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In honor of Superman’s 75th Anniversary, we put together a list of 100 nominees for the Greatest Superman Stories of All-Time. You all picked out your 75 favorites and put them in order! Here is the master list of your top 75 Greatest Superman Stories of All-Time!

75. “Supergirl From Krypton” Superman/Batman #8-12 (2004)

Jeph Loeb and Michael Turner introduced Kara Zor-El into the DC Universe for the first time Post-Crisis in this epic five-parter that sees young Kara arrive on Earth along with a whole boatload of Kryptonite. Batman doesn’t trust her and Wonder Woman trains her with the Amazons. Darkseid becomes interested in her and attempts to sway her to the, you know, dark side. Ultimately, she breaks free of his control and embraces the lifestyle of her older cousin and decides to become a new hero known as Supergirl.

74. “22 Stories in a Single Bound” Superman Adventures #41 (2000)

Mark Millar’s final issue of his run on Superman Adventures is a wonderfully clever collection of one-page stories drawn by a variety of artists (including Darwyn Cooke!).

73. “Phantom Zone: The Final Chapter” DC Comics Presents #97 (1986)

This story by Steve Gerber, Rick Veitch and Bob Smith served as both a sequel to Gerber’s Phantom Zone mini-series as well as the conclusion to the Pre-Crisis Superman. This story gave a fascinating origin for the Phantom Zone (Jor-El originally planned on using the Phantom Zone as a place where the people of Krypton could go to survive the explosion of Krypton) as well as a “everything goes crazy” second half of the story as Bizarro World is destroyed and the Phantom Zone villains take control of Mister Mxyzptlk to take the fight to Superman one last time.

72. “The Mightiest Team in the World!” Superman #76 (1952)

Edmond Hamilton, Curt Swan, John Fischetti and Stan Kaye made the historic decision to not only have Superman and Batman team-up for the first time (outside the JSA and the Superman radio show) but to also learn each other’s secret identity!

71. “The Cosmos-Quaking Origins of The New Luthor And Brainiac!” Action Comics #544 (1983)

Both creative teams of the Superman titles at the time, Cary Bates, Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson and Marv Wolfman and Gil Kane celebrate the 45th anniversary of Superman by revamping Superman’s two deadliest foes, Lex Luthor and Brainiac. The former gets a new battle suit while the latter is completely changed into a robotic visage.

70. “Mighty One” Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth #29 (1975)

Jack Kirby (with plotting by Steve Sherman) tells this fascinating story of how Superman still inspires people even after the APOCALYPSE and he is long dead.

69. “The Miraculous Return of Jonathan Kent” Action Comics #507-508 (1980)

Cary Bates, Curt Swan and Frank Chiaramonte shocked the comics world by seemingly having Jonathan Kent return to Superman’s life. Remember, this was before the Man of Steel reboot made the Kents a regular part of Superman’s life, so this was quite out of the ordinary. It was a very touching story, examining just how much of an impact the Kents had on Superman but also how much he meant to THEM. The way the story finished was quite clever, as well, I thought, as we learn that Jonathan had made a wish years earlier to one day see his son as an adult. So some aliens made it come true. Sadly, the visit had a time limit and no one else remembered what happened once Jonathan returned to the afterlife.

68. Speeding Bullets (1993)

J.M. DeMatteis and Eduardo Barreto ask the question, “What if Kal-El was adopted by the Waynes and raised as their son and then watched his parents die in front of him just like Bruce Waye?” The answer likely would not surprise you, but the execution of the answer is still very impressive comic book work.

67. “How Superman Would End The War” Look Magazine February 27, 1940

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Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster clearly took a look of glee out of showing how Superman would end World War II in the time before the United States entered the war. Their solution was bizarre but certainly memorable!

66. “The Girl in Superman’s Past” Superman #129 (1959)

Make sure that your heartstrings are in good shape before reading this Bill Finger, Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye classic tale of Superman’s first adult love, the mermaid Lori Lemaris. It is a brutal tale of two lovers separated by, well, you know, one being a dude and one being a mermaid.

