History Comicbook / TheManOfSteel

3rd Apr '16 4:38:12 PM JudasZala
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''The Man of Steel'' was followed up by three four-issue limited series (also written by Byrne) that explored the Post-Crisis world of Superman: ''The World of Krypton'', ''The World of Smallville'', and ''The World of Metropolis''.

Not to be confused with the later published ''Superman: The Man of Steel,'' which was published from July 1991 to March 2003.
29th Mar '16 6:28:18 PM PaulA
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* BatmanGambit: Batman has one ready to keep Superman from immediately apprehending him for vigilantism before having a chance to see the good he does. It's brilliant, it's specifically tailored to Superman's strengths and weaknesses, and (especially the key detail revealed at the end of the issue) it says a lot about how Batman sees the world; Batman's ''ExactWords'' are that if Superman touches him, [[spoiler:it will set off a bomb hidden "somewhere in Gotham City", which will kill "an innocent person."]]
-->'''Batman''': It's a touch Machiavellian, I admit. But my end justifies my means.
** On the last page, Batman reveals that [[spoiler:the bomb was ''in his utility belt the entire time.'' The only life at risk was his own.]]

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* BatmanGambit: Batman has one ready to keep Superman from immediately apprehending him for vigilantism before having a chance to see the good he does. It's brilliant, it's specifically tailored to Superman's strengths and weaknesses, and (especially the key detail revealed at the end of the issue) it says a lot about how Batman sees the world; Batman's ''ExactWords'' are world. Batman has rigged his suit with a proximity sensor tuned to Superman's unique Kryptonian physiology, and warns that if Superman touches him, [[spoiler:it it will set off a bomb hidden "somewhere in Gotham City", which will kill "an innocent person."]]
-->'''Batman''': It's
" "It's a touch Machiavellian, I admit. But my end justifies my means.
**
means." On the last page, Batman reveals that [[spoiler:the bomb was ''in his utility belt the entire time.'' The only life at risk was his own.]]
27th Mar '16 7:04:23 AM AnotherGuy
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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Lex Luthor, for the first time. It was a brilliant choice, as it explored Superman's moral code. From here on out, for the most part Lex was a DevilInPlainSight and often a VillianWithGoodPublicity, not an outlaw scientist who was often forced to don a purple and green PowerArmor to deal with Supes.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Lex Luthor, for the first time. It was a brilliant choice, as it explored Superman's moral code. From here on out, for the most part Lex was a DevilInPlainSight and often a VillianWithGoodPublicity, VillainWithGoodPublicity, not an outlaw scientist who was often forced to don a purple and green PowerArmor to deal with Supes.
27th Mar '16 7:03:58 AM AnotherGuy
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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Lex Luthor, for the first time. It was a brilliant choice, as it explored Superman's moral code. From here on out, for the most part Lex was TheDevilInPlainSight and often a VillianWithGoodPublucity, not an outlaw scientist who was often forced to don a purple and green PowerArmor to deal with Supes.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Lex Luthor, for the first time. It was a brilliant choice, as it explored Superman's moral code. From here on out, for the most part Lex was TheDevilInPlainSight a DevilInPlainSight and often a VillianWithGoodPublucity, VillianWithGoodPublicity, not an outlaw scientist who was often forced to don a purple and green PowerArmor to deal with Supes.
27th Mar '16 7:03:32 AM AnotherGuy
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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Lex Luthor, for the first time.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Lex Luthor, for the first time. It was a brilliant choice, as it explored Superman's moral code. From here on out, for the most part Lex was TheDevilInPlainSight and often a VillianWithGoodPublucity, not an outlaw scientist who was often forced to don a purple and green PowerArmor to deal with Supes.
29th Dec '15 2:11:54 PM Anddrix
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It lays the foundation for the ComicBook/PostCrisis version of Franchise/{{Superman}}, retelling his origin and showing his first encounters with his friends, Franchise/{{Batman}}, and SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor.

