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Action Comics #1000: A Rather Fine Anniversary Issue

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FEATURING ALL-NEW ART AND STORIES BY: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS JOHN CASSADAY OLIVIER COIPEL PAUL DINI JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ PATRICK GLEASON BUTCH GUICE GEOFF JOHNS DAN JURGENS TOM KING JIM LEE CLAY MANN BRAD MELTZER JERRY ORDWAY TIM SALE LOUISE SIMONSON SCOTT SNYDER CURT SWAN PETER J. TOMASI MARV WOLFMAN …AND MORE!

I really enjoyed DC Comics’ 80-page ACTION COMICS #1000 Anniversary issue, which also, coincidentally, marks the 80-year anniversary of Superman in printed comic form, having debuted on the stands in ACTION COMICS #1 on April 18, 1938 with a June cover date. I bought, in my opinion, the best looking available cover left on the shelf — the Joshua Middleton 1980s era variant (see below).

An anthology of assorted stories honoring Superman, I would have to say the Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason story probably was the best of the bunch, but really all the stories contributed well to the overall product, I think. The contents could have maybe been sequenced differently, but really that’s a minor thing. Dan Jurgens’ lead-off story was very clever. “The Car” by Geoff Johns, Richard Donner & Olivier Coipel, and “Of Tomorrow” by Tom King & Clay Mann, were especially fine little vignettes, as was Brad Meltzer and John Cassaday’s “Faster Than a Speeding Bullet”. As for the closing story with Brian Michael Bendis making his debut on the title and character, drawn by Jim Lee and Ryan Benjamin with inks by Scott Williams, I’ll say this: aside from the slightly annoying Bendis dialogue, I thought it was intriguing enough to whet the appetite for whatever it is he’s got in store for his upcoming runs on both ACTION COMICS and SUPERMAN starting this Summer.

So, as an on-the-fringe DC Comics fan, I’m very happy to own this special, historic comic. It’s certainly one of the better anniversary specials of all time, I’d say.

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1980s Era Variant Cover by Joshua Middleton
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Buzz – The CBU | Superheroes Having Kids

A question that came up in a comic book group on Facebook that I just had to share with my own Facebook group, The Comic Book Underground.

What’s your thought on Superman and Batman having kids? 

Does it change the characters? Does it age Superman and Batman? Does it bother you?

Mine and my guys responses follows:

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Brandon Rucker
Brandon Rucker One guy said “I like it. It’s DC restoring that sense of legacy it lost after Flashpoint. Also, I’m getting older and am a father too so the characters become even more relevant to me-like I’m growing older with them.”
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Brandon Rucker Another fella said: “I don’t mind it. Makes sense after 75+ years these guys would procreate. Superman and Lois Lane are the quintessential couple, it’s about time they did something other than make goo goo eyes and have a marriage that’s retconned in See More
Joe Gardner
Joe Gardner My break is almost over. I’ll answer after work.
Logan Dalton
Logan Dalton I’m cool with it, especially since Damian is such a great character. And I guess it makes sense that the “fathers” of the superhero genre have some kids of their own
Ryan Gaumer
Ryan Gaumer Most of their readers now have kids. I think it’s another example of the medium better reflecting the audience.
Michael Tennant
Michael Tennant I like it myself. Gives another dimension to play with in storytelling
Michael Tennant
Michael Tennant It gives vulnerability to Clark as well as giving him the opportunity to teach and be a mentor.
Michael Tennant
Michael Tennant With Bruce he examines his methods through the relationship with his actual son v that with his adopted children
Michael Tennant
Michael TennantOh and this is awesome
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Garbiel Guerrero
Garbiel Guerrero I’m good with them raising a child together.
Terrence Sage
Terrence Sage I dig it heavily. Jon and Damian can eventually be their own brand of Hero and honor what came before. Kal and Bruce having kids feels both old and new for DC Rebirth. We’ve seen this before but it feels like new ground.
Sean McPhillimy Taylor
Sean McPhillimy Taylor Batman 6 makes this discussion even more compelling, but it would be a major spoiler to explain why…
Stefan Zuber
Stefan Zuber If they did have kids it would only make sense. I mean they are after all “people” with, one would assume, natural instinct driven desires to procreate and have a family. Besides…it would be fun to read about father and son adventures with ones child.
Brandon Rucker
Brandon Rucker ^ Would be? It already is 🙂
Stefan Zuber
Stefan Zuber Well it would be if one had children. Not all of us do. Lucky for you though
Brandon Rucker
Brandon Rucker So . . . in another 15-20 years can we expect a Spider-Baby, y’all?
Joe Gardner
Joe Gardner Not if you count Renew Your Vows from Secret Wars. And coming back this fall, apparently.
Joe Gardner
Joe Gardner I haven’t read the current Superman (I need to), and Snyder’s New52 run didn’t involve a lot of Damien, so I’m not terribly familiar with the Super Sons. But I hope to check out the series. But the Spidey series from Secret Wars with Peter, MJ, and AnnSee More
Sean McPhillimy Taylor
Sean McPhillimy TaylorBatman and Robin by Tomasi, even if just the final arc where Batman brings Damian back to life.
Adam Hank Johnson
Adam Hank Johnson I love it. My son was born in 13. Damians death brought me into Batman. The wordless issue of Batman and Robin was powerful. Signed on for Tomasi had loved him on GLC. Slowly wanted more Batman and around Zero Year I discovered Spawn Art in a DC book and bought the past trades and added title. This is my Superman too awesome for him to have a son now as well. Every kid wants to be rich like Bruce or have Clark’s power. Everyman wants a son deep inside.Ultimate Entertainment draw.
Kais Slim Saidi
Kais Slim Saidi Clark having a son would not bother me.
The better question is how Bats and Supes are written. But they already have spiritual sons/daughters in the storylines I bother with and like, so they are father/uncle figures in some ways.
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Opinion: Superman’s Decision in Action Comics #900

I shouldn’t spend a lot of words on this, because there’s a side of me that finds the situation to be very irrational (my big pet peeve) and unnecessarily sensationalist. After all, the controversy concerns something a FICTIONAL CHARACTER did in a FICTIONAL STORY. Not a true story, mind you.

