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BH/HHH 02-16-2013 12:54 PM

What do you consider the best Superman stories?
 
I've actually been wondering whats everyone's favourite Superman stories? In these categories:

Favourite solo story
Favourite team up story
Favourite else worlds story


I know sone choice can fit into more than one category mind.



My favourite solo Superman book is Superman Birthright, I consider it to be a (near) perfect origin story. It also has one of the most heart warming endings ever, to see Jor El & Lara knowing their son has made it.

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My favourite Superman story involving a other DC heroes is Kingdom Come. The return of the worlds greatest hero to a world that he doesn't really know anymore is incredible. The epic journey to the inevitable explosive finale is breath taking. Alex Ross' art is just wonderful. Infact this is the greatest graphic novel of all-time in my opinion I consider it a perfect end to the DCU.

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__...dom_Come_2.jpg

Finally I'd say my favourite else worlds story is Red Son. Seeing what may have happened had Kal El's rocket landed in Ukraine rather than Kansas is very interesting. It's amazing how much Mark Millar crammed into this graphic novel, it's an entire history of this worlds version if Superman. The greatest thing at all though is the twist ending.

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Blitzkrieg Bop 02-16-2013 01:02 PM

Re: What do you consider the best Superman stories?
 
Solo- "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?"
Elseworld- "All-Star"

BH/HHH 02-16-2013 01:31 PM

Re: What do you consider the best Superman stories?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Blitzkrieg Bop (Post 25202473)
Solo- "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?"
Elseworld- "All-Star"

Good choices, I always preferred for the Man Who Has Everything myself

What about team up?

Blitzkrieg Bop 02-16-2013 04:16 PM

Re: What do you consider the best Superman stories?
 
I don't know about team ups. The only teamups I ever read were most of Morrison's JLA. If I had to pick...probably "Rock of Ages".

Visceral 02-16-2013 05:00 PM

Re: What do you consider the best Superman stories?
 
Action Comics 775, nothing comes close

BH/HHH 02-16-2013 05:09 PM

Re: What do you consider the best Superman stories?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Visceral (Post 25203569)
Action Comics 775, nothing comes close

An amazing story, dd you like Superman vs the Elite?

Czar Colossus 03-14-2013 10:17 AM

Re: What do you consider the best Superman stories?
 
Along with Kingdom Come ...Action #775 is quintessential Superman.
I want to give a nod to
Peace on Earth,
Superman for All Seasons,
Superman/Batman - Supergirl,
Superman/Batman - Absolute Power
Superman/Shazam - First Thunder (greatly defined how Supes & Caps relationship should be)

UpUpAndAway 03-23-2013 12:06 AM

Re: What do you consider the best Superman stories?
 
Thanks for the info here, new to comics and the only superman I've read so far is all star superman and kingdom come and really enjoyed both of them. I was wondering what else you guys would recommend, stories or key issues, for a new guy like me!

BH/HHH 03-23-2013 01:18 PM

Re: What do you consider the best Superman stories?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by UpUpAndAway (Post 25440251)
Thanks for the info here, new to comics and the only superman I've read so far is all star superman and kingdom come and really enjoyed both of them. I was wondering what else you guys would recommend, stories or key issues, for a new guy like me!

Well I'd highly recommend the Death and Return of series:

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A good trade to pick up is the DC Universe Stories of Alan Moore. It features two of the greatest Superman stories ever told in Whatever Happened to the Man if Tomorrow and my personal favourite For the Man Who Has Everything. It also features a really good team up story with Swamp Thing. Plus if you want to expand to other characters of the DCU it has other stories involving Green Arrow, Batman and others.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...Alan_Moore.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...uperman423.jpg http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...-Fortheman.jpg

Another great set of books to read are from the Geoff Johns run, here's my 3 favourites of his:

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Also Geoff Johns take on the origin isn't bad either:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi..._Origin_HC.jpg

BH/HHH 03-23-2013 01:28 PM

Re: What do you consider the best Superman stories?
 
I'd also very highly recommend Superman Earth One Vol. 1 and 2:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi..._Earth_One.jpg http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi..._One_vol.2.jpg

I really couldn't recommend these two any higher:

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And this is a great else worlds book:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Vy0bl-4j_3...00/secret1.jpg

There's an absolute ton of great Superman stories out there if you want anymore recommendations let me know

UpUpAndAway 03-23-2013 11:52 PM

Re: What do you consider the best Superman stories?
 
