The rich history of Superman places a burden on those who choose to sift through those 75 years of comics in search of identifying a finite batch of stories that define the character. Frankly, it is a fool’s errand that is guaranteed to rankle readers who have their own ideas about which Superman stories are must read, but that is part of the fun. So we have gone and done just that with an eye toward balance, historic significance, and good old fashioned quality.
Along the way, we hope that any missing tales don’t stand out like a beacon. With Superman’s 75 year history, an all inclusive list is difficult and impossible to narrow down to ten. What we hope to do is share these and maybe have you discover a few new tales or perspectives on the Last Son of Krypton that give new perspective on the hero.
Many call Superman a character that is often boring, over powered or impossible to relate to by those who haven’t looked deep enough into the character’s origins and his long journey from a scribble and a notion that fell out of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster‘s head. That is selling the story telling short. While the Man of Tomorrow is an orphaned alien from a distant world, he is a reflection of us, and has evolved with us for the last seven and a half decades.
The Superman “S” is the second most recognizable symbol in the world. He was the founding Father of the Superhero genre. A complex hero, an outcast, a Christ-like figure, a being comprised of unfathomable strength and virtue, a scared kid, a stoic old “man”, wounded, alone, a savior and someone who has been saved. Superman has been all of these things throughout his existence, and we hope that these stories demonstrate that, so without further ado, we present the Ten Superman Comics that Everyone Should Read. (more…)
All comic book movies have some sort of connection to a story arc, regardless of all the Hollywood effects and big budget movie stars attached to it. The Avengers had a loose connection to the formation of the super group and the Christopher Nolan Batman series drew from the influential Batman: Year One, The Long Halloween and No Man’s Land.
With Justice League screenwriter Will Beale looking to draw inspiration from a storyline he has years of them to work with, but according to do our good friends over at the Latino Review he’s already zeroed in on his pick.
“In a nutshell, plotwise, the three issue arc involves Darkseid planning the destruction of Earth by blasting it with a ray that’ll move Apokolips (Darkseid’s planet) into the Earth’s place.”
This little blurb refers to issues #183 to 185 of Justice League America, a storyline from the 1980s run by Gerry Conway and George Perez. Arguably, there are better storylines to work with, but many see Darkseid as a great introductory villain to serious players like Brainiac, Doomsday, or, dare I say it, Epoch the Lord of Time. I personally would cry foul on all this, but the Latino Review has an oddly strong track record of making the right calls when it comes to these comic book movies.
They do however also have a track record of being attached to a lot of the rumors that have been started in the past year. Remember the whole mess that came about from Ben Affleck being rumored to direct? Until there’s some further proof to the claim we’ll have to keep an open mind and well be sure to keep you updated.
Justice League is due out in theaters sometime in 2015.
(Welcome to Comics Rewind, a weekly column devoted to discovering – or re-discovering – great comics published some time in the past. Here you will find looks back at comics published in every era, from the Golden Age to the Modern Age, as well as retrospectives on the work of important comics writers, lists of “essential” comics, and evaluations of important works, as well as works worthy of a second look or a wider audience. Enjoy!)
SPOILERS! Those of you who’ve seen The Avengers at this point will understand why I’m approaching this book this week. It’s timely, don’t you think? The truth is I’ve never been as well-versed in the exploits of the Mad Titan Thanos as I’d like to be, and now I’ve got a nice opportunity to remedy that. There’s really no better place to start than The Infinity Gauntlet. It’s not the first Thanos story, but it is one of the biggest, and the set-up for the Infinity stories that follow. It’s also the story that set the Mad Titan up as one of the most formidable and epic-worthy villains in the Marvel Universe, and it’s a damn fine comic.
The costumes of DC Comics‘ New 52 caused quite an uproar among fans. Do you remember all the outrage over Wonder Woman putting on pants!? Pretty much across the board the new designs were panned, many saying the whole universe took a trip back to the 90s with these dated looking costumes.
Well, yesterday they revealed new costumes for the heroes of Earth-2; specifically Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman on the cover of Earth Two #1, and Power Girl and Huntress on the cover of World’s Finest #1. I’ll warn you, these might be difficult to look upon. I found elements to be quite disturbing.