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In the age of populism and such, which I have bitched about numerous times, and corporate oppression, etc, etc, I picked up a couple of issues of Superman - related comics the past couple of days. DC Comics ( Yes, a subsidiary of Time/Warner.) has been relaunching new, improved reboots of their characters (Batman hasn't been affected that much. He IS the top seller after all. ) for a new generation, risking alienating the already loyal fans. Their argument is that if you'd be more loyal, our sales wouldn't be dipping. Not a bad point, but it's still a gamble.

Well, Action Comics #1 appeard in June of 1938, with a Superman smashing a car into a rock while gangsters ran in fear. In it Superman tackled, in a mere 8 pages, government corruption, spousal abuse, and the ethics of the death penalty. This was a Superman of the people, not yet the sci - fi character who would take on giant robots or rogue Kryptonians. He was an immigrant, much like his creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

Action Comics needed maybe 2 and a half years before hitting the millenial mark, as it was in the 900's. Detective Comics, I might add, which brought us Batman at issue # 27 in 1939, was also  in the 900's. DC decided it couldn't wait. It was time to start their timeline over, and The Flash would be the main character of the change, but it would be Superman at the center of the new (old) universe.

So, the verdict? OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!! Action #1 was a re - telling of the original, as Superman would be taking on a robber baron and corruption in Metropolis. Action would be 5 yrs ago, when Superman first appears on Earth. He, like his original incarnation, would not quite be able to fly, not able to maintain it just yet. He would NOT be married to Lois Lane, and NO TRUNKS. Action Comics' Superman wears jeans, a t - shirt, and a cape, but is very impulsive and idealistic, and not quite aware of his role in this world. Clark Kent is not a pussy, either,but a hard - nosed and incorruptible investigative reporter, a man with an obsession with TRUTH.

Superman, the title that bears this name, will be his adventures in real time (or whatever that is in comic books), and he is more powerful. He can fly. He has a costume, seemingly a Kryptonian design, but still the blue and red. He has been getting stronger, and is more in control of his power. Clark, a man of great integrity, still hasn't seemed to tell Lois how he really feels, and is a bit of a loner. Superman is still trying to figure out his role in the world, but has a greater grasp on what "Truth, Justice, & The American Way" really mean, and is ready to stand up to anyone, even his new boss - Lois Lane. She is the news director  with the Daily Planet's new multinational news organization, and an anchor. She has to deal with a megalomaniac in Morgan Edge ( So far he seems to be a black Ruppert Murdoch) and even has to find out what Superman already understands - at what price is your soul?

The first issue of Superman is actually about media, and it's role in a free society. Will you bring news to the people, or only make it serve corporate interests? Is it news anymore? Is it a free society at this point? Clark Kent seems to be the only voice of sanity, as is Perry White, but now Lois has to decide.  In Action, Lex Luthor seems to be a shadow figure, a government contractor who only serves his own agendas. So, no, hasn't really changed.

I am glad to see these changes to keep these characters relevant. The socially conscious Superman is more necessary than ever, and I believe Siegel and Shuster would approve.

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Marcus Lawrence
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I am a barbarian artist, in that I am not professionally taught. I am more influenced by American cartooning styles of old, guys like Alex Raymond (Flash Gordon), Dick Calkins (Buck Rogers), or Chester Gould (Dick Tracy. I realize he was kind of a right - wing dick, but Gould was a hell of a cartoonist.) than Manga or any of those styles. I am influenced also by a lot of the pop - art movements of the late 50's and 60's as well,in addition to Frank Frazetta,so I more or less combine those in my art. I am more than likely going to take some classes to perfect this style, but I want only my own style. I am a firm believer that comic art shouldn't be rooted in realism, it is not reality. This is why Ed McGuiness in my favorite, but I do love Jim Lee a lot.

I am primarily a penciller, and I don't have a lot of the expensive materials and all that shit that pros have, so a lot of the color stuff doesn't look all that great. It's still fun, so that i why I do it at the moment.

I am working on an online comic, a couple of very subversive ones. More on that, as it is a long term project, very time - consuming, and I don't have that in multitudes.

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Personal Quote: "Yeah, that was horrible."
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KeIIion Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
you come back?
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Makosharkman Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
long time no sea what have you been up to.
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Makosharkman Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
also are you still taking request because I was wondering if you could draw this picture from the story I got the inspiration from both The Woman in Black and Don't Be Afraid of the Dark.
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Makosharkman Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
so how the drawing from the Woman in Black Coming along?
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Mickytroisd Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Thank you for the fav :-)
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Ascavilya Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for the fave on Ranger. :thumbsup:
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RyanZ720 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Thanks for the Fav! :)
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Makosharkman Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
just curious do you take request?
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lasiguiente Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Thanks for the Fav ^^
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gwdill Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist
Thank you for the watch, Marcus!
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