Review: Superman Chronicles Vol.3
The Superman Chronicles is DC’s attempt to reprint every Superman appearance in chronological order. Somehow I doubt this project (or the Batman one for that matter) will actually finish, but it’s nice to get these early stories in an affordable color format.
Volume 3 covers the begining of 1940 and is mostly notable for featuring the first few appearances of Lex Luthor (back in the days when he had hair). None of the characters have crystalized yet, Lois exists solely to point out how embarrisingly timid Clark Kent is, Superman isn’t above letting a gangster or two die, and Luthor’s just evil for the hell of it. Oh and for some reason no one knows that Superman exists despite all his adventures being very public.
But the stories of this proto-Superman do make for an interesting read, although probably only for the die-hard fans.