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The Superman Story That WOULDN’T End the Same Way Today!

Feb 7, 2017 | Comic Books

Dan Jurgens – Superman writer/artist for DC Comics
DC Rebirth 001 Cover Detail

DC Rebirth 001 Cover Detail

We were lucky enough to spend some time with Dan Jurgens at Phoenix ComiCon this year.  Your Hometown Geek has always been a big fan of Dan’s art and writing.  When we had the chance, we couldn’t help but ask about two things that have been on our mind. 
One was about the two big DC Comics events that we’ve loved most over the years: Crisis on Infinite Earths and DC Rebirth.  The other had to do with the Supergirl TV show (CBS, now The CW) and the introduction of the Adam Grant character in season one and what that might mean in regard to Dan’s controversial storyline in Superman #84-85. 
 
 
Check out what Dan had to say in the video below!
 
Dan Jurgens – Superman writer/artist for DC Comics
 
DC Rebirth 001 Cover Detail

DC Rebirth 001 Cover Detail

We were lucky enough to spend some time with Dan Jurgens at Phoenix ComiCon this year.  Your Hometown Geek has always been a big fan of Dan’s art and writing.  When we had the chance, we couldn’t help but ask about two things that have been on our mind. 
One was about the two big DC Comics events that we’ve loved most over the years: Crisis on Infinite Earths and DC Rebirth.  The other had to do with the Supergirl TV show (CBS, now The CW) and the introduction of the Adam Grant character in season one and what that might mean in regard to Dan’s controversial storyline in Superman #84-85. 
 
Check out what Dan had to say in the video below!
 
 

What Are the Differences Between the Post-Crisis on Infinite Earths Relaunch vs. DC Rebirth Relaunch?

Crisis1.jpgBy “Crisis on Infinite Earths #1”. Grand Comics Database Project. Retrieved 2005-04-24., Fair use, Link

I don’t think “relaunch” is quite the right word, but if there’s anything in common I think it’s the idea to find out what it really is that makes these characters work. For example, when John [Byrne] redid Superman, that was a relaunch. A lot of what he did was to identify the core parts of Superman that really made Superman work. Certainly some of what we’re doing right now in the Superman books along with Action [Comics] is very much the same thing.  What are the core foundations of Superman, that everybody recognizes, that really are endemic to that character and make him work?  I think a lot of things go along with that. It’s also kind of a tonal thing. I think the tone of the books is going to be something that really is appropriate for Superman.  I think there is a sense of victory and triumph that is essential with Superman. I think there is a certain spirit to it that is essential and that’s what we’re going to try and find here in these books. 

 

Supergirl TV show Adam Grant vs. comic book Adam Grant – Should they incorporate your controversial storyline?

I suppose they could, but I don’t know that they should. I have said before that, as creators we all have a couple of stories we wished we could do over again, sometimes I think that would be one that I might [do over.] For those that don’t know, in that story, Adam Grant dies…and it’s not that Superman failed, but Superman didn’t succeed.  I don’t think every story has to have a happy ending, by any means, but I think it ultimately ended up being something of a good story for Cat Grant. And we debated this, when we were putting that story together at the time… should Superman… like I said he didn’t fail, but he didn’t find Adam in time and Adam died.  I think that Superman did not succeed and that to me is something that should always be considered somewhat carefully and I’m not saying that I regret doing the story, but i’m not sure that today, for example, if we were going to redo that, I wouldn’t have it end the same way. It was different for the books at the time. I think it’s important to have a sense of loss in our stories from time to time and that certainly did.

 What’s in the future for Superman comics?

Action Comics, which continues the Rebirth effort for Superman – I wrote it, Patch Zircher did the art – it’s fabulous. I think it’ll be a fun book for everybody. I think that this is going to be, along with what Pete Tomasi and Pat Gleason are doing on Superman, really a resurgence for the character. I think it’s great.
 
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