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Post  non_amos on Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:14 pm

http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/168873-max-landis-goes-viral-with-the-death-and-return-of-superman

Max Landis Goes Viral with The Death and Return of Superman
by Ryan Turek
November 17, 2011


When Superman bit the big one back in 1992, it was sort of a big deal. The death of DC's ultimate Boy Scout made the mainstream news and kept guys working at small town comic shops at the time, like yours truly, busy selling black-bagged issues of the "event."

Max Landis – writer of the upcoming Chronicle - had something to say about it and channeled his thoughts through a short film. And he's brought a few friends along for the right. Check out this roster of those making an appearance: Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Elden Henson, Morgan Krantz, Zach Cregger, Ron Howard, Simon Pegg, Matt Bennett, Sarah Shahi, and Barats and Beretta.

Written and directed by Landis, The Death and Return of Superman is a comedic viral short in the vein of Drunk History and Red Letter Media. Here's an official synopsis:

The Death and Return of Superman forever changed comics. Superman's tragic death was not just mourned by comic book readers, it echoed throughout the entire country. What is never mentioned, however, is just how poorly conceived The Death and Return of Superman saga was and how it shattered the integrity of the comic book industry. A follow up to his previous comic web videos Cooking with Comics: Knightfall and Vague Recollections of: Watchmen, writer/director Max Landis shows us through reenactment just how ridiculous The Death of Superman saga became and how it affected the world of comics.

If you're in Los Angeles, The Death and Return of Superman is making its premiere at 12pm on November 27. Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater (611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036) is hosting the event. A Q&A will follow.

Head to THIS SPOT to RSVP. For more details, visit the short film's Facebook page!


What is this exactly? What does he mean that this story 'undermined' the comics industry? And these videos he's talking about, anyone have a clue where we might can find them online now?

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Re: The Death of Superman Goes Viral?!

Post  Apologist Puncher on Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:32 pm

non_amos wrote:http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/168873-max-landis-goes-viral-with-the-death-and-return-of-superman

Max Landis Goes Viral with The Death and Return of Superman
by Ryan Turek
November 17, 2011


When Superman bit the big one back in 1992, it was sort of a big deal. The death of DC's ultimate Boy Scout made the mainstream news and kept guys working at small town comic shops at the time, like yours truly, busy selling black-bagged issues of the "event."

Max Landis – writer of the upcoming Chronicle - had something to say about it and channeled his thoughts through a short film. And he's brought a few friends along for the right. Check out this roster of those making an appearance: Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Elden Henson, Morgan Krantz, Zach Cregger, Ron Howard, Simon Pegg, Matt Bennett, Sarah Shahi, and Barats and Beretta.

Written and directed by Landis, The Death and Return of Superman is a comedic viral short in the vein of Drunk History and Red Letter Media. Here's an official synopsis:

The Death and Return of Superman forever changed comics. Superman's tragic death was not just mourned by comic book readers, it echoed throughout the entire country. What is never mentioned, however, is just how poorly conceived The Death and Return of Superman saga was and how it shattered the integrity of the comic book industry. A follow up to his previous comic web videos Cooking with Comics: Knightfall and Vague Recollections of: Watchmen, writer/director Max Landis shows us through reenactment just how ridiculous The Death of Superman saga became and how it affected the world of comics.

If you're in Los Angeles, The Death and Return of Superman is making its premiere at 12pm on November 27. Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater (611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036) is hosting the event. A Q&A will follow.

Head to THIS SPOT to RSVP. For more details, visit the short film's Facebook page!


What is this exactly? What does he mean that this story 'undermined' the comics industry? And these videos he's talking about, anyone have a clue where we might can find them online now?

"If you're in Los Angeles, The Death and Return of Superman is making its premiere at 12pm on November 27."

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Re: The Death of Superman Goes Viral?!

Post  thecolorsblend on Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:17 pm

http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/168873-max-landis-goes-viral-with-the-death-and-return-of-superman

Max Landis Goes Viral with The Death and Return of Superman
by Ryan Turek
November 17, 2011


When Superman bit the big one back in 1992, it was sort of a big deal. The death of DC's ultimate Boy Scout made the mainstream news and kept guys working at small town comic shops at the time, like yours truly, busy selling black-bagged issues of the "event."

Max Landis – writer of the upcoming Chronicle - had something to say about it and channeled his thoughts through a short film. And he's brought a few friends along for the right. Check out this roster of those making an appearance: Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Elden Henson, Morgan Krantz, Zach Cregger, Ron Howard, Simon Pegg, Matt Bennett, Sarah Shahi, and Barats and Beretta.

Written and directed by Landis, The Death and Return of Superman is a comedic viral short in the vein of Drunk History and Red Letter Media. Here's an official synopsis:

The Death and Return of Superman forever changed comics. Superman's tragic death was not just mourned by comic book readers, it echoed throughout the entire country. What is never mentioned, however, is just how poorly conceived The Death and Return of Superman saga was and how it shattered the integrity of the comic book industry. A follow up to his previous comic web videos Cooking with Comics: Knightfall and Vague Recollections of: Watchmen, writer/director Max Landis shows us through reenactment just how ridiculous The Death of Superman saga became and how it affected the world of comics.

