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Tom Strong is the comic you never read as a kid, that’s even better than you remember it being. (Okay, that sounded confusing, put that way. I’ll try again.) In the adventures of “science hero” Tom Strong, Alan Moore and Chris Sprouse have created the perfect all-ages adventure comic, and when you read it you’ll wish that it had been around when you’d been a kid the first time around. -- Chris Roberson

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A big influence on Tom Strong was Tintin. I wanted a story that had fantastic lands and exotic adventures. Natives with paint on their faces and volcanoes erupting. -- Alan Moore

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I thought, I don't want to do superhero comics. Or, if they resembled superhero comics, I want them to be based upon a different premise. So with both Promethea and Tom Strong, which turned out to be very different books, I was actually looking at the original origins of the comic book superheroes, which was in the pulp magazines. The pulp magazines of the 20s and 30s, that was where most of the heroic archetypes, people like Doc Savage or the Shadow, first appeared. So I thought, all right, if we rolled the tape back... Forget everything that's ever happened in superhero comics, just roll it back to that point and then apply it forward in a slightly different direction, and see what happens. -- Alan Moore

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Last issue, a brainwashed Susan Richards demonstrated how powerful she really is by curbstomping She-Hulk. Will this resolve well, or will this display of strength be horribly, horribly undermined?

Trigger warning for abuse.
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Anyone interested in looking at John Byrne's take on Sue Storm?

Well, I'm posting it anyway. This is the lead-up to Sue changing her name from Invisible Girl to Invisible Woman.

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When I was a kid, Superman quite literally saved my life.

I have always been a devotee. Captivated by superhero comics when I was no more than four years old, they became the foundation of my existence. They always buoyed me in times of trouble, but even they couldn't elevate me when I was hitting high school. I was from a broken home, I was incessantly bullied in school, I wasn't handling any of it well, and the darkness of my depression had me -- and I am not exaggerating, forgive me -- suicidally depressed that no one really gave a damn about me and no one ever would.

And in that mood, on a January afternoon in 1979, I went to see Superman: The Movie, and it changed everything. I sat through it twice, full of joy I have rarely experienced since. I knew Superman was a fictional character. I knew Christopher Reeve was an actor. But together, alchemically, magically, they communicated something profound to me: Superman cared. He cared about everyone.

Even me.


-- Mark Waid

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"The only differences in what I’d do today as opposed to 1985 are: 1. I would have insisted all characters had no memory of the Crisis — which was my intent, but I was overruled by the other editors at the time. 2: I would have insisted all books began over with issue #1 starting in Jan. 1985, which was the original intent. 3: I would have stayed in New York to make sure all this was done instead of immediately moving to Los Angeles. If that had all happened then nobody would have been able to veer from what we accomplished. Under the new and current DC editorial, they have worked hard to fix what was done wrong by those who were there immediately after Crisis, but the mistakes never should have been made in the first place. But the Crisis, in and of itself, did the job it was intended to do. What followed wasn’t always good."

- Marv Wolfman


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