(Collected Editions is a listing of the various trade paperbacks, hardcovers, omnibuses, etc. that are in my Superman collection. The goal is to not only inventory my collection of trades, hardcovers, etc. but also to display said collection and produce something resembling a resource for other Superman readers, collectors and fans.)
- Released on November 8, 2000
- Original price $14.95
- 208 Pages
- Cover by Mike McKone and Jimmy Palmiotti
- We’re Back! from Superman (Vol. 2) #151
- Krypton Lives from Superman: The Man of Steel #95
- Deadline U.S.A. from Superman (Vol. 2) #152
- Something Borrowed, Something Blue from Adventures of Superman #574
- “,,,Never-Ending Battle…” from Action Comics (Vol. 1) #760
- Home from Superman: The Man of Steel #96
- For a Thousand Years… from Action Comics (Vol. 1) #761
- Say Goodbye from Superman (Vol. 2) #153
- Bridge the Past and Future from Superman: The Man of Steel #97
- This is the first volume in an interesting series. There was no official name for it, like the Superman: The Man of Steel trades. It was just Superman Volume Whatever: Insert Title Here. It’s kind of strange but when you consider that most Superman trades up until this point weren’t part of a series it is rather novel.
- The stories reprinted in this book were, for the most part, the kick off to a new era of Superman. Eddie Berganza began editing the Superman titles in late 1999 and brought in some new creators to reinvigorate the Man of Steel. As much as I love the previous administration the books needed a kick in the pants. While Mark Schultz stayed on as writer of Superman: The Man of Steel and Stuart Immonen stayed on Adventures of Superman for a brief period the other books received brand new creators.
- Jeph Loeb, fresh off the success of Superman: For All Seasons, took over Superman while Joe Kelly, best known by this point for writing the first couple of years of Deadpool, began writing Action Comics.
- It was a pretty exciting time and each writer tackled a different aspect of the Man of Steel. Superman was the flagship title and was very straight ahead with the action and story. Superman: The Man of Steel focused on Superman’s Kryptonian side and had more of a science fiction feel to it. Action Comics was the…well, it was the actiony title. Adventures of Superman focused more on the supporting cast and the people of Metropolis.
- At least that’s how it started and for the most part it stayed that way.
- Once again the order in which the stories appear in the trade becomes a source of slight confusion. At the time the Superman titles were linked by the Triangle Numbering System and from what I understand the creative teams that were working on these issues wanted to do away with that and in re-reading these books years later you can REALLY tell.
- If you had read these books as they were coming out the proper Triangle order would have been Superman #151 followed by Adventures of Superman #573 followed by Superman: The Man of Steel #95 followed by Action Comics #760 and for the most part that was the way the books were released for the next several months.
- Now usually I prefer when they reprint books in the release order but given that the creators did not want to work together like the original Never Ending Battle crew the trade flows a lot better as a collection with how the issues were put together.
- The seeds of Our Worlds at War were planted in the Superman issues reprinted in this trade.
- Mike McKone had a very short stint on Superman, which was a shame because his take on the character was awesome.
To follow this particular line of trades follow the rest of the books in the series…