wonders if the marriage isn’t actually a chance to explore something new, instead of simply exploring the old “love triangle” created by clueless Lois Lane, Superman, and bumbling Clark Kent.

“I think the main benefit of having Clark and Lois married is that it grounds Superman in a very human and adult experience,” he said. “We’ve seen the Man of Steel struggle to balance the life of Clark Kent. … with the role of superhero. And the romantic triangle has been played out for nearly three-quarters of a century.”

Marvel did it

In 2008, Marvel rocked the comic book-reading audience by magically eliminating the marriage between Peter Parker and his wife, Mary Jane. Through a story originally written by Straczynski in “Amazing Spider-Man” — then famously rewritten by Marvel executives — a magic character made it so that Spidey’s marriage never existed.

Yet Straczynski isn’t a big fan of eliminating a character’s marriage, despite being involved in the Spider-Man revamp. “This is an argument we had over and over at Marvel about Spider-Man, and there really isn’t a good answer to it,” he said. “You can tell good stories with them married, and good stories with them single. It’s really a function of what the company wants to do with them, and the image they want to present.

“I enjoy writing strong relationships, and I liked writing both of those relationships [with Spider-Man and Superman] as marriages,” he said. “I was happy leaving the Parkers married, and in terms of Clark and Lois, again it can play fine either way.

“Really, the only difference between the two is that if they’re single, they can fool around with other folks,” he said. “But if it’s a monogamous relationship, and they’re never going to date others, then there’s really not a compelling argument not to have them married.”

Yet the fact that Marvel did put an end to Peter Parker’s marriage, and has maintained the character’s single status since, points to a precedent that may interest DC.

DC has come in second to Marvel every year since 2002 in market share, according to Diamond Comics Distributors, which maintains sales numbers for the comic book industry. With its September revamp, DC is hoping to close that gap.

Flashpoint Lois Lane

Lois Lane has gotten new attention in “Flashpoint,” being given her own series, “Lois Lane and the Resistance.”

In the three-issue story, Lois Lane is single. She’s never met Superman, and she never reported about his existence.

“Lois is exactly the character we know and love, except just remove from her equation the fact that she’s ever met Superman,” said Dan Abnett, co-writer of the “Flashpoint” tie-in series with his collaborator, Andy Lanning. “She’s the spunky, snarky reporter she always was, who hasn’t necessarily had the breaks she’s had in the DC [Universe], because she never got that star scoop story of Superman.”

The story centers on Lois as a reporter who becomes stuck in the middle of a war zone, and she eventually gets caught up in the local resistance movement.

The end of the main “Flashpoint” series, which will be released on Aug. 31, is supposed to be the precursor for the big changes DC is making in September. But it’s the tie-in story of single reporter Lois Lane that opens the door for the character to be single even longer.

Superman in other media

The marriage of Lois Lane and Clark Kent originally occurred in comics to coincide with the characters’ marriage on television. At the time, Warner Bros. was supporting the hit TV show “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” starring Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain.

In 1996, the two television characters got married. So DC Comics timed the comic book wedding to happen at the same time.

But now, Warner is concentrating on its movie universe, with the release of “Green Lantern” this year and the “Man of Steel” film next year.

Starring Henry Cavill as Superman and Amy Adams as Lois Lane, the movie will tell the origin story of Clark Kent, leading up to the early days of his life as Superman.

In other words, his unmarried life.

Despite the success of former “Superman” movies, this film will reboot the story, relaunching the franchise for what is expected to be more than one movie. Along with other characters, Superman will also be part of DC’s current plans for a “Justice League” film.

And if the marriage was used to align the comics with other media, it would stand to reason that the marriage might be ended to align the comics with the new Man of Steel.

New readers

Publishing is a business, and this fact is behind everything DC does. And it’s all about selling comics. So one of the most obvious reasons to make a big change to Superman’s marital status is to not only give the character a clean slate for new readers “outside” the normal comic reading audience, but also attract the attention of the “mainstream” media, to help reach those potential readers.

Giving Superman an effective “divorce” accomplishes both with one stone.

