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Action Comics #828

June 20, 2005: Gail Simone Talks About “Action Comics” and the Core of Superman

With the first two issues of her run writing "Action Comics" already sold out, The Pulse asked Gail Simone what she attributes the success of the title to. Here's an excerpt from the interview...

    "As for the story, I can't speak for readers, but I will say that I don't apologize for Superman being Superman," Simone continued. "I don't feel the slightest need to 'update' or de-power the guy. The real, core guy, that's who I'm interested in. I'm hoping that belief carries through to the page."

    But just who is Superman at his core? Simone said the first issue she penned, Action Comics #827, addressed that issue in part. She explained, "Superman is the product of the best of several different cultures; Krypton, Kansas, Metropolis, America, and Earth more generally. He's the guy who knows the right thing and does it, who leads without trying, who inspires through his actions. The fact that he'll happily kick a little robot or supervillain behind just makes him all the more fun to read about. People want to read about mutants, maybe, but they want to BE Superman. There was only one Elvis, there's only one Kal-El, all pretenders take a number and stand outside."

    "On top of that, there's just something amazing about the cast," Simone continued. "Again, these characters don't need to be loaded up with angst to be fascinating. I could go on at length, but I've never been handed a more interesting and rich cast of regular players. Lately, I just want to move to Metropolis and live there for a few decades."

Read the complete interview at the Pulse website.

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