Brian Michael Bendis’ new Superman comic is here, and he’s got questions about Krypton

The Cleveland-born Bendis was back in the state for his brother’s wedding. During his visit, an old friend invited him to the downtown Cleveland library, the one he had visited frequently as a child, to check out an exhibit.

The exhibit? “Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton.” Bendis felt it was a sign.

At that moment, few knew that Bendis was contemplating a jump to DC Comics after almost two decades as one of the top writers at Marvel. But there he was, in his hometown – which also happens to be the birthplace of the Superman comic and its creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster – surrounded by curvy S’s and capes.

Bendis was so moved by the seemingly spontaneous superhero moment that he recorded it on video for his wife (convinced she wouldn’t believe him) and later posted it to his YouTube channel. The comic book gods had spoken: Bendis knew it was time to take a leap, up, up and away to an uncertain but exciting future.

“I went through that exhibition and I said, ‘Yeah, that’s it, I’m doing it,'” he said.

Though his first Superman story debuted in the 1,000th issue of Action Comics, Bendis’ full-time duties kicked off last week with the release of “The Man of Steel,” a six-issue miniseries (the first issue illustrated by Ivan Reis) that is a continuation of the story Bendis began to tell in Action No. 1,000.

Bendis knew he would create a villain for Superman. The superhero needed a new rival, someone who could get under his impenetrable skin. That villain, Rogol Zaar, appears in the Action issue and “The Man of Steel” No. 1.

To research what tricks a villain would have to have up his sleeve to make Superman uncharacteristically emotional, Bendis went to the best source. But while diving into decades of Superman comics, one question kept coming back to him: What’s up with the destruction of Krypton?

Bendis ran the idea by fan-favorite Superman writer/artist Dan Jurgens, who just finished the writing run on “Action Comics.”

“I called up Dan and I said, ‘Should I ever do a story about what really happened on Krypton?’ And Jurgens goes, ‘Why, what really happened on Krypton?’ I knew from (his) inquisitive tone that (I) was on to something,” Bendis said.

Once “The Man of Steel” wraps, Bendis’ writing time will be split between “Action Comics” and a new “Superman” series. Bendis says “Superman” will feature the biggest stories in the DC universe – adventures only Supes could handle. “Action Comics” will have more of a focus on Clark Kent, with a look at his life as a reporter.

From: http://gazette.com/brian-michael-bendis-new-superman-comic-is-here-and-hes-got-questions-about-krypton/article/1627073

Superman going strong at 80 – Jamaica Observer

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — In an era when superheroes seem to be everywhere — there were literally dozens in the most recent “Avengers” film — the Man of Steel stands apart.

Eighty years after his debut in Action Comics #1, dated June 1938, Superman is still an American cultural icon, the hero of reference and the undisputed star of DC Comics.

And yesterday, the comic book publisher — also known for Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Green Lantern, among others — is counting on Superman more than ever.

“He is the mold people worked with, the template for the idea of a superhero,” explains Jared Smith, who works in a comic book store in Washington.

“Superman is a very idealised character. They call him the Boy Scout of America. He always does the right thing and tries do to the good thing.”

In Action Comics #1, 13 pages were dedicated to the story of Kal-El, an alien from the planet Krypton with supernatural strength, sent to Earth by his father before his home planet was destroyed.

Superman’s debut was a smash success. A year later, DC Comics gave the Man of Steel his own book, and introduced another formidable hero: Batman.

Eighty years on, the formula has not changed: Superman has more or less always appeared in his red, blue and yellow suit with the “S” symbol on the chest.

In his appearances on the silver and small screen, in comic strips and videogames, he has fought for truth, justice and the “American Way.”

In Illinois, the town of Metropolis — which shares a name with Superman’s fictional home — organizes an annual festival celebrating the hero.

This summer, on the heels of a “Man of Steel” mini-series, DC Comics will reboot the standalone “Superman” series. For the challenge, they tapped Brian Michael Bendis, a legend in the genre who worked for two decades at rival publisher Marvel.

“You always feel the legacy of the character when you hop on, and I’ve had that joy a couple of times, but there’s something different about Superman,” Bendis said in an interview with pop culture website Nerdist.

“I think there’s something fascinating about the fact that not only did this character invent the genre but it stayed true and became the core, soul, and center of the genre for the entirety of its existence.”

