Superman goes walkabout to meet everyday folks
PHILADELPHIA: The Man of Steel will walk across America to reconnect with everyday people in a story that will feature actual cities, towns and suburbs submitted by readers.
Superman, one of DC Comics’ leading heroes, begins his journey next month in Philadelphia, where he’ll embark on a 12-issue, crosscountry walk – no flying, thank you – through nine states.
Dan DiDio, DC’s co-publisher, said that the Krypton-born, Kansasbred hero had lost touch “with the people he grew up with, his adopted home on Earth” and he’ll “take a walk across America to reconnect”.
In a bid to keep the story arc fresh, readers of the comic who live within 80km of the cities of Chicago, Des Moines, Denver, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle can submit essays touting why their city or suburb should be included in the story titled Grounded. DC will select nine winners.
DiDio said DC is “looking to hear what people have to say, how the character affected their lives” and, he added, “more importantly, what the character means to them”.
Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, first appeared in 1938 in Action Comics.
The story, scripted by veteran film, television and comic writer J Michael Straczynski has its roots in the current issue, No 700.
In it, Superman asks The Flash whether he actually sees the people he’s protecting as he barrels across the country at supersonic speeds.
“When I’m running flat-out, I see what I figure you see when you’re flying up there at several bazillion times the speed of sound,” the speedster replies. “I see a blur. Unless I make an effort to see the details.”
Superman’s decidedly slower walkabout starts with issue 701 next month. – Sapa-AP