By: Steven J. Ferrari
Just days before the opening of Superman Returns, former Superman writer
Roger Stern sits at a table in the lobby of Regal Cinemas at the
Pyramid Mall. The table is covered with issues of Superman that he
wrote, and he is talking superheroes with passers-by. As Ithaca's link
to the world's first superhero, Stern is acting as the celebrity guest
at the theater's Superman Carnival, to promote the opening of Superman
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"I tallied it up at the end of the year and I think it was close to 10,000 miles I traveled that year," he said.
Despite the hectic schedules, he said he
enjoyed being a part of the Superman writing team and working with
creators like Jerry Ordway, George Perez, Mike Carlin and Curt Swan, who
is recognized as one of the definitive Superman artists.
"Curt's drawn Superman in every pose
imaginable," Stern said. "He's an incredible resource. It was great
working with him. He was in his 70s and still just as good as ever."
The world without
When the word got out that DC was
planning on killing Superman, a media frenzy ensued. Stern credited the
huge amount of press the story got on a slow news week.