Q:I am appalled the hate clois fans have towards sm/ww. The smashing of the expensive kiss statue is not anything to be cheered. It insults anyone who has to work their asses off to earn money, to make ends meet and the artist. This is a very hard time of year for many families. That someone could be so self entitled she'd rather destroy than rise above her hate or think of ways to help the needy says fandom has stooped to new lows. She could have sold it for a good cause even.
Owning something, whether it was bought and paid for with your own money or as a gift or gratuity does give someone the right to do with that object as they see fit.
Superman and Wonder Woman were created at a time when a World War pitched ideologies against one another, they were framed by their creators as embodiments of democratic ideas - such as free speech, against the excesses of for example Kristallnacht.
So I support the video/image creators liberty to do as she pleases - and also those fans of her work to reblog their support of it.
But I do believe it to be a hateful action, both in conception and execution, and anyone approving of this is endorsing that hate.
Simply put you don’t say I love you by dropping a concrete block on something - do you?
Destroying anything for no reason in my mind is just stupid and selfish, we might think more of the disadvantaged at times of crisis like the disaster in the Philippines, or a times like Christmas, but the poor are always with us.
When we choose to do something wasteful the emotional intent of that action is everything, on the one hand we could pour expensive perfume on the feet of someone we admire to demonstrate our love and affection.
On the other we could just smash the bottle on the ground in anger and hate because we don’t like the way it smells.
Smashing things, burning things brings me back to the 30’s and the genesis of Superman and then Wonder Woman.
What we choose to do - what we choose to applaud sends a strong message about who we are.
For this reason I’m opposed to wanton waste, destruction and vandalism of anything.
Seeing this pointless display reminds me how little changes.
Metallo was always one of my favorite Superman Villains largely due to his appearance in Superman #316 which was part of the first run of Superman I ever collected. This is the bronze-age Metallo Roger Corben that debuted in Superman #310. Superman #214 shows the original John Corben and then we have the revamped Metallo in Bryne’s Superman #1.
Some great Metallo covers:
I really have a lot of time for
iron man Metalo with one l, from World’s Finest Comics #6 (Summer 1942)
As an enraged Lois Lane fan I have to say how misogynistic it is of the artist to steal the idea of a hero giving the heroine his cape in this picture. This clearly belongs to Lois and Clark, as it has never happened before in annals of human history that a hero like Superman who wears a cape has given it to or allowed his love interest to wear it.
Henceforth and forthwith no one except Lois should ever be seen in the hero’s cape as this idea, like kissing belongs to Clois.
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Q:Your Lana Lang is so different compared to her other incarnations. At least to me, she seems like an almost entirely new character. How did you "find" your Lana? What influenced your vision for her in the New 52?
I started with the idea that anyone who grew up with Clark, found out his secret, and kept that secret for years and years must be a very special person. And it occurred to me that Lana might have had as much an influence on Clark as he did on her — meaning they’re both crusaders. And the character started to come together from there.
I also knew I wanted to give her a job, something practical and challenging and cinematic. And in one of our conversations, Aaron Kuder, the amazing artist of the book, mentioned that he’d worked as an electrician. So that inspired things.
Lana’s been a blast to write — hope you’re enjoying her!
Q:Greg, the treatment of Lois Lane in the new 52 is extremely troubling. With all due respect? I have zero interest in Lana if it means the first woman of comics will continue to be marginalized. The sidelining of Lois is unfair and wrong. And Lana, while a fine supporting character, is a poor substitute. She challenges nothing for women. Nothing. She never has. That's why some men like her. Bc she's never had to carry the feminist load. So the right thing and fight for Lois in your book
Thanks for the note. I love Lois, too, and I’m going to have a blast when I eventually start writing her in my books.
