Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics [Blu-ray]
THE JOKER, LEX LUTHOR, CATWOMAN, DOOMSDAY, BANE. What makes them so thrillingly watchable? So terribly wonderful? So extremely vital to our super heroes and their worlds? This new feature-length documentary explores these questions across seven decades of DC Comics' hallowed Rogues' Gallery of infamous evildoers.
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Cover date: January 2014
"Krypton Returns" - Part 4
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Penciller: Kenneth Rocafort
Inker: Kenneth Rocafort
Cover: Kenneth Rocafort
Reviewed by: Adam Dechanel
So much story potential was untapped and that made it frustrating. I am surprised Superman didn't bring his father to the present for Dr. Veritas to treat or for yellow sun energy to heal him. He was an alternate Jor-El so saving him wouldn't have mattered to Oracle or the past... It was however a good action packed story even if it was very messily executed.
"Alien" - Part 3
Writer: Bryan Q. Miller
Penciller: Edgar Salazar and DYM
Inker: Edgar Salazar and DYM
Reviewed by: Matt Schorr
The opening scene did little more than remind us that Chloe was still around and that Smallville: Titans is part of the Smallville universe, but occasionally, it's just interesting to see the characters we've followed all these years leading their everyday lives, seeing how they react to normalcy instead of another imminent, planet-wide disaster. Chalk it up to my still somewhat recent status as a married man, but I kind of dig seeing Chloe and Lois discuss a baby shower.
Of course, the conversation between Clark and Lex is what really gives this story its score. Even without Michael Rosenbaum playing the role, Lex still carries Smallville. He's a fascinating character study. He treats Clark with mild contempt for reporting back to the Daily Planet ("Reporting back to your masters, are we?"), suggesting that he views anyone who answers to someone else as somehow inferior or failing to live up to his potential. And yet, as the CEO of a corporate conglomerate, he has untold numbers of people who answer to him (not to mention his own personal lackey), and he not only revels in it, but he acts as though that is as it should be. Somehow, he's managed to become part anarchist and part fascist.
I actually want to change that tone a bit, but in a way that makes sense and isn't too abrupt. Basically, Kara Zor-El has had a very rough life. Everyone she grew up with on Krypton is dead. Her only surviving relative has "gone native" on an alien planet. Her first love turned out to be a monster and she had to kill him. She's met an alternate version of herself (Power Girl) who is better than her. Her father has turned into Cyborg Superman. And her current "Krypton Returns" exploits aren't going to have a terribly happy ending, either. So if she's filled with teen angst and resentment, that's only natural. But a pouty teenager can also be a little off-putting, and I'd like to arc her character toward something a little more positive and proactive. So that's the long-term plan: to make her more likable and have her embrace her mission in life while respecting the stories that have led up to this point.
According to DC's solicitations, your story begins after "Krypton Returns" and brings Lobo into Supergirl's orbit. What can you tell us about your first "Supergirl" arc?
In issues #26-28, Kara returns to Earth and seeks help from Shay Veritas, the super-scientist who operates The Block, a research facility at the Earth's core. Shay is sort of the New 52 equivalent of Professor Hamilton, only with much better hair. She's the science genius who Superman trusts with his deepest secrets. Kara needs to figure out if she can trust Shay, too. But there's more to her and the Block than meets the eye. While Supergirl is there, Lobo shows up - massive property damage ensues.
All of this leads to a major development that was recently announced - Supergirl joins the Red Lantern Corps! This may seem like an odd choice at first, but considering how much pent up anger and resentment Kara has in her heart, it actually makes perfect sense.
INCLUDING FOUR ORIGINAL DRAWINGS OF SUPERMAN; all sketched against the backdrop of Shuster's life in Queens and Manhattan. It is evident from the exchange of letters that there was a strong emotional bond between the Nathan family and Shuster, and accordingly, Shuster is keen to send greetings to all members of the family.
Present also are many signed letters and copies of his signed, cancelled checks written to TRN with explanations for the delayed payment, a relic of the financial difficulties that Shuster endured while creating Superman. Included also in this archive and memorabilia are New Covenant and Agreement between the creators of Superman and National Periodical Publications, Inc., a renewal of the copyright claim signed by Joe Shuster on April 18, 1966. Original legal papers include a rare 1099 form dated to 1962 for Joe Shuster.
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR features the voices of Jason O'Mara (Vegas, Terra Nova), Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs), Justin Kirk (Weeds), Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory), Serenity, Firefly), Michelle Monaghan (Mission Impossible III), Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds), Sean Astin (LOTR films), Bruce Thomas (Army of Darkness) and Steve Blum (Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox). Producer is James Tucker and director is Jay Oliva from a script by Heath Corson.
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"The Dark Lantern" - Part 1 of 3
Writer: Jim Krueger
Penciller: Neil Edwards
Inker: Scott Hanna
Reviewed by: Alisa Lea Gossage
The point is this... THIS is a story I want to read! It's original (which is rare in the comics today), it's emotional, and it's intriguing.
This story could go anywhere...
Where were the Green Lanterns when Krypton blew up? Did this particular Green Lantern know Jor-El? Did he know Zod? If so, whose side was he on? Was he tricked by Zod in some way? Was he Jor-El's friend?