If you're in Los Angeles, The Death and Return of Superman is making its premiere at 12pm on November 27. Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater (611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036) is hosting the event. A Q&A will follow.

Head to THIS SPOT to RSVP. For more details, visit the short film's Facebook page!
non_amos wrote:What is this exactly? What does he mean that this story 'undermined' the comics industry? And these videos he's talking about, anyone have a clue where we might can find them online now?
Basically, the perception is that Doomsday (the trade is titled "The Death of Superman"; the comics storyline is "Doomsday" and that's what I go by) is what led to comic books becoming overly gimmicky and stunt-driven.

The problem with that philosophy is that it just isn't fucking true. It's not like comics were an artistically-driven, non-gimmicky form before then. There'd been enhanced covers, polybagged special editions, fucking holograms, you name it. It'd been going on FOR YEARS before Doomsday came along. All Doomsday did was take an existing model and, admittedly, exploit it better than anybody else.

From there, comics companies started doing similar stunts. It's partially why DC had the balls to do the Knightfall and Emerald Twilight storylines... although the former was always intended to be temporary; the latter was intended to be as permanent as anything in comics can ever be. Marvel did likewise with their Clone Saga. There are probably other examples I'm not thinking of. Each of which used Doomsday as a clear blueprint for their stories. Glenn Greenberg, a former assistant editor/editor/writer/who the hell knows what else at Marvel and, specifically, the Spider books all through out the 90's, is on the record for saying the Clone Saga WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED but for Doomsday happening first.

But, again, Doomsday didn't invent this thing, it just was insanely successful. It took existing comic book marketing ideas and capitalized on them to devastating effect. But Wizard magazine, speculators and the comic biz itself had all been busy little bees up to then in promoting/buying/creating gimmicks and other bullshit that DID lead to the 1993 crash. Pointing the finger just at Doomsday tends to ignore that which had come before it and I think that's more bullshit revisionism.

Real history is just fine, folks. No need to rewrite it.

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Re: The Death of Superman Goes Viral?!

Post  Apologist Puncher on Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:29 am

The 'Death of Superman' got ME reading comics again, at least for a while.

More than I can say about this "recrap" garbage they are doing now.

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Post  non_amos on Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:33 am

Apologist Puncher wrote:The 'Death of Superman' got ME reading comics again, at least for a while.

More than I can say about this "recrap" garbage they are doing now.

Me too, that is, until the combination of losing interest & lack of funds caused me to give up.....again.

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Post  Apologist Puncher on Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:36 am

non_amos wrote:Me too, that is, until the combination of losing interest & lack of funds caused me to give up.....again.

Yeah, the "Electric Blue Superman" thing killed it for me. I had become VERY sporadic by then, but this pretty much did it:


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Post  non_amos on Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:47 am

I never even bought any of that storyline but I do remember seeing it on the new-stand. Flipping through it, it looked really weird. Too weird for Superman! Guess I quit in time huh?

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Post  Apologist Puncher on Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:48 am

http://www.supermanhomepage.com/news.php?readmore=10569


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Post  thecolorsblend on Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:58 am

I didn't think the electric storyline itself was too weird. The exact cause of it, explored after Superman regained his traditional powers and The Suit... well, he's been in weirder stuff than that but still... WOW.

Strange to think it was essentially the same creative crew behind the electric and Doomsday storylines.

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Post  Apologist Puncher on Fri Nov 18, 2011 3:02 am

For those who missed it:

Apologist Puncher wrote:http://www.supermanhomepage.com/news.php?readmore=10569


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Post  webhead2006 on Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:19 am

what are those from?

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Post  Apologist Puncher on Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:06 pm

webhead2006 wrote:what are those from?

Let me refresh your memory, in case you missed the very first post:

Max Landis Goes Viral with The Death and Return of Superman
by Ryan Turek
November 17, 2011

When Superman bit the big one back in 1992, it was sort of a big deal. The death of DC's ultimate Boy Scout made the mainstream news and kept guys working at small town comic shops at the time, like yours truly, busy selling black-bagged issues of the "event."

Max Landis – writer of the upcoming Chronicle - had something to say about it and channeled his thoughts through a short film. And he's brought a few friends along for the right. Check out this roster of those making an appearance: Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Elden Henson, Morgan Krantz, Zach Cregger, Ron Howard, Simon Pegg, Matt Bennett, Sarah Shahi, and Barats and Beretta.

Written and directed by Landis, The Death and Return of Superman is a comedic viral short in the vein of Drunk History and Red Letter Media. Here's an official synopsis:

The Death and Return of Superman forever changed comics. Superman's tragic death was not just mourned by comic book readers, it echoed throughout the entire country. What is never mentioned, however, is just how poorly conceived The Death and Return of Superman saga was and how it shattered the integrity of the comic book industry. A follow up to his previous comic web videos Cooking with Comics: Knightfall and Vague Recollections of: Watchmen, writer/director Max Landis shows us through reenactment just how ridiculous The Death of Superman saga became and how it affected the world of comics.

If you're in Los Angeles, The Death and Return of Superman is making its premiere at 12pm on November 27. Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater (611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036) is hosting the event. A Q&A will follow.

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