For truth, justice....and then what?

Everyone who has read comics, has at least once heard of the (in)famous phrase "For truth, justice and the American Way".

A phrase first heard during the early stages of Superman's life, to be more specific it was first heard in the Adventures of Superman radio show in 1942 to raise moral during World War II. Before that Superman was content with his self to fight just for "truth and Justice". After the war ended, the phrase was forgotten and Superman returned to fighting for more...simple concepts, like "tolerance". But during the Cold War the phrase returned again in the "Adventures of Superman" Tv series, this time to become a staple of the character.

And now that we have finished with the historical recursion its time to ask the question, what now?

Superman isn't an "American" thing now, its target audience isn't just americans, so what do you do with the phrase? Do you change it back? Or let it stay, as it is?

The thing is many readers don't read Superman because of their belief that Superman is TOO patriotic. Personally I see the American Way as more of the ideal that it was, meaning: the pursuit of happiness, a life that adheres to principles like liberty and tolerance. Principles that are actually very good at describing Superman. So I ask again what would you do?

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Squalleon's Top 50 Superman stories.

First I want to thank everyone for their meaningfull debates we had on this forum that allowed me to reach 1000 posts on the Superman forums. Thanks a lot everyone, you rock!

To celebrate I thought of posting my list for my 50 favorite Superman stories. In no particular order, because I was bored in the middle and it was to difficult to rank them :-P

1. All Star Superman
2. Action Comics: Superman and the Men of Steel
3. For the Man Who Has Everything...
4. Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
5. Volume 3
6. What's So Funny About Truth, Justice & The American Way?
7. Superman For All Seasons
8. Superman: Birthright
9. Red Son Superman
10. Superman: Brainiac
11. Superman and the Legion of Superheroes
12. Kingdom Come
13. Superman: Up, Up and Away!
14. Superman, Champion of the Oppressed...
15. Zero Year: Stormbreaker; Lunch Break
16. Of Thee I Sing
17. 22 Stories in a Single Bound
18. Superman: Secret Identity
19. The Road to Ruin: Narrative Interruptus Tertiarius
20. Walking Midnight
21. Superman: Peace on Earth
22. Foul Play
23. Superman: Last Son
24. Superman Special
25. Superman/Batman: Supergirl
26. Son of Superman
27. Dear Superman
28. Superman: Escape From Bizarro World
29. Volume Two
30. Clark Kent's Incredible Delusion! / Super-Mxyzptlk... Hero!Super-Mxyzplk!!!
31. For Tomorrow
32. Lex Luthor: Man of Steel
33. The Showdown Between Luthor and Superman!
34. Superman: Secret Origin
35. Superman: The Last Family of Krypton
36. Lost Boy, A Tale of Krypto the Superdog
37. The Way These Things Begin, Part 1 of 1
38. Absolute Power
39. Superman: World of New Krypton
40. Superman: Camelot Falls
41. Superman: Earth One
42. Bittersweet
43. Superman/Batman: The Search for Kryptonite
44. Must there be a Superman? / When on Earth...
45. (Almost) The World's Finest Team
46. Superman: Kryptonite
47. Superman: The Coming of Atlas
48. Superman: Ending Battle
49. The Death of Superman
50. Final Crisis: Superman Beyond 3D
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Could Faora/Zod BE Doomsday?

This is an idea that came to my mind recently. Could Zod/Faora BE Doomsday? Here is some proof that strengthen this theory.

Zod is Doomsday.

  1. Zod beat Doomsday back on krypton
    In Batman/Superman: Doomsday we saw that Zod beat the monster and we know that Doomsday can somehow "infect" other beings and transform them. Something that we know will happen to Superman in Superman: Doomed.

  2. Zod and Doomsday don't share any panel time.
    Yes, Zod and Doomsday don't share any paneltime except from the moment he beat the monster. Also in B/S: Doomsday Zod appears to a young Kara Zor-El and the moment he fades Doomsday appears, talk about timing...
  3. Zod doesn't appear in Superman: Doomed solicitations.Well he doesn't.
  4. Zod will always be our monster
    "My Name is Zod...and No matter what you do-- no matter where you send me, I promise you this: I...will always...be your Monster!"

Faora is Doomsday.

  1. Faora doesn't share any panel time with Doomsday
    Same with Zod.
  2. Faora doesn't appear in Superman: Doomed solicitations
    Same with Zod
  3. Zod loves the monster.
    Zod seems to be attached to the monster. Although this could be metaphorical because new 52 Zod thinks that monsters make us better, It could also have a double meaning since Faora is Zod's romantic interest.