“If we can convince the people here we’re doing something brand-new and fresh, we have a good chance to really get the people outside on board,” DC co-publisher DiDio said.

Comic books, which are primarily sold through small, local comic shops, have experienced a drop in sales over the past two years. DC’s revamp announcement included efforts to add digital customers to its distribution, but the real issue for DC’s characters is the fact they have 76 years of history behind them.

“We’re allowing people who have never bought a comic book in their lives to download them on portable media devices and take a look,” co-publisher Jim Lee said.

The attention the end of the marriage would likely receive new, curious readers learning about it on the same device they can download the story — a combination DC might not be able to resist.

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Silver Age Remix Comics: ‘Superman: Grounded’ [Original Art]

From Blackest Night to Flashpoint, today’s super-hero comics are all built around the Big Event. But what if those stories had happened forty, fifty, or even sixty years ago? That’s the question that ComicsAlliance is trying to answer with the help of artist Kerry Callen (who drew the incredible “Silver Age Marvel” pieces), by reimagining how the biggest modern-day DC Comics event comics would have looked in the Silver Age! This week, we take a look at what Superman’s walking tour of America might’ve been like if “Grounded” hit shelves in the Silver Age!

Check out the full-size cover below!

Visitors from all over the world come to the great city of Metropolis for the chance to see Superman soaring over its buildings! But now, they’re seeing a much stranger sight when Superman becomes a Super-Drifter walking the highways and back roads on a trip out of Metropolis and across the country!

What strange force could have possibly compelled the Action Ace to abandon his home city in favor of boxcar rides and odd jobs? Will he use his X-Ray vision to cook a can of beans or carve strange sigils into a fencepost? Will he construct a Shanty of Solitude?

Find out why the Man of Steel becomes a Man of the Road in this exciting story, when Superman becomes… Grounded!

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Green Lantern’s Silver Age War of Light


Will DC Comic’s Reboot Affect Snyder’s Man of Steel?

As of May 31, fans received the news that DC Comics are going to reboot the entire DC Universe. Along with that news, we got to see the first look at the New Justice League that fans with lukewarm feelings toward the changes with Superman’s costume in particular. I personally believe that Superman’s costume should have stayed the same because it’s basically Superman. The question that leaves fans is whether or not the changes in Superman’s costume will influence the upcoming film “Man of Steel” starring Henry Cavill as the man of tomorrow.

If so how will fans react if the new costume is the official for the film? Will people praise the costume or will they pan it? As of six years ago when the official costume of Superman for Superman Returns was finally released, I really did not see Superman. I tried to accept it but could not wrap my head around the suit. People may hate me or criticize me when I say this about Superman’s costume; however, you should know from my previous articles that I do not write to please everyone. Now to Superman’s costume, the classic costume and the earth one costume will always be the best costume. I trust Snyder in keeping the classic suit after watching “300” and “Watchmen”. I am going to leave it plain as this “If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix”.


DC Comics relaunching most of its titles at No. 1

PHILADELPHIA — DC Comics is going back to the starting point in September, renumbering its entire lineup of DC Universe titles with No. 1 and retooling nearly all of its major characters, including Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman.

At the same time, the company, which has been publishing comics for 76 years, also said it would start selling digital copies of its printed ongoing superhero titles through apps and a website the same day they’re released in comic shops, a move dubbed by the industry as day-and-date sales. That will affect the company’s superhero titles.

That means DC is joining a movement already embraced by Archie Comics, which began same-day digital and print sales in April, along with other smaller publishers.

DC’s rival, Marvel Comics, has not yet implemented such a move but has routinely held more market share every year since 2002, based on sales statistics from Diamond Comic Distributors.

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Alt Text: It’s Makeover Time for DC Comics Superheroes

The biggest news this week — if you ignore politics, technology, sports and weather — is that DC Comics will soon be rebooting its universe. Again.

bug_altextDC owns such iconic superheroes as Superman, Batman and Matter-Eater Lad, and the company carefully stewards its charges by periodically killing them off, maiming them or driving them insane every time sales dip.

