The (Mostly) Superman Reading Diary – January 2020

I’ve recently stopped collecting modern comics beyond the occasional 100 Page Giants that are sold at Walmart.  This includes the Superman books, which I walked away from for a variety of reasons and if you are, in any way, curious about those reasons go ahead and listen to this episode of It All Comes Back To Superman, where I talk about that and the final issue of Doomsday Clock.

Anyway, this isn’t the first time I’ve walked away from the Superman books, but unlike last time I am not walking away from Superman and since I own hundreds of Superman related comics that I haven’t read yet that survived The Great Comic Book Purge of 2019 I figured it was high time that I actually read them.  I thought it might be fun to keep a diary of sorts of what I read, so I’ve been noting the books I read on a daily basis in a notebook in addition to posting covers over on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

All of that brings me to this post, which will (hopefully) be the first in a monthly blog entry about the books I read the previous month.  I thought about doing it in podcast form, but Professor Alan does such a great job with his Comics Reading Journal that I didn’t want to go down that road.  So, I’ll do a blog post containing a boring list of books I read and some thoughts about those books.

 I call it The (Mostly) Superman Reading Diary because I will also be reading other books that aren’t Superman related.

Let’s begin.

The Methodology

This section either won’t be in future installments or will be very, very brief.  This being the first entry, I felt an explanation was in order.

As I wrote earlier, one of my goals this year is to read comics that are in my collection that I haven’t read before.  I had been slowly selling off my rather unsustainable and borderline hoarding comic collection for a few years, but last year I finally picked out the books I really wanted to keep and sold the rest off in one of the most freeing experiences of my life.  I loved them when I loved them, but at some point, the idea of having over seventeen thousand comics, most of which I was never going to live long enough to read, became the proverbial millstone around my neck.  It actually stressed me out at times.  So, getting rid of them was good for me in a small way financially and in a big way for my mental health.

When you combine the selling of the books to the realization that, with a few exceptions, modern comics aren’t for me AND the fact that I haven’t lost any love for actually reading comics, getting to the books I haven’t read yet became a priority.  The problem was choosing what to read first.  One of my faults is that I can be mercurial in my reading.  I have a sudden and overwhelming urge to read a certain series and then I get five issues in and I just lose all interest.  This worried me when it came to choosing what I read, which led me to try and read a few different series all at once, but after a week or so of that I settled on a single character to focus on.

It’s Superman.

Long time followers are no doubt surprised by this.

In that “not at all” kind of way.

Even then I did something kind of weird.  My Superman collection stretches back to 1976, which was my somewhat arbitrary cut off point.  I own every issue of Superman and Action Comics going back to 1976 and stopping just recently.  I have most of the various series and mini-series and specials published during that time, in addition to issues of Superboy, Supergirl, Steel, etc.  Right before Christmas of last year I tried going through those Superman issues chronologically, but it didn’t take.  I can’t explain it.

Again…mercurial, but I did finally settle on a more manageable run that I am digging.

This leads to…

The Boring List of Comics That I Read in January 2020.

  • Action Comics issues 513-516, 525,526, 560-566
  • Batman 100 Page Giant (Vol. 2) #1
  • Booster Gold (Vol. 1) Issues 1 and 2
  • Comet #1
  • DC Comics Presents Issues 26, 74-80
  • Legend of the Shield #1
  • Starman (1988 Series) Issues 1 and 2
  • Super Friends #3
  • Superman (Vol. 1) Issues 352, 400-406, Annual #10
  • Superman Family #203-206
  • Superman Special #3
  • Superman: The Secret Years Issues 1-3

Overall Impressions

While the non-Superman books I read this month were a lot of fun, I am glad that I decided to zero in on just the Superman books.  It’s not just that Superman is my favorite character.  That’s part of it, but after spending over thirty years following the new Superman books as they came out it’s nice to finally get around to the books from before my time.  It’s a new hill to climb, a new land to conquer, insert another example of charting uncharted territory.  At first I tried maintaining two separate reading projects; The Marv Wolfman written Pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths Superman stories and stories that ran in Superman, Action Comics, DC Comics Presents, and assorted mini-series, annuals, and specials that came out two years before John Byrne’s Man of Steel.  Bouncing between the Wolfman issues and the Two Years To Man of Steel books (as I will now start calling them) made for some fun reading, but as I wrote earlier I finally decided that I wanted to read the Wolfman issues in the context they were published.

