With this being 2013, and Superman having premiered in 1938, this year is the 75th Birthday of the Last Son Of Krypton, the amazing character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
Throughout this wonderful time, I have endeavoured to celebrate by featuring random thoughts on Kal-El in other media and indepth looks at books relating to Superman. My list of what I have covered, and what I will cover still, is by no means complete. Some are because I do not have them, or cannot get them easily, such as Miracle Monday, while others have not thrilled me as much, such as Lois and Clark.
When I started this project, I looked at the massive amount of Superman books in my possession, and realized how very few of them I had actually read. So, I whacked two Flamebirds at the same time. Devour these books because of Superman, and devour these books because I have a metric ton of unread books.
The only obstacle to this plan was my unfortunate Geek OCD. Even with no set “order” of books being officially in play, my mind had made one up. Because that is what Geeks do. But at the same time, some of the books I wanted to read more than others. Way more. So, putting a mental smackdown on my order disorder, I moved onto my quest. Selecting my first Superman story, I began.
Now, lets first start with how the perfect way of reading these would be, the way I do not go:
Gladiator by Philip Wylie
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer
The Last Days of Krypton by Kevin J Anderson
It’s Superman by Tom De Haven
Superman Archives Volume 1 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
Superman Archives Volume 2 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
Superman The Dailies 1939-1942 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
Superman The Sunday Classics 1939-1943 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
Enemies and Allies by Kevin J Anderson
Superman Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow by Alan Moore and Curt Swan *
Crisis on Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman
Man Of Steel by John Byrne *
Superman Doomsday by Louise Simonson
The Death and Life of Superman by Roger Stern
Superman The Wedding Album by Various *
Superman New Krypton by Various
Superman Earth One Volume 1 by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis *
Superman Earth One Volume 2 by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis *
All Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely *
Kingdom Come by Elliot S. Maggin
* denotes already read.
The thought process here was to go with the grandfather story, the meta story, the somewhat biographies and the prequels, all before we hit Kal-El proper. After that, my list goes up to era directly after the Crisis, my favourite time, then moves on to some of the alternate takes. It is all very subjective and very me.
But instead, here is the list of how I read them, some for the umpteenth time:
So that is how they shaped up so far. As you can tell, many more still exist on my TBR list. What will become my next pick? Good question! Enemies and Allies has been giving me the “I’m Next!” look for awhile now, and with a Superman Batman movie now on the horizon, it seems fitting.
After that, my quest will continue. Whether I will get through them all this 75th Birthday year is a good question, but I very much look as this as a marathon, not a race.
That is how Clark Kent would view this. A never ending reading spree.
…is currently reading Enemies and Allies by Kevin J. Anderson. Yep, went with this one!
P.S. This post is one of several I hope to do this year to celebrate the 75th Birthday of Superman. Happy Birthday Kal-El! Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
P.P.S. Superman Man Of Steel opened Friday, June 14th 2013. For an indepth look at the creation of this landmark movie, check out Jeffrey Taylor’s columns.