Little Red Boxers Lost

Earlier this week, it was announced that Scott Lobdell would be taking over writing duties on the much-troubled Superman, which would make it the second time that creative team assigned to that title has changed since the New 52 started less than a year ago.

Since I’m not following it and DC titles are dropping from my pull list like flies, this doesn’t affect me in the slightest, but I found the following statement of Lobdell’s from an interview with The Huffington Post rather troubling:

“In fact, I am willing to say publically that if you adore Red Hood and The Outlaws (and, hey, who doesn’t?!)… you are going to love the little red boxers off of Superman!” – Scott Lobdell

I’m going to ignore the part about Red Hood and the Outlaws since I’ve already made my opinion on that particular topic very clear on this blog, but not the other half, for reasons that will soon become clear.

Scott, old chum(p), for the record, this is what the main character of your upcoming book looks like at present:

Boxers or briefs? Neither, apparently.

Superman’s “little red boxers” went the way of bell-bottom pants and acid-wash jeans when the DC Universe got rebooted last September. Unless, of course, you’re talking about your own personal underwear-wearing habits, in which case…too much information, dude.

Seriously, DC Comics…you assigned someone who doesn’t even know what your company’s flagship character currently looks like to write him? What the everloving hell?

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6 Responses to “Little Red Boxers Lost”

  1. Skadi The Slamazon Says:

    I liked Perez’s run, it felt like he was trying to make Supes less bland and more I wanna say human but that isn’t right. More likeable. More understanding were he is coming from. And I didn’t realize the writers changed which makes sense that it went back to Superman punches things and they fall over.

  2. David Says:

    ‘Seriously, DC Comics…you assigned someone who doesn’t even know what your company’s flagship character currently looks like to write him? What the everloving hell?’
    Could you be any more of a jerk towards Lobdell?

  3. Skadi The Slamazon Says:

    Or maybe we have already loved the little red Boxers off superman…..and they weren’t boxer shorts to began with, they are red briefs….

  4. Lunar Archivist Says:

    “Could you be any more of a jerk towards Lobdell?”

    Yes, I most definitely could. But I’m holding back. 😀

    I’ve read at least two or three interviews with him and seen how he responds to criticism: by being a condescending dick who places the blame on fans for his shortcomings as a writer. I see no reason to take the high road here. You should read his comment on “Ms. Snarky’s Awesometastic Blog” sometime. At times, it seems like he was talking down to and placating her the way an adult would a six-year-old child. It was irritating as all hell.

    The point of this post was to establish the disconnect between him and what’s going on in the DC Universe. The current continuity is less than a year old, and he’s one of the architects of it. That means that he should have a firm grasp of what’s going on and the backgrounds of the characters he’s writing. He doesn’t. His Starfire is an insult to the previous version and he didn’t get Jason Todd completely right either. The fact that he doesn’t even know what Superman’s costume looks like doesn’t bode well.

    And he’s not alone. James Robinson also seems to be confused on alternate earth designations in the DC Multiverse and the rest of editorial isn’t on the ball either. They used to have the excuse that 74 years of continuity and multiple timeline-altering events were too difficult to keep track of. With the New 52, that excuse is gone. The fact that they’re still screwing up shows a lack of organization and absence of forethought on their part. That or they just don’t care.

    The bottom line: do your research and know your subject matter. It’s not that hard.

  5. David Says:

    ‘The point of this post was to establish the disconnect between him and what’s going on in the DC Universe. The current continuity is less than a year old, and he’s one of the architects of it. That means that he should have a firm grasp of what’s going on and the backgrounds of the characters he’s writing. He doesn’t.’
    You really expect Lobdell to read all the issues that Arsenal/Red Arrow/Speedy I, Red Hood/Robin & Starfire in order to some banistory on those 3 characters?

  6. Lunar Archivist Says:

    “You really expect Lobdell to read all the issues that Arsenal/Red Arrow/Speedy I, Red Hood/Robin & Starfire in order to some banistory on those 3 characters?”

    Not every single issue, no. Given that Roy Harper’s been around for seven decades now, that would be ridiculous. But putting some effort into reading up on characters would’ve been nice. It doesn’t matter if you’re writing a scientific paper or a comic book, you need to do your research in order to not make yourself look like an idiot in front of your audience or people who know better. It took me perhaps a week to gather all the information I needed to write my “Deconstructing Red Hood and the Outlaws” articles and only a few days to read or otherwise skim what I needed. I’m sure Lobdell has access to the DC archives or at least to better resources than I do.

    The absolute least he could’ve done was spent perhaps an hour on Wikipedia and at Titans Tower reading the ridiculously detailed and comprehensive entries on those characters that have already been written up by dedicated fans. The work’s already been done for him. He just had to go look it up.

    Moreover, he’s getting PAID to write comics. I just write this stuff for my own amusement and, on occasion, to try and provide a public service. The people who wrote the articles on Wikipedia and Titans Tower also did it for free. And it’s a shame that those groups of authors know the characters better than he does.

    The Superman thing is just ridiculous. His new costume has been shown in “Justice League”, “Supergirl”, and even in “Superman”, the very title he’s taking over. Are you telling me he couldn’t crack open at least one of those issues to at least get an idea of what the costume looked like.

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