I’m also trying to figure out if the group think regarding elements of the Pre-Crisis Superman are correct.  One of those example of group thing is if Wolfman’s run on the Pre-Crisis Superman was as much of a breath of fresh air as I’ve heard, and I can’t accurately gauge that without also reading the books that came out alongside them.  So, I put that to the side and focused on the Two Years books.

The question with the Two Years to Man of Steel books is; were the books published over those two years really just a bunch of inventory stories or were they better than people say?  Short answer so far is yes and yes.  The stories have been, at the very least, fun.  There are only a few that I haven’t dug and some are downright emotional.  I’m more engaged when there is a sense of ongoing stories involving the supporting cast, but the books also serve well as done in one, episodic stories.  There are times when you can see the era needing a fresh coat of paint and there are times where it’s obvious that was life in the Silver and Bronze Age Superman and his world yet.

Like most things in life, there is nuance.

Favorite Issues

The Wolfman issues of Action Comics are so good.  I look forward to revisiting them.  The Toyman story in Action Comics #561 was great, as was the main story in Action #564.  The Forgotten Heroes/Forgotten Villains two-parter in DC Comics Presents issues 77 and 78 were much better than I thought they would be.  Marv Wolfman plays with…well, forgotten characters from DC’s science-fiction books of the fifties and sixties and makes them work in a fun adventure with Superman.  The Hawkman team-up in DC Comics Presents #74 had a lot of heart to it and dealt with an ancestor of Superman.

The Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane stories from Superman Family #203-206 were much better than I thought they would be.  Wolfman (him again) tells two separate stories with Jimmy and Lois and then brings them together organically.  Superman #403 and 404 had great lead features and made me appreciate Paul Kupperberg as a Superman writer.  He had a real understanding of what made that version of the character work.

By far my favorite comics from the month were the first three issues of Superman: The Secret Years.  I read them years ago, but it had been long enough that I didn’t remember much about them.  If you’re looking for an emotional story involving Superboy becoming Superman and watching Clark deal with being an adult, the death of his foster parents, and some very real-world problems with his classmates then this is the story for you.  The art is by Curt Swan and Kurt Schaffenberger make for an interesting combination and considering both of their histories with Superboy it’s a solid pairing.  This could make a great direct-to-home media animated film.

Least Favorite Issues

Superman Special #3 had a decent plot, but it was a 22-page story told in twice that amount of space, which led to it feeling padded.  The main story in Action Comics #566 made me realize that while there are people that like Captain Strong as a character, I am not one of them.  This made the issue a bit of slog to read, though the art made it go down easier.

Also, and I know I am going to get rapped on the mouth for this, but the Jim Steranko story in Superman #400 may have looked great, but it was a boring story to read.  It did not hold my attention at all.  It felt pretentious and the O’Henry style ending was like a bad episode of The Twilight Zone.

Biggest Surprises

Ambush Bug.  Full stop.  I had only ever read one of the Ambush Bug specials back in the late nineties, but to see the back ups in Action Comics in the context of when they were published was a joy and a pleasure.  The satire is snarky but never mean and I have no idea what a reader unplugged from the wider DC would make of the shots the creative team took as then modern comics.

