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Can YOU unravel the secret of All Star Superman?

What’s that you say? You didn’t know there was a secret? Well, various internet wonks have been kicking around a very intriguing theory about Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s All Star Superman — the Absolute Edition of which hits stores tomorrow — involving its villain, Lex Luthor. In his latest column at Techland, Douglas Wolk sums up the All Star Superman secret theory and runs down all the available evidence for it. If you’re the sort of person who enjoys picking apart literary mysteries for which there aren’t obvious answers present in the text — from Mulholland Drive to the end of The Sopranos — this is very much the article for you. And even if you aren’t, it’ll give you a whole new way to look at one of the past decade’s greatest superhero comics, which is always a good thing.

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This is really one of the few cases where I like my own reading more than the author’s intention. The Luthor=Quintum thing makes SO much sense to me.

Wow, What an interesting thought. Sheds a whole new light on the character.

There’s been an annoying ongoing pattern of people passionately reading things in Grant Morrison’s work that simply isn’t there (by which I mean grand theories that Morrison himself repudiates in later issues), but true or not, I rather like this theory. It would certainly make him less of a random new character.

I was a huge proponent of this theory back when the book was coming out– though I feared it would go more into Xorn territory. Still, the detective work used to support it is pretty good, and it’s totally in my personal canon.

The Ugly American

November 2, 2010 at 3:36 pm

This theory is a few years old, and while he does mention him as a reference, it’s close to verbatim this article from 2 years back: http://goo.gl/Y3DdN (goo.gl’d to hide the “secret” apparent in the URL)

I really love this theory. It’s just a great continuation of the themes of the book. That said, I vaguely remember an interview shortly after issue 12 came out where Morrison was asked if this was the case, and the response was basically, “No, but that’s great.” Can’t remember where I read it, though.

The “talking to yourself” line from #1 was the real clincher for me. It’s just too apposite.

This is really one of the few cases where I like my own reading more than the author’s intention. The Luthor=Quintum thing makes SO much sense to me.

Why do you say this? Has Morrison gone on record with his intention for the character, and it’s something else???

Authorial intent means nothing if there’s enough textual evidence there.

I found the article series, All Star Memories, on Newsarama

I can’t find where Morrison’s denial of the Leo/Lex comparison is mentioned.

Here is part 10, which links all the other articles in the 10-part series
http://www.newsarama.com/comics/110803-Grant-Superman-10.html

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