Funny, we have political leaders that have to consult with others before making a decision? Or corporate leadership. Having them alive didn't retard his growth. Yes, he went to them for advice, as a lot of people do. You're never too old to ask for advice, be it from your parents or someone older and more wiser in the ways of things.Originally Posted by Kilgore Trout
1. He had that stink before his parents were retconned as being alive.It also contributed to the Big Blue Boy Scout moniker thats still a stink on that version of Superman.
2. Batman is also a boy scout. He's always gleaning wisdom from Alfred. Always relying on him to take care of himself. Yet I don't see people calling for Alfred to be dead.
Indeed. The only times he went to them for advice was "Crisis At Hand", a two part story from October of 1992 and largely during the broken engagement storyline. Most of the time he was just visiting the Kents or having to rescue them, or having them rescue him. Or they were doing him a solid like taking care of Supergirl/Matrix and Conner. When they weren't important, they were kept to the side until the writers had need of them. After "Reign Of The Supermen", the Kents mostly disappeared until "The Fall Of Metropolis" when they took part in Lana and Pete's wedding. Then we saw them in "Zero Hour" and "Peer Pressure". They had a big part in "The Death Of Clark Kent" and when that arc ended, they were left driving around the country until the farm was rebuilt. By which point we had Lois breaking off her engagement to Clark and they appeared off and on throughout until the wedding. They then returned for an appearance at the start of the energy powers era, before disappearing until "Superman Forever" and then popping up in "The Doomsday Wars". That was all within a five year period. Different from a live action series where they were contracted as regular cast members.Originally Posted by manofsteel1979
And we had those stories. "World Of Metropolis" #3 had Clark, sans costume, doing heroic deeds in Metropolis before starting college. Superman #12 also had that with the reintroduction of Lori Lemaris to the lore. "Peer Pressure" from 1994, the four issue arc that came out during "Zero Month", had Clark going around sans costume to do good deeds. "The Odyssey" was a graphic novel dedicated to showcasing a Clark Kent without his costume, during his time in Bhurtran. The first issue of "For All Seasons" served as the inspiration for "Smallville" and was why Loeb not only got the job as a regular writer on the Superman comic, but on the show for seasons two through four. The first few issues of "Birthright" covered that as well. Johns and Busiek played around with that early in their run, mostly because at the time, they couldn't use the name Superboy and couldn't show Clark in costume.Originally Posted by An Ear In The Fire Place
Byrne later admitted that there was some regret when it came to the Legion, but it didn't hurt him at all. No more than "Superman IV" hurt by having the Kents dead and Lex as a weapons dealer, escaped from prison and a mad scientist. Hell, he even wrote an early draft of that film.Of course, just as John Byrne was getting Superman off the ground, there was the Superboy TV show and the resulting comic book spin-off (that had to hurt).