The Non-Superman Issues

Booster Gold was a good book from issue one, page one.  I will re-visit those issues down the road.  Same with the Will Payton Starman series and the two Impact Comics books I read.  The only newish comics I am reading currently are the 100 Page Giants sold through Walmart that catch my fancy.  For those that aren’t aware of these giants, they are 100 page books that contain one or two original stories about a character then three or so reprints.  The first issue of the current Batman 100 Page Giant had a solid, original Batman story, an engaging, original Batwoman story and reprints of other Bat related books.  It contained the second modern Harley Quinn story I’ve read, which was mainly a retelling of her origin.  This isn’t a complaint as these books are meant to grab non-readers and long-time readers alike.  The first chapter of Court of Owls reminded me why I loved Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s work on Batman so much.  The Nightwing story was…okay.

The Wrap Up

After a fun but erratic start I’ve settled into a nice reading project.  I’m getting to the Superman books published concurrently with Crisis on Infinite Earths, which is a fascinating time period for DC in general, so I’m looking forward to seeing how and if they tie into Superman more than the crossover issues.  I’m planning on picking up more 100 Page Giants, which, at five bucks a pop, are a great value for the money.

January is done.  On to February.  Depending on how much I read a day (I’m going for at least two issues a day as a goal) I may have to figure out a new project by the end of the month.  I have some ideas.

We’ll see how that goes.


FOB Showcase Presents…Captain America 1979

Back in 1979, CBS and Universal took a stab at giving Captain America his own television series.  Two pilot films were produced and aired, but a series didn’t follow like it did with the Incredible Hulk.  Why?  Well, there are a lot of reasons for that and that’s what this episode of Fortress of Baileytude Showcase Presents is about.

Joining me to talk about, discuss, dissect, celebrate, and sometimes take cheap shots at these films is Joe Crowe (co-director of the American Sci-Fi Classics Track at DragonCon) and Kevin Eldridge (fellow Classic Track Irregular and co-host of the FlopCast) and boy did we have a good time talk about these movies.  We go into how we first saw these movies as well as why we are in such an awesome place when it comes to super-hero entertainment.

This was very much like one of the panels we would put on at DragonCon, just not recorded in a conference room.  We may not have a cool van with a motorcycle that rockets out of the back so we can jump your jeeps, but we get by.

I wanted to thank Joe and Kevin for joining me on this journey.  It was a lot of fun.  Stay tuned until after the end music for a special clip just for Joe.


Episode 15 – Catharsis…2020

Back in late 2009 I recorded an episode of Views From The Longbox with my friend Scott Gardner where we talk about our feelings about how DC Comics was treating Superman.  It was a raw and honest conversation and I titled that episode Catharsis.  Well, it’s now 2020 and once again I find myself at a crossroads, of sorts, with Superman and I thought it might be time to once again take a raw and honest look at where I am as a fan of the Man of Steel.  Why am I walking away from the ongoing books?  Why is Clark Kent as a secret identity important?  What were things like back in 2007?  How have my opinions on being a Superman fan changed?  And what does Doomsday Clock #12 have to do with all of this?  Listen and find out.

Below are selected images from Doomsday Clock #12.

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Next Time: Another installment of Superman Is For Everyone.



Episode 14 – Superman Is For Everyone: Cosplay

This time out I’m kicking off a series that will be going off and on this year called Superman Is For Everybody.  The idea is that instead of talking about a Superman movie or television series or comic book I will be talking to people that channel their love and affection for Superman in different ways.  For this first installment I sat down with two friends of mine that cosplay as Superman.  David Simms and Joshua Jarmin (hosts of the very NSFW One More Round) have been cosplaying as Superman for several years at conventions and for charity.  They were nice enough to give me an hour of their time to talk about what got them into Superman, what made them want to dress like the character, what goes into getting a costume, the responsibility of dressing like Superman, and more.  It was a lot of fun and I’d like to thank them once again for appearing on the show.

(As if you needed to be told, I’m the guy in the middle.)

