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1. SCRIPT. This is me. For my first script, I followed the Dark Horse Script Format Guideline, a habit I developed writing Avatar: The Last Airbender comics for the last few years. The formats of my Superman scripts have been evolving ever since.
2. PENCILS. These are done by the legendary John Romita Jr. He doesn't like it when I use the word “legendary,” but that's what you get for producing consistently amazing work for over two decades.
John spent most of his career at Marvel. You know that Daredevil show on Netflix everyone's freaking out over (including me)? Chunks of it are lifted straight out of Daredevil: The Man Without Fear, a classic miniseries by John and writer Frank Miller. That awesome black costume he wears for most of Season 1? That's John.
When I was a college kid, my favorite of John's works was a graphic novella called Hearts of Darkness, starring the most nineties superteam ever assembled: Ghost Rider, Wolverine, and the Punisher.
3. INKS. We've got Klaus Janson on inks. Klaus is most well-known as a co-conspirator on Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, the Frank Miller graphic novel that changed the face of superhero comics forever. But Klaus has done many, many comics besides that. Klaus's stuff is just a joy to look at: clean and strong and true.
He does a lot of inking - A LOT - but he's also handled pencils and inks. He and John have worked together for a while now. Hearts of Darkness, that nineties fever dream I mentioned earlier, was his.
4. COLORS. Dean White is doing the colors. I first encountered Dean's work in Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.'s Kick Ass, a graphic novel my prudish self found uncomfortable and compelling all at once. Appropriate, too, because Dean kicks ass. He truly does. He can wring things out of color - emotion, action, danger - that you didn't know were there.
Let me tell you, I am astounded by the finished product. I'm proud of my story, don't get me wrong, but THAT ART! You need to get Superman #41 just to see three masters of comics do their thing. Your jaw will drop, guaranteed.
"Superman #41" will be released on June 24.
"Justice League of America #1" is available today.
Special Edition was designed to be a con that featured, of all things, comic books, instead of the grand parade that most comic cons have become. This year, that's a good thing, as with the changes happening to Superman, having a sense of what dealers think of the freshly minted, Truth, storyline is something to note, as dealers represent the link between comic book readers and comic book publishers. Some of the bigger comic book shops from the area represented, like Midtown Comics, John Hanley's Universe, Robbie's Comics, and Saint Marks. What was of note was that none of the major or minor dealers had any spotlight for Superman. Truth is, despite any personal feelings about it, a story that is looking to do something big, something to move the needle with readers. To do that, the book needs to be pushed by dealers. That wasn't the case at Special Edition.
Action Comics #41 had been released, however, it wasn't on display as other "hot" books were. One dealer was selling a plethora of wanted comics: first appearances, first issues, and key storylines, all modern book as well. He had Action Comics #40. When I asked as to Action Comics #41, wondering if he didn't have any because it sold out or otherwise, he responded that it wasn't a book that made the cut. He noted that readers were stand-offish to the issue, questioning why Superman was in a different outfit in Action Comics, while still caped in Justice League. It's a bit of resistance that can be overcome, but enough initially that the book doesn't get the push for this dealer.
Another dealer commented that the New 52 had good ideas, and that he liked the idea of Lois Lane being a villain for Superman by revealing his secret identity. However, he felt not enough was being done to bring all readers to the table, and Truth wouldn't be the storyline to do so. The direction asks too much of readers who are already disaffected, and those are the ones who need to be brought back. When asked why creators have such a challenge with Superman, the dealer responded that if writers couldn't generate stories to tell about an alien with super-powers trying to fit in with the rest of us, they were in poor shape to start.
When I did find Action Comics #41, it was being sold by the author, Greg Pak. I bought a quartet, had them signed, and scheduled an interview, which can be viewed below, but first was the DC Comics panel, which was an unintentionally comic affair. It was a topless area, and DC competed with another panel in terms of being heard. At one point the presentation computer lost power, which was followed by a panel member being serenaded "Happy Birthday"... by the adjacent panel. Greg Pak spoke on his contribution to the Truth storyline. He stated that Superman, under Pak is on a journey and Truth is another part of it. However, Superman #41 hasn't been released, and as the story begins with the aforesaid, Pak's work is ahead of the charge, leaving him to explain without explaining.
Pak is working with lemons here, having read Action Comics #41 and Batman/Superman #21, and is shouldering the burden of a tale that stems from a book, that he isn't a creator on. The absence of Superman #41 is significant, as it sets-up the entire storyline, and is missing action three weeks after Action Comics #41. All that does is leave readers with lingering, nagging questions, for a story that already prompts enough, sight-unseen.
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With Zack Snyder having released an image of Jason Momoa as Aquaman for the film, we know that Aquaman makes some kind of appearance in the movie, although with Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman already in the film in a major way, what role will Aquaman and Ezra Miller's Flash have?
Click READ MORE below to watch the video from Heroic Hollywood.
That's a major thread in "Before Truth," the first Superman story arc I'm doing with the inimitable John Romita Jr. The Man of Tomorrow goes up against an enemy who wields information like a weapon, who's as comfortable in bits as he is in atoms.
Superman's secret identity has always been a cornerstone of who he is. But the very notion of a hidden second life represents information that's been contained, that's under control. In the era of Edward Snowden and Wikileaks and doxxing, is a secret identity even viable any more?
