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Superman Chronicles Vol. 1 [Kindle Edition]

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Presenting an exciting new way to experience the rich history of the Man of Steel in an affordable trade paperback collection of every Superman adventure, in color, in chronological order!SUPERMAN CHRONICLES VOL. 1 reprints the earliest stories of the world's first super-hero, originally published in ACTION COMICS #1-13, NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR #1 and SUPERMAN #1 (1938-1939)! These historic tales feature the first adventures of the Man of Steel by Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Future volumes in this series will reprint stories from ACTION, SUPERMAN, WORLD'S FINEST and other titles throughout the character's history, all presented chronologically based on publication date!

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Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster are the undisputed creators of the Man of Steel, respectively writing and drawing his adventures from Action Comics No. 1 and on for several years. Both eventually moved on to create and write other characters, with Siegel working on The Spider and other British boys' comics, also creating the comic strip Funnyman with Shuster. Sadly, Shuster died in 1992, and Siegel in 1996. They will always be remembered, by comics lovers and Superman fans the world over.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 97656 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (18 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DE2N5KS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The REAL Superman 17 Dec 2007
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There's something very refreshing about this book. Each decade has spawned a different take on Superman. As the years roll by he's been depicted with ever-slicker artwork and more involved storylines, but this volume is where the Superman story began.

Yes, the artwork is crude, and yes the plots are basic, but there's a raw unfettered energy to the stories. Inspired by the movie heroes of the day, this early Superman is a no-nonsense tough guy, not the "boy scout" he'd later become. He fights racketeers and corrupt businessmen and throws them around with an almost sadistic enjoyment. Then in his alter-ego of Clark Kent he acts the part of an often spineless nerd. Lois Lane falls for Superman but she absolutely detests weak Clark Kent. She doesn't realize they're the same person because she never sees past the surface. This dichotomy has long been lost from the Superman comics, which is a shame as it was essential to the entire premise of the strip, and in execution was a far more sophisticated metaphor on relationships than often given credit for.

Treat yourselves to an affordable journey into the 1930s to see Superman from the very start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Start of Superman 18 May 2013
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i bought this item recently from Amazon and thought all round it was good but here are some pro's and con's:

1. first Superman tales brilliant for new readers at an affordable price
2. if your a massive fan of Superman you will like this
3. interesting plot ideas and scenarios
4. once you start reading a story you want to finish it
5. inside front cover it details the publication dates of comics books contained in this Superman trade papaerpack so helps reader know history easily

1. no links between the stories
2. very little backstory on Superman as a person and where he came from
3. no physical challenges for Superman
4. pretty predictable

i am new to comic books so unfortunately i am unable to make comparisons. i have read it all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early Superman 11 May 2014
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Very pleased will look forward to reading these early stories. I prefer the simpler drawings to the modern comics. Great!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chronicles of Superman Vol1 23 May 2010
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The article was in the condition stated, The graphics are a little iffy which reflects the time of the original publication. A must for those that follow the adventres of Superman, although there is not a lot mentioned about his arrival on Earth and his childhood. I am sure that the origins of Superman are out there somewhere
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4.0 out of 5 stars A MORE AFFORDABLE RE-PRINT FORMAT 6 Mar 2006
By Tim Janson - Published on
DC Comics re-printing of the earliest Superman adventures isn't a new idea. We've seen them numerous times over the years both in regular comic reprints, Famous First Editions Treasuries, as well as the Action Comics Archives. But in Superman Chronicles, DC gives readers a slight variation. Rather than just providing reprints of a particular title, the Chronicles will be re-printing Superman stories in chronological order as they first appeared beginning with Action Comics #1 back in 1938. Thus this volume goes in order of Action Comics numbers 1 through 12, then New York World's Fair #1, Action Comics #13, and finally concluding with Superman #1. Obviously the often re-printed Action Comics stories are at the front of the line in this first volume but that will change in the future editions.

If you haven't read these stories before this is a Superman who is very different in both powers and appearance than the one we know today. Early on Superman did not fly, but could merely leap up to an 1/8th of a mile. No real origin is presented other than a brief preface that Superman was found by some motorists and placed into an orphanage. No mention of ma & pa kent whatsoever... And it wasn't the Daily Planet where Clark Kent got his start as a reporter but the Daily Star. While Lois Lane was around from the beginning, to say her and Clark didn't quite get along at first is putting it mildly. Lois is downright nasty to Clark leading to a surprised exclamation by Clark when Lois actually says hello to him one day.

The villains early on are not exactly on the par of Lex Luthor, Brainiac, or Doomsday. Mostly Clark battles two-bit villains who are pretty indistinguishable from those that Batman may have fought. One may almost consider these early adventures mundane. In one, Clark goes up against a ruthless mine owner who refuses to improve the safety of his mines even after an accident traps several of his employees. Another story finds Clark impersonating a football player in order to bring down some gangsters who've hired thugs to purposely injure a rival teams best players.