It All Comes Back to Superman is available on a variety of formats.  It’s on Apple Podcasts, the Google Play Store, and even Spotify.  If you like accessing the RSS Feed directly, you can do that here.  Feedback for the show can be left below or you can head on over to the It All Comes Back To Superman Facebook Page.  The email address for the show is [email protected].

Next Time: A very naval gazing episode where I give a State of the Union of my Superman fandom and also look at Doomsday Clock #12.


When you co-host a podcast about the Superman books that were published between 1986 and 2006 it stands to reason that you might know something about that era.  This leads people to ask you questions and hands down this is one of the best things about hosting a podcast.  I start these things to share my thoughts and what I laughingly call my knowledge and I never get tired of it.

It’s keen.

Sometimes I can answer the question quickly.  Sometimes I have to do some research.  Sometimes I have to put something together.  A few weeks ago I got one of the Option C questions on Twitter.

Quick heads up for those coming in late; from 1991 to 2002 the Superman books had a little triangle on their cover.  See, there were three, then four, then five, then four Superman titles being published and the creative types decided to start linking each book so that even though the writers and artists were telling their own stories, the titles would be linked to make what became, ostensibly, a weekly Superman comic.  The triangle told you where the book you were reading fit into the overall story.

After making sure we were on the same page I had to admit that I didn’t have a list handy.  I own all of the comics we talk about on the show and I bought them as they were published, so I never had to get a list together to collect them and it never occurred to me to type out such a list.  The thing is, anal-retentive is hyphenated and I do have an inventory of all of my Superman books.  I use Excel for this and have the different titles in different workbooks and I just so happened to note the Never Ending Battle/Triangle Number next to each book that had one.  Some copying and pasting and sorting later I had what I believe is a complete list of the Never Ending Battle/Triangle Era books.

You can download the PDF here.

If you find something out of place let me know and I will fix and reupload the file.



Episode 13: Shazam Times 3, Superman Times 2

J David Weter (but we can call him Dave) joins me to talk about two team-ups between Superman and Captain Marvel (but DC calls him Shazam).  Why?  Ostensibly it was to tie into the Shazam film that came out earlier this year and if I had released this episode earlier this year it would have.  Now it’s just a fun excuse to talk about Superman and Captain Marvel meeting up.  First up in our discussion is DC Comics Presents #49, where Superman fights Black Adam, there’s a Billy Batson on Earth-1 who isn’t Captain Marvel, and then Captain Marvel shows up.  After that, David and I talk about DC Comics Presents Annual #3, where Sivana steals the power of Shazam and fights the Earth-1 Superman, the Earth-2 Superman, Captain Marvel, Jr., Mary Marvel, and Captain Marvel, who has a crisis of faith during the battle!  Mixed in with all of this is commentary on Captain Marvel in general, his other team-ups with Superman, why Dave loves the Golden Age Captain Marvel adventures, and some of the ads that appeared in these books.  After that, I go through some feedback on the previous issue.

Below are the covers and selected pages from the books Dave and I discussed.

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Next Time: Either a year end episode or the first part in a series where I talk to Superman fans that express their fandom in other ways than blathering on about comic books.


Episode 227: Trial of Superman Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and twenty-seventh episode of From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast!  This podcast has a simple premise; examine just about every Superman comic published between Man of Steel #1 in 1986 to Adventures of Superman #649 in 2006 in an informative and hopefully entertaining format.


…halfway through the episode.

That’s right, folks, it’s time to answer the summons for jury selection, because the Man of Steel is going on trial.  Why?  Well, you’ll have to listen to the episode to find out, but it’s…interesting.  We ain’t sayin’ what it is.  Just, trust us.

(Mike and Jeff stare out of the plane at Superman flying where the engine should be.)

