Comic Review: Superman 78 #1 (DC Comics)

Got time to go back to 1978? What? You weren’t born then? Oh, no worries, Superman ’78 is a good retrofit. It’s the world of the 1978 Superman movie, and […]

Got time to go back to 1978? What? You weren’t born then? Oh, no worries, Superman ’78 is a good retrofit.

It’s the world of the 1978 Superman movie, and we’re in a brand new story in that 1978 world.

Writer Robert Vinditti (Damage, Demon Knights, Green Lantern, etc) stickes with the tried and true, and does justice to the 70’s flavour: First, a flashback to the last days of Krypton, as envisioned in 1978. (Okay, do we really need that again?) Clark trying to bumble around the newsroom amid changes in news culture. Still portraying Superman as the kind-hearted alien that everyone appreciates. And the robots who invade earth on a regular basis, snooping around and testing the waters for a cheap and easy world domination. It’s perhaps a bit corny but with heaps of good heart. A popcorn box of buttery fun, this one.

Wilfred Torres (Batman ’66 Suicide Squad etc) delivers the clean line art in this retro tale in the style of Curt Swan, the cherished Silver Age Superman artist. A bright and cheery 70’s colour palette, (colourist Jordie Bellaire) all pastel and open.

It’s clean and clear and will bring a spark of recognition to older comic readers, and a chuckle from new readers, as they watch Superman save the day, way back in the summer of 78.

DC, Superman ’78 #1, $3.99 for 21 pages of content. Teen rating

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