In celebration of Superman’s 75th anniversary on April 18th (Action Comics #1 came out on April 18, 1938), you’ll be voting for the Top 75 Superman Stories of All-Time. With such a big list, we can’t expect everyone to know all the best Superman stories over the years offhand,, so we’ll be providing you a list of 100 nominees over the next ten days (ten a day) that you’ll be choosing from on April 15th (basically, you’ll get 100 choices and then you’ll be putting them into order from #75-1). This is not the final list, this is just the first group of stories that you’ll be voting on later on.
Here are the first batch of ten nominees (they are not in any particular order)!
1. The Death of Superman (Superman Volume 1 #149)
Possibly the greatest Imaginary Story, Jerry Siegel, Curt Swan and Sheldon Moldoff show Lex Luthor getting his final victory over Superman, although things do not end up going the way Luthor had planned in the end.
2. Kingdom Come (Kingdom Come #1-4)
After a horrible tragedy sends him into seclusion for a decade, Superman is pulled out of retirement by the behavior of the “superheroes” of the DC future, but soon Mark Waid and Alex Ross are testing Superman’s very beliefs as he find himself acting more and more like the world’s “Big Brother.”
3. Panic in the Sky! (Action Comics #674-675, Adventures of Superman #488-489, Superman: The Man of Steel #9-10 and Superman #65-66)
Brainiac takes over Warworld and comes to invade Earth. Superman must lead Earth’s heroes in retaliation to defend our planet. Dan Jurgens, Roger Stern, Louise Simonson and Jerry Ordway wrote this crossover story with pencils by Jurgens, Bob McLeod, Jon Bogdanove and Tom Grummett.
4. “Superman Takes a Wife!” Action Comics #484
Cart Bates, Curt Swan and Joe Giella celebrated Superman’s 40th anniversary by finally marrying Superman and Lois Lane…well, A Superman and Lois Lane, that is.
5. “Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes” Action Comics #858-863
In this six-part arc, Geoff Johns, Gary Frank and Jon Sibal brought back the Levitz-era Legion of Super-Heroes as Superman finds himself on a futuristic Earth where the planet has been turned away from all aliens, including most of the Legion of Super-Heroes! Can Superman, an alien himself, turn the tide?
6. “Superman vs. Muhammad Ali” All-New Collectors’ Edition #C-56
Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams, Dick Giordano and Terry Austin gave us this unforgettable team-up/match-up of Superman and the famed boxer Muhammad Ali, as the two must fight each other in order to protect the Earth from an alien invasion.
7. “The Coming of Superman!” Action Comics #1-2
In this, the first Superman story, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster pack a whole lot of plot into this one story (naturally, as the story was a combination of a bunch of different comic strips), as Superman stops a wife-beaters, saves a wrongfully accused man from being electrocuted, saves Lois Lane from some gangsters and finally, affects U.S. foreign policy by proving that a war profiteer is inciting a war!! All in one initial story! All while also introducing an establishing the personalities for Superman, Lois Lane and Clark Kent!
8. Superman: Peace on Earth
Alex Ross and Paul Dini show Superman trying to do something about world hunger and realizing that it is not so easy to affect change on the world.
9. “Superman’s Race With the Flash!” Superman #199
Superman and the Flash race for charity but soon get caught up in foiling the plot of some gangsters! Jim Shooter, Curt Swan and George Klein were the creative team on this one.
10. “Public Enemies” Superman/Batman #1-6
After becoming President of the United States, Lex Luthor uses his power to brand Superman and Batman as, well, public enemies of the state. This leads to the eventual downfall of Luthor from the Presidency as Superman and Batman must clear their good name, stop Luthor AND stop a Kryptonite meteor headed for Earth all at the same time!
Feel free to e-mail me suggestions for stories that you’d like to see featured as a nominee! Odds are that whatever you suggest I already have in mind, but really, it can’t hurt, so send in those ideas! My e-mail is email@example.com