Anyway, the action starts, appropriately, with Action Comics #715.  In this issue we are introduced to the all new, all different Parasite!  Who is he?  How did he come to be?  Well, some of that was answered last time, but you get the full story here.  Then, just as Superman is at his lowest, Superman: The Man of Steel #50 happens and things get even weirder!  Why are aliens looking to arrest Superman?  What terrible crime could he have committed?  Are Mike and Jeff too hard on the art?  Listen and find out!

Below is a gallery of covers and selected pages from the comics discussed.

As promised, here is a scan of The Trial of Superman house ad!

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You can email the show by clicking this link. All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.  Also be sure to give us a review over on iTunes and feel free to comment on the show here at the site!

Next Time: The Trial of Superman continues with Superman #106 and Adventures of Superman #529

This episode of From Crisis to Crisis was brought to you by Jason Sandberg’s Jupiter!  Check it out today at Comixology!


Episode 268: Semi-Retired

Over the past few years I have been selling off the majority of my comic book collection and back in August I sold the final, giant chunk all in one lot.  At the same time, I have felt myself moving farther and farther away from the modern comic book marketplace.  Since Views is all about my history with and opinons on comics I thought it would be interesting to sit down and talk about those two developments.  I tried doing it solo, but it never worked.  Around the same time, Andrew Leyland (he of Palace of Glittering Delights and Listen to the Prophets: A Deep Space Nine Podcast) was going through a similar set of circumstances, so we got together and spent about two hours discussing our feelings on collecting and comics and how things are different now.

This is my anti-catharsis episode.  We’re not here to yell at clouds (though a little of that does happen).  We’re here to talk about how it is to be a semi-retired comic book reader, fan, and collector.  Discussions include my collecting history, the different reasons Andy and I have sold our books, adventures in eBay selling, what we’re currently enjoying, and why it’s okay to walk away.

Warning: There is political talk in this episode.  Not a lot, but it’s there.

Next Time: No clue.  I haven’t decided on an episode yet.  Stay tuned.


Episode 267 – Justice League: Darkseid War

Hey!  It’s an episode of Views!  Wonders never cease.

Anyway, this time out I am joined by Stephen Lacey (of Fantasticast fame) to finish some business we started a few years ago.  Way back in episode 191 of this show, Stephen and I talked about Forever Evil in specific and the New 52 version of Justice League in general.  Now we finish that conversation by discussing the final three story lines of Geoff Johns’ run on Justice League.

We begin with the stories packaged in Vol. 6 of the trade paperbacks.  Injustice League continues from where Forever Evil left off with Lex Luthor joining the Justice League whether they like it or not.  We see the early days of Jessica Cruz, Lex confronting Bruce Wayne with the fact that he’s Batman and a zombie outbreak that ended up being really good.  Then, Stephen and I get into Darkseid War by looking at the two trades that collected that story and the trade collecting nearly all of the one shot specials that served as the mid-point of this epic as well as being a pretty decent cash grab.

Keep an ear out for the point in the show where I make a pretty big mistake and leave it in because that’s how I roll.

Special thanks to Stephen for coming back to the show.  We had a lot of fun discussing these comics.

Next Time: Andy Leyland joins me to do a state of the union of our comic collecting.


Back in 2010 I stopped collecting the Superman titles.  I think it was around August or so. I’m sure if I scoured Facebook I could find the exact date, but it really doesn’t matter.  I went from buying all of the various Superman titles to buying none of the various Superman titles.  

The reason was simple; I wasn’t enjoying the books.  I could go into the laundry list of reasons, but that would just bog this down even further, but I will mention the main reason, which was I just wasn’t enjoying the books like I used to.  DC went in a direction that I didn’t like and I was tired of hating everything I read, so I felt it was better for everyone if I just walked away.

It wasn’t easy.  I started buying the Superman books in 1987 and by 1996 I was getting everything associated with Superman on a monthly basis.  It was part of my identity. To a certain extent it defined me. I even had a running gag to explain why I bought stuff that might have been of less than stellar quality; I would say that I had signed a contract to be a Superman fan.  

