Dan Jurgens Looks Back at 31 Years with Superman

As we await the beginning of a new era of Superman comic books with the introduction of writer Brian Michael Bendis to the books, before we reach the 1000th issue of “Action Comics”, we bid farewell to a team of writers who ushered in the “Rebirth” era of Superman stories, bringing back a Superman that also brought back many comic book readers to the books. SYFY.com caught up with writer Dan Jurgens to talk about his amazing run as a writer on the Superman titles. Here’s part of that interview…

You’ve worked on Superman over 31 years and the stretch of four decades. Where do you put the Rebirth run in terms of enjoyment in the process and satisfaction in how it turned out? I thought there were a lot of beautiful moments over nearly 45 issues.

Thank you, I really appreciate that. And I do too because one of the things I value so much is that when I worked on the Superman stuff previously, we were always part of a writing ensemble, we were a writer’s group that was writing in a room together. Whereas [in Rebirth] we only did it once, which is where we did the big crossover story around Action Comics #975. Working with Peter and Pat, we told a cohesive story about the characters without intruding on each other. The characters were portrayed consistently, and it allotted me to, I think, develop what I wanted to develop more as a writer instead of handing off the third chapter of a story to the Adventures of Superman team, or something like that.

It was nice to tell a story that had a beginning, middle, and end, to be in control of it. At the same time, there was another Superman book that was basically written [with] the same sense of heart. That’s what we always talked about and what we achieved, which was making sure the stories had a sense of heart. I think Peter and Pat did it [on Superman] and I think we managed to do it on Action Comics as well. I had a great time; it went so fast because the books were coming out twice a month, but I look back at it very fondly. I’m very happy with the way it came out all the way through to Issue #1000.

Read the complete interview at SYFY.com.

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MattComics
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A sense of heart is something DC needs across the board but especially so for Superman.

Gladiator
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This man is a living legend. I hope he somehow stays in the Superman books, I don’t care too much about Bendis. I don’t know why he was given full control of the Superman books (Or maybe I do, they want more sales).

MattComics
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The hype does seem rather gratuitous. Two page spread ads foretelling of his arrival and all that.

Kal-Ed
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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the team of Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding was one of my favourite runs beside the team Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson. Jurgens was the writer/artist of my generation that defined Superman after John Byrne, Jerry Ordway, George Perez. The man is a living legend indeed.

kal-bert
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I can just think that Dan is like the Dragon in Dragon Ball. When things go wrong you just need to summon him and he fixes it all. I’ll start to count days until we need to call him back. But meanwhile, I will try to enjoy whatever we get.

Spidey2878
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The image reminds me of the DVD cover to season 1 of Lois and Clark, the new adventures of Superman. Very nice.

MattComics
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IMO they gotta stop having Kevin Nowlan ink his stuff though. Or at the very least get him to stop inking Dan’s pencils the same way he inks his own.