DC’S DIGITAL-FIRST ‘ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN’ SERIES ENDS WITH ISSUE #51
It didn’t even get to 52.
DC’s digital-first Adventures of Superman series concluded Tuesday with issue #51, with a story by Jerry Ordway and Steve Rude. We here at ComicsAlliance have documented our appreciation of the series, which offered a wide variety of Superman stories from some of comics’ most talented creators. We’re sad to see it end.
JERRY ORDWAY & STEVE RUDE’S ‘ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN’ IS LIKE ‘A LOST FLEISCHER CARTOON’
By Andy Khouri
ComicsAlliance: Without giving everything away — which I know is tough considering the length of the piece — what’s going on in this Superman story and how does Jack Kirby’s OMAC come into it?
Jerry Ordway: The best answer is to imagine this as a lost Max Fleischer Superman cartoon. Action propels the narrative, and it’s a tight 10-page story!
CA: Steve, you’re known for your unmatched perfectionism and thoughtfulness when crafting a page. What kind of things do you think about when preparing for a project like this? Did you set any kind of ground rules or creative goals for yourself, or do you actually work more fluidly than people might believe?
Steve Rude: My rule as an artist is to “maintain your standards”. When people you admire begin to let their work standards slide, it can be hugely distressing to their fans. Comic readers don’t need one more person letting them down. My personal hero, Jack Kirby, delivered top work for four decades. It’s the least I can do for myself, and those who count on me to deliver it.
FRANK CHO REVISES ‘THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS’ SCENE TO MAKE IT EVEN MORE ANTI-SUPERMAN
He went about proving it with a post to his blog this week in which he shared a commission for his pal who goes by the name Hawaiian Dave. It’s a remix of the climactic two-page spread from Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns in which Batman and Superman have their big, final fight in Crime Alley. Cho has added in a bit of commentary, and it is anything but Superman-friendly.
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JOE KEATINGE ON ‘ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN’: ‘WHEN AM I EVER GOING TO HAVE THIS CHANCE AGAIN?’ [INTERVIEW]
By Chris Sims
Over the past year, DC’s digital Adventures of Superman anthology has played host to some of the most exciting creative teams working in comics today. With the current story, though, the scale of the whole project has gotten much bigger in both creative team and subject matter. Writer Joe Keatinge has been joined by an incredible roster of talent that includes Ming Doyle, Brent Schoonover, Dave Williams, Tula Lotay and Jason Shawn Alexander to chronicle a three-part epic that spans Superman’s life from 1939 all the way to the end of time, and the end result is one of the best Superman stories I’ve read in a while.
JK: It was a long time coming. In fact, it might’ve been this time last year that I got an email from Alex Antone, the editor of the digital comic. It was just like “Hey, man, I like your stuff.” We’d never talked before or anything, he just said “We’re doing this Adventures of Superman anthology, are you interested?” I said of course, and we got on the horn and ran through the whole concept. It’s an anthology, you can do whatever you want, you can have Superman wear underwear or whatever…
CA: They’re trunks, Joe. They’re not underwear. They’re trunks.
Q:Could Superman ever be turned into a vampire? or would his Kr-ian/sun powers just combine or short circuit the curse? or would he just explode?
Superman rebooter John Byrne had a real hard-on for the idea of Clark being extremely vulnerable to the supernatural, so it seems like a vampire bite would affect him in some measurable way.
But then again, it depends on how you contemplate vampires. Are they pure magic? Like unexplainable fairy tale Hellboy magic? Or are vampires a monster that can be explained by comic book science; like, are they carriers of some kind of virus or other genetic code that behaves and interacts with all life in a consistent, vaguely scientific way? I tend to think not, or there’d be lots of non-humanoid vampires running around like vampire dogs and vampire horses and vampire chimps. It’s like the Alien xenomorph. If a facehugger implants in a human, you get a human-style alien. If it implants on an ox, you get an ox-style alien, and so on. We don’t see this with vampires, or at least see it often, so I think it makes more sense to go with the “pure magic” understanding of them. Crucially, this provides for the possibility of a vampire kryptonian aka goth kryptonians, and that seems to entertaining a story to ignore.
But let’s say vampires are something that can be explained in a xenomorph-style bullshit science kind of way. I suppose that vampires’ vulnerability to sunlight would have to do with solar radiation, kind of the opposite of what we understand about Superman’s dependence on solar energy. In that case, it seems likely that Superman, being a living solar radiation reactor, would have some kind of resistance to whatever genetic material would be introduced via the vampire bite. That is assuming, of course, that Superman has stores of the same kind of radiation (or whatever sunlight actually is, fuck if I know), and doesn’t convert it instantly and completely into whatever proteins or enzymes or whatever it is that allows him to function the way he does — super-vitamin-D, let’s say.
So maybe Superman wouldn’t turn into a vampire, but he might at least shit himself or something.