I grew up reading about the life of Superman, starting with his parents on the planet Krypton and his boyhood in Smallville. This lengthy cartoon story relives some of that life, starting when Clark is in his last year of high school. The first thing you notice is that Superman/Clark is a hunk. He is at least 300 pounds and all muscle. Ma and Pa Kent are aged farmers, but full of wisdom. A tornado hits Smallville, destroying most of the town. This has a strong effect on Clark, as he realizes that he could have done more to protect people. After graduating from high school, Clark moves to Metropolis and Superman is born. Like in the original comics, Lex Luthor is Superman's archenemy. However, in this case, Lex is a megalomaniac and a tycoon. He dominates the city and accepts no criticism. In an attempt to dominate the city, Lex unleashes a virus that knocks everyone unconscious. Lex has the cure, and it is sprayed over the city. However, the woman that developed the virus dies as a consequence of her repeated exposure. This causes Superman to recognize his limitations and he goes back to Smallville in an attempt to deal with it. While he is there, a violent rainstorm leads to a tremendous flood. Superman of course saves the day. To understand the personalities given to Clark's parents, Jonathan Kent is swept out of their vehicle and Superman pulls him out of the water. When he lands, there is concern whether Jonathan is still alive. He begins coughing, and then says, "You can put me down now, son." Great, simplistic, but effective dialog. The early Superman always knew what he was and very rarely expressed any self doubt. I consider the inclusion of that characteristic into his personality a definite improvement and found this story enjoyable. Lana Lang remains a sweet country girl, but Lois Lane is a vamp with a significant cleavage. I also consider that an improvement.
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Recounts some of Superman's earliest adventures including leaving Smallville for Metropolis and battling his enemy, Lex Luthor. Reprint.--This text refers to theLibrary Bindingedition.