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Superman: The Man of Tomorrow Archives Vol. 3 (Superman Archives) Hardcover – May 20, 2014

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  • Series: Superman Archives (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401241077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401241070
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Stephen V. Kempton on May 23, 2014
Many are speculating that this might be the last DC Archive ever. Nothing has been confirmed but no new DC Archives have been solicited in 6 months. Also the increased production of Omnibus and Chronicles lead many too believe that they are the replacements. I certainly hope not but if this is the last one they have certainly gone out on a high note.

I have always found it a bit of a Paradox that editor Mort Weisinger known to be a crabby,single minded Dictator of an editor spearheaded this era of Superman stories which are absolutely delightful. It is a time of magical world building mythology. If I try examine the stories nobody acts like real people that exist in our world, instead they all act like 10 year boys. They tease each other cruelly, cry at the drop of a hat and propose marriage often. This Archive is jammed full of quirky characters, fascinating places and mostly silly villains.

This volumes collects 14 issues of Superman stories from Action #255 to #268 and 8 issues of Superman from #132 to #139. The Action issues are only one story per comic because the book was shared with Supergirl. The Superman issues are either three separate Superman stories or a 3 part novel length Superman story. The original comics came out in 1959 and 1960.

The book is over 400 pages of comics with an Introduction by Tom Peyer using actual letters from Mark Waid as a child. While this is a clever idea I found it to be not as much fun as the past two introductions which had me howling with laughter.

90% of the writing is from Otto Binder and Jerry Siegel. Otto Binder is one of my favorites and was instrumental in creating the only other magical era in Superheroes that I love as much as Weisinger Superman era, that being the Golden age Captain Marvel.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Trtek on June 21, 2014
The stories contained in this volume represent the tail end of my focus on Superman as a child. I had first started reading comics in earnest in 1957, starting with science-fictional titles like Mystery in Space and Strange Adventures, then the following year latching onto the Son of Krypton and the other members of the then-burgeoning Superman family. This interest would last until late 1959 and 1960, when Green Lantern would become my favorite DC superhero of all time, though Superman would remain dear. This volume, featuring stories from Superman and Action Comics between August 1959 and September 1960, is graced with Curt Swan Covers and stories mostly written by Otto Binder and penciled mostly by Wayne Boring, and they represent perhaps the zenith of the baroque, wacky Mort Weisinger regime. Highly recommended. And I hope a previous reviewer is wrong in stating that this might be the last Archives edition ever. There's still some remaining gold to be mined in the "Man of Tomorrow" vein. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By hudd on May 24, 2014
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I am a Kirby fanatic, and his style is big, rough, bold, kinetic, innovative, and powerful. Curt Swan's work , on the other hand, is quiet, clean, exquisite, intimate and perfectly executed. Kirby's work will knock you out then repeatedly pick you up and knock you out again . Swan 's art will welcome you in on a cold, miserable night and offer you a seat near the fire and a hot cup of cocoa and make you a dear friend. Kirby raucously astounds; Swan quietly charms. Jack is rightly named the King while Curt seems often to be unjustly ignored. Buy this book and ignore him no longer. And like me you too may become a Swan fanatic.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bill on May 22, 2014
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I read many of these stories when I was just a kid. There are a couple of really great epic tales, along with some a little on the silly side. The cover art was always great and a real tease (because the stories were not always as great as the covers.) The artwork is reproduced beautifully. I was surprised to see what a great job that John Forte did in inking Curt Swan - the combination is beautiful. ( I never liked John Forte's primitive-looking pencils on the Legion of Super Heroes. ) So, if you grew up with these stories, get this book - you won't be disappointed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Fletcher on June 30, 2014
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This is a great book filled with Superman at his best. Beautiful artwork and fun stories. I sure hope there will be another volume as these stories are when Superman was the greatest. If you grew up during these years as I did you are going to have a wonderful time seeing all these stories again. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David T. Votau on August 12, 2014
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"Up, Up and Away!" Always a pleasure to see these great Silver-Age reproductions from DC's vaults. Wish they would step it up with MORE volumes of more of their characters and series.
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By Jim O'Connor on July 30, 2015
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Lots of good reading.
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