Last week, DC Comics released Action Comics #900, a milestone issue of one of their earliest publications, a periodical that began in 1938 with the debut of a certain character by the name of Superman.

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Superman, the ‘original Golden Age superhero’, was created by writer Jerry Siegel, of Jewish-American descent, and illustrator Joe Shuster, a Canadian-American. An historic fictional icon, there’s really no need for me to rehash the character’s history.

So, the recent controversy is in regards to the lastest issue of Action Comics where Superman, an alien from another planet called Krypton, decided to denounce his ‘American citizenship’. Keep in mind that this is a fictional character protrayed in a dramatic situation…you know, a STORY.

Some people are up in arms about the decision. Now you could say that this is exactly what DC Comics (who get their butts kicked in sales monthly by their longtime rival, Marvel Comics) wanted to occur in the wake of their first ever landmark 900th issue of one of their publications. Heck, Marvel has been gobbling up the headline-generating storylines regularly since at least 2006’s superhero Civil War storyline, when Spider-Man unmasked himself to reveal his secret identity, for example (which has, naturally, been reversed).

So this gets DC Comics some much-needed press and an opportunity to garner more sales on one on their lesser selling titles. That’s a good thing. They are, afterall, a profit-generating company using art for commerce. Nothing wrong with that.  There’s also nothing wrong with a fictional character previously thought to be ‘An American Icon’ denouncing his American ‘citizenry’ in a story that could lead to some interesting plotlines.

But, you know how people are. They’re not happy unless they have something to rally against, right? So a lot of people are up in arms and decrying the move as ‘anti-patriotic’ and being irrational about a fictional character in a fictional event.

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Really, people? Spend your energy on the mistreatment of human beings in a third world country, rather than cry foul over a comic book…a piece of art that harms exactly no one.  I could rant so much more on this, but I don’t have the time as I need to start getting ready for work (thus, the reason this post won’t have but one hyperlink for now). So restraint is in order here.

Over at Newsarama, some comics professionals were asked for their opinons. I found many of them to be very sensible (my favorite word). Check out these examples:

The question was:

What is your general reaction to the announcement by Superman that he wants to renounce his U.S. citizenship — and do you think today’s news about Osama Bin Laden’s death affects whether or not it fits the current culture?

Some answers:

B. Clay Moore: I’ve always thought it was a little silly that Superman would adhere to “the American way” in a modern context, so his status as a citizen of the world makes perfect sense. That’s not a knock on the United States, I just think it’s just a more logical, inclusive perspective.

And I’m not sure I understand the implication in the second part of the question. Does the killing of bin Laden somehow make the United States superior to the rest of the world? I would hope bin Laden’s death doesn’t translate into new waves of jingoism and xenophobia. Job well done, yes. But there’s a global perspective at play here, too.

I think the correlation is strange, personally, and I don’t think it would have much long-term resonance in relationship to anything Superman does.

Cary Bates: To my way of thinking, Clark Kent is the U.S. citizen, not Superman. In recent times I think Superman has been more widely portrayed as a “citizen of the world” anyway, with less emphasis on being a symbol for America. This trend has been going on for a while. I remember some critics taking issue with 2006’s Superman Returns, because the signature slogan “truth, justice and the American way” was truncated when Perry White asked if Superman still stood for truth, justice and “all that stuff…”. With respect to Osama Bin Laden, he was an enemy to the entire free world, not just the U.S, though it’s only fitting that it was our Navy Seals who took him out. I’d like to think Superman would have approved.

Ron Marz: Osama bin Laden’s death is a serious event with real-world consequences. Superman’s citizenship is much ado about a make-believe person. Honestly, even mentioning them in the same breath is ludicrous. The people using the Superman story to further their own political agendas — Breitbart, Huckabee and all the rest — should’ve been ashamed of themselves last week, and should be even more ashamed of themselves today. I’d prefer to praise the real-life heroes who carried out the bin Laden mission, rather than waste time debating the citizenship of an imaginary hero.

Kurt Busiek: I haven’t read the story, so I haven’t seen the announcement, just other people describing (and usually fulminating) about it.

As such, I don’t have any reaction. I do find it amusing that the people who are most up in arms about this seem to be the people who most want to keep illegal immigrants out of the US. Apparently, when they come by rocket, it’s OK?

When I was a kid, though, Superman was a citizen of all nations, and I never had any problem with that. He’s not just an immigrant to the U.S., he’s an immigrant to Earth. That works for me.

I’m out of time and should really be going. But this controversy had some legs. Naturally, news outlets, particularly the conservative Fox News and their correspondents, had a field day with it. ‘Nuff said on that.

I don’t know. I just find it all to be a bit ludicrous.

All right, I’m out for now….