– Too perfect?-
Superman is an immigrant on Earth, raised by a farmer and his wife from infancy in fictional Smallvillle.

Eventually, he takes the name Clark Kent, moves to Metropolis and becomes a journalist.

His two creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, were Jewish high school students when they first came up with the idea for Superman.

Their parents were immigrants, and their character personified the American dream — a metaphor for immigrants who fled Europe in the 1930s for the peace and prosperity of America.

It’s a theme that Bendis plans to pick up.

“People would come from all over the world just to live in Metropolis, to be watched over by the most famous immigrant,” Bendis told The Washington Post.

“It’s not going to be this huge message, it’s just going to be there — just flavor, the way we see the world.”

From time to time in the past, Superman’s popularity waned — his chiseled perfection was sometimes too much for an imperfect audience, who turned to Spider-Man and the X-Men, whose flaws they could identify with more readily.

“They made him so powerful as a character that there was nothing that could really threaten him, so after that, they introduced the idea of Kryptonite from his planet that could take away some of his powers,” Smith explains.

To keep Superman in step with society, writers tried to keep him in sync with political and societal changes of the times — in 1978, he met boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who took him to the ghettos of Metropolis.

More recently, Superman wanted to surrender his American nationality in protest at the government, which he felt had betrayed him.

In another storyline, he saved migrant workers from a white supremacist, a nod to far-right violence seen in some corners of the country.

Smith even recalls that the Man of Steel had something of a “socialist start,” fighting capitalists “who were taking too much money or not treating their workers well” in the 1930s and 1940s.

As ever, he fights for the American Way, whatever the definition.

From: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Superman_going_strong_at_80?profile=1228

Digital Comics Weekend Sales Round-Up: Batman, Superman, Ms. Marvel and Lady Mechanika

It’s the weekend and there are a few digital sales going on.  Why are you looking so surprised?

First up, we have the “Marvel Rising” sale.  Here’s the Amazon link and here’s the Comixology link.  I have no problem recommending the first volume of Ms. Marvel, although I do think it loses its edge after V. 1 as it dives too quickly into the rest of the Marvel Universe.  Perils of being a gateway title, I suppose.  Also of note, while it’s not something I ever personally got into, an awful lot of people like Squirrel Girl.  (But more in the tpbs, I suppose.)

 

DC has its “Hidden Gems” sale at Comixology.  This is another one where the sale is also going on at Amazon, but they don’t seem to have bothered building a link page to it. The biggest hidden gem is DC Meets Looney Tunesif you haven’t read the stunning Batman/Elmer Fudd, that’s the cover feature for this reprint volume and that’s what your getting it for.  Best single issue of 2017 as far as I’m concerned.  If you like Batman, you could do worse than the 90s No Man’s Land arcwhere Gotham gets cut off from the mainland and goes feudal.  And for something completely different, but not as completely different as Looney Tunes, there’s Superman: Emperor Joker –  the non-spoiler tagline would be “what if the Joker laid hands on a Cosmic Cube?”

And strictly on Comixology, there’s the “Indie Sci-Fi Sale.”  I’ll point out two things here.  While I haven’t personally tried Lady Mechanika yet, it’s usually one of the best selling creator owned comics when a new issue comics out, particularly creator-owned outside Image, and you really can’t argue with $1.99 for the first digital tpb.  I have read some Atomic Robo before and if you’re in the market for a fun-forward comic about a robot fighting back the forces of mad science, you could do a lot worse.

Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.

From: http://www.comicsbeat.com/digital-comics-weekend-sales-round-up-batman-superman-ms-marvel-and-lady-mechanika/

80 years of Superman comics: Why the superhero almost never existed

Dated June 1938, Action Comics No. 1 featured Superman’s very first appearance. It is considered the work that marks the beginning of the superhero genre, and the issue has become one of the world’s most coveted pop culture collector’s items.

In 2014, one of the first copies containing the debut adventure of original superhero Superman, which cost 10 cents in 1938, sold for $3.2 million (2.4 million euros) through an auction on eBay. The mint-condition copy fetched the highest price ever for a comic book.

It is estimated that only 50 to 100 original copies of the comic still exist.

