You all voted, now here, as part of our celebration of Superman and Lois Lane’s 80th Anniversary, are the results of what you chose as the 40 Greatest Superman Stories!
35. “For Tomorrow” (Superman #204-215)
Following the smash success of his year-long run on Batman for “Hush,” Jim Lee decided to give Superman the same approach. Writer Brian Azzarello wrote the series (Scott Williams inked Jim Lee) that addressed how Superman was dealing with the fact that a million people had “vanished” one year earlier, with Superman’s wife, Lois Lane, being one of the people who vanished. As it eventually turns out, it all ties in with Superman and the Phantom Zone. Meanwhile, there are government conspiracies, a version of General Zod and a priest who is Superman’s confidante but becomes his enemy by the end of the series. When Superman plans on “vanishing” himself, Wonder Woman thinks it is a suicide mission, so she decides to beat him up to keep him from doing it…
He did it anyways.
34. “The Secret Revealed!” (Superman #2)
This is one dark story. John Byrne (and inkers Terry Austin and Keith Williams) decided to deal head on with the idea of a man as brilliant as Luthor being able to figure out Superman’s secret identity. Luthor goes through some deplorable methods of finding out Superman’s secret but once he does, can he even believe it himself? Byrne explores Luthor’s motivations beautifully in this story as we see how Luthor applies his personal beliefs to Superman and the result is both humorous and depressing. Plus, Luthor’s disdain for women is hinted at with his treatment of the female scientist who helps him find Superman’s secret.
33. “Last Son” (Action Comics #844-846, 851 and Action Comics Annual #11)
Geoff Johns is joined by Superman: The Movie director Richard Donner and artist Adam Kubert for this epic tale of the Phantom Zone villains and a young, mysterious Kryptonian boy that Superman tries to protect from General Zod.
But what is the boy’s surprising connection TO Zod? And when the Phantom Zone Kryptonians attack Earth, who can Superman turn to that knows how to stop Supermen? Might his initials be LL?
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