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Comic Book / Superman for All Seasons

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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:

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Clark doesn't quite fit in at his hometown.
  • Art Evolution: Compared to other Superman works.
  • 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 BSoD: Supes goes through one of these after the events of the third issue and returns to Smallville for a while to clear his head.
  • Momma's Boy: Superman unapologetically boasts that his suit was made by his mom to a kid he saves.
  • Pastoral Science Fiction: Inspired by the art of Norman Rockwell, and set mainly in Smallville, Kansas during Clark's upbringing. The art is serene and beautiful, and dialogue is kept minimal.
  • 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.
  • 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.