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Just another rant about DC's managment...and reboots.

After reading some comments on another site, something has troubled by mind. DC's lack of faith in Superman. Superman has been constantly rebooted the last 20 years(Red/Blue,Superman 2000,Birthright,John's Action Comics/Secret Origin,New 52 and now Geoff Johns goes for a soft reboot AGAIN in his run on Superman although that's too early to tell). Ιn an attempt to "modernize" Superman, DC is constantly rebooting his universe and as a result Superman lacks:

  • Clear Personality
  • Expanded Supporting Cast
  • Clear direction

And more importantly a stable reader-base. Yeah,yeah I know what are you gonna say, Superman is one of the most popular characters and "bla bla bla bla" and yet even here I can name more than a handful of users who can't even open a Superman title because of how lost and alienated they feel.DC is trying to appeal to the masses and ends up appealing to none.
The characters don't evolve, there is no natural progression, no vision. Just writers and editors desperately trying to find a Superman that works but not determined enough to fight for it. They build a mythology and wreck it before it even finds a solid footing. The most recent example in my mind is Grant Morrison's Action Comics. It didn't even stick to the next writer! Lobdell, Diggle, Snyder all writing a completely different Superman, from Snyder's Pre-52ish Superman to Diggle's silent guardian to Lobdell's complete jerk. Off course all writers can't write the same but at least the characters and their universe should feel consistent if they are part of a mutual continuity.
No time for the character, to build his fanbase, expand his universe and create a familiar environment around him. New 52 Supes doesn't even have a stable supporting cast and we are two years in! Let's compare some franchises shall we, the exact opposite of the Superman franchise, Batman. With twenty years of continuity on his back and still feeling fresher than ever. Yeah he had his ups and downs but that didn't stop DC from sticking to the magnificent lore, the familiar diverse cast, with a past behind it open to the reader so they can invest on it.

One thing that ease my mind is that Geoff Johns may be planning for a long run, which would at least create a stable status quo.

Thanks for reading :-)

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Squalleon’s Top 5 Superman comics of 2013.

Since 2013 is ending I decided to do a list about my favorite Superman issues of 2013!

1. Action Comics #25.

A perfect Stand-alone story that is one of the best examples of the potential of new52 Superman. Well a bit more “hardcore” than Morrison’s early Supes but Grek Pak’s characterization delivered in the end. Still green, this t-shirt and jeans Superman charges to fight something that not even he can beat: Mother Nature! Good characterization, strong plot, a very good appearance of Lana Lang and in the end a strong moment between the thing that gives Superman the drive to go on, human kindness.

2. Action Comics #26.

When Grek Pak took over Action Comics I was cautious, he was writing way to many titles and I thought that his work would suffer from that. But I am glad I did pick AC up. He and Aaron Kuder have brought something on the table that was missing since Morrison’s last issue, fun! Superman stories have become too serious, that’s not a bad thing but when every Superman comic out there is like this you wish for more variety, you would expect Superman to be a little more light-hearted. For the most part Superman is a character that when you finish a story with him you should feel hopeful and happy, and this story delivered.

3. Adventures of Superman #28.

Ok, first I have to say this, go and pick up Adventures of Superman it is brilliant and it may be the most underrated title out there even among Superman fans. This particular issue is my favorite, it’s touching, full of emotion, it’s told by the perspective of a little girl who is a big Superman fan and gets caught up in a fight between him and Metallo. The last 3-4 pages deliver a great twist that is so emotional and strong that I couldn't stop thinking about it.

4. Action Comics #18.

First I want to make a thing clear, I LOVE MORRISON’S RUN. I don’t know why, is it the parallels between Superman's maturity as a person and his change as a comic book hero , the jeans and T-shirts, the fun Silver age-y villains, I really don’t know, probably it’s a mix of all of them but it certainly made it one of my favorite Superman stories. Plus the gorgeous cover courtesy of Rags Morales doesn't hurt at all.

5. Superman Unchained #1.

When Snyder said he will be working with Jim Lee on a Superman title, I didn’t know what to expect, Snyder is more of a mystery writer so I couldn’t imagine how his type of writing would connect with a Superman book. Anyway this issue was great! It had Superman being Superman and being damn good in it. Jim Lee delivered like he usually does, and Snyder gave a good characterization of Superman’s supporting cast especially his Lex Luthor.

