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Subj: Re: Silver Age Superman
Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 at 07:48:05 pm EST
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How often did Clark visit Smallville?



Silver age Chronology: When did the Kents die?



Did the Death of Martha and John play that much of a role in the adult Superman comics?



Did Clark still own the farm?



Historically speaking. If during the Silver age (Before that Hateful Crisis) would it have made much of a difference if Martha and John had come back?



I remember one of the Giffen Legion issues where Saturn Girl sends Superboy away. Because she knew on this date. when Superboy went home. That the Kents would fall ill and pass away.



Was it such a big deal that the Kents came back or were never gone after the Crisis? It doesn't seem to do much more than add another interplaying element to the Superman Books (Abeit an emotional one).



My reasons for asking is this. I am doing a story involving Superman of the Silver age. Basically the events in the Crisis fail to happen the way they did (The whys and hows are unimportant) and the Multiple Earth's survive. But during the event I want something to happen that brings back the Kents. Since I think they are great chara and to basically have it that they never got sick and were around for Clark until he was an adult. Would it put too much of a crimp in Supes history to do that?



Thanks.

> How often did Clark visit Smallville?

I don't believe he went there very often at all. Rarely if ever, most likely.

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> Silver age Chronology: When did the Kents die?

Young Clark, as Superboy, took them on an "adventure vacation" to a spot nobody'd been to for a long time. Seemed a virus existed there that hadn't been seen in just as long a time.

The Kents caught it. Conveniently, only adults were affected, and teens were immune. Back home, Clark could get away with nursing them without anyone suspecting anything. Lana helped.

They died not long after returning to SMALLVILLE.

Traditionally, Martha's been shown as dying first, Jonathan a few hours (maybe once or twice depicted as a few days days) later.

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> Did the Death of Martha and John play that much of a role in the adult Superman comics?

Jonathan. Never "John".

Clark remembered them, and it was their values that shaped his personality. He'd already been Superboy for years when the Kents died, and eventually took the name "Superman" in college, his ways of doing things pretty much established already.

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> Did Clark still own the farm?

I seem to recall something about it being sold, but I'm not sure. Might even be thinking about the Superman movies with Reeve.

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People coming back from the dead usually causes a bit of hubub.

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I think part of the thing was since Superboy had been erased and no further stories with him possible, the Kents would never have been seen again. Maybe Byrne felt we needed to see SOME interaction between Clark and his parents, and having them be alive during his adult years was a way to do that?

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> My reasons for asking is this. I am doing a story involving Superman of the Silver age. Basically the events in the Crisis fail to happen the way they did (The whys and hows are unimportant) and the Multiple Earth's survive. But during the event I want something to happen that brings back the Kents. Since I think they are great chara and to basically have it that they never got sick and were around for Clark until he was an adult. Would it put too much of a crimp in Supes history to do that?

I don't think it'd ruin anything.

I was about to suggest ways to do it that'd make sense, and maybe not undo the existing virus/death incident, but this is your story.

I'm biting my tongue.

Please let us know when the story is done and where we can read it.




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