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Showcase Presents: Superman Family Vol. 3 Paperback – Mar 3 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (March 3 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401221882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401221881
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 2.9 x 25.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Showcase Presents: Superman Family Vol. 3 March 8 2009
By John Sessor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great collection of Silver Age Silliness collected from early issues of Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen & Superman's Girlfriend, Lois Lane. Great classic artwork from underrated Silver Age artist Curt Swan & Kurt Schaffenberger. Yet more stories currently being "re-imagined" by modern DC writers who no doubt grew up reading the original editions of these comics.
7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All 3 Volumes of "Showcase Presents The Superman Family" Are Highly Recommended March 20 2009
By Lou Cole - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There was a time back in the late 1950's when "Superman" was the top selling comic book character rivaled only by, I believe, Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

The popularity of "Superman" comics also increased in 1955 with the premiere of "Teh Adventures of Superman."

Like spin-offs done by Fawcett with Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family and MLJ with Archie and teh gang, DC Comics had also decided to do spin-offs on Superman supporting characters.

They had alredy done a spin-off series on Superman featuring teh adventures of Superman when he was a boy in the "Superboy" series that appared in its own title comic book and also as the lead feature in "Adventure Comics." "Superboy" was later to be joined by the Legion of Superheros in "Adventure Comics."

Superman was also joined by his young teenage cousin from Krypton "Supergirl," whcih ran as a bvack-up feature in "Action Comics."

However, inthe later 1950's as MLJ had spun off "Betty and Veronica," "Jughead," and "reggie" into there own series from "Archie" Comics, now DC Comics was to follow suit with Superman.

In an early isse of the original "Showcase" comic book series, "Lois Lane" was tried out in her own title series to see how it would sell. It sold. Soon the first issue of "Superman's Girlffriend Lois Lane" had hit the stands. Wit this success, DC Comics moved to another spin-off from the Superman comics, "Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen." Both of these spin-off series in their own title comic book continued to sell well through the late 1950's and into the 1960's. However, as the popularity of Superman comics decreased in the late 1960's, more so did the spin-off series.

Eventually "Superboy" was cancelled along with the "Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes" series in "Adventure Comics" to be replaced for a short time by "Supergirl" who also was canceled.

"Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane" also met with cancellation. The last remaining spin-off left was "Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen" which was converted into a large size comic book called "The Superman Family" in which within each issue, the cancelled spin-off series would alternate to feature in a new story at the beginning of the book with the rest of the book containing reprints of stories from the early days of these series. Soon even "The Superman Family" met with cancellation.

Now you can read the classic stories of "Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen" and "Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane" from the hey day of the two series and back when Superman was still the number one comic book superhero.

These stories are tongue-in-cheeck and fun to read. Again, the key word here is "fun." These are not stories striving to be of a high intellectual caliber. These stories back then were originally written with kids in mind; and back then kids read comic books for fun. Again "fun" is the key word here.

Are you looking for some light and fun reading, then these volumes of "Showcase Presents The Superman Family" is something you should check out.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Amazing Brilliant Silver Age March 13 2014
By David Swan - Published on Amazon.com
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Are you looking for a serious, thoughtful superhero story? Sorry, wrong decade. The Silver Age is about fun, creativity and whimsy. It’s about pure, simple, wholesome entertainment. The 50’s and 60’s may have had their issues under the surface (notice the utter lack of minorities and sexist treatment of women in these stories) but the comic book presentation was a perpetual happy face. This light tone of the Silver Age was likely a result of the restrictive comic code but what it produced was a magical era. I am most definitely not a person who supports censorship but what the comic writers were able to produce within the constraints of the times was amazing and the Silver Age remains my favorite era ever.

I can tell you EXACTLY what makes these stories so special; Otto Binder, Curt Swan, Kurt Schaffenberger, Wayne Boring and Robert Bernstein. There were others involved but these are the most prolific in this collection and Binder, Swan and Boring in particular are comic legends. As the old saying goes, “they don’t make ‘em like THAT anymore” and boy is it true in this case. The pinnacle may be when Binder and Swan team up because they might possibly be the best writing/drawing combo DC had during the Silver Age and one of the greatest of any age. Binder is perhaps the most creative comic writer ever and invented probably half of all the Superman elements that survive to this day. Swan became THE iconic Superman artist of the Silver Age following in the footsteps of Wayne Boring. His clean, consistent visual style is a joy to see which is why he is the cover artist for every single Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane comic in this collection.

These are stories where anything can happen. Jimmy Olsen becomes a bitter enemy of Superman, travels to Krypton’s past and meets a toddler Superman, becomes a late night horror film host and scares people to death, develops an insatiable appetite, becomes a Superman on an alien world, gets a robot assistant, becomes an expert swordsman, becomes a genie in a bottle, becomes the Daily Planet editor and terrorizes Perry White. Meanwhile Lois Lane becomes the most hated girl in Metropolis, is engaged to a caveman, turns into an infant, becomes a jungle woman leading a pack of leopards, wears an irresistible perfume and is operated on and becomes a literal mermaid. Mind you these are not imaginary stories or elsewhere tales. These are intended to be within the actual universe of Superman. These stories aren’t concerned with continuity or logic, they are about fun and in that they deliver.

The Showcase collections are the polar opposite of the collectible Absolute Editions. You get a whole lot of material for very little cost. These are thick paperback books printed with thin cheap paper and black and white images. I even had one book where the pages started falling out (not this one). But what you get is over 500 pages of wonderful comics at a very low price. These books are intended for reading not for hermetically sealing hoping for an appreciation in value. Now here is the fly in the ointment. In my book pages 241 to 288 are repeated twice and pages 289 to 336 are missing. In other words I get 48 pages twice and 48 pages are missing. Also, these missing pages cut right into the middle of stories so actually even more than 48 pages of stories are ruined. I have no idea if this is a common printing error in volume 3.

To those who would resist buying these comic because they are in black and white I believe the lack of color actually helps because it focusses all the attention on some of the greatest pencilers and inkers in comic book history. I was sad that I lost almost 50 pages due to printing errors but I don’t regret buying this book which is evident by the fact that I own all 4 volumes of Superman Family Showcase.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Super Family continues to be a Silver Age favorite! July 20 2012
By Hwy61Joe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Superman Family of comics has everything I love about Silver Age DC Comics. Curt Swan, Wayne Boring and Kurt Schaffenberger (three of the greatest Superman artists ever for my money) deliver 518 pages of everything you could expect from Lois and Jimmy's zany adventures! I especially enjoyed an appearance my Mr. Mxyzptlk (rare for super-powered villains to show up in Lois and Jimmy's comics). When will DC release a SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERBOY volume? I'm waiting!
4.0 out of 5 stars Silver Age Nostalgia July 23 2013
By Graphic Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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Goofy fun from the days when comics didn't concern themselves with things like "logic" or "science" and just threw out goofy concepts to see what would stick. Content is a mixed bag, quality-wise, but a good value if you have a soft spot for this period of comics.