In , John Byrne was recruited from Marvel Comics to reinvent Superman for a brand new audience Along with inker Dick Giordano, Byrne reimagined the look of Superman, Lois Lane, Krypton and Lex LuthorThe relationships between Superman and Lois, Superman and Batman, and Superman and Luthor were reexamined and tweaked for modern readers Old villains such as Bizarro returned and new ones, such as Magpie, were introducedIt was the dawn of a new age for the Man of Steel that endures today See how it all began in this collection of the first six stories Includes a foreword by Ray BradburyThis volume collects Man of Steel


10 thoughts on “Superman: The Man of Steel, Vol. 1

  1. Alejandro Alejandro says:

    Superman is born again for a new generation I bought this in its single comic book issues, but I chosen this TPB edition to be of making a better overall review. This TPB collects The Man of Steel 1 6.Creative Team Writer Illustrator John ByrneInks Dick Giordano THE FIRST SUPER HERO IS TOLD ONCE AGAIN Since the creation of Superman in 1938, it s not like his origin had been the same, since once a while, here and there, creative teams added their own visions and details to the foundat Superman is born again for a new generation I bought this in its single comic book issues, but I chosen this TPB edition to be of making a better overall review. This TPB collects The Man of Steel 1 6.Creative Team Writer Illustrator John ByrneInks Dick Giordano THE FIRST SUPER HERO IS TOLD ONCE AGAIN Since the creation of Superman in 1938, it s not like his origin had been the same, since once a while, here and there, creative teams added their own visions and details to the foundations of the first super hero ever, forging a new kind of genre.However, it was pretty much the same history for Superman since his creation as comic book character until 1986, until THE crisis the Crisis on Infinite Earths came and DC wasn t the same any since its even before it was a sole company.It wasn t 1938 any and the readers had outgrown even the Silver Age style of storytelling.It was necessary to evolve, to update the whole run of titles in DC Comics and it was needed to do it for The Man of Steel.It was a job for John Byrne His vision of how the Last Son of Krypton would be able to function in the 80s was so solid, so inspired, that even nowadays, after tworeboots of DC Comics and even a newer origin s story, you still can catch seeds of Byrne s vision in the new versions of Superman and his world of action BOTH COMIC BOOK CHARACTERS BUT John Byrne had a tremendous responsibilty in retelling once again the new canon origin for Superman in the Post Crisis DC Universe, but he knew something that sometimes people tend to forget or missing in the process of looking new angles to tell Superman s origin that what works for Batman DOES NOT work for Superman They may be the World s Finest, but they are different type of comic book characters, they may defend the same principles but they opposite sides of a same coin.So, in Byrne s vision, Superman wasn t a real boy scout any, but hardly he was a dark knight, he still was fighting his never ending battle for truth, justice and freedom, but then you could feel the character, thinking and acting in the mature way that readers needed of him to be in the Bronze Age of comic books in the goold ol 80s.So, while I am not thrilled of having Superman and Batman fighting each other, Byrne s vision was right about that it was impossible for such characters to be in the same page about how to take against villains and other kind of threats DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS BUT STILL THE USUAL SUSPECTS Superman doesn t totally developed all his powers until reaching young adulthood, so he wasn t Superboy when he was younger something that since then has been respected , and since Bizarro was originally introduced in Superboy comic books, then the super villain found a new interpretation in this miniseries too, then with adult Superman.Jor El doesn t wear Rao s sign on the chest of his Flash Gordon like costume, in fact that 30 s costume is no , but now Kryptonian s fashion sense gave him a proper alien look.Jonathan and Martha Kent were still alive during Superman s adult life that I love that concept since I think that it is like an overkill that Kal El Clark Kent not only lost his birth parents but also his adoptive parents , and since in this version, Kal El arrived still in formation inside of a birthing matrix of his Kryptonian ship, this 80 s Superman was born on Earth, and even thanks a blizzard that isolated Kent s farm in Smallville, it was possible to make people believe that Clark was the real son of the Kents and not adopted.Lois Lane isn t obsessed of getting married with Superman, but she is a truly fearless adult career woman of the 80s, top reporter of the Daily Planet in Metropolis.And easily, the best update by John Byrne to Superman s comic books was Lex Luthor.Lex isn t a mad scientist any, not even wear a power armor, but he remained to be an evil guy, becoming something eveninsidious,dangerous,intimidating the CEO of a multi millionaire business company.Thanks to this brilliantly inspired updated to the classic supervillain, Lex Luthor was finally able to interact in a whole new way with the rest of characters in the title, that even got him to be President of the United States later in comics, not here in this TPB mmh wait a minute evil millionaire CEO that got to become President of the United States mmh where have I heard that this happened also Mmh, silly me I must be mistaken Things like that only happen in comic books, right Right Well, in any case, there isn t a single doubt that John Byrne accomplished the tall order of fast forwarding Superman s titles to become powerful once again and therefore able to cope with 80 s era and beyond, until nowadays


