Hands on: The Superman Files

Check out just how super this book is featuring everything you'd want to know about Superman.

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Spotlight on: The Superman Files

A great collection containing everything you'd want to know about the Man of Steel.

This time of year always marks a time when many people are either asked what they want as a gift or are looking for that cool gift item for someone. We don't tend to do 'gift guides' but this is definitely something you should check out, The Superman Files by Matthew Manning, published by Andrew McMeel Publishing back in November.

Simply put, this is an incredible book. You might have already checked out our video look (at the top of the page). You get quite a bit here. Matthew Manning is also responsible for The Batman Files, which was released in 2011 (we also did a video and pictorial look which you can find HERE). If you've seen that book, you have a good idea what to expect with this one.

The great thing about books like this is they retain the history of the character. We may be a couple years into the New 52 but you can find all the important aspects that made Superman the character we all know and love. The book is compiled by Brainiac 5 but has been "translated" by Manning.

Rather than be presented in a typical (and often boring) manner, the book comes across as more of a scrapbook of Superman's history instead of a straight encyclopedia approach. They've managed to dig up many great images and moments along with some rather fascinating pieces that really fleshes out the world of Superman.

Besides just consisting of images from different comics, a lot of the information is presented with newspaper clippings and other documents.

Along with the clippings and moments in Superman and Clark's life, there is also a ton of information about those around him. You can find out his family members, friends, former girlfriends and enemies. This makes learning about the different characters more fun.

The book does retail for $75 but you can find it online for lower prices (Amazon has it for $47.44). It has 312 pages and is oversized so you can take in and fully appreciate all the images and 'documents.'

Even though the majority of the book covers the pre-New 52 era, there is some information on what has happened since, including the beg kiss between Superman and Wonder Woman. In other words, the book is pretty up to date with what is going on in Superman's life!

This makes a great addition to you collection of comic related books. Of course it also makes a great coffee table book. Just make sure any friends that come over will fully respect and appreciate the beauty and quality of this book.

Here's a few more shots from the interior of the book:

You can read the full specs on the book at the publisher's website HERE.

20 Comments Refresh
Posted by Battle_Forum_Junkie

Very interesting. I might pick this up for myself...

Posted by AllStarSuperman

looks awesome, I have thought bout getting this

Edited by Mucklefluga

Looks like a classy book.

Posted by TheMantisShrimp

Looks super cool

Posted by Mr. Kamikaze

that's a pretty sexy mermaid.


Posted by G-Man

My plan is to do some more of these cool spotlights since it's the shopping season.

Edited by iceslick

@g_man: Thanks for telling us about this. It looks really good to read and look at. I might definitely buy it someday.

Posted by Mbecks14

I know what I want for Christmas!

Posted by SandMan_

Or you could just ask me all you wanna know about Superman :P Looks btw.

Posted by RulerOfThisUniverse

I might get this...

Posted by RulerOfThisUniverse

^Is what I said before I saw the $75 price tag. Never mind.

Posted by arkay74

Did anyone buy DC's Superman & Lois Lane anniversary books? They are not bad, only wished they would have left a little more space around the old strips at the binding. I hate having to stretch the book in order to read those pages.

Posted by G-Man

@arkay74: I have 'em! Spoiler: I'm spotlighting one (didn't have time for both).

Posted by G-Man
Posted by JLArturo

THIS. I WANT. I neeeeeeeeed.

Edited by RulerOfThisUniverse

@g_man: Oh....that's really tempting, then...

Edited by Kelevra216

Love to get one.

Also, I find it important that people should get interested in pre-New 52 stuff. It's sort of like a history lesson, both fiction and non-fiction. Seeing the Superman of the previous alternative timeline and his transition of portrayal through the ages.

Posted by RustyRoy

Looks awesome, I might get this later.

Posted by arkay74

@g_man: Nice! Can't wait for your opinion ;)

Posted by SaintWildcard

If I wasnt so broke I would get it. Maybe in a few months.