Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 58
  1. #1
    Astonishing Member stargazer01's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2017
    Location
    California
    Posts
    2,594

    Default Your Top 7 essential Superman stories

    What are those 7 or 10 essential Superman stories you enjoy and cherish the most?

    Think about his whole history. It can be a Justice League story if Superman has a big role.

  2. #2
    Astonishing Member
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Posts
    2,010

    Default

    Is this restricted to comics only, or other media?

    A large chunk of my Superman exposure has been other media so I'm going with that.

    In no particular order:

    Action Comics # 1: The character's a far cry today from what he was back then, but I think its important to read this to truly appreciate the Superman myth and where it came from - not to mention the origins of the genre as well.

    Superman: The Movie: The movie pretty much defined Superman for a generation and more and continues to cast a long shadow on the character today, for better or for worse.

    Man of Steel: The John Byrne miniseries. It defined the 'modern' Superman - a template that has mostly stood the test of time since then, barring the New 52.

    What's So Funny About Truth, Justice & The American Way?: A key story that really drives home the idea of Superman being a Boy Scout and a 'nice guy' and presenting it as a symbol of strength, and not navel gazing.

    The Death and Return of Superman: Be it the comics or any of the animated movies. I think its a crucial story that explores an interesting concept that, love it or hate it, has haunted the character ever since.

    Superman TAS: Just a nice take on Superman that finds the perfect balance between 'classic' and 'modern'. Don't have a specific episode in mind.

    Man of Steel: Now I'm talking about the Zack Snyder movie, which really reinvented Superman for a new generation without letting itself be constrained by the tonality of the Donner film and other more 'classic' takes.

  3. #3
    Astonishing Member manwhohaseverything's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2017
    Posts
    4,407

    Default

    1)for the man who has everything
    2)all star superman
    3)kryptonite by darwyn cooke
    4)action comics and superman comics runs of siegel and shuster .
    5)action comics run by morrison
    6)superman for all seasons
    7)whatever happened to the man of tomorrow
    8)birthright
    9)who took the super out of superman
    10)superman up in the sky,the amount lengths clark goes to save a child is something that reminds me of my late aunt.
    Last edited by manwhohaseverything; 04-15-2020 at 11:41 PM.

  4. #4
    Extraordinary Member SiegePerilous02's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Posts
    9,720

    Default

    1. Action Comics #1
    2. All Star Superman
    3. Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
    4. For the man who has everything
    5. Morrison's Action run
    6. Jungle Line
    7. Phantom Zone

  5. #5
    Father Son Kamehameha < Kuwagaton's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Posts
    7,789

    Default

    Action Comics #451: not my first comic or anything like that, but about when I woke up to the craziness of Superman. And the best example of him just being the sweetest bro.

    DC Special Series #5: between two other great stories I'll list here in terms of range and content. The best team up of the best two villains at the least.

    Superman #400: really epic. I treasure plenty of other comics from this era but this was just the most overall complete issue. If the other one I mentioned defines the comic, this defines Superman within fiction for me.

    Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?: I think this is the only comic to make me misty eyed. All the beats that have been mimicked in the eras that followed don't wear out for me. Just haunting.

    The Brainiac Trilogy: these are actually part of my first experience with Superman comics. Favorite villain, writer, and some great art.

    Man of Steel #89: pretty much my favorite single issue, even if it's completely a part of a much larger story. Represents an all new look at Superman for me.

    Bulletproof: obviously the whole run was strong and memorable, but these three issues with back ups are the most clever slice for me and the high point of what we've had post flashpoint.
    Welcome or welcome back! Please check out the updated
    CBR Community STANDARDS & RULES

  6. #6
    Astonishing Member stargazer01's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2017
    Location
    California
    Posts
    2,594

    Default

    Is this restricted to comics only, or other media?

    Not restricted if you want to include other media. You can do 2 lists if you prefer, comics and other media.

    Thanks guys for the replies, this helps me learn more and try to seek other great stories I haven't read.

    I'm still really intrigued about the "Time and Time Again" Superman story. Also, "Superman Up in the Sky"

  7. #7
    Unstoppable Member KC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Location
    Somewhere with Internet
    Posts
    1,850

    Default

    Action Comics #1
    For the Man Who Has Everything
    Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
    All-Star Superman
    Superman: Secret origin
    Superman: The Movie
    Superman II

  8. #8
    Father Son Kamehameha < Kuwagaton's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Posts
    7,789

    Default

    If I think of other media...

    Superman III
    The Fleischer cartoons
    Man of Steel
    All Star Superman (movie)
    Crisis on Two Earths
    Superman vs the Elite
    Superman TAS

    Quote Originally Posted by stargazer01 View Post
    Not restricted if you want to include other media. You can do 2 lists if you prefer, comics and other media.

    Thanks guys for the replies, this helps me learn more and try to seek other great stories I haven't read.

    I'm still really intrigued about the "Time and Time Again" Superman story. Also, "Superman Up in the Sky"
    There were two stories called Time and Time Again. The later one is one of my favorites too, but for some reason I don't tend to think of the longer stories first. Feels like I'm just listing too much at once I guess.
    Welcome or welcome back! Please check out the updated
    CBR Community STANDARDS & RULES

  9. #9
    Spectacular Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Posts
    164

    Default

    So many good stories.