When sales really dip, the DC honchos pull out the old reboot trick. They rewrite the universe from the ground up, shaking up the status quo and leaving no sacred cow untenderized. Then 45-year-old action figure collectors complain, and DC changes everything back.

DC needs to hand the reins over to me for the reboot, which will start with Justice League No. 1 later this summer. I’ll ignore the wailing fans complaining that I’ve rendered the events of page 12 of Issue No. 138 of Batman: Legends of the Cash Cow obsolete. When I undermine the work of a generation, it stays undermined.

Here’s what I’ll do to make these incredibly popular, universally recognized characters palatable to 21st-century readers.


The great thing about Batman is that he has no powers. That makes him just like you and me, the main difference being that he goes out and gets exercise instead of reading comic books.

I want to take things a step further. In my universe, Batman has no powers or money. He’s constantly Dumpster-diving in the middle of missions to find something he can use as a batarang, or maybe just some leftover pizza.

Most of his scientific investigation is done on the computers at the library. The Batmobile is a shopping cart with plastic bags hanging from it. It does have fins, though.

Wonder Woman

Even though she’s a household name and a synonym for “soccer mom,” Wonder Woman hasn’t had a hit series since Lynda Carter hung up the hairspray. This must not stand. I’m going to make Wonder Woman popular, dammit.

The three biggest womanly names in entertainment are Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart and Lady Gaga, so the new Wonder Woman will run around giving away cars, scrapbooking and wearing a dress made of meat. Ka-ching!

Green Lantern

The problem with Green Lantern is that his one power is just “his imagination comes true.” He’s a damn Muppet Baby in tights. Wait, didn’t Gonzo wear tights? The point stands.

We need to compress Green Lantern’s portfolio a bit. From now on, he will have the power to control anything that’s green, and anything that’s a lantern. So he’s pretty much unbeatable in a Coleman outlet store, but otherwise he’s going to have to work a little harder.


Every so often, the writers try to tone down Superman’s powers, but they always end up ratcheting them back up again, because when you get down to it, Superman has just one power: being more goddamned powerful than anyone else. So screw it, let’s give him even more powers:

  • Can turn a frozen chicken into a thermonuclear bomb just by touching it.
  • In addition to supercold breath, he has superhot nose mucus.
  • Every child in the world, at the moment it is born, starts following his Twitter feed.
  • Can taste anything from 10,000 miles away.
  • Gets Call of Duty Elite premium membership without even having to buy Call of Duty.
  • New team name: “The Justice League of Superman.”
  • Lois Lane agrees to threesome with Zatanna.
  • Mayor of the solar system on Foursquare.
  • When he squeezes anything — not just coal — it turns into a diamond.
  • When he eats pork, it’s vegan for some reason.
  • Can control sea life with his mind, just to piss off Aquaman.
  • His Pandora account has a rewind button.
  • Able to create obvious rip-offs of Chuck Norris Facts without anyone noticing.

The Martian Manhunter

Gone. Poof. He, his ridiculous backstory and his luchador Liberace outfit never existed. He doesn’t exist in another dimension, he doesn’t exist in another timeline, he doesn’t even exist in comic books.

Those issues of the lame mid-’80s Justice League you bought? Imaginary. I don’t know why it’s OK to have a Kryptonian who looks exactly like a Calvin Klein model while it’s not OK to have a green Martian — it just is.

Next week: More DC remakes, or possibly something else.

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Born helpless, nude and unable to provide for himself, Lore Sjöberg eventually overcame these handicaps to make more superhero jokes on Twitter.


DC Comics goes for No. 1, fans conflicted

SPOILER ALERT: If you don’t want to know what DC Comics is doing in September, and if you didn’t notice Tuesday’s story in USA Today, be warned. There are images and information in this story that could educate you.

(CNN) — Fifty-two superheroes are getting a makeover, and comic book fans can’t stop talking about it — even though they’ve seen this sort of thing before.

DC Comics announced Tuesday on its blog, and in exclusive interviews with USA Today, that come September, not only will many of its titles get a more modern look under respected artist Jim Lee’s direction, but they’ll also get renumbered, starting issue counts back at No. 1.

