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Superman Archives, Vol. 1 (Superman Limited Gns (DC Comics R)) Hardcover – February 1, 2005
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of the relationship with Lex Luthor-
I stumbled upon this selection of volumes (pub. c. 1997) quite by accident and was pleasantly surprised as to the near mint condition of the book.
If you are a traditionalist the 'vintage' reprints/archives editions hard-book volumes are in line with an early bigbook/graphic novel
published pre-1950 from my great-uncle's collection, that I loved reading as a child.
And these volumes (especially 1-3) embody that book (I think the one he has is actually bigger, but it may be my foggy recollection) -
I received a book that looks brand new- and took me back to the nostalgia of reading my favorite uncles library collection of unique books.
I love it and so will you...
Overall these vintage Superman Archives Volumes are definitely worth building your clasic graphic novel library.
Our grade: B+, or 4.75Stars!
And this probably isn't the Superman you know either. The original Superman was much more of a mystery-man/pulp character than super-hero, and he hadn't yet adopted his motto of "Truth, justice, and the American Way"; people get killed in these comics as a result of Kal-L's actions; property is severely damaged, and lives are changed. He's just out to do what he thinks is "good" for the "innocent". With the coming of the War, Superman would become the hero we all know and admire, but here he's a bit of a boor at times. But he does his best, as I'm sure cheated creators Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel were as well.
For example, the first Superman story contains a none-too subtle anticaptial punishment message, as our man saves a lady from an execution and a man form a lynching (remember, this is 1938). The second shows Supe stopping a war that is concocted by munitions manufactureres (an early anti-WW2 message).
Along with that, reading these early adventures gives you the feeling that you're a little kid in pre-television 1938-39, sitting with awe and wonder with these exciting tales either being read to you by a skilled adult storyteller, or by yourself with a flashlight at night. Once you get in that mood of an inner child, you can really get into this stuff and it's lots of fun.
However, I would agree that the cost is a bit much for a new edition. Buy a good used copy. Gather the kids (over age 10, that is) around, turn the lights down low, read it with vigor, and have a ball!
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ood drawing, very attractive compilation, good color,and very amazing stories,,,definitely the world has...Read more