Friday, July 1, 2011

Famous' Firsts - Grant Morrison

It's the first of the month, so that means it's time once again to check out the longboxes for the first time certain creators got the opportunity to work on Superman. With the relaunch coming in September, I thought it might be fun for the next three months to look at the first time the creators involved with the new titles had a chance to write and/or draw Superman.

To start things off, we'll travel all the way back to 1988 when a young upstart from Scotland first starting working with DC Comics, Grant Morrison!

He's long claimed that he is a big Superman fan, and if you ever needed any proof beyond reading All-Star Superman, you have to look no further than his second ever issue for DC as he brings Superman in for a quick cameo.

Grant Morrison had just rescued Animal Man from obscurity and was at the beginning of what would become one of his many landmark runs. The second issue sees Buddy Baker having a few doubts about becoming a super-hero again, when Superman stops by for a little unintentional inspiration on a rooftop. Well, it's more Superman just being Superman than a straight up pep talk, but seeing the master at work gives Animal Man a little extra pep in his step.

And as quickly as he swooped down, he's gone. Grant would continue to use Superman as an occasional cameo or guest appearance in all of his regular DCU work, but it wasn't until he relaunched the JLA that he really got to dig his claws into him.

Come September, it's going to be a good time to be a Superman fan.

Script by Grant Morrison
Pencils by Chas Truog
Inks by Doug Hazlewood
Colors by Tatjana Wood
Letters by John Costanza

Animal Man #2
Life In The Concrete Jungle
October 1988
Copyright (c) DC Comics


  1. Actually, he wrote Superman before that. In the 1986 UK Superman Annual, there was a three-page Superman text story by Morrison, with spot illustrations by then-future Superman artist Barry Kitson, called, "Osgood Peabody's Big Green Dream Machine."

  2. That's what I get for having my yankee blinders on, eh?

    I knew that Morrison did a lot of 2000AD stuff before he hit the US, but I wasn't aware of that text piece. Now you've given me something to hunt for, although UK Annuals are hard to come by in the states.

    Thanks for the additional info!