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Superman: The Silver Age Newspaper Dailies Volume 1: 1959-1961 (Superman Silver Age Dailies) Hardcover – Illustrated, August 13, 2013
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"The Silver Age was a great time for the Man of Steel, and with these daily strips along with a great foreword and introduction, you can gain a real insight in to just what the significance and historical context of these stories were." –Flickering Myth
About the Author
Wayne Boring was born in Minnesota in 1905 and studied art in his hometown, as well as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He became one of Joe Shuster's early assistants in the late 1930s and eventually assumed the full drawing duties. His rendition of Superman became the most recognizable version during the 1950s and '60s.
- Item Weight : 3.48 pounds
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1613776667
- ISBN-13 : 978-1613776667
- Reading level : 16 and up
- Product Dimensions : 8.87 x 1.18 x 11.28 inches
- Publisher : IDW Publishing; Illustrated edition (August 13, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,530,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Of course I was disappointed that I had already read all the stories in this collection, right? Actually, no. As the introduction describes, these stories feel as if they arrived from a parallel Bizarro universe. Sometimes the comic books and the dailies are the same writer and sometimes they are rewritten but they rarely have the same artist. Even in the cases where they have the same artist they are always completely redrawn. One version might be done by Al Plastino and the other Curt Swan but both are legendary artists. The biggest difference is that the newspaper versions have more time to develop the story and as such they tend to be better.
When I opened this collection the first thing I noticed was how dirty the images were. I struggle with whether or not I should ding IDW for the image quality since apparently these really were lost stories and no one preserved the originals. I take it they had to cull through old newspapers to produce this collection which is one reason this is the first time these stories have ever been reproduced. When I compare the images from this collection and those in the DC Showcase they look far cleaner in Showcase. It’s like there is an artistic spark missing in the dailies that exists in the comic books and I’m not sure if it’s because the artists just didn’t feel as if the newspaper dailies required the same effort or maybe it’s just because the newspaper images are so muddy. It can’t be the quality of the artists because the same artists were doing both even though in most cases there is a switch on who draws the dailies and who draws the comic books.
Despite the fact that the image quality is dirty and the stories are retellings of existing stories I really did enjoy this collection. I’m a huge James Bond fan and this would almost be like finding a lost copy of Goldfinger except shot differently with a different director. I will definitely continue to get the series because it appeals to me as a big fan of the Silver Age Superman but I can understand that this collection may not be for everyone with the weak image quality and redone stories.
Before comics got all serious and weird on us (and one can debate endlessly whether that was an improvement or not), we still had Superman saving the world and battling aliens as well as quite a few Superman wannabes (which seemed to be a favorite theme). Lois Lane figured prominently into the mix as well, and her on-again/off-again romance with him made me think of 'Grease' at times, so high-schoolish and innocent is their relationship.
Where I grew up, we didn't get the Superman comic strips in our local paper, so this volume is especially revelatory to me. Many thanks to all those involved, and for the shout-out. Good job!
in their orignial comic book form. These stories appeared in ACTION COMICS
and SUPERMAN comic books and then were repackaged for the daily comic
strip. So, if you have SUPERMAN comic books from that era or the SHOWCASE:
SUPERMAN softcovers that collect stories from that period----I wouldn't get this hardcover.
The stories are good and are a good example of "silver age" stories.