John Romita Jr. Talks “Superman: Year One”

Appearing at the Boston Comic Con over the weekend, artist John Romita Jr. spoke briefly about the upcoming “Superman: Earth One” graphic novel he’ll be drawing for writer Frank Miller.

“I’ve seen the reactions online about, ‘Oh, my God, here we go, another Superman origin,’ and it’s not really the origin retelling,” Romita said. “It’s after the origin, it’s after he lands, what happens between the time he lands and the time he realizes what he is. And this slight slant on the development of Superman is that he’s really unconscious that he’s an alien ’til his parents tell him that he’s an alien. In the meantime, he just thinks he’s special. And he doesn’t appear in costume until the very end. It’s similar to the Daredevil: Man Without Fear back in the ’90s, and it’s the period of time up until he puts the costume on for the first time.”

JRJr went on to explain that Miller has been thinking about this story for quite some time. “Frank has this twisted imagination about what should happen, and we talked about it, and his eyes glow. He said he’s wanted to do this as long as he can remember, since, when did Batman: Year One come out? Was that 30 years ago? He said he always wanted to complete the cycle and do a Superman: Year One. Well, he finally got the chance to do it, and of course it’s a hundred pages and there’s a million people in it.”

No release date has been set for “Superman: Year One” yet, but we’ll keep you updated on this project as news comes to hand.

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