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You Decide: Who is the Definitive Superman Writer?

In honor of Superman’s 75th Anniversary, we just did a poll on who you think is the definitive Superman writer of all-time. I went with pretty much every writer who had extensive runs on the character (plus writers who wrote especially notable shorter stories). Since I had to keep the list relatively short, I omitted the writers from the so-called “lost decade” of 1948-58. No offense to the fine work that Bill Woolfolk, Don Cameron, Alvin Schwartz and Bill Finger did in those years.

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How exactly are we defining the word “definitive” in this case? Are we using it literally (as in “the writer who best defined the character”) or are we just using it to mean “the best Superman writer”?

Where are Mark Waid and Joe Kelly? Surely Birthright and Action Comics #775 defined Superman more than anything Johns or Loeb wrote?

How exactly are we defining the word “definitive” in this case? Are we using it literally (as in “the writer who best defined the character”) or are we just using it to mean “the best Superman writer”?

Whatever you feel like.

We all know Morrison will win.

Siegel of course. Duh..what a weird poll.

(if it were silver age only, you could also toss in Binder)

Out of all the people in the world who know who Superman, almost NONE of them are aware of anything Morrison has done to “define” the character. Definitive isn’t the same as favorite, yo.

Jerry Ordway got my vote. Him and Roger Stern did great work on Superman after John Byrne’s run and they weren’t exactly left in an enviable position–Byrne had just had Superman murder three Kryptonians in cold blood after depowering them!

By the way, was that story with the Pocket Dimension Kryptonians why John Byrne left the Superman book? Seems like a good topic for Comic Book Legends Revealed.

@J’onn J’onzz — By the way, was that story with the Pocket Dimension Kryptonians why John Byrne left the Superman book?

What?

How exactly are we defining the word “definitive” in this case? Are we using it literally (as in “the writer who best defined the character”) or are we just using it to mean “the best Superman writer”?

This is a great question.

By the way, was that story with the Pocket Dimension Kryptonians why John Byrne left the Superman book? Seems like a good topic for Comic Book Legends Revealed.

While he had stories planned on for another year, I think he already had decided to leave before the Supergirl Saga came out.

John Byrne IMO is the definitive writer for Superman. And that’s only because he was the writer/ artist that brought me on board for the Superman myths and KEPT me there. In addition he was the cover artist for the legendary “Time Magazine: He’s 50″ cover. Had Superman even been on a Time cover before that?

After Byrne it would have to be Roger Stern, Dan Jurgens, and Geoff Johns.

Depends which era. Latter-day: Grant Morrison. Old-school: definitely, positively Martin Pasko.

PS And I notice you don’t even include Pasko on the list, so again, not valid.

PS And I notice you don’t even include Pasko on the list, so again, not valid.

Why should a writer who wouldn’t crack the top 20 be in a poll of the top 16?

Frankly, I’m baffled. CBR interviewed Martin Pasko for its work on Superman in the 70s, he was choosen to pen the seventies-one-shot-special and he’s not included. Meh. I wouldn’t have chosen him because I’m more on the Maggin/Bates line, but he absolutely deserved his place, here.

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