So at this point you’re probably asking yourself why the Internet needs another blog about comic books much less one about Superman. It’s a fair question, really and one I have a definite answer to.
I wanted to.
Not a deep or insightful reason to be sure but it’s pretty much it. I like Superman. I’ve liked Superman since I can remember liking anything. Sure it wasn’t until 1987 that I started reading the comics full time (and never stopped, actually) but between the Super Friends and the Christopher Reeve movies I was a fan and since that fateful day in 1987 when I decided, “Hey, I want to collect the Superman books,” I have done my best to read and learn as much about the character as I possibly can.
So producing a blog about Superman seemed natural. I thought about doing a full on, four alarm site but wisely decided against it. For one thing I am not all that proficient at doing this web thing. The fact that I got this blog going and looking the way it does is something of a minor miracle and frankly between work, the wife, my podcast (Views From The Longbox) and other such things I didn’t want to devote the time to building a site that I could be proud of. For another thing there’s little site that some of you may have heard of called The Superman Homepage that seems to know a thing or two about the character, so why do something that someone has already done and done it well?
Besides, I write reviews for the Superman Homepage, so it seemed like a bizarre, fannish conflict of interest.
A blog, though. A blog is something different. A blog I can sink my teeth into because I could literally post about anything I wanted to and not have to worry about following a theme or format. A blog could be fun because if I wanted to do a serious, in depth article on something related to the Man of Steel I could and if I wanted to post a picture with a snarky, supposedly funny comment I could do that too.
And thus the Fortress of Baileytude was born.
While I have some definite, long term plans for this blog for now it is going to be me writing haphazardly about Superman on a daily basis. One day could be the comics, the next could be about Lois and Clark, the next could be about the latest trade paperback I bought off eBay. I’m just going to try and have some fun while channeling all of the energy I have as a Superman fan. I have yet to decide if I am going to write reviews. As I previously mentioned I write for the Superman Homepage (I review Superman/Batman and Justice League of America currently) so I would only post links to those reviews, but I just don’t know if writing reviews for all of the titles would be a good idea.
Then again maybe I will. I tend to change my mind a lot.
More than anything this blog will be about my thoughts and feelings regarding Superman. I am not setting out to claim that my views are the right ones or that you should agree with me. I’m a bit sarcastuc and many time it will seem like I am making fun of some old comic or some episode from the second season of Adventures of Superman, but most of the time it won’t be mean-spirited just me once more trying to do some more of that funny stuff I was writing about earlier. In all seriousness I do have some pretty firm opinions about certain aspects of the Man of Steel’s history and there are some eras and adaptations that I just flat out don’t care for, but that’s just the way I feel. If you think I’m wrong just let me know. There’s a comment section at the end of every post and you can even e-mail me if you like at firstname.lastname@example.org with any thoughts or dissenting opinions regarding something I have written. In fact, I encourage it because another reason I started this blog was to meet other Superman fans, both like minded and otherwise. The only thing I ask if that you be respectful of me and others. Civil discourse is fine. Being a jerk isn’t, so just observe the Golden Rule, which is post if you want but don’t get out of line.
So for right now I welcome you to this blog and hope that you’ll have as much fun reading it as I do writing it.
One more thing; this site is a work in progress so please bear with me until I get all of the kinks worked out. I hope that within a few months everything will be the way I want it to be but for right now it’s going look a little rough around here.
More to follow…