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Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Grant Morrison Makes Me Smile
One gets DC to the masses by putting these books in manga format and making them available in every cinema, record store and bookshop. That's not my job, however. All I can do is make the stories as good as I can. All Frank can do is draw as well as he can. If we still can't sell well-written, well-drawn books at a time when everybody in the world is watching superhero movies and eating superhero cereals, it's because the pricing, format, promotion and availability of comic books is preventing us from cracking the glass ceiling.
don't think we need to 'make' Superman relevant. We just have to tell stories which resonate with human experience. The best Superman stories are fables about love, pride, shame, fear, death, friendship etc. We can all relate to those big issues. Superman stories should represent huge, basic human dramas and human emotions, played out on a larger than life canvas.
Which, inevitably, has lead to the usual fan-boy bitching about how All-Star is "a stupid name for a comic book"...to which I of course respond: "It's no stupider than slapping the word Ultimate in front of every available noun, and didn't seem to bother comics buyers over the period of several decades when comics sold to people other than man-children..."