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Glelas
May 15th, 2006, 06:52 AM
I want to experience the Superman mythos from the ground up. I am looking for comics or graphic novels that move His story forward. Not fluff - like the random super-villian reeking havoc. Do compilations exist, graphic novels? Doesn't matter if it is old or new. Even crossovers are fine if it adds to the Clark Kent/Superman story.

I have only read Superman Birthright and Kingdom Come.

Rob B
May 15th, 2006, 11:18 AM
Well, you've read two very good Superman stories already. I would pick up Superman Chronicles: Volume I (http://www.dccomics.com/graphic_novels/?gn=4697), which reprints the early Action Comics in which he appeared. You will find a very different Superman - he was more of a vigilante and couldn't fly.

Many people like the reboot origin from 1986 written and drawn by John Byrne: The Man of Steel (http://www.dccomics.com/graphic_novels/?gn=1576).

I would also suggest this one: DC UNIVERSE: THE STORIES OF ALAN MOORE (http://www.dccomics.com/graphic_novels/?gn=4713). First off, Alan Moore is a comics-God. Second, it contains two of the best Superman stories of all time Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow and For the Man Who has Everything.

Of course there is always The Death of Superman (http://www.dccomics.com/graphic_novels/?gn=1574). Not the greatest Superman story, but an important one nonetheless.

For a cool look at a Superman who landed in Soviet Russia, check out Superman: Red Son (http://www.dccomics.com/graphic_novels/?gn=1443)

Last, but not least, to read some of the Superman comics from the 1960s in affordable B&W reprints, check out Showcase Presents: Superman Volume I (http://www.dccomics.com/graphic_novels/?gn=4176)

I would also pick up the current issues of both Superman and Action Comics, Geoff Johns and Kurt Busiek are tellilng a very good story.

Glelas
May 15th, 2006, 12:52 PM
Well, you've read two very good Superman stories already. I would pick up Superman Chronicles: Volume I (http://www.dccomics.com/graphic_novels/?gn=4697), which reprints the early Action Comics in which he appeared. You will find a very different Superman - he was more of a vigilante and couldn't fly.

Many people like the reboot origin from 1986 written and drawn by John Byrne: The Man of Steel (http://www.dccomics.com/graphic_novels/?gn=1576).

I would also suggest this one: DC UNIVERSE: THE STORIES OF ALAN MOORE (http://www.dccomics.com/graphic_novels/?gn=4713). First off, Alan Moore is a comics-God. Second, it contains two of the best Superman stories of all time Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow and For the Man Who has Everything.

Of course there is always The Death of Superman (http://www.dccomics.com/graphic_novels/?gn=1574). Not the greatest Superman story, but an important one nonetheless.

For a cool look at a Superman who landed in Soviet Russia, check out Superman: Red Son (http://www.dccomics.com/graphic_novels/?gn=1443)

Last, but not least, to read some of the Superman comics from the 1960s in affordable B&W reprints, check out Showcase Presents: Superman Volume I (http://www.dccomics.com/graphic_novels/?gn=4176)

I would also pick up the current issues of both Superman and Action Comics, Geoff Johns and Kurt Busiek are tellilng a very good story.

thanks Rob...The Borders near me has 5 of the 6 you mentioned...Needless to say I will be grabbing them today...Thanks man.

kater
May 15th, 2006, 05:08 PM
I'd also add Superman: Exile, Superman: Til Death Do Us Part and the definitive Superman For All Seasons which I think is the best Superman gn around :)

Glelas
May 15th, 2006, 05:24 PM
I'd also add Superman: Exile, Superman: Til Death Do Us Part and the definitive Superman For All Seasons which I think is the best Superman gn around :)


A friend of mine recommended Superman For All Seasons. Will get the above also...thanks.

kater
May 15th, 2006, 05:32 PM
No probs the one thing you may find strange having read Birthright is that Superman for all seasons tells the early years differently, Birthright is based on the changes the series Smallville made to CK/Superman's origins so that may be worth bearing mind, lest it become mildly confusing. I think the other thing to say is that like any major character there is no clear path from first appearing to now, so there will invariably be some oddities from just reading the gn's that may irritate a bit :)

fluffy bunny
May 16th, 2006, 02:05 PM
Superman Graphic Novel's I'd take a look at:

Superman for All Seasons
Superman Red Son (once you become more familiar with the mythos - a lot of references to the Silver Age of Superman in here)
Kingdom Come
Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow (see comments by Superman Red Son)

Jeff Loeb did a good run in the Superman books starting with issue 151 (though the trades dilute this down by combining Action Comics, Superman, Adventures of Superman etc so for every decent issue you get 3 rubbish ones).

And check out the early JLA trades.

ArthurFrayn
May 30th, 2006, 11:23 AM
I second Kingdom Come as a good Supes graphic novel.There's seems to be an insightful distillation in that book, at least for me, of what Superman really is, and what he represents. The oversized Alex Ross vehicle written by Paul Dini: Supeman-Peace on Earth is a little more overwrought on the subject, but is still worth getting.

Superman has been around for so long, any core sample you get from his fictional career is interesting in how it reflects the changing times, and how his character altered in that context. It's all good as far as I'm concerned.

Glelas
July 6th, 2006, 08:59 PM
Ok, I read all of the above suggestions and then some...I will continue devouring Superman graphic novels. Every recommendation was better than the next. I even read Men of Tomorrow, as history of DC comics and comcis in general pretty good stuff. Since my taste for comics/graphic novels has not subsided I am now ready for Batman and the Justice League. You guys did me justice with Supes, I am hoping you guys can pull through with quality Batman and JL stuff.

Thanks in advance...

Oh yeah and any quality cross-over stuff also?

Rob B
July 6th, 2006, 09:12 PM
Batman has some good stories too..

The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland
Batman: Tales of the Demon (http://www.dccomics.com/graphic_novels/?gn=2710)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Batman: Year One