Why did you buy all of those Elseworlds specials in the late nineties?  It was in the contract.

Why are you still collecting the books when they aren’t as good as they used to be?  It was in the contract.  

Superboy just isn’t a good title anymore, but I “signed the contract”.

The truth was I bought them because I wanted to.  There was a bit of feeling like I had to and when I did consider dropping the books it became a tug of war between stopping and keeping up with the collection.  This is something a certain contingent of fans deals with from time to time. I have such a long run. Why break that now?

From a thousand foot view it seems silly.  From the ground level, it feels very real.

When I walked away in 2010 it was hard.  Ultimately it proved to be beneficial on an emotional level.  I was spending all of my time being angry at this hobby that I supposedly loved and that wasn’t healthy.  I realized in my time away that my real problem was DC had moved away from what I considered to be “my” Superman.  I use quotes because the phrase “my Superman” or “my Batman” can be weaponized to justify terrible behavior. “That’s not ‘my Batman’, so I can call you names or worse because you disagree with me.”  Still, there was an era of Superman that I felt at home in, that defined my views of the character, and that I was a part of and that era had ended. It was freeing in a way. I came to terms that things end and had a better appreciation for the generation before me that left when John Byrne’s Man of Steel hit the stands.  Suddenly, I was in their shoes and understood where they were coming from.

Part of me wishes that I would have come to that conclusion earlier or through actual enlightenment.  I kind of feel bad that I had to go through their struggle it to know what the other side went through, but there I was.

When DC started promoting the release of Action Comics #900, I started to have second thoughts.  I kind of felt like Dallas towards the end of the movie The Outsiders (based on the S.E. Hinton novel, not the DC comic); there was no way they were going to have an anniversary issue of Action without me.  Not as dramatic as Dallas and his rumbles, but the theory held. I was there for 600, 700, and 800, so it only felt right to be there for 900. So, I came back.  I started getting the books I missed and catching up on Black Ring and Grounded and the Reign of the Doomsday stories. It was nice to once again be buying the books, but I told myself that the decision to come back was mine and that if I started to not like the books that I knew where the door was.

And then DC dropped The New 52 on us.

My timing with these things has always been spectacular.

The New 52 was a bad time for Superman.  Despite the occasional bouts of good writing and/or art it seemed like DC just didn’t know what to do with Superman.  Their idea to make him younger and edgier did not translate into better sales or a consistent audience and over a four year period they stripped more and more away from the character until finally they took away the Clark Kent identity and de-powered him for nearly a year.  You would have thought that this was the moment that would have made me walk away but, for some reason, I didn’t.  

I can’t explain why.  I was thinking about it and there would be months where I wouldn’t read an issue I wasn’t reviewing for The Superman Homepage, but right around the time I was thinking of leaving the books DC announced Rebirth and that the dynamic of Superman and Lois being married again was coming back.

It was glorious.

Rebirth was the opposite of The New 52.  Over the course of a year DC brought back everything I loved about the character.  Dan Jurgens and Peter Tomasi were producing four amazing books a month between the two of them.  It wasn’t exactly “my” Superman, but it was close enough that I was satisfied. 

I was so satisfied that when it was announced that Brian Michael Bendis was going to take over the writing of both Superman and Action Comics I was legitimately excited.  He was saying all the right things in the interviews. He was talking about how important Clark Kent was as a character. He was glowing in his praise of Lois. This seemed like a good fit.

And, for the most part, I liked what he was doing.  He aged up Jon, which was a little weird but I actually was behind the change because, while I liked the character I also saw the pitfalls of keeping him young.  Lois was kept away for awhile, but the explanation for why worked for me. It was all going so well.

Until it was announced that DC was once again getting rid of the Clark Kent as the secret identity for Superman.

At first I was annoyed, but decided to keep my cool until I read the New York Times article where Bendis went into why this was happening.  “On some level, this is what DC brought me here for,” he is quoted as saying. After reading that I had several very strong and angry thoughts all at once.

