Make It So: DC – The Manga Universe

Make it So: DC The Manga Universe by Matt Eldridge and Jerry Whitworth   In 2000, Marvel Comics produced a manga-version of its universe called the Marvel Mangaverse. Featuring the work of various artists including Ben Dunn, founder of Antarctic Press and creator of Ninja High School and Warrior Nun Areala (manga-inspired American comics), the imprint would last for two years with a brief return some time later. However, the...

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How I Would Have Done It: New 52 Superman

How I Would Have Done It: New 52 Superman by Jerry Whitworth   With DC Comics reinventing itself again with the so-called new 52 following Flashpoint, they had the opportunity to inject new life and story elements into properties that a softer approach like Infinite Crisis and Final Crisis failed to present. The result was mixed: initially boosting sales, after months of publication the result was sales essentially the same as...

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Understanding the Man of Steel

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Superman! Understanding the Man of Steel by Jerry Whitworth   Recently watching Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two, I started a conversation about the film and mentioned some disgust with the portrayal of Superman in the piece. A friend chimed in that he felt the portrayal was fairly consistent with Superman, which struck me as odd. To me, Superman is many things but I...

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A Bigot Writes Superman: Should We Care?
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A Bigot Writes Superman: Should We Care?

A Bigot Writes Superman: Should We Care? by Jerry Whitworth   Recently, science fiction novelist and anti-homosexuality rights advocate Orson Scott Card has been announced to be one of the first contributors to the digital-first comic series Adventures of Superman by DC Comics. Since the story broke, many comic book fans and blogs have raised the debate if readers should purchase a product based on its content or on the beliefs...

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Superman: The Franchise Player

Superman: The Franchise Player by Jerry Whitworth   In comic books, its proven to be good business to not only create a character to base a series off of but to generate a franchise that can morph into its own entity, something with the ability to generate more desired content and sell more product. Within the last few decades, such an ever-growing entity would be X-Men, which started as a small band of mutants that grew to...

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