Friday Forgotten Book – Superman For All Seasons by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale

Superman For All Seasons by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale © 1999, DC Comics, graphic novel

This may be the finest Superman graphic novel ever done.

I know that’s a big statement, and I realize that fans will all have their own opinions and favorite storylines in the Superman universe published by DC, but this, for me, is tops. The excellent artwork by Tim Sale perfectly compliments the fine writing of Jeph Loeb. The blurb text on the back cover isn’t overblown. Take a look (click, then scroll down to “see full size” and click on that).

This is a simple, gentle story, drawn in a classic illustrative style that works perfectly. Yes, there is conflict, and the usual Superman tropes, but the way the story is told makes every panel, every page worth the reader’s time. Wonderful!

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12 Responses to Friday Forgotten Book – Superman For All Seasons by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale

  1. I will give it a go, though I pretty much stopped reading the comic after Curt Swan finished pencilling, so its been a while …

  2. With your strong recommendation, I’ll find a copy of SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS. Sounds great!

  3. Jerry House says:

    I’ll be on the lookout for this one, Richard. thanks.

  4. tracybham says:

    I checked this out and it does look like something I would enjoy. I am glad you covered this graphic novel.

  5. I’ve only ever read one graphic novel and I enjoyed that though I had trouble focusing on both illustration and text together for some reason. But I’m willing to try another, Richard. I’ll look around for this one. Thanks for the intro. This is something that I would probably never have come across on my own.

  6. Richard, I grew up reading and owning Superman comics from the Silver Age, so I can’t say how I feel about this illustrative, almost cartoonish, style. I’m keeping an open mind on modern graphics, though.

    • This is Tim Sale’s signature style, Prashant, but I guarantee you’ll enjoy it as soon as you begin reading. It’s clear, beautifully done, the lines are crisp, there’s not a thing wasted. Compared to the work of someone like George Perez (who put as much into each panel as he possibly could) this is simple and clean. If you come across this one, pick it up.

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