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ISBN:
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Author:
Nill Finger,Various,Wayne Boring
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DC Comics; 1 edition (June 21, 2006)
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560 pages
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Showcase Presents: Superman-Volume 2 is a treasure trove for us guys that grew up in the 60's. It collects stories from ACTION and SUPERMAN comics from November 1959 - April 1961.

Showcase Presents: Superman-Volume 2 is a treasure trove for us guys that grew up in the 60's. Artists Wayne Boring, Al Plastino, Kurt Schaffenberger, and Curt Swan (in my opinion Superman's best draftsman) are all featured. These are science fiction and fantasy stories that are optimistic and imaginative.

Showcase Presents: Superman, Vol. 2. Nill Finger. I am what is considered a casual comic fan, in fact i don't even own one real comic book, just compilations of various reprinted works because economically it's cheaper and typically their easier to track down than the issues themselves (I don't live near a comic book shop). This especially the case with silver age comics.

I continue to find the Superman collections the most enjoyable of all DC's Showcase Presents volumes and Superman Family Vol. 2 is no exception! 500+ pages of fun and simple 8-10 page stories. Classic Superman art by Curt Swan, Wayne Boring and Kurt Schaffenberger is featured in just about every story. 2 people found this helpful. Nill Finger

Showcase Presents: Superman, Vol. Showcase Presents: Superman, Vol. 4. Robert Bernstein. Mostly the book features fun high concept sci fi. There's a different sense that's apparent throughout the book that if you're going to do a proper Superman and Batman Adventure, you have to really provide something special, so you have stories of time travel, of strange alien creatures. There's some overused tropes in there such as mind control, somebody else getting superpowers, and our heroes fighting each other or pretending.

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vol. 1): Joe Shuster Wayne Boring Al Plastino Ross Andru Curt Swan José Luis García-López Dick . Superman is an ongoing American comic book series featuring the DC Comics superhero Superman as its main protagonist

vol. 1): Joe Shuster Wayne Boring Al Plastino Ross Andru Curt Swan José Luis García-López Dick Dillin Stuart Immonen Pete Woods Renato Guedes Karl Kerschl Carlos Pacheco Eddy Barrows See 1986 revamp (vol. 3): Kenneth Rocafort George Pérez Howard Porter John Romita Jr. (vol. 4): Patrick Gleason Doug Mahnke. Superman is an ongoing American comic book series featuring the DC Comics superhero Superman as its main protagonist. Superman began as one of several anthology features in the National Periodical Publications comic book Action Comics in June 1938.

Showcase Presents: Superman Vol. Collects. Action Comics 248-275; Superman 134-145.

Spotlighting the Silver Age exploits of Superman, this title features Action Comics numbered 258-275 and Superman numbered 134-145.

Showcase Presents book. The second Showcase spotlighting the Silver Age exploits of Superman features ACTION COMICS and SUPERMAN The Man of Steel faces off against a wide array of threats, from the impish Mr. Mxyzptlk to the deadly alien Brainiac to the utterly incomprehensible Bizarro.

Al Plastino, Curt Swan, Kurt Schaffenberger, Wayne Boring. lt;< "The Green Lantern Archives Vol. 1". "Justice League Of America Archives Vol. Collects: Action Comics 248-275; Superman 134-145. Release Date: 2006-06-14. Al Plastino, Curt Swan, Kurt Schaffenberger, Wayne Boring. Timeline(s): DC Comics, DC: Main Continuity, DC: Pre-Crisis, DC: Silver Age, DC: Superman.

Written by Jerry Coleman, Bill Finger and Otto Binder Art by Curt Swan, Wayne Boring, Al Plastino and Kurt Schaffenberger Cover by Swan & George Klein The second Showcase spotlighting the Silver Age exploits of Superman features ACTION COMICS #258-275 and
  • Cogelv
Most stories in this tome were written by Jerry Siegel (25) and Otto Binder (15), with additional stories by Bill Finger (1), Jerry Coleman (3) and Robert Bernstein (5). They were just as fun as the stories in volume 1. They share qualities akin Archie Comics and Charles Scultz' Peanuts. If you ever see Lucy pulling out the football before Charlie Brown can kick it, or if you read predictable gags affecting some of the Archie gang, that's what you get from the Superman period: a mixture of action, romance, and sense of humor.

