Superman: Secret Origin #2 [Gary Frank Legion Founders Cover]
(December 2009)

DC, 2009 Series
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Price
3.99 USD
Pages
44
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
On-sale Date
2009-10-28
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics
Brand
DC [swirl]
Barcode
761941285986 00211
Editing
Matt Idelson; Wil Moss (assistant editor)

Issue Notes

"Printed by World Color Press, Inc, Montreal, QC, Canada. 10/21/09."
This issue has variants:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Gary Frank (signed)
Inks
Gary Frank (signed)
Colors
Brad Anderson
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superboy [Clark Kent]; Legion of Super-Heroes [Brainiac 5; Saturn Girl; Lightning Lad; Cosmic Boy]
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Indexer Notes

This cover blends in with the other covers in this series to form one continuous image.

Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes (Table of Contents: 1)

Superman / comic story / 32 pages (report information)

Script
Geoff Johns
Pencils
Gary Frank
Inks
Jon Sibal
Colors
Brad Anderson
Letters
Steve Wands

Genre
superhero
Characters
Lionel Luthor (death); Superboy [Clark Kent]; Chief Parker; Lex Luthor; Jonathan Kent; Martha Kent; Lana Lang; Legion of Super-Heroes [Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Lightning Lad; Chameleon Boy (voice); Triplicate Girl; Brainiac 5; Phantom Girl]; Krypto (voice); Science Police; Time Sphere
Synopsis
In Smallville, a drunk driving a truck comes upon a landslide in the road, but can't stop; no brakes. He's suddenly rescued by a flying boy. Later, the police don't believe his story. They call Lex Luthor, telling them that his father is OK. After hanging up, Lex is angry. Later, Clark discusses what happened with his folks, and wonders if he is alone in the universe. In the library, Clark runs across Lex, who expresses his desire to leave Smallville for Metropolis. Clark wants to be his friend, but Lex does not. After a talk with Lana, Clark walks (and feels) alone, but is confronted by a trio of teens from the future, who just wanted to meet him. He convinces them to take him on a visit to the future. They finally do so, allowing Superboy to operate in public for the first time. Soon after arrival, the teens are called on to handle a threat from human supremacists. After defeating them, it appears the Legionnaires aren't real popular with the Science Police who soon arrive. On their way back to the time sphere, they encounter more Legionnaires, including Brainiac 5, who bawls them out for bringing Superboy to the future. But Lightning Lad gets Brainy to think about how they could make Superboy part of the club without time repercussions. They take Superboy back to his time, and give him a Legion ring, saying they will see him tomorrow. At home, Clark tells what happened to his folks, just as a Kryptonian rocket arrives in Smallville. Superboy stops it, and hears barking inside. Chief Parker arrives at Lex's house to tell him that his father died in the hospital. Lex pretends to grieve, but appears to have planned this, so he could escape Smallville to go live in Metropolis.
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Indexer Notes

Story continued from the previous issue. The Interlac text on page 14 is translated as follows: "THERE HE IS" and "TURN YOUR LEGION FLIGHT RING TRANSLATORS ON", and on page 18 as "CENTER" and "SUPER MUSEU" (cut off; presumably "SUPERMAN MUSEUM"), and on page 20 as "FARM" (cut off; presumably "KENT FARM"); and the Kryptonese on page 8 as "TEST ROCKET CONNECTION ESTABLISHED REROUTING", and on page 28 as "TEST ROCKET ARRIVAL IMMINENT". The bottle at the bottom of page 1 resembles the bottle on the cover of Action Comics #869, which was originally a beer bottle but was changed to say "SODA POP" before the issue shipped (Gary Frank was the artist in both cases).

[House Advertisement] (Table of Contents: 2)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Indexer Notes

House ad for: The Authority #18/Wildcats #19. Appears on page 40 in this issue.

As it is My Turn, Honor and Duty to Deliver a Memorable DC Nation [October 28, 2009] (Table of Contents: 3)

DC Nation / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Simona Martore

Indexer Notes

The author discusses projects for Starman and Catwoman, using French and Italian. Appears on page 42 in this issue. Here are the official translations, from DC's The Source blog (http://dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2009/10/30/dc-nation-international-martores-m…):
TRANSLATION: Do you have a multilingual dictionary with you? Very good! Let's begin, then. I will start writing in French, which is the most beautiful language in the world. What I'd like to do is to tell you something about a night, the darkest of them all, when some black rings caused hell in the heroes' world. Once upon a time, there was a superhero named Starman. After his death, he came back several times under different names. I am very happy to announce that one of his incarnations is coming back, but this time, he will do something strange and terrifying! Our superhero will behave in a peculiar manner and will have an interesting encounter with an old, Irish friend and another character who’s very dark in his own way. This new Starman episode will be written by the magic hand of James Robinson.
TRANSLATION: And what about Italian? Do you speak it better than I do? Perhaps. However, as it's my mother tongue, I feel obliged to honor the country of spaghetti and Roman emperors and to annoy you even further by writing something in a language that probably sounds like Latin gibberish to many [of] you. Let's start then. Speaking of blackest nights again…I am always very excited at the idea of reading a story that has a solid and original plot, and I think that this time I am dealing with something like that. In fact, a new adventure featuring Catwoman, associated somehow to a "dark night" and written by Fabian Nicieza, is going to be presented to you very soon. This time, our favorite feline will have to face an old enemy who is known for his passion for artifacts generally used ornamentally.

[Ads] (Table of Contents: 4)

advertisement / 9 pages (report information)

Indexer Notes

Total of 7 one-page and 1 two-page ads for: Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident (graphic novel, Disney Hyperion), Dragonball Revenge of King Piccolo (video game, Bandai Namco), Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (online game, Square Enix), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Smash-Up (video game, Ubisoft), Shonen Jump Naruto Shippuden (DVD, Shonen Jump Home Video), Tekken 6 (video game, Bandai Namco, 2 pages), Star Wars The Clone Wars Rise of the Bounty Hunters (TV, Cartoon Network), and Batman Arkham Asylum (video game, Eidos). Appear in various places in this issue.

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes
    Superman
  3. 2. [House Advertisement]
  4. 3. As it is My Turn, Honor and Duty to Deliver a Memorable DC Nation [October 28, 2009]
    DC Nation
  5. 4. [Ads]
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