Chloe Comes to Comics

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  1. WompuM Esquire

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    by Troy Brownfield

    Longtime Smallville viewers get a treat on March 12th. That’s when Superman #674 hits the streets, and Chloe Sullivan hits Metropolis. For years, the intrepid young reporter has been a favorite of viewers, and though hints had been dropped about her arrival in the DCU, she never materialized. Now, she’s finally joining up with the Man of Steel’s supporting cast in the comics. From the outset, Superman Editor Matt Idelson points the finger at series writer Kurt Busiek for bringing Chloe on board – “This was all Kurt’s idea, and it’s something we’d first talked about a couple of years ago.”

    For his part, Busiek credits that fact that other members of Superman’s supporting cast have come from other media to the comics as his inspiration (Jimmy Olsen first appeared in The Adventures of Superman radio show in 1940 before being adopted by the comics). “It made me think, ‘Yeah, and the next obvious choice would be bringing in someone like Chloe, but the problem with that would be...’ and then bam, a way to do it fell into place that I thought really served the book well, and made her a strong and useful and fun addition to the cast, one that would give us several elements to the cast structure that have been missing for years, but in a new and different way,” Busiek said.

    But bringing a television character to comics does come with some hurdles. Even though they are owned by the same parent company (Time-Warner), DC had to get clearances with Warner Bros. as well as actress Allison Mack, both to use the character as well as to make sure the comic book version looked like “Chole,” but not exactly like Mack (likeness rights are a whole other ballgame).

    Nor will the “Chloe” of the comics be a mirror version of “Chloe” of Smallville, Idelson says. “‘Our’ Chloe is clearly inspired by the Smallville character, right down to wanting to be a journalist, and being roughly the same age as the Smallville character. And she’s still Lois’ cousin. Beyond that, though, since she’s obviously a different age than Clark and Lana, she’s got to be her own, unique character.”

    As Busiek explains, the differences are needed to prevent duplication.

    “The problem we'd have faced if we brought her in with the same background as the TV show is that she'd fill two basic roles -- the Girl from Back Home and the Reporter -- and those roles are both pretty solidly filled in the adult Superman cast, by Lana and Lois. So she's got to have a different spin, one that lets her occupy a different role from either of them. She's the younger sister of someone Clark went to school with, not a classmate of Clark's herself. As a result, she's the new intern at the Daily Planet, fresh out of journalism school and itching to make a name for herself. That'll make her clearly different from Lois and Lana, and at the same time more familiar to watchers of the show.”

    Idelson, while still playing upcoming stories close to the vest did confirm a few more key differences between television Chloe and comic book Chloe – she won’t have superpowers, and she doesn’t know Clark’s secret (“No way. No one in Lois’ family - save Lois herself - knows the secret.”). Oh, and while Chloe’s just introduced in #674, she features very prominently in issue #675.

    “Superman is visible in all forms of media, and this isn’t the first time something from another medium’s interpretation of the character makes its way back to the comics,” Idelson says. “Kryptonite was actually introduced in the Superman radio show way back when. If anything, the door has always been open, and this is just the latest example.”
     
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  3. Mikelus Intellectualis

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    Well, it is obvious they needed to change some details to adapt the character to the comics.
     
  4. 04nbod I need to debrief you

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    urgh... isn't tv enough for such a crappy character
     
  5. Migu-EL Registered

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    Why don't you tell us what's really on your mind? :grin: :cwink:
     
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    Well I guess that article answers my questions about her reveal in the comics versus the show's future that I posed in the other thread.

    I'll be interested to see how she is in the comics. I do applaud them for not allowing her to be in on the secret before Lois. From a comic book stand point that wouldn't be right..IMO.

    One note for anyone interested in Superman lore tidbits. Kryptonite did come from the radio show, but actually was an idea from Siegel and Shuster originally. They wrote a story called "The K-Metal from Krypton" but DC rejected it at the time. Here is a link to a site that has recreated the story:

    http://k-metal.cc/splash.php

    Definitely worth the read.

    How this particular story relates to Smallville is that when a human would come in contact with the K-Metal it would give them superpowers.

    Sounds kinda familiar doesn't it?

    Guess those who dislike the things Kryptonite can do on SV should take note that the original creators of Superman were thinking along the same lines.
     
  7. 04nbod I need to debrief you

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    :funny: i've got a headache and its not functioning beyond simplistic statements.
     
