The troubling news straight from the Daily Planet: DC is snubbing D.C.
Then again, Washington shouldn't take it terribly personally that the DC's Man of Steel is bypassing our Nation's Capital. Clark Kent is also bypassing the Big Apple -- the very home of DC Entertainment.
DC Comics announced today that beginning next month, Superman will embark on a 12-issue, cross-country walk to reconnect with his roots. For the road-tripping story arc "Grounded" -- by writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Eddy Barrows -- Superman fans can submit 75- to 1,000-word essays to tell DC why the Krypton-born Kansan should visit their humble hamlet.
The catch: Because the Smallville superhero's general route is roughly predetermined, the contest eligibility allows only cities and towns within 50 miles of Chicago, Des Moines, Omaha, Denver, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle.
In other words: Washington, D.C., residents are as out of luck as folks in most Southern and Northeastern states, This despite the fact that Superman's journey begins in Philadelphia.
Nine winners will be selected. DC is "looking to hear what people have to say, how the character affected their lives" and "more important, what the character means to them," DC co-publisher Dan DiDio tells the Associated Press.
The official rules for entry can be found at Newsarama (among other sites),