Superman #709 [Direct Sales]
(May 2011)

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Price
2.99 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
2011-03-16
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics
Brand
DC [swirl]
Barcode
761941200033 70911
Editing
Matt Idelson; Wil Moss (assistant editor)

Issue Notes

"Printed by Quad/Graphics, Montreal, QC, Canada. 3/4/11."
This issue has variants:

The Flash Gets "Grounded"! (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
John Cassaday
Inks
John Cassaday
Colors
David Baron
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Flash [Barry Allen]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The original cover (as solicited) is signed by the artist and colorist; but the signatures are under the text on the final cover.

Grounded Part Seven (Table of Contents: 1)

Superman / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
J. Michael Straczynski; Chris Roberson
Pencils
Eddy Barrows; Allan Goldman
Inks
J. P. Mayer; Júlio Ferreira
Colors
Rod Reis
Letters
John J. Hill

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Super-Chief [Saganowahna]; Flash [Barry Allen]; Lex Luthor (flashback); Superboy [Conner Kent] (on TV); Kid Flash [Bart Allen] (on TV); Iron Munroe (on comic book); Flash [Wally West] (cameo); Flash [Jay Garrick] (cameo); Flash [John Fox] (cameo); XS (cameo)
Synopsis
Superman continues walking across the country, visiting Boulder, Colorado. After helping Super-Chief capture some criminals, he arrives in Boulder, just to find himself, the townspeople, and the town itself decked out in Kryptonian garb. He also hears a voice spouting Kryptonian facts at hyperspeed, and tracks it down to the Flash. After just managing to catch up to him, he figures out the problem is a Kryptonian headband that Flash is wearing, and removes it. Restored to normal, Flash explains what happened, and over dessert they discuss morality, and also both heroes' legacies.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story continued from the previous issue, and continues in the next issue. This is not a co-writer situation, Roberson is working from Straczynski's plots; they gave him a rough outline that JMS had turned in for the remaining issues of the Grounded arc, which amounted to a sentence or two for each of the issues, spelling out in general terms where the issue would take place geographically, specific guest stars, etc.

When a waitress trips and spills food in front of Flash, he responds by saying "Happens to me all the time." And indeed, it happened in his first appearance in Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #4, when he first figured out he had speed powers by saving all the spilled food.

Superman's reference to young Lex Luthor "stealing forty cakes from the school's bake sale" is actually an inside reference to the old book "The Super Dictionary", a 1978 children’s book from Warner Educational Services that used DC Comics superheroes to define some 4,000 words. One of them was "forty", and to illustrate that, they had a picture of an adult Lex Luthor stealing forty cakes with this text: "When no one was looking, Lex Luthor took forty cakes. He took 40 cakes. That's as many as four tens. And that's terrible."

[House Advertisement] (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / letters page / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script
Matt Idelson; Wil Moss
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero

Indexer Notes

Letters from Jeff Dyer, Chris Schmitt, Dennis G. Barnes, Robert L. Fraser, and Adam Lindhart.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

In the Spotlight / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Batwoman #1 Special Sneak Preview (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Batwoman / preview (from the publisher) / 6 pages (report information)

DC Nation Comes to Chicago [March 16, 2011] (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

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

[Ads] (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

advertisement / 5 pages (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Flash Gets "Grounded"!
    Superman
  2. 1. Grounded Part Seven
    Superman
  3. 2. [House Advertisement]
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    In the Spotlight
  6. 5. Batwoman #1 Special Sneak Preview
    Batwoman
  7. 6. DC Nation Comes to Chicago [March 16, 2011]
    DC Nation
  8. 7. [Ads]
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