"Ask Matt" Fan Forum
Welcome to the Superman Homepage "Ask Matt" Fan Forum, where you get to ask Superman Comics Editor, Matt Idelson the questions you want answered!
That's right! Each month (or there abouts) the Superman Homepage is giving you the chance to ask Matt Idelson your questions about the Superman comic books.
How does it work? Simply complete the form below, placing your name, email address and question in the spaces provided, and each month I'll select the best 10 or so questions and put them to Matt Idelson. Matt's answers are placed on this page for all to see.
NOTE: The "Ask Matt" Fan Forum is NOT the place to ask questions about TV shows, Superman movies or anything else outside the comics. Matt is the editor of the Superman comic books. Please only ask questions relating to the comics. If you have a non-comics related question you want answered, please use the Feedback Form.
Previous month's Questions and Answers can be seen in the Fan Forum Archives.
Here are Matt Idelson's answers to questions fans put to him in October-November 2012:
Justin (Email address withheld by request) asks:
How come in ACTION COMICS Clark wears his armor under his clothes (with the collar folded down) yet in SUPERMAN he 'activates the suit' and it forms around him? Has he not yet figured out how to trigger it in ACTION?
Matt: Hey, Justin! Yup, in ACTION, Clark's still learning to get a handle on the armor and all it can do, while in SUPES, he's fully mastered it. Well, the forming/un-forming part, at least.
Paul S. (email@example.com) asks:
Will there be a 'hard cover' edition to the (New 52) SUPERMAN title? If so when will it be released? Or are the New 52 books only being collected in soft cover Trade Paperback form?
Matt: It's been a bit of both, Paul, depending on the title, demand, those sorts of things. Though I suppose if enough of you clamor for a SUPES hardback...
Carey Lester (Email address withheld by request) asks:
If in the New 52, this Superman, as you stated, can switch back and forth between the armor and the underroo t-shirt and towel pinned to it, whenever he likes, couldn't he just as easily switch between the classic (iconic) suit, and the armor suit? This would do alot to ease us (old) fans that like the Superman that was around prior to the New 52 Superman.
Matt: Hey, Carey! Great question! The truth of the matter is the armor retracts back to within the shield on the chest, it doesn't change into the t-shirt. We've tried to show Supes wearing both types of outfits, mixing it up.
FarM (Email address withheld by request) asks:
I love that DC are giving the younger more interesting versions (least to me) of Superman and Wonder Woman a chance at romance in the new 52. I hope for the best re their future. I am also a huge fan of Krypto and was delighted to see him back. My question involves two of my favorite things. Will Kal intoduce Diana to Krypto?
Matt: It would seem inevitable that Diana and Krypto would get a formal introduction at some point, FarM, since a successful relationship means taking on all aspects of the other's life. Unless she told him "It's me or the dog," but somehow I can't see Diana doing that.
Richard (Email address withheld by request) asks:
I have a question regarding how other heroes stack up against Superman: Superman has gone through a number of power-ups, has learned to mentally increase his powers, and grows more powerful the older he gets. Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel, for instance, have had no power-ups, etc, yet at times we are expected to believe they rival Supes in power. How's that work?
Matt: Well, Superman has seen an increase in his power in direct correspondence to the time he's been on Earth, meaning the time he's been exposed to our sun. The more time that has gone by, the stronger he's gotten, sort of like a battery soaking up a charge. Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman's respective powers don't work that same way.
Ryen (firstname.lastname@example.org) asks:
In SUPERMAN #13, Clark has a giant scar on his back. It can be seen fully on page 3. I thought it was just some bad coloring, but then you can see it again in the bottom pic (coming over his shoulder) then on page 4, then again on page 6. It's definitely there on purpose. What is this scar from? His battle with Doomsday? Or is this just the artist sneaking in some kinda signature?
Matt: Good eye, Ryen! The scar is definitely there on purpose, but the story behind it is a secret Scott and Kenneth aren't willing to share quite yet.
Adam Dechanel (Email address withheld by request) asks:
In regards to SUPERMAN #13, I am not sure about the u-turn in Clark's personality. He JUST started dating Lucy and was finally happy to be Superman, happy to be Clark, and suddenly he's this judgmental hypocrite? I appreciate this is a new direction but making Clark a sanctimonious ass is not it - hell even in the writing Clark is questioning his actions - so is this the writer trying to please two factions? DC forcing its edgy agenda, and the FANS begging for a recognizable Clark Kent/Superman?
Matt: Neither, actually, Adam. Clark was pushed to a point of taking a personal stand against something he had a real issue with. And while we didn't see it, Clark broke things off with Lucy the moment his new relationship with Wonder Woman began.
2013 looks to be an exciting year for Superman fans. Will the upcoming Scott Snyder/Jim Lee (as yet untitled) book be a stand-alone series separate in continuity from SUPERMAN and ACTION COMICS? Any truth to the rumor you'll be calling it MAN OF STEEL?
Matt: I think next year is going to be great, Steve! Granted, I say that every year, but I think the writers of the four respective Superbooks have some really great, challenging stuff planned for 2013 which I hope will please a lot of people. As for the Snyder/Jim Lee book, we haven't yet settled on a title yet, rumors to the contrary. It will be in continuity, but not moment-to-moment lining up with the other titles (a la what the four books are doing during our "H'el on Earth" storyline).
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