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.
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.”
Superman Hall of Heroes
The star of the film, Christopher Reeve, was recently inducted into the new Superman Hall of Heroes, a website that honors everyday heroes “who embody the attributes we admire in the Man of Steel,” said Brad Globe, president of Warner Bros. Consumer Products at Variety.com.
There are Superman items and others for sale at the website Superman Hall of Heroes. A portion of the sales at www.supermanhallofheroes.com will be donated to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products also shared information about several products it has selected for Father’s Day gift-giving, including:
•DC Comics superhero T-shirts featuring characters such as Batman, Superman, Flash and more from Junk Food Clothing.
•Bruce Wayne cufflinks with 4GB of flash storage and Batman and Superman money clips from Cufflinks Inc.; Superman and Batman neck ties from Bespoke; and a Batman wristwatch from Accutime Watch.
Of course, the most important gift you can give your dad, if you can, is a bit of your time.
Have a great day, dads, and those of you who can, give your dad a call, a hug, a high-five or a kind word or thought this weekend.