Regarding your concerns, if Lois is your favorite and you’re just not interested in books that don’t feature her, I understand. Last February, I started watching basketball games just because of Jeremy Lin. I’ve learned to really like basketball in general, but if Lin’s not playing, I’m just not that likely to make an effort to watch a game. If that’s the way you feel about Lois, I totally get it and I hope you’ll jump on board my books when she shows up. I’d also point out that Lois is doing fantastic things in other books even as we speak and you should check out Scott Snyder’s SUPERMAN UNCHAINED, Scott Lobdell’s SUPERMAN, and Marguerite Bennet’s upcoming SUPERMAN: LOIS LANE one-shot.
But I wanted to take a minute to respond to the implication that by not featuring Lois immediately, I’m doing a disservice to feminism. And I know that might not represent your true or complete feelings on the matter, so my apologies if I’ve misunderstood. But just in case, here’s where I’m coming from:
I consider myself a feminist. I know that can be a suspect thing for a man to say, but there ya go. I’m also deeply committed to diversity and representation in comics and film and throughout my career I’ve jumped on the chance to write women, people of color, and gay and lesbian characters. You can see it in almost all of my independent film work, in the female leads in my WARLOCK and X-TREME X-MEN books, in all my Amadeus Cho stories, and in the diverse heroes and heroines of my WAR MACHINE, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, MAGNETO: TESTAMENT, SILVER SURFER, VISION MACHINE, and TUROK books. And just this week, ACTION COMICS #25 brought back Lana Lang and BATMAN/SUPERMAN #5 brought back Hiro Okamura.
So I’m in this for the long haul. And one of the big things I’ve learned over the years is that it’s never enough to rely on ONE character or piece of art to represent an entire community. Spike Lee was unfairly hit by this for years when he was one of the very few African American filmmakers making movies featuring African Americans. When DO THE RIGHT THING came out, people asked him why he didn’t deal with drug abuse. When JUNGLE FEVER came out, people criticized him for including drug abuse. I’m a huge believer in QUANTITY. We need hundreds of great stories about a huge variety of people of all different backgrounds — not just one or two.
So Lois is absolutely fantastic — a smart, funny, sharp troublemaker who makes things happen. But one strong woman is not enough. Particularly since we have five Superman books right now. Lois is a huge part of SUPERMAN and SUPERMAN UNCHAINED and Earth 2 Lois played a role in my opening arc of BATMAN/SUPERMAN. Wonder Woman is clearly the central focus in SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN.
So for ACTION, I had a chance to break new ground and build up another amazing woman in the Superman universe. And I jumped on it — hence Lana Lang making a big splash in ACTION COMICS #25.
You write that Lana “challenges nothing for women. Nothing. Never has. That’s why some men like her. Bc she’s never had to carry the feminist load.”
Please know that I didn’t bring Lana back to stand in the background and pine. I brought her back to challenge herself and everyone around her and to be the hero of her own story. She’s pro-active and funny and human and heroic and an electrical freaking engineer and I’m loving writing her.
So again, if you just don’t have any interest in reading a comic that doesn’t have Lois in it, I understand. Check out the other great Superman books that feature her — she’s right there on almost every page of last month’s SUPERMAN #24 — and we’ll meet again when she shows up in my books.
But if you share my interest in diversity in comics and increasing the number of awesome women characters, please do consider reading ACTION COMICS #25 as well and see what you think.
Thanks for your passion and for hearing me out.
In defense of Lana Lang.
Lana was re-introduced back in the Superman books in the Bronze age as an adult supporting character. She was a news anchor, and a successful career woman, she was involved with the alien hero Vartox, ( basically a riff on Sean Connery no less ) and was as heroic as any supporting character generally gets to be.
Lana then chose to date Clark Kent, not Superman!
And Clark and Lana were developing a relationship - a subplot killed like Kara by COIE.
Lana and Clark followed the relatively brief actual and only in canon ( until 1990 ) romance between Superman ( not Clark ) and Lois, which ended with both realising a romantic relationship wasn’t working.
So in short adult Lana was a career woman who chose Clark over Superman and or Vartox almost a decade before Editorial soft rebooted Lois’s character to allow the 1990’s engagement and marriage.