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Superman Chronicles Vol. 1
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{Chat2day} Superman Chronicles Vol. 1

Superman Chronicles Vol. 1

Superman Chronicles Vol. 1

Presenting an exciting new way to experience the rich history of the Man of Steel in an affordable trade paperback collection of every Superman adventure, in color, in chronological order!SUPERMAN CHRONICLES VOL. 1 reprints the earliest stories of the world’s first super-hero, originally published in ACTION COMICS #1-13, NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR #1 and SUPERMAN #1 (1938-1939)! These historic tales feature the first adventures of the Man of Steel by Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Fu

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  1. Tim Janson says:
    42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A MORE AFFORDABLE RE-PRINT FORMAT, March 6, 2006
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    Tim Janson (Michigan) –
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    DC Comics re-printing of the earliest Superman adventures isn’t a new idea. We’ve seen them numerous times over the years both in regular comic reprints, Famous First Editions Treasuries, as well as the Action Comics Archives. But in Superman Chronicles, DC gives readers a slight variation. Rather than just providing reprints of a particular title, the Chronicles will be re-printing Superman stories in chronological order as they first appeared beginning with Action Comics #1 back in 1938. Thus this volume goes in order of Action Comics numbers 1 through 12, then New York World’s Fair #1, Action Comics #13, and finally concluding with Superman #1. Obviously the often re-printed Action Comics stories are at the front of the line in this first volume but that will change in the future editions.

    If you haven’t read these stories before this is a Superman who is very different in both powers and appearance than the one we know today. Early on Superman did not fly, but could merely leap up to an 1/8th of a mile. No real origin is presented other than a brief preface that Superman was found by some motorists and placed into an orphanage. No mention of ma & pa kent whatsoever… And it wasn’t the Daily Planet where Clark Kent got his start as a reporter but the Daily Star. While Lois Lane was around from the beginning, to say her and Clark didn’t quite get along at first is putting it mildly. Lois is downright nasty to Clark leading to a surprised exclamation by Clark when Lois actually says hello to him one day.

    The villains early on are not exactly on the par of Lex Luthor, Brainiac, or Doomsday. Mostly Clark battles two-bit villains who are pretty indistinguishable from those that Batman may have fought. One may almost consider these early adventures mundane. In one, Clark goes up against a ruthless mine owner who refuses to improve the safety of his mines even after an accident traps several of his employees. Another story finds Clark impersonating a football player in order to bring down some gangsters who’ve hired thugs to purposely injure a rival teams best players.

    One of the most humorous and most prophetic stories in the book is the one where a man shows up at the Daily Star claiming to be Superman’s manager and saying he has the rights to license Superman’s name for use in films or on products like bathing suits. One wonders if writer Jerry Siegel knew just how big Superman would become back in the late 30′s, and how he would have to fight legal battles with DC over the character. Joe Shuster’s art was a bit primitive even for the Golden Age and not on a par with others of the period like Kirby, Schomburg, Molduff, and Kubert. The real star, art-wise of these early issues of Action was cover artist Leo O’ Mealia who contributes some dazzling covers. O’ Mealia was an old pro who was perhaps best known for illustrating the Fu Manchu newspaper strip in the early 1930′s. Kudos to DC for including all of these great covers.

    One can question whether or not there’s a need for these to be re-printed in chronological order. Continuity wasn’t all that important back then and stories were rarely continued across different titles, but for those who have not read them it further preserves important comic book history. And on top of that, the soft cover format makes these far more affordable than the Archive editions.

    Reviewed by Tim Janson

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  2. WD Preece says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A must-read for all comic fans!, November 10, 2012
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    WD Preece (Kentucky USA) –

    I want to defend reprinting in chronological order. The Golden Age Superman is the most significant comic in history, and to watch the evolution of this character (at least until 1945 or so) is to watch the evolution of comic books themselves.

    True, there is almost no continuity from story to story. But there is a definite continuity in terms of evolving the character, the art, and genre over the years. Nobody knew what a comic book was supposed to be, especially a superhero. Siegel and Shuster took certain elements of the pulps (which these early volumes read like: pulp stories), and certain elements of adventure comic strips (like Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers), and created an all-new genre. That evolution occurs in these pages.

    The irony of Superman is that before WW2, certainly before Pearl Harbor, Superman is the symbol of the little man against the corrupt power structure in America. No, he doesn’t challenge the system per se, just the evil people that it can produce. Remember, 1938 is steeped in the Great Depression and still conscious of the horrors of WW1 (among other societal problems and fears). The two greatest evils of that era were the corrupt big businessmen and the mafia. (Also throw in evil scientists and their killer gas! I think the Asian villain stereotypes like Fu Manchu had faded or began to wane by this time.) So Superman spends a fair bit of time dealing with these. But once WW2 starts, especially for America, Superman immediately grabs a flag and becomes a symbol of patriotism and the establishment. I don’t think Superman again challenges an American status quo until the late ’60/early 70s. (I’m not passing judgment on any of this. It’s just how I see it happening.)

    Another trend of early superhero comics is the utter lack of costumed supervillains. This is not a negative. This truly humanizes the character. It made him relatable because he cared about the problems regular people had. Plus, Superman’s complete dominance really was the selling point. He needed no other superpowered characters to tell his story. Breaking steel bars and deflecting bullets were truly stupefying at this time. Kids loved just seeing him do that. Leaping over a tall building seems weak to us today, but kids everywhere marveled at the idea of jumping over a skyscraper. Forget Superman, the buildings themselves were marvels!

    I’ve read Superman comics from virtually year of his existence. I love these early stories–despite any flaws or limitations–as much as any. And way more than the goofy stuff that dominates Superman stories (Kryptonite, Magic, and plot gimmicks) by the 1950s. My only caveat is that these reprinted comics were never intended to all be read at once. Comic fans know this, but new readers might not understand the difference between a graphic novel (one story) and a simple collection of stories.

    I recommend this volume 100% and every volume in the series.

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  3. M. Jackson says:
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    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Perfect collection of the first Superman comics, January 30, 2013
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    The first 13 Superman stories given to the world in the 1930s. Interesting for it’s stark, hard hitting, no nonsense plots and dialogue as for the old fashioned art work. Fun to read and simply and cleanly collected without flourish–just the comics do all the talking.

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