Every Sunday morning we showcase a classic comic cover, complete with compelling commentary, for your cordial contemplation. It’s the Classic Comic Cover Corner!
Superman #218 – July 1969
Cover art by Curt Swan
The new Man of Steel movie is supposed to be a more gritty and realistic look at the Superman mythos, as imagined by director Zack Snyder (Watchmen) and writers/producers David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan (who also brought us the more grown-up film version of Batman.) But in July of 1969, with Superman #218, comic book writer Leo Dorfman took the big blue boyscout to a place that not even Nolan would dare go.
We know that Clark Kent/Superman has been positively influenced by his step-father, Jonathan Kent and his real Kryptonian father, Jor-El; and they are the ones who instilled his sense of responsibility and his ultra-heroic demeanor. So would Supes ever actually abandon his own son as depicted in our Father’s Day edition of Classic Comic Cover Corner?
You have to admit it would be awesome to see Superman break into a “Billie Jean” dance number (I hear he does a mean moon-walk), but nah, child abandonment is not something the Man of Steel would ever be down with; it’s all just a hoax concocted by Superman’s troublesome foe, the menacing Mister Mxyzptlk, in a story entitled, “Superman’s Secret Past!”
Here’s hoping all the heroic Dad’s out there have a Super Father’s Day!