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    Superman gets a 'hipster' makeover




    What do you guys think?


    For me i duno what to think for year i grow up with the old Superman. So i duno what to think really.


    By Matt Moore, The Associated Press

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    PHILADELPHIA - The big "S'' is still on his chest, but the new Superman coming to the shelves of book stores next week is not exactly the chipper and bright-eyed optimist of lore.

    Instead, the kid from Krypton featured in "Superman: Earth One" that was released to comic book shops Wednesday and due in other book stores on Tuesday, sports a hoodie, a brooding brow and fashion sense that would not put him out of place in hipster lairs from Brooklyn to Seattle.

    And that, said Dan DiDio, senior vice-president and executive editor at DC Comics is just what the company was aiming for when it asked J. Michael Straczynski, himself a noted comic book writer who currently helms the company's flagship monthly "Superman" title.

    "We always knew that we wanted to do a real, contemporary interpretation of Superman," he told The Associated Press. "And what we did is we reached out to Joe Straczynski — Joe is probably one of the biggest Superman fans out there."

    DiDio said DC augured the retelling as a way to reach out to buyers not just in comic book stores but in other book stores, too — fans of books and series like "Twilight" or Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy of crime novels.

    "In this particular case what we did is we looked at the format," he said, adding that DC has been "showing great strides in really strong improvement in sales in the book store market place, and what we wanted to do was to create an original graphic novel featuring our most prominent character that we felt captured a contemporary tone and really was built with the bookstore market in mind."

    The graphic novel was illustrated by Shane Davis. And while it features the jet-black hair — sans curly lock atop the forehead — and piercing stare that Clark Kent/Superman has had since his creation in the 1930s, Davis' art reflects a more modern bent with narrow pants and ties and the ubiquitous hoodie.

    The work draws upon the Superman mythology but recreates it for a contemporary audience with a 20-year-old Clark Kent who's unsure how to use his super-strength, super-smarts and just plain super abilities as he makes his way through a grittier, more realistic Metropolis trying to find not just a job but meaning and purpose.

    DiDio and DC are pleased with the transformation, noting that demand for the work has been so great that the book has already gone back to the press for a wider run.

    "When we were building this book we had a lot of things in mind. We were looking at what fiction was popular at the time ... and since we are in the periodical business, and we want to be in the bookstore business, what better continuing character should be in that market but Superman?" he asked.

    "But we needed to make him hip, moody and sexy in order to really appeal to who are really wanting to read novels with our characters," DiDio added.

    Given the predicted demand, DC is already planning a similar treatment for Batman, which will be written by Geoff Johns, a writer who was named DC Comics' chief creative officer in February.

    "And we're already looking ... at future volumes of 'Superman: Earth One," DiDio said.
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    I didn't know wearing a shirt and a jacket made you a hipster...damn. So everyone in the 90s was a hipster??

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJD View Post
    For me i duno what to think for year i grow up with the old Superman. So i duno what to think really.
    I think you should read the book and make up your own mind. Or don't worry about it.
    Seriously, Superman has been reworked/reinvented/reimagined so many times over the past 62 years, what does "the old Superman" even mean?


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    It's an elseworlds story. What's the problem? Batman's getting a similar book too. It's basically DC's version of the Ultimate universe...again.

    Also, what RyerOrdStar said.

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    I just hope sunlight makes him sparkle now, in addition to giving him strength

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    I think you should read the book and make up your own mind. Or don't worry about it.
    Seriously, Superman has been reworked/reinvented/reimagined so many times over the past 62 years, what does "the old Superman" even mean?
    This, pretty much.

    Superman has long since ceased to be a character and is now more akin to a concept.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    ... what does "the old Superman" even mean?
    It means Superdickery of course.

    More patriotic, morally careless/carefree scripts, perhaps?

    And I thought this thread was about his briefs.

    Jamen jag tror att han skäms, och har gömt sig. Vårt universum det är en av dom otaliga spermasatser som Herren i sin självhärliga ensamhet har runkat fram för å besudla intet.
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    Super hero comic books by Marvel and DC are the lamest thing ever. Instead of coming up with something new they just rework their 50-60 years old characters over and over again. Superman in the stone age, superman fighting the nazi, superman in the future, teen superman, Jesus Superman... How will another Superman story contribute to anything? I really find it uncreative.


    "But we needed to make him hip, moody and sexy in order to really appeal to who are really wanting to read novels with our characters,"

    So when the old story gets uninteresting just rewrite it, right? I wish Tolkien was still alive, he could do the same with the Lord of the Rings. It kind of lacks plate bikini and huge swords that are very popular today. Maybe his son can update the book and make it modern... I'm not bashing comics, they are awesome, but this is just lame and uncreative.

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    Apparently there is no limit how many times you can tell the same story. Again and again and bloody again. How many bloody times does his home world have to blow up before people get the message.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyskoa View Post
    Apparently there is no limit how many times you can tell the same story. Again and again and bloody again. How many bloody times does his home world have to blow up before people get the message.
    Untill their wallets are empty?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    I think you should read the book and make up your own mind. Or don't worry about it.
    I think you need to take it easy and step down from your high horse, was just trying to make conversation pal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJD View Post
    Iwas just trying to make a bad conversation pal.
    Fixed that for you friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaW_ View Post
    Fixed that for you friend.



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    Well, as I see it it's a fire horse.

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    sry, don't facepalm me bro

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    I'll see your "Facepalm" and up this to a



    But drawing is more of a good idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJD View Post
    I think you need to take it easy and step down from your high horse, was just trying to make conversation pal.
    Well, that was uncalled for. Might want to see a dermatologist about that thin skin. Pal.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    Well, that was uncalled for. Might want to see a dermatologist about that thin skin. Pal.
    He's not your pall, buddy!

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    Hijacks thread

    Now it's bad Superhero Costume time!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyskoa View Post
    He's not your pall, buddy!
    He's not your buddy, friend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OmenSpirits View Post
    He's not your buddy, friend!
    I'm not your friend, pall!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyskoa View Post
    I'm not your friend, pall!
    I'm not your pal, bucko!

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