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Superman: The Man of Steel, Vol. 1 Paperback – September 1, 1991


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Product Details

  • Series: Superman (DC Comics)
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Gph edition (September 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0930289285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0930289287
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born in England and raised in Canada, John Byrne discovered super-heroes through The Adventures of Superman on television. After studying at the Alberta College of Art and Design, he broke into comics first with Skywald and then at Charlton, where he created the character Rog-2000. Following his tenure at Charlton, Byrne moved to Marvel, where his acclaimed runs on The Uncanny X-Men and The Fantastic Four soon made him one of the most popular artists in the industry. In 1986 he came to DC to revamp Superman from the ground up, and since then he has gone on to draw and/or write every major character at both DC and Marvel.


A veteran of more than five decades in the comic-book field, Dick Giordano began his career as an artist for Charlton Comics in 1952 and became the company’s editor-in-chief in 1965, launching the short-lived but well-remembered Action Heroes line. In 1967 he moved to DC for a three-year stint as editor and became part of a creative team that helped to change the face of comic books in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Together with writer Dennis O’Neil and penciller Neal Adams, he helped to bring Batman back to his roots as a dark, brooding “creature of the night” and raise awareness of contemporary social issues through the adventures of Green Lantern and Green Arrow. The winner of numerous industry awards, Giordano later returned to DC and rose to the position of Vice President-Executive Editor before “retiring” in 1993 to once again pursue a full-time freelance career as a penciller and inker. He passed away on March 27, 2010.

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If you are looking for John Byrne artwork, it's great.
oso
The other characters also came across differently than how they were written pre-Crisis, but with their best aspects of previous ages intact.
MereChristian
Let's start with the good things about this book- *Superman is the secret identity, and Clark Kent is the real person.
Chris Dietz

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Tom Benton on October 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
In 1986, DC Comics commissioned writers to create "reboot" stories for their three largest properties: Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Two of those reboots became some of the most famous comics ever written: Frank Miller's BATMAN: YEAR ONE, and John Byrne's SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL.

THE MAN OF STEEL was originally a 6-issue miniseries. Issue 1 dealt with the destruction of Krypton, Clark's discovery that he was adopted, and Clark's invention of his alter-ego, "Superman". Issue 2 involved Superman's first rescues in Metropolis, the appearance of mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent, and the beginning of Lois Lane's infatuation with the Man of Steel. In Issue 3, Superman travels to Gotham City to arrest Batman, but instead comes to accept Batman's vigilante methods as the two battle the villainous Magpie. Billionaire Lex Luthor tests Superman's abilities in Issue 4, ultimately being arrested by Superman at the Metropolis mayor's command ("You can't arrest me," Luthor says. "I'm Lex Luthor!"); Luthor vows to take down Superman. In Issue 5, Luthor's attempts at cloning Superman fail as they discover that he is not a mutation, but an alien lifeform; the result is the deformed Bizarro. In the final issue, Issue 6, Superman is haunted by a hologram of his father, Jor-El; he learns his otherwordly origins while dealing with the pain he inflicted on Lana Lang by telling her his secret and then disappearing after high school.

THE MAN OF STEEL is notable for many reasons besides being the Superman reboot. For one thing, here Superman is not born on Krypton and then sent to Earth; he travels through space in a "birthing matrix", where he develops before finally being born on Earth.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vic George 2K6 on April 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
After Crisis On Infinite Earths, the modern-day Superman of Earth-One could have continued on without a reboot, but DC Comics decided to bring him back to basics, and John Byrne's retelling does a great job of it. Its Krypton made me think of Richard Donner's Superman: The Movie, only colder and sterile. Superman wasn't born on Krypton, but conceived in a gestation matrix and sent to Earth so that he could be born there, and for a time was the only survivor of Krypton. His adopted parents, the Kents, live onward to their son's adulthood instead of dying. Superman developed his powers slowly and had no history as Superboy, which would annoy Legion of Super Heroes fans but made his debut as a costumed adult superhero a whole lot more sensible. However, this change in history also required a change in Lex Luthor's history, and not only was his history changed, but so also was his occupation: Luthor is a powerful and yet corrupt billionaire whose grudge against Superman is that he can't put the Kryptonian under his employ and that someone like him would dare to bring Luthor to justice. Despite these changes, everything else like Superman's first meeting with Lois Lane and the staff of the Daily Planet, his first encounter with Batman, and his dealing with a Bizarro version of himself were fresh retellings that were worth mixing in with the new stuff. It's sad to see this origin now being supplanted with his more modern origin which brings back his history as Superboy and his first encounter with a teenage Lex Luthor, but I still think this is one of the best, if not the overall best, Superman origin stories ever told.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Peter A. Greene VINE VOICE on July 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
John Byrne's strength as a writer/artist is that he sees clearly to the heart of the character. Here, as he did with the Fantastic Four, he not so much re-invents as clarifies the character. All of the fat and foolishness is stripped away, and new details are added that fit so well that you wonder how the feature went fifty years without them. Byrne is totally respectful of what has come before, and yet makes it all fresh and new. This is truly Superman reborn and reinvigorated. Landmark comics, and also a great "starter" book for the fledgeling comics reader.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dani Ducci on December 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
John Byrne does not reinvent Superman in this collection. He returns the character to what he originally was. He strips away much of the mythos which only came into Superman's life after Siegel and Shuster left DC (Superboy, Supergirl, Krypto, multi-colored Kryptonite, god-like power levels, and Kryptonian heritage), and leaves us with the character as he was meant to be when he was created.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joey Lombardi on March 3, 2006
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I missed this run when it initially came out (I was 6) and didn't really know about it until I started to dig back into comic histroy a bit. This is the post-crisis reboot of Superman. And it changed up alot of the status quo.

Superman wasn't concieved by standard "relations", he is basically a test tube baby. He was never actually exposed to his own planet - he was inside a "Birthing Matrix". This is my major issue with the story.

Krypton is a cold a sterile place - all science no love... It works, but the hand is a bit too forced. I prefer the basic origin story.

The story is a series of minor tweaks: His father lives, He isn't great friends with Batman (they fight and then respect each other - but they aren't Super-friends (hehe)), Lex Luthor is a fat business man who STILL has no reason to hate superman so much...

There is a great debate on which origin is better - the almost 20 year old Man of Steel or the recent Birthright. Having read them both in the last year - my opinion is that Birthright is by far a better story.

But this is good superman history. The art and dialog are great for the time and it is an overall satisfying story.
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