One of the most humorous and most prophetic stories in the book is the one where a man shows up at the Daily Star claiming to be Superman's manager and saying he has the rights to license Superman's name for use in films or on products like bathing suits. One wonders if writer Jerry Siegel knew just how big Superman would become back in the late 30's, and how he would have to fight legal battles with DC over the character. Joe Shuster's art was a bit primitive even for the Golden Age and not on a par with others of the period like Kirby, Schomburg, Molduff, and Kubert. The real star, art-wise of these early issues of Action was cover artist Leo O' Mealia who contributes some dazzling covers. O' Mealia was an old pro who was perhaps best known for illustrating the Fu Manchu newspaper strip in the early 1930's. Kudos to DC for including all of these great covers.

One can question whether or not there's a need for these to be re-printed in chronological order. Continuity wasn't all that important back then and stories were rarely continued across different titles, but for those who have not read them it further preserves important comic book history. And on top of that, the soft cover format makes these far more affordable than the Archive editions.

Reviewed by Tim Janson
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for all comic fans! 10 Nov 2012
By WD Preece - Published on
I want to defend reprinting in chronological order. The Golden Age Superman is the most significant comic in history, and to watch the evolution of this character (at least until 1945 or so) is to watch the evolution of comic books themselves.

True, there is almost no continuity from story to story. But there is a definite continuity in terms of evolving the character, the art, and genre over the years. Nobody knew what a comic book was supposed to be, especially a superhero. Siegel and Shuster took certain elements of the pulps (which these early volumes read like: pulp stories), and certain elements of adventure comic strips (like Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers), and created an all-new genre. That evolution occurs in these pages.

The irony of Superman is that before WW2, certainly before Pearl Harbor, Superman is the symbol of the little man against the corrupt power structure in America. No, he doesn't challenge the system per se, just the evil people that it can produce. Remember, 1938 is steeped in the Great Depression and still conscious of the horrors of WW1 (among other societal problems and fears). The two greatest evils of that era were the corrupt big businessmen and the mafia. (Also throw in evil scientists and their killer gas! I think the Asian villain stereotypes like Fu Manchu had faded or began to wane by this time.) So Superman spends a fair bit of time dealing with these. But once WW2 starts, especially for America, Superman immediately grabs a flag and becomes a symbol of patriotism and the establishment. I don't think Superman again challenges an American status quo until the late '60/early 70s. (I'm not passing judgment on any of this. It's just how I see it happening.)

Another trend of early superhero comics is the utter lack of costumed supervillains. This is not a negative. This truly humanizes the character. It made him relatable because he cared about the problems regular people had. Plus, Superman's complete dominance really was the selling point. He needed no other superpowered characters to tell his story. Breaking steel bars and deflecting bullets were truly stupefying at this time. Kids loved just seeing him do that. Leaping over a tall building seems weak to us today, but kids everywhere marveled at the idea of jumping over a skyscraper. Forget Superman, the buildings themselves were marvels!

I've read Superman comics from virtually year of his existence. I love these early stories--despite any flaws or limitations--as much as any. And way more than the goofy stuff that dominates Superman stories (Kryptonite, Magic, and plot gimmicks) by the 1950s. My only caveat is that these reprinted comics were never intended to all be read at once. Comic fans know this, but new readers might not understand the difference between a graphic novel (one story) and a simple collection of stories.

I recommend this volume 100% and every volume in the series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect collection of the first Superman comics 30 Jan 2013
By M. Jackson - Published on
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The first 13 Superman stories given to the world in the 1930s. Interesting for it's stark, hard hitting, no nonsense plots and dialogue as for the old fashioned art work. Fun to read and simply and cleanly collected without flourish--just the comics do all the talking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where it all began 26 Jun 2011
By Kid Kyoto - Published on
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Superman was a hit almost from day one, selling not only millions of comics but quickly went on to star in radio shows, movie serials, TV shows, cartoons, movies and every other media under the sun.

And it all starts here. This volume reprints the very first Superman stories from 1938 - the Superman chapters from Action Comics 1-13, the New York World's Fair special and Superman #1, some of the rarest and most valuable comic books ever published.

The art is crude but serviceable, but the stories are surprisingly political. Rather than fighting super villains or aliens Superman spends more of his time taking on corrupt businessmen and politicians. In one early story he ends a war in Europe by kidnapping an arms maker and forcing him to fight in the trenches. After his experience he swears never to make weapons again. This is a Superman who takes on the real issues of his time, and while the solutions are simplistic his goals are a lot more impressive than stopping bank robbers or killer robots.

An early super villain, the Ultra Humanite, puts in a appearance but even his plot is centered around labor unrest rather than death rays.

This is a fascinating look into the history of American comics. politics and popular culture. I recommend it to anyone with an interest in those subjects.
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 2 May 2014
By Peter R Lippert - Published on
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Love the idea of being able to see the evolution of superman and society. Sincerely hope that the other issues of this series are speedily put on kindle.
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