Faster than a streak of lightning!
More powerful than the pounding surf!
Mightier than a roaring hurricane!
This amazing stranger from the planet Krypton, the Man of Steel gong smash SUPERMAN!
Welcome one and all to the premiere “issue” of the DC Universe Superman Book Club!
Whether you know Superman better than your Aunt Ida or know nothing about him but are chomping at the bit like Bibbo Bibbowski at a free buffet to know all you can about the Man of Tomorrow, this Book Club is your one stop Fortress of Solitude shop for all things pertaining to Krypton’s last kiddo.
The adventure begins with 1986’s The Man of Steel mini-series written and illustrated by the legendary John Byrne.
This six issue mini-series began the Superman reboot of the 1980’s, which was also the very first time the Superman mythos would be reconstituted for the modern era.
In its wake, Action Comics would become a Superman team-up title, The Adventures of Superman (formerly the original volume of Superman) focused more on the man behind the cape and his supporting cast, while the new volume of Superman (volume two for those keeping count) would focus on the man himself and his whirlwind adventures.
- Have you read The Man of Steel before? If so, where do you rank it in the hierarchy of Superman origin stories?
If this is your first time reading this title, what’d you think of it? Did it dot all of the i’s and cross the t’s that needed to be when telling the origin of Earth’s greatest hero?
What are your thoughts on John Byrne’s updated takes on classic Superman villains Lex Luthor and Bizarro? The Man of Steel mini-series is where the idea of Lex Luthor being a corrupt slimeball of a businessman originated as well as the first Post-Crisis appearance of Bizarro.
This series features the first Superman and Batman team-up of the Post Crisis era. What are your thoughts on this pairing in the new DC Universe?
Please feel free to bring forth any other topics you’d like to discuss about The Man of Steel as well. This discussion runs for one week, until next Friday June 28th.
Throw on your uniform, hike up your boots and don that cape, its time to go up, up and away with Superman!