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Showcase Presents: Superman Family Vol. 4 (Showcase Presents (Unnumbered Paperback)) Paperback – May 14, 2013
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Less than half the stories here have a credited writer but most of those that list a writer are done by either Jerry Siegel or Otto Binder. I tend to associate all these lighthearted 1960's Superman stories with Otto Binder who brought his fun, lighthearted style from Fawcett Comics. There is no attempt at seriousness here.Read more ›
On the plus side:
* The printing is excellent. The pages are all in order (which was not the case in one of the earlier volumes, which managed to print some pages out of order).
* Kurt Schaffenberger's artwork in the Lois Lane stories is wonderful, almost worth the price of the book in itself.
* The imaginary stories in which Lois marries Superman are fun, clever little microcosms of how marriage was seen and was portrayed in the media in the 1950s. (The stories in this volume are from the early 60s, but the way marriage is portrayed has a decidedly 1950s flavor)
On the down side:
* A number of the stories are just plain lazy and stupid. Some are thinly veiled rewrites of stories which had been published only three or four years earlier, and can be found in the previous volumes of the series. It's sad that the writers and editors were so lazy that they had to recycle tedious old stories, rather than taking the time to come up with something new and interesting for the thousands of kids reading the comics.Read more ›
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This is the Superman and Jimmy Olsen I grew up with. Sure the stories are simple and product of there time. That is OK. It was a enjoyable trip down memory lane.Published 12 months ago by CarlBudaTx
This is back when the Superman family was fun. Love these stories!Published 15 months ago by R. Fletcher
I gave it a five because for the price you got a lot of stories from the silver age. Well worth the price and great to re-read.Published on December 31, 2013 by Keith
I grew up with these comics and so really enjoy this time period in the Superman series, most especially the artwork of Curt Swan. Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by Skabberdink
This installment serves as a "Best of..." for all the great and goofy Jimmy Olsen stories of the Silver Age. Read morePublished on September 9, 2013 by Graphic Reader