2020 SHIELD Award Winners

The SHIELD Awards
The Superman Homepage Indicator of Excellence in Literature and Design Awards

The voting booth for our 20th annual awards ceremony for the world of Superman has closed!

Voting began on November 16, 2020 and ended at 11.59pm EST on December 16, 2020.

The 2020 SHIELD Awards gave you, the fans, the opportunity to voice your opinions about comic books with a 2020 cover date, Superman related Movies, TV shows, and Superman merchandise released in 2020.

Everyone who voted in the 2020 SHIELD Awards automatically went into the draw for a chance to win both the Superman 2CH IR Helicopter and the Superman 2CH IR Flying Figure Helicopter Toy thanks to FUN.com.

The winner is: Michael Evensen.

Congratulations! Your Superman Helicopters will be sent to you shortly.

The results have been forwarded on to DC Comics, Warner Bros., The CW, and the various winners. Congratulations to those creative people involved!

Here are the results…

2020 SHIELD Award Winners


Brian Michael Bendis was shunned once again this year, with Robert Venditti edging out Scott Snyder as your fan favorite Comic Book Writer for 2020, likely more for his work on the digital first series “Superman: Man of Tomorrow” than anything else.

Robert Venditti (Superman: Man of Tomorrow/Justice League) 19%
Scott Snyder (Justice League/Dark Nights: Death Metal) 16%
Brian Michael Bendis (Superman/Action Comics/Young Justice/Legion of Super-Heroes) 14%
Gene Luen Yang (Superman Smashes The Klan) 14%
Tom Taylor (DCeased: Dead Planet) 13%
Joshua Williamson (Batman/Superman and Justice League) 7%
Greg Rucka (Lois Lane) 6%
Matt Fraction (Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen) 6%
Simon Spurrier (Justice League) 4%

BEST COMIC BOOK ARTISTS (Penciller/Inker team)

There’s no doubting the talen of Ivan Reis, and his work with inking partners Joe Prado & Oclair Albert proved a clear winner in 2020 for their work on the main “Superman” comic book title.

Ivan Reis/Joe Prado & Oclair Albert (Superman) 28%
Jorge Jimenez (Justice League) 14%
Gurihiru (Superman Smashes The Klan) 10%
Steve Lieber (Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen) 7%
Paul Pelletier/Drew Hennessy (Superman: Man of Tomorrow) 7%
Kevin Maguire (Superman) 7%
Kevin Maguire & John Timms (Superman) 6%
Greg Capullo (Dark Nights: Death Metal) 6%
John Romita Jr./Klaus Janson (Action Comics) 4%
Eddy Barrows/Eber Ferreira (Justice League) 3%
Trevor Hairsine (DCeased: Dead Planet/DCeased: Hope At World’s End) 1%
Scott Godlewski (Young Justice) 1%
Mike Perkins (Lois Lane) 1%
John Timms (Young Justice) 1%
Francis Manapul (Justice League) 1%


How interesting that the digital-first “Superman: Man of Tomorrow” took out top place by a fair margin in 2020, proving that good writing will always out trump big name writers.

Superman: Man of Tomorrow (Digital First Series) 39%
Superman 27%
Action Comics 23%
Batman/Superman 11%

BEST SUPERMAN FAMILY BOOK (i.e. Other Superman-family comics)

“Supergirl” dropped from first to last in 2020, with “Justice League” easily winning your vote for Best Superman Family Book.

Justice League 65%
Young Justice 17%
Supergirl 17%

BEST ONE SHOT, LIMITED SERIES, OR GUEST APPEARANCE (i.e. Other Superman-related comics)

It won “Best Children or Young Adult Book” at the 2020 Harvey Awards, so it was no surprise to see “Superman Smashes The Klan” take out out award in this category.

Superman Smashes The Klan (3-parts) 40%
Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen (12-parts) 14%
Superman: Heroes #1 13%
Lois Lane (12-parts) 10%
DCeased: Hope At World’s End (12-parts) 7%
Dark Nights: Death Metal (6-parts) 7%
DCeased: Dead Planet (6-parts) 6%
Superman: Villains #1 3%


With Superman, Supergirl, two Superboys, Krypto, and Lois Lane all coming together for this story, it was no great shock to see “The House of Kent” win in 2020.

