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The Krypton Companion Paperback – August 8, 2006
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The Man of Steel is now most visible on film (Superman Returns) and television (Smallville), and this compendium about his comic-book incarnation welcomely reminds us of his roots. Superman debuted in 1938, but the book begins in 1958, when Mort Weisinger took over with an editorial policy of introducing new elements every few months "to keep . . . our audience involved." Responsible for such fondly remembered gimmicks as kryptonite, Superman's imperfect duplicate Bizarro, and "imaginary stories" that took place outside the "official" continuity and allowed Superman to marry Lois Lane and Lex Luthor to be a good guy, Weisinger's influence persisted until 1986 (the tail end of the book's coverage), when a new regime revamped the character. The volume encompasses interviews with, or profiles of, nearly every writer and artist who worked on Superman, and artwork on every page, much of it previously unpublished. It's all rather scrappy; a straightforward account would be more historically valuable. But now-grown boomer and Gen-Xer fans of 1958-86 will delight in revisiting their childhood hero. Gordon Flagg
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The downside of this tome is mostly subjective as I disagree with some of the authors views. I like Lana Lang as an adult in the comics and some of my favorite stories are from the 83-86 era when she dated Clark. An era he calls weak. I also find some of the praise heaped on Crisis,the Alan Moore closer Whatever Happened To the Man Of Tomorrow, and the issue of DC Comics Presents that ended the bronze age wrong headed. These ushered in the dark agnst filled Superman that seems to have now been finally somewhat rectified. Still 48 years of stories were thrown out and a Superman who I love to follow from that classic era was gone never to return. Obviously I strongly think the reboot should have never happened.
For all that I still find this book wonderful. I miss some of the color from the artwork, and the pages are on a thin stock, but it's an essential purchase.
This magazine had all kinds of interesting articles about Superman and his impact on popular culture. I highly recommend this magazine and look forward to many more about certain comic characters. There are already several other magazines in the Companion series published by Tomorrow (a terrrific publishing company!). Justice Society and Justice League of America, Teen Titans, Legion of Super-Heroes and a couple of others. Buy them! They are worth reading for the average comic book fan!!
The first chapter introduces fans to Mort Weisinger, the abrasive editor of Superman in the 50's and 60's and the man largely responsible for developing the Superman mythology, as we know it today. Will Murray pens a marvelous biographical article about Mort, who began his writing career in the pulps of the 1930's on magazines like Thrilling Wonder Stories and Phantom Detective. Weisinger had a very deserved reputation for being hard to work with, especially for those writers and artists under him. Weisinger seemed somewhat embarrassed about his work in comics as he was known to brag often about articles he wrote for more mainstream publications like Reader's Digest and Parade Magazine. Ironic, then, that he will ever be remembered most for his work on Superman. Due in large part to Weisinger, Superman's mythology was heavily influenced by Sci-Fi pulps. A side-by-side comparison even shows where he liberally borrowed covers from the pulps and had artists recreate them as covers for Superman and Action Comics.
Chapter two features a lengthy article written by the late Curt Swan about his 30 plus years of drawing Superman's adventures. Roy Thomas reflects on the tumultuous two weeks he spent in the mid-sixties as Weisinger's assistant before fleeing to Marvel and being accused of being a spy for Stan Lee by an outraged Mort.
Chapter three is filled with fantastic interviews with the likes of writers Cary Bates, Denny O' Neil, Len Wein, Gerry Conway, Marty Pasko, and artists Rich Buckler, Murphy Anderson, and Neal Adams. The interview with Adams is particularly moving as Neal relates how he took up the fight to get Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster both money and due creator credit from DC and parent company Warner Bros. At the time the two were nearly destitute and without any legal claim to the character they created. Adams led a PR charge of creators, which eventually forced DC and Warner Bros. to do the right thing.
The final chapter is highlighted by a nearly 30 page roundtable discussion featuring 16 Superman artists, writers, and editors that includes Dan Jurgens, Roy Thomas, MarkWaid, Jerry Ordway, Alex Ross, John Byrne, and Walt Simonson. It's like being in a room with the who's who of comics and just listening to them talk about the world's greatest superhero. What a thrill!
The Krypton Companion is also filled with both classic and unpublished Superman artwork, timelines of events and storylines, unpublished story plots, listings of all of the various Superman 80 Page Giants and 100 Page Sepctaculars, and so much more. It's the kind of book you can sink your teeth into and savor for a long time. Another fantastic book from TwoMorrows Publishing!
Reviewed by Tim Janson
Superman was still a popular comic book series, but the stories done during this time became known as being the best Superman stories done even up to tody.
Krypton proved to be a source of many a great Superman story.
This book relives and retells of the days when Superman was once the moret popular character at DC Comics and in comics. I believe that Walt disney's Micke Mouse comics were the only comics tht were more popular than Superman at the time.
So relive the days of when Superman was at the height of his popularity and see why.