Read more: Spider-Man celebrates his ‘Homecoming’

 

The thrilling cover certainly contributed to the issue’s success

Initially rejected

The Superman character was initially created in 1933 by Jerry Siegel in a short story titled The Reign of the Superman, illustrated by his friend Joe Shuster. They self-published the work in a science fiction magazine.

Their first pitch to get the idea transformed into a comic strip was, however, unsuccessful.

A few years later, National Allied Publications (which later became known as DC Comics) was looking for a lead feature for the fourth title in their adventure series, but a looming deadline meant there wasn’t time to create something new.

They found the rejected Superman comic strips and decided to publish them. Comic book publisher Jack Liebowitz, who died in 2000 at the age of 100, said that the decision to pick up the Superman figure was “pure accident.”

The successful businessman selected the cover image, which depicts the super-strong figure with a red cape lifting a car over his head. Liebowitz was also behind the idea to turn the comics into a TV series that started filming in 1951. 

The first issue of Action Comics had a print run of 200,000 copies and quickly sold out; sales of the series had reached a million just a month later. Creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were paid $10 per page — a total of $130 for their work on the issue.

  • A brief history of comics

    Back to the roots

    For many experts, Wilhelm Busch is considered the founding father of the comic. The artist from rural Germany inspired the first modern comic illustrators in New York and later even Walt Disney himself. His “heroes,” which he began drawing in the 1860s, are mean animal torturers, drunk priests, bigots and two very naughty boys: Max and Moritz.

  • A brief history of comics

    Comic pioneers

    Not only the Comic Con, but also a Frankfurt museum, Kunsthalle Schirn, is exploring the genre this summer. The exhibition mainly features American comic pioneers, including Cliff Sterret. Pictured is Sterret’s “Polly and Her Pals.” The show demonstrates that the illustrators were part of an avant-garde movement that developed its own art form and anticipated Surrealism and Expressionism.

  • A brief history of comics

    How newspapers launched the comic

    The rise of comics can largely be attributed to newspapers. The sinking price of paper and technically improved printing machines made it possible for newspapers to up their printing runs and reach mainstream audiences in the early 20th century. As publications competed for readers, comics played a central role. The success of a newspaper was often determined by the popularity of its comics.

  • A brief history of comics

    The birth of a superhero

    In 1933, at the age of 14, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created Superman and dubbed him the Hebrew word “Kal-El,” which roughly translates as “voice of God.” It took them five years to find a publisher. Finally, in 1938, DC Comics published the first Superman comic in the “Action Comics” series. That first edition was auctioned for $3.2 million (about 2.4 million euros) in 2014.

  • A brief history of comics

    Superheroes get political

    Superman wasn’t alone for long. He was quickly joined by Batman, Captain America, Wonderwoman, The Flash, and countless others to fight the bad guys – including Adolf Hitler. Yes, you read that right. During World War II, Superman Co. were popular among American troops in Europe, where they took on the enemy of the day.

  • A brief history of comics

    Comics in the cinema

    At the end of World War II, many superheroes disappeared – only the most popular managed to keep “their jobs.” Rather than fighting dictators, they took on extraterrestrials and criminals like the Joker. Superman Co. appeared in numerous cinema films, which boosted interest in the characters. Most recently, “Deadpool” (2016, pictured) retold the story of the Marvel character of the same name.

  • A brief history of comics

    ‘Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy…’

    He’s not a superhero, but is one of the most popular comic figures of all time. Walt Disney Comics first introduced Donald Duck in 1943, and illustrator Carl Barks played a large role in the choleric bird’s fame. Over the next 20 years, he illustrated Disney comics nearly monthly, creating a large collection of friends for Donald. Scrooge McDuck was born in 1947 and Gladstone Gander in 1948.

  • A brief history of comics

    Indomitable Gauls against the Romans

    While the US was a forerunner in some of the most internationally well known comics, European illustrators were equally active. The most famous European duo, Asterix and Obelix, were born from the pen of French artists René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (pictured). Created in 1959, the Gauls appeared in 36 books, the last of which – “Asterix and the Missing Scroll” – just came out last year.

  • A brief history of comics

    Out-of-date classic

    Created by Belgian illustrator Hergé in 1929, Tintin is a legend among Europe’s comic figures. The reporter travels around the world with his dog and experiences outlandish adventures, which are told over 24 books. However, the series has been criticized for reflecting racist colonialist attitudes. In 2007, a Congolese student sued to stop the distribution of the album “Tintin in the Congo.”

