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posted Aug 9, 2008, 2:49 AM by Vu Sleeper   [ updated Aug 9, 2008, 3:12 AM ]


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Summer of Superman: The Top Ten Stories
By: Nick Costanzo, Phil Filippopolous, Jordan T. Maxwell, Greg Reeves
Editor: Jordan T. Maxwell


For our final installment, we take a look at what has truly made Superman such a lasting icon, the place where it all begins and ends for the Man of Steel...the stories. A wealth of comic book mythology has sprung up around Superman over the last 70 years, from battling gangsters and mad scientists to juggling planets and saving the universe to dealing with love and his own mortality. He has been in the Old West, the far future, ancient Japan, Soviet Russia, the end of the world and the beginning of time. He's been a leader, a rebel, a monster, a savior, a Green Lantern and a Batman. Some people say he's boring and unrelatable. I say those people just haven't found the right Superman story. So here to help them out and celebrate seven decades of Superman lore, we are honored to present our list of the Top Ten Superman Stories!


#10 Infinite Crisis
As told in: Infinite Crisis #1-7
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Phil Jimenez, George Perez, Jerry Ordway and Ivan Reis

Infinite Crisis is a world-changing story. That's its purpose. However, it functions on an entirely different level as a Superman story. At the center of this series are four Supermen: our Earth-1 Superman, the original Earth-2 Superman, Superboy and Superboy Prime. Superman struggles with trusting his greatest allies, who have gone beyond heroics to do what they thought was necessary. Superman-2 looks down on a corrupted world and tries to do whatever he must to save his dying wife. Superboy looks at a world in peril and struggles to live up to his name. And Superboy Prime tries to get his world back, and finds himself in too deep to come back from his dark path. It is, in a way, every Superman story; we see him old and young, choosing to let his power corrupt him or be the thing that guides him. We see his ultimate dedication to Lois (the scene of a decimated Metropolis-2 after the two Supermen fight is haunting), the ease with which he can kill and the consequences (the world vs. Superboy Prime!), and the curse of responsibility that will never allow him to be normal (poor Connor...). In the end, two fall: the Superboy that wanted to be a little less super, and the first hero, the one who started everything, Superman-2. Death is common and seldom permanent in the DC Universe, but as of this writing both of these deaths still hold. More than that, though, Superman-2's death is a symbol. The vanguard of the Golden Age, his passing cements the new world order: the world of bright smiles and truth and justice that Superman-2 longed for are gone. What we have now is grittier, dirtier, a world where heroes kill and die. It's not his world anymore, and we can only hope our Superman takes his lessons to heart.


#3 Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
As told in: Action Comics #583, Superman #423
Writer: Alan Moore
Artist: George Perez, Kurt Schaffenberger, Curt Swan

It was the end of one era and the beginning of another, a sliver of time between the end of [i]Crisis on Infinite Earths
and the John Byrne reboot. There was only one thing left to do...say good bye to the Silver Age Superman. The story of what happened next has passed into comic book industry legend, as editor Julie Schwartz bemoaned the project and its difficulties over breakfast to up and coming British writer Alan Moore. Moore then famously crossed the table, wrapped his hands around Schwartz's neck and declared "If you let anybody but me write that story, I'll kill you." Naturally, he got the job. And what an exquisite job it is! It was the end of an era and the title proved ironic since for this version of the Man of Steel, there would BE no tomorrow. All of Superman's greatest villains of that age made an appearance (and the reveal of who is REALLY behind it all will blow your mind), as well as his staunchest friends and allies. Superman's identity is revealed. The Daily Planet is destroyed. Casualties fall on both sides as the last stand of the Last Son of Krypton builds to its dynamic climax. Of course, the winking final panel is as good as any "happily ever after." Moore teamed up with the Silver Age's greatest Superman artist, Curt Swan (who had assists from George Perez and Kurt Schaffenberger)...the artist who had helped define the character in the past teamed with the writer who would come to redefine the medium for the future. It was the perfectly majestic and elegant send off for the Man of Steel. Of course, as Moore points out in his introduction, it's only an imaginary story. But he also sagely adds, "aren't they all?"