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Subj: Re: Anyh here remember Lord Satanus of the PC era?
Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 at 06:09:26 pm EDT (Viewed 43 times)
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Think was a scientist who wielded tech 50000 years advanced so like magic to Supes!

Lord Satanis! And (ex)wife Syrene.

How strange to think that this story at the time was excessively long (over a year!) and yet by todays standards this sort of decompression of storyline is utterly unremarkable....

At the time it did play out well, what kept it going was writer Marv Wolfman using a neat but effective ploy of having Superman split into two with each having only a few of their whole abilities. So seeing one Superman struggling without his invulnerability and certain other powers to defend Metropolis was interesting to follow, it was part of Wolfman's overall strategy as writer to humanise Superman more, modernise him by playing up his inner vulnerabilities and the human side of Clark Kent.
But this character is very resistant to change, Wolfman was successful in his aims to a certain degree, but his approach wasn't one that was shared by other writers elsewhere. And that was a real problem, the closest we saw Cary Bates acknowledge Wolfman's aims in modernising the character was the story in Superman #410-413 where Clark Kent loses his job and is suddenly just an ordinary vulnerable citizen of Metropolis... what a novelty it was seeing a Clark Kent stripped of that staid three-piece suit and tie and wearing something that looked everyday wear and normal recognisable street clothes. All of a sudden Clark Kent was someone normal... he had entered the eighties and truly become one of us.

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