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A pivotal period in the Man of Steel’s celebrated career—featuring such stories as “The Average American,” “Battle of the Redwoods” and “The Laughing Stock of Metropolis” and co-starring Lois, Mr. Mxyztplk, the Prankster and Lex Luthor—finally available for the first time in a single hardcover edition. This collects the final work by Superman's creators Siegel and Schuster, or by creators trying to emulate their particular style. Here is a sea change as readers’ tastes were changing, and Superman would adapt with more humor and different themes.
Here you will see the final wartime stories and the start of a new era for Superman under noted editor Whitney Ellsworth, who had been with DC since the first comics published by Malcolm Wheeler Nicholson. Ellsworth would make sure Superman was as good for kids as for adults, and left behind DC's origins in the risque pulps, and a Superman who'd drop villains out of the sky and push their car off a bridge! And Lois begins to lose her low-cut outfits that Shuster so liked, and her more voluptuous curves.
Following the Allies’ victory in World War II, America was on the move again by the end of 1945. With the return of millions of servicemen from Europe and the Pacific and the lifting of wartime rationing, new suburban housing began springing up across the country, and the great postwar baby boom was soon underway. On the newsstands, the adventures of Superman reflected the nation’s changing priorities. While he certainly didn’t abandon his championship of the common man, the world’s greatest superhero took a noticeably comedic turn in the final years of comics’ Golden Age.
Additional contributors include Jack Burnley, Stan Kaye, Charles Paris, George Roussos, and Dick Sprang, among many others!
Introduction by Paul Levitz, who wrote 75 Years of DC Comics. and began as a writer on the Legion of Superheroes, advanced to editor in chief and finally to President of DC comics. He is always worth listening to — he knows his stuff. He points out this sea change for Superman, and the end of the Shuster/Siegel period as Superman evolved into the character that would outlast nearly every other superhero of the Golden Age.
Even the first issue here is a fun one...Superman goes to a fortune teller, and we are treated to a vision of Lois and Clark on vacation out west. And Lois finally discovers Clark is Superman. It's a prelude to the imaginary tales of the 1950s, and it's fun to see how she reacts to learning mild-mannered Clark is the Man of Steel.
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Item Code SG05H Publisher DC Publish Date 2017 ISBN 9781401274764 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 7x11 # Pages 768pg Color Full Color
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