  • A brief history of comics

    The lonesome cowboy

    Yet another comic star from Belgium is cowboy Lucky Luke. The man who always had a cigarette hanging out of his mouth was created by illustrator Morris and first appeared in the magazine “Spirou” in 1946. The first Lucky Luke comic book was released in 1949. Morris also wrote 17 live-action screenplays featuring Lucky Luke, who was played by Italian actor Terence Hill in two of them.

  • A brief history of comics

    Comics under a new name

    It hasn’t always been easy for comics. At times, they were thought to dumb down and be detrimental to young readers. In 1977, author Will Eisner (pictured) coined the term “graphic novel,” in order to emphasize the literary quality of his comics. It was a smart move, because suddenly a broader group of more traditional readers became interested in stories told in pictures.

  • A brief history of comics

    The victory of the graphic novel

    Unlike in comics, a graphic novel is a complete story and is published as a book rather than a magazine. As far as content goes, they’re nearly the same. US illustrator Art Spiegelman shot into the bestseller lists with his graphic novel “Maus” in 1986 and received a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 – a first for a comic. “Maus” tells the moving story of Spiegelman’s father, a survivor of the Holocaust.

  • A brief history of comics

    Comics in Germany

    Unlike in the major comic hubs, like France and the US, German readers were not as open to the genre. But in recent years, German comic artists – like Reinhard Kleist – have established themselves internationally. And the next generation of illustrators is already in the limelight. In “Three Stones” (2016), Nils Oskamp told his story of being the victim of right-wing violence in his youth.

  • A brief history of comics

    The manga phenomenon

    Originally from Japan, mangas in Europe were decried for glorifying violence or being too sexually explicit in the 1990s. It wasn’t until TV series like “Sailor Moon” that they gained widespread acceptance. In the late 1990s, “Pokemon” even sparked a manga boom in Germany.

    Author: Annabelle Steffes / kbm


From: http://www.dw.com/en/80-years-of-superman-comics-why-the-superhero-almost-never-existed/a-44041733

Brian Michael Bendis’s new Superman comic is here, and he’s got questions about Krypton


Star comics writer Brian Michael Bendis began his writing run at DC comics with the 1,000th issue of “Action Comics.” (DC Entertainment)

While contemplating the next major move of his career, comic-book writer Brian Michael Bendis found the answers and inspiration he was looking for at a public library in Ohio.

The Cleveland-born Bendis was back in the state for his brother’s wedding. During his visit, he was invited by an old friend to the downtown Cleveland library, the same one he had visited frequently as a child, to check out an exhibit.

The exhibit? “Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton.” Bendis felt as though it was a sign.

At that moment, few people knew that Bendis was seriously contemplating a jump to DC Comics after almost two decades as one of the top writers at Marvel. But there he was, in his home town — which also happens to be the birthplace of the Superman comic and its creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster — surrounded by curvy S’s and capes.

Bendis was so moved by the seemingly spontaneous superhero moment that he recorded it on video for his wife (convinced that she wouldn’t believe him) and later posted it to his YouTube channel. The comic book gods had spoken: Bendis knew it was time to take a leap, up, up and away to an uncertain but exciting future.

“I went through that exhibition, and I said, ‘Yeah, that’s it, I’m doing it,’?” Bendis told The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs.

However, the transition from one comic behemoth to another wouldn’t be smooth. Bendis became ill in December and says he nearly died of a drug-resistant infection. He took his time recovering before it was announced he would be working on Superman at DC.

“I’m happy to report a complete, clean bill of health,” Bendis said. “Truthfully, this transition, having these new stories to tell and characters to write, has been very therapeutic.”

Though his first Superman story debuted in the 1,000th issue of Action Comics, Bendis’s full-time duties kicked off Wednesday with the release of “The Man of Steel,” a six-issue miniseries (the first issue was illustrated by Ivan Reis) that is a continuation of the story Bendis began to tell in Action No. 1,000.

Bendis knew right away that he would be creating a villain for Superman: He thought the superhero needed a new rival, someone who could get under his impenetrable skin. That villain, Rogol Zaar, appears in both the Action issue and “The Man of Steel” No. 1.


