Superman and his son’s secret identities are recovered by DC

DC has revealed that the upcoming action comics #1050 in December will restore Superman’s secret identity to Clark Kent and give his son Jon Kent (also Superman) his first-ever secret identity to work with as Superman, since the younger hero became Superman AFTER revealing his father’s secret identity along the way had been Brian Michael Bendis’ run on the superman Title.


DC made the announcement via a ComicBook.com interview with writers Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Joshua Williamson action comics and the upcoming brand new ones superman series as the writers prepared fans for the next step in the world of Superman and his son.

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Johnson described the upcoming runs as: “The stories that we’re about to tell action comics, supermanand Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent celebrate everything that defines Superman, from superfamily to the Daily Planet to comics’ most iconic love story, Lois and Clark. Some elements of Lois and Clark’s dynamic can only be present with the secret identity. And even on a deep gut level, it just feels AMAZING to see Clark Kent, back in his tie and glasses, ripping open his shirt to reveal the S-plate underneath. It’s an image that puts the music of John Williams right in your ear and makes you feel like you can fly. That’s what every Superman story should feel like.”

Williamson also noted that Superman’s willingness to reveal the truth about his identity during Bendis’ run was an integral part of this new plot twist, stating, “The truth is a very important thing for Clark Kent’s tragic moment and created a lot of interesting ones Drama and story opportunities for the Superman franchise in 2023. We wanted to play with all parts of the great and iconic Superman mythology that we all love. When we were presented with this challenge, we wanted to make sure it wasn’t just magically put back in the box. There are dangerous ramifications to how this happens, leading to more story to explore. And you will see the beginning of it in Action Comics #1050!”

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Superman’s secret identity was a major focus of the Superman mythos almost from the start, although it slowly grew into a bigger deal as Lois Lane actively tried to prove that Superman was the same person as her colleague Clark Kent. These kinds of stories became an even bigger focus for Superman titles in the 1950s than the success of The Adventures of Superman TV shows make Lois Lane an even bigger part of the Superman mythos than she already was. She got her own comic series, Superman’s girlfriend Lois Laneand proving that Superman was Clark was a main focus of a number of issues of this series (when she failed to try to get Superman to marry her under some often outlandish scenarios).

Superman’s secret identity was originally revealed in a storyline in the New 52 era of Superman comics, but then his secret identity was hidden again during DC Rebirth. Most recently, in December 2019, Bendis made Superman decide it was time to reveal the truth to the world, and his identity has been public ever since. Jon Kent became Superman in 2021, so his identity was already known when he took over from his father as Earth’s Superman.

Superhero secret identities being “put back in the bottle” so to speak are a common occurrence in superhero comics, with Spider-Man’s secret identity infamously returning through a deal with the Marvel Universe’s literal devil, Mephisto, which also cost Spider-Man his marriage to Mary Jane Watson-Parker. True, there will be no deals with the devil in the superman Titles Williamson and Johnson are aware that there will be major consequences for Clark and Jon Kent if they regain (and in Jon’s case, for the first time) their secret identities.

Source: ComicBook.com

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