Superman Recommending Reading!

Note :Feel free to comment if you think that I left out a story or series that deserve to be amongst the best!

New Readers :

  • Superman and the Men of Steel (Action comics vol 2 #1-8) Is the latest origin of Superman and the perfect place to start in the New 52.The story has elements of the golden age Superman and shows the first days of Clark Kent as his alter ego.Still not at his full potential Clark has to fight the army,an alien menace and the organized crime in metropolis.By Grant Morrison and Rags Morales.
  • Superman: Birthright Is a retelling of the origin story, a maxi-series that seeks to modernize the character while installing new elements.A fan-favorite comic book By Mark Weid and Leinil Francis Yu.
  • Superman: Earth one Is part of the E1 series that allows the writers to explore the characters from a different angle. This title is more than a simple origin,the writer explores and defines the place of Clark Kent in the world. By J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis.
  • Superman: For All Seasons Is a story of the early years of Clark Kent as Superman.Seen from the eyes of those closest to him on both sides of his life.By Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale.
  • Superman: Red Son Have you ever thought how would superman turned up if he was raised in Stalin's Soviet Union!This title is part of the elseworlds imprint and answer's the previous question. It mixes alternate versions of DC super-heroes with alternate-reality versions of real political figures such as Joseph Stalin and John F. Kennedy.By Mark Millar and Dave johnson.
  • Superman: Secret Identity A very unusual story.A boy named Clark Kent who lives in a world where superheroes exist only in comics(simillary to ours) gains superman's super powers and his world changes upside down, the art is fantastic and the story really wins the reader.By Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen.
  • Superman: Secret Origin Is the last retelling of the origin of superman before the New 52 relaunch.The writer restores the character to his timeless elements.By Geoff Johns and Gary Frank.

Must Read :

  • All-Star Superman is a beautifully written tribute to the Superman of the silver age . It's a refreshingly modern take on the character told with imagination and creativity.By Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely.
  • Kingdom Come Although not completely a Superman story,Kingdom Come defined the character in the 90s.Set in a future where the heroes of the old times have retired and the ones who took over lacked every moral and responsibility. It is when a major disaster happens that Superman decides to rein in the new generation of heroes in the hopes that they would reform and adopt his generation's ideals of what being a superhero is all about.Kingdom Come is the ray of light in the dark and moody comics of the 90s.By Mark Waid and Alex Ross.
  • Superman And The Legion of Superheroes Superman teams-up with his childhood friends from the future to stop a war that has been raging on the entire galaxy. By Geoff Johns and Gary Frank.
  • Superman : Brainiac The breath-taking arc that took place in Action Comics #866-870.The First encounter between Superman and the real Brainiac is packed with a lot of action and changes in the life of Clark Kent. By Geoff Johns and Gary Frank.
  • Superman "For The Man Who Has Everything" this is a brilliant one-shot Annual from the mid-80s. It tells the story of Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman visiting Kal-El in the Fortress on his birthday - only to find that an apparent "gift" (actually from the tyrant Mongul) of a parasitic flower has burrowed into his brain, shutting him off into a fantasy world of pure happiness.By Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.
  • Superman/Batman : Public Enemies A kryptonite asteroid is headed for earth!President Lex Luthor declares Superman and Batman enemies of the state putting a 1 billion $ bounty on their heads.By Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness.
  • Superman/Batman : Supergirl The second arc of the Superman/batman series. the kryptonite asteroid is revealed to hold a pod that contains Superman's cousin Kara Zor-El.The arrival of Kara catches the attention of the amazons,Apokolips and the attention of the whole superhero community.By Jeph Loeb and Michael Turner.
  • Superman "Up,Up and Away",Over a year has past since Clark Kent lost his powers,now Clark lives a normal life having left the Superman persona behind him.Still fighting for the weak Clark attacks Intergang through his articles.But when Intergang fights back and Lex Luthor returns, the world will need a Superman.The story is part of the ONE YEAR LATER event.By Geoff Johns,Kurt Busiek and Pete Woods.
  • Superman "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?", Imagine that, somehow, the adventures of Superman were drawing to a close, never to begin again. This is that final tale: one of the most dramatic Superman stories ever, in which the Man of Steel makes his last stand.Huge cast of heroes and villians.This story marked the end of the bronze age of comics.By Allan Moore and Curt Swan.
  • Superman "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?" , " Dreams save us. Dreams lift us up and transform us. And on my soul, I swear... until my dream of a world where dignity, honor and justice becomes the reality we all share -- I'll never stop fighting." From only that line you can understand the awesomeness of that story.A new team of superheroes emerges ready to take lethal actions.As the popularity of the team increases,Superman wonders if the world has outdated him.By Joe Kelly,Doug Mahnke and Lee Bermejo.
  • The Death Of Superman : Nothing was the same after that story.Doomsday a monster of unknown origin rises from the depths of earth destroying everything in his path.The Killing machine must be stopped and only Superman has a chance against the monster.The biggest match in the history of comics which led to the death of the Superhero legend.By a huge cast of writers and artists that i don't remember now.
  • Superman: Camelot Falls It's "Must There Be a Superman" written large!the general concept deals with Superman and other alien super heroes having an effect on the earth's recurring cycles of peaking and destruction of society (such as rome, camelot etc...hence the name 'camelot falls').By Kurt Busiek,Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino.

