DC Names Top Ten Super Superman Moments, Most Modern

There’s a downside to commemorating the 75th anniversary of something, which is that you risk that something seeming old and out-of-date. So I shouldn’t be surprised that when DC named the “Top Ten Super Superman Moments”, they’re mostly from years beginning with a 20. The exceptions are Alan Moore’s story from 1985, making it in at #7, and the 1993 Death of Superman, showing the irony of naming the character’s destruction as one of his “most super moments”. (Yet that’s the “fan favorite” moment, silly fans.)

They’re emphasizing power and heroism, not stories, which may be why there are no credits given, as though these ideas and events self-generated. Or you can click through to the digital comic “buy book” links, to see who wrote and drew them.

All-Star Superman makes it in twice, thank you Grant Morrison, but I can’t see naming Infinite Crisis to a list of the best of anything. Clearly, I’m out of touch with the modern DC Entertainment. Here’s the rundown, on video, with the list after.

  1. SUPERMAN TSUNAMI FREEZE (from Superman Unchained #2, 2013)
  2. COSMIC FETCH WITH KRYPTO (from All-Star Superman #6, 2007)
  3. ALONE AGAINST AN ARMY (from Superman: Birthright #11, 2004)
  4. KAL TURNS HIS BACK ON PARADISE (from Superman Annual #11: “For the Man Who Has Everything”, 1985)
  5. INFINITE CRISIS SUPER-PUNCH (from Infinite Crisis #7, 2006)
  6. NUCLEAR SUBMARINE SPECIAL DELIVERY (from Superman: For All Seasons #2, 1998)
  7. BIG BANG BOOM TUBE (from Action Comics #782, 2001)
  8. THE MAN OF STEEL RETURNS (from Kingdom Come #1, 1996)
  9. DOOMSDAY BEATDOWN (from Superman #75: The Death of Superman, 1993)
  10. EVERYONE’S SUPERHERO (from All-Star Superman #10, 2008)

What’s your “most super” Superman moment?


12 Responses to “DC Names Top Ten Super Superman Moments, Most Modern”

  1. ADD Says:

    Great acknowledgement that those two fools who created him weren’t even capable of one moment worth remembering 75 years later. Orwell would love this list.

  2. Anthony Says:

    #1 is from a story from last *year*?! Meh. Think it’s ignorable just for that…

    What the above person said. Also, since his power levels seemed emphasized, wonder why no Silver Age entries?

  3. Johanna Says:

    Not exactly, I coded the numbers backwards, now fixed.

    I can’t think of any Silver Age stories specifically, which may be part of the problem. They want individual moments. Although listening to the woman trying to explain the Boom Tube one is pretty funny.

  4. Ralf Haring Says:

    I don’t know about moments, other than that I agree with their top pick in All Star Superman. That will give me chills, every time. A few of the others sprinkled in are actually part of stories worth reading. Most will fall away and barely be remembered five years from now.

    If I had to make a generic Superman recommendation list (it’s always preferable to know the person asking so you can steer them towards a story that might be especially relevant to them, of course) I would probably include the following from the modern era: All Star Superman, Secret Identity, For the Man Who Has Everything, Kingdom Come, Red Son. For all the years pre-Crisis I think the old Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told collection from the 80s did a pretty good job.

  5. James Schee Says:

    Gosh except for the #1 choice, where Superman talks to the suicidal girl, I wouldn’t pick any of those. Yet then for me the best thing about him is his heart not his physical strength.

    My favorite picks, in no particular order would be.

    Superman #64 -Metropolis Mailbag – which has Lois and Superman going to the post office 2 days before Christmas to sort through the mail Superman gets from around the world.

    He first helps bring together two elderly sisters who had been long ago separated by the Holocaust. When one of them says she can’t believe he would take the time for something so small, he answered something like there was nothing more important.

