Speaking of good Superman stuff DC’s putting out, I’m really enjoying Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder’s run on Action Comics so far. It’s a great read and I’m so glad Lana Lang’s getting a place to shine. I’ve been using this to warm-up over the last couple of weeks. Anyhow, if you’re wanting some quality Superman go give the last few issues of Action Comics a look!
Anonymous asked: I know the way Superman is treated is upsetting. It doesn't really look as if he'll bounce back to the guy we've learned to love with our minds and hearts because he's constantly being grounded in violence, destruction, death, fickle virtues, evil, ineffectiveness and sadness. But even if DC completely dilutes the meaning the original character is constantly trying to portray he'll never be completely wiped away. Thank you for keeping Superman, the real one, alive for just a bit longer.
Well, thanks, anonymous friend. I certainly appreciate the sentiment though I still think you can find some good Superman stuff being published by DC. And it’s not like the older stuff ever really goes away. Regardless, thanks for reading and thanks for the kind words.
Late night inks/funny faces.
True story. I was really pretty bummed when I finished the third chapter, sent it in, and realized I’d forgotten to include the Garcia-Lopez cameo. It had been the plan all along, but there you go, “best laid plans…” The idea being that Kubert, Toth, and Garcia-Lopez are a big part of the way I think about DC Comics in general. There are others of course, but those three form a lot of what I love about these characters. Also, kudos to Matt Wilson, who picked up on that being me and my family without me remembering to tell him as much.
In Adventures of Superman #43 to #45, docshaner put comic book creator cameos in the story! He put Joe Kubert (top), Evan & his family (bottom left), and Alex Toth (bottom right).
He told me on Twitter that if he had time, he’d add José Luis García-López in the third issue.
Check out this story, great Superman story!
danfaust asked: I haven't enjoyed a Superman story this much since the Bruce Timm cartoon. Congrats and thanks to you, Ron, Matthew, and everyone else involved. What's the best way to ask DC to give you guys another go? Email? Facebook? The Twitter machine?
Thanks so much! Means an awful lot to me. Any and/or all of these would be great, as I don’t really know what the best way would be. I’d certainly love to work with Ron and Matt again, just as much as I’d like to work on Superman again.
chrisssharpe asked: Your art seems to have a bit of influence (in the faces, mostly) from Mike Wieringo -- is this true? I definitely mean no offense. I love your work and was a huge Ringo fan; I just wonder about the major influences of artists whose work I enjoy.
Offense?! Not at all! I take that as a giant (if maybe undeserved) compliment. I’ve mentioned it here and there but Mike Wieringo was one of the first two artists whose work I could pick out of the crowd. I was immediately a huge fan of him and his work. I still say that I learned how to draw hands just from staring at his books. His run on Fantastic Four shaped the way I think about those characters (particularly the Thing) and is still one of my favorite comics. Sitting right behind me in my office as I type this is this drawing of Superman and Krypto by Wieringo, and it’s one of my favorite original pieces.
Long and short of it— Yes, Wieringo is absolutely an influence. Thanks so much for saying that.
RIP My Tablet, 2008-2014. I’ll miss you most of all, Scan of boxing Ben Grimm that I slipped under the plastic surface.
Anonymous asked: Is Jor-El's robot in Adventures of Superman #43-45 based on the Iron Giant?
It certainly does seem to be based on some kind of large metallic fellow, eh?
thetylermack asked: Hey doc, being a Caniff fan I was wondering which you would recommend? Terry and the pirates or Steve Canyon? I've read a little of both and i'm thinking terry is the way to go.
Well, both, really. I’m more concerned with why you’re only allowed to read one. Are you okay? Are you being threatened by some weirdo with picky taste in newspaper comic strips and strong feelings about only reading one forever? Blink once for yes. Blink twice for “Doc, please quit wasting my time.”
(In all seriousness, I can’t possible pick for you because I don’t know what kind of stuff you like, and I love them both.)