Superman - The key 1970s Comic Book Story Lines

18 March 2023
Superman comics and books were still popular in the 1970s, with many writers and artists creating new stories and adventures for the character. 

"Kryptonite Nevermore!"

Here are some notable examples of Superman comics and books that were produced during this decade:
  1. "Kryptonite Nevermore!" - This storyline, which ran in Superman comics from 1971 to 1972, was a significant turning point for the character. Written by Denny O'Neil and illustrated by Curt Swan, the story has Superman renouncing his use of kryptonite, the one substance that can weaken and harm him. The story showed that Superman was willing to give up his own weakness in order to protect the world, and it paved the way for a more mature and socially conscious portrayal of the character in the 1970s.

  2. "The Sandman Saga" - This storyline, which ran in Superman comics in 1974, was written by Gerry Conway with art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. In this story, Superman battles a villain called the Sandman, who can control people's dreams. The Sandman puts Superman to sleep and forces him to live out his worst nightmares, making for a suspenseful and thrilling storyline. The story also explored Superman's psyche and showed how vulnerable he could be to psychological attacks.

  3. "Superman vs. Wonder Woman" - This storyline, which ran in Superman comics in 1978, was written by Martin Pasko with art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. In this story, Superman and Wonder Woman are forced to fight each other by a villain called the Phantom Zone Keeper. The story explored the dynamic between the two characters and their differing philosophies about how to use their powers. It also showed the complexity of their relationship, with hints of romantic tension between them.

  4. "Superman: Miracle Monday" - This novel, written by Elliot S! Maggin and published in 1981, is set in the 1970s. In this story, Superman saves the world from an alien invasion on the day after Christmas, which becomes known as "Miracle Monday." The novel was praised for its imaginative storytelling and its characterization of Superman, who is shown as a complex and introspective hero.

Other notable Superman comics and books from the 1970s include "The Private Life of Clark Kent," which explored the character's personal life, and "Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen," a lighthearted series that followed the adventures of Superman's best friend. The 1970s were a time of creative experimentation for Superman comics and books, with writers and artists pushing the boundaries of what was possible with the character. As a result, many of the stories produced during this decade are still considered classics of the superhero genre today.


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