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The Not-Superman Superman Story

For those of you just joining us:

Over a decade ago, I conceived of doing a twelve-issue non-series companion series to STARCHILD. It was to be called MONOGRAPHS, and it arose from the 24-Hour Comics stuff I'd done in response to Scott McCloud's original "create-a-comic-in-24-hours" challenge. The stories were supposed to be quick, and fun, and all over the map in terms of subject matter and style.

Then, the mid 90's happened to the comics industry, and it got left by the wayside.

I did, however, manage to produce (most of) the first nine pages of the first story which I called "Secret Identity". It was a stylized, exaggagerated take on Superman, done in response to a similar piece (done twice, with the creators reversing roles) by Ted McKeever and Dave Gibbons for the A1 anthology.

As Monographs was meant to be square, I used the tiered format that Kyle Baker used so well on his graphic novels like THE COWBOY WALLY SHOW (and which I retained for my in-progress graphic novella OBSCURO). The pages I'm reproducing here are unfinished and unlettered - but that's okay, because 1) my writing was really pretentious back then; and 2) you get the gist of these pages without needing text. It's a guy (Clark) in a broom closet, and he doesn't know why he's there. But slowly, his super-senses start to kick in...

Spoiler and/or cautionary note: there is what might, just might, be considered minor risqueness. But only if you're really uptight, and never saw a Victoria's Secret catalog (Hellooo, Lois...). 

The cover, splash page, and first page are below - the rest after the jump.




















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