My friends April 18, 2018 is a big day if you’re a fan of Superman as I am. Not only is it the 80th anniversary of our beloved hero, but DC Comics is releasing the 1000th issue of Action Comics on this date. We’ll ignore that technically there have been more issues of that with the odd numbering changes over the years and just say-WOW! Do you think when Siegel and Shuster created that first issue in 1938 it ever occurred to them that there would be 999 more? Or that the character would become the icon he has?
So I wanted to do something special. I’ve talked about the movies to death. The TV shows need more love but that didn’t seem appropriate here. I have done articles on the comics discussing team-up’s and holiday stories but I never really discussed my favorite Superman comics that aren’t team-up’s or events. So to celebrate the 80th anniversary and release of Action Comics #1000, that’s what we’ll do today.
To be clear, these aren’t The Greatest Superman Stories (though a few sure apply) these are my favorites. The stories I love and have a read a million times. So as you might guess some obvious choices are going to be missing. Either because I didn’t like them or I never read them. I usually try to keep a decent date range in stuff like this but most of these are from the same era. I can’t stand the silver age stuff and I stopped reading twenty years ago so there isn’t to much recent that I can list here.
I know 20 is a lot but it could have been even more! As you might expect there were a few and I had to cut some to keep this from going forever. I am including all Superman titles not just Action Comics, and these will be in publication order. Course if I included his appearances in other comics….man there are a lot of stories out there!
Stupid cover aside, this is a good story about Superman questioning whether or not he has really done any good. As he impeded the progress of humans rather than helping? Issues like this weren’t raised in 1972 making this a unique tale. For some reason the Superman books seemed stuck in the silver age right through the 80’s with their tease covers and goofy stories.