DC Comics hopes romance will promote comic-book sales this Valentine’s Day.
The love story of Superman and Wonder Woman is explored in two new releases from DC Comics.
In previous continuity, Superman, aka Clark Kent, had been married to Lois Lane. In “The New 52” relaunch, Superman is single, allowing writers and artists to explore possible romances for the character.
In “Young Romance: A New 52 Valentine’s Day Special,” a story will explore the romance of Superman and Wonder Woman.
The two characters co-star in the best-selling “Justice League” comic book.
In the current continuity, Superman and Wonder Woman first kissed in last year’s “Justice League” No. 12, a story that’s reprinted in the hardcover graphic novel “Justice League Volume 2: The Villain’s Journey.” The hardcover went on sale Jan. 30, and reprints issues 7-12 of “Justice League” by writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee, with artists Gene Ha and Carlos D’Anda.
“This is the type of story and relationship that ‘The New 52’ allows us to create,” said Johns, DC Entertainment’s chief creative officer, in a news release. “We’re able to make connections between characters that lead us down unexpected roads. How this story progresses throughout the DC Comics universe hopefully will surprise everyone.”
Joey Belden, of Atomik Pop, 7884 S Western Ave., said last September that the Superman-Wonder Woman smooch nearly doubled his store’s sales on issue No. 12 of “Justice League.”
“A lot of people we haven’t seen before did come in for the Superman-Wonder Woman kiss,” he said. “As long as they tell a solid story, that’s all that really matters to me.”
In addition to Superman and Wonder Woman, “Young Romance” will feature stories featuring Batgirl, Catwoman, Aquaman, Apollo, Midnighter and Nightwing, among others.
The issue, which shipped with perforated Valentine’s Day cards, went on sale Wednesday. Writers are Andy Diggle, Ann Nocenti, Cecil Castellucci, Peter Milligan, Kyle Higgins, and Ray Fawkes. Artists for the issue are Emanuela Lupacchino, Jaime Mendoza, Inaki Miranda, Julius Gopez, Simon Bisley, Sanford Greene, Robson Rocha and Julio Ferreira.
The title “Young Romance” has a long history; the title was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby in 1947, and is considered to be the first romance comic.
Diggle, the writer of the Superman-Wonder Woman story “Truth or Dare,” is set to take over as the writer of “Action Comics” in March with issue No. 18, joining artist Tony Daniel.