Here is another one of those things that reminds me how much the world has changed. Today if you wanted to watch a national news station here in the United States you have a lot of options. MSNBC, Fox News and CNN are all competing for viewers but back in 1992 it was pretty much CNN. There were two versions of CNN at the time; normal CNN and CNN Headline News (or just plain old Headline News at times) which featured thirty minute loops of the most popular national and international headlines. Here, for your viewing pleasure, is the Headline News piece on the death of Superman.
Some thoughts as piece played out:
- The reporter handling the bulk of the piece (I heard her name but am not even going to try to spell it here) was really crass about the whole thing. The “it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a corpse” thing really put me off right from the start.
- It was weird to see the poster that was in the bagged version of Superman #75. I am curious as to how they got a shot of that so early.
- There were a lot of George Reeves and Kirk Alyn clips in this piece, which surprised me. I figured there would be more Christopher Reeve. Weird.
- On a similar note it was interesting to see Jack Larsen in there. Maybe the person putting the piece together really liked the old stuff.
- I liked seeing the receptionist at DC Comics.
- Hey, it’s Mike Carlin!
- Jeffrey and I just covered the Superman Special and Superman #73 on From Crisis to Crisis, so it was cool to see those covers.
- Could they find a single comic book reader in that store that liked Superman? I know it was 1992 when the X-Men and Image Comics were the “hot” books but someone there must have liked Superman. Either that or they just didn’t care to find one because it wouldn’t fit the tone of the story.
- I was unaware that Infinity War was a dark super-hero. Sloppy reporting there.
- So that’s why they kept using the older footage. To make Superman seem old. It is all so clear to me now.
- The sound bites from the other people in the comic shop they visited, including the owner, makes me realize that things really haven’t changed all that much in terms of how fans talk when they come to pick up their books.
- Wow, they actually referenced the death of the Phantom Zone villains. Wish they could have done so without making it seem as if Superman choosing not to kill was a bad thing.
- More to the point Superman was pretty ruthless in his early days, but why do research?
- Not to pick on a little kid, but there is something amusing about a young boy with his shirt buttoned all the way to the top calling someone else a dork.
- Wow, the Blaze/Satanus War sure got some love there at the end.
Honestly this is the sort of reporting I expect to see about comic books, not only today but back then as well. I know that not every news piece on television, the Internet and in print treats the subject of comics as being kind of silly but this one sure did. Then again this is probably what they thought the general public wanted to see, so I really don’t know who to be annoyed at.
It was interesting to find, though. I will say that.
Next time: More articles announcing Superman’s death.
More to follow…