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Superman in the Eighties Paperback – April 19, 2006
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"Superman in the Eighties is an anthology giving readers a taste of this costumed hero's adventures on both sides of the Infinite Earths saga. Rather than a comprehensive chronology, the compilation consists of a series of vignettes providing considerable insight into this beloved icon of contemporary American folklore. A number of the tales included tug at the heart as much as they regale with action and adventure." -- Frederick Meekins, faithwriters.com
"The best attribute in Roger Stern's work is his heart. His stories tend to be rooted in the decency of heroes -- his heroes have HEART, as it were. When Stern left Marvel for DC, he brought that style with him to the Superman titles."
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"Superman In The Eighties" is an anthology giving readers a taste of this costumed hero's adventures on both sides of the Infinite Earths saga.
Rather than a comprehensive chronology, the compilation consists of a series of vignettes providing considerable insight into this beloved icon of contemporary American folklore.
A number of the tales included tug at the heart as much as they regale with action and adventure.
In one story published before the John Byrne "Man of Steel" miniseries where aspects of the Superman mythos were updated or tweaked, aliens transport Jonathan Kent through time to see what becomes of Clark in the future after his adopted father has already passed on.
In another, Superman confronts his own pride when the Specter reminds Superman that they are realms reserved for God Himself.
And in a third, Superman comes face to face with childhood versions of his creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster on an earth where alien invaders have manipulated the timestream to eradicate the concepts of heroism and imagination from human culture in order to make the earth easier to conquer.
"Superman In The Eighties" will make a valuable reference for any graphic novel library or comic collection.
by Frederick Meekins
One of the last stories in the book features a darkly bearded "superman double" and you get the impression that the illustrator was just being lazy and only wanted to draw super_men (one in blue, one in grey), and that a whole story was developed so that the illustrator could be lazy.
meanwhile, spiderman stories had ironies, ethics, the 5th estate, cleverness, and many, many, many things to recommend them. this book had none of that.
this book is totally forgettable. My kids now think superman is boring. This is the WRONG first superman book to buy for your kids.