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Superman for All Seasons Paperback – 26 Mar 2003

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; De Luxe collector's ed edition (26 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840231521
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840231526
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.3 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,401,511 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


"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"" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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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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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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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This is a look at Superman through the eyes of other, the human beings he effects, some positively and some (at least one) negatively.
It's set in a good old fashioned classic Man of Tomorrow back drop, a year is never given but is insisted. The story is for the most part dealt with in journalistic fashion from supporting characters, eg Pa Kent, Lana Lang, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, and the story goes on with how his exsistance makes them react.
I loved this and is a very welcome story to my collection, I'm a big fan of Loeb and Sale and I was really into their Batman series. I wouldn't say that it is essential reading for Superman, maybe essential Loeb and Sale. If I had to think of something that is a negative I would say that TIm Sale artwork is more suited to Batman than Superman.
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