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Rich Marzullo
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Christopher Reeve Superman for me.
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Wayne Boring.
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JB made me like Superman again. By the time his Superman was
publised, I "hated" Superman. To me, he needed to be knocked
down a peg or three. JB made me like him again.
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JB actually made me want to purchase Superman.
I grew up with the Swan / Adams version of the character. Found him dull as dishwater. I had no interest in plunking down any coin.

JB revitalized the character and for the first time in my life, I was regularly buying Superman.

And it was damn good too.
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For comics, I'd say JBs. I grew up with the Silver Age version, but never bought the Superman titles regularly 'til JB did his take.
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I love the full-blown Silver Age Superman!  Give me all of the mythology and supporting characters and villains of that era:  Krypto!  The Fortress of Solitude!  Supergirl!  Bizarro!  Titano the Super Ape!  The Bottle City of Kandor!  Lois Lane trying to expose Superman's identity!  The Daily Planet's Flying Newsroom!  Great Caesar's Ghost!!!!!  Multi-colored Kryptonite!!!
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I guess I say this one...



...but JB's is a VERY CLOSE second...



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Nathan Greno
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...now that I think of it, those two are basically the same thing.
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Nathan, not sure I'd agree with that.  "The Look" aside, movie Superman struck me more Schwartzish than Byrneish.

Anyway, JB's #1, with the Timmverse version a close second.

 

 

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It's a tricky question, because Superman is not really a single entity. It's rather like asking "What's your favorite food?"

So, I'd have to break it down. George Reeves introduced me to the character, so he will always have a special place in my heart. As will Wayne Boring, who was principle artist when I started reading the comics. The Fleischer cartoons gave another kind of life to Superman, as did Christopher Reeve.

Pick one? Can't be done.

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Swan.  Those are the stories I read over and over.  
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Fleischer cartoon version, head and shoulders above all others.


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Didier Yvon Paul Fayolle
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Cartoons: The Fleischer cartoons

Comics: JB's version

Movies: Christopher Reeve

TV: Dean Cain

 

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Basically, any live-action version before Dean Cain--and any comics version before "The Death of Superman"--is a-okay in my book.



Edited by Shaun Barry on 28 March 2012 at 8:31pm
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Cartoons - Fleisher Studios
Comics -  Curt Swan
Movies - Christopher Reeve
Television - George Reeves

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Lloyd White
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It's a tie between Curt Swan's comics version and Christopher Reeve's
portrayal for my favorite version of the Man of Steel.
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JB's MoS and Christopher Reeves!
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If it counts I'd go with Superboy as in Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes.  Growing up this was by far my favorite book and enjoyed Superboy more than Superman.  If forced to go with Clark as an adult, then Christopher Reeve's SUPERMAN movies, particularly the first two.
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If it counts I'd go with Superboy as in Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes.  Growing up this was by far my favorite book and enjoyed Superboy more than Superman.  If forced to go with Clark as an adult, then Christopher Reeve's SUPERMAN movies, particularly the first two.

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Sums up my feelings. To be fair, I like aspects of them all. 
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There are very few versions of the character which do not enjoy at all. Almost every take on Superman has something to recommend it, in some form or fashion.

For me, the most primal, basic vision of Superman in my mind's eye is the Curt Swan version. That is and will always be my default version of the character, and not simply from nostalgia. Swan's gifts for characterization, acting, and depth of feeling are unmatched in the field of comics as far as I can see. His "cast" was absolutely perfect, and his gift for getting the most from his "players" never dimished.

The Golden Age with artwork by Shuster, Sikela, Burnley, and others was a magical, enchanted world to me as a child. Superman, in his ORIGINAL form, (okay, his multiple "original" forms) was a revelation of which I could not get enough.

The Fleischer cartoons stand head and shoulders above all other animated attempts with the character, as well as better than almost all other screen versions of any superhero character. They are done straight-on, eyes-open as fantastic action-adventure stories, rather than as reflections of the "super-hero myth" or as commentary on what the character has come to mean in today's society. They are not watered down children's programming or ultra-ironic meta-takes on Superman for those-in-the-know. They're just... Superman! Done with enormous talent, imagination, and heart.

Although not representative of a different era or medium, I was very happy whenever I could lay hands on a Superman story done by Jim Aparo, Jose Garcia Lopez, or John Severin (these were mainly parodies of Superman found in Cracked Magazine...) Those were some good-looking takes on the character.

 

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JB's Superman hands down.
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I never read the comic book as a kid, so Christopher Reeve's first two movies were my only Superman.

I wasn't collecting comic books when JB's Superman was released.  I read it years later when I was in college, and I thought it was even better than the movies.  He felt more real to me than before. 

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Now Didier's list is my list.
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Came across this. Apparently all Superman logos that have been in print or on screen. Are they all canon? Half of them I've never even seen before.

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