This is NOT identical to Superman: The World of Krypton by any means. Most of what is in that volume is here, and I did not reread it. This volume dThis is NOT identical to Superman: The World of Krypton by any means. Most of what is in that volume is here, and I did not reread it. This volume does not include the stories from Superman #367 and 375 or The Man of Steel #1 (the latter did not really need to be there other than to compare in one volume how Byrne and Mignola drew a script with identical texts), and that volume does not include the Paul Kupperberg World of Krypton series from 1979,which is what made me grab this from the library. Although Kupperberg wrote an introduction that is reproduced here in which he discusses it. Back then, I think DC was wary about publishing too many pre-Crisis stories, although that theory doesn't hold water because the first section of this book has stories from the 1970s that were printed in that volume.
Kupperberg's story retells some of the material from the first section, including Jor-El's gold rocket ship, then includes some weirdness of a machine determining marriage compatibility falling in love with Lara Lor-Van, and Kal-El working as Jor-El's assistant in a way that's not very well explained. Necessary plot points are covered, like the seizure of Kandor by Brainiac (who is never actually seen), where most of the people who believed Jor-El lived, Zor-El's abandonment of Jor-El to Argo City, and Jor-El's experiments with Beppo and Krypto. Byrne's story is darker and more resonant, but both stories are powerful and seem easily comparable to the capitalist class's current dismissal of climate change theories that is likely to kill us all....more
It's been said that Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen kept reusing the same story ideas because the audience turnover rate was high. That seems to be the saIt's been said that Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen kept reusing the same story ideas because the audience turnover rate was high. That seems to be the same case here. So many of the stories are about aliens manipulating the heroes, superman losing his powers, Batman gaining super powers, Jekyll and Hyde style villains. The comic book was more frequently than bi-monthly, but less frequently than monthly (August, September, October, December, February, March, May, June, August, September, November, December..),so it seems more like an excuse.
Most of the stories here are by Finger and Sprang, but the creative staff is credited here in chronological order even though Edmond Hamilton wrote only two stories (the first two) and Curt Swan illustrated only the last story and a few of the covers. Coleman takes over with #108 until the end of the volume (except Finger's brief return in #111, which may have been an inventory story, as there is very little continuity here), and things, if anything, get weirder. There isn't much more depth to this material than an episode of Super Friends, and there is less variety than in the previous volume, but it's enjoyable and has its moments (Superman gets an unnamed gremlin-like pet who sacrifices its life to save him; Bat-Mite distinguishes himself from Mr. Myxzptlk by his lack of ill intent for Batman) and they manage to do weird things to Superman with only one use of Red Kryptonite near the end.
DC Silver Age comics were definitely kid stuff at this point. Doom Patrol would change all that....more