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Aug. 24th, 2013 | 11:17 pm

Teengirl and I are finishing Buffy, and jeez Season 7 is wrenching. I sometimes hide behind the laptop.

So we looked around for other things, and just started Due South, which is actually better than I remember from my first attempt to watch a few years ago. Watching with her is definitely fun!

But she doesn't know anything about Superman, how weird. I would like advice about the best comic anthology or movie to fill this void in her pop culture education: what would you recommend?

I am totally loving The Almighty Johnsons, which is a weirdly random New Zealand show that just cracks me up. I started watching because of Dean O'Gorman but kept watching because I never know what they'll do. Thank you [personal profile] alassenya for helping me buy and rip the first two seasons, I'm slowly finishing the second but dragging it out because it's too much fun to gulp. And I admit, the intertubz are letting me watch season 3 in near real time from NZ and/or Canada. Apparently it's coming to the Syfy channel soon, give it a try!

Work is terrifying, I think I'm screwing up and I'm fairly sure what I should be doing, and I'm not getting my act together to do it, dammit. My new boss is flying in to go with me to a site visit on Monday, but we know that particular one is an awful mess in general and not entirely my fault.

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hanarobi

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from: hanarobi
date: Aug. 25th, 2013 07:02 am (UTC)
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kinkthatwinked knows all things Superman!

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The Kink That Winked

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from: kinkthatwinked
date: Aug. 25th, 2013 08:09 am (UTC)
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This sounds like a job for ... me!

*tears open shirt like Superman, only to reveal old raggedy brassiere*

Oops. :)

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The Kink That Winked

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from: kinkthatwinked
date: Aug. 25th, 2013 07:55 am (UTC)
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I hear you’re looking for the best of Superman. I think Hubby and I can help with that. *gets all geeked up*

In old comics, you could start with the trade paperbacks:
"Red Son" by Mark Millar
"Superman for All Seasons" by Jeph Loeb
"Superman: Secret Origin" by Geoff Johns
"Kingdom Come" by Mark Waid.

Red Son is a great AU, “what if Superman landed somewhere other than Kansas” story. All Seasons is a touching tale where Superman is examined from four different points of view at different times of the year. Secret Origin is the latest in a long line of well-done origin stories (and the artist makes Supes look exactly like Christopher Reeve). Kingdom Come is one of the best Superman stories ever written, about an aged, retired Superman trying to both save and reconnect with a violent, jaded world that’s moved on without him.

Want new comics? Check out the "Superman Unchained" series. They’re only on #3, so you’ll only need to backorder two issues.

In movies, I’d go with at least the first Christopher Reeve movie, and at most parts I and II (avoid parts III and IV, they sucked). Also, keep an eye out for the Henry Cavill movie to be released on DVD. You may want to avoid the Brandon Routh movie, as it tried so hard to invoke the Reeve movies, instead of doing something different for a new generation, that it ended up really pleasing no one.

In television, there were three seasons of "Superman, the Animated Series," and I say you can’t go wrong with any of them. I was surprised to find this much depth in a cartoon, but Warner Bros. went all out, just like they did with the animated Batman series. My husband loves "Lois & Clark," and I thought it was fun, too, but I’m not sure you need all four seasons to get the gist. If you like the way these two flirt and fall in love while fighting silly bad guys in the first season, you'll probably enjoy the other three.

And then there’s "Smallville," a show that lasted ten years when it should have ended at around four or five. Maybe purchase the first season to see if it’s for you, but be warned, every year this show was renewed at the very last minute, leaving writers scrambling to find a way to extend the story for another year, and it begins to affect the show’s quality. Then again, if you’re looking for some slashy subtext, it doesn’t get much better than this show’s UST between Clark and Lex!

DC has also been releasing a lot of straight-to-DVD movies, and they are actually pretty darned good. I’d recommend:
All-Star Superman
Superman vs. the Elite
Superman Unbound
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies.

All-Star Superman is based on a comic of the same name, and many hail it as one of the best Superman stories ever written. I say check out the movie first, and if you want an even deeper, more surreal version, then read Grant Morrison’s book.

Or if you really just want ONE DVD, just one central place to start, find a new release called "The Best of Superman." This is a small collection of the best episodes from all the animated shows. It goes all the way back to the film short from the 1940's, to the Superfriends Saturday morning cartoons, to the animated series I was just raving about.

Hm. I probably should have led with this, instead of trying to get you to break the bank on the Man of Steel. :) Anyway, I really hope this helps.

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the Legs, the Nose and Mrs Robinson

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from: matildabj
date: Aug. 25th, 2013 01:43 pm (UTC)
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This is wonderful. I know nothing about Superman beyond the Reeve movies and the odd episode of Lois & Clark, so now I might just have to delve deeper!

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The Kink That Winked

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from: kinkthatwinked
date: Aug. 25th, 2013 11:58 pm (UTC)
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Cool! Enjoy.

Speaking of "Lois & Clark," I should warn you that the show was cancelled suddenly, leaving several plotlines unresolved. So keep that in mind if you get into that show.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 25th, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
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Wow, a plethora of choices! Will check out the DVD and the movies and shows, and maybe "Secret Origin", as it seems important to get the original format, at least.

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The Kink That Winked

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from: kinkthatwinked
date: Aug. 26th, 2013 12:07 am (UTC)
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So glad I could help, as well as get my geek on about Superman! :D

I forgot to mention, "Lois & Clark" was cancelled suddenly, leaving several plotlines unresolved. So keep that in mind if you get into that show.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 26th, 2013 03:58 am (UTC)
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Thanks!

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rubyelf

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from: rubyelf
date: Aug. 25th, 2013 02:43 pm (UTC)
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I know nothing about superman at all... but as far as work, I'm sure you're doing the best you can. I'm sorry that it's so rough, and hearing you describe it as terrifying makes me feel like back where I was... and sort of still am when it comes to work.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 25th, 2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
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I had a pretty good phone meeting today, and remembered that I am literally the only one in my company that can do this little (but high prestige) job. And it's only 1:30 so Sunday isn't even over.

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