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25. “Return to Krypton” (Superman Volume 1 #141) (1960)

Jerry Siegel, Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye came together to tell one of the highlights of the Silver Age for Superman comics, with the incredibly bittersweet return to Krypton. The story opens with Superman being sent to check out an alien creature and in a slight fracas, he is sent back in time. He ends up on a pre-exploded Krypton. Robbed of his powers by Krypton’s sun, Superman ends up getting involved as an extra in a science fiction film (where he catches the eye of the female star of the film) and then meeting his own parents, who had just gotten married. They set him up with the aforementioned actress and after a number of attempts to help his father save Krypton, Superman eventually accepts his fate and decides to live out the rest of his time on Krypton with his parents and his new love. This is not to be, of course. Such a beautiful tragedy. It is filled with such rich pathos for a Silver Age comic. One of Siegel’s very best works.

24. “Of Thee I Sing” Hitman #34 (1998)

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.

23. “Superman wrestles an angel” (JLA #6-7) (1997)

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Grant Morrison clearly did not want to tell stories with Superman and his new energy powers, but damned if Morrison didn’t do a great job with it in this two-part JLA story that opens with Superman doubting himself and his ability to inspire now that he was so different in appearance and power set and closes with Superman, you know, wrestling an angel (not before he MOVES THE MOON!). Art by Howard Porter and John Dell.

22. “Must There Be a Superman?” Superman #247 (1971)

Elliot S! Maggin’s VERY FIRST comic book story is an utter classic (Maggin famously notes he got the idea from a young Jeph Loeb). The Guardians of the Universe suggest to Superman that his presence on Earth may actually be HINDERING the people of Earth rather than helping them (Marv Wolfman would later have Destiny tell Superman much the same thing). You know, “Give a man a fish, he eats for a night, teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime” style. It is a heavy trip for Superman and was definitely a mind-blowing concept for most readers of Superman at the time. The issue mostly leaves it up for debate and doesn’t actually firmly say one way or the other if Superman IS hindering social change or not, but just getting Superman (and readers) thinking is a powerful thing (although the Guardians don’t have to pat themselves on the back so much like they do in the issue).

21. 78. DC One Million #1-4 (1998)

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.

20. “Funeral for a Friend” (Justice League America #70, Adventures of Superman #498-499, Superman #76-77, Superman: Man of Steel #20-21, Action Comics #685-686) (1992-93)

This touching send-off to the world’s greatest superhero was done over a couple of months in all of the Superman titles, by the same creative team as the Death of Superman (Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Roger Stern and Louise Simonson on story, Jurgens, Tom Grummett, Jackson Guice and Jon Bogdanove on pencils and Rick Burchett, Brett Breeding, Doug Hazelwood, Denis Rodier and Dennis Janke on inks).

19. “Brainiac” Action Comics #866-870 (2008)

Geoff Johns, Gary Frank and Jon Sibal re-introduced the villainous Brainiac by making him a greater threat than ever before. Superman takes on Brainiac but things are so tough that he is unable to prevent a tragedy that hits him very close to home. A powerful story that set up DC’s New Krypton storyline.

18. “Superman’s Race With the Flash!” Superman #199 (1967)

Superman and the Flash race for charity but soon get caught up in foiling the plot of some gangsters! Jim Shooter, Curt Swan and George Klein were the creative team on this one.

17. “Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes” Action Comics #858-863 (2007-08)

In this six-part arc, Geoff Johns, Gary Frank and Jon Sibal brought back the Levitz-era Legion of Super-Heroes as Superman finds himself on a futuristic Earth where the planet has been turned away from all aliens, including most of the Legion of Super-Heroes! Can Superman, an alien himself, turn the tide?

16. “Superman vs. Muhammad Ali” All-New Collectors’ Edition #C-56 (1978)

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Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams, Dick Giordano and Terry Austin gave us this unforgettable team-up/match-up of Superman and the famed boxer Muhammad Ali, as the two must fight each other in order to protect the Earth from an alien invasion.

15. “Final Crisis” (Final Crisis #1-7, Superman Beyond #1-2) (2008)

I initially planned on including just the Superman Beyond part of Final Crisis, but I realized that that doesn’t make sense since Superman Beyond is just part of the overall Final Crisis story and a big part of Final Crisis is Superman essentially saving both the Multiverse as well as all the people on Earth, so I guess I should just lump them all in as one story. Grant Morrison wrote it and JG Jones and Doug Mahnke drew the Superman parts of the story.

14. “Reign of the Supermen” Action Comics #687-691, Adventures of Superman #500-505, Green Lantern Volume 3, #46, Superman Volume 2 #78-82 and Superman: The Man of Steel #22-26 (1993)

Superman is dead! Long live…Superman? And Superman? And Superman? And Superbo…Superman? In this epic tale by the entire Superman creative team (Dan Jurgens, Louise Simonson, Karl Kesel, Jerry Ordway and Roger Stern on the writing side and Jurgens, Brett Breeding, Jon Bogdanove, Dennis Janke, Tom Grummett, Doug Hazelwood, Jackson Guice and Denis Rodier on the art side), the seemingly dead Superman is replaced by four different mysterious men all claiming to be his replacement as Superman. A cyborg, a killing machine, a man in armor and a clone of Superman. They all take their place on the world stage but then things turn tragic when one of the four turns out to be eeeeeevil. Luckily, as it turns out, it takes a lot more than beating him to death to kill Superman!