65. “Absolute Power” Superman/Batman #14-18 (2004-05)

In this storyline, written by Jeph Loeb with artwork by Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino, a group of mysterious time-traveling villains (hint: they’re featured in another story in this section) go back in time and essentially adopt Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne when they are children. They raise them to be the rulers of the world and that’s where we find ourselves when the series begins, Superman and Batman rule the world with an iron fist. A small group of rebels try to take on Superman and Batman, but can they possibly match up against the World’s Finest tyrants? And even if they get through to them and make them realize the error of their ways, how can they possibly turn things back to the way they belong?

64. “The Living Legends of Superman” Superman #400 (1984)

Elliot S! Maggin teamed up with a variety of top-notch artists (Joe Orlando, Al Williamson, Frank Miller, Marshall Rogers and Terry Austin, Wendy Pini, Mike Kaluta and Kelly Adler and Klaus Janson) to tell a variety of short stories where people reflect on what Superman means to them. It begins in the present and slowly goes further and further into the future until we get the point where Superman has basically become a religion. Fascinating stuff. I especially like the one bit where two college professors in the future debate whether Superman ever actually existed.

63. “The Team of Luthor and Brainiac!” Superman Volume 1 #167 (1963)

Edmond Hamilton (from a plot by a young Cary Bates), Curt Swan and George Klein deliver the first team-up between Superman’s most notorious rogues. The Luthor/Brainiac team would be a major recurring threat in Superman stories for years to come.

62. “The Last Days of Superman!” Superman #156 (1962)

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.

61. “Emperor Joker” Superman Volume 2 #160-161, Adventures of Superman #582-583, Superman: The Man of Steel #104-105, Action Comic #769-770 and Superman: Emperor Joker #1 (2000)

In this crossover, the Joker usurps the power of Mr. Mxyzptlk and uses it to do…well, some really bad things. Superman is able to fight off Joker’s warped view of the universe and then he and his allies must find a way to stop the now-ominipotent Joker. The story was by Jeph Loeb, Joe Kelly, J.M. DeMatteis and Mark Schultz with artwork by Ed McGuinness, Kano, Doug Mahnke and many more artists.

60. “The Battle with Bizarro!” Action Comics #254 (1959)

Otto Binder and Al Plastino transfer the Bizarro concept to the Superman titles (after first debuting in the pages of Superboy) as Lex Luthor uses the duplication machine to create Bizarro. Bizarro quickly falls in love with Lois Lane. Bizarro quickly became a very popular part of the Superman mythos, even gaining his own WORLD!

59. Superman Earth One (2010)

J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis reboot Superman for a new generation, as we see a young man with great powers struggling to find a place in this world to use those powers. It definitely evokes classic Marvel-style adventures as young Clark learns that with great power comes great responsibility.

58. It’s a Bird… (2004)

This one is a bit of a stretch as a “Superman” story, but I think it works. This brilliant work by Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen is based on Seagle’s own experiences writing the ongoing Superman comic for a brief time in 2003. In this story, “Steve” initially turns down the assignment, feeling that he cannot relate to Superman. As the story goes on, though, and Steve deals with a number of dramatic issues in his own life, mostly his father’s disappearance, his worries over his family’s history with Huntington’s Disease and his girlfriend’s desire to have children, he sees how Superman, or at least the various ideas that Superman represents DOES relate very much to his life. Kristiansen depicts each of these different takes on Superman in a variety of artistic approaches. This is a striking work of comic art.

57. “Camelot Falls” Superman #654-658, 662-664, 667 and Superman Annual #13 (2006-07)

Kurt Busiek’s run on Superman began with a touching story with Clark and Lois celebrating a cute anniversary. It is a strong examination of how hard it is to have a marriage when one of the couple is, you know, SUPERMAN. Similarly, Busiek does a wonderful job re-introducing Lana Lang into the cast as the new CEO of Lexcorp. The strange nature of having a relationship with Superman is born out with Superman’s interactions with Lana. There is so much unsaid in their interactions, as she can’t reveal to him that she still has feelings for him, but at the same time, Superman can read her like a book easily but he doesn’t know how to handle things. The main conflict of the arc is when Superman is told of a great tragedy that is coming – if Superman and the world’s heroes fight it off, it will only grow in power and wipe EVERYone out. If he lets it attack now when it is weaker, millions will die NOW but more will live in the future. So what do you do? That’s just one of the fascinating questions that arises during Busiek’s run (another is the age old question of Nature versus Nurture when Superman meets a super-powered being who had almost the polar opposite of Superman’s childhood). The artwork is by Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino and it is excellent.

