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Question: What is your favorite period of Superman comics?  (Voting closed: March 04, 2005, 03:56:50 PM)
Siegel & Shuster Era 1938-1948 - 3 (9.1%)
Atomic Age 1948-1958 - 1 (3%)
Weisinger Era 1958-1970 - 13 (39.4%)
Schwartz Era 1970-1986 - 11 (33.3%)
Byrne's Run 1986-1988 - 3 (9.1%)
Jurgens/Ordway Era 1989-1998 - 2 (6.1%)
Current 1998-2005 - 0 (0%)
Total Voters: 33

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« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2005, 01:51:47 AM »

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The Bronze Age.

"An age where men and women wore their greatness as easily as they wore their clothing or their names..."

Indeed. Elliot S! Maggin was a big reason that I enjoyed the Bronze Age so much. And it wasn't just Superman who was written well in the Bronze Age, there were many other great stories and writers (from both DC and Marvel).
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« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2005, 11:47:30 AM »

I think Weisinger era was actually more nuanced and inventive, as well as more consistent artisitically/continuity-wise.
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« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2005, 08:22:27 PM »

Weisinger by a mile, followed by Golden Age, when super heroes were new, love the original idea of the Batman, Spectre etc...

The Bronze Age actually left me cold, its mixture of past continuity and watered down social relevence didn't meet either objective...
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« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2005, 08:39:58 PM »

I almost picked the Bronze Age but I really enjoy those stories from the previous era more(58-70). Besides the Bronze Age is really just an extension of the Silver Age with more "relevant" storytelling (Marvelization). I grew up reading the B.A. books but when I started to seriously collect I found I enjoyed the 12 centers a lot more and those stories, for the most part, really stick in your head for all time.

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« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2005, 01:03:15 AM »

The continuity and seriousness of Superman was better in the Bronze Age.

Also, Julie Schwartz made it a point to establish where exactly Superman fit in a cohesive DCU.  Superman clearly wasn't just another super-hero but the super-hero and of truly legendary, mythological importance to the DCU.
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« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2005, 01:12:46 PM »

Much as I love the work of Maggin and Bates, there's just no comparison to the explosion of ideas and myth-building in the Weisinger years: Kara, Krypto, Kandor, the Phantom Zone, the Legion, Bizarro, Brainiac, the Fortress, Lori Lemaris, the list goes on and on.  The incomparable art team of Swan and Klein, the wonderful scripts of Seigel, Schwartz, Coleman, Binder and Hamilton.  This was Superman's true Golden Age.

Much of what modern fans love about comics, whether they know it or not, started here.  The tragic, emotional Superman of Seigel's "Return to Krypton" and later tales laid the groundwork for the conflicted psyches of the Marvel line-up (especially Spider-Man).  The intricate, nuanced Superverse introduced the kind of dense, cross-title continuity that so delights mutant fans today, and so on.

Mort himself may have been a prize jerk, but the stuff his team put out was pure gold.  Everything since has simply been a reaction to it, whether streamlining it (the Bronze Age), deconstructing it (Byrne) or ripping it off (the modern era's given us new versions of Supergirl, Kandor, Nightwing, Brainiac, Terra-Man, Toyman, you name it. None of them an improvement).
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« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2005, 01:31:23 PM »

I was going to post why I voted for the Weisinger Era, but Nightwing had already said everything I intended to.

I love the Julie Schwartz edited titles and almost voted for that era, but the Weisinger Era stands above it in my mind fir the reasons Nightwing stated.
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« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2005, 03:08:59 PM »

Mort's the man. This is the period in Superman's history that I grew up with and I have the fondest memories of.
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