Not the means to a Pulitzer…
Clark Kent and Superman were two different beings, poles apart, as far as most people on Planet Earth were concerned. They were as night was from day. One was a handsome, confident, brave hero; the other a retiring, awkward newspaper reporter. But if anyone were to compare the two men, they would find one common trait. They were both gentlemen. Men who treated others with equal respect and dignity. One persona who made women feel safe and comfortable in his presence even while the other made them go weak at the knees at the sight of his good looks, god given abilities and charming smile.
Even though Clark Kent did not seem the most exciting man in the world, he still was a catch in the eyes of some. There were women who would be glad to have such a decent man care for them. And Superman, who had the most exciting life in the world, was the white knight that every woman dreamed about. But both men were still single, and both men exhibited a kind of self restraint that women found particularly aggravating. It wasn’t that Clark or Superman did not notice the opposite sex. Or that they never gave them an admiring smile or glance. It was just that when you were one and the same man, you had to be very careful about your choices in life. He was always hesitant about involving himself with anyone. Even the women like Lois or Maxima who took the initiative and forced their presence upon him…made him notice them…and attempted to have a relationship with him, they soon realized he was not attainable. He could not give them what they needed and they could not fill the lingering emptiness and loneliness he still often felt.
But there comes a time in life when fate steps in and something totally unexpected happens to a man and it threatens to change his whole outlook on life. When he finds himself suddenly faced with a situation that he could neither retreat into Clark Kent or Superman. That threatened to shatter his self imposed limitations.
He was facing something that truly stirred his senses. That alarmed him. That aroused him.
She was like no woman he had ever met. She was his physical and intellectual equal; she could easily slice the head off an opponent without a flinch; she had a sense of honor and compassion; she had a kind of wisdom that came from a deep source; and a beauty that seemed timeless. But yet she needed him in ways that made him feel a kind of tenderness and protectiveness he never felt for anyone. Her innocence about the world often caught him by surprise and as he loved the Earth, just having Diana around reinforced that appreciation and fascination of things that perhaps he too had come to take for granted. She also brought out parts of him he always had to quell when he was with Lois. Be it in his job or relationship. The ability to not hold back.
He had been stunned at how careless and free and good that felt. In a way Lorelei was right. He had never had the chance to feel wild, be reckless, even do anything for just himself without wondering how it would affect others. And he felt her. Her hand on his arm. Her smack to the side of his head. Her lips against his. She made him feel alive. Not alien. Not invulnerable. Not awkward. Not some savior or idol or newspaper story or the means to a Pulitzer.
Excerpt from fanfic STOLEN LEGACY
Gail Simone’s Thoughts on the Reboot
This was taken from her Sorry I’m Late column from ComicsAlliance
Interesting she put up an image of Superman and Wonder Woman. A possible romance was one of the bigger rumors to come out of a week of speculation and gossip. It may not be true but hey, we would so love it to be. And she is quite excited about the new stories they are going to tell. Frankly, so are we.
Hello everyone, welcome to the first of an irregular series of articles about whatever pathetic excuse for rational thought is going through my mind at that particular moment. If you prefer not to read the ravings of a befuddled redhead, at least skip ahead to the end, as I am introducing JUST FIVE MORE, where each column, I pick five things I love in geek culture to share with you, whether you want it or not.
Crazy week to be a DC fan, huh?
Reaction to the revelations this week regarding DC Comics and the vaguely terrifying and cryptic press releases we’ve seen so far seem to range from orgasmically positive to ferociously vengeful. Some of the slightly condescending comments from the first group to the second probably aren’t helping matters.
I don’t think, “calm down, it’s just comics,” or, “your old comics are still in boxes, you can read them whenever you want,” are really the answers the second group wants to hear. These aren’t the enemy, these are, many of them, long-term, loyal supporters, who have stuck with us through crazy times. Remember Superman with a mullet? That might be a bad example, because I actually like Superman with a mullet. Hmm. Remember when the bat-cowl had a mullet? Shut up, I’m making a point here.
These people are concerned that the stories they care about no longer “matter,” or aren’t in continuity. Or that their favorite characters might disappear completely. Those are understandable, reasonable concerns. Wow. Now I can’t stop thinking of the bat-cowl with a mullet. Is there a El Bat Mulleto in Batman, Inc? There should be.