The House of Kent [Action Comics] (4-parts) 32%
The Truth [Superman] (6-parts) 17%
The Kandor Compromise [Batman/Superman] (2-parts) 14%
Who Are The Six? [Batman/Superman] (5-parts) 12%
Planet Brainiac [Batman/Superman] (2-parts) 8%
Metropolis Doom! [Action Comics] (5-parts) 8%
Chaos [Superman] (2-parts) 5%
Atomic [Batman/Superman] (3-parts) 5%
Mythological [Superman] (2-parts) 2%


We have a tie! Fans couldn’t split the two “Justice League” stories, “Justice/Doom War” and “Invasion of the Supermen,” with both receiving the same amount of votes to be joint winners.

Justice/Doom War [Justice League] (10-parts) 21%
Invasion of the Supermen [Justice League] (4-parts) 21%
Enemy of the People [Lois Lane] (12-parts) 13%
The Trial of the Legion of Super-Heroes [Legion of Super-Heroes] (3-parts) 12%
Lost in the Multiverse [Young Justice] (6-parts) 10%
Where Do We Go? [Supergirl] (2-parts) 6%
Cold War [Justice League] (4-parts) 4%
The Rule [Justice League] (3-parts) 3%
I’m The Bad Guy [Supergirl] (4-parts) 3%
Doom Metal [Justice League] (3-parts) 3%
Warlords [Young Justice] (3-parts) 1%
The Garden of Mercy [Justice League] (2-parts) 1%


Action Comics #1026 Variant
A very tight contest in 2020, but the ultimate winner is the very impressive variant cover to “Action Comics #1026” by Lucio Parrillo showing off the Super family characters.

Action Comics #1026 Variant 12%
Lois Lane #7 Variant 8%
Superman #19 6%
Superman #18 6%
DCeased: Dead Planet #2 Variant 6%
Superman: Man of Tomorrow #16 5%
Superman Smashes The Klan #2 5%
Supergirl #42 Variant 5%
Legion of Super-Heroes #9 Variant 5%
Action Comics #1022 Variant 5%
Action Comics #1017 Variant 5%
Young Justice #15 3%
Superman: Man of Tomorrow #5 3%
Superman: Man of Tomorrow #13 3%
Superman: Man of Tomorrow #11 3%
Supergirl #36 Variant 3%
Justice League #44 3%
Action Comics #1020 Variant 3%
Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #12 2%
Superman #26 Variant 2%
Legion of Super-Heroes #1 2%
Dark Nights: Death Metal #4 Variant 2%
Batman/Superman #8 Variant 2%
Batman/Superman #4 Variant 2%
Action Comics #1025 Variant 2%
Action Comics #1019 Variant 2%
Action Comics #1018 Variant 2%


Superman: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book Four TP
Collecting Action Comics #584-593, Action Comics Annual #1, Adventures of Superman #424-435, Adventures of Superman Annual #1, Legion of Super-Heroes #37-38, Superman #1-11, Superman Annual #1, and The Man of Steel #1-6, it was the Hardcover and Trade Paperback “Superman: The Man of Steel Vol. 1” that fans chose as the winner of this category.

Superman: The Man of Steel Vol. 1 16%
Superman: The Golden Age – Vol. 5 10%
Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? Deluxe 2020 Edition HC 9%
Doomsday Clock Part 2 HC With Free Slipcase 9%
Superboy: A Celebration of 75 Years HC 7%
Superman: Up in the Sky HC 6%
Infinite Crisis Omnibus HC New Edition 6%
Adventures of Superman by George Perez 6%
Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen: Who Killed Jimmy Olsen? 4%
Crisis on Infinite Earths: Arrowverse Deluxe Edition HC 4%
Adventures of Superman: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez Vol. 2 4%
Superman/Batman Omnibus Vol. 1 3%
Super Sons Omnibus HC Expanded Edition 3%
Batman/Superman Vol. 1: Who are the Secret Six? 3%
Superman: The City of Tomorrow Vol. 2 1%
Superman vs. Wonder Woman (Tabloid Edition) HC 1%
Justice League of America: A Celebration of 60 Years HC 1%
DC’s Wanted: The World’s Most Dangerous Super Villains HC 1%
DC Poster Portfolio: Year of the Villain TP 1%


Superman: Man of TomorrowSuperman: Red SonAnother tie! This year fans couldn’t decide between two animated movies: “Superman: Red Son” and “Superman: Man of Tomorrow” were joint winners in this category this year.

Superman: Red Son (Animated Movie) 26%
Superman: Man of Tomorrow (Animated Movie) 26%
Supergirl (TV Series) 24%
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (Animated Movie) 21%
Superman: Dawnbreaker (Novel) 3%

BEST PRODUCT (i.e. Toys, Statues, Calendar, etc)

DC Gallery: Superman vs. The Flash Racing Statue
Fans love a Superman vs. The Flash race, and this DC Gallery statue of the two just edged out the Superman (Black Suit Version) statue by Prime 1 Studios.

