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Book Review: Superman: The Atomic Age Sundays, Volume 1

Superman: The Atomic Age Sundays Volume 1 (1949 1953)Superman: The Atomic Age Sundays Volume 1 by Alvin Schwartz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This volume of Superman stories from 1949-53, while written before the Silver Age of Comics, reflect many of the sensibilities and types of stories that would become dominant in Superman's world in the 1950s.

The stories are fantastic fun, with Superman travelling back in time to King Arthur, Clark Kent starring in a film, and Clark Kent being hit by a ray that's supposed to give him superpowers so he has to pretend they gave him superpowers even though he already had them, Lois quits the Planet to become a Private Eye's assistant, and Superman has to save a publicity-prone man from losing his inheritance by appearing in the paper. The stories are all very light and fun.

The only big Superman rogue to appear in this book is Mister Mxyzptlk, a villain perfect for the tone of this book. I will confess that I do miss the occasional touches of seriousness that added a certain earnestness to the Superman comics of the prior era, but there's no deny that these comics are very fun and Wayne Boring's art looks wonderful.

Overall, for those who are fans of the lighter side of Superman, this is a great read.



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Published on April 20, 2016 23:52 Tags: atomic-age, superman

Book Review: Superman: The Atomic Age Sundays Volume 2 (1953-1956)

Superman: The Atomic Age Sundays Volume 2 (1953-1956)Superman: The Atomic Age Sundays Volume 2 by Alvin Schwartz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book collects the Superman Sunday newspaper strips from March 22, 1953 to June 21, 1956.

This book collects 17 stories and all of them are at least okay. Probably the weakest one involved Clark Kent having to deal with an actress needing publicity. There's also a story in which Lois almost catches Superman in his secret identity and they go on a time travel. adventure where Superman will establish secret identity in each stop and if Lois can figure out even one, Superman will reveal his twentieth century identity. It has some fun moments, but the overall moral that Lois is too dumb to figure out Superman's identity under any circumstances.

Probably the most interesting stories are one in which two other survivors of Krypton arrive on Earth and plan to use their powers to take over, as well as the final battle between Superman and the Prankster for a good long while. Superman also meets up with Hercules. Superman encounters a crook who gets intangibility powers. It has some interesting moments and presents some challenges to the man of steel. Another one of my favorites has a Superman helping a female lawyer who has been forced to serve as a process server by her chauvanistic uncle as a process server in order to get hired by his firm.

There are also some very uniquely 1950s stories. For example, Superman appears on a take off on, "This is Your Life," and Lois got a 1950s quiz show revolving Superman's identity. These stories are a little weaker than the book's strongest tales but still an interesting time capsule.

Overall, this is an enjoyable addition to the American Comics library collection and a worthwhile read.



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Published on August 01, 2017 22:15 Tags: atomic-age, superman

Book Review: Superman: The Atomic Age Sunday Pages, Volume 3

Superman: The Atomic Age Sunday Pages, Volume 3 (1956-1959)Superman: The Atomic Age Sunday Pages, Volume 3 by Alvin Schwartz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


In three years of beautifully colored Sunday Comic Strips, Superman takes on genies, alien invaders, and Old West Villains while dealing with few comic adventures that are more about Lois Lane's antics, a TV host who seems overly interested in learning Superman's secret identity, and the biggest terror of all...being suddenly obese.

This is actually a really good book. Most of the adventures are light-earted, but don't become as goofy as some Silver Age tails would. Superman also shows some real cunning in a few, the genie story is my favorite in this book for that reason. The art is great for the era, and overall I have to say this is probably my favorite collection of Sunday strips since the Golden Age.



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Published on March 28, 2019 18:19 Tags: atomic-age, comic-strips, superman

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