56. “The Origin of Superman!” Superman #53 (1948)

Bill Finger put together all the various aspects of Superman’s origin that we had learned over the years to provide the first cohesive origin of Superman (although while omitting his time as Superboy for some reason). The art was by Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye.

55. “The Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite” Superman Volume 2 #49-50, Adventures of Superman #472 and Action Comics #659 (1990)

Mr. Mxyzptlk gives Lex Luthor red Kryptonite, which Lex uses to cause havoc with Superman’s life. The biggest development in this story, though, is that Clark proposes to Lois! Jerry Ordway, Dan Jurgens and Roger Stern wrote it, with art by Ordway, Jurgens, Art Thibert, Bob McLeod, Brett Breeding and Dennis Janke.

54. “Superman Returns To Krypton!” Superman Volume 1 #61 (1949)

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.

53. Superman: The Wedding Album #1 (1996)

All the then-regular writers on the Superman titles (Dan Jurgens, Louise Simonson, David Michelinie, Karl Kesel and Roger Stern) combine with an all-star lineup of Superman artists from the past and present (Gil Kane, John Byrne, Stuart Immonen and much, much more!) to finally tell the wedding of Clark Kent and Lois Lane!

52. “If Superman Didn’t Exist…” Action Comics #554 (1984)

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.

51. “The Einstein Connection!” Superman #416 (1985)

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Superman and Lex Luthor share a surprisingly touching moment together when Superman realizes why Luthor keeps committing odd crimes on the same date every year, March 16th. Elliot S! Maggin wrote it and Curt Swan and Al Williamson drew it.

Go to the next page for #50-26!

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legion of 3 worlds is definetely missing. enough supermen in there to call it more a superman tale.

It’s funny how in the top 10 only 3 were in post-Crisis chronology, 1 was in pre-Crisis, and the rest are Elseworlds or such.

Good list.

Happy to say I have most of these in some form or other. Superman #199 is falling apart but I still paid through the nose just to have my hands on a copy, and I have all the other Superman-Flash races. My personal list has Birthright cracking the top ten (For All Seasons is good but falls apart after the first issue), anything with Crisis in the title is dropped to below 25, and I honestly hated Secret Origin. Only Geoff Johns could make me want to burn my Gary Frank comics. I’d have ranked Secret Identity higher, but I’m satisfied with where it is since it was all done with voting.

If there’s one book in all of this that I insist people find and read, It’s A Bird is shockingly brutal and honest and stands alone in this group as a must read even if you don’t have to live with a genetic time bomb. The essence of the book is a pure understanding of Superman beyond punching robots and radioactive apes.

I disagree with the order of the Death and Return trilogy on this list. The Doomsday arc was clearly the weakest part of the event, and really was only the macguffin.

Ermol7, great observation. I was even thinking recently how Superman, probably more so than any other comic book hero, works great when not confined to a set continuity, and I say that as a continuity FREAK. I just think that given his mythological qualities- Krypton, amazing powers, adoption by a foreign people, being raised with the highest ideals and thus being a role model to all others, etc- I think he works great when the stories are outside the day-to-day grind. He works well in continuity, as well (loved Infinite Crisis, for example), but Clark Kent is not and never should be Peter Parker. Nor is his universe the Marvel Universe.

I’m surprised that I have owned or read nearly 30 of these.
I don’t even consider myself a ‘Superman ‘ guy.
I’m a ‘Batman’ guy.

Batman is for teen-agers.

mckracken,

Actually, Batman is for intelligences.

Right, Stephen C?

I’ve read almost all of these. WOW. O.O

Read them all.

I’ve read 56 of them, and own almost all of those 56. Yow!

Um, where’s Action Comics #1? Was that even an option? If so, truly strange to see it nowhere on the list!

There’s a convention coming up in my area next month. This list will destroy my wallet.

Action Comics 1 (& 2) was an option but apparently it didn’t get enough votes to crack the top 75, ending up somewhere from 76-100.

The original Action Comics story not making the list is the biggest surprise.

All-Star Superman not being at the top is…weird. I mean, I like Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow and For The MAn Who Has Everything too, but neither is better than All-Star. Though yes, WHTTMOT is the superior Alan Moore story.

what about doomsday: hunter\ prey. i know its more of a doomsday origin and superman had that terrible long hair but it was really a fun read

Too much Johns crap on this list. Secret Origin and Last Son were awful. The will admit the other 2 arcs weren’t bad though.

