I’ve been a comic book fan ever since I was a kid — gorging myself mostly on super-hero titles, especially those published by DC and Marvel. However, in recent years, with few exceptions — I haven’t bought the latest comic books for various reasons, including the financial kind. I’d go into more details in regards to why I haven’t bought any new comic books in the past few years — however, current circumstances dictate otherwise (and perhaps, someday, I’ll explain the whole story — but not now).
Ever since I became a writer/author, I’ve always wanted to write comic books — and several times in the past, I’ve attempted to convince DC Comics to let me write some of their comic books as well as create new characters for the company, without any success. Despite the fact that I’ve written two novels and close to three dozen articles and short stories that’ve been published in print and on the Internet (not to mention uploading at least a half-dozen videos on YouTube), I’m still not well-known for my talents, unlike certain so-called “Reality TV” stars who aren’t talented yet hog the spotlight because they’re nothing more than inhuman leeches who use the general public to fuel their own demented personal glory. (Whether or not there’s any similarity between so-called “Reality TV” stars and actual leeches is something that’s better left discussed by media critics and/or nature science experts.) Luckily, “Reality TV” is not the subject of this piece.
Coming this fall, DC plans to relaunch their line of super-hero comic books by publishing new #1 issues — which wouldn’t bother me that much. That is, if DC didn’t plan on relaunching the Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman comic books with new #1 issues — that particular fact truly bothers me, since these characters have been around since the late-1930’s and early-1940’s. I wasn’t that bothered when DC published a new Superman#1 back in 1986 in the wake of John Byrne’s revamping of the character — at least DC had the good sense to retain the original book’s numbering under a new title (which reverted to the original a few years before). What I’m worried about is relaunching the Batman and Wonder Woman books with new #1 issues while disregarding their respective titles’ long and distinguished runs over the past 70-plus years — which could upset longtime fans in the long run who value that kind of tradition associated with a long-running series over many decades, not unlike long-running TV series like Gunsmoke, Law & Order, and The Simpsons. I realize that one of the reasons why DC is doing this is to revamp their comic book continuity — and they’ve done this many times in the past — but some properties, like Batman, are better off left alone with regards to their books’ longevity. I’m sure I’m not the only comic book fan who feels this way — and I’m also sure that DC‘s current decision to relaunch their super-hero titles, which has already gained mixed reaction everywhere, will still be talked about by year’s end. Who knows — maybe in a year or two, the Superman and Batman books will regain their original numbering, proving that some legacies (at least in the comic book industry) are and should remain sacred. And intact.
John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons and Chameleons To The Rescue, as well as close to three dozen articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet — to learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://jlavernoich2008.web.officelive.com/default.aspx), as well as his pages on Windows Live Spaces (http://cid-ef88d131988ab38f.profile.live.com), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), and Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65). Mr. Lavernoich also maintains his own video channel on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/JLav65?feature=mhsn).
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