Quote:When was Superman split? I know was as red/blue, but was before then?
I think it was about Action Comics #533, Satanis and Syrene were introduced in #527 and they reappeared a few issues later, both want Superman and use their power to try and prise him away from the other, the effect though is to split Superman into two. One version is taken by Syrene I think, the other is left to take stock and return to Metropolis...
It's an interesting one to look back on today. It does suggest to me that they (or rather Marv Wolfman) knew Superman was way far too powerful, and this was a way to explore and challenge him. Wolfman shows the same thinking in the DC Comics Presents Annual at around this time, where the Earth 1 and Earth-2 Superman meet. Wolfman clearly enjoys a less powerful Superman as he gives the Earth-2 Superman a great deal of respect. And if you recall his first issues of The Adventures of Superman you have a version of the Man of Steel who could be troubled by a falling building, and almost knocked out by high voltage.
Quote:How did you like Kurt Busiek take on Supes, when he was depowered and basically Clark for entire year?
Lukewarm. I wasn't really reading the books regularly at that time, but the ones I did try felt bland to me. It was a very different style and approach Busiek and his writers took. I appreciate it more now, Busiek and Carlos Pacheco made an effort to create new foes and new threats for Superman, which is Greg Pak did in his run too, and this effort and commitment to moving forward and not relying on the same old foes is always appreciated.
But at the time, I did feel it all felt flat and dull...
There seemed to be 2 times when PC Superman was depowered a bit in DC to me, one was when the sandman Supes tool some of his powers, think a third, another right before COIE, as seemed to be barely Planet mover then!