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This was gonna be a short post to gush about the fact that DC just announced the “Sinbad Contract” storyline will be collected for the first time in 24 years right after I talked about it (clearly, someone at the company reads this blog) (do “Blackout” next!), but I got a little carried away. So, here’s a guide to all the Superman tradepaperback editions from this era that have come out so far:
Or just Superman: The Man of Steel. This one collects the full MoS miniseries by John Byrne, chronicling Superman’s origin, his first meetings with Lois Lane, Lex Luthor and Batman, and, more importantly, the explanation of how Superman shaves.
Superman faces deranged villains like Metallo, Darkseid and some crazy guy called Professor Hamilton. Contains the full storyline where Superman loses his memory and thinks he’s Darkseid’s son, then murders some space hobos.
Superman fights giant robot mummies, gets ditched in space by Hawkman and invades the terrorist nation of Qurac. Also includes the Bloodsport issue, otherwise known as “the only time Jimmy Olsen was ever useful.”
More assorted stories, but the main dish here is the four-part crossover with the Legion of Super-Heroes, in which Superman visits the Pocket Universe and gets into a fight with his own alternate-reality teenage self, and said teenage self’s super-smart flying dog (Superboy and Krypto).
The one with the Superman/Big Barda porn tape. Also Gangbuster’s debut and the Joker and other stuff. But mainly the porn tape. May be sold out in most comic book stores.
All three 1987 Superman Annuals: the one with Superman and Batman versus a sexy vampire, the one with the giant ape, and the one with Hfuhruhurr the brain-stealer. Also, Superman fights Booster Gold and dates a mermaid.
All of the Superman tie-ins with DC’s Millennium crossover event, in which supporting cast members in every superhero’s book turned out to be alien robot sleeper agents. In Superman’s case, it was the entire town of Smallville. Also, Gangbuster gets crippled for life, irreparably, forever.
The only one of the “World of…” miniseries that’s been collected, but also the only one that’s worth a damn. The tale of Superman’s ancestors, and how they ruined everything. Art by Mike Mignola!
The last of the Man of Steel reprint volumes so far, so there are some gaps in the issues starting from here. This one includes the super-sized Action Comics #600, in which Superman makes out with Wonder Woman and gets sick. Batman is in it for like two pages.
Superman exiles himself in outer space, becomes a gladiator and grows a sweet beard. Man, that beard was great. Featuring Mongul, Draaga and the return of Helferfer the brain stealer. Also, Superman finds a thing called the Eradicator and brings it to Earth, a decision that will surely never backfire.
Superman’s decision to bring a thing called Eradicator to Earth backfires epically as he is brainwashed into becoming the cold, dickish Krypton Man. This one is out of print, but you can find it used pretty easily.
Superman and Batman learn to get along for the first time ever, as they investigate the case of the kryptonite ring. Gangbuster is in it, no longer crippled for life forever. Also includes the sexy vampire annual again, in case you wanted two copies of that. I can see why you might.
The just-announced collection I mentioned up there. Besides the “Sinbad Contract” storyline, this also contains the entire Action Comics Weekly Superman serial by Roger Stern and Curt Swan, which is pretty good news for Superman completionists because until now, the only ways to read it were 1) buying 42 non-Superman comics just for the two-page inserts, or 2) shady online means.
GET THIS WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR
Superman: Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite
The thing we’re covering now! Superman loses his powers to Mr. Mxyzptlk’s red kryptonite, and then… uh, don’t look too closely at the cover because there’s a pretty big spoiler there. Also out of print but easy to find.
That’s it so far. I’ll continue when we’ve accumulated enough storylines to justify it, so in like ten years.
"Did you catch that dude getting a BJ in the panel with the New Years Eve explosion? Wonder how that made it past the editors!"
Ha! I did not! I just checked that page again and I still don’t see it. Are you sure they didn’t censor it for the collection? (I have the big hardcover edition.)
Please update us on this, Don.
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