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    Well..damn. Where's the bravo applause gif when you need it?

    That's an impressive insight you got on Clark there. Now if only more of that could be applied to the comics.
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    Not a Soupie fan. But I my favourite interpretations of Superman is in the MOS film and the Justice League cartoons. In that he's a good, kind decent man, who believes in protecting others. But he is far from some goody-two shoes 'Pollyanna' type of pie in the sky dreamer about the way the world works. He does what is right because it's the way he was brought up...to be the bigger person. To be less than that (ie. venal and toxic) would make him feel soiled and dirty. It's not the man he wants to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascended View Post
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    Okay, let's see.

    He's a Metallica fan (which I adore, because so am I) and his favorite album is "....And Justice For All." Conner Kent favors "Ride the Lightning" and "Master of Puppets." There was also a fictional album Clark loved that was a combined effort from a number of varied artists including Prince, a country music singer (Reba something maybe?) and....it might've been one of the Beatles? I forget exactly who was involved, and I couldn't begin to guess what it sounded like. I also believe (though this is maybe more my guesswork than established canon) that he favors the blues, country, and classic/anthem rock. John Mellencamp, AC/DC, the Blues Brothers, and Garth Brooks are all likely in his music collection.

    He's a fan of mustard covered pretzels; there's a street vendor near the Planet that Clark visits on his way to work and these pretzels are responsible for most of the stains on his ties. And of course there's the beef bourgeoisie, though I believe that was a sex joke that writers never let go of.
    You know, I've seen it said that having him literally like beef bourguignon was missing the joke, but since Loeb was a good friend of Maggin I don't think that it's something he would have just misinterpreted.

    I also could have sworn that I remember Hotel California in his apartment during Exile. But he definitely had copies of Art of War and Great Expectations. And with his own writing, in addition to Under a Yellow Sun he wrote The Janus Contract.

    Great write up. As good as I've seen it driven home that over the course of 80 years, Superman has had a pretty absurd amount of small insights into his person.

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    Ascended, as always, impressive

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuwagaton View Post
    You know, I've seen it said that having him literally like beef bourguignon was missing the joke, but since Loeb was a good friend of Maggin I don't think that it's something he would have just misinterpreted.
    Probably not? I've never heard anyone directly refer to that whole thing. All I know is that it's been said on panel several times, so whatever the original intent, Clark is now a fan of the dish.

    But I'd bet real money that Clark wasn't supposed to literally like it. Apparently Deadpool and tacos are the same way. "Tacos" was really code for.....something else.

    I also could have sworn that I remember Hotel California in his apartment during Exile. But he definitely had copies of Art of War and Great Expectations. And with his own writing, in addition to Under a Yellow Sun he wrote The Janus Contract.
    Now you mention it, I think I do recall seeing the Art of War on his shelf. And I think I've see the Great Gatsby too, among other classics.

    Great write up. As good as I've seen it driven home that over the course of 80 years, Superman has had a pretty absurd amount of small insights into his person.
    Thanks. It really is impressive how fully fleshed out the character is. Damned few fictional characters even come close to have the depth and development that Clark does.

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    Sh*t. I killed the thread, didn't I?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascended View Post
    Sh*t. I killed the thread, didn't I?
    Ascended, only got around to reading your post just recently. I think any Supes fan can appreciate the way you organized those insights. They're details that I think we've all been exposed to but don't necessarily identify when creating a "list" of attributes. And that's partially the wonderful thing about Supes, his long career in print offers lots of subtle details that shape a very dynamic persona. Discovering those subtleties is a big part of the enjoyment.

    I don't think your post killed the thread at all. Let it be an example!

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    Okay, I pored over his apartment again and those records were Beatles For Sale and The Eagles Greatest Hits. Believe me, it was nagging at my brain this whole time.

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    Paul McCartney was a Superman fan--at least in HELP! he was--as we see he has several comics on his organ and he's also shown reading another. Dial B for Blog identified which Superman comics they were.

    The joke about boeuf bourguignon is that it's code for sex. That's what I guess, anyway.

    In "Clark Kent Forever--Superman Never," Lois came over to Clark's apartment with a bag full of groceries and cooked him boeuf bourguignon--which Clark had never had, as he comments on it. Then Clark and Lois get romantic on the couch, in front of the TV, before the scene cuts to the next morning as Lois is at the Planet offices still wearing the clothes from the night before. Which, Mister Tact, Steve Lombard comments on--"Same dress as yesterday, huh?"--but editor Julie Schwartz insisted on cutting that line. Even without it, from Lois Lane's happy mood, you can tell she got lucky.

    However, there's no ketchup involved in that story. Why would Clark put ketchup on his meal--that's an insult to the woman who prepared and seasoned it. But one can assume that Clark and Lois don't actually eat the meal most of the time--it's just code for having sex. And the ketchup is maybe another code. Maybe it represents red solar energy or red Kryptonite--something that Clark uses as a marital aid to prolong the experience and give him more human sensations, eh? Could be the red trunks.

    Of course, as Clark hadn't eaten boeuf bourguignon before, that supports the theory that Superman isn't much of a meat eater. In fact, he doesn't need to eat anything. And he only eats the dish Lois has prepared when he is a powerless Clark Kent.

    Also, if Lois and Clark remember their date in SUPERMAN 297 (March 1976) that should mean some of the continuity from the 1970s is still relevant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuwagaton View Post
    Okay, I pored over his apartment again and those records were Beatles For Sale and The Eagles Greatest Hits. Believe me, it was nagging at my brain this whole time.
    Ha! Nice. Yeah, Clark's taste in music is a little softer than mine, but you can't deny he's got good taste!

    And Jim, thanks for sharing the story. I couldn't remember the details but I knew it had something to do with them having that dish on a date or something.

    I'm glad you mentioned Clark eating meat; I've been curious how often we've seen him digging into a steak or hot dogs or whatever (on panel,) versus how often we've seen him eat salads and whatever else it is that vegetarians go for. Birthright provided a pretty viable reason for Clark being a vegetarian, but I don't think that's been supported in main continuity (outside of those years when DC tried to make BR itself main continuity). I think the closest we get is the idea that Clark prefers veggies but still has a pretty wide range of foods he enjoys.

    Oh! Speaking of which, another odd quality of Clark's is his sense of taste. The guy has eaten all manner of weird stuff; minerals and rocks, even kryptonite! And he seems to enjoy them too.

    I really like those oddball qualities and Clark's eating habits are among the oddest.
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