I mostly enjoyed reading these old-fashioned Superman stories. They lack the plot complexity often expected from superhero stories nowadays, and yet, they are quite effective in entertaining us and making us laugh. We must consider that these tales are from a bygone era when society was young and naive about technology; when it had a childlike curiosity about outer space and other worlds; and when it was willing to laugh at simple gags as they often appear here. That is why these stories were popular and effective then. I love superhero stories and I am a Superman fan, thus, I enjoyed pretty much this volume.
This volume shows us an expansion of the Superman mythos: Superman's Kryptonian past, the constant threat of Green Kryptonite, the introduction to the City of Kandor, the presence of the Fortress of Solitude, the first appearance of Supergirl, a guest appearance of Krypto the Superdog, Lois Lane's eternal wish to become Mrs. Superman, and her eternal curiosity over Superman's true identity. Also an introduction to a new villain, Braniac, a revival of Bizarro, and a few appearances of Lex Luthor.
Otto Binder is the most prolific of writers (thanks to him we have the City of Kandor and Supergirl), followed by Jerry Coleman with 11 contributions, Bill Finger and Robert Bernstein providing 4 stories each, Jerry Siegel with 2 stories, and Alvin Schwartz with 1 story. Each writer added to the Superman mythos and a great sense of humor. These stories cracked me up. Perhaps there are a few stories that challenge our suspension of disbelief, but most stories in this collection show that complicated plots are unnecessary to create a great comic book.