    Also in the same issue was Superman visiting a boy who had written wanting him to save his dad who had Cancer. When he arrives to talk to the boy, his father had just died and the boy lashes out in anger. On the urging of the boy’s mother Superman
    talks further with the boy, and explains that he didn’t have the power to help his dad and he was sorry. The boy says “But you’re SUPERman!” and Superman says “No sadly in cases like this I’m SuperMAN.”

    The Final Night Crossover was mostly forgettable, but there was a scene in the final issue where the heroes are gathered to try to destroy the Suneater. It is a suicide mission though, as one has to fly a shuttle into the Sun, without hesitating Superman volunteers and asks for just a moment alone where he writes a letter to Lois. Now events happen that prevents Superman from sacrificing himself, Ferro Lad steals the shuttle first and then Hal shows up. Yet the self sacrifice was why he’s the greatest hero.

    The finally his ability to inspire. During first Death of Superman and then followed up in Funeral For a Friend we meet a young teen named Mitch. At first he’s bad mouthing Superman for being uncool and a square.

    Yet as Doomsday starts rampaging across the country one of the places Superman battles him is in Mitch’s house. Where his mom and little sister where being threatened by the monster. Superman puts himself in between the monster and the family so they can get to safety.

    Later in Funeral For a Friend Mitch travels to Metropolis to basically apologize for what he thought. And wanting to thank Superman or his family if he had one for being there for his family when no one else was. And how Superman has inspired him to do better and be a better person. (later he’s gain powers and form a superhero club of sorts inspired by Superman)

    Anyway sorry to go on for so long, but Superman when written well is one of my favorite characters. Even if I was going to use a powers description moment, it’d be likely from Morrison’s JLA. When he moved the moon, or battled an Archangel. That was presented on such a big scale, not just brought down to the lowest common denominator of punching someone as is often the case now.

  6. Johanna Says:

    What wonderful examples! Thank you for sharing those. That’s the kind of inspiring hero I miss.

  7. Michael Says:

    I think part of the problem is that the people picking the “best” stories don’t remember anything past the 90’s.

    My favorite Superman story has nothing to do with his powers. It’s the first half of Alan Moore’s “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” when, after Supergirl’s death in Crisis on Infinite Earths, Superman is visited by a Silver Age version of Supergirl (who has traveled into her “future” from the past). Their interaction is understated, but the sweet simplicity of the bygone era Supergirl coupled with the knowledge of what modern comics will eventually do to her makes the meeting poignant–so much so, in fact, that the last moment of the story is an image of Superman crying.

  8. Thad Says:

    I’m quite partial to “Do good to others and every man can be a superman.” ( http://comicreel.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/panel-of-the-day-every-man-can-be-a-superman/ )

    The bit where he picks up Thor’s hammer and Cap’s shield in JLA/Avengers is pretty great too, but I’m guessing DC doesn’t want to advertise Marvel characters in its list.

  9. Thad Says:

    I also love the Roosevelt-era populist stuff. Like the early issue where he traps the owner of a mining company inside his own unsafe mine until he agrees to improve safety standards.

  10. Anthony Says:

    Pre-Crisis, “Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told” would be a good choice, along with the “Superman in the 40s/50s/60s/70s/80s” TPBs.

    Post-Crisis, yeah, half that list isn’t it. They left off his own *wedding*?! One of the things that’s most hyped up about a fictional cartoon character (“will Mickey/Donald/Popeye/Superman *ever* get married?”) given their usually-unchanging status quos, since cartoons can’t change or it’d “ruin the story”…or corporate marketing/require the writers to try something different, anyway :-p

  11. Rob Barrett Says:

    Honestly, my favorite Golden Age bit is from the story about scofflaw drivers. I.e., the bit at the end where Superman has so terrorized the mayor into cracking down on traffic violations that Clark Kent ends up getting a parking ticket.

  12. Jim Perreault Says:

    My favorite moment is when Superman defeats the anti-Monitor at the end of Crisis on Infinite Earths, and then discovers Lois is still alive. The perfect send off for the first Super-Hero of them all.

    Too bad Johns had to ruin it in Infinite Crisis.




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