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Superman: Adventures of the Man of Steel [Paperback]

Paul Dini , Terry Austin , Rick Burchett , Sean McCloud , Brett Blevins
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24 July 1998 Superman
Mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent, Superman, has to convince the citizens of Metropolis that he is indeed a force for good when arch-villain Lex Luthor unleashes a terrifying robot-clone on the city. Superman has his work cut out to keep the city safe, and his true identity a secret.

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (24 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852869763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852869762
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 16.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,758,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
The first six issues of DC Comics' Superman Adventures from 1996 are collected as Superman: Adventures of the Man of Steel. These are excellent adventure stories for younger readers who are interested in the exploits of Superman and his supporting cast. The style of the artwork is heavily influenced by the animated TV / DVD series of DC Comics' superheroes, and so is likely to be familiar to readers. The stories are well-written with clear storylines, characterisation, and well-described action and problem solving situations.

#1 - "Men of Steel", 23pp - begins with Superman defeating a `terrorist' who has stolen a giant robotic suit of armour from Lex Luthor. However, Luthor has used cameras on the suit to record Superman's abilities, and he creates an android - an artificial human - which has copies of Superman's powers, and intends to use it to frame Superman for crimes, as Lex is jealous of Superman's fame. As this is the first story in a new series, we also get introduced to Clark Kent's fellow workers at the Daily Planet, where Clark has recently started work; the Metropolis police officers who will be working with Superman, as well as Clark's parents back in Smallville. We also get a big battle between Superman and the android disguised as Superman!

#2 - "Be careful what you wish for...", 22pp - begins with a young fan of Superman pretending to be in trouble to gain the attention of her hero. Unfortunately, one of Superman's foes - Metallo - overhears someone mistakenly describing her as Superman's `girlfriend', and kidnaps her in order to bring Superman to fight him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for the Superman Collector. 2 Sep 2001
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Being a Hardened "Cominc Book" Superman fan I didnt hold out to much hope for this book when I ordered it.Based on the recent animated TV series I was expecting something aimed towards a younger reader...However upon reading it I was suprised to find myself acctually enjoying it. The book is comprised of several short stories all of which link directly to the TV series. the art work is a pefect representation of the show as well..In hindsight, the book, though aimed at the younger fans of the TV show (who will love it) will only appeal to new readers or collectors of Superman memrobilia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scott McCloud Understands Comics! 28 Mar 2004
By Edmund Lau Kok Ming - Published on
This is Superman written by the man who wrote "Understanding Comics". Scott McCloud's storytelling is so clear and beautiful in this volume. It's almost like a real application of the principles he outlined in his book. And he does it all almost effortlessly to the envy of many comic creators.
The stories are set in Paul Dini's Animated continuity and it expands on many of the characters that we've previously encountered in the TV show (Metallo, Brainiac, etc.). The artwork by Rick Burchett, Ty Templeton, Terry Austin and Bret Blevins capture the dynamism and movement of the Animated Series. Almost like you were holding a "cartoon" on paper.
Read this volume to rediscover the charm of the Man of Steel. Then rush down to your local video store and rent all the Superman cartoons you can find!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top-of-the-line Superman Stories 11 Aug 2003
By Sam Thursday - Published on
As with the Batman Adventures books, this is one of the clearest and most charming depictions of the Man of Steel around. The stories are inventive and well-told, with neither the continuity clutter of the mainstream books nor the uneven artwork that plagues the larger titles from issue to issue. All the stories here are self-contained, and the excellent introductory issue by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm is topped again and again by the legendary Scott McCloud, whose clear writing style belies some of the cleverest plotlines in any Superman comic. The sure-footed and simple line art is the work of Rick Burchett from issue 2 onward, perfectly complementary to McCloud's scripts. The book itself is a pretty no-frills presentation on newsprint, but it does the job.
The best of the stories is the last - "Seonimod," a time-running-backwards story with Mr. Mxyzptlk, but then they're all pretty great.
Overall, an excellent choice for anyone who likes a good read, and a kid-friendly and clever introduction to The Man of Steel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superman: The Animated Series In Comics Form 20 May 2012
By GSD - Published on
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This collects the first few issues of the Superman Adventures comics magazine. As with the Batman Adventures books, this is based off of the animated cartoon. The stories are very well told by PAUL DINI (a master in the comics medium) and Scott McCloud. All stories here are self-contained. The stories do not come off as boring but rather like fun little vignettes that anyone can really enjoy. A great choice for anyone looking to expand on their Superman comics collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly poignant, excellent Superman stories 4 April 2013
By Jordan Cooper - Published on
I have long been on a quest to find as many of the comics based on the Bruce Timm animated series as I can. The other week I found this volume in a store and grabbed it.

I was really surprised how...incredibly great this is! Little touches like Superman seeing Krypton explode due to the light from the explosion only just now reaching visibility from Earth...that really floored me. Scott McCloud has an excellent grasp of the characters and seems very inspired, as if he has had all these Superman ideas for years and finally gets to pull them out.

The 6th and final story is a really creative backwards moving tale showing how Superman could prevent Metropolis from being destroyed by following a backwards domino trail of big to small inciting incidents, complete with reversed dialogue balloons and everything...Kind of mindblowing and original, one of the best Superman stories I have ever read.

I really wish this was in demand so that DC would release volume 2, and all future volumes in chronological order. I'd love to keep reading this run.
6 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fix the listing 28 April 2004
By Bill Stella - Published on
The listing for this title appears this way when viewed April 28, 2004: "Superman: Adventure of Man of Steel (D C Comic Graphic Novl by Paul Scott/Dinni McCloud (Author)"
The title of the book is "Superman: Adventures of the Man of Steel "
DC Comics is the publisher.
a "graphic novel" is a description of the kind of book it is and the kind of means of communication (some would say "the language", some "the medium") it uses.
the "Authors" are Paul Dini (not "Dinni") and Scott McCloud. They were the writers of the script and dialogue of different issues collected in this book. The artists, as best as I am able to determine without having the issue in front of me (I'm not at the moment where my comics are kept) are Terry Austin, Rick Burchett & Bret Blevins. Together, artists and writers (who sometimes are one and the same) are the creator of the story, based on characters other people created and which owned owned by the corporation TimeWarner, in Superman's / DC Comic's case.
And, yes, I think Superman creators Siegel, Shuster, several of the writers and artists who came after them (whenever relevant), and the corporation all ought to be credited, for posterity's sake.
But my primary reason for writing is to get to hire people who know enough about what they're doing to be able to catch the more than 8 errors in this listing. Most importantly, fix the listing so that McCloud & Dini are correctly credited. They deserve the respect.
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