Comic Book Review – Superman #64 (December 1991)

“Metropolis Mailbag”

Writer: Dan Jurgens

Artist: Jackson Guice

When looking for comic books to read and review, I like to write about new releases, but I also like to go back to the comic books of my childhood. I remember having this issue, but I can’t remember if I read it or not.

If you are looking for a story to help you get into the holiday spirit and restore your faith in humanity, this issue is worth tracking down in the dollar bin or downloading from Comixology.

Superman has faced down threats like the Eradicator, Intergang, and Mister Mxyzptlk without breaking a sweat. However, there’s one task that always fills him with fear and trepidation – reading letters sent to him. Two days before Christmas, Superman takes Lois to show her all the mail he receives over the year. These letters run the gamut from greedy to heartbreaking to asking the impossible. Superman will travel from Chicago to former East Germany to Salt Lake City before Christmas in an attempt to answer some of the requests written in these letters. By the end of the issue, you will know the difference between SUPERman and superMAN. There is also a team up between Superman and Batman that resolves a crisis without either of them throwing a punch. There is one piece of mail that will shake Clark Kent to his core.

Dan Jurgens’ run on Superman is often overlooked. It doesn’t help that some of his stories haven’t been collected in trade paperback. As a fan of the Man of Steel, any story post-Crisis and before the Death of Superman are worth your time. I always like to take a deep dive into the dollar bin to look for Action Comics during the timeframe I mentioned. Some stories include the event Time and Time Again, the fallout of Superman revealing his secret identity to Lois, and the death of Lex Luthor.

This issue is a perfect example of how Superman is seen as a beacon of hope for humanity and how he can inspire others in the face of tragedy and despair. The plot has a nice callback to Superman: The Movie (“I had all these powers…and I couldn’t even save him.”) Stories in this vein remind us that a man who can change the course of mighty rivers can still be relatable to mere mortals.

Take a moment for yourself, heat up some hot cocoa, and read this issue to inspire yourself and make a positive change in your life and others during the holidays and the coming year.