And we're back! Let's celebrate the return with a look at the... well, it's not a reboot, but it's certainly a change in direction, so... I don't know, it was just a new era for Superman, starting off with yet another iconic Neal Adams cover.
And, it turns out, the cover was accurate because Superman, through a situation I don't completely understand, indeed became immune to Kryptonite:
Yup! That was the first appearance of Morgan Edge, who has been part of the Superman universe for over 40 years, but non-fans generally have no idea who he is.
And that was a valid point he raised, but as a comic reader, I wonder why they were ditching Kryptonite. I mean, the whole reason Kryptonite was created was to give Superman a weakness. I'd hate to have to try and write a character who was effectively invincible. You can only do magic and imaginary stories so many times.
This was also the transition of Clark's day job:
It's funny when you see comics making major changes to adapt to the times. TV reporting had clearly been around for decades, but I guess it was finally time for comics to start catching up. Isn't the Daily Bugle a website these days, or did I get that wrong?
Anyway, while it still enables Clark to be on the spot for big emergencies, it created a logistical problem: Clark could always duck out, become Superman, and then just write a story later. But when he has to actually be present in front of a camera to report the news, he has to adapt thusly:
That's actually pretty cool.
Anyway, no more problems with Kryptonite, which leads me to yet another oft-reproduced scene:
Superman is now also much more inclined to smack a bad guy:
This whole "time limit" thing might get stale or ignored in the future, but it's nice to see something different.
Here's another thing that was different: Without Kryptonite, Superman gets kind of an attitude:
You see what I mean? He used to address man-made and natural disasters. Now, he's just smacking regular guys unconscious and being rather cavalier about it. I'm not sure I'm loving that.
Anyway, the change in job assignment is made permanent:
And that's when things took a new direction in Superman. Of course, my worry is that we'll see an upswing in the quality of storytelling, which means I'll have a harder time finding blog material. But hey, let's give it go!
See you tomorrow!