In general, Lois Lane keeps suspecting that Clark Kent is Superman, and when she discovers the truth, Superman finds a way of deceiving her into believing that she was wrong in the first place. There is no need to explain why Lois Lane keeps suspecting Clark, bringing this up over and over; in comic world everything is possible, especially when imaginative writers are in charge. Jerry Siegel's When Lois First Suspected Clark Was Superman (Superman 135) and The Truth Mirror! (Action Comics 269) are just two great samples of this popular plot device. Albeit the absurdity of situations presented here, they are quite funny and reflective of Siegel's vivid imagination.

More attempts at comicity dominate this volume. Some stories are quite effective, while others test the limits of our willingness to suspend disbelief. Otto Binder does this part with several Bizarro stories. Although these prove that Binder's imagination moves beyond the techno-gimmicks and science fiction, they tend to be quite silly. Just look at the two-part Bizarro tale in AC 263 and 264 titled The World of Bizarros and The Superman Bizarro. Binder also adds more humor by introducing red kryptonite, a mineral from his own planet that has strange unpredictable effects on his person: growing long hair in The Untold Story of Green Kryptonite (a lackluster story in Superman 139), he grows a third eye in The Menace of Red-Green Kryptonite! (Action Comics 275), and Siegel's screwball red kryptonite tale, The Night of March 31st (Superman 145), where Superman falls on top of the City of Kandor. Red Kryptonite, as well as Bizarro, give Superman writers more myths to build upon in future issues, even though these stories are among the weakest in this volume. Further comic stories that verge in the silly, albeit imaginative are Siegel's Superclown of Metropolis (Superman 136), Jerry Coleman's ludicrous The Jolly Jailhouse! (Superman 139), and a cleverer Mr. Mxyzptlk tale, The World of Mr. Mxyzptlk (Action Comics 273) where Superman has his own chance to get even with the imp from the Fifth Dimension.

Romance is also an important part of the Superman of these years. First, there is Lois Lane's eternal fascination with the man of steel, always treated with a dose of humor. Among these are a two-part Hercules story, not one of Binder's best either, in Action Comics 267 and 268, titled Hercules in The 20th Century and Superman's Battle with Hercules!, where Lois Lane is accosted by the legendary Hercules, leading hin into a fight with Superman. Again, Binder has Krypto trying to get Superman to love Lois in Lois Lane's Secret Helper (Superman 142). Siegel gives us a more imaginative The Reversed Superpowers! (Action Comics 274), where Lois becomes a Superwoman, and her love for Superman is put to the test as she witnesses that Superman has lost powers. Along with the Lois Lane stories, there are other romances as well. Siegel continues making stories with Superman's longtime mermaid sweetheart Lori Lemaris: Lori gets married to a merman in Superman's Mermaid Sweetheart! (Superman 135) leaving the man of steel broken-hearted; Superman attempts to match Lois with a rich man by concocting a romance with Lori in The New Life of Super-Merman (Superman 139); and Lori attempts to make Superman love Lois in The Mermaid from Atlantis (Superman 138). Siegel also concocts 2 clever stories about romances: in The Captive of Amazons (Action Comics 266) Superman is forced to marry a lovely, but capricious Amazon princess, while in the novellete Superman's Return to Krypton (Superman 141), Superman goes heads over heels for a beautiful Kryptonian actress, which happens to be an intense romance. I can't forget "Two pairs of lips meet, and two hearts thrill as one..." Siegel delivers pure soap opera.

In spite of some of Binder's mishaps in this volume, I still consider it a likable volume for its canonical stuff and Jerry Siegel's contributions. The Super-Menace of Metropolis (Superman 134) presents Superman with an incredible rival from the City of Kandor; When Lois First Suspected Clark Was Superman and Superman's Mermaid Sweetheart (Superman 135); Superman's Fortress of Solitude (Action Comics 261) which presents some history of the fortress; The Secret of Kryptonite (Superman 136); The Super-Brat from Krypton (Superman 137), a quite interesting story of a Kryptonian baby who falls in the hands of crooks; The Captive of Amazons (Action Comics 266); The Truth Mirror (Action Comics 269); Superman's Return to Krypton (Superman 141), The Old Man of Metropolis (Action Comics 270) shows us what would happen if Superman lost his powers (Binder's best in this volume); The Reversed Superpowers (Action Comics 274); The Super-Weapon! (Superman 144), a clever story where Superman meets with a foe equal to his powers; and The Secret Identity of Superman (Superman 145), which is another Lois Lane tale where she may have found out Superman's true identity.

