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Subj: Re: I've never quite bought that argument with Luthor...
Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 at 01:41:36 am EST (Viewed 124 times)
Reply Subj: A brief musing on Luthor, Krypton and Superman's failures
Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 at 03:58:35 am EST (Viewed 133 times)
Because there's plenty of evidence that Luthor, had Superboy/man never existed, would still have turned out to be an arrogant SOB if not outright evil.
To truly be a failure, it has to be a situation that couldn't happen unless some variation of Superman comes into play... and I just don't see that with Luthor.
He's working as a farmhand in his Adventure Comics, but he already has a crude laboratory set up and wants to work. Then you look at how he acted AFTER his protoplasm is destroyed and hair is lost... he creates all sorts of things to make life better in Smallville, but in his sheer arrogance moves way too fast, which causes his experiments to fail.
And if you really look at what happened when he was creating the Kryptonite cure, it was him rushing super-fast that caused him to start the lab fire. And here's the kicker, for all his talk about creating life itself, he had WEEKS to safeguard it and his notes, but did no such thing!
Nothing in his origin is Superboy's fault. It's all Luthor, but Luthor in his arrogance can't see any fault in himself.
We're talking about a guy who became a hero to an entire planet, had a wife and son and STILL couldn't let go of his hatred, eventually becoming a super-villain to his own planet before it exploded.
Superman could (and probably should) feel pity for a man who could've done so much good if he could just get over himself... but acting like Luthor's faults are a failure of his own making? No, I don't buy that.
I feel like failure gets thrown out a lot with the Pre-Crisis Superman and outside of the Kents and Mon-El (which were definite failures on his part) most of the other stuff doesn't fit. Heck, he was all set to enlarge Kandor in their first appearance, when a Kandor scientist took it into his hand to enlarge Superman!
Once again, I have to disagree with Maggin.
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