So yesterday DC announced that Wonder Woman was getting a second book for the first time in 61 years. YAY!
Oh, it’s in a book with Superman. That will focus on the couples’ relationship.
I thought Zack Smith’s comment was spot on:
So what will this book be about? The writer has been busy answering questions on Twitter including this one
But what does that mean? Oh, you know what it means!
The reaction to the book has been mixed although the people who don’t like MY thoughts on it have been quite clear because they’ve been all over me in the comments, Twitter and in comics forums.
In the end, of course, it’s all about sales. And apparently DC Comics has decided that feminist icon or not Wonder Woman is in the end best presented as the girlfriend of someone and both boning and flying their ways into your hearts and wallets.
This is it. This week Warner Bros. doubles down, let’s it ride and throws the dice with the debut of Man of Steel.
The concensus is that the future of DC Entertainment is riding on how this movie does - Heidi MacDonald also said it in her visit to 3 Chicks this week.
That’s a lot of baggage to carry even for the Man of Steel.
The movie has got to please the critics, the soothsayers on Hollywood grosses, the movie goers and the fans of Superman … and Lois Lane.
And that latter is where I have I have a first review!
So Comixology is doing a survey on Superman. And they ask if you’e going to see Man of Steel and some other questions about Superman like your favorite super power (mine is x-ray vision).
And then there are some questions that had me sideying this survey.
Let’s take a look, shall we?
The question is which is your favorite current Superman comic. Hmm, I know my answer! Smallville Season 11!
Wait, since when is Earth 2 a “current Superman title”?
At first I thought, “oh they mean just new 52.” But nope there is Injustice which is, just like Smallville, digital first and out of continuity with the new 52 and based on stories from another medium.
But here’s the really confusing part. When you are asked to pick the best love interest for Superman here are your choices.
Chloe Sullivan IS from the Smallville comic. And in that comic she’s never been a love interest as she is married to Oliver Queen. (By the way is there really any question who is the right answer? Yes, I have checked off Lois).
I’m not sure what is up with this survey but I just pinged Comixology on Twitter to try and get some answers. I mean it would only be fair that all the Superman books get included - don’t you think?
DC Comics has a slate of variant covers for it’s upcoming Superman Unchained series by Jim Lee and Scott Snyder. Some of the variant covers, designed to not the 75th anniversary of Action Comics #1, debuted a few weeks ago and included some of the artists known for drawing the Superman series over the years.
One of those artists is Jerry Ordway. Ordway has listed on eBay his original sketches for the covers including the cover that was selected. His original had Cat Grant but Ordway says on his blog that he was asked to cut her (as well as flop the art.)
So what else did he propose?
There’s quite a few kids’ early readers out tied into the Man of Steel movie including Man of Steel: Superman’s Powers. This book not only talks about Superman’s powers it also says how he gets his name.
Here’s a look Amy Adams/Lois Lane and click for the reveal.
DC just debuted the variant 75th anniversary covers for Jim Lee and Scott Snyder’s Superman Unchained and they look great and feature all of Superman’s supporting cast including Lois Lane. When the news of the variant covers first was announced Lois Lane was mentioned as only having a possible shared cover. That raised the ire of numerous fans (including myself) who let DC know through a Twitter campaign they wanted to see Lois get her due as well for the 75th. Sounds like DC listened because Lois is featured on a number of the anniversary covers.
The 1930s cover is by Bruce Timm and features a nod to Max Fleisher’s animated films as Superman battles robots while Lois looks on.
The Silver Age Variant by Jose Luis Garcia Lopez features Lois Lane, Superman and a Phone Booth.
The modern day cover is by Jerry Ordway and features Jimmy, Clark, Lois and Lex Luthor.
You can see the rest of the covers along with an interview with Dan DiDio over at IGN
Graphic artist Adam Thompson has put together a set of images that take the words from DC Comic’s Justice League and remixes of existing art to create a set of inspirational posters. The artist states:
Superheroes already have a prominent place in pop culture. Their images can be seen anywhere. As a fan I enjoy seeing the strength of these characters in the spotlight, but because I am looking to reach a new audience, I needed to find a new light. I had to consider that comic books are a series of images accompanied by dialogue, and since it’s the images that are already so prominent, I decided to focus on the dialogue.
In my mind, one of the most famous pieces of comics dialogue is the oath sworn by Green Lantern. I gave this some deeper thought and realized that the oath is, in a way, applicable to real life. Anyone, should they choose, can swear an oath to stand against evil. Then it hit me. Have all comic heroes said things that are applicable in real life? Have they all said things that can inspire any of us, comic fan or not?
He also has posters for Batman, Green Arrow, Flash, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter. You can see the rest here.