(DC Comics, like CNN, is owned by parent company Time Warner.)

For readers emotionally invested in the stories of superheroes like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, this kind of announcement can be threatening. Based on fans’ Twitter reaction, it’s obvious that anxiety, or at the very least skepticism, has set in.

“I’ve seen their attempts to revamp before,” said David Whitehead, a 39-year-old client performance strategist who has been collecting comic books for 20 years.

“So, I guess I’m going in with some guarded skepticism,” he said. He wonders what kind of stories DC has up its sleeve, and how interesting they could be. He hopes the iconic publisher can pull it off, he said.

“I was the biggest Jim Lee fan in the ’90s, and then after seeing what he did to the Wonder Woman costume, I’m a little hesitant to see what he’s done with the rest of the Justice League and the rest of the DC Universe,” Whitehead said.

Fans also know that any kind of reboot is, in part, a business decision for the comic book publisher.

“What they’re shooting for is the opportunity for readers to jump on at an issue No. 1,” said Kathleen Saracen, manager of Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia. “New readers feel like, ‘Oh, it’s a No. 1, I could start reading it now,'” she said.

Comic book sales often jump up with a No. 1 issue, she said, “but I think it gets tiresome, from a collector’s point of view, to constantly have to renumber your collection.”

With comic books, she explained, many titles order story lines by volumes. At the beginning of a new volume, the issue number of a comic book may or may not roll back to No. 1. So for hard-core, superorganized collectors who have been following one comic book for a long time, she said, the chronological order of their copies isn’t always so logical.

And renumbering hasn’t always been appreciated in the past.

“One book that comes to mind is Wonder Woman,” said Erika Peterman, a DC Comics fan and blogger for

The Wonder Woman comic book was relaunched by DC in 2006, and by last year the new volume had reached issue No. 44. After a fan write-in campaign, DC revised the issue numbers to reflect the original starting date of the title, resulting in the next issue being numbered 600.

“Fans were like, ‘Yes! (Wonder Woman) deserves that high number because she’s been around since the 1940s, this puts her right up there with Superman and Batman,'” said Peterman.

Despite all the apprehension, fans say they want DC to be successful in this latest endeavor. They know that more people reading comic books means they get to keep collecting. So even if DC’s across-the-board revamp isn’t engineered to please loyal fans, it’s a move that they understand — because it’s designed to bring new readers into the fold.

For the most part, said Peterman, comic book collectors are in their mid-30s, which may surprise outsiders who think comic books are juvenile. Younger people are not collecting comic books the way they were 20 years ago, she said.

Whitehead points out that comic books aren’t generally available at the corner store anymore, so the impulse buys he made at the drug store in his youth are less likely to happen. These days, comic books are sold almost exclusively in comic book stores.

That’s where the second part of DC’s announcement comes in: With the renumbering, they’ll be offering day-and-date digital. That means that the same day new issues of comic books are in stores, they’ll be available for download as well. Whitehead said he thinks younger readers are more likely to read comics electronically.

“We’re having a party,” said DC Executive Editor Eddie Berganza. “We want as many people coming to that party as possible. If day-and-date digital is a way to get more people involved in comics and see what we’re doing, I think that’s great.”

“It seems to be the way the whole world is going,” he said.

In addition to the announcement Tuesday that the comic book “Justice League” would be starting again at issue No. 1 in September, DC officials told CNN the publisher would also be renumbering and modernizing such titles as Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, The Fury of Firestorm, The Savage Hawkman, Green Arrow, Justice League International, Mister Terrific, Captain Atom and DC Universe Presents.

The characters brought to the fore with the reboot will be interacting in ways they never have before in the DC universe, said DC Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras.

“For me, I wanted to get into the Cyborg character, who will be part of the Justice League,” Berganza said. “He’s always been one of my favorites from the Titans and now to see him step up, really take his place among the bigger pantheon of heroes is excellent. He’s such a cool character.”

