Sunday, March 22, 2009

Making Superman Better

I have always been a Batman guy. My earliest TV memories involve the 1960s TV show. I certainly watched the 1950s Superman show but the Batman show stuck. Same with the comics. I have boxes full of Batman-related comics but can barely fill a comic book box with Superman-related stuff. As Batman got the Frank Miller and Jeph Loeb and Christopher Nolan treatment, Superman got to pulling stunts. Death of Superman was good for awhile, until Clark returned (like you didn't see that one coming). I thought his Blue Phase in the 1990s was lame. However, there are shining lights. The comic mentioned in the article I'm plugging, Superman for All Seasons, is the best Superman story I think I've ever read.

Pete over at SF Signal thinks so, too. And he's written a good article about how to fix the Superman films. I think he's got something. Take a read and tell me what you think.

6 comments:

James Reasoner said...

I agree, SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS is very, very good. I like most of the stuff that Jeph Loeb writes. I recall that there were several issues of ACTION COMICS written by Alan Moore just before John Byrne rebooted the character. I liked those a lot, too.

ARCHAVIST said...

I'm kinda' cold on old Supes. Agree Batman is much better but I have read the odd Superman that I've enjoyed. ALl seasons sounds terrific.

Anonymous said...

http://www.glasshousepresents.com/Destiny%27s%20Choice_by_Jerry_Newingham.htm

Matthew K. said...

Thanks for linking to the article. Made some insightful, valid points. Will comment more Monday.

eejut said...

yeah he has so much potential, but never lives up to it, at least for me.

grant morrisons AL STAR SUPERMAN was a hell of a lot of fun, and even though the blue era was lame Morrison again was the one who managed to make it interesting on his JLA book.

Matthew K. said...

I read the article again and agree about how cool a "Sky Captain-esque" Supes would be. But I think the vast majority of the public would have no idea that the film was referring to Supe's pulp origins. We would "get it" but everybody else would wonder why it was set in the '30's. Probably wouldn't make a ton of money, but people in the know would go gaga over it.