HONORABLE MENTION: Adventures of Superman #15.

This is the exact opposite of what Pak does with Action Comics. In this story narrated by Lex Luthor, Superman is doomed to fail. Its premise is simple, not even Superman can be everywhere and he will not always be there for you. The story follows two teenagers that go into trouble deliberately so Superman can save them. The ending has such impact, you can’t seem but thing Luthor’s victory in the long scheme of things is sure and Superman’s battle is a lost cause.

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The Good,The Bad and The Underrated Part 1: Superman

Hello viners, this is a series of blogs that I wanted to do for some time now and i finally had the time to. It's pretty much me giving three stories(usually) that i really like or not about a certain character(the third option might change for time to time just for variety). So for my first of these series of blogs, i thought i should start with my favorite character: Superman

THE GOOD

Superman:Secret Identity

This was a difficult pick because I didn’t want to put a well-known Superman story(like All Star or Birthright) neither I wanted to compromise the quality of the story i would choose. I think Secret Identity fits the criteria perfectly. In a world like ours where superman exists only in comic books a boy named Clark Kent who was picked all his life about his name gains tremendous powers like Superman's. The story follows Clark in all of his life and shows the kind of struggles and privileges this powers give. This story also features great art by Stuart Immonen.

THE BAD

Superman: at Earth's End

Ahh!! Where do I start with this story. For those who haven't read anything about it let me give you a brief summarize: In a post-apocaliptic world Superman who looks like Gandalf the white in stereoids and holds a gun that looks like a ball of chain guns glued together called the "EXPUNGER" is trying to stop TWIN clones of HITLER from cloning Batman again and again. Who thought publishing this story was a good idea? Take everything that makes the 90s so infamous and voila you have Superman: at Earth's End. Worth mentioning is that this story is a SEQUEL of another horrible story called Kamandi: at Earth's End.

THE UNDERRATED

Adventures of Superman #638

Most of Greg Rucka's run is underrated for me but AoS 638 is definetely a great story worth mentioning. The premise is simple can Superman and Lois have a baby, is their life too dangerous to bring a kid to this world, well Mr.Mxyzptlik has the answer. Anyone who can read this i recommend it, from the art to the story this is a very good comic that actually shows a side of Superman we haven't seen in comics enough,the father, also for anyone who has children out there i think you can relate to Superman because like any parent he worries about his kid showing another human side of the man of steel.

If you liked what you saw please tell me which character would you like to see next :-)

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My 1st year on Comicvine!

So three days ago I completed one year since I joined the Vine! Time flies so fast, It's been such a great year, since I joined the vine I finally have someone to share my interest in comics and I have to thank all those viners out there for their interesting topics, lists and reviews that made me fall in love with comics all over again :-).

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Connecting The Pieces: Will Superman die in SM/WW?

During Morrison's Action Comics run the reader finaly learned if Superman had died in the new 52. Lois Lane remembering that day whispered to herself "Doomsday".All of the information came in an issue were the past, present and future had collided with each other. So there is a possibility superman hadn't died yet but he will.

We also know that Max Landis and Grek Pak would write a project about the death of Superman but it was cancelled. Finally Doomsday makes his first appearance in the new 52 in the pages of Superman/Wonder Woman.

Is there the possibility that Doomsday will kill Superman again?

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How can I put this....Goodbuy DC comics.

I know that my opinion doesn't have enough weight on it that will make DC change it's ways, but I consider my right to talk about it and if the viners want they could follow me on this, that way I think DC will hear our voice.

I can stand many things, treating artists and writers like sh&t isn't one of them. As a protest I will stop buying DC comics until I see that they give their creative teams the proper respect. I will give for example the most recent case of Kevin Maguire. He said that the creative team behind JL3K might not gave DC what they wanted (dark and gritty) instead they gave them, what the team is most known for, humor and action. Still the only one off the title is him. As a result Maguire lost other high profile jobs and a paycheck.

Another example is Andy Diggle who was so excited to work on Action Comics that he called it his greatest job yet and something he didn't imagine that would happen. Even before the first issue of his run came out Diggle announced that he is off the title.

These are only two of the of writers/artists that left DC the last two years. And while other writers/artists are willing to bend over, some of them had the guts to say no to inconsistent editorial decisions and left on their own.

I know that one man's complains isn't something most of you want to see on general discussion but only as a whole we can show DC their errors...or at least that's my take on it.

WELL INDIE COMICS HERE I COME!

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