Saturday, November 7, 2009

Episode #93: The Unauthorized Biography Of Lex Luthor!

Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography was published as a deluxe softcover 48 page comic book on May 16, 1989. It was written by james D. Hudnall, drawn by Eduardo Baretto, lettered by Bill Oakley and colored by Adam Kubert. It fleshed out the backstory of Lex Luthor, at least the version established in John Byrne's mini-series Man Of Steel.

The biography is told through the eyes of down on his luck writer Peter Sands, who bluffs his way into a bookk deal to write about Luthor, the corporate magnate. The plot also involves Clark Kent, who is framed for his murder.

In this version of Lex Luthor, he was raised in the Suicide Slum area of Metropolis, boyhood friend of Perry White, later of the Daily Planet. After taking out a life insurance policy on his parents he arranges for them to be killed in a car accident by tampering with their vehicle. Sands uncovers people who know Luthor when, and uncovers some unsavory details about how Lex built the foundation of his corporate empire.

Of course Sand's efforts do not go unnoticed by Luthor, who demonstrates his ability to keep himself from being incriminated for his evil deeds, to the ultimate detriment of Sands himself. The story is a chilling look at one of the most famous comic book villains, and why he is such a match for Superman.

This story is no longer in print, but may be found in the back issue bins of your local comic book store or on the internet.

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