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Superman for All Seasons Paperback – October 1, 2002
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About the Author
Tim Sale is not only the artist for the numerous collaborations with Jeph Loeb listed above, but has also worked on DEATHBLOW, BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, Grendel, Wolverine/Gambit: Victims, Billi 99, Amazon, and various other projects. He had the distinct honor of being the first creator chosen for the artist spotlight series SOLO.
Top Customer Reviews
The poignant story showcases Supes in the four seasons of the year,with each one season narrated by one of the many supporting characters. The differing perespective is not only seen with the style of writing, but also the lettering, the coloring and the art. Superman's origin has always been very well established and has been revisited many many times. With this work, however, Loeb revisits Supes and makes us look at his upbringing through the years and how he established the values that makes him the man he is today. For the first time, we look at Supes during his teen years and feel the angst when his powers slowly start to come through. We fall in love when he does the same, and feel our heart break when his heart is broken. Loeb can be funny and he deals with that side of the character truthfully. It was after this rendition of Supes that Loeb was finally given the helm of the monthly Superman comic.
When it comes to art, Tim Sale is the man you would want to feast your eyes on his work. His basic pencils and inks flourish even more when you look into how the way he draws human emotion. His work can be sexy, especially noticed with the introduction of one hot Lois Lane. No wonder Superman falls in love with her and eventually gets married to the woman. She really is a presence.
Through it all, Superman for All Seasons is one heckuva good read. The hardcover format give it an even richer, more hansome feel to it. Loeb and Sale are the dream team. Working so well together that comic publishers just can't get enough of them. Which is a good thing, really. It leaves us readers feel great, truly enjoying the story and all its contents.
It's a good fit. Jeph Loeb captures the 1940's idealistic dream of the 1930's perfectly, while still managing to set the series in modern times. Lex Luthor makes a nice glowering Mr. Potter, greedily lusting after the only thing his money can't buy. This optimistic writing style comes as quite a surprise from the pen of a writer most known for giving us the darkest side of Batman.
Keeping with the theme, Tim Sale borrows heavily from the Fleischer Superman cartoons of the early 1940's including a brilliant adaptation of the Fleischer's flying effect for Superman. The art is very stylized, and suits the story. Superman is huge, in the way that a big brother is huge to a small child. His size is comforting, rather than intimidating.
There are few comics that deserve the hardback format. "Superman for All Seasons" is one of them.
Now this question has been asked and answered before, but "Superman for All Seasons" takes a look at Superman from adolescence to manhood. Each "season" is narrated by a different person in his life. Jonathan Kent, his father, narrates Spring, Lois Lane-Summer, Lex Luthor-Fall, and Lana Lang narrates Winter.
The graphic novel is drawn in a definite homage to the Superman of the late 30's and 40's, a style that I've always liked. Part of artist Tim Sale's dedication reads, "For Norman Rockwell and his love of a vision of Americana that resonates through its limitations..." It's clear that he drew upon the illustrations of Rockwell for inspiration in this book. For the first time that I know of, young Clark Kent is drawn as a big, pudgy, Midwestern kid. It's appealing, mainly because I was a big, pudgy, Midwestern kid (okay, perhaps a little more than pudgy). Nevertheless, as I looked at Clark I got the feeling that Martha Kent and my grandmother both bought our clothes from the Sears catalog. I half expected Clark to bend over and see the old Sears "Toughskins" brand label that they put on jeans for "husky" boys. It made Clark seem a little more familiar. You're thinking, "I could play Playstation with this kid." If Playstation had been invented in 1938, that is.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
In Superman for All seasons Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale take on Batman. Ultimately this is the worst teamup of theirs I have read. Its short and rather inconsequential. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Dane R. Johnson
Funny as this may sound this is my first Superman comic that I read. That’s largely due to the fact that as a kid I found Superman to be cheesy. Read morePublished 4 days ago by SLIMJIM
What a wonderful,heartwarming story about the big lug, told in an old fashioned way that doesn't exist anymore, Artwork fits the words perfectly, the story they should make of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by michael nolan
I never read a Superman comic until this one. It is classic Loeb and Sale and it was a perfect way to get started reading Superman stories.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
it's a classic that is great for any and all fans i love the artwork and style of writingPublished 3 months ago by Jarred Blackburn
Superman for All Seasons in my opinion is a masterpiece. Before that I want to talk about Superman in my point of view. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I cannot understand how any one who has followed Supes for any length of time could stand to look at this marshmallow rendering of the Man Of Steel with anything but contempt. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JP Fish