“We’re doing a book called ‘Savage Hawkman’ and to see the excitement between the artist (Philip Tan) and the writer (Tony Daniel), taking a classic DC character, and to see what they’re doing with it is so amazing,” said Harras of the energy he sees in the pages of the rebooted title.

“It’s an epic that we’re putting together, and we’re incredibly excited about it,” he said.

Even so, fans still have unanswered questions about the upcoming reboot. As DC continues to announce its 52 superhero titles getting the treatment, fans can’t help but wonder what will change. For example, after giving Wonder Woman pants, what will Lee do to modernize DC’s other heavy hitters, Batman and Superman?

DC wouldn’t tell CNN. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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DC Comics goes back to square one; resets all 52 titles, including Superman …

Wednesday, June 1st 2011, 9:31 AM

Batman and Green Lantern are starting from scratch as DC Comic resets their comic book titles back to #1.

Holy reset buttons, Batman!

DC Comics officially announced Tuesday that the company will reset the numbers of all its comic titles back to #1 later this summer.

All 52 titles under the publisher will be affected, including Action Comics, which is up to issue 902 – numbering that began with the first appearance of Superman in 1938.

“DC Comics will be making history this September,” said co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee in a statement. “We’ll be renumbering the entire DC Universe line of comic books with 52 first issues.

“Not only will this initiative be compelling for existing readers, it’ll give new readers a precise entry point into our titles.”

The move is meant to give new fans intimidated by the long continuity of many characters like Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the Flash easier access into comic books, but also will include new writer-artist teams for about three-quarters of the books.

Rebooting individual titles has been done many times in the industry over the years, but this is the first time a publisher’s entire line of books has undergone that kind of massive change.

In addition, Lee told USA Today that many of the publisher’s superheroes will be getting costume redesigns as well, a move that may jolt change-adverse fans. Lee’s update to Wonder Woman’s famous star-spangled shorts and red boots last year had many fans ready to storm the Hall of Justice.

“You’re trying to have your cake and eat it, too,” Lee told the newspaper. “You’re trying to keep the iconic elements there, but at the same time freshen up the look so that people are intrigued by what they’re seeing and hopefully come and sample the wares.”


May 31, 2011: Superman Comics Shipping This Week

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

Shipping This Week: June 1, 2011.

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

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



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    Comic Book Superheroes: POW!

    Shazam, Whoom, Bam, POW! These words and sounds became music to my ears in the 1940s. The superheroes had arrived. Superman, then Batman, began to become my world although they had their beginning in the 1930s. Actually, these superheroes had deeper roots than I thought they had and much of the groundwork for their style and substance began in the newspapers in the early 1930s. The comic book format was introduced in 1932 although most thought it was only a fad and would not last. They were newspaper strips at first in a weird format with very little dialogue and funny word “balloon” captions coming from the mouths of the characters. The characters, such as Superman, wore capes, had heightened powers, high-human strength, were very athletic and always in peak condition, skilled in hand-to-hand combat, and moved in stealth fashion and appeared out of nowhere. He, however, lived in our type of world although he had come from another planet.

    For ten cents, you could buy a 8-inch by 10-inch, brightly decorated “booklet” that grabbed your attention and had funny men wearing masks and gloves, running around in tights. Actually they weren’t funny to young boys. They were serious figures that somehow conveyed a message that I and almost every other young boy understood. The ’30s had been mired in a depression and this was followed by World War II. The world seemed to be in a state of chaos but the comic books offered a release that was hard to understand. The characters lived in our real world and the first superhero, Superman, fought for justice and freedom of the individual. I could relate to that.

    By the late 1930s, another character was introduced — Batman. Bruce Wayne, who became Batman, had witnessed his parents murdered and he was out to avenge this crime as well as other injustices. Later, in 1941, he picked up a sidekick — Robin.

    The ’30s were a time of striving to survive. The economic situation offered little to most families and kids strove to amuse themselves with what today would be unheard of activities. I collected bottle caps from the soda dispensers at the grocery stores. I had collected a huge box full and constructed castles and walls on the floor at night (television didn’t exist at this time). It passed the time. When comic books made their appearance, I couldn’t afford the dime to buy one each month so I waited until my buddies had read theirs. I collected all that I could and kept them in the store room at our house after reading and rereading them a hundred times. Before I finally got rid of them because my mother  kept falling over them, I had collected two stacks of them that were three feet tall.

