I’ve been mucking around with this idea for months. That’s how I work, except mostly I don’t work, I just create many mental lists. And then forget them.
So muck, muck, I discover via Twitter that DC is relaunching a host of characters, rewinding their stories back to issue #1. Wiping their slates clean.
DC is dubbing the effort The New 52.
“We’re going to take these iconic characters and we’re going to give you a fresh new look,” said Jim Lee, a Korean-born penster who rose to fame inking Marvel’s X-Men and now co-publishes DC Comics.
(STOP! Trivia Break: There are 3 famous Lees in the comic-verse: Jim Lee; Stan Lee the man of whom even I the CBV have heard; and Jae Lee, best known for his work on Inhumans and The Sentry. Neither of which I’ve ever heard. The latter of which sounds like a movie made by a pre-puppet Mel Gibson.)
(Photo credits at end of post.)
“It’s just a great opportunity for readers who aren’t familiar with our characters to jump aboard, to come join the party that is the DC universe,” said Bob Harras, who himself joined the party at DC after departing Marvel, where he worked for RALPH MACCHIO!
When I Wiki-learned this “fact” (gotta use fact in quotes when you find it on a wiki, says the former fact-checker), I got very excited. As if The Outsiders and The Karate Kid weren’t enough, did Ralph Macchio go on to spin story-webs for Spiderman?
Does playing a fly-catching hero lead to a second career drawing flying heroes?
Was the Ugly Betty gig just moonlighting?
When Johnny tells Pony Boy to “stay gold,” is he making an oblique reference to vibranium and NOT Robert Frost?
No. No. No.
There are actually two Ralph Macchios floating in my Gen X pop-culture pool, both dedicated to kicking bad-guy butt.
That little side-babble lost me my segue, so I’ll requote DC’s Bob Harras, who once served as assistant editor to Ralph Macchio (Spiderman spinner not fly catcher).
“It’s just a great opportunity for readers who aren’t familiar with our characters to jump aboard, to come joint the party that is the DC universe,” said Harras.
That’s me! Unfamiliar reader! Great opportunity! Joining the party!
The big fat KAPOW ZAP BLAMMIE comic book party.
To celebrate, I bought 1 Betty & Veronica and 3 first-edition New 52s: Batgirl, Batwoman, and Supergirl.
I wanted Wonder Woman #1, but she sold out. The comic book store guy, who treated me like a passable fan-ma’am (girl no longer applicable) and not a middle-aged mom-jeanser, said they’d get more soon.
Phew. I love Lynda Carter.
Photo Credits: Jim Lee by Luigi Novi [CC-BY-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0) via Wikimedia Commons; Stan Lee By Edward Liu (Stan "The Man" Lee) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons; Jae Lee by Nightscream (Own work) [Attribution, GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) via Wikimedia Commons; Mel Gibson by Alan Light via Wikimedia Commons; Ralph Macchio by Jeffrey O. Gustafson [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/), from Wikimedia Commons; Ralph Macchio courtesy www.TeenIdols4You.com