This shows in the “Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite” arc, an old storyline I’m just now reading for the first time thanks to a local comic store’s going-out-of-business sale. The story centers on a familiar trope—Superman loses his powers! Oh, no!—but the trope is used to reveal character as much as it’s used to create obstacles. What kind of man is Superman beneath all those amazing super-powers?
According to The Adventures of Superman #472, which is the second and most recent part of the story I’ve read as of this writing, Superman is a guy who will stand up to a rampaging, super-strong maniac, regardless of the personal risks. He’s a guy who isn’t too proud to ask for help. He’s a guy who still worries about his friends, despite his own major problem.
This Superman is just as super whether he has powers or not—which is exactly right.
The Christopher Reeve is strong in this one, and it’s a solid read for Superman fans young and old.
Writer/Penciler: Dan Jurgens
Inker: Art Thibert
Publisher: DC Comics
How to Read It: back issues; Comixology; included in Superman: Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite (TPB)
Appropriate For: ages 8 and up