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Superman Archives, Vol. 2

(Superman Archives #2)

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These are the stories that catapulted Superman into the spotlight as one of the world's premier heroes of fiction. These volumes feature his earliest adventures, when the full extent of his powers was still developing and his foes were often bank robbers and crooked politicians.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 14th 1997 by DC Comics (first published 1997)
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Timothy Boyd
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoy, upon occasion, going back and reading the Golden Age comics. Things were simpler and more obvious back then. You knew who the bad guy was cause he was the one the hero was punching. Villains did bad things and heroes stopped them. Top of this list was of course Superman, he always fought the good fight and brought justice to the wicked. It's nice to just lose yourself in this older simpler view of the world sometimes. Recommended
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one is for nostalgia buffs. It's an archived edition of four complete Superman comics from 1940 (Issues 5-8). Superman actually started appearing in Action Comics from 1938, but the ones in this edition are from the Superman comics that were completely devoted to 'the man of tomorrow'. As they've reprinted the complete comic books, it also includes short stories, ads, letters from Superman to his fans and a few funny shorts.

These stories don't have as much of the sci-fi element as later
Paul Riches
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In 1938, the first adventure of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s creation Superman saw print.

And made us all believe a man could leap tall buildings in a single bound.

With the celebrations and festivities filling the Geek world this year for the 75th birthday of Superman, I decided some time ago to finally read my accumulation of Golden Age volumes featuring the Man Of Steel. A journey to the beginning of it all, just to get a feel for the unknown decades to come.

Starting with The Superman
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the Old Testament Superman, stern, wrathful and unbothered about killing. He has the body of a classical statue and it powerfully contorts in front of stark panels of odd color tones. The villains at this point aren't sophisticated, except for the mysterious Moriarty-like Ultra, he contends with criminals who have no idea of his powers or his reputation. There is such energy to these stories. Thrilling.
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
i'm really suprized, this is the best Superman book i've ever read. the stories are fresh, most not having been reprinted, Shuster's art gets better w/each story and so does Jerry Siegel's writing. Superman is unknown in Metropolis, just a myth or story, gradually people begin to hear of him. Lois Lane is a strong woman character, not the helpless twit she later becomes. and Superman's powers begin to become greater.
a really enjoyable read!
Rich Meyer
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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A great volume in the series, with Superman starting to look and act like the Man of Steel finally. He's not killing people anymore, and he battles Luthor in this book (for the first time).

This one has some great Joe Shuster artwork, and the stories are fairly believable and rational for the era.
Victor Orozco
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
More original tales of Jerry Siegel's Superman, though I have to admit they feel too realistic what with most of his villains being ordinary criminals.

Nice throwbacks here and there.

Sean Brennan
Jan 07, 2016 rated it liked it
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Jerome "Jerry" Siegel, who also used pseudonyms including Joe Carter, Jerry Ess, and Herbert S. Fine, was the American co-creator of Superman (along with Joe Shuster), the first of the great comic book superheroes and one of the most recognizable icons of the 20th century.
He and Shuster were inducted into the comic book industry's Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Jack Kirby Hall

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