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Get your first look at 'Superman: Earth One' Volume 3 -- exclusive

DC Comics’ Earth One series of graphic novels are meant to be a clean slate: self-contained, fresh takes on some of their oldest characters, perfect for new and old readers alike. So far there have been four titles released; albeit a bit sporadically—Superman: Earth One arrived in 2010, followed by Batman: Earth One and a second Superman volume in 2012, and finally Teen Titans: Earth One in late 2014.

While creators are free to do whatever they like with the Earth One books, the Batman and Superman volumes happen to favor a darker, more serious take on their characters (which does not seem like the boldest of directions these days). However, Teen Titans: Earth One is quite brilliant, an assured retelling that effectively remixes years of Titans history into something unpredictable and new—and everything the Earth One books should be.

The next Earth One volume will be the third Superman book in the line, and the conclusion of the story writer J. Michael Straczynski began in Volume One. Illustrated by artist Ardian Syaf, Volume Three will introduce Lex Luthor and his wife Alexandra—who have been asked to bring Superman down by the US Military. READ FULL STORY

On the Books: R.L. Stine, comic publishers embrace the digital age

The Stephen King of children’s literature is as prolific on Twitter as he is in print. R.L. Stine has more than 18,900 tweets, and yesterday he devoted 14 of those to a new bite-sized story. Just in time for Halloween, Stine made the announcement last night:

Stine rattled off the sub-2,000 character story in about five minutes, and then told followers to go watch Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. [The Huffington Post]

High-profile children’s favorites haven’t always been so readily available—at least, until now. Action Comics #1, the 1938 DC Comics issue that introduced Superman, sold for $3.2 million in August. That collector might be kicking himself now. CGC Comics, an independent grading authority, has scanned the comic in full and posted it online for free consumption—and given it a 9 out of 10 rating, to boot. The comic features characters and stories besides Superman, so readers should get ready to fall in love with lost DC greats like “Zatara: Master Musician” and “Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter.” [CNN]

That vintage comic isn’t the only one getting the digital treatment. Toronto-based e-reader company Kobo has added more than 250 issues of Marvel comics to its virtual collection, including The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man. “Marvel is excited about our partnership with Kobo and happy to have the opportunity to provide fans, new and existing, another great way to experience our legendary content,” said David Gabriel, a Senior Vice President at Marvel. Fans will be able to enjoy the comics on Kobo’s own readers or the apps the company produces for other phones and tablets. Comic purists might welcome this news after a week of decidedly cinema-oriented announcements from Marvel. [Mediabistro]

We all know the feeling of identifying with a fictional character—but what if you shared a name with a literary creation? Next month we’ll find out just how much people are willing to pay for that privilege. On Nov. 20, the Royal Institution of Great Britain will host an event dedicated to ending torture, and authors have pledged to auction off characters in their upcoming novels to raise funds for the cause. Big names including Ian McEwan and Margaret Atwood have already signed on for what organizers are calling “the Immortality Auction.” Can’t make it across the pond for the event? Online bidding goes live on Oct. 29. [NPR]

Man of Steel makeover: Superman gets suped up by Marvel artist John Romita Jr. -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGES

The name John Romita Jr. has been synonymous with Marvel Comics for nearly 45 years. His father John Romita Sr. was one of the signature Spider-Man artists from the 1960s, and he himself had definitive runs on Daredevil, The Punisher, Thor, and Spider-Man before branching out to work with Mark Millar on their creator-owned comic book Kick-Ass.

After some dissatisfaction with contract negotiations at Marvel, John Romita Jr. contemplated working on more of his creator-owned projects, when DC Comics lured him to their side of the fence with the cherished offer of drawing — and redefining — the first (and arguably best) superhero, Superman. Paired up with DC’s top writer, fan favorite Geoff Johns, they hope to bring the Man of Tomorrow into the future. READ FULL STORY

'Superman Unchained' artist Jim Lee on first flights, blue mullets and glorious rubble

The second issue of Superman Unchained  arrives this week with a lot of momentum behind it — the premiere issue finished at the top of the June bestsellers list and reviewers not only gushed, they practically geysered (sampling: “off the chain,” “best in years,” “spectacular art,”  “fast-paced writing and stellar art“).

The project had a lot of pedigree (Scott Snyder weaving the words, Jim Lee widening the wow), some tailwind timing (Superman’s 75th anniversary and the opening of Man of Steel) and a admirable “anything goes” spirit. (The first issue’s kooky double-sided poster pull-out might be the perfect rebuttal to slabbing puritans but is that why it cost $4.99?)