Lex Luthor makes cameo appearances, and once threatens Superman seriously; and Braniac and Mr. Mxyzptlk appear a couple of times. Amongbhis friends and family, Jimmy Olsen's presence significantly diminishes during these years; while Supergirl appears more often in the stories as well as Action Comics covers.

Trivia: In which of these issue does Lex Luthor become the mayor of Metropolis? In which issue does Superman get married? In which 2 issues does Aquaman appear?
  • Painbrand
Superman fan or not, all comic book fans need to buy this! But be warned, this will consume all of your time because you won't want to put it down. The stories are amazing and it doesn't matter at all that the pictures are black and white, I can't stop reading. There are so many great stories in Volume 2 that also deal with Superman's past, such as the story of how he discovered that Kryptonite hurts him. Believe, this is a fun read and it will make you a fan if you aren't already. Definitely no regrets about buying this
  • Elizabeth
Love getting my graphic novels from Amazon. Speedy delivery and never have to worry about the condition of the book or price! A blast from the past. Superman stories of old in a nice collection. I hope that this helps.
  • Hadadel
B&W Nostalgic read, good origin material.
  • Blackseeker
I actually recall some of these stories from over half a century ago. A great trip down memory lane for a bargin price. B/W but one get use to that fast
  • Thordira
Husband mentioned he missed reading comic books, so this collection was great.
  • Sharpbrew
Showcase Presents: Superman-Volume 2 is a treasure trove for us guys that grew up in the 60's. It collects stories from ACTION and SUPERMAN comics from November 1959 - April 1961. Artists Wayne Boring, Al Plastino, Kurt Schaffenberger, and Curt Swan (in my opinion Superman's best draftsman) are all featured. These are science fiction and fantasy stories that are optimistic and imaginative. You cannot buy one of the original comicbooks featured here for less than these 575 pages will cost you. This book is a bargain. Volume 3, please, DC!
This is the second in DC's Silver Age Black and White Superman reprints. It collects Action Comics Issues 258-275 and Superman #134-144, a period stretching from November 1959-May 1961

There's no big over-arching plot. What you do have, for the most part, are some of the Silver Age's goofiest superhero adventures. One story is "The Super-Clown of Metropolis," in which Superman has to try to get a dying wealthy man to laugh for that man to leave his money to charity. In many ways, I think that could describe this era of Superman.

Superman is Superman. He knows what he's about. He knows evil has to be fought and disasters have to be averted but he's having the time of his life doing it. This is Superman who will take advantage of the fact that Clark Kent went to a party dressed as a devil to just mess with some criminals heads. This is Superman who gets tired of Mr. Mxzyptlk messing around with his life and so he flies to the fifth dimension to mess around with the inter dimensional imp. Both the Golden Age and modern Superman are above that sort of thing, but this is a job for Silver Age Superman!

The book also has several stories featuring Bizarro World and they are mostly fantastic and goofy in their own right.

This isn't to say that the book is all laughs and chuckles. Superman meets his underseas Mermaid girlfriend again and loses her in a way that makes you think he was lucky not to marry her. He also fakes his own disappearance in an elaborate attempt to make Lois happy so that she'll marry the nice guy who is trying to pursue him rather than continuing to fawn over Superman.

Though, for more serious moments, "Superman's Return to Krypton is a classic of Superman travelling back in time, landing on doomed Krypton, and trying in vain to save, and really falling in love in a doomed romance. It's tragic, sad, and beautiful that few things in the Silver Age are. This is followed by "The Old Man of Metropolis," which finds Superman awakening in a world where he's old and life has passed him by and his decisions have left him alone and Lois miserable. It's an obvious dream, but one that makes Superman think about all the decisions he made.

The book does have its weak points. There are way too many stories that end in, "It was all a dream..." The fact that Superman is not only Superman but has an army of Superpowered robots willing to his bidding and an entire city in a bottle full of advanced Kryptonians who can help leads to some lazy resolutions. And there are a few stories that cross the line from charmingly silly to just plain stupid.

Still, this is a nice book if you have a warm spot in your heart for Silver Age silliness because at the end of the day, there is no silver age silliness quite like Superman Silver Age silliness.