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DF Interview: Up and away with Dan Jurgens as he returns to Superman during Convergence
By Byron Brewer
The creator of Doomsday and the writer and artist behind the seminal Superman #75, "The Death of Superman," Dan Jurgens wrote and/or drew DC’s premiere iconic character for the better part of a decade, leaving in 1999 and returning periodically for stories like Superman: Day of Doom.
In April he again returns, taking the reins of the pre-Flashpoint Man of Steel in the coming Convergence: Superman.
To get the straight story on this alternate reality-busting saga, Dynamic Forces met and spoke with the comics creator in downtown Metropolis’ only remaining public telephone booth.
Dynamic Forces: Dan, the last time we talked you were reminiscing about Superman days and now everything old is new again, and here you are back with the Man of Steel, pre-52, red shorts and all! How does it feel?
Dan Jurgens: Always fun to step back into the previous version for a bit. In a way, it really is a lot like visiting old friends.
We hope readers will feel the same way and embrace both the characters and stories.
DF: Aside from your long history with Superman, you are also one of the most well-versed architects of the whole Convergence event, correct? I mean, you co-wrote The New 52: Futures End, which ties directly into Convergence, and you co-wrote the lead-in to Convergence #0. Are you pleased with where all this seems to be headed?
Dan Jurgens: A lot of what I've done over my career is build stories and events that connect and then lead to other things.
We tried to make that happen here and, at the end of the day, I think it'll come off as being a fairly epic event.
DF: Are you writing and drawing both episodes of this two-part mini?
Dan Jurgens: No. I wrote both issues but was far too busy to draw them both.
Fortunately, the incredible Lee Weeks is drawing issue #1 and it's really brilliant stuff. His love for these characters comes through in a big way. Really tremendous stuff.
I did draw issue #2, along with inker Norm Rapmund.
DF: Can you tell us the basic storyline of this series?
Dan Jurgens: Superman, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen are stuck in Gotham City and unable to leave, thanks to a massive dome that covers the city.
This causes all sorts of problems, of course. And, when the dome comes down, they find themselves in conflict with the heroes of the Flashpoint universe, which predated the New 52.
DF: Did I hear that in this mini, Lois is … pregnant??!
Dan Jurgens: Lois is, indeed, pregnant. Whether or not we'll see that through to the end, well ... stay tuned!
DF: Besides Lois and Embryo-El, are there any other Superman characters taking part?
Dan Jurgens: Jimmy Olsen and Professor Hamilton both make an appearance. They're a core part of that era of Superman so we just had to use them!
DF: You are such a renowned artist, did it feel funny working with Lee Weeks on Part 1?
Dan Jurgens: Lee and I have actually worked together before, way back when on Thor and again, more recently, on the Futures End: Superman issue last September.
I find Lee's work to be brilliant and really enjoy working with him. He really outdid himself this time around.
DF: Finally, Dan, as a longtime DC talent, can you compare and contrast THIS Superman/Clark Kent with the New 52 iteration?
Dan Jurgens: Of course, this Superman is married to Lois Lane. On top of that, he's bit older and, I think, a little more subdued.
The New 52 Clark/Superman is younger and more likely to flash some emotion -- maybe a little less in control of himself.
Both are very valid interpretations of the character.
Dynamic Forces would like to thank Dan Jurgens for taking time from his busy schedule to answer our questions. Convergence: Superman #1 hits stores April 8th!
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