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The 75 Greatest Superman Stories of All-Time! Nominees #71-80

In celebration of Superman’s 75th anniversary on April 18th (Action Comics #1 came out on April 18, 1938), you’ll be voting for the Top 75 Superman Stories of All-Time. With such a big list, we can’t expect everyone to know all the best Superman stories over the years offhand, so we’ll be providing you a list of 100 nominees that you’ll be choosing from at the end of April 15th (basically, you’ll get 100 choices and then you’ll be putting them into order from #75-1). This is not the final list, these are just the stories that you’ll be voting on later on.

Here is the next batch of ten nominees (they are not in any particular order)!

71. “The Amazing Story of Superman-Red and Superman-Blue!” Superman Volume 1 #162

Leo Dorfman, Curt Swan and George Klein gave us this Silver Age classic where we see an Imaginary Story where Superman splits himself into two beings (one with a Blue costume and one with a Red costume) and effectively solves all of the world’s problems (plus finally solves the Lois Lane/Lana Lang dilemma by just marrying them both!). This later inspired a late 1990s storyline where Superman also split into two beings.

72. Crisis on Infinite Earths #1-12

The (temporary) end of the Multiverse, Crisis on Infinite Earths was a particularly important story for Superman, as the Golden Age Superman and Lois Lane left reality with this story and Superman saw his cousin Supergirl sacrifice herself to save her cousin. Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Dick Giordano and Jerry Ordway were the creative team on the series.

73. “Distant Thunder” Superman Adventures #3

This Eisner Award-nominated story by Scott McLoud, Rick Burchett and Terry Austin is centered around the fact that the Superman in this series knows little of his heritage, so when he has an orb containing the history of Krypton, it is quite dear to him. The problem is that Brainiac ALSO wants the orb! Superman must make a terrible choice to keep the orb away from Brainiac.

74. “Superman Under the Green Sun!” Superman #155

Superman ends up on a world with a green, resulting in a strange adventure as he loses his powers AND is blinded! Bill Finger, Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye were the creative team for this classic adventure. This is one of the most badass depictions of Superman you’ll ever see (especially for the Silver Age).

75. “Up, Up and Away!” Superman #650-653 and Action Comics #837-840

Kurt Busiek, Geoff Johns, Pete Woods and Renato Guedes re-launch the Superman titles “One Year Later” after the events of Infinite Crisis and 52. It is a delightful throwback tale with great art by Woods and Guedes.

76. “Of Thee I Sing” Hitman #34

Garth Ennis, John McCrea and Gary Leach tell this story of Tommy Monaghan, of all people, talking Superman out of feeling blue when Superman is going through one of the lowest points in his life. Ennis is not known for being a big fan of superheroes, but he clearly at least has an affinity for Superman a bit.

77. “The Last Days of Superman!” Superman #156

Edmond Hamilton, Curt Swan and George Klein go to the “Superman is dying” well with this classic Silver Age tale where Superman believes (erroneously) that he is dying from a rare Kryptonian virus. Supergirl gathers his allies to cross off the items on Superman’s proverbial bucket list.

78. DC One Million #1-4

In this epic time travel tale, Grant Morrison, Val Semeiks and Prentis Rollins have the Justice League of the 853rd Century come to our Earth to invite them into the future to celebrate the return of Superman Prime, who has been exiled inside the sun for 15,000 years. However, Vandal Savage and Solaris, a villain from the future, are trying to use this celebration as an attempt to destroy all their enemies, both in the present AND in the future! When Superman finally emerges from exile, though, things get a lot crazier.

79. “Superman Returns To Krypton!” Superman Volume 1 #61

Bill Finger and AL Plastino have Superman discover his origin for the very first time as he is also exposed to green kryptonite for the first time.

80. “If Superman Didn’t Exist…” Action Comics #554

Marv Wolfman and Gil Kane pay tribute to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster by having Vandal Savage manage it so that Superman is erased from history. Only two young boys (based on Siegel and Shuster, of course) know the truth and they do their best to create Superman to save the day.

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According to wikipedia Superman Adventures #3 was nominated for an eisner award, but didn’t win. Issues #11-12 (together as a single story) also received a nomination during the very same year, but neither actually won anything.

This is of course assuming that wikipedia is even accurate at all in this case.

Oh, did I say winning? I meant to just write nominated. Fixed!

The Crazed Spruce

April 16, 2013 at 2:11 am

I remember reading “If Superman Didn’t Exist…” years ago, way back when DC published those “Year’s Best Comic Stories” digests every year. Very underrated story, and a great tribute to Siegel and Shuster.

I expected Hitman to turn up sooner or later, although as Superman guest-appearances that give nice character insight go, I like Rick Veitch’s Swamp Thing #79 even better! (don’t expect to see it, though, unfortunately).

According to Paul Levitz, “Superman Under the Green Sun” was one of the biggest influences on “The Great Darkness Saga.”

Is “Under the Green Sun” reprinted anywhere?

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