This month marks 75 years since Action Comics #1 landed on the newsstand. In that issue Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel introduced the world to one of the most important women in comics - Lois Lane (Superman made his debut in that issue, too). To mark this anniversary I’m chatting with some of her creators to get their thoughts on the character and her place in comic history.You can see the previous pieces here. Today I am chatting with Mindy Newell who in addition to writing Wonder Woman and Catwoman for DC Comics also wrote a much acclaimed Lois Lane mini-series at the very end of the Bronze age. Mindy’s written about Lois in her column and she drew upon some of her thoughts for this piece.
So Mindy, what’s your first memory of Lois Lane?
I think that should be “memories,” Sue, since I can’t remember issue #’s, months, and years—hey, I was a kid, after all
I grew up on the Silver Age Lois in comics, she of the “Mamie Eisenhower” hairdo and suits and hats from the late 50’s and early 60’s (suits, nylons, pumps, hats and gloves were the de rigueur style for women back then, though I don’t remember Lois wearing gloves).
I didn’t like that she was always mooning over Superman and that her main raison d’être was to prove that Superman was Clark Kent. I didn’t like that Superman always managed to pull the wool over her eyes. It made her foolish. It was insulting. It was dumb. (I liked Lana Lang; she was spunky, she was Insect Queen, she was a member of the Legion of Substitute Heroes, and she just seemed smarter and not so constantly obsessed with Superman’s secret identity. I did say constantly.)
Still, even though some part of me didn’t like the way Lois behaved, some part of me did, because I avidly read her comic, SUPERMAN’S GIRLFRIEND, LOIS LANE, whenever I could find it. SGLL always seemed to feature: (1) “imaginary” stories in which Lois was “Mrs. Superman” or sometimes “Mrs. Kent”; (2) Lois discovering that Superman was in love with some other dame, usually her “arch-rival” Lana Lang, or if not Lana, some babe from another planet who had super-powers; (3) Lois spurning Superman for some other super-dude, usually—again!—from another planet; (4) Lois transforming into some weird version of herself just as Superman was about to propose. Hmm…there’s a theme here, but I just can’t figure it out!
This month marks 75 years since Action Comics #1 landed on the newsstand. In that issue Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel introduced the world to one of the most important women in comics - Lois Lane (Superman made his debut in that issue, too). To mark this anniversary I’m chatting with some of her creators to get their thoughts on the character and her place in comic history.You can see the previous pieces here. Today I am chatting with multiple Eisner award nominee Colleen Coover who, with Paul Tobin, wrote the last standalone non-Elseworlds Lois Lane story that has appeared in comics for Superman 80 page Giant 2011 #1. She has also declared that she would “love to do a comic of Lois Lane as basically Nancy Drew with a press badge.”
This month marks 75 years since Action Comics #1 landed on the newsstand. In that issue Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel introduced the world to one of the most important women in comics - Lois Lane (Superman made his debut in that issue, too). To mark this anniversary I’m chatting with some of her creators to get their thoughts on the character and her place in comic history.You can see the previous pieces here. Today I am chatting with Kelly Sue DeConnick. While she is now writing Captain Marvel and Avengers Assemble for Marvel she once wrote an arc for Supergirl for DC Comics. During Emerald City Con she talked about how she took it as an opportunity to also write Lois. DeConnick also told me that Lois Lane is the only comic related thing she’s every collected and years ago she put out a ‘zine with a hostess called “Lois Slain” a la the Cryptkeeper.
So Kelly Sue, someone asks you “Who Lois Lane?” what do you say?
This month marks 75 years since Action Comics #1 landed on the newsstand. In that issue Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel introduced the world to one of the most important women in comics - Lois Lane (Superman made his debut in that issue, too). To mark this anniversary I’m chatting with some of her creators to get their thoughts on the character and her place in comic history. You can see the previous pieces here. Today I speak with Bryan Q. Miller who has written Lois for both TV and comics. Miller was a write and executive story editor on the Smallville TV show and last year launched the digital only (and now print and traded) comic Smallville Season 11.
So Bryan, what’s your first memory of Lois Lane?
Lois Lane made her first appearance in comics 75 years ago this week and I’m speaking to a number of her creators about her and her impact on comics. Kurt Busiek has written Lois Lane many times including in the arc “Up, Up and Away” which marks Clark Kent’s return to being Superman following One Year Later.
He also wrote an “Elseworlds” Lois in Superman: Secret Identity one of favorite comic series of all time. (More about this below.)
So Kurt, if someone asks you who Lois Lane is - what’s your answer?
Probably “Superman’s girlfriend,” because that’s how she was identified so often over the years.
But after that, I’d go on to say she’s a top reporter for the Daily Planet, a never-say-die investigator, that sort of thing.