The Best of DC No. 12 Superman in Time and Space (1981)

In the days before comic book sized trade paperback compilation books (commonly mistaken as “graphic novels” which is something entirely different) comic companies published digest sized books which were comprised of previously published stories.

This is an issue of The Best of DC No. 12 which features compilation of Superman stories and is collectively titled, Superman in Time and Space. This 100 page digest book from 1981 contains…

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Superman Returns the Official Movie Adaptation comic (2006)

As it is with most comic book adaptations, the writers and artists are given early versions of the movie script, production photos, and (sometimes) footage to work with. This adaptation of the 2006 motion picture Superman Returns is no exception. The comic opens with what was the original open to the movie before being edited out. It mimics the intro to Superman: The Movie complete with…

Superman: Peace on Earth graphic novel (1999) – signed by Alex Ross

This is a large format 64-page graphic novel called Superman: Peace on Earth. Published in 1999 by DC Comics, the story was written by Paul Dini and Alex Ross and was a breath of fresh air at the time. It tackles the tough issue of Superman deciding to use his powers to help defeat world hunger and poverty but ends up learning a lesson at the end.

This book was masterfully illustrated by renowned artist…

Superman Birthright #1 (2003)

In a re-telling of Superman’s origin, Superman Birthright loosely borrows stories from various sources and continuities.  That, however, by no means implies that it’s a mere copy.  This first issue starts on Krypton as we see Jor-El and Lara testing ship after ship which eventually fail.  Finally, after baby Kal-El is sent off in a ship that succeeds, we are transported in time to…

Superman #50 (2nd Series) (1990)

Here is Superman number 50 (2nd series) published in 1990.  In this 48-page issue, Clark Kent confronts Lex Luthor and, later, Superman battles Mister Mxyzptlk who becomes… Grossman, a giant humanoid blob of goo while wearing the ʻG’ from the Galaxy Building.  Also appearing in this issue is The Guardian.  What makes this issue important, though, is that it is…

Superman #400 (1st series) (1984)

To mark the 400th Superman collectible I’ve added to this virtual exhibit, this is the 400th issue of the first comic book series of Superman.  Published in 1984, this anniversary issue contains a heaping helping of writers and artists including the likes of Ray Bradbury, John Byrne, Steve Ditko, Mike Grell, Jack Kirby…

Superman comic strip #177 (1943)

Superman’s comic strip run began in 1939 and continued until 1966. This is an actual half page from a 1943 Superman comic strip (number 177) with art by Wayne Boring. The story, entitled Hollywood Victory Caravan, tells the tale of a group of Hollywood actors who travel from city to city and raise money to help fund the United States during World War II. During a bus tour…