So many to read! Lol I want to read some of his battles vs his big enemies doomsday etc

BH/HHH 03-24-2013 04:13 AM

Re: What do you consider the best Superman stories?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by UpUpAndAway (Post 25445539)
So many to read! Lol I want to read some of his battles vs his big enemies doomsday etc

Well there's a number of Doomsday books:

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http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__...msday_Wars.jpg

Superman Vol. 2 #175

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http://i43.tower.com/images/mm120540...-cover-art.jpg

There's even more than these to be honest but these are the ones I can think of right now

BH/HHH 03-24-2013 04:21 AM

Re: What do you consider the best Superman stories?
 
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If you end up reading or have read Action Comics #775 that Superman bs the Elite is adapted from (if you haven't seen it go watch it) here's another good story involving Manchester Black. This has Superman involved in many smackdowns with super-villains.

http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/su...-books/8-9.jpg

misjuevos 03-24-2013 11:04 PM

Re: What do you consider the best Superman stories?
 
been reading the new krypton stuff, and i'm loving it. i started with last son, then brainiac, then new krypton. now i'm on world of new krypton. so many kryptonians, seeing the guilds and how their society works, very interesting.

Visceral 04-02-2013 09:57 PM

Re: What do you consider the best Superman stories?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by BH/HHH (Post 25203607)
An amazing story, dd you like Superman vs the Elite?

not enough intensity. The book was far more intense as I read it.

BH/HHH 04-05-2013 01:28 AM

Re: What do you consider the best Superman stories?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Visceral (Post 25508581)
not enough intensity. The book was far more intense as I read it.

Ahh fair enough, aside from the artwork I thought the film actually improved upon the source material but that's just me

James Howlett 04-11-2013 02:24 AM

Re: What do you consider the best Superman stories?
 
My personal favorite is "The Death and Return of Superman". The concept of Superman dying is itself a grand idea. I really hope they would adapt this story in a future movie in the new "Man of Steel" series.

theMan-Bat 04-21-2013 08:18 AM

Re: What do you consider the best Superman stories?
 
What do you consider the best Superman stories? That's a loaded question for me, I have a lot that I consider bests, each for different reasons, showing different aspects of Superman. One of my favorites is "Superman Joins the Circus" from Action Comics #7 (1938) by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster from the Golden Age. A rather timeless tale. Superman saves a man's circus. Clark interviewed a man losing his circus, "Poor brave old man! Faced with bitter disappointment and certain defeat, he yet has the courage to keep an optimistic front! A guy like that deserves a break... and that's just what I'm going to give him." Superman saw how badly the business owner needed his help, and stepped up to help. Superman performed in his circus, attracting new paying customers. Even in the early days Superman was actually working within the system to help and promote change.
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Another favorite is the heart-warming "The Girl Who Didn't Believe In Superman" from Superman #96 (1955) by Bill Finger and Wayne Boring from the Silver Age. Another rather timeless tale. Superman restores the sight of a blind girl and reunites her parents. This was a adaption of the Adventures of Superman TV episode "Around The World With Superman" written by Jackson Gillis.
http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/1395/65496791.jpg