DC Gallery: Superman vs. The Flash Racing Statue 17%
Superman (Black Suit Version) Statue by Prime 1 Studio 16%
DC Essentials: Superman: The Return of Superman Action Figure 11%
Superman vs. Darkseid Battle Statue (Third Edition) 9%
DC Essentials: Justice League Action Figure 6-Pack 6%
DC Designer Series: Supergirl by Michael Turner Mini Statue 6%
DC Cover Girls: Supergirl by Frank Cho Statue 6%
Prime 1 Studio “Dark Knight Returns” Superman Statue 5%
DC Comics Village Superman Statue 5%
Superman vs. Darkseid Battle 3rd Edition Statue 3%
Department 56 Superman Daily Planet Statue 3%
DC Essentials: Dceased Superman Action Figure 3%
DC Comics Superman and Lex Luthor Statue by Jim Shore 3%
XM Studios “JLA vs. Darkseid” Diorama 2%
Mini Supergirl Statue by DC Collectibles 2%
Grand Jester Studios Superman 1:6 Scale Daily Planet Statue 2%
DC Comic Gallery Lex Luthor Statue 2%


While the percentage of people who did NOT watch “Supergirl” in 2020 rose by a few percentage points, the favorite episode amongst fans was a close race, with “Deus Lex Machina” coming out the winner. In this episode Lex proceeds to lay an intricate plan to bring Lena closer to him, defeat Leviathan’s latest attack, and pit Supergirl against Leviathan. We also find out how Lex came into power after Crisis.

I don’t watch “Supergirl” 34%
Season 5, Episode 17: Deus Lex Machina 17%
Season 5, Episode 13: It’s a Super Life 16%
Season 5, Episode 10: The Bottle Episode 14%
Season 5, Episode 11: Back From The Future – Part One 6%
Season 5, Episode 19: Immortal Kombat 4%
Season 5, Episode 18: The Missing Link 4%
Season 5, Episode 16: Alex in Wonderland 4%


While the majority vote went to those who don’t watch “Supergirl” again, it was Lindsay Sturman who fans voted as the best writer for her work on both “Deus Lex Machina” and “The Bodyguard”.

I don’t watch “Supergirl” 33%
Lindsay Sturman (Deus Lex Machina, The Bodyguard) 16%
Nicki Holcomb (It’s a Super Life, The Bottle Episode) 13%
Jen Troy (The Bottle Episode) 10%
Derek Simon (Immortal Kombat, It’s a Super Life) 9%
Dana Horgan (Back From The Future – Part One) 7%
Jessica Kardos and Mariko Tamaki (Alex in Wonderland) 4%
Rob Wright (Back From The Future – Part Two) 3%
J. Holtham (The Missing Link, Back From The Future – Part Two) 3%
Katie Rose Rogers (Immortal Kombat, Back From The Future – Part One) 1%
Jay Faeber (Reality Bytes) 1%


No surprise once again to see Melissa Benoist take out the Best “Supergirl” Actor category in 2020. It was interesting to see that Katie McGrath rose up the ranks.

Melissa Benoist (Kara Danvers/Supergirl) 51%
I don’t watch Supergirl 21%
Katie McGrath (Lena Luthor) 10%
David Harewood (J’onn J’onzz) 9%
Jesse Rath (Querl Dox/Brainiac-5) 4%
Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers) 3%
Nicole Maines (Nia Nal/Dreamer) 1%


Lex Luthor wins again! Jon Cryer’s portrayal of the greatest criminal mind of our time was a clear winner for the second year in a row. It was surprising to see Chris Wood rank so high for the limited time he was on screen in 2020.

Jon Cryer (Lex Luthor) 43%
I don’t watch Supergirl 23%
Chris Wood (Mon-El) 13%
Sam Witwer (Ben Lockwood/Agent Liberty) 6%
Jeremy Jordan (Winn Schott) 6%
Thomas Lennon (Mxyzptlk) 3%
Sharon Leal (M’gann M’orzz) 1%
Sean Astin (Pete Andrews) 1%
Odette Annable (Samantha Arias/Reign) 1%
Mitch Pileggi (Rama Kahn) 1%
Cara Buono (Gamemnae) 1%

That concludes the SHIELD Awards for 2020. We look forward to a better 2021 and another SHIELD Awards ceremony in a year’s time. Thank you all for your participation.