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by Joe Shuster,Jerry Siegel

Collects Siegel and Shuster's early Superman comics--beginning with the Man of Steel's first appearance in 1938--in chronological order.
Download Superman Chronicles, Vol. 2 epub
ISBN: 1401212158
ISBN13: 978-1401212155
Category: Comics
Subcategory: Graphic Novels
Author: Joe Shuster,Jerry Siegel
Language: English
Publisher: DC Comics; 16195th edition (February 7, 2007)
Pages: 192 pages
ePUB size: 1295 kb
FB2 size: 1637 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 507
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This is the second story in the Superman Chronicles which detail Superman's comic book adventures in Chronological order across multiple book. This book collects stories Action Comics #14-20 and Superman #2 and #3.

Action Comics #14, #17, #19 and #20 feature Superman's first archvillain the Ultra-humanite, a wheelchair bound mad scientist. Action Comics #19 is probably the best of these as Superman has to help a scientist combat a purple plague that's decimating Metropolis' population. My only problem with Ultra is that his aims are vague. He mentions global domination, but how one thing will lead to another is always a question with him. However, Ultra does succeed in knocking Superman unconscious a few times and that's pretty good for 1939.

Action Comics #15 has Superman trying to raise a million dollars to help a knock off of Boys Town and he plans to do it by finding sunken treasure and rents a boat to do it as Clark Kent. Unfortunately, he finds treachery among the crew.

Action Comics #16 has Superman taking on organized gambling as a vice that must be stopped.

Superman #2 and #3 borrow heavily from the daily newspaper strip with a couple of my favorite stories. One being Superman helping a boxer down on his luck make a comeback against corrupt gamblers, and a story in Superman #3 shows Superman helping an orphanage fulfill of orphans being abused by their corrupt headmaster.

Clark Kent is a reporter,but in Action Comics #18, we're introduced to a less savory member of the fourth estate who just wreaks of sleaze and runs a blackmail racket to boot.

As mentioned earlier, Action Comics #19 features a chemical attack on Metropolis in the form of a purple plague that only Superman is safe from. He helps a research scientist find the cure even as public skepticism grows. It's probably the best-written story in the book.

If you love Golden Age Superman, this is a great book. It's true that Superman is still a bit rough. He uses threats of violence to get confessions quite a bit. And he even robbed a chemical factory so that our scientist could could continue his work.

Still, despite this bending and breaking of rules, Superman's caring and heart are on full display. He peps up the discouraged scientist in #19 and encourages him to keep going and trying. Superman was written at a time when the remembrance of corrupt cops was fresh in people's minds and the law too often worked on behalf of criminals and those who crushed the poor. Superman is called the "savior of the helpless and the oppressed" in the text story and that's apt.

Despite how rough his behavior is for twenty-first century readers, Superman's selfless caring for others makes this book a winner.
Most people in my generation grew up wanting the Golden Age originals. DC's "Chronicles" series and Amazon give collectors that opportunity at a reasonable price. "Up, up and away" for old-fashioned comic-book enjoyment.
Great comic book, my son loves it!
This is the Superman I remember. Received in excellent condition.
I have no complaints, thanks for the deal!
This is a collection of the earliest Superman comics, they are in color and affordable. I would consider these a must own for any Superman fan. Overall production value, although not flashy, is excellent and the stories are classics. This is where it all started.
The current prices for these Chronicles are absurd. At this moment, you could cobble together a similar collection in the superior DC Archives for a fraction of the costs seen here.

As far as content goes, this is great stuff, particularly if you're a fan of the Golden Age. But as a product, it is woefully inadequate when compared to its other options. This may change over time, but at this moment, you could by 4-5 brand new volumes of the Superman Archives (which are hardcover, with vastly superior paper quality) for the same price as a new Chronicle here. In this day and age, it's just not worth it to purchase this. So take this review as it is intended - a grade of the available product when compared to similar competitive options.

Buyer beware.

EDIT (April 28th, 2015): The power of the market! When I wrote this review, the lowest price found on here for this archive was a (ridiculous) fifty dollars. Now, you can find prices for half that! I still think the archives are better value, though, so the buyer should continue to beware.
Almost a year after the release of Volume 1, DC finally gives us SUPERMAN CHRONICLES VOLUME 2, continuing the admirable but somewhat laughable effort (at this rate, at least) of reprinting every Superman appearance in chronological order. This book features classic tales from Action Comics #14-20 and Superman #2 & 3, from 1939-1940. All stories are written and illustrated by Superman co-creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Keep in mind that these are some of the earliest adventures of Superman from comics' Golden Age, so the style is very direct, almost to a fault. Looking back on them, there's no real narrative complexity or character development - more like Siegel and Shuster were simply producing stories to fill a demand. It actually seems that the boys from Cleveland weren't quite sure what to do with their fantastic creation now that he was finally in comics. Superman didn't have much of a rogues gallery at this point; instead, he deals with white-collar criminals and thugs, with everyone behaving similarly to what was seen in the Superman TV series of the `50s. The only remarkable villain is the Ultra-Humanite, whose appearance in the final story of this volume is something no fan of James Robinson's THE GOLDEN AGE will want to miss. In any case, you're experiencing comics history in the making, getting a look at stories that your parents or grandparents enjoyed as kids, and gaining an understanding of why comics caught on as they did in a world that had a need for fantastic heroes. Even though these stories may be somewhat bland, they have an appeal that can't be ingnored.

I just wish DC would speed up their reprinting of these stories so that readers don't grow old before the Golden Age stories wrap up. There are certainly plenty of stories and other characters to choose from to keep these books coming. Get it in gear, DC!