Further Reading

  • Superman in the 50s (2 Volumes) Is a collection of the most memorable superman stories of the Golden Age.By various writers and artists.
  • Hitman "Of Thee I Sing" Superman fails on his mission! Feeling guilty for not being able to save a astronaut,Superman has a by heart dialogue with Tommy Monaghan.By Garth Ennis and John McCrea.
  • Superman: Emperor Joker What happens to the world when Joker gains absolute power?Superman becames a villian and have to solve why the world has gone insane!By Jeph Loeb,Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness.
  • Superman Kryptonite Nevermore Originally published in 1971, this story turned Superman's status quo on its head by featuring a story in which all Kryptonite was destroyed! But that leaves The Man of Steel anything but invulnerable as his powers slowly begin to fade and a doppleganger Superman arrives on the scene with strange powers of its own.By Curt Swan,Dennis O'Neil and Murphy Anderson.
  • Superman: Godfall Metropolis still tries to recover from a series of catastrophic events and their symbol of hope Superman is missing!Not even his wife Lois Lane knows where he is.Back on Krypton,Kal-El has forgotten everything about his past on earth.As he slowly regains his powers Kal-El is brought to the middle of a horrific conspiracy.By Joe Kelly,Talent Caldwell and by the late Michael Turner.
  • Superman: For Tommorow.One of the best illustrated Superman stories!Superman was out of earth for some time and when he comes back he finds out that people had dissapeared all over the world,one of them Lois Lane!For Tommorow has a bit darker tone to it and some may not find Superman as his usual self but the story delivers great dialogues and the plot is really well thought!By Brian Azzarello and Jim Lee!
  • "Must there Be A Superman" A good, classic story that examines the continuing question of what Superman's place is in the world, and whether he does more harm than good.This is the story that first brought this popular aspect of Superman!Does Superman hold back humanity by saving them all the time!?By the mighty pen of Curt Swan and Elliot S! Maggin.

For Silver Age Lovers:

  • "The Showdown Between Luthor & Superman" Superman and Luthor travel to a world that worship Luthor us a hero.This comic perfectly potrays Luthor's need for attention and worship, an epic fight between these to rivals....and a shock ending. By Edmond Hamilton, Curt Swan & George Klein.
  • "The Death Of Superman" NOT the one you are thinking.

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8 Comments
Posted by thespideyguy

Thanks.

Posted by mysoulz

Superman: For Tomorrow

It's concept focuses on a dark event about the man of steel, but it's not for everyone.

Superman: Camelot Falls

Is another good story about Superman making a tough decision whether he quits using his abilities for the greater good to save humanity.

Posted by Squalleon

Yikes both great stories i thought i had them in :-P!

thanks for pointing them out :-).

Posted by WonderHunter

Woah, thanks! :)

Posted by SOG7dc

Wow. You did an awesome

Job on this

Posted by Squalleon

@sog7dc: Thanks a lot :-)

I am thinking of making more of them with different characters.

Posted by pfboga

Hey man, awesome list!

So, i'm a new superman reader, and want to start from scratch. Do you recommend any reading order so i can familiarize and get into with the whole super universe?

I started reading batman a while ago and this list helped me a lot:

Batman list

Cheers!

Posted by Squalleon

@pfboga:
The best origin's of superman are :
Birthright for pre-52
Superman and the men of steel after-52

To learn more about the character i would recommend to start in this reading order(pretty much.)
The Death Of Superman
Superman "For The Man Who Has Everything" (or the JLU episode)
Superman "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?"
(or the movie superman vs the elite)

Superman/Batman : Supergirl (or superman/batman apocalypse movie)
Superman "Up,Up and Away"
Superman And The Legion of Superheroes
Superman : Brainiac (or the Superman Unbound movie)

And save All-star Superman for Last.It's the best superman story but it needs some prior knowledge.

You can read anything you want with any order you want really, but this order i think will help you :-)