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Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman Deluxe Edition Hardcover – April 17, 2018
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"Taking a walk through the evolution of the character is an incredible journey. I was struck by the varying art styles, plot lines, and character development, especially in dialogue. From Brainiac to Supergirl to Earth 2, the selections cover a great variety of Superman's mythos. It couldn't have been easy to pick the selections, but the editors really did right by Siegel and Shuster. The book really shines in the commentary and a few certainly stuck out. Laura Siegal Larson's homage to her father in the introduction was a touching and heartfelt dedication to the determination and focus of the artist. Marv Wolfman's story of visiting the DC office in Manhattan in the 60s touched on the passion of the fan and the joy of discovering a new story. And Larry Tye's piece 'Endurance' speaks of Superman's staying power in an ever-changing market. He so poignantly notes, 'Each generation got the Superman it needed and deserved.'" -- Paul, goodreads.com
"A tapestry of old material and new, [the book] reprints noteworthy stories fromSuperman's history, beginning with his introduction in 1938 all the wayto recent adventures in 2012. Key moments of Superman's history thatinclude the introduction of Supergirl and Superman's Fortress ofSolitude, as well as debuts of villains like Toyman and Brainiac, arerepresented. Scholars and historians present essays on that first issue of Action Comics, Clark Kent the reporter, and Superman's lasting impact on both pop culture and society, among other topics. The large format hardcover is a stylish addition to any collection of superhero comics." -- Amanda Sheriff
"It is easy to see how and why Superman has endured for four-fifths of a century, especially after reading this commemorative companion piece to the landmark issue. Whenever DC decides to honor the history and legacy of their characters, theyhave a way of doing it in the most loving way possible. This book is no exception ... it's a celebration of Superman and the comic series thatstarted it all. It is very clear that a tremendous amount of time andcare was put into assembling this book." -- Mario Bennese
"More than anything, this is a book where the real value is in how, between contextual text pieces by various contributors and the selections themselves, provide a sense of time and place regarding not only the creators behind the character and his supporting cast, but also in how comics storytelling was approached in each instance ... it's a nicely balanced work and clearly a labor of love in its curation with a strict focus on where everything we love about Superman got its start ... from the minds of two Depression-era kids from Cleveland ... a perfect celebration of the original (and best) superhero." -- Kyle Pinion, The Beat
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Besides the essays, the tome includes 21 Action Comics stories comprising each decade since its 1938 original issue (2 or 3 issues per decade). As usual, there is the first story probably included in every Superman anthology, Supergirl's debut, and the debut of two villains: the Toyman and Braniac, It is interesting to see cameos of President Kennedy in two issues from the early sixties and "Too Many Heroes," an unpublished issue saved by Marv Wolfman and written by Siegel and Shuster. The wedding of Superman and Lois Lane from Earth 2 is perhaps one of the best gems among these stories, and undoubtedly, Lois Lane's discovery of Superman's identity couldn't be missing here. In addition to this, the debut of Zatara the magician, the Vigilante, and the Human Target (from the early seventies) are included in this tome. The weakest story in this collection is Paul Levitz's "The Game." In this story, Superman palys chess with Lex Luthor. When the latter loses, he traps Superman with green kryptonite chains, but Superman is ready with a Mother Box borrowed from Scott Free (Mister Miracle). Personally, I thought that this story was quite lame and too simple to conclude this commemorative issue.
At the end of the volume, there are pages dedicated to pivotal covers representing each decade. It is a pity that instead of just showing covers, the stories behind these covers should also had been reprinted.
Overall, the volume is satisfactory. It has a beautiful binding and its contents are neatly presented. It is a job well done. Content-wise, its strengths are found in the essays as mentioned previously, but its weakness is found in the limited amount of material that could have been included here pointing to the several developments of Superman in Action Comics. The Merv Wolfman presentation of the Jerry Siegel unpublished story was a great contribution here. On the other hand, including a fifty-page issue covering just one story waisted opportunities to present other new stories. Although not a bad volume, it could have been better.
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Also bought one for my young grandson who was delighted to receive it.
father destroyed because he didn't think kids should be reading such junk, they should be reading Field & Stream
and Outdoor Life magazines.
The 80 years of Superman were great and passed away a lot of snowy nights when the lights went out,
enjoyed them immensely, if you are a Superman fan this is the book for you.
Além de tudo, é uma incrível homenagem ao personagem e seus criadores.