Last week DC re-released as a DC Comics Presents the first volume of Kurt Busiek’s Secret Identity. I am sorry I missed its release and I am here to make good. Quite simply this is my favorite Superman story and it’s not even about “Superman”. Let me explain. Secret Identity is the story of another Clark Kent. One that mysteriously has powers like Superman. It was originally meant, I believe, to be a story about Superboy Prime (and let’s be glad it wasn’t) but it was tweaked and turned into one of the most lovely and lyrical tales of being a superhero that I think DC has ever published. I know, I’m propping up this book pretty high, but I have never given it or recommended it to anybody who has not loved it.
People often ask me what book I re-read when I am in a dark mood about comics. This is one of them.
Below is a page where “Clark Kent” meets Lois. The art, which is heartbreakingly gorgeous at times, is by Stuart Immonen.
The story will take you places that maybe you wish canon Superman stories might have gone, but never did. I’m not going to spoil it for you; just read it. The first two issues are now available and the second two, also as a DC Comics Presents, will be available in November. The cover from the first issue is below.