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Subj: Gotta throw this in-
Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 at 10:25:10 pm EST (Viewed 3 times)
Reply Subj: Jon, Niddle & Commander
Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 at 05:37:06 pm EST (Viewed 4 times)
> I think that what you said Jon... about the importance of his parents deaths in shaping who he was. Is right on the mark. I had not thought that aspect through completely which is why I was asking the questions in the first place.
For a long time all there was were stories of Superman, the adult orphan.
Byrne undid that by allowing the Kents to be alive when Clark was an adult.
Does this really weaken who he is?
I don't think so.
It's enjoyable to see Clark interacting with them, being able to talk with them both, and as an adult no less.
Even as little a thing as Clark's interaction with them on the LOIS AND CLARK series came as a result of Byrne's reboot, and some of those scenes are pretty good. Superman being able to talk with his parents and continue to get their input. Priceless, especially after all those years of them being DEAD.
While them being dead pre-Crisis certainly had an effect on him (even if only when he thought about them), I just can't agree that restoring them weakened him in any way. It may have made him a little different in some ways, but he's still Superman, and he has his folks too.
If you can find a solid way to make the Kents alive during the adult years of the Silver Age Superman, more power to you. Don't kill them off so's to give him some type of "strength" as an adult. Them being there for him is a source of strength too.
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