When I introduce my son to Superman, I’m going to expose him to the character in a very specific order (I have a similar plan for the Star Wars movies and Expanded Universe as well). This of course is subject to amendment as new comics and movies come out.
Just as with myself, the first film he’ll ever see is the original 1978 Christopher Reeve classic.
- Superman: The Movie
- Superman II
After that, I want him to be exposed to the comics that visually defined the character for me:
- The Man of Steel (John Byrne’ 1986 miniseries)
- The Death of Superman
- Funeral for a Friend
- Reign of the Supermen
Then, I’ll take him through the rest of the essential post-crisis Superman stories in more-or-less chronological order (I’m limiting myself to arcs I’ve collected in full as of now, though this will likely expand as I continue to buy back issues through Comixology, such as the New Krypton arc. Any suggestions would be appreciated):
- Secret Origin
- For Tomorrow
- Infinite Crisis
- Up, Up, and Away
- Final Crisis (including Superman Beyond)
I’ll likely introduce him to Flashpoint at this time (just as he’ll be reading R.I.P. prior to Final Crisis and Batman and Robin following it), and expose him to the New 52 in this order:
- Action Comics (Grant Morrison’s run)
- Justice League (at least through Trinity War, assuming it remains at Geoff John’s usual caliber)
The stories I’m most struggling with are the various “endings” to the Superman myth. At the moment I’m considering placing them in his curriculum (these are all required reading assignments as part of his homeschooling) following grounded but prior to Action Comics. Are there any alternate suggestions? Also, when's the proper time for Birthright?
- Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
- Kingdom Come
- All-Star Superman
Red Son will be introduced last of all, simply because the complexities of the cold war and the political theories underling communist and capitalist theories are concepts I want him to have a full grasp on prior to reading it.