Cover art for “The Man of Steel” No. 1 by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Alex Sinclair. (DC Entertainment)

To research what kind of tricks a villain would have to have up his sleeve to make Superman uncharacteristically emotional, Bendis went to the best source. But while diving into decades of Superman comics, one question kept coming back to him: What’s up with the destruction of Krypton?

“As I was reading, I had this idea, ‘Wow, that’s weird that a planet just exploded,’?” Bendis said. “Did anyone question that? Why did that happen? It doesn’t seem like it was even investigated.”

Bendis ran the idea by fan-favorite Superman writer/artist Dan Jurgens, who just finished the writing run on “Action Comics.”

“I called up Dan, and I said, ‘Should I ever do a story about what really happened on Krypton?’ And Jurgens goes, ‘Why, what really happened on Krypton?’ I knew from [his] inquisitive tone that [I] was on to something,” Bendis said.

Once “The Man of Steel” wraps up, Bendis’s writing time will be split between “Action Comics” and a new “Superman” series. Bendis says “Superman” will feature the biggest stories in the DC universe — the type of adventures only Supes could handle. “Action Comics” will have more of a focus on Clark Kent, with a look at his life as a reporter.

“Action Comics [will be a] Valentine to journalism today,” Bendis said. “The one choice [Superman/Clark Kent] made for himself is [being a] reporter. He could have chosen anything, but he decided ‘I need to have a job where I can tell the truth and the truth that I can’t get to as Superman.’ And I love that about him, and we’ll be focusing on that.”

Despite flirting with the idea of starting his DC career with other characters — including the other two-thirds of DC’s famed trilogy, Batman and Wonder Woman — Bendis says the connection between Superman, his home town and the Jewish upbringing of his youth was too sentimental to pass up.

“If you grew up in Cleveland, especially if you’re a little comic-book Jewish person, all you hear from people is rock and roll was born here and Superman was born here,” Bendis said. “Finding out that someone like you can do that for a living is a big deal.”

Bendis said he has already created 14 new characters to add to the Superman universe. One character just as important as the Last Son of Krypton? The city of Metropolis. Bendis was known at Marvel for being a champion of diversity with co-creations like Miles Morales and Riri Williams. He sees Metropolis as a gateway to something similar.

“To shove [diversity] in because that’s what I’m known for, that would be a mistake. But where story allows it, absolutely. Metropolis [is] this cultural, vibrant stew of people from all over the world. People would come from all over the world just to live in Metropolis, to be watched over by the most famous immigrant,” Bendis said. “I think the cultural vibrancy of Metropolis is going to explode from this. It’s not going to be this huge message, it’s just going to be there. Just flavor. The way we see the world. The world outside my window.”


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Read more:

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From: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2018/05/30/brian-michael-bendiss-new-superman-comic-is-here-and-hes-got-questions-about-krypton/

Joe Shuster gets his own book at last (Journey Into Comics)

CLEVELAND, Oh. — “The Artist Behind Superman: The Joe Shuster Story” (Barnes Noble, $24.95) is a new graphic novel by Julian Voloj and artist Thomas Campi that tells the story of the artist half of the team of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. 

Shuster was the George Harrison of the Superman creator duo, even more quiet and reserved than Siegel. There have been many books written about Siegel and Shuster and the creation of Superman, one of the best being “Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster” by Cleveland’s own Brad Ricca, and this book shares many of the stories found in Ricca’s book and others. The writer doesn’t deny dipping into other works. The blurb even says the book is “based on archival material and original sources” and it is heavily annotated. 

There are a few scenes that do shed some new light on the oft-told subject. The scene where Shuster is ordered to draw Superboy while Jerry Siegel is in the service during World War II is telling. Siegel pitched the idea of Superboy to DC Comics where it was summarily rejected. But once Jerry was out of the picture, the company handed the idea over to another writer. It would be decades before Siegel’s family got credit and compensation for Jerry’s creation.

In the book, Siegel is furious when he learns that Shuster drew the Superboy book, knowing how long and hard he fought for it. Shuster, a man who did not like confrontation, just responded, “What else could I do?”

