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BYRNE JOHN John Byrne , VARIOUS , John Byrne
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14 Jan 2014 Superman: The Man of Steel (Book 8)
Superman's 1980s adventures continue in this eighth collection of stories from writer/artist John Byrne and others. This latest volume includes the introduction of the super-hero tracking government agency known as Checkmate, as well as appearances by Wonder Woman, Batman's foe Man-Bat, and others. Collects Action Comics #598-600, Superman #16-18, and Adventures of Superman #439-440.

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (14 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401243916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401243913
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 16.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in England and raised in Canada, John Byrne discovered super-heroes through" The""Adventures of Superman" on television. After studying at the Alberta College of Art and Design, he broke into comics first with Skywald and then at Charlton, where he created the character Rog-2000. Following his tenure at Charlton, Byrne moved to Marvel, where his acclaimed runs on "The Uncanny X-Men" and "The Fantastic Four" soon made him one of the most popular artists in the industry. In 1986 he came to DC to revamp Superman from the ground up, and since then he has gone on to draw and/or write every major character at both DC and Marvel.

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5.0 out of 5 stars great buy 21 Aug 2014
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Excellent collection of classic superman stories, a must for any superman fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eighties Era Superman! 19 Feb 2014
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This volume collects 8 issues of the superman titles released in February and March 1988. One of which being the extra sized Action Comics 600. The art in most of these volumes is by John Byrne. The volumes included are Action Comics 598-600, Superman 16-18 and Adventures of Superman 439 and 440.

This is the 8th volume of the series so far, so you should be warned that you are jumping into a larger overall story and there will be dangling plotlines. Supergirl crashes to earth at the end of the 2nd issue in the volume and we don't see her again, for instance.

I rank the issues highly, especially when viewed nostalgically as these are superman comics of my childhood, when characters like Gangbuster and Bibbo Bibbowski were regulars. There are some classic moments like Superman disguising himself as Batman, and Superman and Batman meeting up and each deducing each other's secret identity.

The only real downside here is the paper quality. It's cheap news print, like the kind used in the 80's. I would have preferred a higher quality even at a higher price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The REAL Superman 10 Mar 2014
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I just picked this up and I love it. So much better than the new 52 stuff we're getting now. Superman is Superman. Very easy to follow and just a lot of fun
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5.0 out of 5 stars 50th year celebration 7 Aug 2014
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I give 4 or 5 star ratings to each paperback in this series to indicate which volumes I prefer. And I'm mainly rating the Byrne content, whereas if I were to consider the material by other creators I *might* be giving a few of these 3-stars each.

Highlights here for me...
*Action 598- Checkmate. Superman encounters a new, American covert action agency, while trying to diffuse a hostage situation. The situation in the Middle East apparently reaches Metropolis! Here we see Byrne pencils with Ty Templeton inks- I wouldn't have recognized this as Byrne work if it weren't for the helpful credits. I still enjoyed the story despite the plain looking inks.
*Superman 16- introducing Prankster! A villain who looks like an Andrew Loomis caricature, he's the host of a kids TV show, and he's attacking Metroplolis with deadly silliness. This is all out fun, and my favorite issue here. Kesel's inks shine again.
*Action 599- Metal Men vs. Lex Luthor. A special issue penciled by Ross Andru, with figure inks by Byrne. The visuals look very loose & unrefined yet they have a certain charming quality that I like.
*Superman 17- the return of Silver Banshee. We learn more about her... and her family?! She has a great visual design that works great with the coloring of the 80's. She's strictly black & white, which is a look today's 3D colorists would likely spoil by adding shading & highlights.
*Action 600- celebrating Superman's 50th year. Wonder Woman & Superman have a 1st date, with Darkseid as a special guest! Pencils by Byrne, inks by George Perez- the inks are actually somewhat blurry looking yet I still enjoyed this issue.

The inks are all over the place in this paperback, with many varying contributions. I'm still greatly enjoying this, with Byrne & Kesel being my winning combination. People often say Superman is boring; I didn't feel any sense of this here! Byrne handles the character like a dream come true. I'm a *huge* fan of 80's comics, and Byrne's Superman run is to me a highlight of the decade. It's deservedly considered among his best-ever works, and I'm still clamoring for an omnibus or two. Get with it DC!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatness of the True Man of Steel 2 Feb 2014
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The Man of Steel graphic novels are by far the greatest stories of Superman throughout the 80's and in my opinion belong on the list of the best superman stories of all time. These stories are from the second series of Superman where Superman was rebooted from the original and came up with a whole new line of astonishing new stories about the greatest Superhero ever. I have the complete set of books Vol. 1-8 and can never stop putting these books down once I start reading them. Volume 8 is the latest addition to the TPB series and is just as great as the others with great art, story lines, and character study. If you are a real Superman fan you will love this novel as well as the other 7 volumes if you haven't read them already.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Byrne Superman 12 Feb 2014
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I was a big silver and bronze age Superman reader and I had always felt that the character kept getting better and better, so I was concerned when Crisis on Infinite Earths was done and a new direction was to be done with Superman. John Byrne came from Marvel and the Fantastic Four and contiuned to make Superman comics better. I am not as proud of the accomplishments of his successors, but I really liked what Byrne did!
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