On March 12, 1997 we saw the release of “Superman #123”, the comic book that introduced the world to “Electric Superman”. Twenty years on, Dan Jurgens chats with ComicBook.com about the “Superman: Reborn!” era, (a story title that has interestingly come around again in the current comic books) and how the idea for a costume change and a new set of powers came about.
“We were always looking for big stories to do with Superman and those usually involved the idea of changing up the status quo in some way,” Jurgens said of the concept’s genesis. “We had discussed the general idea of a costume change even back when we brought him back from the dead, of course. That was part of the inspiration for the all black costume. So we kind of revived some of that here and also went with a change in powers, which we’d also talked about previously.”
The idea for the 1997 costume and power change came out of the desire to riff on a Silver Age story, “Superman Red/Superman Blue,” in which the Man of Steel was separated into two separate beings, each of whom had Superman’s powers but a costume that was more monochromatic (except the “S” shield).
“Over the years, we talked several times about doing ‘Superman Red/Superman Blue’ somehow,” Jurgens said. “Our colorist, Glenn Whitmore, had always been nudging us to do so! In this case, we finally had a story where it would actually fit.”