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Superman: Secret Origin Paperback – December 13, 2011
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About the Author
Johns was born in Detroit and studied media arts, screenwriting, and film at Michigan State University. After moving to Los Angeles, he became an assistant to Richard Donner, director of Superman: The Movie. He and his mentor Donner later co-wrote Superman: Last Son featuring the return of General Zod.
Johns has written for various other media, including episodes of Smallville, Arrow and Adult Swim's Robot Chicken, for which he was nominated along with his co-writers for an Emmy. He is the Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment and resides in Los Angeles, California.
Gary Frank, a native of Bristol, England, began his comics career working on various titles for Marvel UK before entering the American comics scene as the penciller on Marvel’s Incredible Hulk. Frank then came to DC Comics where he was the original artist on BIRDS OF PREY and pencilled the adventures of SUPERGIRL. He has also worked on WildStorm’s GEN 13 as well as his creator-owned series Kin. Frank, along with writer Geoff Johns, has worked on the bestselling titles SUPERMAN: BRAINIAC, SUPERMAN AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES. And the New York Times #1 bestseller, BATMAN: EARTH ONE.
Top Customer Reviews
First of, Jones makes an UMBELIEVABLE work on writing Superman. It was like having a Superman story with all the ingredients Superman: The Movie had. I'm not saying that the book is based on the movie, but it have the "flavor" and it's given in such a sutil way that it made me smile every now and then.
The art by Frank is FANTASTIC. Combined with Jones writing, is like seying Christopher Reeve making his thing one more time. It was so unique!. An experience that I haven't had with no other artist.
What makes this story so damn good is how Geoff Jones makes Superman believable. His Superman is not doll nor out of fashion. He's as confused as you and I would be if we try to save the world alone. He have doubts. He's not perfect, but reachs a point where he knows what to do and what NOT to do.
Smallville portion was all about the parents and the true friends. The Legion of Superheroes portion was a breath of fresh air, and the Metropolis portion was a big bang bum!. Funny, touching, action, characters introduction.
Like I said, I can't stop loving this book.
Although ostensibly about Superman's "origins," Johns, in a genuine surprise, wastes no time going over where Superman is from or how he got to earth. Rather, his initial interest is in the "secret origin" if you like, of Clark Kent. To that end, much of the series is dedicated to some of the smaller moments that help Clark eventually become Superman, and in his early days, that help Superman claim his place in Metropolis. When we meet Clark, he's a young boy about to learn a crushing secret that changes his life forever. With the support of his adoptive parents, Clark quickly, (actually faster than a speeding bullet) adapts to his new status in life, gains acceptance in the form of his friendships with members of the Legion of Superheroes, and eventually moves to Metropolis, where his personal alienation from his co-workers and ordinary people is eventually eclipsed by his widespread acceptance as Superman by the people of Metropolis, although not without some significant support from Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great price, fast delivery. The book was in excellent shape, and was a fun read.Published 2 months ago by Douglas Barry Brown
A good Superman story with great art, but nothing new or memorable. Basically if you have never read a Superman comic or saw any of the movies by all means start here. Read morePublished 13 months ago by joe
I'm not huge on Superman. He's one of those superheros that just doesn't keep my attention, so I was hoping that Secret Origins might at least give me some background that I was... Read morePublished 13 months ago by J. Wiles Parker
Geoff John's re-imaging of the Superman mythos seems to me a little rushed and convoluted. In my opinion, it can't be compared to Mark Waid's Birthright (my personal favorite). Read morePublished 15 months ago by Emmanuel Akinola
Great for people who want to read about superman's life from start to current..... This is one of best book of superman -- I google it and found this book top 25 best book in... Read morePublished 20 months ago by JPearl
Geoff Johns and Gary Frank team up again to give you the official post-Crisis origin of the Man of Steel. Read morePublished on April 19, 2014 by KBoticus
Superman has been reinvented so many times that I cannot even count them anymore. Since John Byrne's reboot in 1986 we've had Superman: Birthright by Mark Waid, Superman: Earth One... Read morePublished on February 11, 2014 by David Swan