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What’s wrong with this panel from the “original” graphic novel Superman: Earth One by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis?
The oak leaf on her cap is the wrong colour. For a Major it would be gold but hers is silver which would be correct for a Lt Colonel.
It’s a terrible comic.
If you look close, there’s a thing on her collar which could be the correct brass (not gold) oak leaf cluster. Partial screwup by the color guy.
Anybody here sad enough to try scanning in the bar code?
In addition to the already mentioned mismatched leaf colors, it doesn’t seem to be a legitimate bar code on her ID.
I was also going to say it’s part of an awful comic, but Ken beat me to it. Well played, sir.
Besides the fact that they stole the dialog from “The Shootist?”
The hand looks wrong – are the fingers reversed?
Also, the obvious one: the ID says Major, so unless she got promoted all of five minutes ago…
Her name is Sandra Lee.
Her arm is on backwards?
The ID wouldn’t work anyway. Doesn’t look like it was actually issued by the US Army, although there might be federal statutes I don’t know about in play here preventing visual believability from being depicted.\
This is one of those topics where Bob Ingersoll might be a good person to call. Is there a fan in the house with expertise in federal law re: military ID?
You don’t wear a hat in your ID. That’s the one thing that can’t be explained away.
I was also going to say the oak leaf is wrong and that I guess I’m the only one who liked Superman: Earth One.
She has a right hand on her left arm. Hah!
The hand looks fine to me. Of course I had to grab a piece of paper and hold it up just to make sure.
I was going for the incorrect insignia for her rank. A silver oak leaf cluster is the insignia for a Lieutenant Colonel. The insignia on her collar is the right collar, but looks like the bar of a Second Lieutenant.
The hand may be drawn awkwardly, but is not backwards.
I side with the “against” people in my opinion of the book. To me, it seems that JMS was trying to fix things that were never broken in the fist place. Grant Morrison was able to retell Superman’s origin beautifully in eight words. JMS couldn’t pull it off in eighty pages.
I liked the book. Straczynski was not trying to retell the origin. He was trying to explain why Clark became Superman. Clark is trying to decide what to do with his life. This is more of a coming of age story.
Is “false spring” the new politically correct phrase for “indian summer?”
To hold the id the way it is drawn the proximal phalanx on her index finger would need to be noticeably longer than on her middle finger.
Color of the oak leaf on the hat, lack of rank epaulets on the shoulders, wearing a hat in the ID badge, and if that’s supposed to be a regular military ID, the design is all wrong. Picture is centered and in B&W, information is on the sides and the scannable portion (which doesn’t look like a barcode) is on the back.
They redesigned the military ID card since you last saw it. The photo is now color and sideways and the card has a gold “smart card” chip. The bar code is indeed on the back. I just assumed MAJ Lee is holding some sort of room-entry key card. There are plenty of those in the military.
Her hand’s not backwards, but it is awkward. Her rank is the wrong color, but that’s probably just a colorist’s error.
In later panels in the story, MAJ Lee is clearly wearing the “butter bars” of a 2nd lieutenant. So along with the incorrect oak leaf coloring, it’s clear that editorial didn’t do their homework on Officer ranks and dress.
*On a side note, it’d also bugged me that it was implied that the Major was apart of the Army (Clark’s ship was at an Army post) and yet she was in Air Force blues…but its possible that the Army just had an AF officer over the project since it’s more up the AF’s alley.
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