The art in the book is rather interesting, almost like a watercolor with faithful — if spare — representations of the characters. It played a little fast and loose with the interpretation of the death of Siegel’s father, Michel. The man was robbed at gunpoint in his clothing shop in Cleveland and suffered a fatal heart attack. The book’s illustration and sparse dialogue makes it appear that the man was shot. 

The book is worth reading by Superman fans, just don’t expect a lot of revelations.

Pekar Peace Park Comic Book Festival 

I’d like to think Harvey Pekar would be happy with a free comic con held in his home town and named in his honor, but who knows? I just just as easily imagine Harvey picking up some of the books being sold and saying, “What is this junk?”

The Pekar mini comic-con, noon to 5 p.m. July 14 at the park on Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, is always a good time and features many talented local artists. John Backderf, or just plain Derf, is a regular and said he would be there this year. The rest of the guestlist is up in the air. but expect the cream of the crop of local comic writers and artists.

Point is, the festival is always a good time, not overwhelming and expensive like most comic-cons (no offense to the con detailed below, which is also a nice, small con.)

I think Harvey would like that. Maybe.

Lake Effect Comic Con is coming

The Lake Effect Comic Con will be June 24 at the Holiday Inn East, 7701 Reynolds Road (Ohio 306) in Mentor.

Adult admission is $8 and kids under 13 get in free to see a couple dozen comic creators and even more comic dealers. Unlike those bigger conventions that spend their money on television and movie stars, this con is all about the comics.

Clink on the link for a full list of creators and comic dealers, a list that includes Gary Dumm (American Splendor); Mike Gustovich (Avengers) Dirk Manning, (Mr. Rhee) among many others.

It’s also a good place to buy and sell comics with enough dealers to allow price comparison.

From: https://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2018/05/joe_shuster.html

Superman Actor Honors Jackson’s Real Heroes | Jersey Shore Online

Actor Dean Cain (center) joins Jackson Police Officers Mike Basso, left, and Cherrick Daniels, right, during the Garden State Comic Festival held at Six Flags Great Adventure. (Photo by Bob Vosseller)

JACKSON – Even Superman couldn’t hold back the rain, but the show went on at Six Flags Great Adventure for the second Garden State Comic Festival.

The event drew comic book fans, cosplay enthusiasts and fans of actor Dean Cain, star of the ABC TV series “Lois Clark The New Adventures of Superman” from 1993 to 1997.

Cain was the special guest at the event held at the amusement park, which is associated with Warner Bros. studios, which owns DC Comics.

The costume group, DC Cosplayers East added to the atmosphere of the soggy day wearing costumes of DC Comics superheroes and supervillains.

Dave O Mare, one of the two founders of the event said “last year’s event had close to 4,000 attendees in the park. We have around 60 vendors and we have activities involving some of our artist guests to teach kids how to draw comics.”

Members of the DC Cosplayers East gather in front of the Hall of Justice attraction at Six Flags Great Adventure where the Garden State Comic Fest was held. (Photo by Bob Vosseller)

Danielle Pierson, Newton, donned the familiar black, red and white costume of the villainous Harley Quinn who originated in the Batman Animated series of the 1990s.

“Most of our members live in northern New Jersey. We make our own costumes from materials we buy and modify and alter,” Pierson said.

Mike Hemmig of Red Lion, Pa. marched outside the Hall of Justice attraction in his Robot Superman costume which he said took two weeks to construct and was made for this event. “Dave asked me to come out so I wanted to make something special.”

Attendees could have their photos taken with any of the cosplayers (literally “costumed players”) along with Superman and Wonder Woman who were provided by the amusement park.

For independent comic book artists like Woodbridge resident Angel Santiago, it was a chance to showcase his art, sell some prints and promote his own forthcoming self-published comic book. “I love the superhero genre. My book though has a focus on the protagonist and the antagonist. You get to see the good and the bad guy and why they do what they do. Everyone thinks what they are doing is the right thing.”

Actor Dean Cain speaks to fans during the Garden State Comic Festival held at Six Flags Great Adventure. (Photo by Bob Vosseller)

The Fletcher family of Winslow enjoyed their time at the show. Chris Fletcher, 11, sported a Joker T-shirt while his 8-year-old brother Shawn donned a Captain America T-shirt for the event.

“We came out to meet Dean Cain and have our photo taken with him,” Chris said.

