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Week of Cool Superman Comic Book Moments – Superman Makes An Entrance

All week long we will feature brand-new Cool Superman Comic Book Moments (all from the 75 Greatest Superman Stories of All-Time). Here is an archive of all the past cool comic moments that I’ve featured so far over the years.

Today we look at the awesome way that Mark Waid and Leinil Francis Yu first introduce Superman in his costume.

The first three issues of Superman: Birthright all saw Clark doing good jobs around the worl before he decided to become a superhero. We are not shown his costume in the first few issues until he shows up in Metropolis at just the right time in #4…







What a truly epic moment. Yu (and inker Gerry Alanguilan) did a stunning piece of work here. THe looks on Jimmy and Lois’ faces were priceless. And Waid doesn’t skip a beat with the classic “She’s not afraid” line. When you combine this one with the RETURN of Superman in Kingdom Come #1, Mark Waid certainly seems to have an affinity for writing kick ass Superman scenes.


Not a big fan of the art and the fact that it took four issues to get to Superman is one of the reasons I prefer Byrne’s Man of Steel and Johns’ Secret Origin. But the scene itself is pretty solid.

Neat scene. So Lois was doing stupid stuff before she even met Superman, huh?

I /hate/ Secret Origin. I don’t know whether I prefer Man of Steel to Birthright. They’re very different and both have some incredible moments.

This isn’t my favorite Superman origin story, but it’s a good one. It’s such a damn shame that Waid hasn’t had a long run on one of the main Superman books, and at this point, it’s looking more and more unlikely that he ever will.

I love Yu’s art (surprised to see penguintruth’s comment up above, but opinions are opinions, I guess). I remember when he first started getting work, and thinking that he was good, but that his art looked like a lot of other people’s. Over the years, he developed this great combination of simplistic, stylized, almost-cartoony lines with a more detailed style. His work on the new MarvelNow Hulk stuff has been great.

Speaking of the visuals, I’ve liked the fairly recent image of Lois in black lipstick. It makes sense that she wouldn’t wear the standard red or pink, and it somehow doesn’t look “Goth” when she does it. Was that first popularized in the animated stuff? Because that’s where I remember first seeing it.


Personally, I interpret that look for Lois as being just a stylized way of representing a deep plum shade lipstick… which is something stylish and that suits her, but wouldn’t be nearly as out-of-place for a professional young woman as a solid black would be.

Natalie: Yeah, I actually get the feeling that it’s not representing true black lipstick as well. Maybe that’s why the Goth thing doesn’t come through. Your brain just assumes it’s something else, but the black works fine on the comic page.

Though the idea of Lois taking a weekly trip to Hot Topic for lipstick is almost hilarious enough to make it worth it.

“I wonder how Superman will stop Brainiac this time? Oh wow, Gir hoodies are 25% off…”


August 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm


I find this scene EXTREMELY derivative of the 1977 movie and just implausible.

Lois jumps in to pilot a helicoptor? without any warm up, flight plan or anything? Really? It’s garbage.

I don’t like Birthright…it’s little better than bad fan-fiction!

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