Geoff Johns & John Romita, Jr. Take On ‘Superman’


DC Comics’ Superman title, currently written by Scott Lobdell (Teen Titans) and drawn by Kenneth Rocafort (Red Hood and the Outlaws), will soon be taken over by writer Geoff Johns and artist John Romita, Jr.

Superman by John Romita Jr

Art by John Romita, Jr.

Geoff Johns is best known for his work in DC Comics, writing Green Lantern for nine years straight as well as past issues of Superman. He currently writes Justice League, Justice League of America, and Forever Evil. He was also recently announced as an executive producer for Warner Bros.’ upcoming Man of Steel sequel.

John Romita, Jr. has not drawn Superman professionally in many years, but has had tremendous success in the past drawing for Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, and more recently, Captain America and Kick-Ass. In an interview with IGN, Romita states “I’m a little bit intimidated for the soul purpose that there are so many people who have done [Superman] before me, and done it very well — exceptionally well, iconic versions.”

In addition, the legendary Klaus Janson (The Dark Knight Returns) has been confirmed as series inker. Janson has worked with Romita in the past on The Avengers, and more recently, Amazing Spider-Man alongside writer Dan Slott.

When asked by IGN what Geoff Johns’ looks forward to in partnering with Romita, Johns responded:

I think working with somebody like John, who has ideas of his own, we’d go back and forth and amplify each other. That’s really where I get my excitement about working on a project, is when I speak with an artist and we actually become real, creative collaborators. It’s not about handing a script over and then having the pages drawn. It’s gotta be about that collaboration. You talk and formulate ideas and themes before you even start writing or drawing. For me, that’s the key to a great relationship. Again, like I said, it’s a lifelong dream. It’s such an honor to work with John, because I’ve followed his work of course for years. So it’s really a dream come true, and it’s great to be back on Superman.

Although no specific date has been announced, the creative team of Geoff Johns and John Romita, Jr. will not take over Superman until after April 2014. Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort are currently slated to handle the series until then.