Superman is the greatest super-hero ever created and one of the most iconic fictional characters of all-time. He is, debatably, the most well known super hero in comic books. Without a doubt, he was the first one and his creation signaled the birth of an entire genre. His very name could even be considered as the official job description of every other super hero that was created since.
Almost 75 years since Superman first appeared in 1938, he is still going strong. Some might argue that he is no longer as popular as he used to be, and that other super heroes like Batman and Spider-Man have already exceeded his popularity. That may be true, but there is no denying his significance and place in the history of comic books and pop culture, in general.
With such a long history behind the character, there have also been countless great stories featuring the Man of Steel. There have been plenty of great writers and artists who have been given the reigns of writing Superman’s adventures. Some of those stories have gone on to be revered as some of the best ever produced in the medium. It would be nice to take a look at some of the most awesome Superman reads ever.
The Super List
The stories listed below are just a few of the many awesome stories that have been created throughout the years by some of the best creators in the industry. These stories feature not only great super heroics, but also great looks at Superman – and his alter ego, Clark Kent – as an individual.
All Star Superman
All Star Superman was a collaboration between writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quietly. The story is more of a celebration of what Superman actually stands for in our world, and the end result is an actual masterpiece. It tells of how Superman accomplishes a dozen great feats that he should do before he dies from being poisoned by solar radiation.
Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? Was written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Curt Swan. It was called the “last” Superman story as his Silver Age self came to retire after the events that happened in Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Mark Waid and Alex Ross teamed up to produce Kingdom Come. In this story, Superman/Clark Kent is much older and has already retired from being a hero. He is then sought out by some of his former colleagues and enlists his aid in trying to make the world right once more and restore order and justice.
For the Man Who Has Everything
The creative team behind The Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, are the ones behind For the Man Who Has Everything. This story was featured in Superman Annual # 11, and featured some of his allies (Batman, Wonder Woman, Robin) head to the Fortress of Solitude to celebrate Superman’s birthday. However, they find him a victim of an alien plant that gives the victim just what he truly desires – only that it is an illusion.
Superman: Birthright has Mark Waid and Leinil Francis Yu as its creators. It is one of the most definitive retellings of Superman’s origin. It is a tale that made the Kent’s significantly younger, a Superman/Clark who is willing to do help the world and do whatever it takes to do so, and also gave a lot of spotlight on Superman’s Kryptonian identity and heritage.