Another favorite is the very different action-packed "The Four-Armed Terror" and "The Big Boom" two-parter from Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #137 and 138 (1971) by Jack Kirby from the Bronze Age. Jack Kirby's entire run in the Bronze Age is amazing. Mokkari and Simyan from Apokolips, sent to Earth by Darkseid to replace the success of The Project (DNA samples from the government facility) with the Evil Factory from Apokolips. The Four-Armed Terrors (literally hatched from eggs) battles Superman and the Guardian, and tries to destroy The Project building and Metropolis. Morgan Edge, being told to flee the city by his Intergang contacts. Superman saves millions of lives.
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Another favorite is the "Super Menace from Metropolis" by John Byrne of the Modern Age. That is a very George Reeves style episode title. That title in fact is from the Silver Age. Lex Luthor manipulates the solar energy of Superman scientifically. This is another timeless tale. A recurring theme. Again, Luthor thinks he's more intelligent than Superman and Luthor's undoing is his condescending assumption that Superman thinks with his fits. Superman figured it out and saved Metropolis from being destroyed, he's not an idiot, he's in fact very smart to have been able to figure this out, but Luthor still got away with it legally. And I also love how Maggie Sawyer, head of the Special Crimes Unit of Metropolis, got in Luthor's face. A real solid issue. It even had a little Lois Lane, it had everything in it that made Byrne's run work. You had Clark, you had Superman, you had a fight with a villain, you had it coming back to Lex Luthor, You had Luthor slipping thought a legal loophole at the end. You had some development with the supporting cast, some subplots in there. Really and truly, one of the strongest issues of Superman. It's a compelling story. It ties into recent events, it sets up new events, but it can be read completely on it's own and readers can get straight into it. I love that opening page with Clark Kent facing three skeletons, Lois, Jimmy and Perry, in an elevator as his x-ray vision goes haywire.
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http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/6...19f391382b.jpg
And the cover is a modern age version of an over-the-top Golden Age/Silver Age cover. That cover draws you in. Cat Grant walks up to Clark to introduce her son and Clark is shocked to see her and the whole Daily Planet staff suddenly nude as his x-ray vision goes haywire again.
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Then Clark's glasses start to melt by his heat vision going haywire. His super-hearing goes haywire and he hears everyone on Earth at once, including Swamp Thing, etc.

My favorite Superman team up is Superman and Green Lantern in "Last Stand" from Superman #14 (1988) by Byrne.
http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/9020/img0029oh.jpg

My favorite "elseworlds" type of Superman comic is The Incredible Hulk vs. Superman (1999) company crossover by Roger Stern and Steve Rude.
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theMan-Bat 04-21-2013 08:37 AM

Re: What do you consider the best Superman stories?
 
As for Superman recommendations... (a whole lot of comic books):
Superman: The World of Krypton.
http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/534...ofkryptona.jpg
Superman: The World of Smallville.
http://img545.imageshack.us/img545/2830/fctcep023.jpg
Superman: The World of Metropolis.
http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/1205/fctcep029.jpg
Superman's origin in The Man of Steel is my favorite modern age version, and is very easily accessible for a new comic book reader (although not in continuity with the current nu52 DC comic book version appearing in the monthly titles, but neither is Birthright. The Man of Steel was the official origin for decades).
http://img855.imageshack.us/img855/4332/img0005tvg.jpg
Amazing Heroes #96 (1986) explains a wealth of information about Superman, including an interview with John Byrne, Marv Wolfman and Andrew Helfer.
http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/2816/imguh.jpg
I recommend reading the original Superman run by creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in the Superman Chronicles volumes.
http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/5407/img0007mli.jpg
http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/4...iclesvolum.jpg
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http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/437...iclesvolum.jpg
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theMan-Bat 04-21-2013 08:39 AM

Re: What do you consider the best Superman stories?
 
My Superman recommendations continued:
The Superman Chronicles volumes.
http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/437...iclesvolum.jpg
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/4...iclesvolum.jpg
http://img856.imageshack.us/img856/1664/jan100306.jpg
http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/8...11900x1350.jpg
Superman Sunday Classics 1939-1943.
http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/5025/imglq.jpg
Superman: The Dailies 1939-1942.
http://img607.imageshack.us/img607/8...manthedail.jpg
Superman Archives volumes 5-8.
http://img812.imageshack.us/img812/1704/star10734.jpg
http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/5...vesvolume6.jpg
http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/8...vesvolume7.jpg
http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/1...44900x1350.jpg

theMan-Bat 04-21-2013 08:40 AM

Re: What do you consider the best Superman stories?
 
My Superman recommendations continued:
Superman in World's Finest Comics Archives volumes 1 and 2.
http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/9066/966603.jpg
http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/5...archivesvo.jpg
Superman in the Fifties.
http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/617/1548400x6001.jpg
The Superman Encyclopedic by Michael Fleisher is a great source of facts, tells a wealth of information about the Golden Age Superman and the Silver Age.
http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/9...lopediasup.jpg
Jimmy Olsen Adventures volumes.
http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/9411/img0031qj.jpg
http://img694.imageshack.us/img694/3892/img0032gk.jpg
Jack Kirby's Fourth World #20 (1998) "The Gods Themselves."
http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/1...w2000super.jpg
Legends of the DC Universe #14 (1999) "The American Evolution."
http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/7...rmanadvs29.jpg
Superman #247 (1971) "Must There Be a Superman?"
http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/7...puu1qbgo38.jpg

theMan-Bat 04-21-2013 08:42 AM

Re: What do you consider the best Superman stories?
 