  8. Prison Mike Don't drop the soap!

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    I think if I were a comic book reader, I would actually enjoy the comic version of Chloe much more than Smallville version. So I guess Smallville could kill Chloe off if they wanted to and it would not affect the comics, right?
     
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    :csad: Try some Advil.:up:
     
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    Right remember the original plain was to bring Chloe in as Superboy's Lois/Lana type of person for when they were going to relaunch his series but since his death they held off on it till now. What happens to Smallville's Chloe will have no effect on comic Chloe since the only thing the two really share is that they are Lois's cousin and they want to be a reporter other then that they are pretty much two different people. It would be different if Chloe was brought in like how Mercy and Holly were because they were a direct mirror to their cartoon version. I just hope SV fans pick up these issue because unlike the TV show a person can go away for that long trip or get killed if the fans don't like them and right now her reaction is mixed.
     
  11. 04nbod I need to debrief you

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    I might have to. usually i don't like taking unnecessary drugs but i've had it for hours now. And the dizziness has just kicked in!
     
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    I'm glad to see Chloe finally coming into the comics, it's sad she won't have that strong bond with Clark and be his best friend/side kick, but it wouldn't make sense if she just appeared out of nowhere and was suddenly such an important person in his life.

    At least this way, she will live on when the series end and I'm all for that. :D
     
  13. AgentPat Squeaky wheel

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    Wait? So TV is a medium for crappy characters? Is that why they brought Supergirl to SV?
     
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    From DCcomics.com

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    *snort*

    :D

    I like Chloe, I'll be interested to see where they go with her in the comics.
     
  16. Prison Mike Don't drop the soap!

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    yes, yes it is. :cwink:
     
  17. AgentPat Squeaky wheel

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    Niiiice! Good to see them promote it.

    Heh. I couldn't help it. :p

    Agreed. I haven't been this excited about a comic series since Birthright. :eek:

    What is?
     
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    I don't really have any feelings about Chloe in the comics, but I am excited about the Insect Queen story. ;) :ninja:
     
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    Yeah I liked how they mentioned her and how it seems to be like a big deal that they are introducing her on the anniversary issue. :woot:

    I must confess, I've never picked up a Superman comic in my life, I've read some of my roommate's but that is it, I'm a total Batman girl but I'm buying this the day it comes out. Really excited to see what they do with her!
     
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    This is basically like bring Batman onto smallville who under the mask is John Roberto. Whats the point of bringing chloe into the comic books(besides a lame attempt to sale more books). The majority of the chloe traits from the show cant be brough to the comic book. She cant help superman since hes got the damn justice league(who needs her when you got batman and his guys). Cant be a love interest for anyone but jimmy(who is kinda busy with final crisis). Oh and she learns some superhero identities. Big whup final crisis will be right around the corner. So what the hell is the character gonna do in the comics? Act like she can be important when she wont.

    How do you bring in a character who was essentially created to make up for the characters in the superman comics that couldnt be used on smallville(which is now null since these characters on are smallville).
     
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    Ooo! Have you been following along? I'm only up to ish #667 - I haven't been to the comic store in a few weeks. [hangs head in shame] LOL

    Look at the expression on Superman on the page just before the centerfold with the staples. Upper left hand corner - the quote says "What... are you saying?" It so reminds me of SV Clark with his crinkly forehead and expressive eyebrows. LOL Yeah, I know, wrong thread, but I just thought I'd mention it.

    Anyway... insect queen. Sounds silly but fun. Anything to get past Zatanna is fine by me. :rolleyes: :p :D LOL
     
  22. Prison Mike Don't drop the soap!

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    the reason they brought supergirl to smallville.
     
  23. AgentPat Squeaky wheel

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    Anytime SV can give back to the comics is a wonderful day.

    Same here. I got a HUGE kick out of the SV comics just from the artwork alone.

    Why not wait till the issues come out and find out?

    If including Chloe in the comics inspires people to pick up an issue or two, I don't see anything wrong with it. It's the same mentality behind stunt casting. If you're going to introduce a new character, why not introduce one that people want to see?
     
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    I meh on it all, I love chloe on smallville, but really Il ike chole becasue of how she is portrayed on the show. I guess now smallville fans can ***** about how the comics have changed so much about our favorite original character from our mythology.
     
  25. Prison Mike Don't drop the soap!

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    I don't read comics anyway so it doesn't affect me but I wonder if she will be a guest character or if she will stay as a supporting one in the comics.
     

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