(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 January 17, 2007
- Original price $14.99
- 256 pages
- Cover by Ed McGuinness and Cam Smith
- It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World from Superman (Vol. 2) #160
- Crazy About You from Adventures of Superman #582
- No Axioms from Superman: The Man of Steel #104
- Supermanamrepus from Action Comics #769
- It’s a Joker’s World, Baby, We Just Live in It! from Superman: Emperor Joker #1
- The Story Continues…! from Superman (Vol. 2) #161
- Life is But a (Very Bad) Dream from Adventures of Superman #583
- All The World His Stage from Superman: The Man of Steel #105
- He Who Laughs Last! from Action Comics #770
- In all honesty this should have been Superman Volume 5: Emperor Joker as the stories reprinted here fall between the Critical Condition and President Lex collections.
- I remember people being very excited when this trade hit in 2007. Actually it was excitement mixed with “well it’s about damn time”. I was one of those people. The fact that this collection wasn’t in that six volume set that reprinted the start of the Berganza regime always struck me as a glaring omission. It was such a good story. Why hadn’t they reprinted it?
- To be fair it doesn’t have much of an impact on that series of trades. There really isn’t anything in this story that has much of an impact on the stories in volumes 5 and 6 with the possible exception of the Bizarro story from President Lex. If you were reading these stories strictly from the trades the absence of Emperor Joker isn’t all that noticeable.
- Still, I am very happy that they decided to put this out in collected form and because I have a bizarre filing system for, well, everything I do file this trade between Critical Condition and President Lex on my bookshelf.
- This story came out of nowhere when it was first published. I remember being quite confused for the first few chapters. In retrospect that was a neat feeling to have and something that hasn’t happened in quite some time, especially in this day and age of spoilers and such. That isn’t a judgment call, merely an observation.
- On an odd note that has nothing to do with trade paperbacks I wrote a letter (well, e-mail really) about Superman #160 that was published a few issues later. It wasn’t my first letter to get printed but it was still damn cool.
- The use of the Joker in this story felt only fair to me when it first came out. Towards the end of 1999 Lex Luthor was making a few appearances over in the Batman titles so it seemed like turn about was fair play by using the Joker in this story.
- And the idea of this story is really cool and kind of scary really. The Joker with the powers of…well, I am going to play it safe and keep these notes spoiler free. It really is worth the reveal.
- Superman: Emperor Joker #1 was the second to last such special of this time period. As I have mentioned elsewhere the creators in this era really liked to stick to their own books, so crossovers like this that had a special in the middle (or beginning or end really) were becoming a thing of the past. They used this one to good effect, though.
- The whole Team Superman idea was used to good effect as well. I have to hand it to the powers that be at DC in 2000…they sure did try to get the various Superman related characters to act as a family unit like the various Batman characters were doing at the time. There was even a Team Superman Secret Files and Origins.
- This story also served to put Bizarro back on the map in the Superman titles, which I really liked at the time and I still like it today.