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It lays the foundation for the ComicBook/PostCrisis version of Franchise/{{Superman}}, retelling his origin and showing his first encounters with his friends, Franchise/{{Batman}}, and SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor.
ComicBook/LexLuthor.
26th Dec '15 11:51:34 AM nombretomado
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** In issue 3, Batman wonders if he and Superman could have been friends in [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks another lifetime]]. At the time, the intention was that they would ''not'' be friends in their ComicBook/PostCrisis lives. Inspired by their dynamic relationship in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns''.

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** In issue 3, Batman wonders if he and Superman could have been friends in [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks another lifetime]]. At the time, the intention was that they would ''not'' be friends in their ComicBook/PostCrisis lives. Inspired by their dynamic relationship in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns''.



** In the issues where he appears, Lex Luthor sports a head of red hair, but it is clear from the progression of time that he is losing his hair (Lois at one point says, "You're beginning to look like Fred Mertz!"). In a SilverAge ''ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'' story, Lex blamed Superboy for an accident that resulted in his being bald. In this story, he blames Superman for his being arrested like a common criminal. It's not said, but it's implied that Lex blames Superman for his stress-induced male pattern baldness as well.

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** In the issues where he appears, Lex Luthor sports a head of red hair, but it is clear from the progression of time that he is losing his hair (Lois at one point says, "You're beginning to look like Fred Mertz!"). In a SilverAge [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] ''ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'' story, Lex blamed Superboy for an accident that resulted in his being bald. In this story, he blames Superman for his being arrested like a common criminal. It's not said, but it's implied that Lex blames Superman for his stress-induced male pattern baldness as well.
18th Oct '15 10:07:40 AM nombretomado
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It lays the foundation for the PostCrisis version of Franchise/{{Superman}}, retelling his origin and showing his first encounters with his friends, Franchise/{{Batman}}, and SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor.

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It lays the foundation for the PostCrisis ComicBook/PostCrisis version of Franchise/{{Superman}}, retelling his origin and showing his first encounters with his friends, Franchise/{{Batman}}, and SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor.



** Clark's secret identity would be his "Fortress of Solitude". It would be some time before the actual Fortress of Solitude was re-established PostCrisis, and at first it was just called "the Fortress". In one story, Superman hid his secret identity from a telepath behind a door identical to that of the pre-Crisis Fortress.
** In issue 3, Batman wonders if he and Superman could have been friends in [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks another lifetime]]. At the time, the intention was that they would ''not'' be friends in their PostCrisis lives. Inspired by their dynamic relationship in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns''.

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** Clark's secret identity would be his "Fortress of Solitude". It would be some time before the actual Fortress of Solitude was re-established PostCrisis, ComicBook/PostCrisis, and at first it was just called "the Fortress". In one story, Superman hid his secret identity from a telepath behind a door identical to that of the pre-Crisis Fortress.
** In issue 3, Batman wonders if he and Superman could have been friends in [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks another lifetime]]. At the time, the intention was that they would ''not'' be friends in their PostCrisis ComicBook/PostCrisis lives. Inspired by their dynamic relationship in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns''.



* PostCrisis
15th Sep '15 8:28:17 PM nombretomado
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# Superman investigates a vigilante in Gotham City, and winds up helping Franchise/{{Batman}} crack his latest case. The two heroes gain a grudging respect for each other, but (in deliberate contrast to the PreCrisis status quo) are too different in outlook to become close friends.

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# Superman investigates a vigilante in Gotham City, and winds up helping Franchise/{{Batman}} crack his latest case. The two heroes gain a grudging respect for each other, but (in deliberate contrast to the PreCrisis pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} status quo) are too different in outlook to become close friends.
28th Jul '15 9:22:48 PM AnotherGuy
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* AlasPoorVillain: Played with. Superman and Batman feel bad for Magpie, but feel worse for her victims.
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