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Word Balloons: With Father’s Day this weekend, columnist Matthew Price shares a few comic-book related suggestions for and about fathers.
by Matthew Price Published: June 13, 2014

With Father’s Day this weekend, here are a few comic-book related suggestions for and about fathers.


James Robinson’s 80-issue series “Starman” followed the adventures of Jack Knight as he tried to step into his retired father’s footsteps as the superhero Starman.

During the course of the series, Jack grows from a self-centered junk dealer to a selfless hero and, eventually, into a father himself. The series has been collected in omnibus editions from DC Comics.

‘Fantastic Four’

Reed Richards, aka “Mr. Fantastic,” is probably the best-known dad in the Marvel Universe, with his son, Franklin Richards, born in 1968’s “Fantastic Four Annual” No. 6. Franklin’s sister, Valeria, first appeared in 2002.

The “FF” series from Jonathan Hickman, standing for “Future Foundation,” features Reed’s adventures with Franklin and Valeria, as does the recent “Fantastic Four” series written by Matt Fraction.

Robinson is the current writer of the “Fantastic Four” series that was launched as part of the “All-New Marvel Now” initiative earlier this year.

‘Superman: The Movie’

Superman manages to have two great dads, Jor-El on Krypton (played by Marlon Brando) and Jonathan Kent on Earth (played by Glenn Ford) in this 1978 film that’s now available on Blu-ray.

“All that I have, all that I’ve learned, everything I feel … all this, and more, I bequeath you, my son,” Jor-El says in a scene from the film. “You will carry me inside you, all the days of your life. You will make my strength your own, and see my life through your eyes, as your life will be seen through mine.”

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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