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The Superman Files Hardcover – November 5, 2013

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"The great thing about books like this is they retain the history of the character. We may be a couple years into the New 52, but you can find all the important aspects that made Superman the character we all know and love. The book comes across as more of a scrapbook of Superman's history ... [with] many great images and moments, along with some rather fascinating pieces that really fleshes out the world of Superman. Simply put, this is an incredible book." -- Tony Guerroro

"The materials are arranged in a chronological manner, so it's easy to follow along. It's a nice way to present the history. If you have been following Superman on and off, this book is going to fill in the blanks for you. As to the completeness, well, the scope of Superman's comic universe is just too immense to cover everything, but this book does a good job." -- Teoh Yi Chie 

"The book outlines Superman's history, offering details about friends like Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and Perry White as well as facts about such enemies as Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Doomsday and Bizarro. Among the features: secrets of the daily life of Clark Kent; Daily Planet newspaper articles; eyewitness accounts of Superman's exploits; childhood mementos and journal entries; top-secret data known only to Superman; favorite destinations in Metropolis; schematics for the Fortress of Solitude; files from Stryker Island Prison; and hundreds of images of Superman's enemies & allies." -- Kevin Melrose

"Have a hardcore Superman fan in the house? Look no further as The Superman Files is a stunner, and serves as a historical record for the Man of Steel."  -- April Neale

"Even if you have read Superman continuously from the mid 1980s to the present, I can imagine fans of the character paging through this large volume with immense enjoyment, reveling in the variety of art selected from across that period, generally presented as if photographs posted into a scrapbook, with attendant commentary and textual pieces telling the overall story as if from a variety of perspectives and viewpoints." -- Kent G. Hare

" ... cleverly details the life, career, and comic book mythology of Superman." (Publishers Weekly)

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"While it tells Superman's story first and foremost, the book is chock full of Easter Eggs for the fans, and even contains a few nods to our previous book, The Batman Files. Covering everything in Superman's life from John Byrne's revamp to the revisions of New 52 and even into the 31st Century, we attempted to make The Superman Files the most comprehensive life story of Superman to ever see print." -- Matthew K. Manning
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; First Edition/First Printing edition (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449447155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449447151
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 1.2 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an interesting coffee-table book published rather late during the 75th anniversary year of the first appearance of Superman. The simplest, most straightforward short description is that it comprises an in-DC-Universe biography of the greatest super-hero of the 21st century compiled from the perspective of his 31st-century comrade in the Legion of Super-Heroes, Brainiac 5. Generally speaking, it combines commentary from Brainiac 5 with documentary material from the Man of Steel's own journals, news reports, and sundry other faux “sources” to form a more-or-less cohesive narrative stretching from background on his lost homeworld of Krypton to the 2013 present. It does fall short of being a comprehensive history of the character in that virtually no account is taken of materials published before ca. 1985 when the Crisis on Infinite Earths remade the DC Universe and was followed by the 1986-1987 Man of Steel mini-series reimagining the flagship character with a stripped-down, more cohesive continuity that would prevail for approximately the next 25 years. But over the last quarter-century, as far as I can tell, most everything, every major event and story-line, is reconciled into a fairly organic whole that hangs together remarkably well.Read more ›
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This is one huge 312-page thick dossier-like book made like it was put together by Brainiac 5.

The quality of the book is great. I love the textured steel design of the cover. It's hardcover and they have used good thick low gloss paper.

The book is essentially features the commentary of Brainiac 5 as he recounts the history of Superman back to planet Krypton up to the present year 2013. Brainiac covers the story arcs, time travels, characters and villains. There are even journal entries written by Superman that he somehow managed to source, as well as the many Daily Planet newspaper cuttings.

The materials are arranged in sort of a chronologically manner so it's easy to follow along. It's a nice way to present the history. If you have been following Superman on and off, this book is going to fill in the blanks for you.

As to the completeness, well, the scope of Superman's comic universe is just too immense to cover everything but this book does a good job. One reviewer mentioned missing 1985's Crisis on Infinite Earths. I'm sure there will be discrepancies because of the ongoing nature of comic books but I'm not a hardcore Superman fan to be able to notice them.

Images in the book are wonderfully selected to accompany the text. The visuals are generally well reproduced. There are several panels that were printed as if they came out from a inkjet printer that's running out of ink so you can see streak marks. But those streak marks are only on the comic art and not the white border surrounding it. Was it an effect to simulate that the photo (panel) is old, or is it really a printing problem? Either way, it does not work. But other than that, the artworks, the colours are fantastic.

Highly recommended to all Superman fans.

(Check out more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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"The Superman Files is a wonderful compilation of information about Superman. It contains the character's complete history as seen in the decades of comic books (note that this book does not pertain the the motion pictures, etc).

The book is compiled in the style of a dossier, with the bulk of the information coming by way of "artifacts" -- articles from the Daily Planet & the Daily Star; case files from the Metropolis Police Dept; evaluation reports from Stryker's Island; and many others. There are also a bunch of images taken straight from the comics, many of which are accompanied by a brief description of the character/event depicted.

This is a fun way to compile information, but it's a bit of a letdown here because all the artifacts are simply printed on pages -- other books have done this better (such as the Harry Potter Film Wizardry (Revised and Expanded)) by having some of the artifacts be removable and/or interactive. *An example: "The Superman Files" features a map of Metropolis printed on a page; while The Dark Knight Manual: Tools, Weapons, Vehicles and Documents from the Batcave has a fold-out removable map of Gotham that is 4 times bigger and thus so much more detailed (not to mention you could take it out and display it).

Regardless, there is no doubt this is a quality book. The paper is thick and glossy. There is a very nice image to text ratio that will make it appealing for those who like to read as well as those who take more delight in the visual aspects.

Recommended for fans of the Superman comics.
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