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Superman: A Celebration of 75 Years [Kindle Edition]

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When Superman debuted seventy-five years ago, it was not merely the beginning for one character, but for an entire genre. The phrase "super hero" had yet to be coined when ACTION COMICS #1 hit newsstands in 1938, but once Superman entered the scene, effortlessly lifting a car above his head on that first iconic cover, the character paved the way for each of the hundreds (if not thousands) of super-powered heroes written since.

SUPERMAN: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS gathers a range of stories featuring the first and greatest super hero, highlighting the many roles the Man of Steel has played over the decades. In these celebrated stories, Superman is in turns the Herculean champion, the lonely alien survivor, the super-powered Boy Scout and the soul-searching leader. Over the course of seventy-five years, watch as the character grows from a simple strongman to the beloved international symbol he is today!

This Volume Collects:

("Superman, Champion of the Oppressed") / ("War in San Monte") -- ACTION COMICS #1-2 (1938) Writer: Jerry Siegel, Artist: Joe Shuster
"How Superman Would End the War" -- Look Magazine (1940) Writer: Jerry Siegel, Artist: Joe Shuster
"Man or Superman?" -- SUPERMAN #17 (1942) Writer: Jerry Siegel, Penciller: Joe Shuster, Inker: Joe Sikela
"The Origin of Superman" -- SUPERMAN #53 (1948) Writer: Bill Finger, Penciller: Wayne Boring, Inker: Stan Kaye
"The Mightiest Team in the World" -- SUPERMAN #76 (1952) Writer: Edmond Hamilton, Penciller: Curt Swan, Inker: John Fishchetti
"The Super-Duel in Space" -- ACTION COMICS #242 (1958) Writer: Otto Binder, Artist: Al Plastino
"The Girl From Superman's Past" -- SUPERMAN #129 (1959) Writer: Bill Finger, Penciller: Wayne Boring, Inker: Stan Kaye
"Superman's Return to Krypton" -- SUPERMAN #141 (1960) Writer: Jerry Siegel, Penciller: Wayne Boring, Inker: Stan Kaye
"The Death of Superman" -- SUPERMAN #149 (1961) Writer: Jerry Siegel, Penciller: Curt Swan, Inker: George Klein
"Must There Be a Superman?" -- SUPERMAN #247 (1972) Writer: Eliot S. Maggin, Penciller: Curt Swan, Inker: Murphy Anderson
"Rebirth" -- ACTION COMICS #544 (1983) Writer: Marv Wolfman, Artist: Gil Kane
"The Living Legends of Superman" (excerpt) -- SUPERMAN #400 (1985) Writer: Elliot S. Maggin, Artist: Frank Miller
"For the Man Who Has Everything" -- SUPERMAN ANNUAL #11 (1985)Writer: Alan Moore, Artist: Dave Gibbons
"The Name Game" -- SUPERMAN #11 (1987) Writer/Penciller: John Byrne, Inker: Karl Kesel
"Doomsday" -- SUPERMAN #75 (1993) Writer/Penciller: Dan Jurgens, Inker: Brett Breeding
"What's So Funny About Truth Justice and the American Way?" -- ACTION COMICS #775 (2001) Writer: Joe Kelly, Pencillers: Doug Mahnke, Lee Bermejo
Inkers: Tom Nguyen, Dexter Vines, Jim Royal, Jose Marzan, Jr., Wade Von Grawbadger, Wayne Faucher
"Question of Confidence" -- Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross (2003) Writer: Chip Kidd, Artist: Alex Ross
"The Incident" -- ACTION COMICS #900 (2011) Writer: David S. Goyer, Artist: Miguel Sepulveda
"The Boy Who Stole Superman's Cape" -- ACTION COMICS #0 (2012) Writer: Grant Morrison, Artist: Ben Oliver

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About the Author

Born in 1914 in Cleveland, Ohio, Jerome Siegel was, as a teenager, a fan of the emerging literary genre that came to be known as science fiction. Together with schoolmate Joe Shuster, Siegel published several science-fiction fan magazines, and in 1933 they came up with their own science-fiction hero -- Superman. Siegel scripted and Shuster drew several weeks' worth of newspaper strips featuring their new creation, but garnered no interest from publishers or newspaper syndicates. It wasn't until the two established themselves as reliable adventure-strip creators at DC Comics that the editors at DC offered to take a chance on the Superman material -- provided it was re-pasted into comic-book format for DC's new magazine, ACTION COMICS.
Siegel wrote the adventures of Superman (as well as other DC heroes, most notably the Spectre, his co-creation with Bernard Baily) through 1948 and then again from 1959-1966, in the interim scripting several newspaper strips including Funnyman and Ken Winston. Jerry Siegel died in January, 1996.