My Superman recommendations continued:
DC Universe Illustrated by Neal Adams Volume 1 reprinting Superman #254 (1972) "The Baby Who Walked Through Walls!" and Action Comics #425 (1973) "The Short-Walk-to-Disaster Contract!" and the "Justice for All Includes Children" (1976) series public service advertisements by Neal Adams.
http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/9...73900x1350.jpg
http://img580.imageshack.us/img580/3...iverseillu.jpg
Kamandi #29 (1975) "The Legend."
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Superman vs. Muhammad Ali.
http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/9595/15006900x1350.jpg
DC Comics Presents #8 (1979) ""The Sixty Deaths of Solomon Grundy."
http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/719/img0006xdt.jpg
DC Comics Presents #61 (1983) "The Once-and-Future War!"
http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/5244/img0037bn.jpg
Adventures of Superman: Gil Kane, which reprints my favorite Brainiac stories.
http://img593.imageshack.us/img593/5...omics54501.jpg
http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/787/1266633.jpg
DC Comics Presents #84 (1985) "Give Me Power...Give Me Your World!"
http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/5...esents8400.jpg

theMan-Bat 04-21-2013 08:46 AM

Re: What do you consider the best Superman stories?
 
My Superman recommendations continued:
Super Powers (1985) six-issue series which will be reprinted by DC in Jack Kirby Omnibus volume 2.
http://img855.imageshack.us/img855/8219/892968.jpg
http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/1...owersvol22.jpg
http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/306...owersvol23.jpg
http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/104...owersvol24.jpg
http://img802.imageshack.us/img802/9408/spvol25.jpg
http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/174/spvol26ox.jpg
Superman: The Man of Steel volume 2.
http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/6326/manofsteelvol2a.jpg
Legends.
http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/8346/007692.jpg
Superman: The Man of Steel volumes 3 to 7.
http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/2...steelvol3a.jpg
http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/6963/3991400x600.jpg

theMan-Bat 04-21-2013 08:47 AM

Re: What do you consider the best Superman stories?
 
My Superman recommendations continued:
http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/8...l5a624x969.jpg
http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/5...l6a624x967.jpg
http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/9...steelvol7a.jpg
Lois and Clark, The New Adventures of Superman which reprints "Metropolis - 900 Mills" and many others, including an introduction by John Byrne.
http://img545.imageshack.us/img545/812/9157551.jpg
Superman: The Earth Stealers.
http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/1...thstealers.jpg
Action Comics #598 (1988) "Checkmate."
http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/9665/5981p.jpg
Adventures of Superman #429 (1988) "Tin Soldiers."
http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/413/avosm429gs.jpg
Superman #16 (1988) "He Only Laughs When I Hurt"
http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/3415/img0007lmi.jpg
Action Comics #599 (1988) "Element 126."
http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/6484/5991.jpg
Adventures of Superman #440 (1988) "The Hurrieder I Go."
http://img594.imageshack.us/img594/7...uperman440.jpg

theMan-Bat 04-21-2013 08:47 AM

Re: What do you consider the best Superman stories?
 
My Superman recommendations continued:
Action Comics #600 (1988) "Different Worlds," "True Love," "Games People Play," "A Friend in Need" and "The Darkness Where Madness Lies."
http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/1701/img0008vx.jpg
Superman #17 (1988) "Cries in the Night."
http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/2...permanv217.jpg
Superman #18 (1988) "Return to Krypton."
http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/8502/img0001ncb.jpg
Adventures of Superman #441 (1988) "The Tiny Terror of Tinseltown."
http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/8687/img0004op.jpg
Superman #19 (1988) "The Power That Failed!"
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Adventures of Superman #442 (1988) "Power Play."
http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/1430/img0009cd.jpg
Superman #20 (1988) "Doom in the Heartland!"
http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/1908/img0003ua.jpg
Adventures of Superman #443 (1988) "Prisoner of Conscience."
http://img845.imageshack.us/img845/3...uperman443.jpg
Superman #21 (1988) "You Can't Go Home Again!"
http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/840/img0002rx.jpg
Adventures of Superman #444 (1988) "Parallel Lives Meet at Infinity...."
http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/790...uperman444.jpg


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