Ty Burr
July 30, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

This nifty big-little book collects the first 25 years of Action Comics covers, charting the growth of Superman from surly car tosser to all-American icon. It’s hard to believe that today’s comics, with their cluttered, pompous multiple covers, will someday possess such campy charm; the mid-’50s issues, in which Superman’s greatest enemy seems to be Lois Lane’s femininity, are especially endearing. B+

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