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Adventures of Superman #547:

A teenage Atom and Electric Superman -- my, were those different times. This was near the beginning of the Blueperman saga, yeah? I should pull this one out. I bet it would be a fun one to revisit (with Kesel and Immonen, it can't be a complete loss). I keep telling myself one day I'll revisit that entire era. One day ...

(Davey -- I enjoy the seemingly random issues that pop up there. Always good for bringing back memories or driving me to give an issue a look.)

Yeah, it was one of the first major arcs after Superman became 'stablized' and started understanding his powers better.

I've re-read the majority of the era a while back (missed some issues here and there, especially once Millennium Giants started) and it isn't nearly as bad as people make it out to be, but you could tell that they were flying by the seat of their pants. As much I enjoyed aspects of Superman Red and Blue when they broke apart, that's when the series really became weak... because you just knew it was only leading towards him becoming normal again. And I still think the final resolution to Millennium Giants and the start of Superman Forever were pretty damn lame.

Aside from that, honestly, the biggest issue with that era of Superman is exactly what you wrote in your reply to Knight... the supporting cast. Pretty much, all momentum stops whenever Scorn gets decent page time, because he isn't that interesting (frankly, he only becomes interesting whenever Kandor is involved and he actually has dialogue). And Daddy Armstrong only seems to be there to be a plot device for 'Is Superman's new powers dangerous?", which would have been more effective if someone already established wrote it.

Still, the bits I loved of that era is Superman having to break old habits and rethink tactics (such as bullets now pass through him, rather than bounce off, so swooping in front of people isn't so effective anymore), using his new powers in creative ways and the notion of him either being Superman (thus super-powered) or a regular old human.

While I'm sure it would have never lasted (or been retconned), I was so hoping that Lois would get pregnant in the arc and their child would only be human.

I still would love to see a limited series exploring the idea of the Electric Superman as if that's what was printed in Action Comics#1... ah, a man can dream.

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