“Superman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told”


superman-thegreateststoriesevertold.jpg “Superman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told, Vol. 1” by Various

He is the first, and greatest, Super-hero of all time! And now, ten of the best Superman stories ever told – some reprinted here for the first time – are assembled in this must-have collection for all fans of the Man of Steel. Read the comics stories that have defined the legend of Superman for millions of readers! Featuring an introduction by comics historian and movie producer Michael Usian (Batman movies, Catwoman).

With an All star cast of comicdom’s finest creators, the greatest stories ever told features the talents of Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Al Plastino, Edmond Hamilton, Curt Swan, Elliot Maggin, Jim Steranko, John Byrne, Mike Mignola, Joe Kelly, Doug Mahnke, Lee Bermejo and many more! — from the backcover

I personal found that most of the stories were outdated and hokey. The only story that captured any interest was the final story in the book, “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way”. This was the only story that I felt was anywhere near a great story.

The others in this compilation just reprinted marginally interesting stories from Superman’s past. “Three Supermen from Krypton”, “The Last Days of Superman” and “The Showdown between Luthor and Superman”, were stories that may have been interesting in there day but have been replaced by more modern and engaging stories.

“Three Supermen from Krypton” written by William Woolfolk, published in July and August of 1950 was rewritten and repackaged as “Superman II: The Movie”. “Superman II” is the story that 99% of every Superman fan knows.

“The Last Days of Superman” written by Edmond Hamilton, published in October 1962 was done better in the “The Death and Return of Superman” in 1992-3. The later story arc had a more dramatic and impact on the mythos of Superman, making the ‘Last Days’ a far inferior story.

“The Showdown between Luthor and Superman” written in October of 1963 by Edmond Hamilton was just pure absurdity. It made Superman in my eyes more of a punk that a hero. It made Superman seem that he was nothing without his powers and that without his powers he can only beat Luthor with luck, and Luthor could still get the best of Superman.

“What’s so funny about Truth, Justice & the American Way” by Joe Kelly published in 2001 showed another side of Superman. It showed that Superman wasn’t truly a boy scout. That push comes to shove Superman can truly do what it takes to defeat his enemies. It also showed that at most times Superman is not giving his all to a fight to preserve life and that he can get gritty with opponents.

Overall “Superman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told.” is just a marketing title to this compilation of past Superman stories. Over the past 70 years of Superman I’m sure there are more interesting stories from Superman history that are far greater. This is a compilation only the truest of Superman’s fans will like. I can say that not being a die-hard fan; that when I think of ‘the greatest stories ever told’ about Superman none of these even pop into my head.

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Filed under 2003, Book Review, Comic Book, DC Comic, Graphic Novel, Superman

One response to ““Superman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told”

  1. I like the way you write, few parts I had to read twice 😀 but still good stuff.

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