Oh gross! Don’t do it, Clark! Admittedly, you are already wearing your pajamas under your clothes so it is not a bad fit. (Good call back to jokes about bloggers from 2005!) The kids are just going to gobble this up. Comic books somehow cost almost 5$ a piece and are only 12 pages long? Well, normally for Generation Free that would be unacceptable, but Clark Kent is a blogger now! Reprezent! (I know how kids talk.) This is my favorite part of the explanation behind the shift, from the writer currently in charge of the Superman series:

“Superman is arguably the most powerful person on the planet, but how long can he sit at his desk with someone breathing down his neck and treating him like the least important person in the world?”

Well, I thought that was kind of the point: to separate his alter-ego as much as possible from his superhero self so that no one would suspect anything. Now that he is a powerful and autonomous blogger, everyone is going to know that he is Superman. People are going to put two and two together so fast. “Did you read his post about how Courtney Stodden isn’t allowed to spend the night in the Couples Therapy mansion because of California child labour laws? I always thought something was up with that guy. It’s gotta be Superman! He’s so cool and independent with NOBODY telling him what to do.” Very dope change. Love this change. It’s a bird, it’s a razor scooter, it’s Superman.Tumblr.Com! (Via IHeartChaos.)

Comments (31)
  1. Methinks the Gabe protesteth too much. After all, have any of us ever seen Gabe and Superman in the same room together? I thought so. I rest my case.

  2. Great. Now we have to hear every sentence from Superman end with, “You should check out my blog.”

  3. Other questionable decisions:

    Peter Parker starts posting all his pics of Spider-Man to Instagram.

    Bruce Wayne buys Tumbler.

    The Hulk starts juicing.

  4. Superman is the worst. He’s so whiny.

    BUT, has anyone seen “The Death and Return of Superman?” It’s fun! And has famous people!

  5. Ok guys this post is comic book related so I am going to shamelessly hijack the comments a bit because I just finished reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and holy shit it is so incredibly great and I found The Escapist comic books in a store the other day and if anyone knows what I am talking about we are best friends forever.

    • i really liked the first half of that book. second half, not so much.

      • We are SO not best friends forever then.

        But seriously, I am curious, what did you not like about the second half?

        • mmmm, i don’t want to be spoiler-y, but i just felt like the transition from the magical 30s / 40s to the restrictive family centric 50s was done in a way that sort of diminished both parts of the book. and perhaps that was commentary on growing up / growing old / making compromises, but i just didn’t like how it was handled / realized. i thought it should’ve ended after the situation in the arctic. i think that was the last section i truly loved.

          • That makes sense, although I don’t feel the same way. I do wish Chabon did a little more to transition from Pre-WWII to Post-WWII, but like you said I think that was done intentionally to comment on how drastically the world changed after WWII in such a short amount of time. But everything in Arctic was great, especially the very end with the drawing people found in that abandoned shack years later. It would be interesting if that was the end of the whole book, but there were a few things left open that I wanted resolved.

    • That is probably my favorite book of the last few years. It took me a month to read, but when I finished I just wanted it to keep going forever. I love how “real” the novel feels because of the crazy amounts of research Chabon did. I read Will Eisner’s “Life in Pictures” not long after and you can see the influence (go read that, btw, it’s great).

      Chabon has a new book from a few months ago that I need to get my hands on. I just love that he picks a “style” of writing and goes with it (but is still very verbose no matter what). Yiddish Police Detectives Union is also quite amazing and weird.

      • I have heard good things about Yiddish Police Detectives Union and plan on picking that up in the future. I felt the same way after it was over I wanted it to keep going. Its a 600+ page book that somehow feels too short.

        • Summerland, his “young adult” novel was also great, esp. if you like baseball and the end of the world. It is also the most Chabon-y YA novel, as in probably over a lot of kids heads. The Final Solution is just ok.

          This conversation just makes me want to read more, which I haven’t done at all lately.

    • AAoKaC is awesome. No question. I drew a picture of the Escapist as the tarot card ‘The Hanged Man’ once.

  6. I can’t believe that none of you nerds have pointed out that he writes for the Daily Planet.

  7. just like any white male from the 50s, superman is 10 years behind in trends. good luck getting a byline in gawker, clark!

  8. It really confuses me when mainstream media covers changes in superhero comics as if they haven’t happened before and won’t happen again (I mostly mean stuff like this and when batman/captain america/spider-man/etc died since the introduction of gay superheroes is still kinda new), but it’s weirder when Videogum covers it since obviously people here might care but that’s what we have Comicsalliance for.

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  10. To be a little more fair, Scott Lobdell in the blurb directly before the one quoted in this post was saying this about the newly bought up by a media conglomerate Daily Planet:

    “This is really what happens when a 27-year-old guy is behind a desk and he has to take instruction from a larger conglomerate with concerns that aren’t really his own,” Lobdell explains.

    I like that Superman is confronted with 21st century the-death-and-return-of-the-newspaper stuff, but quitting the paper seems to be beside the point. But who knows? This is but A issue of Superman. By the end of this arc he could be chatting with Perry White about newspaper stuff all over again.

    And yeah, Supermna starting a blog isn’t exactly the thumb on the pulse, but he’s also pretty much the last superhero to have a blog. Maybe if he started a tumblr…? Then he’d be 3 years behind, right? WHo cares?

    The comic, and all of DC comics, is owned by Time Warner, so when you think about it, this is weird and meta for Lobdell to be addressing in a Supes comic.

  11. Also, the ongoing legal battle with Superman’s creators’ heirs is still going on, and DC may still be taking steps to distance the current Superman from resembling the Superman of 1938 by removing all elements introduced back then – from the logo to the red shorts to where he works, etc.

  12. Jimmy Olsen’s Olsen Twin podcast is super great! Dave Coulier was just on it. [gunshot]

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