Re: CONTEMPORARY SUPERMAN
From: Darci <darci386@...>
Sent: Thu, October 28, 2010 10:36:13 AM
Subject: Re: [COMICBOOKMULTIVERSE] CONTEMPORARY SUPERMAN
There's no credit on the illustration, but I'll assume it's from Shane Davis.
One of the comments mentioned how odd his thorax looks. I'll expand on that:
it looks like he has his Superman logo painted on his chest. An undershirt
doesn't look like that.
One of the other comments mentioned apparently DC was going for the Anakin
Skywalker look. That seems apropos.
Sent: Thu, October 28, 2010 3:50:26 AM
Subject: [COMICBOOKMULTIVERSE] CONTEMPORARY SUPERMAN
The big "S" is still on his chest, but the new Superman coming to the shelves of
book stores next week is not exactly the chipper and bright-eyed optimist of
Instead, the kid from Krypton featured in "Superman: Earth One" that was
released to comic book shops Wednesday and due in other book stores on Tuesday,
sports a hoodie, a brooding brow and fashion sense that would not put him out of
place in hipster lairs from Brooklyn to Seattle.
And that, said Dan DiDio, senior vice president and executive editor at DC
Comics is just what the company was aiming for when it asked J. Michael
Straczynski, himself a noted comic book writer who currently helms the company's
flagship monthly "Superman" title.
"We always knew that we wanted to do a real, contemporary interpretation of
Superman," he told The Associated Press. "And what we did is we reached out to
Joe Straczynski — Joe is probably one of the biggest Superman fans out there."
DiDio said DC augured the retelling as a way to reach out to buyers not just in
comic book stores but in other book stores, too — fans of books and series like
"Twilight" or Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy of crime novels.
"In this particular case what we did is we looked at the format," he said,
adding that DC has been "showing great strides in really strong improvement in
sales in the book store market place, and what we wanted to do was to create an
original graphic novel featuring our most prominent character that we felt
captured a contemporary tone and really was built with the bookstore market in
The graphic novel was illustrated by Shane Davis. And while it features the
jet-black hair — sans curly lock atop the forehead — and piercing stare that
Clark Kent/Superman has had since his creation in the 1930s, Davis' art reflects
a more modern bent with narrow pants and ties and the ubiquitous hoodie.
The work draws upon the Superman mythology but recreates it for a contemporary
audience with a 20-year-old Clark Kent who's unsure how to use his
super-strength, super-smarts and just plain super abilities as he makes his way
through a grittier, more realistic Metropolis trying to find not just a job but
meaning and purpose.
DiDio and DC are pleased with the transformation, noting that demand for the
work has been so great that the book has already gone back to the press for a
"When we were building this book we had a lot of things in mind. We were looking
at what fiction was popular at the time ... and since we are in the periodical
business, and we want to be in the bookstore business, what better continuing
character should be in that market but Superman?" he asked.
"But we needed to make him hip, moody and sexy in order to really appeal to who
are really wanting to read novels with our characters," DiDio added.
Given the predicted demand, DC is already planning a similar treatment for
Batman, which will be written by Geoff Johns, a writer who was named DC Comics'
chief creative officer in February.
"And we're already looking ... at future volumes of 'Superman: Earth One," DiDio
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