It seems all of a sudden the world can't get enough of our favorite four-color characters.
Interest in comics is gaining ground as evidenced by recent main-stream coverage of comic books. The press push by Marvel Comics for its "Heroes" relief project has helped fuel traffic on the Comic Shop Locator Service and DC Comics' "Dark Knight Strikes Again" has been featured with a high-profile feature in Entertainment Weekly. And now the cast of the WB television show "Smallville" receives the cover feature in the December 8th issue of TV Guide.
The show, which chronicles the early years of Clark Kent in Smallville before he becomes Superman, has been an instant hit for the WB, filling the gap left by the defection of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" to rival network UPN. In a release from DC Comics today they note the show is the network's second-highest rated series and ranks fourth amongst all new network programs for viewers aged 12 - 17.
According to DC Comics, this issue of TV Guide includes:
- Four different covers painted by Alex Ross of Clark Kent (actor Tom Welling), Lana Lang (actress Kristin Kreuk) and Lex Luthor (actor Michael Rosenbaum). A fourth cover depicts the classic Superman by Ross in full costume.
- An essay by director/writer Kevin Smith
- A never before seen four-page "Smallville" comic by series co-creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar with a script by Marty Pasko and art by Terry and Rachel Dodson
- Interviews with the "Smallville" cast on the set in Vancouver, Canada.
A visit to the TV Guide Web site reveals preview images of each cover, plus the Kevin Smith essay and the chance to purchase two "Smallville" limited edition covers available only on the Web site.