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    Default SUPERMAN -- Essential Reading?

    So, let's say I want to introduce someone to Superman...what would people suggest as essential reading (collections, anthologies, graphic novels, etc.)? I want to be sure we cover both really great stories as well as stories important to the history. And I really want to make sure ALL periods are covered, all the way back to the beginning, just to build up a really good collection. What do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 'Dax View Post
    That's a great list (I think I've seen it before.). But ultimately I'd want to get them in some kind of collected form, either in trade paperbacks or as part of bigger collections.

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    All-Star Superman
    Action Comics (New 52) vol 1-3
    Last Son of Krypton
    Birthright
    For All Seasons
    Death of Superman
    Red Son
    Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
    Black Ring
    World of Krypton

    Those should get you started.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MykeHavoc View Post
    All-Star Superman
    Action Comics (New 52) vol 1-3
    Last Son of Krypton
    Birthright
    For All Seasons
    Death of Superman
    Red Son
    Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
    Black Ring
    World of Krypton

    Those should get you started.
    Thanks for all that.

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    Superman: The Dailies (1939-1942).
    Superman Sunday Classics (1939-1943).
    Superman Sunday Pages (1943-1946).
    The Superman Chronicles volumes.
    The Man of Steel volumes.
    Adventures of Superman: Gil Kane.
    The World's Greatest Super-Heroes (includes Peace on Earth).
    Jimmy Olsen Adventures by Jack Kirby volumes.
    Jack Kirby Omnibus volume 2.
    Kingdom Come.
    World's Finest (1990).
    Superman vs. Muhammad Ali.
    The Incredible Hulk vs. Superman (DC/Marvel crossover).
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    Jerry Siegel/Joe Shuster, Bill Finger/Bob Kane/Gardner Fox/Sheldon Moldoff/Jerry Robinson, William Moulton Marston under the pen name Charles Moulton/Harry Peter. Creators of the most enduring iconic archetypes of the comic book superhero genre. The creators early Golden Age versions should be preserved. The early Golden Age mythology by the creators are as close to the proper, correct authentic versions as there is.

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    The Superman Chronicles
    Dailies and Sunday Strips
    Showcase Volumes
    Superman in the 40s/50s/60s/70s/80s
    Superman Vs. Lex Luthor
    Novels Last Son of Krypton/Miracle Monday
    Jack Kirby Fourth World Omnibi
    Superman #400 (Available online)
    Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? (TPB includes the other Moore Superman stories, "For the Man Who Has Everything" and "Jungle Line")
    Man of Steel
    Death/Return
    For All Seasons
    Kingdom Come
    Peace on Earth
    Hitman #34 "Of Thee I Sing"
    What's So Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way?
    Birthright
    Secret Identity
    Red Son
    All-Star Superman
    Action Comics (Vol. 2) Vol. 1-3
    Bonus: Grant Morrison's JLA/Final Crisis (including Superman Beyond)
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    "All Star Superman" and "Superman and the Legion of Superheroes" are two of my favorite comics of all time.

    All of the best stories are collected in tpb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robotman View Post
    All of the best stories are collected in tpb.
    Not really. Lots of Maggin stuff uncollected, for starters.
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    If you consider Maggin's Superman stuff the best. Maggin stories like "The Super-Cigars of Perry White!" in Action Comics #436 (1974) where Perry White smokes cigars which give him super-powers rivaling Superman's and "The Ozone-Master Comes Calling!" in Superman #376 (1982) where again Perry White smokes a cigar which gives him super-powers, would have suited Mad/Saturday Night Live in mockery of Superman. Heck, even Curt Swan complained in The Comics Journal #73 (1982).

    Jerry Siegel/Joe Shuster, Bill Finger/Bob Kane/Gardner Fox/Sheldon Moldoff/Jerry Robinson, William Moulton Marston under the pen name Charles Moulton/Harry Peter. Creators of the most enduring iconic archetypes of the comic book superhero genre. The creators early Golden Age versions should be preserved. The early Golden Age mythology by the creators are as close to the proper, correct authentic versions as there is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Ely View Post
    If you consider Maggin's Superman stuff the best. Maggin stories like "The Super-Cigars of Perry White!" in Action Comics #436 (1974) where Perry White smokes cigars which give him super-powers rivaling Superman's and "The Ozone-Master Comes Calling!" in Superman #376 (1982) where again Perry White smokes a cigar which gives him super-powers, would have suited Mad/Saturday Night Live in mockery of Superman. Heck, even Curt Swan complained in The Comics Journal #73 (1982).

    There's more to Maggin than Perry White getting high after a smoke, though.
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    That didn't come out right.
    Hold those chains, Clark Kent
    Bear the weight on your shoulders
    Stand firm. Take the pain.

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