Comic Book / Superman for All Seasons

Superman for All Seasons is a 4-issue comic book limited series written by Jeph Loeb with art by Tim Sale, originally published by DC Comics in 1998. With a theme dealing with seasons, the artwork contains many influences from that of Norman Rockwell. The story also parallels the events from Superman's then-origin story John Byrne's The Man of Steel, though it can be read on its own.

Tropes associated with this work:

  • Bookend: The ending of the first issue has Superman saving a little boy from falling. He encounters the same boy at the end of the final one.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Supes goes through one of these after the events of the third issue and returns to Smallville for a while to clear his head.
  • Period Piece: Though published in the '90s, it is set several decades beforehand.
  • P.O.V. Sequel: Each issue is told from the viewpoint of a different character. Specifically, Jonathan Kent, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, and Lana Lang.
  • Secretly Dying: Superman's friend Sam (who was based on a real person) hid his cancer. His crutches were supposedly because he broke his leg and his bald head was because he shaved it. Unfortunately, Clark finds out about his tumor using his x-ray vision.
  • Scenery Porn: They wanted to achieve Norman Rockwell-feel with Smallville locations. They pulled it off.
  • Thematic Series: A DC icon, by Loeb and Sale, in a story that ties into the post-Crisis origin story and uses a yearly cycle for the issues? It certainly has thematic similarities to The Long Halloween.
  • Younger Than They Look: Clark looks much older than his classmates thanks to him not being human.