Letting Go of Superman: Unjust Cartoon Cancellations

Well-drawn, amazingly written, it was the surprisingly good superhero cartoon I never knew I wanted. The show won a freaking Emmy for a reason damn it.

While not having excellent ratings because of its erratic scheduling probably played a part in this, it still reached cult status on Cartoon Network that should warrant keeping it. That makes this cancellation all the more baffling.

Letting Go of Superman: Let Us Remember the Thanos-Copter

Remember Thanos, the big intergalactic baddy who is more than rumored to be the next villain for the Avengers movie sequel?

Well, do you also remember the comic where Thanos was chasing down the cosmic cube on his ridiculous-looking Thanos-Copter? This major baddy, who one-manned the entire Marvel U & literally courts Death, was brought down by The Cat & Spider-Man and then escorted by the cups… in handcuffs!

Letting Go of Superman: Guided by the Dream King

My family and I were in Atlantic City when I was about 14-years-old. Feeling too old for the carnival and legally too young to gamble, I found myself wandering a cloudy boardwalk until I hit the mall. I found a bookstore in it where a bookseller suggested one of Neil Gaiman’s books. Maybe it was American Gods, Coraline, or Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett). I can’t remember

Letting Go of Superman: A Missing Arrow

All superhero comic fans adopt a spandex-clad hero, declaring something like, “Wolverine is my character.” It’s not always because you respire or relate to the hero. Something about the character just speaks to you.

Green Arrow, for example, is one of my characters. Before the 52 relaunch he was a type of failed father figure I never saw before. He had abandoned his son, cheated on his girlfriend and was a terribly self-righteous loudmouth. He was pretty far from who I was as a teenager and I didn’t want to be like him in those respects.

Letting Go of Superman: Drawn to Legacy Characters

A lot of people were drawn to Tim Drake, the third Robin, because he was the surrogate fanboy character. Just like you he paid close attention to adventures of Batman & Robin. And through deductive reasoning he was able to piece together their secret identities and become a superhero.

But that wasn’t his great appeal for me. It was more that he was a character bearing the burden and inheriting the strengths of an established legacy, the Robin mantle. I was drawn to those characters like Kyle Rayner, the last GL at the time and Jaime Reyes, the third Blue Beetle.