Superman and son get their secret identities back (exclusive)

The secret identities of both generations of Superman will be restored Action comics #1050, on sale in December, ComicBook.com has learned exclusively. The Last Sons of Krypton have spent most of the past few years without a secret identity; Clark lost his during The New 52 and then briefly had it restored in Rebirth before Brian Michael Bendis revealed it back to the world when he took over the titles. Jon Kent, the son of Superman, never actually had a secret identity, because by the time he took on the role, his father’s was already known.

All is not well with the Kent family; there are some hitches in the process that restore their secret identities, and someone important to them faces dire consequences when this happens. But do not worry; Superman doesn’t have to sell his marriage to the devil to make it happen or anything like that.

“The stories we’re going to tell Action comics, Supermanand Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent are a celebration of all things Superman, from the Super Family to the Daily planet to the most iconic love story in comics, Lois and Clark,” said Action comics writer Philip Kennedy Johnson. “Some elements of the Lois and Clark dynamic can only be there with the secret identity. And even deep down, something about seeing Clark Kent in the tie and glasses again, tearing open his shirt to reveal the S-shield underneath, just feels AMAZING. It’s an image that puts John Williams music right in your ear and makes you feel like you can fly. That’s what we want every Superman story to feel like.”

“The truth is very important to Clark Kent,” he added Superman writer Joshua Williamson. “For someone to steal that from him is a tragic moment and created a lot of interesting drama and story possibilities for the Superman line in 2023. We wanted to play with all the pieces of the great and iconic Superman mythology that we all love. When this challenge was presented to us we wanted to make sure it wasn’t just magically put back in the box there are dangerous consequences to the way this is done leading to more stories to explore and you can see the start of that in Action Comics #1050!”

The secret identity trope has long been a staple of superhero fiction, but hardly anyone has used it in more stories than Superman. Back in the silver age, the Superman’s girlfriend, Lois Lane working on dozens of stories about Lois trying and failing to prove that Clark and Superman were the same person. In the ’90s, supervillain Conduit held a grudge against Clark Kent, not Superman.

Action comics #1050 will hit the stands next month, featuring 25 different covers from some of the biggest names in comics and a star-studded anniversary celebration inside. Following the battle on Warworld and Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths, this release marks the start of a new status quo, with Kal-El back on Earth and sharing duties as his Guardian with Jon Kent, who watched over things while his father was in space. It will also, as Williamson told us recently, have a lot of focus on Lex Luthor, who will even be pulling the strings from behind bars.

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