    The success and impact on our society was remarkable. Almost overnight, the publishing houses, DC Comics and Marvel Comics, being the main publishers, sold millions of copies per year. Fifteen million were sold in 1942 and that increased to 25 million in 1943. In 1953, 100 million copies were sold.

    More characters were introduced as success followed success. In the 1940s, Flash, Hawkman, the Green Lantern with Captain America appearing wearing a U.S. flag outfit during World War II. In 1941, Charles Mouton Marston created Wonder Woman, a female counterpart for the exclusively male characters up to that time.

    Saturday serials in movie houses appeared as well as radio programs.

    In the 1950s, Congress and many parents decided that this popular type of booklet had to be controlled and the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency investigated the comic book industry. A Comic Code Authority was formed to control the content that comic books could include in these books that were being sold mainly to the youth. Their Seal of Approval was now required and certain subjects, such as homosexuality and drugs, could not be included in the publications.

    The maturity of the American audience changed and Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four with themes related to your right to live and exist. Later, the Incredible Hulk brought us into the Atomic Age.

    In 1966, a Batman series appeared on television. The popularity of Batman and Superman continues to this day and their antics have been made into movies. Wonder Woman, staring Lynda Carter, had a television series from 1975 to 1979.


    Rediscovering the Peninsula by Darold Fredricks appears in the Monday edition of the Daily Journal.


    Archenemy Series Part 1: Superman

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    We all know who Superman is. Yet it is surprising how many people, even on this site, fail to truly understand him. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no expert on Superman and his comic book story lines, but I do believe I understand him as a character better than most people I have spoken to. Now I’m sure all of you reading this is thinking the same thing, “what’s the point of this article? It’s obvious who his archenemy is!” And you all have the same name in your mind. Well, yes he is in this article. But no, it’s not as obvious as you may first think. Superman has many enemies. Some, in the grand scheme of things, have been little more than an annoyance for the Man Of Steel. There have been plenty of villains who have given him a challenge. But then there are others who have truly tested The Last Son Of Krypton and pushed him to his limits. So it is in this handful of evil characters that we search for Superman’s true nemesis.


    Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosDoomsday was a helpless humanoid child born in a lab and taken to prehistoric Krypton by the scientist, Bertron. The child soon died due to the harsh planetary environment. Bertron found the childs remains and cloned him. This was done thousands of times over to force evolutionary changes. Eventually the child began evolving with a resistance to whatever it was that had just killed him and then the ability to do this without Bertron’s assistance. Growing ever stronger and more resilient over thousands of years, the child once known as “The Ultimate” became “Doomsday” and his hatred for all life brought him to Earth. It was here he found life he hated above all, Kryptonian life.

    So why does Doomsday pose such a threat to Superman? His strength, resistance and unwavering hatred for life has actually lead to him achieving the unthinkable, he “killed” Superman! But is this enough to grant him “nemesis” status? I think not. There have been numerous villains who have given Superman a good beating, albeit falling short of a fatal blow. So what places Doomsday higher than the likes of Metallo, other than that last lethal step?

    Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosDoomsday comes from the same planet as Superman. That has to stir emotions in our hero. He is desperate for Earth to welcome him as their own. Just when he has won the trust of many humans, a creature of destruction from his own planet arrives like a slap in the face. Doomsday represents the evil of Krypton. A force Superman must lay to rest for the human population to fully trust who he is and where he comes from. You could argue that General Zod also represents this and I would agree with you. However, Zod is the same as Superman. He has the same strengths and more importantly, the same weaknesses. Superman knows how to beat him. It might mean his own death, but Kal El knows exactly how to finish Zod. This brings me nicely to my next point.

    Superman has always been willing to sacrifice his own life for the safety of Earth but for the first time, Doomsday forced Superman to defy his own morals and take a life for the planets safety. It is this conflict that places Doomsday as a possible nemesis of Superman.


    Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosThere are many versions of Brainiac in both comics and animation with various origins. His most popular form is that of an android and with either origin, he is seen as a being who travels the universe in search of knowledge. Once a planets entire history has been cataloged it is usually destroyed. His more popular back stories see Brainiac as the product of a Kryptonian  A.I. computer programme responsible for the demise of the planets population by betraying Superman’s biological father, Jor El. The other popular version sees Brainiac herald from Colu. This origin tells of Brainiac visiting Krypton and stealing the capital city of Kandor. Either incarnation of this character has a strong tie with Krypton and therefore a hold over Superman.

    Before learning Brainiacs true nature, Kal El very nearly joined him. With the promise of knowledge regarding his home planet, Brainiac seemingly offered an olive branch of opportunity to Superman. The desire to know more about his heritage was enough to cloud Superman’s judgement for a short time. Brainiac’s main goal has been to upload himself into Superman’s body. His desire to constantly evolve has seen him reach his android limits and the next step is a living body. Superman’s body is the only one suitable in Brainiacs mind. Well, if your set on being the most powerful being in the universe there are worse choices of body out there!

    Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosSo what makes Brainiac a nemesis rather than just a villain? Well it differs slightly depending on which Brainiac we talk about. Both hold the key to Superman finding who he is, where he came from and who his parents were. Both have Krypton’s entire history cataloged and just out of Superman’s reach. Yes, Superman has managed to get his hands on bits and pieces over the years, but not the complete picture. One Brainiac incarnation actually has a piece of Krypton. The entire capital city held captive, the last hope Superman has of truly knowing his people. The other version is much more personal. Not only is this Brainiac responsible for Superman growing up on Earth with no idea of who he really is. And not only is he responsible for the death of the entire Kryptonian race (apart from those few we know of) but he did it by disgracing his fathers reputation. He covered and altered all of Jor El’s findings, making sure the Kryptonian council laughed off his claims of the world dying.

    Either Brainiac incarnation has enough of a hold over Superman to make him stop and think, to plant that seed of doubt in his mind about what he is doing with his life. That is what makes Brainiac more than just a villain to Superman.


    Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosYes, here he is. No list of Superman nemesis’s(?), nemsi(?), would be complete without Lex Luthor. His background has varied slightly over the years but one thing is for sure, the guys cold calculating heart is matched only by his almost superhuman intellect. His more popular incarnations saw him as a childhood or college friend of Clark’s, only to dismiss all knowledge of these events. Lex has a goal in life, to be the most influential man on the planet, with complete control. He doesn’t care if people fear him or admire him, as long as they look up to him and obey him as their superior. He was on his way to achieving this when a certain red and blue fly landed in his soup. How could Lex achieve the status of the most powerful, influential man on Earth if Superman was out there doing what he does best? The answer was simple. Destroy Superman. Not necessarily kill Superman, but to destroy what he stands for and leave his reputation in tatters. If death was to come as a result then so be it but death was to come at Lex’s hand.

    How does a human stand a chance against The Man Of Steel? Well, if knowledge is power then Lex is in no way helpless. And if it’s not what you know but who you know that counts, then Lex has the connections to get things done. He studies Superman more than any other villain in the universe. He knows every weakness and that doesn’t stop at physical threats. He knows how to pull Superman’s strings. He knows the heroes compassion for all life and his strong set of morals, and he pushes them to their limits.

    Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosAnd so a rivalry like no other is born. There isn’t a day that goes by that Superman couldn’t kill Lex in a heartbeat, they both know this. Part of Lex wants it. If he is to die then what better way to go than to take the respect and moral values of your enemy with you? He would die with his life’s ambition fulfilled. But Lex knows it won’t happen, and he relishes pushing Superman to that limit so he can watch Kal El retreat with a sense of pride inside. For a number of years Lex had managed to avoid prison. Jumping through every legal loophole he could find. This only added to the tension between hero and villain as Superman was unable to remove the Lex Luthor threat (in his way at least). Once the world finally saw Lex for who he was, he arguably became a much larger threat to Superman. With no pretence to uphold he could devote his time to bringing down The Man Of Steel without the need to cover his tracks. Lex has used and even created several villains to help remove the Superman stain on his world. He has also created a battle suit so he can go blow for blow with Superman.