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.

12. “Death of Superman” Superman: The Man of Steel #17-19, Superman Volume 2 #73-75, Adventures of Superman #496-497, Action Comics #683-684 and Justice League America #69 (1992)

Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Louise Simonson and Roger Stern (writers), Dan Jurgens, Tom Grummett, Jon Bogdanove and Jackson Guice (pencilers) and Brett Breeding, Doug Hazlewood, Dennis Janke, Denis Rodier and Rich Burchett (inkers) all combined to tell one of the most famous comic book stories of all-time, as the murderous creature known as Doomsday comes charging towards Metropolis with only Superman able to stop him. We know Doomsday means business because we see him tear apart the entire Justice League. Only Superman can save his adopted city and the woman he loves and he finds a way to save the day and kill Doomsday, but in the process, he gives up his own life. You don’t get much more dramatic than actually killing off freakin’ SUPERMAN.

11. Crisis on Infinite Earths #1-12 (1985)

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.

10. “The Death of Superman” (Superman Volume 1 #149) (1961)

Possibly the greatest Imaginary Story, Jerry Siegel, Curt Swan and Sheldon Moldoff show Lex Luthor getting his final victory over Superman, although things do not end up going the way Luthor had planned in the end.

9. Secret Identity #1-4 (2003-04)

Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen take a different look at the Superman mythos by showing a man named Clark Kent who grew up in a world where Superman comic books existed but superheroes did not. So when Clark finds himself suddenly with super powers, well, things change in his life dramatically. He evens has his own Lois! This comic is touching and well-thought out and beautifully drawn by Immonen.

8. “What’s So Funny about Truth, Justice & the American Way?” Action Comics #775 (2001)

Joe Kelly used this “anniversary” issue to take on the idea that perhaps Superman’s ideals were out of date in the 21st century. He did this by pitting Superman by a new superhero team called The Elite who were recklessly killing bad guys and causing widespread damage but were gaining a good deal of popular acclaim in doing so. They mocked Superman and repeatedly challenged him to fights before Superman finally agreed to take them on and in doing so, gave them a taste of their own bitter medicine. The art was by Doug Mahnke, Lee Bermejo and a host of inkers.

7. Superman for All Seasons #1-4 (1998)

In this breathtakingly beautifully drawn series by Tim Sale, writer Jeph Loeb uses the seasons to depict different points in Supermans’ life. Along those lines, each issue is narrated by a different person who has a different take of who Superman is. Jonathan Kent, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor and Lana Lang all have wildly different views of Superman (especially at the various points in time that they tell their respective stories) but when you put them together you have a fascinating picture of Superman as a whole.

6. Superman: Red Son #1-3 (2003)

Simply put, what if Superman landed in the Soviet Union instead of the United States? That’s the question that Mark Millar, Dave Johnson, Kilian Plunkett, Andrew Robinson and Walden Wong try to answer in this Elseworlds mini-series that also sees a Soviet version of Batman and also a taste of what Lex Luthor would be like if the rest of the United States was actually on his side!

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.

4. Kingdom Come (Kingdom Come #1-4) (1996)

After a horrible tragedy sends him into seclusion for a decade, Superman is pulled out of retirement by the behavior of the “superheroes” of the DC future, but soon Mark Waid and Alex Ross are testing Superman’s very beliefs as he find himself acting more and more like the world’s “Big Brother.”

3. All-Star Superman #1-12 (2006-08)

Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely produced this epic maxi-series that opens with Superman realizing that he has just one year left to live. The series follows that year as Superman does as much good as he can before he dies. This series features call backs to pretty much every era of Superman comics, including acclaim spotlights on Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Bizarro and Lex Luthor (who is behind the plot to kill Superman).

2. “For the Man Who has Everything?” (Superman Annual #11) (1985)

Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons celebrate Superman’s birthday in style by having the villainous Mongul showing the Man of Steel a reality where Krypton DIDN’T explode and Kal-El is a middling bureaucrat. Can Superman’s visiting friends Batman, Wonder Woman and Robin help save him? And how will he react when he wakes from this fantasy (hint: he will be none too pleased with Mongul)?

1. “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” Superman #423/Action Comics #583 (1986)

Alan Moore helps close out Superman and Action Comics as the John Byrne reboot is about to commence. Along with artists Curt Swan, George Perez, Kurt Schaffenberger and Murphy Anderson, Moore reveals the final days of Superman and his allies in this tragic, but clever and heartfelt story. There are so many cool moments in this two-parter that I can’t even list them all here. I’ll pick one – Jimmy Olsen and Lana Lang giving themselves powers for one last time so that they can go out and help defend their friend Superman from a siege of supervillains, claiming to the world one last time that they held a special place in Superman’s heart – “Nobody loved him better than us. Nobody!” So great.

That’s the list! Agree? Disagree? Let us know!

Happy 75th Anniversary, Superman!

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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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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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