Let me point out why I’m excited about this movement at DC. I also need to say that I am not an apologist, nor is DC even aware I am writing this. These are just my thoughts as both a writer for the company and as someone who dearly loves the DC Universe above all things including dogs and self-respect. You may completely disagree, but I think this is going to be one of the most exciting times in history to be reading comics. Yes, really.
First… I don’t believe it’s a good thing when the readers know everything about a character. That is asking the writer to play poker with all his cards showing and his pants unzipped. You might win the game, but what FUN is it (except the zipper part)? Fiction is about surprise…it’s about twists and turns and sudden reveals. And yes, you can still have those things in a great comic in current continuity. But how much more fun is it to be an explorer?
Remember when you first got hooked on comics, and you found that soulmate character you loved and just HAD to find out more about? How fun was that? How much joy did that bring you? Did you ever have a better, more wonderful time as a comics reader?
That’s what excites me, here. We’re going off-roading. We don’t have to go the speed limit.
Right now, telling even the best stories in current continuity is negotiating a great many roadblocks and closed roads, set up by people who don’t even work in the industry anymore, for reasons that no longer make much sense. It can be done, the detours are amazing. But September is giving us a hot car to drive and a huge endless horizon in every direction. No pre-built fences, no roadblocks erected decades ago for a different set of drivers entirely.
It’s a little bit thrilling.
A DCU that looks less like the cast of the Andy Griffith show and more like the wide, vast group of people that attend NYCC and SDCC… that’s exciting. And long past due.
Many of us in the industry are also seeing some of the other new projects announced for the first time (security was FIERCE!), and my inbox and twitter feed are full of pros, even some who don’t work for DC, cackling like freshly-minted fanboys and fangirls. “Did you see Philip Tan’s Hawkman?” “Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang on WONDER WOMAN?”
I mean, this is just the first salvo and I am looking at a big stack of books I have to have already. Mr. Terrific getting his own book? Geoff and Jim on Justice League?
The morning when it was announced, Firestorm, the book I am doing with Ethan Van Sciver and Yildiray Cinar, was actually a worldwide trending topic on Twitter. Firestorm. Who could have predicted that six months ago?
Over the next few days, there’s going to be a lot more news, a lot of unexpected stuff, new books, new writers, new artists, and some plans to bring a visibility to comics we haven’t seen since the first Batman film. Hollywood has caught up with comics, guys. That means we have to jump ahead of them again.
Lest you think this is just an ad for the company that pays me, I assure you, it isn’t. There were some painful decisions made, some I disagree with. Some YOU will probably disagree with. Every book is someone’s favorite. Every character is someone’s heart. And that is going to be hard in some cases…almost everyone is going to lose something they really loved. In some cases, this was every bit as hard for the creators as it might be for the readers.
But the good news is, this isn’t the end. Like every DCU that has ever existed, it is a canvas that has a lot of blank space in it. These launch titles are not the end. There’s more room to be filled in. There will be some growing pains. But we, all of us, get to see the kingdom from a new angle, with new territories. And some of your favorite characters are coming back with a vengeance and a focus that they have never before had.
I was at a writing seminar as a guest recently, up at the wonderful Stumptown convention in Portland, to hear Brian Michael Bendis give a speech on comics. He said something that I found a real key to his success…that when something went wrong or contrary to his wishes, instead of falling to pieces, he saw that as an opportunity. It’s not specifically DC that I’m so behind on with this plan, it’s big ideas, giving creators room to try new, wide-open concepts. That excites me.
At some point in the early sixties, some very creative people realized that if they were going to bring back the Flash, it probably wouldn’t work if he was still the guy with a lightning bolt t-shirt and a soup pot on his head.
I understand the concern, I sympathize. But at the same time, I really, really don’t want you to miss the stuff that’s coming. Yesterday was just the first salvo. No one’s a bigger DCU fan than I am. I am a serious skeptic about stunts and events. But nothing DC has ever done compares in scope to this. It’s a big idea, scary and exciting. It makes us explorers again, writer and reader both.
And that is what comics are all about.
No mullets were harmed during the writing of this column.
A super piggyback ride.
Look at her trying to be all dignified and regal when inside she is actually quite excited and it’s so cute to see him a little tied tongue and shy before her…
Super Peter and Wonder Lois