Joseph Shuster was born in 1914 in Toronto, Canada. When he was nine, his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where Shuster met Jerry Siegel. The two became fast friends and collaborators; together, they published the earliest science-fiction fan magazines, where Shuster honed his fledgling art skills. In 1936, he and Siegel began providing DC Comics with such new features as Dr. Occult, Slam Bradley and Radio Squad before selling Superman to DC in 1938.  Influenced by such comic-strip greats as Wash Tubbs' Roy Crane, Joe Shuster drew Superman through 1947, after which he left comic books to create the comic strip Funnyman, again with Siegel. Failing eyesight cut short his career, but not before his place in the history of American culture was assured. Shuster died of heart failure on July 30, 1992.

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  • File Size: 200076 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (November 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ET887RC
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A First-Class Collection of Superman's Best Stories December 8, 2013
By A2Rower
To celebrate the first superhero, DC Comics has released this first-class edition of the some of the Man of Tomorrow's best stories. It surpasses the many "greatest hits" collections of years past with full-color glossy renderings and section notations to explain how this character has evolved in 75 years.

If you are looking for a gift for the Superman fan or for someone who is curious, this and the companion Lois Lane collection would be a great place to start.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting tribute to the great hero December 20, 2013
Few Superman stories resonate as deeply as “For the Man Who Has Everything,” written by Alan Moore and drawn by Dave Gibbons a year before they changed everything with WATCHMEN. This Superman story, debuting in the summer of 1985, was one of the last ever to feature Superman before his revamp after the events of CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS. In a way, it was as if DC was saving the best for last. In all of Superman’s complex and incredibly voluminous tales, is there anything more heartbreaking than Kal-El holding his son while telling him, “I’ll always love you. Always. But…I don’t think you’re real.” Or a moment that more solidifies his absolutely terrifying power than the panel in which he towers over a bewildered Robin, asking,

“Who…did this…to me?”

“For the Man Who Has Everything” falls roughly halfway through SUPERMAN: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS, which is fitting. With so many amazing stories about the Man of Steel to choose from, it is difficult to cull them down to just 19, but DC has done a nice job of it. The very first appearance, from Action Comics #1, is included here, of course, as are three other tales from the ’40s. The outrageously sensational stories of the 1950s and ’60s are represented in five blockbusters, two of which are drawn by legendary Superman pencil Curt Swan, and two of which are done by another legend, Wayne Boring. Much of the ’70s are wisely skipped over, except for Elliot S. Maggin’s seminal 1972 story “Must There Be a Superman?”

Getting to the ’80s means getting a fresh new perspective on Superman, especially in “The Living Legends of Superman,” also by Maggin, which appeared in the 400th issue of Superman’s monthly comic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic February 24, 2014
By Richard
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This is one book that is needed to be read by every kid that wanted to dream of space or a far off plant with different life. How they mite react to us and use to them. We just mite have to look inside are self a little bit more to fine out if we are ready.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Great, the bad and the ugly. January 30, 2014
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I expected a lot more from this. Perhaps DC should have taken a poll among the fans as to what are the Greatest Superman stories. I feel a good portion of this was lacking.
The Origin of Superman, this first telling in depth is a lot of fun, even if it has been retconned many times.
The mightiest team in the world. The first Batman/superman team up. A lot of fun and showing that DC is a shared universe.
The Girl in Superman' s Past. The first story of Lori Lemaris, part of another Atlantis. Sadly she's been retconned out.
Superman's Return to Krypton and The Death of Superman. No one ever did imaginary stories better than DC. These two are, until Elseworlds came along, among the best.
For the Man Who Has Everything. Simply one of the greatest of the great. An instant classic. This should be in every anthology about superman for eternity.

Champion of the Oppressed. First superman story ever. Nice seeing how he's changed.
Man or Superman? Lois has her first suspicion about Clark.
Super duel in space. First meeting with Brainiac, who looks quite different and the city of Kandor.
Must There Be A superman? The guardian's of Oa judge the Man Of Steel. Personally, I'd have left this preachy bit out.
The Incident, Superman has to explain why he entered Tehran, to the US government.

I'd have left all of these out in favor of say, more imaginary or better stories.
Rebirth - the new origin of an evolved Brainiac.
The name game. I'll be honest. I've never cared for the I'll from the fifth dimension and Byrne's impression of him is some horrible art.
Truth, Justice and the American Way. Supes battles the Elite. Just not that great a story.
How Superman Would Win the War.
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