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Subj: Re: BEST NEW CHARACTERS of the 90s Triangle Era
Posted: Sun Dec 19, 2021 at 12:52:39 pm EST (Viewed 66 times)
Reply Subj: BEST NEW CHARACTERS of the 90s Triangle Era
Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2021 at 10:46:22 pm EST (Viewed 102 times)

    1) Steel/Erad/Superboy/Cyborg/Dday: none of them great characters, but all have had their moments and longevity

It's astonishing they are all still in play. Cyborg-Superman is a good villain, though rarely meets his true potential. Kon-el too is a decent character, though redundant given Jon Kent has now arrived. Steel... I can take or leave, he too is a little redundant these days, as with Kon-el the DCU has moved past him. The Eradicator is (and always was) the weakest of the characters to come out of that storyline. Yet he too lingers on today.

    2) Bibbo: a really lovable character and portrait of an everyman superman fan. Had the best moment in "Funeral for a Friend" when he asked God why he wasn't taken instead of Superman.

Yes, great support character from that late 80s/early 90s era - there were quite a lot of them actually!

    3) Emil Hamilton: a solid "science guy" for Superman to deal with

Like Bibbo he was a part of the subset of supporting cast I really appreciated. His deconstruction as Ruin was typical of where comics were going at that time.

    4) Dan Turpin and Maggie Sawyer: both created before the 90s, but used to good effect in triangle era

A good double team these two! How good it was to have one of Jack Kirby's support characters transition to the Superman books... and Maggie Sawyer again was one of the great support cast created for the post-crisis Superman world, she got lost and mistreated by DC but has recently made a fine return to the Superman world - her appearance in Action #1000 was one of the stand-out stories in that special issue... but where the heck is she?! I wish the Superman books had more stability, and that we could see these favourite faces of Metropolis on a regular basis.

    5) Cat Grant: an effective new female interest who has had longevity

Who would have though Cat Grant would have such staying power...

    6) Maxima: Ditoo

She was sort of interesting in her initial appearances, after that, no. I feel she was never developed.

    7) waverider: lot of cool stories with him and the linear men.

One of the great wastes of 90s Superman books - a visually striking character who played an important function for Superman in that he allowed for Time-travel and acted as a sort of 'Phantom Stranger' figure.

Others who were memorable were Colin Thornton/Satanus, I also appreciated Luthor's associate's Happerson and Gretchen, a real attempt at making Superman's world a fuller and richer place to read about and invest in. \(yes\)

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