I cannot wait to see what Krueger has in store for us.
On October 24, 2013 Gary D. Robinson, pastor, author, actor, and lifelong Superman fan, passed away due to complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 58.
Gary could easily be remembered as the pastor who brought Superman into church. Whereas many pastors draw illustrations from athletics and other areas, Gary drew many of his from fantasy and comics, especially Superman. Once, for an Easter message, he enlisted some of his family and others to enact a dramatization of the original "Death of Superman" storyline, with son Alex as Superman, daughter Ruth as Supergirl, nephew John Harvey as Lex Luthor, and others in various parts. Still later, Gary, utilizing the services of some of his congregation, formed the Not Ready for Sunday Morning Players, and with himself donning the red and blue, they presented his own adaptation of the TV episode "Flight to the North."
In his last pastorate, in the city of Xenia, OH, Gary also participated in community theatre, where his greatest triumph was starring as Elwood P. Dowd in "Harvey." And once again, he donned the super-suit to play the Man of Steel in a version of "Flight to the North."
He wrote a book on preaching, some collections of sermons, and many articles for various publications, both print and online, both Christian and secular. He also maintained a blog, Look! Up in the Sky! (where preacher and pop culture meet). His last book, "Superman on Earth: Reflections of a Fan", was initially serialized on the Superman Homepage.
Before his death, Robinson was working on a Western novel. Some of his own favorite writers included C. S. Lewis, Steven King, and Alan Moore.
His memorial service, on October 28, contained many references to Superman, the playing of John Williams's Superman March, and a cake with the Superman logo on it.
He leaves behind his widow Barb, plus their daughter and husband, son and wife, three grandsons, other relatives, the congregations he served, and many friends, including his best friend, the author of this piece.
ORDER "SUPERMAN RETURNS: LIMITED EDITION" starting December 3 at 12pm PST at www.lalalandrecords.com and get your CD autographed by composer John Ottman at no additional charge. Autographs are available while supplies last and are NOT guaranteed.
La-La Land Records, Warner Bros., and WEA proudly present another expanded and remastered title in our line of archival releases in celebration of Warner Bros. 90th anniversary - composer John Ottman's (THE USUAL SUSPECTS, X-MEN 2: X-MEN UNITED, KISS KISS BANG BANG) score to the 2006 Warner Bros. feature film SUPERMAN RETURNS, starring Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey and Kate Bosworth, and directed by Bryan Singer. Composer Ottman pays homage to John William's iconic SUPERMAN theme, incorporating Williams' music within his own thrilling, emotionally-charged orchestral score to this re-imagining of the Man Of Steel legend. Expanded over its previous release by more than 70 minutes, this 2-CD presentation of SUPERMAN RETURNS finally gives this wonderful score its proper place within the SUPERMAN musical legacy - and it arrives just in time to celebrate Superman's 75th anniversary! Produced by Dan Goldwasser and mastered by Doug Schwartz, this special limited release of 3000 units contains Bonus Tracks and exclusive, in-depth liner notes from film music writer Jeff Bond. Dan Goldwasser provides the soaring art design.
Click "Read More" below or the headline link above to see the complete 2-CD Track Listing.
The "Speeding Bulletin" is your weekly Superman news video, recapping the latest events in the world of Superman. It also includes the "Great Scott!" segment brought to you by Scotty V.
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The Superman Homepage would like to thank Jim for agreeing to do this interview, and for fitting it into his busy schedule.
Q: Your entry into the "Adventures of Superman" comic book title is "The Dark Lantern", what can you tell us about this 3-part story?
A: Well, since the first part is out, I guess I can reveal the cliffhanger of part one. This is the story of a lost and alien Green Lantern who discovers the origins of Superman's original birth planet. He seeks out Superman for one reason, he wants Superman to kill him. The reason for this is simple. This Green Lantern, who is already suicidal and depressed, was the Green Lantern in charge of protecting Krypton. He's seeking out Superman and begging for Justice, and to an end to his own suffering. What happens after that is, of course, the rest of the story.
Q: How much input did you get to have with your artist Neil Edwards for this story?
A: Neil and I got a chance to email each other a lot, thanks to editor Alex Antone. Neil did such an amazing job. I even floated some of the pages to Alex Ross who, was blown away at just how good Neil is.
Q: To date, all the "Adventures of Superman" stories have shown Superman in his "classic" costume (with red trunks), do you know if that's something intentional, mandatory, or up to the individual writer/artist team?
A: I think the idea, especially because of how universal digital distribution is, is to do stories about Superman the way he's known best throughout the world and throughout the ages. It's more like the stories cater to the classic brand of Superman. Original Coke vs. New Coke. That sort of thing.
Click "Read More" below to read our complete interview with Jim Krueger.
Seen here are the snippets where Jack introduced each episode of the "Adventures of Superman" TV series which he hand-picked to be screened during the annual broadcast.
You can also check out Jack's introduction to the first "Superman Festival" broadcast which took place in 1988 to mark Superman's 50th Anniversary.
I'm unsure how many years the Superman Festival continued on for, but it ran for at least four years.