25 Greatest Superman Graphic Novels

Hundreds of superheroes have been introduced in comic books and the silver screen, but none of them could ever beat Superman. This American fictional character originally emerged from the old comic books published by DC Comics and is popularly regarded as a national cultural icon. To celebrate his heroism and preserve his legacy as a superhero, even writers today continue to create and publish graphic novels dedicated to this popular character. Here is a list of the 25 greatest Superman graphic novels of all time.

25

Superman: Speeding Bullets

Superman: Speeding Bullets

Written by J.M. DeMatteis and illustrated by Eduardo Barretto, Superman: Speeding Bullets is a 52-paged DC Comics Elsewords comic book that was published in 1993. The concept of this graphic novel is the fusion of superheroes Superman and Batman. It provides an overview of how things would have been had the rocket ship of Superman landed in Gotham City instead of Smallville. The general message that the book tries to communicate to its readers is that the power of Superman and the methods of Batman are irreconcilable.

24

Superman: Escape from Bizarro World

Superman: Speeding Bullets

Written by Geoff Johns and Richards Donner, Superman: Escape from Bizarro World is considered a novel throwback to the Silver Age of Comic Books. In this graphic novel, artist Eric Powell introduces a new character named Bizarro Batman. This character also has a reversed “S” on his chest, just like that of Superman. Known as the doppelganger of the fictional superhero, Bizarro first appeared in Action Comics # 865 and was portrayed as an antagonist to Superman.


23

Superman: Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite

Superman: Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite

Starring Jerry Ordway, Bob McLead, Dave Hoover and Dan Jurgens, Superman: Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite was written by Roger Stern, Jerry Ordway and Dan Jurgens and features Mister Mxyzptlk, one of the most powerful villains of Superman. In the novel, he torments the superhero once every 90 days and attempts to rob Superman with his magical powers through a mystical substance called Red Kryptonite. The story revolves around Superman’s predicament in dealing with the tactics of Mister Mxyzptlk than the villain himself.

22

Superman: New Krypton

Superman: New Krypton

Written by Geoff Johns, James Robinson, Sterling Gates and Greg Rucka, Superman: New Krypton tells the story of the existence of more than 100,000 Kryptonians residing on earth and possessing the same superpowers as Superman. This novel features a broad range of cast of supporting characters and focuses on the conflict of Superman with his heritage as a Kryptonian as well as with his upbringing as a human. It artistically depicts the home world of Superman since the Silver Age.


21

Superman vs. Muhammad Ali

Superman vs. Muhammad Ali

Illustrated by Neal Adams and written by Dennis O’Neil, Superman vs. Muhammad Ali is about an alien race known as Scrubbs that threatens to invade the Earth through a trial-by-combat. When Superman volunteered himself as the greatest champion of the Earth to face the Scrubbs, boxing heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali challenged him. The novel revolves around the mythology of Superman and the status of Muhammad Ali as a real cultural icon in the boxing realm.



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