    The previous nemesis contenders have had ties to Superman’s past, Lex is placed firmly in his present. Luthor has all the trademarks of an archenemy for Superman. He is able to toy with Superman’s emotions whilst dealing a very serious physical threat. He doesn’t want to just kill Superman, he wants to ruin his legacy and bring him to his knees first. It’s frustrating for Superman as he could easily kill Lex if it wasn’t for his own morales. But not only that, he is desperate for Lex to use his gifts for the benefit of mankind rather than personal gain. One thing is for sure, if either of them were gone, they would leave a massive void in the others life.


    Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosDarkseid is one of the most powerful beings in the DC universe, unquestionable ruler of Apokolipse and master of the Omega Effect. On his own planet he is seen as a god, and it’s easy to see why. The Omega Effect he wields is capable of just about anything, a beam from his eyes can bend and twist at his will and even pass through matter to reach his target. Once hit, he can teleport that target, kill it, transform it or even erase it’s entire existence. His strength and durability are befitting of a god and he has defeated Superman through strength alone. His goal is to rule over the universe and eradicate free will. To do this, he seeks “the anti-life equation”, a formula said to remove free will from any sentient life form. Darkseid believes fragments of this equation can be found in the human mind and he is prepared to tear open each person on the planet until he has pieced it together. And this is where he inevitably clashes with Superman.

    So what makes Darkseid more than just a major physical threat to Superman? Well, everything the other three villains mentioned here have done or have tried to do, Darkseid has taken one step further. His ruthless, unwavering drive to break the universe and rebuild it in his image has seen him cause trouble for Superman on a scale the others have only dreamt of. So how has he done this?

    Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosThe first thing Darkseid managed was to succeed where Brainiac failed. He brainwashed Superman and took control of The Man Of Steel, using him as a weapon of destruction on Earth. On regaining his senses, Superman looked in horror at the devastation he had caused, the lives he had destroyed and the countless he had no doubt killed. Darkseid had succeeded where Lex had failed as the world no longer trusted him and he no longer trusted himself. Superman was forced to question his own existence in a way he had never done so before. If that wasn’t enough, Darkseid also did the same thing with Superman cousin, Supergirl! These acts, along with the countless worlds he has destroyed has pushed Superman over the edge. When Doomsday came, Kal El was forced to defend himself and the planet with lethal force. Darkseid has taken this a major step forwards as for the first time in history, on meeting Darkseid again, Superman actually engaged in battle and was prepared to not only take a life in defence but to murder Darkseid. You cannot imagine what this means for the Superhero who’s power, self control and moralistic views make him the hero all other heroes look up to.

    When facing Darkseid, it is unclear whether having Superman with you is a good idea or a terrible mistake. You would never want to tackle a man of Darkseid’s power without someone as powerful as Superman backing you up. But the emotional turmoil Superman is thrown into in Darkseid’s presence makes him a vary large liability. He has succeeded in so many areas where others have failed, he has ruined Superman’s reputation, forced him to kill and driven him to throw aside everything he stands for. That is why Darkseid is a nemesis of Superman.


    I think you will all agree that Lex Luthor is the true archenemy of Superman. But maybe now you will see that it’s not as clear cut as you first think. Others have a legitimate claim to that title, the closest of which I would say is Darkseid. He has driven Superman to lengths no other villain has managed. But no one has devoted so much time into researching and bringing down Superman as Lex Luthor. And like I said before, if either of them were gone, there would be a void in the others life, so much so that whoever’s left may feel lost and in Lex Luthor’s case, without purpose. You can’t make that claim about the other villains. That is why Lex Luthor is Superman’s archenemy.

    So what do you think? Is there anyone I’ve forgotten who is worthy of a shout out? Have I overinflated the worth of any of these villains? Does this shirt make me look gay? 

    I have a few people in mind for part 2 but if you have any suggestions you know where to post them.