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Superman on its Head: Extracanonical Stories in Superman Graphic Novels

superman logoIt should be no surprise to anyone who has read one of my posts that I love it when authors give me familiar stories in a new form. I even help write a regular feature about classic novels being updated into contemporary stories. But what excites me even more is when they go beyond a simple pastiche and flip as many things as possible into a story that is still familiar, but unpredictable in its progress.

We see this trend happening pretty often in prose fiction, and I love it, but I am nothing short of ecstatic when I find a new superhero story like this. In the Marvelverse, it was Neil Gaiman’s Marvel: 1602. But here, now, we’re going to talk about that flying guy on all our minds this summer: Superman.

Whether or not we’ve ever picked up a comic, most of us know the story of Superman. First appearing in comics in the late 1930s, Superman was the ultimate immigrant — an alien — who used his extraterrestrial powers in order to fight for Truth, Justice, and the American Way. He’s been developed, recreated, and reiterated so many ways over the past eighty years, but some of my favorites have been the ones that divert from canon in unexpected ways.

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