The exploration of the Silver Age of Superman continues with this volume collecting stories from ACTION COMICS #248-254 AND SUPERMAN # 127-131 (1959)! Featuring the introductions of Lori Lemaris, Metallo and Bizarro, the return of Mr. Mxyzptlk, and more.
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DC presents us with another fine collection of entertaining Superman stories from the late 1950s. This is "check your brain at the door" silliness, but the energy and fast pace of most of these tales carries you along. As with volume 1, the reproduction, print quality and color are excellent. But DC has done one thing wrong for which there is no excuse: the last story in the volume is Part 1 of a 2 part story...so you'll have to wait until Volume 3 (if there ever is one) to find out how it turns out. Surely DC could have afforded to throw in a few extra pages to finish the tale! That's why I couldn't give it 5 stars.
Full color Superman stories from Action Comics 248-254 and Superman 121-131, originally printed in 1959 more commonly called the Silver Age of Comics. Wayne Boring, my favorite Superman artist, which is not to diminish any other artist, is represented in eight of the stories. In the old days, before the corporate masters elected to shoot the industry in the foot, most stories were complete in one issue. And, what a treat they usually were. So, enjoy the stories and art, and don't forget to buy volume one. Also recommended for public libraries.
Obviously readers will vary in taste and preferences. In my book, the best super-heroes were the DC ones, with the Superman character at the top of the list. Marvel just never much made it for me. And, my choice for best representation of that character spanned--roughly--the decade from 1955 to 1965, with particular focus on two artists--Wayne Boring and Curt Swan. I already had a reaonable collection of material toward the end of that decade, but found I was weak on the first half.
The present volume is a good one, though there are two slight "irregularities" about it. One, every comic represented here is from 1959, exclusively. Two, the colors are very solid, unlike the original comics, which I find a little strange. By comparison, "Superman in the Fifties" spans a greater number of years in the fifties, and features the usual comic color scheme. And, "Showcase Presents Superman--Volume 1" is much larger (over 550 pp, for crying out loud!), covers...
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