Welcome to the five hundred and fourteenth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to update it in a while). This week, what is the secret origin of the Super-mullet? Plus, what was the REAL “original” Batmobile? Finally, see what Justice League scene needed to be re-dialogue and re-drawn after it was finished because a dead character was no longer dead!
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COMIC LEGEND: Superman got a mullet to tie in with Dean Cain’s original haircut for Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
During the storyline Reign of the Supermen, when four different Supermen showed up, with one of them becoming evil, a mysterious Kryptonian device was found, which contained the resurrected Superman!
As you can see, he had long hair.
He kept it for the rest of the storyline…
And in the end, when he returned into costume as Superman, he kept the long hair (for actually nearly three years)…
This is now known as the “Super-mullet,” although to be honest, it really wasn’t MEANT to be a mullet, it was just drawn that way by certain artists.
Anyhow, as the story goes, the mullet look came about due to Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Here’s one site talking about it:
For those of you who don’t know, in the 90’s DC gave Superman long hair in an attempt at corporate synergy. DC saw that incoming “Lois & Clark” star Dean Cain had a shaggy man of long hair in his headshot and promptly altered Superman accordingly. In a wacky mix-up, the proudcers of “Lois & Clark” had Cain get a haircut to look more like the comic book character. You would think at this point that DC would’ve blinked, but you’d be wrong. DC put their foot down. The long hair stayed.
I’ve seen that story a few other places.
Is it true?
Well, the Superman comics certainly WERE affected by Lois and Clark. When the comics wanted to have Lois and Clark get married, they couldn’t because of the upcoming TV series (as seen in this old Comic Book Legends Revealed), so instead they had to this…
and when the TV show abruptly decided to marry Lois and Clark off, the comics (where the two weren’t even DATING anymore) had to do this…
But that was not the case here.
Dan Jurgens has discussed this a number of places, but let me plug an interview he did with a pal of mine, Todd Matthy…
Matthy: Who decided he should have a mullet?
Jurgens: We never decided on a mullet. We said “longer hair”. Some guys drew his hair longer than others. For example, I never gave Clark a ponytail. I felt it was out of character. Jon and Tom both went for the ponytail. Jon gave Superman a wild mane while mine was more reserved.
But we all liked the idea of longer hair because it looked a bit different and helped signify the return.
That matches what I’ve seen Jurgens say a number of times over the years, that they gave him long hair as a sort of “hey, SOMEthing is different now!” thing.
Plus, the kicker is that here is Dean Cain right before he got Lois and Clark…
Thanks to Todd Matthy and Dan Jurgens for the information!
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