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*Sorry for the long post, not my usual deal, but this was too good a thing not to share, and too good a point not to make.*

Superman is not just a guy who can fly and is super strong who punches things to death. He considers all life precious, even the life of villains. And he cares very deeply for not just his friends and family, but all people. Clark Kent is mortal, he makes mistakes, he makes bad choices sometimes. He has worries, and fears. He’s hardly “perfect”. But what he is, is a symbol. He stands for something. And in a real world gone increasingly wrong, we need what he stands for worse than ever. The real world badly needs a Superman.

And that is why the depiction of Superman in the “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman” sucks. Because those movies show a Clark Kent who is selfish, who is brash and reckless, who charges into battle, kills enemies, and destroys property, endangering innocent lives without a second thought. They depict a Clark Kent who barely ever saves anyone. He’s not a hero. And that’s not who Superman is. Superman is a hero, the epitome of a hero. He does what’s right, even though what’s right is rarely ever easy. Doing what’s right has cost Clark a lot.

But Clark helps people, he stands up for the little guy. He doesn’t just save millions from alien invasions and natural disasters. He helps the homeless woman on the street. He helps a kid who’s kitten is in a tree. He takes the time to talk to a stranger who just might be thinking of jumping to their death. Superman loves saving people, because he loves people, he has a lot of compassion and empathy. And THAT’S the difference. What these panels show, illustrates perfectly the kind of person that Clark Kent is. The Clark in those new Superman films, would never even bother with this.

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Big Hero 6, 2014

July 15: I think of a unique crossover idea that I haven’t seen drawn before, and get to work on making a short comic.
July 29: I finish and post the first page of the comic!
August 4: The second page of the comic is posted, at this rate I should have the last page finished within the next week, but I run out of steam.
August 16: SE reveals a Big Hero 6 world for Kingdom Hearts III that uses the same concept I was going to reveal in page three of my comic.
August 23: I sheepishly post the last page, wishing I had finished sooner so I could say “Hey I did that first!”

So yeah! I don’t think anyone was more surprised then myself when that world was revealed. It’s a little annoying that I have no real proof so it kinda looks like I piggybacked off the canon idea, but it’s fun to know that myself and Nomura are apparently on the same wavelength!   Hopefully we’re on the same page about Kairi adventuring in the WiR worlds too.

As for what we’re getting in KHIII? I Couldn’t be more excited! I love the fact that the story takes place after the movie, that opens up many fun possibilities and scenarios. I’ll be happy to see how the gang is doing now that they’re real heroes!

Above: Not pictured – Superman’s keychain, which would take one hundred men to lift.

The Chronological Superman 1958:
Terms like “Silver Age” and “Golden Age” (and “pre-Crisis,” “post-Crisis,” “reboot,” “pre-boot,” “three-boot,” and so on) are very handy for capturing the essence of a roughly-defined era of stories, or for the cataloguing and branding purposes of collectors, historians and corporations. If there’s one idea which this blog has promoted, though, it’s hopefully that there’s really no such thing as a distinct “border” between Golden Age and Silver Age stories for a specific, ongoing character.

You can say, for instance, that there’s a clear distinction between the Golden Age Flash and the Silver Age Flash, because those were distinct characters with non-overlapping runs. Superman, however, has remained in continuous publication and evolved from year to year since his debut. The Supermen of 1938, 1946 and 1954 are as distinct from one another as a character can be, when he’s sharing the same name, costume, supporting cast and environment.

Superman has been experiencing a sort-of proto-Silver Age existence for the previous several years, setting the groundwork for the iconic 50s/60s Man of Steel so often referred to with loving nostalgia. Some of the foundational preparations have already borne fruit – Krypto, Lana Lang, and a canonical Ma and Pa Kent have all nestled comfortably into Superboy’s continuity at this point, for instance. Meanwhile, precursors for other iconic Silver Age elements – the future world of 1,000 years from now, teen heroes from other worlds, a succession of super-sidekicks – have been road-tested repeatedly.

The Silver Age has crept up on Superman, but it’s fair to say that it has fully landed in 1958. Why?

Brainiac debuts in Action Comics vol.1 No.242 (Jul 1958), bringing with him the Bottle City of Kandor and its millions of tiny inhabitants.  The Legion of Super-Heroes makes its first appearance in the Twentieth Century in the pages of Adventure Comics vol.1 No.247 (Apr 1958), while Bizarro debuts in a three-part story in Superboy vol.1 No.68 (Oct 1958). Red Kryptonite appears twice, in Adventure Comics vol.1 No.252 (Sep 1958) and Adventure Comics vol.1 No.255 (Dec 1958). While its biology-bending effects haven’t yet been fixed in stone, Superman also undergoes weird transformations, given a lion’s head in Action Comics vol.1 No.243 (Aug 1958) and acquiring an “amazing new power” in Superman vol.1 No.125 (Nov 1958).

Kryptonite gets weirder than ever. A giant bug released from the Earth’s core proves to have alchemical powers, and creates a deadly Kryptonite forest in Adventure Comics vol.1 No.245 (Feb 1958). A new foe shows up, powered by Kryptonite. John Corben (a.k.a. Metallo, the Man with the Kryptonite Heart) debuts in the daily newspaper strip in late December. Superboy’s first encounter with Kryptonite is recounted for the first time in Adventure Comics vol.1 No.251 (Aug 1958), a story which also paints a colorful picture of Superboy’s army of replacement robots.

Superman’s arctic fortress was introduced all the way back in 1949, but it reappears in Action Comics vol.1 No.241 (Jun 1958) in the form in which it’s best-known, carved into the side of a mountain and bearing Superman’s many trophies, collections and alien wonders. There’s a Super-Girl (notice the hyphen) who appears in Superman vol.1 No.123 (Aug 1958), and while she’s blonde, blue-eyed and almost entirely a dead ringer for Superman’s yet-to-appear cousin Kara “Supergirl” Zor-El, she’s only setting the template for the teen sidekick’s debut.

“Super-Girl” isn’t the only flying figure to don a Superman costume in 1958. Another ape from Krypton – “King Krypton, the Super-Gorilla” hassles Superman in Action Comics vol.1 No.238 (Mar 1958), and Superboy has to deal with a boy-sized Krypto-Mouse in Superboy vol.1 No.65 (Jun 1958). The newly-relocated Bottle City of Kandor coughs up its first lookalike super-villain in the form of Zak-Kul, renegade scientist, in Action Comics vol.1 No.245 (Oct 1958).

Lois Lane gets her own title – Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane – in April, while Jimmy Olsen first dons the rubber uniform, quaffs the stretching formula and adopts the superheroic identity of Elastic Lad (Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen vol.1 No.31 – Sep 1958).

The floodgates have been opened! Meanwhile, although unintentionally, the Adventures of Superman television show broadcasts its final season in 1958. The show’s popularity hadn’t waned, and another two seasons were planned to begin broadcasting in 1960. Even the sudden death of John Hamilton, the show’s Perry White, hadn’t dampened the plans. It would take a tragic event in the following year to end the show’s future plans for good.

Not that the producers of The Adventures of Superman didn’t have alternate plans – Whitney Ellsworth was prepared to launch The Adventures of Super-Pup in 1958, a recasting of the show in a world of walking, talking dogs. The pilot never aired.

Whatever the case, the television program ending as the Silver Age fully spreads its wings has a symbolic significance. The show had been a direct descendant of the radio program, which itself branched from the adventures of the original, then-new Superman. With its final season, the last ties to the sedan-smashing, recklessly enthusiastic, grounded and proletarian Superman were gently severed.

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