The Adventures of Superman Writer Scott Lobdell
Some moments in life are just surreal - like bumping into published superhero writer Scott Lobdell in your hometown. Scott—originally from Ulster county—does not frequent Price Chopper in Newburgh (you'd be more likely to catch the L.A. resident walking his dog in Hollywood) but, he is from Marlboro, NY where he boasts nearly half a navy ship's worth of nieces and nephews..
The mild-mannered Lobdell who first picked up a comic book under the circumstance of a post-op hospital recovery didn’t start reading comic books until he was 17.
"I was somebody who the very first time I read a comic book I didn't read it as in 'wow this is an amazing world that they've created' I looked at the credits and realized that there's a writer, and a pencil-er.."
Scott with his best friend Jon-Jon
The methodology of analyzing a comic book was the starting line in a very long race to becoming a published writer. At one time you would have caught him standing in front of what is now Pizza Town in Marlboro, NY waiting to catch a bus down to the city. The round trip into NYC to hand-off a diligently typewritten one-page synopsis in order to catch the interest of Marvel publishers would take 6 or 7 hours.
"I was about to be 30 I was $12,000 in debt and I thought, 'If I can't get this going by 30 then I'm going to sit back and think about a new career.' My 30th birthday came I'm like, 'I'll give it one more month.' Three weeks later I got my first series. I always said either I was going to give up or Marvel was going to give up, and Marvel gave up first."
Though, "giving up" hardly seems like it could have been a possibility for The Man of Steel writer who has 23 years under his cape working full time in his industry. He is credited with bringing the X-Men to new heights just before it's turn-of-the-century Blockbuster fame. When Marvel's in-charge moved over to DC they made no secret about wanting Lobdell to come on board with them.
They're hoping he'll bring truth, justice and the American Way back to the forefront of popularity. With trailers for 2013's Superman adaptation already in circulation the timing couldn't be better. Scheduled for release in June 2013 'Man of Steel' will be directed by Zach Snyder (300) and produced by the same team that brought Dark Knight Rises to theaters earlier this year. Maybe the most loved of all the superheroes (after all-he can fly!) Superman placed first on IGN's Top 100 Comic Book Heroes in May 2011.
Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Superman! Yes, it's Superman - strange visitor from another planet who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Superman - who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel with his bare hands, and who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, fights the never ending battle for Truth, Justice and the American Way.
Lobdell's reinvention of the beloved superhero will not stray from the genius origins of Jor-El's super mind or the infatuating love he had for his pregnant wife Lara.. nor the tragic explosion on Krypton - but it does start out in episode 0 with a compelling narration by Kal-El.. issue currently on stands.
Article by Stefanie Pearl
Photos By Jay Timberger