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The 13 Best Superman Comic Book Stories
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The Man of Steel. The Metropolis Marvel. The Last Son of Krypton. The Man of Tomorrow. First appearing in Action Comics 1 back in , the creation of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster would go on to become a worldwide icon and a pioneering figure for all costumed superheroes that would follow. In the 75 years since the image of him lifting a car first attracted readers to the rackets, Superman has experienced his fair share of ups and downs.
Fortunately, there are plenty of complete, classic Superman tales available at your local comic shop, bookstore or online retailer that are perfect for fans new to the world of Superman comics or comic books in general. You just need to know what to look for. Here are five acclaimed Superman comics, all available as graphic novels that you can easily find online, that are ideal for readers new to his world. Superman: Birthright is a perfect first dive into the world of the Man of Steel, particularly for anyone looking for a newer, fairly modern take on the character. Birthright marries arguably the most famous origin story of all time with some tremendous action scenes beautifully rendered by series artists Leinil Francis Yu and Gerry Alanguilan.
Truth, justice, and the American way does not even begin to define Superman. The character has seen the growth of the nation and every phase of comic books. The Man of Steel is no longer defined by the aforementioned triumvirate, but instead by the list of the greatest stories published about him. Ranker Comics has gathered the most action-packed, thought provoking, and powerful Superman stories ever told in comics. Is Superman the most iconic superhero? Is the character too powerful for your taste?
The last 18 years have seen major additions to the canon of must-read Superman stories, too, and some of them are worthy to be counted amongst the best of all time. What follows are some of my picks for favorite Super-stories published after the year It simultaneously sums up the melodramatic and subtextual approaches that preceded them and pushes Superman into a space of highly burnished scifi symbolism. Batman, Lex Luthor, and Jimmy Olsen are all tethered to Cold War political ideologies and that fusion invigorates their familiar quirks and textures. An isolationist faction led by a dope named Earth-Man wants all aliens off our planet, pushing a fake history that says Superman was native to Earth as propaganda.