I was gonna say.
Back when I was reading DC comics regularly, I always thought Superman had a thing for WW. That was 40 years ago now, but, it was there.
How many bucks do comics collectors have in their pockets? n=n
I thought the Supes/WW thing was handled best by Alan Moore in "For The Man Who Has everything" in a World's Finest annual. WW gives Supes a birthday kiss and Supes wonders why they don't do that more often. WW replies "Too obvious."
I had not read comics for many years when a former student showed me a copy of this issue, and I read it and liked it more than I had expected. Took note of Moore's name, and later read both The Killing Joke (a Batman "graphic novel"--i.e., big long funny book) and Watchmen, which I appreciated on one level as an imaginative examination of what a world in which superheroes were real might really be like, and felt a little morally nauseated by on another, the latter because of the former.
Though (or perhaps because) they were more simplistic, I guess I preferred the older DC comics of the late fifties and early sixties, when I was a kid, and superheroes were far less morally ambiguous, when it was simply assumed that any person who developed supernormal powers would naturally want to use them for the good of all. That was probably just as naive for that period as it may be for ours, but it's something I still want to believe. In the early 60's, I got my hands on the earliest runs of the Marvel comics (Fantastic Four, probably one of the first dozen issues) and liked what I read--the humor, the personal frictions between the heroes, etc., which were eventually to become standard operational procedures for the Marvel line), but I didn't abandon DC for them. I've always maintained that Marvel had good product, but DC had custody of the cultural myths, and I guess still kind of feel that way, though DC apparently isn't thinking like that any more.
After all these years, I still don't like Jim Lee's artwork. Gimme Curt Swan, Dave Gibbons or Joe Kubert anyday.
Don't know anything about Jim Lee, but Curt Swan (inked by Murphy Anderson) was, for me, the consummate Superman artist when I was a boy. Kubert I remember from Sgt. Rock, I think--wasn't Gibbons the artist for Watchmen? He had an interesting style for that book, but I don't recall seeing his work anywhere else.
Curt Swan will always be the best Superman artist. After all, he actually met the man... :)
“I flew with Superman” - Superman Annual 9, 1983
By Curt Swan, with the help of Cary Bates and Elliot S! Maggin.