Final Crisis is another shocker. Superman isn’t even really in it. He leaves at the start of issue #2 and comes back in issue #6 to pick up Batman’s dead body.

Think I might have to check out most of the 80′s and 90′s stuff on here (The Supergirl Saga and The Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite look good). The Superman output these days is so bad (Tony Daniel and Lobdell) or expensive (32 pgs for $5?!? WTF is right?!?), that I need some good stories to read.

I highly recommend people check out the full runs of Joe Kelly and Mark Schultz. Fun stories, nice art and (shock horror!?!) Many done in one stories!!! Lots of bang for your buck! :)

way too few golden age on this list.

get out there and read the archives people, Superman not being such a pussy makes for a great read.

The original Action Comics story not making the list is the biggest surprise.

Yeah, people really didn’t go for the Golden Age stuff. I dunno if Action #1-2 was even #76! I think it was, though.

Really? “Death of Superman” better than “Funeral for a Friend”??? I’m agree with the first 5 places in this list, but “Funeral for a Friend” could be at the top ten, while “Death of the Superman” even would be able to be outside of the list.

This list reads as if it were compiled by those with a casual indifference to Superman. I’d be shocked if the majority of voters have skimmed more than a couple dozen Superman comics given that only one of the first 15 stories tossed onto this list was published prior to 1985.

The list itself is great, but I’m always somewhat taken aback by the high regard for Birthright. I read it, and it seemed dull and cold to me. Still, I think there must be something to it because it’s often among the best, so I’m going to give it another go. That said, I love both Man of Steel and Secret Origin.

Incidentally, I’ve read all of these stories, and that makes me feel old.

I’m with those who believe “Funeral for a Friend” is a stronger story than “The Death of Superman.” “Funeral…” clearly delineates the significance of Superman to his supporting cast, the DC Universe, and the readers.

Excellent list! I even have some of these masterpieces, despite I’m absolutely bias to the BATMAN (seriously, I like how Jeph Loeb concocted tales with these super contradictions in comics history).

Mou,

I had the opposite reaction; I thought Birthright had a stronger emotional core and found Man of Steel boring. To each his own.

Good list! I don’t like all the stories here, but most of them are great reads.

Birthright had two HUGE problems: 1) A SUPERMAN COMIC IS NOT AN APPROPRIATE PLATFORM FOR POLITICAL VIEWS, and 2) Waid’s portrayal of the cast was more caricaturization than characterization. He reduced the characters (Clark in particular) to cartoonish versions of themselves and they felt very artificial. Mou is 100% right about the arc being “cold”. Byrne’s Man of Steel was much more human, and much more real, if only emotionally speaking.

Otherwise it was an entertaining action comic that should have lasted six issues TOPS but went on for twelve. If someone had taken an editorial chainsaw to that thing and hacked off the first few issues entirely + truncated that last half where he fights Luthor then it would have MASSIVELY improved the whole thing.

@ Dennis: Does it matter? Over 26 titles on here were published before that time period, which is embarrassing to be honest. That’s way too many considering DC has probably published more comics post-COIE than pre-COIE. Honestly it lends credence to the fact that Superman is a relic, something I don’t necessarily believe in.

@ James: There’s *nothing* wrong with Secret Origin. Last Son was boring, but that’s because I’m tired of Zod. But if there’s a bunch of Johns stuff on here, it’s because he gets Superman. Not on the level that Waid or Morrison does, but he really does understand the character. People liked his Brainiac and LOSH arcs for a reason.

Not a bad list. Take out the Johns and Loeb stuff and it’s pretty great. I have a special fondness for the early Siegel/Shuster socialist Superman myself, and it’s too bad none of it is here. I don’t know what issue it is, but there’s an early story where Supes tears down a slum and forces the government to build new housing for the poor. It’s a perfect illustration of what the character was originally all about and I would have voted for it. Just two comments above me someone is complaining that Superman comics aren’t an “appropriate platform for political views,” which is absolutely hilarious, because originally that’s all they were.

Another story I really like is “The Key to Fort Superman.” Granted, the solution to the central mystery makes no sense, but it’s a fun twist and a great tour of the Fortress of Solitude.