Their mother Jamie said she was also looking forward to meeting Cain. “I watched the show when I was growing up.” Her mother Laura Dattilo also watched the show. “I came along to see him too,” Dattilo said.

It wouldn’t be a comic book show without vendors selling comics and East Side Mags of Montclair was doing a brisk business. The interest generated in comic books is far from waning according to store managers Jeff Beck and Mike Valle.

“DC Comics is outselling Marvel at least at our store. They seem to be more solid in their content and stories,” Beck said.

“Marvel is focusing more on their movies,” Valle added.

Cain remarked during his question and answer session, that despite his love and association with Superman, he also enjoyed the Marvel Comics film franchise.

“They are really doing well with their films. I enjoyed seeing Deadpool 2 last week with my son though I didn’t feel it was as good as the first one,” Cain said.

Cain was slated for a spot playing professional football with the Buffalo Bills but a knee injury sidelined him and redirected him to an acting career.

Before his time as Clark Kent/Superman, Cain had roles in TV shows like Beverly Hills 90210.

“I was the guy who broke up Brenda and Dillion on the show. It was a pretty popular series with young people back then.”

Mike Hemmig of Red Lion, Pa., is seen dressed as a Robot Superman during the Garden State Comic Fest held at Six Flags Great Adventure. He made the costume himself. (Photo by Bob Vosseller)

Cain said he felt his co-star Teri Hatcher who played Lois Lane was his favorite. “Margot Kidder was great in the first series of Superman films, may she rest in peace, but Teri was the best Lois ever.”

When asked if he felt stepping into the costume and donning the cape of the iconic character celebrating his 80th anniversary this year, might lead to typecasting, Cain said “I was 26-years old at the time. It was the perfect job for me. It was a wonderful role.”

“Superman embodies all that is good and is always trying to help people. That is why I feel the more modern version of him (in the recent films) which is darker is something I can’t relate to. Superman is about what is right and hope. There isn’t much of that in the new version. I think though that at 180 he’ll still be great.”

More recently Cain played the recurring role of Dr. Jerimiah Danvers in the CW series “Supergirl,” playing that character’s adopted Earth father. He said that he hopes that he will be asked back to appear in more episodes next season.

Comic book artist Angel Santiago points to one his characters in his forthcoming comic book during the second Garden State Comic Fest held at Six Flags Great Adventure. (Photo by Bob Vosseller)

At the conclusion of Cain’s session, several law enforcement officers were brought on stage to be recognized for their vocation. “These are the real heroes,” Cain said.

Among the police officers present were Mike Basso and Cherrick Daniels of the Jackson Police Department. “I watched him in the show as a kid,” Basso said.

From: https://www.jerseyshoreonline.com/jackson/superman-actor-honors-jacksons-real-heroes/

AFL Host Wears Superman Shirt To Celebrate Naming Of Marvel Stadium

Australian Football League commentator and AFL Game Day host Hamish McLachlan came under fire on social media after sporting a Superman shirt as a means of showing enthusiasm for Australia’s upcoming Marvel-branded Etihad Stadium.

But the iconic building-leaping superhero is the property of DC Comics, chief rival to Disney-owned Marvel Entertainment.

“I’m Marveling up,” McLachlan said at the start of AFL Game Day on Sunday (via News.com.au).

“We’re asking everyone today about superheroes because of Marvel,” McLachlan said later in the show. “I’m wearing Superman — he isn’t a Marvel character apparently, but he was my favorite superhero.”

Online commentators took to social media to point on McLachlan’s gaff, with one asking “why the hell” he was wearing a Superman shirt. Said another, “get your superheroes right. Superman is not a Marvel superhero you dill.”

Etihad Stadium owners Melbourne Stadium Limited announced last week they had entered into an eight-year agreement with the Walt Disney Company, a deal that will rebrand the stadium into Marvel Stadium starting September 1.

The stadium will boast the Marvel name and logo and feature an all-new Marvel retail store.

Melbourne Stadium Limited CEO Michael Green called Marvel “a powerhouse in the entertainment industry” and “one of the most recognized brand names in the world,” but a well-meaning McLachlan suffered from brand confusion and a subsequent lashing on Twitter for his mistake.

