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Jeph Loeb , Tim Sale , Bjarne Hansen
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1998 Superman (DC Comics)
Written by Jeph Loeb; Art by Tim Sale The catalyst for the Smallville television program, SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS is an emotional and insightful examination of Clark Kent's transformation from a powerful boy into a heroic man. Told through the course of four seasons in the Man of Steel's adolescent life, this coming-of-age tale humanizes the alien from another planet so that he is not only realistic but also relatable. Featuring indepth characterizations of Lana Lang, Lex Luthor, Lois Lane and the Kents, this groundbreaking story of a simple midwestern boy with awesome abilities illustrates that it is the man, not the powers, that make Clark Kent a hero.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: D C Comics (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563895293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563895296
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 16.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So potent is the Superman mythos, you would think that once Clark Kent donned the iconic costume, his unprejudiced morality and sense of Justice instantly fortified him. Is it possible that fears and self-doubts plagued the Man of Steel? Overwhelmed by the immensity of his self-proclaimed mission and the world's expectations? With Superman For All Seasons, the answer is given in the most beautiful, poetic fashion; exquisite proof of the depths that comics now regularly explore. By the story's end, we see a Superman forged by traditional values and tempered by raw experience of the harsh realities that will dog his extraordinary life and presence. A key character in Superman's life intimately narrates each of the four seasonal segments. From his father, the sorrow of losing his boy to his destiny; Lois Lane's infatuation for the hero who passes unnoticed as her colleague; a love story between Lex Luthor and Metropolis, with Superman as the adulterer; and Lana Lang's ode to a wistful childhood displaced by adult responsibility. From the pastoral beauty of Kansas to the sprawling urbanity of Metropolis, Loeb and Sale have not wasted one iota of this opportunity to explore Superman's genesis. Exceptional and overflowing with grace, this showcases a modern myth with purity and wonderment. --Danny Graydon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Combines the scope and pathos of a John Ford film with an intimate portrait of a super-hero. Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale have found a truly original apporach to tell a legendary story. This book is a milestone in the Superman canon."--Miles Millar and Alfred Gough Creators and Executive Producers of "Smallville"

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3.0 out of 5 stars Strong characterisation, poor story 16 Oct 2013
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Despite being a massive Superman fan, it's taken me a while to get to this book - which many readers put forward as one of the "must-read" Superman books - because it's written by Jeph Loeb. I really don't like Loeb's writing and his Batman stuff is among the most overrated garbage I've ever read. That said, I felt compelled to read this if only to say I have and can say with authority that it too is terrible - which is why I was pleasantly surprised with what I found with Superman For All Seasons. It's still not an amazing Superman read but, considering that I was expecting far worse from Loeb, this turned out to be a decent Superman book.

Right away the book is structured in a gimmicky four-part/four-seasons fashion for no real reason except that Loeb has some weird fascination with this kind of symmetry with time as seen in his most famous book, Batman: The Long Halloween, which is based around public holidays. Each of the four chapters are narrated by an important person in Superman's life though never by Superman himself - Jonathan Kent, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, and Lana Lang (lotta LL's in Superman's life).

First thing you're going to notice as it's on the cover is Superman's character design. Tim Sale's a decent artist but I'm sorry, this character design is just ridiculous. His face is too small for such a massive head, he looks by turns a cartoon character - in a comic! - or like Down's Syndrome Superman. I just don't understand his design, his body is too balloon-like, especially once he puts on the costume, to take seriously.

