Episode #82: Comics in 1986 | “The Man of Steel” Miniseries (1986)

If you want to understand the basis for the modern take on Superman, you have to start with Richard Donner’s 1978 film and John Byrne’s 1986 comic book miniseries. The Crisis on Infinite Earths had just ended, the Silver Age Superman had bid everyone farewell, and it was time to establish a Superman for the modern age. In this episode, I review the 6-issue miniseries and talk about what it did well, its flaws, and whether or not Superman is still relevant today.

(I also reference another podcast who talks about the relevance of Superman today, which you can find here: Graphic Novelism podcast: http://www.graphicnovelism.com/2015/06/1-people-v-superman.html)

Some additional reading material if you want to know more about why 1986 was such a pivotal year for the comic book industry:

“1986, The Year That Changed Comic Books” — This is an amazing multi-part essay on the impact of the events of 1986 in comics on the future of the industry.

“1986: The Year Comic Books Became Literature” — Blog post discussing how comic books “grew up” in 1986 and demanded to be taken seriously as an art form and literature.

“The Year Comics Grew Up” by IGN:


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