(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 December 26, 2001
- Original price $17.95
- 224 pages
- Cover by Doug Mahnke and Tom Nguyen
- The Private Life of Clark Kent from Superman (Vol. 2) #155
- A Tale of Two Cities from Adventures of Superman #577
- All That Dwell in Dark Waters from Superman: The Man of Steel #99
- Quiet After the Storm from Action Comics #764
- The Tender Trap from Superman (Vol. 2) #156
- Getting Away From It All from Adventures of Superman #578
- Creation Story from Superman: The Man of Steel #100
- A Clown Comes to Metropolis from Action Comics #765
- Superman’s Enemy Lois Lane from Superman (Vol. 2) #157
- While the previous two volumes skip whole issues as far as the Triangle Numbering System went this one reprints every issue from the Superman books cover dated April and May 2000.
- Oddly enough I started this era with a strong dislike of Ed McGuinness’ art and within a short period of time Loeb and McGuinness became my favorite creative team of the Berganza era.
- One of the main sub-plots of the books reprinted in this volume (which comes to a head right there at the end) is the problems Lois and Clark seemed to be having. I vividly remember being annoyed at this when the books were coming out because it seemed like they were trying to break them up. Turns out it was a red herring and led to a story that was decent but had kind of a lackluster ending. More on that in the next volume.
- Superman: The Man of Steel #100 originally came in two covers (collector’s edition and newsstand) and features the first appearance of the then new Fortress of Solitude. I liked this version quite a bit.
- The Parasite story reprinted in this volume was really good. I won’t spoil it for those that haven’t read it yet but Loeb did a great job using that character in a way I had never seen before or since.
To follow this particular line of trades follow the rest of the books in the series…