One of the hardest things to do in the comic industry is to keep a character relevant. Considering Superman has been around for eighty years, it is astounding how he is still one of the most recognisable characters in all literature.
To maintain interest for over eight decades, the writers and publishers had to experiment with DC's most famous figure. They might write a story where a central character is killed or Superman develops new powers.
Sometimes, this has a positive lasting effect on the series. At first, the Superboy series sounded like a stupid idea but it actually introduced a lot of key figures including Bizarro, Lana Lang, and General Zod.
When the writers try to mix it up, more often than not, it doesn't work out. That's fine. After writing thousands of stories about the The Last Son of Krypton, they're not all going to be great.
But there are some tales that aren't just bad. They're stupid. Insulting. Mind-bogglingly inappropriate. Here is a list of Superman stories that are so unbelievably dumb, you will be bewildered how they got published.
James Egan has written 80 books including
1000 Facts about Superheroes Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Supervillains Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about The Greatest Films Ever Made Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Video Games Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about TV Shows Vol. 1-3
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