And more importantly, will Superman's most timeless character traits - his selflessness, his grit, his compassion for the underdog - survive such a drastic change to his status quo?
There is footage in this 2-minute trailer that was not seen in the 6-minute extended trailer released by CBS.
The "Supergirl" TV pilot will premiere on CBS on Monday, October 26.
On sale date: June 17, 2015 (unless otherwise stated).
The following products are expected to ship to comic book specialty stores this week, with all comics also available for digital download. Note that this list is tentative and subject to change. Please check with your retailer for availability.
Click on the comic book name to purchase its printed edition. Or click on the Kindle icon () or iBooks icon () next to a comic's title to download it in digital format.
Click on the magnifying glass icon () next to a comic's title for a sneak peek at the pages within.
What is your position on comic books?
Nice to see that close to half of you who participated in this poll a regular comic book readers. Sadly 26% said they stopped reading in recent times.
Here's the complete breakdown:
I read them all the time
46% [42 Votes]
I read them every now and then
17% [16 Votes]
I stopped reading them recently
8% [7 Votes]
I stopped reading them a few years ago
18% [17 Votes]
I don't read comic books
5% [5 Votes]
5% [5 Votes]
Here's our interview with "How to be a Superhero" author Mark Edlitz:
Our next show will be broadcast on Monday, June 22 at 7.30pm PDT in the U.S. (click here to check what time this is at your location).
To listen in visit www.SupermanHomepage.com/live at the designated time.
During the live broadcast you can phone (714) 242-6186 or click on the Skype icon (which will be available at the above link) during the show to be a caller and chat with us live "on air".
United States of America
The movie "Superman II" will air on Discovery Family Channel (DFC) at 12.00am and 9.00pm on Monday, June 15.
The movie "Man of Steel" will air in the U.S. on 5MAX on Monday, June 15 at 10.40pm; then on ACTION MAX on Wednesday, June 17 at 12.00am; then on 5MAX on Thursday, June 18 at 6.55am; and once more on MAX on Sunday, June 21 at 5.35pm.
The movie "Superman Returns" will air on HBO Family on Tuesday, June 16 at 3.20am.
The "I Love Lucy" episode "Lucy and Superman" (guest starring George Reeves as Superman) will air on the Hallmark channel on Wednesday, June 17 at 5.30am.
The "Smallville" episode titled "Rosetta" will air on TNT on Thursday, June 18 at 1.00am, followed by "Visitor" at 2.00am.
The documentary titled "How Superman Defeated the KKK", which examines how human rights activist Stetson Kennedy infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s and passed along secret information to the writers of the radio program "The Adventures of Superman", will air in the U.S. on American Heroes Channel on Thursday, June 18 at 6.00am.
Episodes of the 1950s "Adventures of Superman" TV series air on MeTV in the U.S. on Saturday from 6.00pm. This week's episodes are:
Saturday, June 20 - "Topsy Turvy" at 6.00pm and "Jimmy The Kid" at 6.30pm.
You may also want to check NetFlix.com, as they sometimes have a number of Superman and/or Justice League TV shows and movies available to watch online.
In Australia, the documentary "Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics" will air on Foxtel's Bio. channel on Monday, June 15 at 2.30pm.
In Australia, the documentary "Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle" will air on BBC Knowledge on Monday, June 15 at 9.35pm; then on Tuesday, June 16 at 1.00am and 10.40am; and then on Saturday, June 20 at 2.00pm.
In Australia, the "Teen Titans Go!" episode titled "Let's Get Serious", which guest stars the Young Justice characters, will air on Cartoon Network on Wednesday, June 17 at 4.00pm; and again on Thursday, June 18 at 7.00am.
In Australia, the movie "Man of Steel" will air on Foxtel's Premiere movie channel on Friday, June 19 at 9.35am.
In Australia, episodes of the "Young Justice: Invasion" animated series air on the following days on GO! (99). This week's episodes are:
Tuesday, June 16 - "Downtime" at 10.30am
Wednesday, June 17 - "Bereft" at 10.30am
Thursday, June 18 - "Targets" at 10.30am
Friday, June 19 - "Terrors" at 10.30am
In Australia, episodes of the "Young Justice: Invasion" animated series air on the following days on Cartoon Network. This week's episodes are:
Monday, June 15 - "Bloodlines" at 11.35pm
Tuesday, June 16 - "Depths" at 11.35pm
Wednesday, June 17 - "Satisfaction" at 11.35pm
Thursday, June 18 - "Darkest" at 11.35pm
Friday, June 19 - "Before The Dawn" at 11.35pm
Saturday, June 20 - "Cornered" at 11.35pm
Sunday, June 21 - "True Colors" at 11.35pm
If there's anything I've missed please don't hesitate to let me know.
Many thanks to Ken Sills and Jamie Kelley for the amazing job they've done covering the events of the 2015 Superman Celebration. The LiveStream videos have given those of us who were unable to attend this year the ability to still feel like we were there in some capacity.
Thanks once again to Jamie and Ronda Kelley for running the Superman Homepage "Meet & Greet". Thanks to Ken and Syndi Sills for their assistance, and to everyone else who helped make the 2015 Superman Celebration the fun event it always is.
If you have never been to the annual Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois then you absolutely must make plans to attend in 2016. You'll have the time of your life!