@Turd Burglar,

irritant said it before me: Superman started out as a politically-charged character. I don’t want comics to turn into political screeds, but I have no problem with a writer exploring how Superman would interact with the real world (unless we’re talking “Grounded,” DC Decisions, or another story that fails at the level of craft). I liked how Waid had Clark Kent go out and try to do good in a war-torn region. If your lead character is extremely powerful and has an unshakably good moral compass, that action makes sense. I still want the fantasy element, but it bothers me how super-hero comics can completely ignore the real world for fear of upsetting a political group.

Two stories that should be included.
DC Comics Presents #59. Superman teams up with the Legion of Substitute Heroes, to hunt down Ambush bug. Kurt Schaffenberger’s inks over Keith Griffen’s pencils, perfect combination.

Action Comics Annual Vol 1#1. Superman teams up with Batman to find a vampire. Great story by John Byrne and amazing art by Art Adams.

@irritant — Superman comics aren’t an “appropriate platform for political views,” which is absolutely hilarious, because originally that’s all they were.

Bullshit.

@Mike Loughlin — Superman started out as a politically-charged character.

No he didn’t.

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Uh, hate to burst your bubble, Turd, but Superman was politically charged almost from the get-go. According to your mindset, a huge swath of this list should be invalidated simply because the stories are political in nature. All the Moore stories are political, as is “What’s So Funny…”, the Look magazine piece, Red Son, and others. Anyone whose motto is “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” is inherently political, as is much good literature in general. What else would you prefer be left out of Superman? Science? Philosophy? History? If you want your Superman divested of the real world, watch Superfriends. No politics, there. No stories worth telling, either.

Great list!

“Bullshit”
“No he didn’t”

Cogent arguments. Kudos.

Pretty decent list. I’d have added SUPERMAN VS. SHAZAM, SUPERMAN VS. WONDER WOMAN (’cause I like BIG comics!), the DC COMICS PRESENTS issues (forget the issue numbers) by Jim Starlin and Len Wein that introduced Mongul and Elliot Maggin’s novels LAST SON OF KRYPTON and MIRACLE MONDAY.

@Turd Burglar,

From wikipedia:

“In the early stories, Superman is the only science-fiction element. He is described as the champion of the helpless and the oppressed, and he combats real-world social evils: munitions manufacturers, dangerous conditions in mines and a hit-and-run drunk driver (in Superman #1), rigged prize fights and corrupt businessmen (in Superman #2), child abusers and wife beaters (in Superman #3) and crooked cops and politicians (in Superman #7).”

I know wikipedia isn’t always reliable, but I don’t have the Superman Chronicles in front of me. Fighting for causes and oppressed people are political acts. It makes sense that Waid incorporated such elements into Birthright.

brian, when you say “Casey’s run was great, but it has never even been collected” it makes me want to hunt down some issues (since i only have collected editions). could you recommend specific arcs?

” Fighting for causes and oppressed people are political acts. It makes sense that Waid incorporated such elements into Birthright.”

I disagree… I think fighting for causes and oppressed peoples are humanitarian acts. He wasn’t fighting for a political ideal, he was fighting to end human suffering. All the more poignant considering he isn’t human.

I’ve never understood people’s affinity for “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow.” Essentially the story’s premise is that finally the villains got serious, so Superman gave up.

@mrclam Everyone is keen on politics in stories to “enrich” them…until they’re politics they don’t agree with. Then they freak out.

hat i remember a old superman story i read when i was very young. clark kent/superman has the perfect girlfriend and lover but she is shown at the end as being only a figment of his own imagination. I dont know the issue number nor the time line. Does anyone else know?

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Call me weird but I think every Superman comic past 1965ish is either superfluous, a homage, missing the point or simply not good.

You’re missing Action Comics Annual #3 (2001), part of the Armageddon 2001 tie-ins … when Waverider sees a future in which Superman becomes President of the US

“Call me weird but I think every Superman comic past 1965ish is either superfluous, a homage, missing the point or simply not good.”

Wow.

Just…wow.

Weird is not exactly the word I’d use.

