January 18, 2012

Minorities in cartoons: Ron Troupe

Minorities in cartoons: Ron Troupe
Ron Troupe
From “Superman: Secret Origin” #6 (October 2010). Art by Gary Frank.

Today’s entry is Ron Troupe, a supporting character in Superman comics.

Background

Ron first appeared in “Adventures of Superman” #480 in 1991, and was created by Dan Jurgens and Jerry Ordway. Ron became a perennial presence at the “Daily Planet” as one of the paper’s most popular reporters, covering in-universe events such as the “death” of Superman.

Around the late 90s, Ron fell in love with, and married, Lois Lane’s younger sister, Lucy; the two subsequently had a son. (On a trivia note, Lucy Lane’s pre-Crisis Earth-2 counterpart, Lucille Tompkins, had a daughter named Susie.)

As of the New 52 reboot in 2011, however, Ron and Lucy are once again unmarried and childless.

Other media

Ron’s first appearance outside of comics was in the 90s “Superman: The Animated Series.” He was voiced by Dorian Harewood.

Ron also has appeared in the 2000s live-action series “Smallville.” Actor P.J. Prinsloo played Ron.

The 2013 direct-to-DVD movie “Superman: Unbound” also featured Ron. Michael-Leon Wooley voiced Ron.

(Updated 11/14/16)

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