Like so many of Superman's books, this one is also concerned with retelling the character's origins: how he slowly discovered his powers, moved from Smallville to Metropolis, met Lois and Lex and became Superman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive version of a classic., 24 Oct 2003
By saurav
I should say here that I am not a comic book reader on a regular basis. This book took me by surprise. It made me realize what I loved about the Man of Steel when I was six years old and spent every penny I could beg from my dad on buying Superman comics. It made me realize, also, what Superman means to me now, thirty some-odd years later, and how there is still resonance and life for this great literary creation (and I'll back that up with detailed arguments if I have to) all these years since his creation.
Superman, here, is a man, and a man of conscience. His greatest power has never been his strength or his speed or his invulnerability. It has always been his conscience, his need to set things right, to save lives, to basically "do the right thing." In "Superman for All Seasons," his humanity and his
conscience are brought out and emphasized. It is easy to lose sight of those two attributes, and even DC has lost sight of them before. Not here. They are front and center, for your attention. And you should pay attention.
Loeb, Sale and Hanson put Superman/Clark Kent back in his roots, showing his life on the farm, his first love, and the tragedies and triumphs that make him who he is. He is not simply a "big blue boy scout" here. He is a man of conscience, and someone who broods a lot, and someone who doesn't have all the answers. But what he does have, he gives freely, and he does his absolute best at all times. Other readers have commented on the differences between Batman and Superman, but they all come down to this: Batman is motivated by vengeance. Superman is motivated by responsibility.Responsibility is underrated. Vengeance is more sexy, but what quality would you rather have in a fireman?
This is a "corny" story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loeb and Sale at their best 9 Feb 2006
I became a huge fan of Loeb and Sale since reading their wonderful noiresque work on Batman in The Long Haloween and it's sequel Dark Victory and upon hearing about this book was intrigued to find out their take on Krypton's last son.
Those seeking wall to wall action may be disappointed but make no mistake the depth of character, masterful storytelling and sumptuous artwork is guaranteed to keep you turning the pages.
Loeb and Sale succeed in doing what very few writers who tackle the character are able to do. Make Superman vulnerable and someone a reader can really relate to. It does this by helping us share Clark's growing pains and apprehensions about his powers and their implications (like Smallville but better).
The supporting cast are superbly fleshed out with Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, Lana lang and ol' Pa Jonathan Kent providing narratives for the corresponding seasons.
Despite the book's character driven montage there are some superb set pieces and action sequences and the artwork provides a silver age style nostalgia to a timeless Superman story.
And for this price whether or not to buy this book should not be an issue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime! 29 Aug 2013
A wonderful Superman tale by dynamic duo Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. It tells the story of Superman's first year in Metropolis through the eyes of various members of The Man of Steel's supporting cast. It has the usual Superhero stuff, but my favourite parts take part in Smallville-the writing and art conveys a sense of smalltown Americana. A must read for any Superman or comic book fan-highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More than just another retelling of the same old story.
A great hark back to simpler times and why it's important to acquire roots. Gorgeous artwork adds to the homely, warm feel of this book and sets it apart from the other superman... Read more
Published 14 months ago by P. Mack
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I have read alot of jeph loeb and tim sale batman graphic novels and there alway brilliant so fought i would see how they do with superman!
Published 15 months ago by Gazman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old Supes
This is a look at Superman through the eyes of other, the human beings he effects, some positively and some (at least one) negatively. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Christian
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant adolescent fable
I'm more of a Batman fan and when I got this out of the library I did so based on my love of Loeb & Sale's work in the Batman canon. However, this title did not disappoint. Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2010 by Mr. A. J. Mann
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty subtle and sparse
This is unlike usual Superman comics because it lacks intense plotting, heavyset morality, and striking iconography. Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2006 by P.Vineaux
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for what it is.
I bought this book due to great reviews and recomendations from fellow comic geeks.This book is very slowpaced and good for a quick read. Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2005 by "realrule"
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book. no question!
As a lifelong superman fan, this was great.Slightly different from the usual book and its a refreshing change. BUY IT and enjoy. Well worth the moola.
Published on 7 Sep 2004 by "eddshouse2"
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for all superman fans.
Following the exploits of a young Clarke Kent, this story follows how our young hero comes to terms with his powers,responsibilitys failures and success. Read more
Published on 9 July 2001 by A. Stasiak
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