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"I rarely do art commissions. For the simple reason that I have too many projects to do and don’t have free time to devote to commissions. However, I do take a commission or two, usually for a friend or art collectors that I know and trust – In this case, Hawaiian Dave.

Now Hawaiian Dave is a huge Batman-Superman fan, and to my knowledge, has one of the largest collection of Batman-Superman art.

Over the years, I got to know Hawaiian Dave fairly well and his art collection. And over the years, he tried to commission me to do a nice Batman-Superman piece to add to his collection. However, over the years, I resisted his offer – for the plain reason of I hate Superman. I think Superman is a boring and moronically simple character. From his Kryptonite weakness to his silly disguise with the eyeglasses, Superman is an ill-conceived character. Just because he’s the first superhero doesn’t mean he’s a good character. And don’t get me started on him crying on every other comic book cover.

One day the impossible happened, I was bored and I had some free time and Hawaiian Dave gave me a big wad of cash. On top of that, he told me that I can draw whatever I desire as long as Batman and Superman is in it… Since I hated Superman so much, the only logical conclusion was to do the scene in the Frank Miller’s masterpiece “The Dark Knight Returns” where the old Batman comes out of retirement and beat the shit out of Superman. And off I went.

This simple pin-up morphed into an elaborate pin-up which then turned into a 2 page sequential action scene complete with dialogues. To tell you the truth, I had a great time drawing this. But I can honestly say that this will probably will be the last Superman art I draw.

I really hate Superman."
- Frank Cho

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countdown37cover

Head Writer: Paul Dini
Writer for #37: Adam Beechen
Writer for #36: Tony Bedard
Writer for #35: Sean McKeever
Artists for #37: David Lopez and Mike Norton
Artist for #36: Jim Calafiore
Artist for #35: Manuel Garcia
Senior Editor: Mike Marts
Associate Editor: Jeannie Schaefer


Let's just get back with Countdown to Final Crisis...

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 So I went to see Batman v Superman, and I thought that it was… OK. It’s not the great disaster that so many seem to be proclaiming it to be (though it has a number of issues), it’s just an okay superhero film. Admittedly it’s a touch maudlin in places, but considering the subject matter,  it’s not really surprising. The score’s great, the action is great, the acting is fine for the most part, and even the hints at the upcoming JL movie seemed to fit into the story without derailing the main plot. I particularly liked Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman (definitely one of the highlights of the movie) and I look forward to her own movie.

Personally I'd recommend just going to see it to make up your own mind about it. I thought that it was far better than Man of Steel (even attempting to directly fix some of the issues with that movie), but it's a very different animal to the MCU movies. For one thing, people take what's going on seriously without the flippancy a lot of the Marvel films to indulge in (seriously Ultron, if you're not going to take your own plot to kill humanity seriously why should we?).

There ARE problems though, which could have been fixed with another couple of drafts of the script and maybe getting Zack Snyder to tone down some of the performances (like Luthor's).

Spoilers behind the cut

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For the record, Bekka has super-attractiveness powers. And is a member of the Sinestro corps.

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Asher Elbein, writing for TheAtlantic.com, discusses declining Superman sales and DC's history of attempts to "fix" the character, whether by adding or subtracting powers, tinkering with his costume, making his personality and that of his supporting cast darker and edgier, launching one "reboot" after another, or some combination of the above.

"The irony of all this is that, for all the rust and ineffectual tinkering, the storytelling engine built by Siegel and Shuster still runs. Superman remains as inspirational a character as he did during the Great Depression: Considering the current state of rampant income inequality, brutal law enforcement and corrupt politics, the immigrant superhero from the planet Krypton may be more relevant now than he has been in years. What the comic requires now is not another reboot, but a forceful, committed attempt to refine the engine that currently exists—to stop trying to make Superman something he’s not, and to focus instead on what he is."

Should Superman be returned to his Siegel/Shuster roots? Discuss.
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Continued from Superman # 48. Some quick shots, since Truth is going to end in a month.

This issue, Superman gets his powers back, and some ones that I guess he didn't have in the New 52.

Also, Vandal Savage's evil plan gets especially comic booky.

NOTE: You may not be able to see some of these images unless you are using Google Chrome. Or something. Still not sure what went wrong last time I direct linked from blogspot.

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In 1940 Jerry Siegel produced a script for a Superman story that would have totally changed the character's status-quo not only would it introduce is first real weakness (K-metal), but it would have changed his relationship with Lois Lane forever. The story was drawn up but canned, possibly due to pressure from the producer of the Radio Drama (but no one is sure for certain). Only bits and pieces survived until Mark Waid found the original script in the DC Archives, he re-typed the script and eventually a version was produced online using the script and as much of the 1940s art that has survived.

Now let us take a look at a few pages of "The K-Metal from Krypton,"

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"There are a bunch of elements that make him Superman. But if you're talking about the most core element of him, it's that he's a nice guy in a mean world.

Clark Kent was born with superpowers in Kansas. He could have done anything.

You know what he did? He went to high school, went to college and got a job.

I mean, that, to me, speaks volumes about how this character could or maybe should be written.

You know, even in Superman: Birthright, which is a comic that I really enjoyed, ultimately that comic was a run toward becoming Superman. How did Clark Kent become Superman?

My comic is not about that and doesn't even really address it head-on. It's just about how Clark Kent became Clark Kent.
" - Max Landis

Writer: Max Landis
Artist: Tommy Lee Edwards

Warning for violence.


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