Sunday, January 4, 2009

Supergirl Comes In To Her Own In 2009

The zine NEWSarama's article by Chris Arrant "9 Comic Book Characters to Watch in 2009" was cited on MSNBC's website and it looks like Superman's cousin Supergirl is one of the ones on the rise for this year visibility-wise. She appears under her own title "Supergirl" (publisher:DC Comics) and has for several years. She is finally coming in to her own as one of the popular forces in the comic book industry. Here is the blurb on her from the original article: "Although she is the female counterpart to DC's signature superhero, she's never quite lived up to her birthright until now. Her ongoing series has finally (finally!) gotten its footing with writer Sterling Gates, and Supergirl is emerging as a key part of the larger DC Universe not as Superman's proverbial “kid sister” but as her own person. Far from a Superman in women's clothing, Supergirl has begun to emerge and reach her full potential — and her fans couldn't be happier".Who are the other nine? Dr.Strange, Wolverine, Nick Fury, Batman, Green Lantern, Green Goblin (Norman Osborn), Scarlet Witch, Power Girl, and honorable mentions Static, The Flash, Spider Woman, and Scott Pilgrim. Comic books are making a comeback!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Superman Meets Obama In Metropolis, Illinois

President-Elect Barack Obama finally meets Superman...and has his picture taken with him in the town square of Metropolis, Illinois...the hometown of Supes' alter ego Clark Kent. Apparently he was seen getting some advice from the "Man Of Steel" on how to go about standing for "Truth, Justice and The American Way". "The Last Son Of Krypton" has been offering advice and giving aid to several Presidents of the United States beginning with FDR (Franklin Delano Roosevelt). Supes even had President Kennedy fill in for him as Clark Kent as recorded in Action Comics#309 (Feb.1964)

In fact,
no American president has appeared with the Superman Family as often as John F. Kennedy. The Supergirl story, from Action #285, also features Jacqueline Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Kennedy made a few cameos during his presidency, including the one at the top of this page. For laughs, try to imagine this dialogue taking place between Superman and any subsequent U.S. president. Finally, with the approval of the White House, JFK was to appear in a major role in Superman. DC shelved the story after the assassination; at Johnson's request, they ran it as a tribute, in #170, and donated the artwork to the Kennedy Museum.Finally, in the early 1980s the teenaged Clark Kent, whose adventures were now placed in the early 1960s, met Kennedy.
To date, Kennedy is the only real-life president depicted as knowing Superman's secret identity #168. For more info on Kennedy and Supes check out the link to "Dial B For Blog-The World's Greatest Comic Blogazine"

and more info is available on Superman in general via "Supermanica". Other notable comic book appearances by U.S. Presidents are discussed in a NEWSarama article which is linked here.