Superman had wandered away from his core concept a little bit over the years. DC handed the Man of Steel over to controversial, comics superstar John Byrne to bring him back to basics.
The man outdid himself. That original 6 issue mini-series was a triumph. It gave us back the Supes we all know and love. Whatever they've done with him over the years you can always go back and relive the joy of those 6 issues.
Byrne had a handle on what Supes is all about. Sure he's an alien who doesn't fit in anywhere. Sure he can bench press asteroids. Sure he can't bang regular chicks without a kryptonite condom but underneath all that he's just a big cuddly teddy bear who loves you very much.
Sure he's a somewhat sleazy teddy bear who enjoys getting interviewed by female reporters in slinky bathrobes:
Hey baby, you know the saying - once you go Kryptonian...
We all know what you're up to with that X-Ray vision of yours, you dirty beast.
His peeping tom tendencies aside, Byrne really liked to play up my favorite aspect of Superman's character - Supes as a boy scout. Sure it makes him seem a little cheesy, and a lot of writers prefer to angst him up but I'm afraid if Superman ain't helping an old lady across the street every chance he gets - he ain't Superman.
In the hands of a master like Byrne, the boy scout works beautifully:When he's not tackling that scourge of the inner cities - noise pollution - he's off stopping daylight bank robberies. But even when he's under the gun he's never forgets his manners:Nothing restores your faith in humanity like a dude in a big blue romper-suit kicking/flicking the bad guy's asses while being painfully polite to everyone.
I loved, loved loved this mini-series.
Now if only DC would commission that Superman mini-series written by Dean Cain I could die a happy man.