Anyway, the list is OK for the most part,. My two cents:
> There is a lot of mediocre stuff here from the past 20 years – stories from Johns, Busiek, and Waid particularly (Kingdom Come gets a pass). Also those stories of the death and undeath of Superman is packed full of filler and boring side character stuff. I think people are being nostalgic. The concepts of what happened there was good to great, but not THAT good to great.
>I disagree that Final Crisis/Superman Beyond can’t be separated. They both have different villains with different story arcs and you can read Beyond with no knowledge of Final Crisis and it stands on it’s own (a great story too).
>I think the Top 3 are pretty much all tied for the top spot. Interesting to observe that each of them is telling a different type of (never)ending for Superman
>Hitman #23 needs to be in the Top 10. It probably isn’t higher because of not being read outside of Hitman fans. Is it in any collected Superman editions?
>As much as I love Morrison, his JLA especially, JLA #7-8 it’s not a Superman story. Superman wrestling Azmodel is a moment and Superman’s struggle with his icon status is a subplot at best.

I choke up just thinking about Lana’s last words: “Nobody loved him better than us. Nobody!”

I choke up just thinking about Lana’s last words: “Nobody loved him better than us. Nobody!”

Right? SO GOOD!!!

I have to say, I was rather disappointed with Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? and For The Man Who Has Everything: they were interesting reads, but I feel far from Moore’s best work. I’d place Kingdom Come and definitely All-Star Superman (THE best Superman story I’ve ever read) above them, personally. Maybe even Red Son, actually.

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I’m shocked All-Star Superman didn’t top the list and I certainly think it should…good list though.

So political, this list has things that shouldn’t even be there. Did Loeb, Morrison, and the stupid “52″ people pay you to make this list? The Death & Return of Superman with Kingdom Come should fillup like the entire top 20! “For All Seasons”?!? Give me a break!

Superman grounded is missing well at lest the first part. of the sereis was great.

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d'originalpeaks

August 11, 2013 at 7:11 pm

“Secret Origin” and “Last Son” shouldn’t be so high on the list, IMO.

Birthright, is wayyy too high, as well.

I question whether “Emperor Joker” and “For All Seasons” should be on the list at all.

Other than that, great list

Very good list. Only adding: while omitting his time as Superboy for some reason (#54): The reason is: Superboy was not canonical in Superman chronology until Bizarro, who was a Superboy enemy, appear in his adult life as Superman. Superboy begun as a “child play”, in the lack of a better expression. Readers in that age seemingly taken the chronology with no seriousness. “Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite” was a unnecessary story, in my opinion.

Superman Vol1 158 should be on this list. Great silver age 3 part story of Superman and Jimmy Olsen’s adventure in Kandor as Nightwing and Flamebird.

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was somehow satisfied with her identity. goes wrong irrespective of who caused it,
the woman hopes you would be there to guide her steps, or what else
do you think is taking responsibility.

Dc Comics presents #85 is such a beautiful story!

I really like the contrast between Birthright and Man of Steel on this list.

“13. Superman Birthright #1-12 (2003-04)

“Mark Waid, Leinil Yu and Gerry Alanguilan retold Superman’s origin in a fascinating combination of various Superman origin stories of the past. I especially love Waid’s tributes to Elliot S! Maggin’s stories.”

That’s a just matter-of-factly recap. “So yeah, this guy wrote it, this guy pencilled it, this guy did something to it, and that’s what they did together.”

Then there’s Man of Steel.

“5. Man of Steel #1-6 (1986)

“John Byrne and Dick Giordano relaunch the Superman mythos in this excellent mini-series that re-establishes the entire Superman mythos ahead of the Superman titles all relaunching with a new status quo. What was so shocking about Byrne’s reboot was how much he kept the same. Superman and his supporting cast were largely the same, with the biggest changed being Lex Luthor now as a respected businessman, no Superboy, Krypton was a cold and desolate place, Superman was no longer “born” until he landed on Earth and Jonathan and Martha Kent still being alive with Clark as an adult. Clark Kent, I suppose, also saw a change as he was no longer so mild-mannered. In each of the six issues, Byrne re-established some part of the Superman status quo. #1 saw Clark gaining his powers for the first time, #2 introduced us to Lois Lane, #3 has Superman and Batman meet for the first time (in a standout issue), #5 introduced us to Lex Luthor, #5 gave us Bizarro and #6 had Clark learn about his Kryptonian heritage.”

For the man who has everything: a bit boring in places…maybe not even top 100 material.

But this Number 1? Meet Superman the quitter!? So un-superman its not even funny anymore…

Why Superman “Kal” and Superman #666 “The beast from Krypton” is not included in the list?

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