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The Evolution of Superman: The Best Superman Stories by Decade

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Many of comics' most popular heroes have been around for decades, and in the case of the big names from the publisher now known as DC Comics, some have been around for a sizable chunk of a century. As these characters passed through the different historical eras known in comics as the Golden Age (the late 1930s through the early 1950s), the Silver Age (the mid 1950s through the late 1960s), the Bronze Age (the early 1970s through the mid 1980s) and on into modern times, they have experienced considerable changes in tone and portrayal that reflect the zeitgeist of the time.

With this new feature we'll help you navigate the very best stories of DC Comics' most beloved characters decade by decade. This week, we're taking a look at Superman.

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Comics, Everybody: The History of Supergirl Explained!

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With CBS' Supergirl show in production, it's a great time to talk about the character's convoluted history in the recurring feature we call Comics, Everybody! Cartoonist Chris Haley of Let’s Be Friends Again and colorist Jordan Gibson are here to educate you about the many iterations of Supergirl, their individual origins, and how they are or aren't related to Superman.

Whether you're new to comics, new to DC's heroes, or a long-time fan looking to re-familiarize yourself with the eccentricities of superhero continuity (or maybe engage in some hardcore nitpicking), we hope you'll enjoy this tribute to the most super girl in the DCU, and her animal boyfriend.

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The Complete History of Comic-Book Movies, Chapter 7: ‘Superman’ (1948)

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ScreenCrush editor, comic-book lover, and undiagnosed masochist Matt Singer is systematically watching every single (American) comic-book movie ever made in the order in which they were released. This week in The Complete History of Comic-Book Movies: Faster than a speeding bullet, the Man of Steel arrives on the big screen.

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Superheroic Style Spotlight: Wonder Woman & Superman’s New Costumes

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DC Comics' solicitations for June reveal that various members of the Justice League will be getting makeovers, and the new looks include a fully-covered Wonder Woman and a casual Superman.

In an effort to phase out the New 52 branding, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Arrow, and Green Lantern will get new costumes to replace the New 52 threads that they've worn since August 2011. Aside from a mysterious Bat-robot, the redesigns for Wonder Woman and Superman feature the most notable stylistic changes, which I will break down in terms of design and superhero costumes after the cut.

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The Great Super-Costume Poll: Supes & Wondy

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For today's poll, we're looking at two of the biggest icons in the superhero biz. DC unveiled new costumes for Superman and Wonder Woman only yesterday, but we're not going to ask you to vote on those before you've had a chance to adjust, so instead we're looking at these heroes' best known costumes --- and a few of their other notable wardrobe changes.

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Brighten Your Day With This Oddly Soothing Video About A Man Building A Cardboard Superman Shovel To Tackle The Snowstorm

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Listen, February was a pretty rough month. Sure, we're getting into March now and the sun has finally returned to cast its warmth upon our fragile world once again, but for a while there, it was just snow, gloom, and gloomy snow.

Clearly someone had to take a stand and rise up against our natural oppressors, and that person was Lue Nuwame, the Homemade Game Guru, who built a Superman-shaped snow shovel in order to tackle the apocalyptic snowfall that hit Canada this winter. And as weird as it might sound, it's one of the most soothing videos I have ever watched. Let it flow over you like a gentle snowfall, a snowfall that you will eventually dig yourself out of with the help of Superman.

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CBS ‘Supergirl’ Casts Dean Cain and Helen Slater in ‘Top Secret’ Roles

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Super, if not-particularly surprising news, everyone! CBS forthcoming Supergirl series has followed The Flash’s lead in returning past franchise stars to the new edition, recruiting Lois & Clark star Dean Cain and original cinematic Supergirl Helen Slater for “top-secret” roles. Might the former Superman and Supergirl’s characters be so easy to identify in CBS’ rendition, however?

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Poll: Vote on the Best and Worst Comic Book Romances, Round IX

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Yesterday we exclusively unveiled the new Marvel series Star Lord And Kitty Pryde by Sam Humphries and Alti Firmansyah. Today it only seems fair that we add this recent super-couple to our list of comics' greatest couples, in what may be the final round of our poll. This is your chance to vote on Superman and Wonder Woman, Snake Eyes and Scarlett, and more --- and next week we'll tell you how all these couples stack up.

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The Greatest Couples in Comics: Can Anyone Beat Wally & Linda?

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Last week we polled you on some of comics' most celebrated couples. Rather than pitting them head to head, we offered a straight vote between 'True Love' and 'Bad Romance,' and as a result, we have a list of twenty couples rated for greatness, with Harley Quinn and Joker down at the bottom, and the perhaps surprising choice of Wally West and Linda Park at #1. But a lot of famous couples are missing from the list, and even though Valentine's Day is behind us, we've not yet had our fill of love.

So here's your opportunity to nominate the other couples that need to be voted on to come up with the definitive list of comics' greatest romantic couples. Wally and Linda are the current king and queen, but can another couple claim their crowns?

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Best Bets: Comixology’s Superman Sale

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I think we can all agree that the best comics are cheap comics, which is why I always keep an eye on Comixology's sales page to see if there are any good deals to be had. This week, they're offering up a handful of Superman collections for six bucks each --- which in a couple of cases is 70% off --- and while that's a pretty great deal, it also raises the question of just which ones you should pick up.

Fortunately, I've read all of these stories, so in order to help you make an informed decision, I've picked out a few best bets for picking up some cheap reads with the Man of Steel, if only to keep anyone from accidentally buying Earth One thinking that it might be good.

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