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Product Details

  • Series: Superman in the
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563896389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563896385
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.6 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "kokokay" on February 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
As I've mentioned in my review for "Batman in the 70s", the problem faced by all such compilations is that everyone will have an opinion of what other stories should be included and what should have been left out. I feel that this is a decent collection of Superman stories in the 70s, as all the key artists and characters are represented here. The TPB contains classics like "Superman Breaks Free" which is Dennis O'Neil's attempt at revamping the Superman; Elloit S! Maggin's classic "Must there be a Superman?", somewhat overhyped but still an interesting story; a Jimmy Olsen story by Jack 'King' Kirby; a story about Krypto; and other stories featuring Lex Luthor, Brainiac etc. Of course, it would have been even better if the TPB collects more stories about the Fortress of Solitude, bottled city of Kandor etc.
Some shortcomings of this collection: It would probably have been more fun to read some of the stories in the entire run (like Marvel Essentials) than on a single-issue basis as they are presented in this TPB. E.g. "Superman breaks free" is actually the first book of O'Neil's Sandman saga; the Jimmy Olsen story is the first of around 20 (?) issues which Kirby wrote. It is a shame that DC has decided not to reprint these classic runs anywhere, since it will cost a bomb for anyone to try to collect the original copies of these comics. Another omission that everyone complains is the story arc in Superman #296-299 "Who took the Super out of Superman?"
In spite of all the shortcomings, I feel that this collection will give the reader a good sampling of pre-crisis superman stories. There are many classic moments in this TPB: Superman eating Kryptonite (!); Superman playing billards with planets; plus time-travel, aliens, inter-galactic travel all thrown in for good measure.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
I thought the reviews for this book were harsh. Then I got the book. They're right on the money. I grew up reading the Superman of the 1970s. These are the stories that shaped my viewpoints of Superman, but this book is wanting. None of the great Superman chronicles I remember are here. "The Double or Nothing Life of Superman" is a series I just purchased on eBay. It should be included in this volume. I also recall an outstanding, well-written series in which, among other things, the Bottled City of Kandor was smashed, as Superman again had issues with his Kryptonian past. And the greatest Superman story of the 1970s, "Superman Vs. Spider-Man," while mentioned, is woefully missing. The Superman of the 1970s brought about characters like Steve Lombard, Morgan Edge, and a few others, who participated in some great tales. You'll find the characters here, but not the good stories. Really, save your money on this book. Go to eBay and try and win some of the actual issues themselves from the 1970s.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sean Pyburn on January 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
This collection of 14 of the best Superman stories from his many comic appearances in the 70's was a little diappointing. After reading and thoroughly enjoying the Superman in the Sixties Collection, I was looking forward with great anticipation to picking up and reading this follow up. Unfortunately, these stories (with a few exceptions) seemed bland and were not as enjoyable as other Superman stories I have read. If you are a Superman fan this collection is good read and will be enjoyed, but if you are a casual reader spend your money and time on the Superman in the Sixties Collection and pass on this one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Mason on December 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
Being born in 1978 (a month before Christopher Reeve's classic SUPERMAN hit the theaters), the first Superman stories I encountered were from the seventies. So reading this TPB was like going back to my childhood, and it felt great. With the exception of the pathetic "I Am Curious (Black)!" (arrrgh) and the ridiculous "Judge, Jury, and No Justice!" (which was waaaay out of character for Pete Ross, despite the fine use of Krypto), the stories collected in this book are uniformly good. The best of the tales, "The Man Who Murdered Metropolis," "Superman Breaks Loose," "The Challenge of Terra-Man," and "The Man Who Murdered the Earth" hold up marvelously, and the gorgeous coloring really energizes these already fine stories. And the introduction by Chris Reeve is a very nice touch.
Sadly, with the exceptions of "Superman Breaks Loose" and a few other tales, most of the stories in this book suffer from horrible print quality. "Must There Be a Superman?", so beautifully printed in THE GREATEST SUPERMAN STORIES EVER TOLD, is presented here in a very sloppy, messy print; the prints look dirty and neglected, and the usually clean artwork by guys like Curt Swan looks uncharacteristically ragged. Did somebody forget to remaster the stories before sending them off to be colored? Had the print quality on all the stories been top-notch, this book would have gotten a five for the (mostly) terrific tales it collects. But since most of the stories were shoddily printed, I have to dock a star from the rating. Still, the stories alone are worth the price.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 30, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book is a collection of wonderful Superman comics from the 1970s, the Superman that I grew up with. The comics were apparently selected to give a cross-section of Superman’s activities in the 70s, and include comics from Superman #276 (6/74), DC Comics Presents #14 (10/79), Superman #248 (2/72), #271 (1/74), #249 (3/72), #286 (4/75), Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #133 (10/70), Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane #106 (11/70), Superman #287 (5/75), #233 (1/71), #247 (1/72), #270 (12/73), and Action Comics #484 (6/78).

OK, as you can tell from that list, the comics seem somewhat jumbled or randomized. And, as several of the stories were multi-issue, it is rather sad that you can’t keep reading to find out how the Man of Steel overcomes the bad guy. But, in spite of all that, this book is really great! The stories included are all very interesting, and it is great to look back to the Superman of a different era.

An added little bonus to this book is the introduction, which was written by Christopher Reeve, Hollywood’s Superman, and a bit of a hero in his own right. This is a really good book, and I highly recommend it.
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