The Superman Chronicles Volume 1 (Falling with style!)

27 05 2011

“The Superman Chronicles” reprints every comic appearance of Superman in exact chronological order, and Volume 1 starts from the very beginning. So yeah, the issues here are very cheesy and “old-fashioned”, not that it’s a bad thing. To my huge surprise, this earliest version of the famous man of steel is not the Superman I thought I knew. Here, he punches people, throws cars, destroys cities, among other stunts you wouldn’t expect Superman to do. Reading these stories made me curious to find out what other superheroes were like when they were first introduced.

I had assumed that people of the past weren’t so sophisticated in their thinking when dealing with fiction, and that’s why characters like Superman can get by without anyone asking why he has all his superpowers. How wrong I was. This comic actually bothers to explain (with science!) why Superman can run faster than a bullet, lift heavy weights and things like that. The explanations here do make sense… well, sort of… maybe… although I still prefer a simple “he comes from another planet”. One thing that’s interesting though, is that Superman doesn’t actually fly. He just jumps really far. In the words of Woody and Buzz Lightyear, that’s “falling with style!”

I think teens nowadays are more interested in Batman than any other superhero because of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films. There is “The Batman Chronicles” if you want your golden age Batman fix, which I’m planning to check out soon. Batman may have the advantage of a more diverse rogues gallery, but Superman is still the more universal and relatable character if you ask me. In this volume, you see Clark Kent (his secret identity btw) going to work, rushing to meet deadlines, having trouble asking the girl out, etc. He’s more human than Mr-sit-in-a-cave-with-infinite-money!

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6 responses

27 05 2011
dirtywithclass

I personally find superman a bit bland as a character. I mean, his boy scout routine is just boring to me. He just doesn’t strike me as a very complex character.

But that’s just me

28 05 2011
Ipodman

I love Superman as a character, a character doesn’t have to be “complex” for me to like him/her. I guess I can see why some people may not like him, because he is like you said, a “boy scout”. However, I like that Superman chooses to be good. It’s not as if he’s programmed to be a superhero.

29 05 2011
The Hook

This sounds like a cool idea, but the price will keep most Superfans up, up and away! Still the volumes are essential to understand the evolution of the character.

30 05 2011
Ipodman

Yea, these Chronicles collections are good for letting you see your favourite superheroes in their earliest incarnations.

30 05 2011
Kyle

Looks cool, I may have to pick it up. I also think the recent Batman game Arkham Asylum may have added to the Batman craze. Superman will still always be one of my favorites though!

30 05 2011
Ipodman

Superman and Batman are both awesome! And yes, Arkham Asylum is a great game!

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