Thought #1: I was lied to.

Thought #2: DC brought Bendis to undo just about everything that had been done during Rebirth.

Thought #3: I WAS LIED TO.

I’ll go into Thought #2 first since Thoughts 1 and 3 are the same.  Looking back at Bendis’ run thus far, it suddenly feels like the best parts of Rebirth (the return of Clark Kent as Superman’s secret identity, Jonathan Kent as he and Lois’ son, and the marriage) were all being systematically undone.

Jon was aged and is now a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes.  That might be good for the Legion and the issues dealing with his aging were enjoyable, but it takes him off the table in the present.  While Lois and Clark will probably miss him, he’s not going to be part of the ongoing continuity. All of the stories of Clark and Lois raising their super powered son are no longer a thing.  At first I was onboard with the aging, but now that it was all a plot to get him to the future makes me feel like I was duped.

The marriage?  It’s still there, but Lois was away for a few issues and when she came back Bendis had her living in her own place.  They were still married, but it seems like Superman spent most of the Bendis issues away from Lois. Lois being one of the driving forces of Event: Leviathan was great, but she wasn’t much of a presence in Superman, so it suddenly felt like Bendis was trying to have his cake and eat it too.  They were still married, but they didn’t seem to be as much of a team as they were in Superman: Lois and Clark and the Rebirth issues.

And now Clark Kent as the secret identity is being taken away.  

“On some level, this is what DC brought me here for.”   

I have no proof of this and I could be wrong, but it now seems like when the Powers That Be at DC knew Bendis wanted to write Superman that they used that as their chance to once again strip Superman of the Clark Kent identity and all of the lip service Bendis gave to the character was just a smoke screen.

Do the Powers That Be at DC have something against Superman?  Maybe. It sure feels like it most of the time, but, again, I have no proof, so it remains a theory and nothing more.

Which leads me to Thoughts 1 and 3.

I was lied to.

At least, that’s how it feels.  DC didn’t have the guts to undo Clark Kent again right away.  Oh no. They let us think that it was still going to be a thing for a year and then hit us with this paradigm shift and because Bendis is behind it, we should be happy for it.  It feels like I’m talking about some vast conspiracy.  I’m probably wrong. But this feels like a huge slap in the face.  I defended Bendis again and again. I told people he liked Clark Kent, so he wasn’t going to pull a Daredevil and out Superman to the world.

And yet…here we are.

So, I’m done.  I’m dropping the titles.  I’m doing what I told myself I would do if I didn’t like what was happening in the books.  I know where the door is and I am going to use it. As of this moment I am no longer buying Superman or Action.  If DC publishes a Superman book that has what I want, I’ll buy it. If they issue a trade or omnibus from an era I like, I’ll buy it, but until Clark Kent is back as the secret identity in a meaningful way, I’m out as far as the regular titles are concerned.

It’s been a great three plus years of reading Superman.  It was a good run. I guess it had to end at some point. I hope that those that are enjoying the current run and don’t have the same feeling as I do continue to read and enjoy the comics. I am not calling for a boycott.  I’m not asking anyone to join me. I’m not here to yuk someone else’s yum.  

I’m also not quitting Superman.  He remains my favorite character.  I have hundreds, if not thousands, of stories that I haven’t read yet and I always have the books that I loved.  They aren’t going anywhere. I’ll continue to podcast about the Man of Steel and his world. I just can’t support a regime that isn’t giving me what I want to read.  I don’t owe them anything. It’s not in me anymore. I’m not so invested in the current DCU that I feel like I have to stay and I’m not going to support people that told me one thing and then, a year later, did the opposite. 

This doesn’t make me less of a Superman fan.  It just means I am a more discerning one. 

I’m just done.  

If you feel the same way, you can join me.  If you don’t, then don’t. But this is what I’m doing.

And I feel pretty good about it.