40 Greatest Superman Stories: #6-4

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!


6. “Superman and the Fiend from Dimension 5” (Action Comics #1-18)

When the New 52 allowed the DC Universe to reboot, Grant Morrison was given free rein to do what he wanted with Superman's origins in the pages of Action Comics and he came up with a clever idea that Superman, in the early days, was much less powerful and more of the "man of the people" that we saw in the original Action Comics #1 in 1938.

However, very quickly it became apparent that the seemingly unrelated small stories that Morrison was doing in the series were really part of a much larger narrative that took up his entire 19 issue run (#1-18 plus a #0 issue). It was all one non-linear tale, as Superman takes on the fiendish Vyndktvx all over the space/time continuum.

Of course, what this really means is that Morrison had the freedom to approach Superman from all different angles as we take various look-ins into the life and times of the newly revamped Superman, from his origins to his progression into the modern version of Superman to the travels to the future to the Superman of Earth-23. The stories are almost intentionally haphazard as they jump around in time and space. Rags Morales and Brad Walker are the two main artists on the run, but a number of artists did fill-in issues here and there, including Brent Anderson, Andy Kubert and Gene Ha.

5. "Secret Identity" (Superman: Secret Identity #1-4)

Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen take a different look at the Superman mythos by showing a man named Clark Kent who grew up in a world where Superman comic books existed but superheroes did not. So when Clark finds himself suddenly with super powers, well, things change in his life dramatically. He evens has his own Lois! Check out this awesome scene early in his marriage to Lois...

This comic is touching and well-thought out and beautifully drawn by Immonen.

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