Superman Week

Superman week, day five – Tales of

Here we are at the end of Superman week. Today is all about a few of my favorite Superman stories. They are all available in your local comic shop (Use the Comic Shop Locator or call them at 1-888-COMIC-BOOK). Once more I am joined by Ibrahim Moustafa on art with Jordan Gibson coloring. I have four favorite Superman stories, and I find that a lot of people who love Superman list most, if not all of them, as their faves as well. They’re just that good. They are, in no particular order: UP, UP, AND AWAY by Kurt Busiek, Geoff Johns, Pete Woods, and Renato Guedes – Though this story takes place in a strange time as far as continuity goes you can read it knowing exactly one thing. It’s been a year and no one has seen Superman, and…

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Superman Week, day four – Magic and Captain Marvel

We’ve hit day four of Superman Week. Day three looked at Superman’s foes, but today will focus down and look at magic and Captain Marvel specifically. As always I am joined by by Ibrahim Moustafa (Artist of High Crimes) with Jordan Gibson coloring. Alongside kryptonite, magic is Superman’s biggest weakness. And just like kryptonite, there is more to that than what it says on the surface. Let’s look at another superhero, though, while we discuss magic. Captain Marvel (or as DC would have us call him now – Shazam) was Superman’s only rival for sales back in the 40s and through changes and challenges both are still around today though only Superman has his own comic book. Captain Marvel is secretly Billy Batson, and when he says his magic word (Shazam) he turns into an adult with superpowers that basically…

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Superman Week, day three – The Foes

We continue with Superman Week. Yesterday we looked at Superman’s friends, and today we’re going to focus on a few of his foes. Once again I am joined by by Ibrahim Moustafa (Artist of High Crimes) with Jordan Gibson coloring. And as there are allies that reflect him, so are there opposites that allow us to see Superman for what he is. Today we’re going to discuss four of them: Metallo – A cyborg powered by kryptonite. I mean, come on, a man who is both more and less than a man with a heart made of the remains of Superman’s home world. Symbolic on so many levels, he can be a great character to pull out. Though I do want to use him to discuss kryptonite itself briefly. I have always loved the idea that one of Superman’s biggest…

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Superman Week, day two – The Allies

Welcome back to Superman Week. Yesterday we looked at Superman himself, and today we’re going to focus more on his supporting cast. Once again I am joined by by Ibrahim Moustafa (Artist of High Crimes) with Jordan Gibson coloring. Like any great character, Superman relies on his supporting cast to flesh out who he is. Now, there are a lot of them but I want to focus on five specific ones: Martha and Jonathan Kent, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, and Perry White. Let’s start with the Kents. They are, of course, the couple that raised Clark to be the man is become. But think about it for a second – you’re a couple living in Kansas and a ship falls from the sky with an unharmed baby in it. So you just adopt the baby. There’s something interesting there. A…

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Superman week, day one – The Man of Steel

Welcome to Superman Week! This week I’ll be looking at different aspects of the Superman legend, starting with the man himself. I’m joined this week, by Ibrahim Moustafa (Artist of High Crimes) with Jordan Gibson coloring. That’s right, every day Ibrahim and Jordan will have a special, exclusive, piece of art to go along with that day’s essay. So let’s get this started! Superman is both one of the world’s most recognized characters and one of the most dismissed. But that’s all right. He’s down with it. He understands. And that’s the point. Superman isn’t better than you he is simply the best we strive to be. It’s not a question of lording it over anyone, simply knowing what is right and what is wrong and doing the right thing – no matter the cost. Some how a number of…

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