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    Omike, I'm glad your open minded enough to give that era a second look. I wish more people were like you. \(yes\)

Yep, it was good reading.

    To this day, I'll never understand why nearly everyone hated Energy Superman. All the writers wanted to do was shake up the status quo and give Superman whole new problems to deal with. Almost every letter in the letter columns was nearly the same complaint; I can't believe you changed Superman's powers and costume! This isn't Superman! I'm not reading Superman anymore until you change him back!

Well, for the same reason that people want him to have a spit-curl or freeze breath. . .or not travel through time. Personal preference tends to trump story for most. I enjoyed this era of stories, the costume and power changes, if only because they felt organic for the character.

    The powers and costume do "not" make him Superman, it's who he is, his personality, his morals, THAT is what makes him Superman. He can dress up like Captain America or wear a suit of armor like Iron Man and Clark Kent will ALWAYS be Superman. It's who he is at the core, it's "not" his powers and costume that make him who he is.

I can't go this far. The outer and inner are of equal importance, or else we would just have one or the other. Captain America dressed like Ka-Zar isn't quite the same. I do understand that you're saying, and yes, too much can be made of abilities and physical appearance, but they still matter.

    Case in point, look at Christopher Reeve. He had no super powers and even after his terrible accident he kept inspiring others that they could be Men/Women of Steel too. No super powers required.


    Energy Superman's powers changed, his look changed but he was still the Superman I know and love. True, some of the stories during that period weren't up to par, but they weren't all that bad. Some were actually entertaining. I only wish the fan base had been more forgiving and supportive because DC had planned to have the change last longer than it did. I wish this era, and Energy Superman, had been allowed to be explored more. There was so much potential there that was wasted because almost everyone wanted the old Superman back.

Wasted? I can't go that far. The stories went the distance in both ideas and fan tolerance. In all honesty, Energy Superman was more powerful than Superman, and the longer he was on the stage, the greater chance the writers would box themselves in. Still, I enjoyed the stories.

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