  2. Chad Chad says:

    Somewhat dated, especially the women s clothing and hairstyles, but I still really enjoyed it I like Byrne s classic take on Supes, that he just wants to help people because he s an altruistic person His Lois isdifficult to like, but I m guessing her icy demeanor will defrost as times goes on This version of Lex Luthor has since become the norm, the rich, powerful businessman jealous of Superman Up to this point, Luthor had just been a mad scientist who sent giant robots and the like a Somewhat dated, especially the women s clothing and hairstyles, but I still really enjoyed it I like Byrne s classic take on Supes, that he just wants to help people because he s an altruistic person His Lois isdifficult to like, but I m guessing her icy demeanor will defrost as times goes on This version of Lex Luthor has since become the norm, the rich, powerful businessman jealous of Superman Up to this point, Luthor had just been a mad scientist who sent giant robots and the like after Superman I also liked how they made him older and a childhood friend of Perry White instead of growing up with Superman Kudos to Marv Wolfman for the Lex revamp I found it interesting that large gaps in time occur between each issue, covering about the first 10 years of Clark Kent s adult life Bryne s art is fantastic He brings his classic 80 s polish to it that he applied to most of the Marvel universe over the decade


  3. Donovan Donovan says:

    In 1986, Superman was relaunched alongside Batman and Wonder Woman following the epic Crisis on Infinite Earths While Frank Miller reinvented Batman and George Perez mythologized Wonder Woman, John Byrne, a Marvel writer, did somethingreadable.This book is 30 years old So I give it some contextual leeway And in the book s defense, I haven t read any Golden or Silver Age Superman In fact, Crisis is as far back as my reading goes But I feel like those nearly 400 pages adequately acquainted In 1986, Superman was relaunched alongside Batman and Wonder Woman following the epic Crisis on Infinite Earths While Frank Miller reinvented Batman and George Perez mythologized Wonder Woman, John Byrne, a Marvel writer, did somethingreadable.This book is 30 years old So I give it some contextual leeway And in the book s defense, I haven t read any Golden or Silver Age Superman In fact, Crisis is as far back as my reading goes But I feel like those nearly 400 pages adequately acquainted me with Supes, and I don t remember him being thisShy Weird Disapproving Naive It s hard to pinpoint what s off Needless to say I m not a huge fan of John Byrne s characterization Lois Lane is kind of a crazy bitch She manipulates Supes into saving her so she can get an interview Because she s an army brat she somehow has the combat training necessary to do things like neutralize a dozen armed terrorists And against all odds Supes has a crush on her She really seems to hate him yet obsess over him, and he goes out of his way to be nice to her and save her They re like Sam and Diane, except Sam owns the bar because he got their first, and Diane constantly insults and connives to steal the bar out from under him Sounds like romance to me, what about you It just feels like Byrne is forcing the romance on the reader Or he really doesn t understand romance Oddly enough I like Clark Kent Maybe because he s so easy to write Superman interestingly calls Clark Kent his fortress of solitude because it s a place he can disappear into And his disguise is based on Jonathan, with slick hair and round glasses Which I never knew Clark gets his job at the Daily Planet with the first Superman interview, he s a nice guy, he loves and visits his parents He s just enjoyable to read about But I don t know why the hell he does what he does to Lana Lang and falls head over boots for Lois Lane Must be the Ls John Byrne also doesn t know Batman Superman rags on Bats and threatens to arrest him for vigilantism Excuse me, Supes, your irony is showing Then Bats threatens him with a death trap which will kill an innocent bystander The one thing everyone knows about Batman is that he never, ever kills because of his damn origin story So yeah Byrne doesn t know Bats At all Apart from some unusual characterization and simple plots, it s not bad In fact it s perfectly readable The Kents are lovable The origin story, which I ve read a thousand times, is pretty cool, though the reason for Krypton s demise is vague The classic characters are there, Luthor rules Metropolis And we get to see Bizarro.This feels like good hearted small town boy meets big brawny bruiser fights the baddies There s depth, action, and emotion Dick Giordano s artwork is actually pretty good for the time So a decent read overall, definitely dated, but not a classic in my opinion


