April 4, 2002: Superman on Trial in the Real World
In an article titled "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?", Comic World News writer Andrew Bonia takes an interesting look at Superman the character, and what he means to us in the real world... Here's an excerpt from the article:
To say that Batman killed Superman would be simplistic to be sure, but still not far off the mark. He was certainly contracted to execute him, but the trail of the 'man himself was over long before that.
While the comic industry relishes a new found high point both creatively and financially, it's first and greatest archetype still languishes at the bottom of the bargain bin. In terms of recognition, he is "second only to Jesus" (Wizard 127, p60) and the two have often been compared. He was the modern world's first super-powered hero, first costumed adventurer, first franchise and first and favorite son. Yet in terms of sales and popularity he is constantly surpassed by the legions of hero titles that have borrowed (and for all intents and purposes, often improved on) much of his formula. Who was once the standard is now a caricature; a puppet nodding and dancing for our amusement. The man of tomorrow is dead, buried in the memories of yesterday.
Oh you didn't hear he was dead did you? Of course, he had been dead, it was all over the news a few years ago, but he came back, as those in his profession tend to do if you wait long enough. However rumors of his resurrection were greatly exaggerated, and the cause of death wasn't even made public.
Surely you remember the trial then, we were all there. I regret to say that even I laughed at him quietly when they paraded him in, looking ridiculous in his tights-and-towel getup; that standard which he himself had set as the uniform for his ilk. How foolish we all were to pretend that he wasn't wearing his underwear on the outside, that he didn't oversimplify good and evil, that he was anything but a child playing at (and how dare he) being more than a man.
Read the complete article at the Comic World News website.
2002 Merchandise & Miscellaneous News
Listed below are all the Merchandise & Miscellaneous News items archived for 2002.
- January 3, 2002: Belgium/France Restaurant Figures - Update!
- January 6, 2002: Superman's New Shield in Afghanistan
- January 9, 2002: Smallville Action Figures
- January 20, 2002: Smallville Season One Trading Cards
- January 23, 2002: Pre-Order Your Animated Justice League and Superman DVDs
- January 23, 2002: New Superman Roller Coaster
- January 29, 2002: Superman Poetry wins Paris Review Prize!
- January 31, 2002: Super Valentines Ideas!
- February 3, 2002: Superman Radio Episodes on the Web
- February 10, 2002: 2002 Superman Celebration
- February 13, 2002: Exclusive Jim Hambrick Interview
- February 13, 2002: Superman PS2 Game - Launch Date Announced!
- February 14, 2002: More on the PS2 Superman Game
- February 14, 2002: New Smallville and Superman Action Figures! (Update)
- February 18, 2002: Superman: Man of Steel Xbox Game
- February 19, 2002: More on the Superman Xbox Game
- February 22, 2002: Christopher Reeve's New Book
- February 25, 2002: Exclusive David Olsen Interview
- February 28, 2002: New PS2 Superman Game Screenshots
- February 28, 2002: Vanity Fair Superman Article
- March 2, 2002: New Look for Multipath Adventures of Superman
- March 5, 2002: Superman Homepage Featured in Australian Newspaper
- March 7, 2002: Circus Freak Develop Superman Game
- March 20, 2002: Fans Looking to Create Superman Game
- March 21, 2002: PLAY Magazine Feature on PS2 Superman Game
- March 27, 2002: Justice League Novels
- March 27, 2002: Superman Artist Needed!
- March 28, 2002: PS2 Superman Game Movie Files
- March 29, 2002: Smallville Novels On The Way
- April 1, 2002: 2003 - A Super Year for Calendars
- April 2, 2002: That Was Then, This Is Now
- April 2, 2002: Kryptonian Cybernet Archive
- April 3, 2002: Subway and Justice League Join Forces
- April 4, 2002: Superman on Trial in the Real World
- April 6, 2002: Superman at Movie World Madrid
- April 7, 2002: Smallville Merchandise on Sale!
- April 8, 2002: Superman on Game Boy Advance
- April 9, 2002: More Smallville Merchandise On Sale!
- April 11, 2002: Superman Game in Official xBox Magazine
- April 12, 2002: Superman: The Ultimate Guide Hardcover Book
- April 12, 2002: New JLA Monopoly Game on Sale!
- April 12, 2002: Superman - Unreal Tournament
- April 13, 2002: Experience Superman: Ultimate Flight Ride
- April 22, 2002: Justice League DVD Website Launched
- April 24, 2002: Justice League Fruit Snacks
- April 29, 2002: Justice League Video Game!
- April 29, 2002: Andy Warhol's Superman Auction
- May 4, 2002: Smallville Preview Trading Card Set
- May 4, 2002: Special Edition Comics Heroes Magazine
- May 7, 2002: St. Cloud's Superman
- May 12, 2002: Pre-Order Your Smallville Novels Now!
- May 26, 2002: Warhol's Million Dollar Superman
- May 26, 2002: Up-Coming Fossil Superman Watch
- May 30, 2002: Pre-Order Your Smallville Novels and Action Figures
- June 13, 2002: Borders Superman Gift Cards
- June 17, 2002: Help Celebrate Superman's Birthday!
- June 21, 2002: Sneak Peek - Superman: The Ultimate Guide
- June 21, 2002: Share Your Ideas with DC Direct
- July 10, 2002: Warner Bros. Gives Mattel Rights
- July 11, 2002: Smallville Preview Trading Card Set
- July 21, 2002: Women Vote for Superman Over Batman!
- July 22, 2002: Superman Gameboy Advance Details
- August 5, 2002: Details on New Smallville Dragon Novel
- August 6, 2002: Up-Coming Merchandise From DC Direct
- August 11, 2002: DC HeroClix from WizKidsGames
- August 15, 2002: Roger Stern Talks Strange Visitors
- August 21, 2002: New Smallville Novel - Hauntings
- August 26, 2002: Smallville High School Merchandise
- August 29, 2002: Roger Stern on Smallville: Strange Visitors
- September 1, 2002: Smallville: Season One Trading Cards
- September 8, 2002: Signed Smallville Trading Cards
- September 16, 2002: DC HeroClix Our Worlds at War Superman
- September 25, 2002: Jerry Seinfeld's Halloween Book
- September 26, 2002: Superman Fan Making a Difference
- September 29, 2002: Superman PS2 Game Reviews
- October 13, 2002: Superman Poem Call me Clark!
- October 23, 2002: Superman-Ultimate Flight Coming to New Jersey
- October 29, 2002: Superman PS2 Movie Trailer
- November 3, 2002: Superman xBox Movie Trailer
- November 12, 2002: Smallville: Season One Trading Cards
- November 14, 2002: Superfriends DVD Release Date
- November 17, 2002: Justice League on Game Boy Advance
- November 17, 2002: Atari Ships Superman: The Man of Steel for Xbox
- November 21, 2002: Six Flags Announce Superman Tower of Power
- December 4, 2002: Save the Metropolis Water Tower
- December 4, 2002: Kingdom Come Action Figures
- December 8, 2002: Superman vs Spider-Man?
- December 18, 2002: Christopher Reeve to Trigger New Year's Countdown
- December 18, 2002: Superman in the News
- December 22, 2002: Superman Homepage Awarded Wizard's Site of the Month!
- December 31, 2002: Superman Needed Now More Than Ever
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