10 Essential Superman Comics You Need To Read

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Superman DC ComicsSuperman, the quintessential superhero, seems to get a lot of guff from fans. The world’s most powerful Boy Scout can be a boring character when he’s not handled properly, but when he’s being guided by someone who truly understands him and his emotional complexities, fans should expect an amazing story.

Yeah, Superman can punch his way out of simple problems, but when the audience gets to see him think or deal with personal vulnerabilities we develop a special bond with the character. To follow someone who has to be careful about sneezing in public in case they knock someone over or can’t help his friends move furniture in case it betrays his strength can be extremely interesting.

Superman represents hope and believing in yourself. While it might seem like Superman can do anything, his stories really teach audiences that if they believe in themselves their ability to do good is unlimited. Even the world’s most powerful person has emotional problems, and to see him try to overcome his pain serves as a nice reminder that all of us are strong, no matter how low we may feel in a particular moment.

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Nick Kazden

Nick Kazden

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  • LupeX

    While I respect everyone’s opinions.As a life-long die-hard Superman fanboy I respect this list for being a list of good Superman books, but definitely not a definitive list.
    LOL All Star Superman is the Superman comic that people who have a shallow reading of the character list as THE Superman story.
    If you research it’s history & purpose, it was actually made to appeal and pander to the most basic shallow reading of the character. It’s basic like White girls with Uggs and Starbucks Lattes. (my apologies, it’s a good book and I know this comes off as harsh but it has to be said)
    A list without Kingdom Come, What’s So Funny About Truth Justice & The American Way, What Happened To The Man of Tomorrow, Man of Steel, Last Son of Krypton, Id even take For All Seasons as a more authentic simplistic nostalgia driven Superman story than All Star
    I think these books offer a deeper understanding of the character beyond the marquee facade and mascot poses that many readers limit him to.

    • FS54

      Kingdom Come and What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, & the American Way? are two of my favorite comics ever. I was surprised not to see them here. They would definitely be in my top 10 must read Superman comics.

    • Maxi Iroh

      John Byrne’s The Man of Steel?

  • Maxi Iroh

    Superman: Secret Identity is an amazing elseworlds story about a world without superheroes.

  • razorstar90

    I’d add Superman For All Seasons, Secret Identity, Kingdom Come, Last Son of Krypton and What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?,


    Also, believe it or not Max Landis’s Superman: American Alien is INCREDIBLE