The Louis Pasteur of Junkiedom (calamityjon) wrote,
I've recently been reading the whole run of Superman comics from the relaunch in 1987 through the end of 1999 (more about which in a later post). There's some very wonderful stuff in there amidst a lot of frustrating and very often muddled and boring storytelling, but I will say that THIS find in particular was just stunning; Artist/writer Stuart Immonen - who is great - composed the lead story for a 1998 "Secret Files" comic - which are usually quite boring - focusing on the origin stories of Superman's 90's-era Rogues Gallery.

What makes it more than just a flashback or recap is that Immonen told them by way of Lex Luthor telling fairy tales to his infant daughter Lena, and illustrated the origins in one- or two-page comics fashioned after Winsor McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland.



Metallo:




Brainiac ("Your brainwaves bother me some!"):




Doomsday (HE'S ADORABLE):




The Cyborg Superman ("um!"):




Toyman (I love Superman assaulted by fireworks):




And lastly, Lex Luthor:


One of the things I love about this is that, whereas the civilian Metropolitans - like the police, or Lois and Clark - are dressed in Nemo-esque fashions, Superman and his villains are largely wearing their actual outfits from the mainstream comics. Including Metallo, who actually went shirtless and wore a purple vest during his first post-Crisis battle with Superman, a look which only actually seems to fit the character and the environment if it's 1902 in a Winsor McCay cartoon.

Honestly, these are just fantastic. I wish I had copies of the (I think) J.H.Williams' Nemo pastiche from Promethea, or the one from Gaiman's Sandman (which I think was Dringenberg and Jones III, wasn't it? Anyone?)
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