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.