December 3rd marked a very a significant day in the life of Superman, and a very degrading day for another. NPR has done a lot of work at getting the word out about comics and comic book creators, especially when Neil Gaiman took a guest spot in their morning edition news program. But December 3rd was the day NPR took the time to focus in on a specific comic book issue – Actions Comics #14 – where Superman is given a glimpse of his deceased home world as the light from the explosion has only now hit the eyes of Earthlings everywhere.
To hear the full broadcast, Head on over to NPR’s Morning Edition.
The exact science of how this works within the story is something you’ll have to discover for yourself by picking up issue #14. It’s a good one by the way, one I should have reviewed. NPR takes time to focus in on one of the issue’s key characters, Neil deGrasse Tyson, a scientist in real life, permits DC Comics to not only use his Planetarium’s namesake in the comic, but his likeness as well. Tyson assists DC with making the science of seeing the explosive light of a 27 years dead planet plausible, grounding it in scientific fact.
The interview is actually quite interesting and proves, once again, that comics pay closer attention to the reality of science than we give the industry credit for. However, despite how intriguing the dialog between Tyson and NPR’s David Greene was, the scientist makes a comment that simply proves the truth within a common stereotype of one of DC’s strongest superheroes….Aquaman.
Tyson states that he was happy to ”assist Superman in his time of need.” This was, of course, an emotional time for Supes since he’s actually getting to see his homeworld destroyed by the unknown force of nature that killed it. However, Superman is special and Tyson would only do it for the head honchos. His next statement after his proclamation of wanting to help Superman was…
“I would not have done it for Aquaman.”
Geoff Johns hit the nail on the head, people simply don’t respect Aquaman. Who would have known that even respected scientists would treat such a iconic superhero with this level of shame. Tyson, I think what you did for Action #14 was awesome and fun, but let’s not treat the King of Atlantis with such disrespect.