With all of that, it seems like the perfect time to check in with Lee, the affable superstar who launches DC heroes into the sky by night (with his marathon all-night art sessions) and steers the corporate ship during the day (as co-publisher of DC Entertainment).  Lee lives in San Diego County so Comic-Con International will be a home game for him and it will be the only place fans can get a special edition Superman Unchained No. 1 with a black-and-white Lee image showing Clark Kent turning into Superman.


Furor over Orson Scott Card's anti-gay views drives 'Superman' illustrator to leave comic

Celebrated science fiction author Orson Scott Card also happens to be a fervent, outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage — and now the controversy sparked by his unpopular views has affected Card’s upcoming Adventures of Superman project.

Card has been opposed to gay marriage for decades; in 2009, he joined the board of directors of the National Organization for Marriage, a conservative group dedicated to “protect[ing] marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.” When DC announced last month that Card would co-write an issue of Adventures of Superman, the news immediately stoked fan ire. A petition urging DC to sever ties with Card has garnered over 16,000 signatures on the LGBT activist site All Out; other supporters of gay rights have called for a boycott of the comic itself.

Yesterday, the brouhaha prompted artist Chris Sprouse to leave the Superman project altogetherREAD FULL STORY

'Superman' #16: Exclusive preview!

In the new issue of Superman, the crossover storyline “H’EL ON EARTH” takes a shocking turn, as Superman joins up with his Justice League colleagues for an assault on the fortress of solitude. Check out an exclusive preview of the issue, hitting stores tomorrow, by clicking forward to the next page!

'Superman: Earth One Vol. 2': Will the Man of Steel quit? -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

Launched in Oct. 2010, Superman: Earth One presented the superhero who fights for truth, justice, and the American way as an angst-riddled 21-year-old struggling to make sense of how his enormous powers fit into a world of mortal human beings. It was the first issue in the DC: Earth One series of graphic novels that re-envision the origin stories of DC Comics’ most iconic characters, and writer J. Michael Straczynski took full advantage of the wider latitude with the Superman mythology. In his retelling, Krypton was destroyed by an enemy alien force, who turn their attention to Earth when they realize it’s harboring their sworn enemy’s sole survivor. By the end of the first volume, Clark Kent had reluctantly become Superman to fend off the alien invasion, but his attitude towards heroism — and the Earth’s reaction to his presence on the planet — remain ambiguous at best.

With that preamble, EW can share this exclusive preview of Superman: Earth One — Volume Two, written by Straczynski and illustrated by Shane Davis and Sandra Hope, and available on Nov. 6. As you’ll see in the following pages — with Superman confronting a new enemy called the Parasite, and Clark Kent romancing a woman who isn’t Lois Lane — Straczynski and Co. aren’t shying away from taking the Man of Steel into darker places he’s rarely visited before.


'Justice League #13': EW exclusive! Get a first look at the DC comic book


The new issue of DC’s Justice League features Wonder Woman and supervillainess Cheetah quietly discussing their interpersonal issues over coffee and bagels. Just kidding! Actually, they have an old-fashioned acrobatic brawl, which also features some intense debate about the nature of humanity. “Civilization is just a mask!” exclaims Cheetah. “Punch!” punches Wonder Woman. READ FULL STORY

DC Comics times new 'Superman' series to 'Man of Steel' movie

Superman’s looming 2013 pop moment is getting super-sized. DC Entertainment announced today that it will launch a new comic book series next year devoted to the superhero icon from the superstar creative team of Scott Snyder (Batman, Swamp Thing) and Jim Lee (Justice League). Many details are still TBD, including title, release date and if the comic will launch before or after the June 14, 2013 bow of Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder’s reboot of the Superman movie franchise starring Henry Cavill and Amy Adams.

In an interview with EW, Scott Snyder said he’s been developing the Superman story he wants to tell in the new series for over a year. “I knew it would have an epic scope and look at him in a different way, even though it will have a classic element to it, too,” says the scribe, who grew up a Superman fan, and claims to have embarrassing childhood photos of him dressed as the Man of Steel to prove it. READ FULL STORY

'Justice League' #12: DC reveals Superman's new leading lady... and it's a doozy -- EXCLUSIVE

When DC Comics rebooted its entire line of superhero titles last year, the publisher did away with Superman’s marriage to Lois Lane to pave the way for a new romance. Without further ado, EW can exclusively reveal that Superman’s new partner in love is no mere mortal, but a superhero icon in her own right: None other than Wonder Woman. herself. Their next level relationship begins in the pages of Justice League #12; click through to see the full cover! READ FULL STORY

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