No marriages before Post Crisis? Really?
Dan Didio on ending the Clark/Lois/Superman marriage from Newsrama interview:
You go back to when Superman got married, that was a stunt tied to a television show at that particular moment in time, and when that show ended, the marriage continued. But every other interpretation of Superman that followed did not have them married.
LIAR!!! REVISIONIST HISTORY!!!
Really Dan? Then why did TWO crises (Crisis on Infinite Earths and Infinite Crises, see above Action #836) in DC comics address and acknowledge the importance of the Earth2/GoldenAge nupitals created in the Silver Age and the ‘Modern Age’ (Post Crises) marriage. Even in Final Crisis, Grant Morrison wrote about the marriage and how saving Lois would save Superman’s world.
Crisis on Infinite Earths was published in 1986 - seven years before Lois and Clark the New Adventures of Superman. Earth2/Golden Age Clark and Lois were married and had their stories in the Superman Family books of the Silver Age. (Even Bruce Wayne (Batman) and Selina Kyle (Catwoman) married in Superman Family #211 producing Helena Wayne, aka Huntress.)
Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow by Alan Moore published just before Crisis on Infinite Earths, ending the Silver Age Superman book, had Clark and Lois married with a son.
In December 1990’s Superman v2 #50, Clark asked Lois to marry him and put a ring on it. A few months later, he told her his secret. This was three years before LnC started.
Anyone who knows how Doomsday was conceived in the first place knows that the comic writers were planning a wedding IN THE COMICS. Maybe Mr. Didio needs to watch Superman Doomsday animation special features: Requiem and Rebirth: Superman Lives! The publisher that hired him, Jenette Kahn, and the writers of that time explain how they had to postpone their already planned wedding because of the Lois and Clark tv series. It was agreed with the television branch that the weddings would happen simultaneously. So after putting the year long wedding plans story on hold, they came up with the Death of Superman. Which, according to Jenette Kahn, was often thought to be a stunt or gimmick — yea, the Death of Superman.
The 1996 Wedding Album has every writer and artist that could still hold a pen scripting and drawing for it. IT WAS NOT A STUNT soley connected to a television show. IT WAS WHAT THE COMICS WANTED TO DO.
It took 58 years for Clark and Lois to marry in continuity, but it only lasted 15 years — but we only got to see 12 of those. Clark/Superman/Kal-El and Lois have been separated for the majority of the last three years of comic stories. In fact, Clark Kent has been missing most of that time, too.
So quit being arrogant and revising history. It does a disservice to the people you, Mr. Didio, worked with initially and also the readers of those wonderful stories that were full of emotion, action, intrigue and humor.
There will be no marriage because Grant Morrison was never keen on it. George Perez who wrote both Action and Wonder Woman in the early months of Post Crisis contributed the Superman Wonder Woman hookup (they decided to be friends) and also Maxima looking for Superman to sire her children. So yea, I can believe when you asked for a vote on the marriage, it got the thumbs down.
Lois Lane has been part of the Superman story since Action #1, Golden Age, which I believe Mr. Morrison has researched for his new book. If Lois doesn’t make a connection with Clark/Kal-El/brucespringsteenalienguy in the early issues of either books in the DCnU, then you are in grave danger of losing it all.
And let’s hope that Geoff Johns has the good sense of not allowing a Supes Wondy hookup in the Justice League book.
Dan Didio on why reboot Superman from same interview:
We’ve made Superman such an iconic figure over the years that we’ve lost some of the character and the ability to tell stories with that character. There’s so much continuity that’s been built on this character. We really wanted to get a Superman that is more accessible to the audience.
Yes, indeed. World of New Krypton (aka WONK) Having Kal-El leaving his mother and his wife and all communication with them to live with 100,000 other Kryptonians was just a Jim Dandy idea. Not only did it not give us a Clark Kent (Superman’s accessible persona) for over a year, but Kal-El lost his uniqueness and there was no emotional buy-in to the story. He abandoned us all.
Superman was yanked out of Action Comics for well over a year so we could have Nightwing (not Grayson) and Flamebird and Mon-El etc. And then Lex Luthor took over with his cyborg Lois and a plethora of villains. So DC was not writing Superman stories here.
THEN! DC gave us Grounded. Again, Superman decides to walk the United States and go to towns, initially for social justice presumably. BUT it turns out he’s mind controlled. There has not been any Clark Kent for another year — except in the penultimate issue so far (Superman 713).
Yea, I can believe DC has lost the ability to write stories with Superman. So they’re going to twist his background and make him Batman 2.0. All angsty and brooding and untied to Earthly tethers even though he experienced the now dead Kents at one point — which we probably won’t see. And if they don’t bring back perception or thought boxes (like Superman Batman) then we won’t know when or if Kal-El or BS (Bruce Springsteen) Superman will remember what he learned from his adoptive parents.
Speaking of Superman Batman … this was the only book where we got any of the Kent marriage during the three year dry spell in continuity and also the most emotional and intriguing stories because of things like the perception boxes and showing the differences between Superman and Batman. This book has not been mentioned in being revitalized after the #1s begin probably because they are turning Superman into an angsty boy who has lost everything. Not that symbol of hope we all cherish.
Many writers have said that Superman is an indestructible character — but by changing him so drastically — are his fans indestructible?