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Superman: The Silver Age Newspaper Dailies Volume 1: 1959-1961 (Superman: the Silver Age Dailies) Hardcover – 13 Aug 2013

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (15 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613776667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613776667
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 29.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Williams on 29 Aug. 2013
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OK it's black and white, but leaving that aside it's a marvellous selection of the Superman newspaper strips of that period. The stories actually work better than I would have thought possible in the constricted daily format. This period is the one when I started to read DC comics, and it's a reminder of how different the comic world was then. You don't need an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things Superman to enjoy this book. It's beautifully drawn by Swan (and Wayne Boring) , and the stories are light and whimsical in the way that the comics of that era were made. Yes, the storylines may appear silly to modern readers, but to me that's a big part of their charm. Above all this book is entertaining, undemanding and enjoyable to read, which can't be said about a lot of current comics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. SPENCER on 11 April 2014
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This is a brilliant piece of work. I'm a massive fan of Jerry Siegel's writing and Curt Swan's art. There are some really cracking Superman stories in this volume especially the newspaper strip adaption of the 'Superman's return to Krypton' story. Can't wait for the next volume and I hope its as fantastic as this one! I reccomend this highly!
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By L Humphrey on 3 Jan. 2015
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A fascinating 'alternative' way to read the Superman adventures, from the syndicated newspaper comic-strips. Of course only in B&W, but you soon don't notice the lack of colour.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Great fun 7 Aug. 2013
By Gordon Bailey Jr. - Published on
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For anyone who grew up during this period and read comic books (like me), this impressively-produced collection will provide many hours of memories and nostalgic enjoyment. Just like the Superman comic books of that time, the storylines and artwork here are fanciful, intriguing, and yes goofy in places. They sometimes remind me of nothing so much as those cheesy but great science-fiction movies of the late 50's/early 60's.
Before comics got all serious and weird on us (and one can debate endlessly whether that was an improvement or not), we still had Superman saving the world and battling aliens as well as quite a few Superman wannabes (which seemed to be a favorite theme). Lois Lane figured prominently into the mix as well, and her on-again/off-again romance with him made me think of 'Grease' at times, so high-schoolish and innocent is their relationship.
Where I grew up, we didn't get the Superman comic strips in our local paper, so this volume is especially revelatory to me. Many thanks to all those involved, and for the shout-out. Good job!
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A MUST buy book forallsilver age superman fans 31 Aug. 2013
By David Jansen - Published on
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One can read these superman strips online,but,they are scanned from yellowed, torn 50 year or older strips, sometimes out of order. these all look as if shot from the original art.Curt Swan art, from 1958,in his prime! These strips, have never seen printing since the 1958-61 era,in the papers.Most of us even back then, didnt live in a city where the strip seen print.A lovely book.
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An Unexpected Surprise 9 Dec. 2013
By E. David Swan - Published on
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I’m a big fan of Superman and consider the Silver Age to be the funnest, most iconic period in the history of the Man of Steel. Between Superman, Action Comics, Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen and Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane, DC was cranking out gold several times a month. These stories aren’t for everyone but I love them and own most of the ones reprinted in the DC Showcase compendiums. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect with this collection of dailies but what I got was a surprise. Every single story in this collection is taken from a story that appeared in a comic book. Some stories came after the comic publication date, some during and some before. According to the books introduction all the stories were written for the comic books first regardless of what order the comics were released.

Of course I was disappointed that I had already read all the stories in this collection, right? Actually, no. As the introduction describes, these stories feel as if they arrived from a parallel Bizarro universe. Sometimes the comic books and the dailies are the same writer and sometimes they are rewritten but they rarely have the same artist. Even in the cases where they have the same artist they are always completely redrawn. One version might be done by Al Plastino and the other Curt Swan but both are legendary artists. The biggest difference is that the newspaper versions have more time to develop the story and as such they tend to be better.

