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Superman #226

Posted: Thursday, March 2, 2006
By: Michael Deeley



Writer: Joe Kelly
Artists: Ed & Mariah Benes, Jerry Ordway, Howard Chaykin, and Renato Guedes (special section by Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale, & Dave Stewart)

Publisher: DC Comics


Superman is fighting his Earth-2 counterpart. With every hit, heís thrown back in time. Heís living his doubleís life in the 1940ís and 50ís. His life is much simpler then than it is today. His purpose is clear. Good and evil are absolute. Given the chance to chance history, will he lose himself in that other life?

One reason this rates so highly: Chaykin! Seeing Chaykinís take on Superman is well worth the price and more. His Superman is a mighty tough guy. Powerful, yet still looks like an ordinary guy in a funny costume. Heís a handsome boxer; a respectable wrestler. Chaykinís Clark Kent is the goofy nerd he used to be. Lois Lane is a ďtough dame,Ē gorgeous and fearless.

As if that wasnít enough, we get a page of Jerry Ordway, and some beautiful painted work by Renato Guedes. I assume the 50s segment is by Guedes. Iím not familiar with his work.

The story is a summary of Supermanís Golden Age. The twist is, he knows itís all history. This is the modern Superman, confused and uncertain in a world that seems too complicated for absolute good and evil. Now he has a chance to be the shining hero he wants to be. No doubts. No questions. No failings. But is it real? Can he make it real?



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