Re: What was Mark Waid's issues with the 1986 retelling?
I don't believe what is said in one of the posts up above that Byrne's only vision for Superman came from the Reeves show and STM. Byrne had to have had more influences for his take than that. I always thought that he was influenced by the Fleischer toons (greatest cartoons of all time).
His quote is something like: "My Superman is basically the Jerry Seigel/Joe Shuster Superman mixed with the Fleischer Superman set in 1986."
Also, to be fair and objective here, a lot of what Byrne did was thought up by MARV WOLFMAN.
Jerry and Joe were gentlemen. Bob Kane was a thief and a glory-hound who was more concerned about profit and prestige. I cannot bring myself to believe the same things about Stan Lee in regards to his two main contributors, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. I'm inclined to believe Stan's version of events as he has usually been very willing to credit his co-conspirators, but the truth is because different versions of credit exists, we will never truly know.