MIKE CARLIN responds
There's a publicity picture of Mike wearing a Superman suit under his shirt. I don't know why I'm mentioning it, but I thought that was kind of neat. More guys should have Superman suits under their shirt. In other news, Mike Carlin is Executive Editor of the DC Universe for DC Comics during a time when they seem to be eclipsing Marvel in market share and dollar sales. In a fast-changing and uncertain industry, Mike is a very honest guy who really wants to make good comics. He was editor for "Superman" when that character's death sold almost six million copies, he's editing "Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E." and is a writer and cartoonist in his own right. (GS)
Without being dismissive or apologetic ... I just think it means most MAIN characters (until recently) have been male, and they rarely die or get injured as the "stars" of the show.
But lately ... female characters (Supergirl, Birds of Prey, Danger Girl, et cetera) are actually holding their own as stars of comics and they might be able to change the trend as THEIR supporting males get endangered and tortured and dead.