Grant Morrison’s Superman – The Liberal Activist?

The official blurb for Action Comics #1 by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales gives us the impression that we’re heaing for a Year One approach…

This momentous first issue will set in motion the history of the DC Universe as Superman defends a world that doesn’t trust their first Super Hero.

Why does that sound familiar? Well we’re told that Action Comics #1 is a linchpin of the DC Relaunch, and it seems the relaunch has been well planned through the year (even if it got a bit haphazard by the end) – indeed, I started writing about it in April. And the Justice League book two years ago!

But in February this year, Grant Morrison gave his thoughts about Supermam in an interview where he said;

But I love all the different versions, even the ones that are very different from “All Star Superman.” I think if I was to do it again, for instance, I’d like to do the early Superman, who just lifts trucks and who can be hurt by a bursting shell. I’d like to do something really interesting with that guy. The young, angry Superman. The different versions always fascinate me because they all add up to this huge, gigantic, multi-generational story. It’s something quite unique.
“If“. In 2008, he had similar thoughts.

And I wanted to do a story of Superman’s first year in Metropolis when he wasn’t so powerful and he was a bit more of a liberal activist. And to do that kind of Superman, the big heavy guy who can only pick up trucks and be killed by an exploding shell, you can kind of do that as the first year and see the differences between that guy and the incredibly powerful, self-assured man-god in the main All Star Superman book. So those are the three stories I came up with and as I say, they were slightly off the main storyline but related to it so I hope to do those when the current workload eases up because as I say I could just keep doing that Superman stuff forever.

And from the promo image we’ve seen… I think it’s the non-flying, building-leaping, truck wielding early days Superman we’ll be getting in the new Action Comics #1. A comparison of the two…

Well it is all a bit…

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