  4. Paul Dinger Paul Dinger says:

    This is really one of Byrne s best works as a writer and artist As a writer, he creates anew a Superman for our age who believes in morality and wonders what he can do He even tries without the costume and sees a real reason why he should use it Bryne wisely avoids the mistake of many writers and makes Krypton as ambigeous as possible WE knowabout his origen that Superman does Bryne s run on Superman was about his confronting this myth and finding what works, you can see this on a sma This is really one of Byrne s best works as a writer and artist As a writer, he creates anew a Superman for our age who believes in morality and wonders what he can do He even tries without the costume and sees a real reason why he should use it Bryne wisely avoids the mistake of many writers and makes Krypton as ambigeous as possible WE knowabout his origen that Superman does Bryne s run on Superman was about his confronting this myth and finding what works, you can see this on a small scale in this series Who is Lois, Jimmy Why did Clark act the way he does, why did he take a job with a newspaper, wear glasses Every bit of the mythos is questioned and what doesn t work is junked and what can work is kept YOu can really see all the hard work he will poor into this, which will become Bryne s greatest disappointment, as you read it all the wonderful ideas will become apparent that Bryne was never able to play on, and that others would His original Lex Luthor, his version of Krypton, his making of Superman less powerful but no less of a hero His charecterization of Batman The saddest part is that you can see things he wasn t able to do I can t recommend this work enough


  5. Sam Quixote Sam Quixote says:

    John Byrne s classic 1986 reboot of the character is a surprisingly good read I was expecting a full on cheese fest and to an extent that is what I got but it s also enjoyable and fun A comic book that s aged like fine wine Full review here John Byrne s classic 1986 reboot of the character is a surprisingly good read I was expecting a full on cheese fest and to an extent that is what I got but it s also enjoyable and fun A comic book that s aged like fine wine Full review here


  6. Artemy Artemy says:

    Man of Steel is an interesting and educational read for sure, but I didn t fall in love with this take on the character Byrne s origin feels simplistic, cold and sterile, and not really resembling anything I ve grown to know and love about Superman It s very readable and visually pretty for its time, but as a straight up origin story I still prefer books by Waid, Morrison or Johns over this.


  7. Jesse A Jesse A says:

    This book is definitely dated but, you know what, I kinda dug it.


  8. Whitney Whitney says:

    We ve all heard of Superman Whether you ve read about him or watched his TV series and or movies, many people can agree that Superman is a character that has been rehashed too many times How often can we hear his life story without getting tired of it We know this guy so well, that it feels like he s been around sincewell, always Man of Steel is nothing new in the plethora that is DC Told over 10 years, we watch as Clark Kent goes from high school to Metropolis to the Daily Planet He We ve all heard of Superman Whether you ve read about him or watched his TV series and or movies, many people can agree that Superman is a character that has been rehashed too many times How often can we hear his life story without getting tired of it We know this guy so well, that it feels like he s been around sincewell, always Man of Steel is nothing new in the plethora that is DC Told over 10 years, we watch as Clark Kent goes from high school to Metropolis to the Daily Planet He invents the alter ego Superman and has his mommy sew his costume Superman s skin is unbreakable You would assume he d need endless replacement costumes during his career, what with all the flying around policing petty crime, but nope When Clark wears clothes, they don t rip or get dirty How nice for him.Speaking of Clark thinking he s a cop, he flies over to Gotham City to arrest Batman This guy is so full of black and white justice that he tries to turn Batman into a villain Lol, right There are a few redeeming qualities to this story, though Like how Lois is a badass Crazy, but a badass She has no problem driving her car into a lake, insulting the most powerful man in Metropolis, or grabbing a gun from a criminal during a hold up Lois has an attitude that dares anyone to take her on Clark s as dull as a wall, so here s hoping Lois can change that Lex Luthor thinks he s a pimp and won t take no for an answer He reminds me of a kid who just wants to join the popular club but was rejected He s got the whole world, but he peaked in high school He even goes as far as to clone Superman The science of this is not explained, but we can guess the logic used is from 1938 The art is dated but that s part of the nostalgic fun It s the 80s and you can tell it s the eighties, but it is drawn very well You have to give props to John Bryne for remembering Lex s male pattern baldness as time skips by The color choices are pleasing to the eye and don t drag you out of the story unlike seeing a high school Clark Kent with gorilla muscles It s interesting to see that as Clark his true personality he is clueless, passive, and almost pathetic with women Superman does way better Even when Clark is at his darkest, he seems feeble instead of strong Almost like he lacks confidence in who he is as a person This, I assume, stems from not knowing his origins, his biological parents, or what he s capable of Or, I could be reading too deep into this and it s just really shitty writing we won t even talk about the lame average Joe disguise Oh, and it s not a comic without some random fake science side plot And a REALLY ugly villain Overall, 3.5 stars This volume was very campy, but it was solid in its time It helped lay down the bricks for what we know of Superman today For that, I enjoyed this read


  9. Jamie Sigal Jamie Sigal says:

    My personal favourite version of Big Blue s origin story, Byrne nailed the innocence, hope, and wonder that encapsulates exactly what Superman is supposed to stand for, and his pencils are just as fresh and delightful to the eye as they were when I first read the biweekly issues back when I was a kid.


  10. Garrett price Garrett price says:

    Not a bad Superman origin I don t know why DC kept changing the canon origin of Superman as there are three different pre new 52 canon Superman origin stories.