Meet Switchblade McGurk, another punk-looking anti-hero running around a depressing post-apocalyptic city that's ripped off from Blade Runner. Crammed with plenty of violence and sleaze that readers will defend as "cutting edge."
— MAD, "If Truth in Advertising Laws Applied to Comic Books"
I tend to think that I've seen a lot of things over the past 15 years that have been a bizarre echo of somebody else's bad mood. It's not even their bad mood, it's mine, but they're still working out the ramifications of me being a bit grumpy 15 years ago.
—Alan Moore on what he partially set in motion.
As stated, it was the 90s when this comic was written. Alan Moore and Frank Miller's darker, grittier comics were already huge in America. Everyone was more inclined to damn The Man and less inclined to salute him, and so Superman's principles of justice and truth and whatnot were looking more and more old fashioned every day... The creators felt that Superman's moral, by-the-books boyscout routine was getting a little hokey, so they went ahead and violated everything that Superman stood for by having him grow a wicked beard, go shithouse-crazy on a couple of Hitlers and burn himself alive, and it was still one of the worst comics of all time.
"It's time to talk about a period of bleakness, a period of twisted humanoid aberrations and the decay of human morality! This is also known as the Dark Age of Comics."
Revamped for the nineties!
So much more exciting!
Pointy elbows and lots of lightning!
Edgy and angry, so zesty and tangy!
There's new demographics
When nobody asked for it!
— "Xeriouxly Forxe" theme song (Homestar Runner April fool's toon)
Cause no one wants to know the man who stands for things we outgrow
He's too noble and too blind
We're all older now and we don't need someone to care about
The innocence we left behind
Don't touch that dial
It's just that goodness is out of style
Be dark, be cold (So conflicted)
No hand to hold (Heart constricted)
Dark knight, bright soul,(We're addicted)
No room here for the bold
— I Fight Dragons - No One Likes Superman Anymore
''These 'no-nonsense' solutions of yours just don't hold water in a complex world of jet powered apes and time travel."