From: http://comicbook.com/marvel/2018/05/28/marvel-stadium-AFL-host-superman-shirt/

Last Day to Vote for the Greatest Superman and Lois Lane Stories!

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the release of Action Comics #1, which featured the first appearance of Superman, but it also featured the first appearance of Lois Lane.

Therefore, rather than devote this celebration to just the Man of Steel, I figured that this time around, we’d celebrate BOTH Superman AND Lois Lane by splitting up the 80 Greatest Stories into the 40 Greatest Superman Stories and the 40 Greatest Lois Lane Stories.

Both Superman and Lois Lane have starred in a bunch of a great stories, from one-shot issues to multi-issue stories to, well, sagas. So here you will be casting your vote for who you feel are the greatest Superman and Lois Lane stories!

I forgot to post a “Last Day” warning the other day, so I’ve decided to push back the deadline until tonight. So you folks will all vote by e-mailing me your votes at brianc@cbr.com up until 11:59 Pacific time, May 27th. I’ll tabulate all the votes and I’ll begin a countdown of the top 80 (40/40) starting on May 30th, the day that Brian Michael Bendis’ The Man of Steel #1 comes out.

Okay, here are the guidelines!

1. E-Mail your votes to brianc@cbr.com

2. Vote for your TEN favorite Superman stories AND your ten favorite Lois Lane stories (from comic books only). They can be single issue stories. They can be longer storylines. It’s all up to you.

3. Rank your ten stories from #1 (what you think is the greatest story) to #10 (what you think is the 10th greatest). I’d prefer it if you actually numbered your entry, #1-10. It’s easier for me to count. Really, just use this template:
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TEN GREATEST SUPERMAN STORIES
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TEN GREATEST LOIS LANE STORIES
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4. Your top choice will be given 10 points, your second choice 9, etc.

5. You are not required to cast a ballot for both Superman and Lois Lane. I’d prefer that you do both, but if you want to do just one or the other, then that’s okay. Don’t cast a ballot unless you can come up with 10 stories. Come on, you have to know at least 10 stories that you liked featuring the two characters, right?

6. Only stories where Superman or Lois are the lead or the co-lead character count. In other words, don’t vote for Justice League of America stories where Superman is just a member of the team, like the “Hyperclan” story or “Rock of Ages,” but you CAN vote for Justice League stories which are basically Superman stories just in the pages of Justice League. Just use your own common sense. I think I can trust that you can tell a story meant as a “Superman” story apart from a story where Superman is just a member of the Justice League. Brave and the Bold and DC Comics Presents stories featuring Superman count. Supermman stories in anthologies count. Stories where Lois Lane guest-stars in someone else’s book count. I think you can tell when a Superman story is featuring Lois as a co-lead and not just a secondary character.

7. Runs are not stories. To wit, you can’t pick, say, Peter Tomasi’s run on Superman and call it a story. It is not. It contains a number of different stories. I’ll allow All-Star Superman, though, as a single story for Superman (but for Lois Lane, just her two spotlight issues within All-Star Superman). It’s fine if there is overlap between the two lists.

8. Miniseries count as one story. In the case of anthologies, each story inside the anthology is considered an independent story. For the sake of Man of Steel, I’ll allow you to count Lois’ two spotlight issues (#2 and #4) as separate stories for the sake of this list.

9. If you have questions and or requests for clarification, feel free to e-mail me. I’ll make various decisions as necessary.

10. I’ll list various distinctions that I think are worth mentioning here, based on questions people have sent me:

Have fun! And, of course, you know, go VOTE!!

From: https://www.cbr.com/superman-lois-lane-last-day-vote/

Krypton Ended On An Awesome Comic Book Moment From …

Krypton‘s Doomsday scene is a good homage to the Superman comics, although not entirely in line with the source material that it’s referencing. For starters, Doomsday was imprisoned in a containment chamber buried deep beneath the Earth, not in a blood sealed vault on planet Krypton. That said, the creature’s origins do originate on the planet, so it’s not as though the Syfy series was disrespectful to the character’s mythos in twisting his story a little bit. For all the liberties the show took with changing up Doomsday’s story, it’s nice to see the writers still took time to write in a much-loved part from the comics to pay homage to past lore:

From: https://www.cinemablend.com/television/2425912/krypton-ended-on-an-awesome-comic-book-moment-from-supermans-history

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