In today’s Comic Collection Monday, I’m taking a look at “Superman: Man of Steel” #1 with a cover date of July 1991.
In Comic Collection Monday, I’ll post the cover of a comic book from my collection, along with a brief note about the issue – what I thought about it, where I got it, whatever comes to mind. Guest spots are also available. If you want to talk about an interesting comic in your collection, send me an e-mail at mprice at Oklahoman.com.
The issue: In “Superman: Man of Steel” #1, there’s a new foe on the scene named Cerberus, who is bombing Lexcorp facilities around the city. Meanwhile, tough economic times are hitting the Daily Planet, which undergoes a 10 percent staff reduction — including photographer Jimmy Olsen, who has just signed a lease on a new apartment.
As Superman attempts to track down Cerberus, he is interrupted with visions of Krypton. As it turns out, the Kryptonian artifact known as the Eradicator – which Superman threw into the sun when it tried to turn him into the ideal Kryptonian – has returned, now in humanoid form.
This issue was a group effort of the entire Superman team, including writer Louise Simonson and artists Jon Bogdanove and Dennis Janke, who would become the regular team on the “Man of Steel” ongoing. Other artists on the issue included Tom Grummett, Bob McLeod and Dan Jurgens on pencils, with Jerry Ordway, McLeod, and Brett Breeding on inks. Bill Oakley was the letterer and Glenn Whitmore was the colorist.
This issue also marked the first appearances of the orphan Keith and his guardian Myra, both of whom add some diversity to the Superman supporting cast.
How it got in my collection: I remember seeing this on a spinner rack at the Waldenbooks in the Sooner Fashion Mall. It was a new #1 featuring the world’s most famous character – I couldn’t resist. New #1 issues were somewhat still rare enough at the time that I’m sure some collectibility ideas entered my mind — but while this isn’t a particularly expensive one, it is historically notable for kicking off the era of essentially weekly Superman comics, which would last for the next decade-and-a-half.