Special thanks to Absorbascommando Jonathan Stopek who pointed out to me that I'm on page 4 of Action Comics 853 (in the top article). Apparently, Devon and I are Metropolis police officers (see our publicity photos, at right).
Good ol' Kurt Busiek! Thanks, KB! I think I'll be blowing that panel up and putting on a tee shirt. That I wear. All the time. "That? Oh, that's just an appearance by me in Action Comics. My latest appearance, I mean... ."
Despite my having been, er, less than kind about Kurt's work on Aquaman, I am a huge fan of his take on Superman, and this month's issue is sheer genius.
Dr. Sivana's Unternet! The Return of the Kryptonite Monkey (and as sidekick to the Kryptonite Man)! The Kryptonite Man, who talks as a villain should, and says "Faugh!" I love villains who say "Faugh!".
Phineas Potter! And Jimmy Olsen's flame breath, "turtle power", and "human geiger counter". Tobias Whale? I didn't think anyone remembered Tobias Whale. And, of course, the guest appearance at the end, which is simultaneously completely unexpected yet perfectly natural.
This is Superman comics as I like them: with Superman as the voice of calm normality in a crazy world of "B" science fiction films gone wild.
Anyway, make sure to tune it to our next Big Monkey Comics Podcast, where I will do a Dramatic Reading of ... MY OWN QUOTE from the Action Comics article!
Now, that is comic book irony.