The new Superman movie is on the way and everybody’s spandex is in a wad. Most wait in supreme anticipation for the man of steel to fly back on the silver screen, or whatever it’s made of these days.

From what I’ve seen so far it looks like we’re gonna get the dopey, nerdy, sensitive, bungling Clark Kent again. I guess somebody out there has a different opinion of “Clark Kent-mild mannered reporter for the Daily Planet” than I do.

I always thought that it meant more than he was “under the radar” and seemed to be an everyman rather than drawing even more attention to himself by being a series of slapstick acts of klutz and clumsy. It looks like they are gonna give us more of that kinda Clark Kent than the one that has pretty much filled the wing tips for the last 60 years in comics.

I hauled out all of my tapes, comics and DVDs to check this out. Clark Kent in the Golden Age and Silver Age comics was nobody’s fool. He was understated, yes, but he wasn’t a goofier version of a character from a Jerry Lewis movie either. He tried to keep that “regular guy” feel. Never bringing too much attention to himself. He liked and worked at being a part of the background. When all you’ve got for a secret identity is a pair of glasses you wanna stay low key. The Clark Kent in the Fleischer cartoons was mild mannered without being unmanly. I think he was a real blueprint for my favorite version of Clark Kent?The George Reeves version from the 1950s Superman TV show. He was the best. He was the guy that was in on the joke. Everyone else was the fool. Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Perry White, they all fell for his little costume party and at the end of almost every episode there would be Clark Kent smiling that smug smile knowing he had once again fooled those that thought they had it all figured out. He had a great cocky grin and herded the supporting cast around like the mindless sheep they were. George Reeves was also great at being Superman. He had that wonderful air of confidence that other pop culture versions have sorely lacked. He had authority and even in the G rated 50’s you could tell this was not a guy you wanted to piss off. George Reeves was by far the best Superman and Clark Kent.

Dean Cain also did a fine job as Clark on the TV show Lois and Clark. Wasn’t a whimpering buffoon either. He was Clark Kent and still kept his dignity. He was also the best-dressed Clark Kent of the bunch since George Reeves.

I can’t really comment much on the Superboy TV shows from the 80s. I never watched them and I’m not that much of a Superman fan to rent or buy em’. Somebody else will have to comment on that version of Clark Kent.

Back in the 70s I saw the first two Superman man movies with Christopher Reeve. I must say I am in a minority because I didn’t like them then and still don’t. I found them to be cheesy, badly acted, the stunts and effects were cheap (I thought that even then.) the casting wasn’t very good and the dialogue was really hard to listen to. Clark Kent was a clown. The only thing missing was circus music when he entered a scene. The villains in both of those movies were irritating and reminded me of the camp stuff from the 60s Batman TV, only in these movies they were being serious. Clark Kent was an adult version of Screech from that TV show, Saved By The Bell.

I couldn’t watch the Superman movies that came after that. After being poked in the eye twice I wasn’t going for any more. Again, I realize that a majority of the people loved and enjoyed them. Please note this is just my personal thoughts on em’. I’m glad you liked ’em.

I’ve seen Smallville a few times and it’s not a bad hour of TV. Tom Welling does a fine young Clark Kent and is nobody’s fool. The cast is excellent and the effects are very good for the budget and TV. The soap opera/Dawson’s Creek stuff can run a little long, but they feel they need this to grab some female viewers. I understand that. Lex Luthor and his crazy dad are really good in this.

From what I’ve seen the new Superman movie seems like it is trying to be a blueprint of the 70s movies just updated and made prettier by better CGI. The cast looks like they went for clones of the 70s film as well. I heard they even hauled over actor supreme, Marlon Brando out of CGI limbo to recite more of his never-ending Jor-El dribble. I also hear they have this grand theme that Superman was sent to Earth on purpose with a mission to make all of us dumb Earthlings better people by example. Gee? and here all these years I remember that there wasn’t enough room in that little firecracker that Jor-El built for the whole family so he took a lottery ticket chance and fired his kid out into space hoping he would land on Earth where the atmosphere was about the same. Where did I miss this whole grand scheme of “you will be better than everyone else and you must save them”?

I guess I went out for an RC Cola and moonpie about then.

I’m gonna depend on y’all to let me know what kind of Clark Kent we got this time. I doubt if I see this movie until it’s out on DVD so I can control the fast forward and the mute button.

Let me know what you think.

Up! Up! And? whatever?

Busted Knuckles Manly Cover of The Week

Captain America #32
Marvel Comics, 2000. Art by Andy Kubert

Captain America, Sgt Fury and Four Wheel Drive. The Real Man factor doesn’t get much higher than this. Beautiful art, great colors and the poses speak for themselves. This is what makes the name Kubert the same as saying fine art. Just look at the expression on Sgt. Fury’s face. Right there is your story. This is a piece of art anyone would be proud to have framed in their bunker.

Busted Knuckles Babe Of The Week

Cerina Vincent
– Actress, Model, Dancer, Beauty Queen and Power Ranger.

Like another Busted Knuckles Babe Of The Week, Amy Jo Johnson, Cerina Vincent got her start as a Mighty Morphin’ Power Ranger. They tell me she was the Yellow One. Most of you discovered her as the gun toting damsel-in-distress in the horror movie Cabin Fever. Since that movie she has been in high demand and has been making quite a few movies a year. I can see why her plate is full.

From The Flying Fist Strongbox

The Phantom and Beau-“Target Practice”
By Stan Woch

As most of you know, I have been a fan of The Phantom all my life. Well, my long time buddy, artist, Stan Woch (Airboy, Batman) did a drawing of me and The Phantom back in the late 80s that still kicks ass here in 2006. It’s one of those warm and fuzzy drawings where The Phantom and I shoot a bunch of bad guys that really needed killing. As you can see, we’re both in really good moods. By the way, the shotgun I am drawn with is one from my own personal arsenal. Come by and I’ll show it to ya.

Big Daddy’s Day

I hope all you dad’s out there had a wonderful Father’s Day this past weekend. I hope all of you that aren’t dad’s were good sons and treated your dad good.

Mine was a very manly day. I was taken out to lunch, given; the John Wayne DVD Red River, the new Subdudes CD, as well as the new Keb’ Mo’ CD. I still had to mow my own grass, but I guess ya can’t have everything.

Speaking of my boys, I thought I’d share these photos with you to remind you my manly DNA has been passed on. So you haven’t heard the last of me.

In the first photo you’ll see one of the “I thought it was funny gifts” I got each of the boys at Christmas. As you can see, they wear it with manly pride and a hell of a lot of personal joy. Left to right-Dana (29) Nick (23) and Brad (27)

The second photo is of me and my youngest son, Nick at his house right before a Chicago Bears game. And yeah? he never lets me forget that he’s taller than I am.

The Roundup

That’s all I got this week. I hope that all of you keep sending in those emails on what you thought of Cobb: Off The Leash #1. I’ve had close to 500 so far. I’d say that was pretty good.

I also wanna hear what you have on your mind from topics here at Busted Knuckles to most anything else that you figure I need to hear about.

Don’t forget to pick up the latest issue of The Comics Buyer’s Guide #1620 on sale now everywhere. It’s got my Dottin’ The Eyes column in it with my love letter to Lois Lane in it.

I’ll see ya in 7.

Beau Smith
The Flying Fist Ranch
P.O. Box 706
Ceredo, WV. 25507

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Beau Smith

Beau Smith is a writer for Comics Bulletin