Superman for All Seasons

Superman for All Seasons

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Overview

In this coming-of-age tale witness the experiences and adventures that transform a simple country boy into the world's greatest hero. Told through the course of four seasons in the Man of Steel's adolescent life, it illustrates that it is the person, not the powers, that makes Superman a hero.

The catalyst for the "Smallville" television program, SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS is emotional and insightful, humanizing the alien from another planet so that he is not only realistic but also relatable. It also features in-depth characterizations of Lana Lang, Lex Luthor, Lois Lane and the Kents.

This volume collects Superman For All Seasons #1-4.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781563895296
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 10/28/2002
Series: Superman Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 299,681
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jeph Loeb is an Emmy award nominated and Eisner award winning writer/producer living in Los Angeles.   In television, his many credits include Smallville, Lost and Heroes and in film, Teen Wolf and Commando.   In comics, he is best known for his work with the supremely talented artist and partner-in-crime TIM SALE on BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN, SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS,CATWOMAN: WHEN IN ROME for DC as well as Daredevil Yellow, Spider-Man Blue and Hulk Gray for Marvel.
 

Tim Sale is not only the artist for the numerous collaborations with Jeph Loeb listed above, but has also worked on DEATHBLOW, BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, Grendel, Wolverine/Gambit: Victims, Billi 99, Amazon, and various other projects. He had the distinct honor of being the first creator chosen for the artist spotlight series SOLO.

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Superman for All Seasons 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the superman that I always want to see presented with beautiful artwork that is just descriptive as the words on the page
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
James Robinson is one of the most underrated writers out there.
tapestry100 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Superman for All Seasons by Jeph Loeb and Time Sale was the May selection for my Graphic Novel Discussion Group. It's not your typical spandex-wearing superhero adventure story. The story actually gets underneath the costume to the actual "character" of the character; in other words, what makes Clark Kent, Superman. Why he has all these amazing abilities, and uses them for the benefit of others and not for his own well-being.Told originally over the course of 4 issues, each during one of the four seasons of the year, we follow the growing pains of young Clark Kent as he graduates high school and is deciding what he wants to do with his life in the Spring. During the Summer, we find Clark adjusting to life as both Clark Kent in Metropolis and as Superman in the public eye, doing what he can to help those around him. In the Fall, Lex Luthor confronts Superman and causes him to question his place in the world, so that during the Winter, he is back home in Smallville, striving to understand his place and where he fits into the bigger the picture. Each month is told from the perspective of a different character in Superman's life, who is looking in from the outside and is giving their impression of the man they know, be it Clark Kent or Superman.I liked this story. I haven't read much of the Superman comics in my day, but he is something of an American mythology, and it was easy to read this book only knowing the basics of the Superman mythos. If you're looking for a well-paced, smartly written story about a superhero and why they choose right over wrong and what price they must pay for that choice sometimes, this is the book for you.
jrpacman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this Superman story. It is a much more human portrayal of the character. There are four chapters, each of which corresponds to one of the four seasons. Each chapter is also written from the perspective of a different supporting character in Superman's life. The story is as much about how others see him as how Superman sees himself. A truly moving, and meaningful experience.
schatzi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My introduction to the character of Superman was through the amazing "All-Star Superman" title by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. I was looking for something that would allow me to become more familiar with the character, while at the same time living up the standard of excellence that Morrison and Quitely set. And though I still think that "All-Star Superman" is better, I also think that this trade was great.I've only read a couple of things by Loeb, and all of them had been disappointing, to say the least (Ultimates 3 and Ultimatum...need I say more?). However, this story is really good, and a perfect start for someone who isn't very familiar with the character of Superman. It's probably also a good story for those who think that the character is becoming rather stagnated. Each season is narrated by a different, yet important, person in Superman's life (spring is Pa Kent, summer is Lois Lane, fall is Lex Luthor, and winter is Lana Lang), and the trade details how Clark Kent went from a small town farm boy to the hero of Metropolis. From what I know of the characters, I think that the characterization is great.The art is fairly good; I've heard it criticized a lot, but I think it gives the story a nice "homey" feel to it, which fits Clark Kent perfectly at this stage of his life.
atia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh, I loved this. I haven't that many Superman books, but every single one I have read made me love Clark a *lot*. This book is about him slowly becoming Superman, with all that entails - secret identity, arch nemesis and the realization that even he can't save everybody (and that bit kills me every time, how hard it is for him to accept that). The writing is excellent, definitely among my favourites by Loeb, and the artwork is to die for. As is the coloring. A lovely, wonderful, beautiful book. Recommended. And I really want Superman to be my best friend.
PhoebeReading on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tender, tender, tender. This is an incredibly loving tribute to Superman, to the Kents, and to Norman Rockwell. Jeph Loeb and Time Sale really capture the bittersweetness of coming of age and gorgeously transpose this experience upon the Superman mythos. While not quite an origin story, this is the tale of Clark grappling with his powers at the threshold of adulthood. Beautifully illustrated, it's unique in that we never hear any narration from Clark's perspective, yet still get to know him intimately as an individual.
dwilson66 More than 1 year ago
To me Superman's personality kind of gets lost in all the Justice League Stories and things like that, this book really brings Superman back down to Earth in a way and reminds the reader why he has been such a beloved character for decades.
Thorne2112 More than 1 year ago
The artwork makes you feel like you're watching a movie projected onto an imax screen.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Hands down this is the greatest Superman Story that has ever been told in my own oppinion. Only Jeph Loeb's insightful story telling could have been used for this emotional trip through clark kent's life. Sale's Artwork is simple but brilliant. Loeb is in my oppinion one of the most creative comic writers in history and I hold him as high if not higher than frank miller and Alan moore. This is the best comic team in history that has written and illustrated for one of the most power-ful charecters in history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is quite possibly the best Superman story ever told. I know it's the best comic series I've ever read. The art, the story, everything meshes so well together. Read it once, it's great. Read it twice, it's a masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story here is told on a few different levels and may require more than one reading to absorb. Another great graphic novel from the creators of 'The Long Halloween'. Similarities to TLH include the theme of the hero's need to believe in himself and what he stands for. All of us need a rooted sense of self and purpose to be effective individuals. Lex Luthor shatters Superman's belief system, an attack more devastating than kryptonite. A well told story adults and children can enjoy.
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
I have historically loved the combination of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. There work on Batman, Daredevil, Spider-Man, and the Hulk etc., have been great. Here, their take on a young Clark Kent dealing with being Superman was really good. Told through the eyes of four different people in Clark¿s life we, the readers, get to see how different people view Clark differently. While the book is light on the action the inner turmoil and emotional impact is pretty huge. The dialogue from Ma and Pa Kent was the highlight to me. The art by Sale was a little less sharp than I remember and his Superman looked slightly too beefy but it was still good. Overall a really good book.