    The Man of Steel by Byrne
    Action Comics 600 was fun and had great art in the first chapter by both Byrne and Perez.
    Kase of the Krimson Kryptonite. Supes being de powered and Clark and Lois getting engaged.
    Death and Return of Superman. Nuff said.
    Action Comics Annual 3 (Armegeddon 2001 tie in). Superman as president was awesome.
    Action 775. What so funny about... great story.
    DC One Million. Shows just how important Superman is.

  10. #10
    Obsessed & Compelled Bored at 3:00AM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Posts
    5,164

    Default

    Action Comics #1 by Seigel & Shuster

    For The Man Who Has Everything by Moore & Gibbons

    Man of Steel #2, 3 & 4 by Byrne

    Birthright by Waid & Yu

    All Star Superman by Morrison & Quitely

    Superman Secret Origin #1 & 2 by Johns & Frank

    Action Comics New 52 vol 1 by Morrison & company

  11. #11
    Astonishing Member K7P5V's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2017
    Location
    Chicago, Illinois
    Posts
    2,894

    Default

    My Top 10 (chronologically listed):

    1977 - The Second Coming of Superman
    https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/DC_Special_Series_Vol_1_5

    1982 - The Phantom Zone
    https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/The_Phantom_Zone_Vol_1

    1985 - The Jungle Line
    https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/DC_Comics_Presents_Vol_1_85

    1985 - For the Man Who Has Everything...
    https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Superman_Annual_Vol_1_11

    1986 - Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
    https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Superman:...3F_(Collected)

    1990 - World's Finest (Worlds Apart/Worlds Collide/Worlds at War)
    https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/World%27s_Finest_Vol_2

    1993 - Speeding Bullets
    https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Superman:_Speeding_Bullets

    1999 - Peace on Earth
    https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Superman:..._Earth_Vol_1_1

    2000 - Emperor Joker
    https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Superman:_Emperor_Joker

    2003 - Public Enemies
    https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Superman/...es_(Collected)
    Last edited by K7P5V; 04-10-2020 at 03:55 AM. Reason: Added more words.

  12. #12
    Incredible Member Lvenger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Posts
    735

    Default

    In terms of strictly essential Superman comic book stories only:

    All Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely

    Superman Secret Identity by Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen

    For The Man Who Has Everything by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

    Superman #400 "The Living Legends of Superman by Elliot Maggin et al

    What's so Funny about Truth, Justice and The American Way by Joe Kelly and Doug Mankhe

    Superman Birthright by Mark Waid and Lenil Yu

    Superman For All Seasons by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale

  13. #13
    Incredible Member Gaius's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2020
    Posts
    636

    Default

    "The Death of Superman" (Superman #149) - Jerry Siegel and Curt Swan

    The Man of Steel - John Byrne and Dick Giordano

    Superman for All Seasons - Jeff Loeb and Tim Sale

    "22 Stories in a Single Bound" (Superman Adventures #41) - Mark Millar

    Superman: Red Son - Mark Millar and Dave Johnson

    All-Star Superman - Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly

    Man and Superman - Marv Wolfman and Claudio Castellini

  14. #14
    Mighty Member Johnny Thunders!'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    WGBS
    Posts
    1,834

    Default

    Such a hard topic but I was surprised how fast i made my list. My Top Ten would be about the same types of story, but I already regret my list.
    Action Comics 385 The Immortal Superman
    Superman 156 The Last Days of Superman
    Superman 301 Solomon Grundy Wins on Monday!
    Miracle Monday by Elliot S! Maggin
    All Star Superman
    DC Comics Presents 29 Where No Superman Has Gone Before
    Superman 162 The Amazing Story of Superman Red Superman Blue.

    Tough Sacrifices made!

    i just saw there was a top ten option.
    Adventure Comics 365 Escape of the Fatal Five (Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes)
    Superman 296-299 Who Took The Super out of Superman (Seriously why do they keep reprinting Kryptonite Nevermore? Which is great but come on?)
    Action Comics 500 The Life Story of Superman
    Last edited by Johnny Thunders!; 04-10-2020 at 07:44 AM.

  15. #15
    Ultimate Member Ascended's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Posts
    14,863

    Default

    The original S&S Action Comics. When I need to rediscover my love for this medium, I grab that collection off the shelf.

    Morrison's opening Action arc. It is utterly fantastic on every possible level, and I will fight you on that!

    All-Star. Maybe one of the greatest "S" stories of all time?

    Max Fleischer cartoons. Yeah, I have a Golden Age bias.

    American Alien. One of the few stories that successfully makes "Clark Kent" as interesting as "Superman."

    Superman Smashes the Klan. Not just because it's an excellent retelling of a great Superman story (both in real life and the fiction), but because it's a blueprint on how to handle Superman for kids. This is the kind of approach that will create life-long fans.

    For the Man Who Has Everything. A great dive into Clark's head space by one of the masters of the craft. This is on everyone's list, and for damn good reason.
    Higher, Faster, Further....More.

    Truth, Justice, and a Better Tomorrow!

    Bridge Four!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •