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Superman: The Man of Steel Paperback – 15 Dec 1994

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (15 Dec. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852865695
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852865696
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 16.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,272,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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. A veteran of more than five decades in the comic-book field, Dick Giordano began his career as an artist for Charlton Comics in 1952 and became the company s editor-in-chief in 1965, launching the short-lived but well-remembered Action Heroes line. In 1967 he moved to DC for a three-year stint as editor and became part of a creative team that helped to change the face of comic books in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Together with writer Dennis O Neil and penciller Neal Adams, he helped to bring Batman back to his roots as a dark, brooding creature of the night and raise awareness of contemporary social issues through the adventures of Green Lantern and Green Arrow. The winner of numerous industry awards, Giordano later returned to DC and rose to the position of Vice President-Executive Editor before retiring in 1993 to once again pursue a full-time freelance career as a penciller and inker. He passed away on March 27, 2010." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Hard to believe , but Superman was the world's first recognised superhero -- back in 1938 , he was a true wonder , but in the intervening years , he kept gaining new powers to " up the ante " ; the situation got to ridiculous extremes , and Supes was so brilliant , it was virtually impossible to write stories in which he was truly challenged . Taking advantage of DC's CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS mini-series , which effectively rebooted the universe in 1985/6 , John Byrne was drafted in to revise the Superman legend , and a superb job it is too ; SEE Superman's home planet , the Kent family that provides his human grounding , his first meeting with the Batman , the enmity of Lex Luthor , and Clark's building relationship with Lois Lane ; not only is the book full of classic comic art , it also includes many small touches that enhance the character to the believable stage -- more MAN than SUPER , but still a hero ! A most pleasant read for an evening in , and steeped in the history of years gone by .
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Okay, I've been looking for an 'in' road to reading DC and thought the New 52 would be it. Boy was I wrong. Don't misunderstand me though, there are some great titles among them, but there still seems to be a whole bunch of back story I feel I'm missing. So finally I decided to go back to the first big shake up. The Crises on Infinite Earths event. It was big, it was confusing, with hundreds of characters I didn't know anything about. But you know what, it didn't matter, because by the end everything fitted into place and I had some routes for various characters and some solid leads to titles I could read. Man of Steel is one of them, and boy is it a great way to get into Superman comics for a newbie. Byrne's stories are well crafted and really help get you into the characters and events without too much exposition. Dick Giordano's art is crisp but warm and feel like a nod to the Christopher Reeve films. The selection of issues available here are a great introduction and include some brilliant 'firsts' such as: The first meeting with Lois Lane and the other Daily Planet staffers such as Perry White and Jimmy Olsen, that first fateful duel of wits with Lex Luther, an initial skirmish/Team-Up with Batman, the creation of Bizarro Superman and Clark's first clues to his true parentage. I think the final story is my favorite, this is because of the characterization of Lana Lang, Clark's treatment of her and how she has dealt with it really show Superman/Clark in a different light, he really isn't perfect and has made mistakes, the life Lana has lead since he left Smallville and ditched her is quite heartbreaking. If there is a misstep, it shows itself in the form of Lex Luther, there is just something a little off about the way he has been presented here. He doesn't quite fit the arch-Nemesis role yet, but this is only a very minor sour note in an excellent first act. I am most certainly looking forward to more in Vol. 2.
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As delightful as watching Superman The Movie, with better characters though. Luthor is, for the first time here, a ruthless business man & not a "small time" criminal & scientist. Works much better & makes him much darker. Lois Lane is terrific! A real no nonsense tough girl, a whirlwind of a character. Sadly Jimmy Olsen is hardly used & is the usual stereo type but Clark & Supes are more fleshed out & proper real characters! Lovely to have the Kents alive & well too. Making Clark's early years more grounded. They're a sweet couple too, bless 'em. Great to see Supe's first meeting with the Batman too! All in all, a simple, fun adventure series. But just who swiped Kal El's rocket ship?? Will have to buy the other volumes now to find out!!
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