When I opened this collection the first thing I noticed was how dirty the images were. I struggle with whether or not I should ding IDW for the image quality since apparently these really were lost stories and no one preserved the originals. I take it they had to cull through old newspapers to produce this collection which is one reason this is the first time these stories have ever been reproduced. When I compare the images from this collection and those in the DC Showcase they look far cleaner in Showcase. It’s like there is an artistic spark missing in the dailies that exists in the comic books and I’m not sure if it’s because the artists just didn’t feel as if the newspaper dailies required the same effort or maybe it’s just because the newspaper images are so muddy. It can’t be the quality of the artists because the same artists were doing both even though in most cases there is a switch on who draws the dailies and who draws the comic books.

Despite the fact that the image quality is dirty and the stories are retellings of existing stories I really did enjoy this collection. I’m a huge James Bond fan and this would almost be like finding a lost copy of Goldfinger except shot differently with a different director. I will definitely continue to get the series because it appeals to me as a big fan of the Silver Age Superman but I can understand that this collection may not be for everyone with the weak image quality and redone stories.
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Scholarly Approach Honors Important Material 21 Nov. 2013
By David Stager - Published on
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I truly appreciate the author's scholarly approach in presenting this material. He says the reason these strips have never been reprinted before is that DC didn't have them. He doesn't say how he was able to locate them and that doesn't matter because he's documented all the dates and story titles and artist, inker and writing credits comprehensively. This is just what you want in this kind of book. He even documents the details of the comics that inspired the stories in the strips. It's all there. As the author comments... It's like finding an alternate universe of silver age comics you never knew existed. Great job here. Marvel should have presented the Spider-Man newspaper strips by Stan Lee & John Romita like this. They didn't. But Superman by Curt Swan, Jerry Siegel, Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye on inks was done right. The cover look and feel is spot on. Making the extra effort for this volume distinguishes it from the pack.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Must for Silver Age Man of Steel Fans 1 Jan. 2014
By Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author - Published on
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This book reprints more than two years of Daily Superman Comic book strips from 1959-61.

All but one story in this book has been reprinted elsewhere in its comic book form, but this book invites us to read different cuts of these stories. Many of them were far more complete. One great example is the Ugly Superman Story where Lois' motives for falling in love with the homely wrestler and going by the nickname of the Ugly Superman are better explained and it's actually a much better story.

I've read several of these before and all that I recognized were the same or better than the comic book versions. These are stories when Superman was a lot more fun and fantastic. A few strip series used comic book tales from Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane, so there are a few Lois Lane stories in here. (But no Jimmy Olsen based ones for some reason.)

The first story in this book, "Earth's Super Idiot" was not from the comic books and was a fun tale of Superman having to humiliate himself for galactic film makers and find some way to turn the table. "Superman's Return to Krypton" is a classic story of the Man of Steel travelling back through time to pre-Destroyed Krypton and meeting his parents and falling in love, joyful to find a woman who loves him for himself and not his powers. The story has a very poignant ending.

I also loved "The Super Servant of Crime." Another big favorite was, "Superman's Billion Dollar Debt" where an IRS man tries to collect back taxes from Superman. I give credit to Superman Creator and strip writer Jerry Siegel for having this strip published not only during tax time but directly AFTER Superman saved the word from being conquered. And it turns out that the reason the agent's going after Superman is that he hasn't reviewed tax law carefully enough. That's the IRS for you.

Of course, the silver age wasn't without its problems. There was a little repetition. Perry White put himself in mysterious disguises not once but twice in this book. The last two stories featuring Lois Lane also had issues. "The Perfect Husband" has a really stupid and "convenient" ending. And "The Mad Woman of Metropolis" seemed to go too dark for DC's Silver Age with Lois Lane typing up a suicide note. If it was supposed to funny, the comedy didn't age well.

Still, these issues are overridden by the pure awesomeness of most of this book and this is a great new story for fans of the Man of Steel.
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