2021 SHIELD Awards Winners!

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

The voting booth for our 21st annual awards ceremony for the world of Superman has closed!

Voting began on November 19, 2021 and ended at 11.59pm EST on December 19, 2021.

SHIELD Awards Prizes

The SHIELD Awards gave you, the fans, the opportunity to voice your opinions about comic books with a 2021 cover date, Superman related Movies, TV shows, and Superman merchandise released in 2021.

Everyone who voted in the 2021 SHIELD Awards automatically went into the draw for a chance to win both the DC ‘Superman to the Rescue’ Silk Touch Sherpa Throw and a Superman Adult Silk Touch Comfy Throw Blanket thanks to FUN.com.

The winner is: Thomas Eberlin.

Congratulations! Your DC ‘Superman to the Rescue’ Silk Touch Sherpa Throw and a Superman Adult Silk Touch Comfy Throw Blanket will be sent to your 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


Newcomer Phillip Kennedy Johnson stormed in and took out this year’s fan favorite Comic Book Writer award. Writing both “Action Comics” and “Superman” in 2021, Johnson was a popular choice.

Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Superman, Action Comics, DC Future State: Superman: House of El) 28%
Robert Venditti (Superman ’78) 18%
Gene Luen Yang (Batman/Superman) 11%
Grant Morrison (Superman & The Authority) 11%
Tom Taylor (Superman: Son of Kal-El, DCeased: Dead Planet) 7%
Brian Michael Bendis (Action Comics, Superman, Justice League, Justice League) 5%
Joshua Williamson (Justice League, Batman/Superman, DC Future State: Justice League, DC Future State: Superman – Worlds of War, Infinite Frontier) 5%
Peter J. Tomasi (Challenge of the Super Sons) 5%
Dan Watters (DC Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman) 4%
Tom King (Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow) 4%
Mark Russell (DC Future State: Superman vs. Imperious Lex) 2%
Scott Snyder (Dark Nights: Death Metal) 2%

BEST COMIC BOOK ARTISTS (Penciller/Inker team)

Ivan Reis was beaten out by Wilfredo Torres this year, with Torres doing amazing work on the “Superman ’78” comic book title.

Wilfredo Torres (Superman ’78) 20%
Ivan Reis (Superman, Batman/Superman) 16%
Mikel Janin (DC Future State: Superman – Worlds of War, Superman & The Authority) 14%
John Timms (Superman: Son of Kal-El, DC Future State: Superman of Metropolis) 14%
Daniel Sampere (Action Comics) 9%
Bilquis Evely (Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow) 7%
Phil Hester (Superman) 4%
Jorge Corona (Challenge of the Super Sons) 4%
Xermanico (Justice League, Infinite Frontier) 2%
Trevor Hairsine and Gigi Baldassini (DCeased: Dead Planet) 2%
Scott Godlewski (Superman, DC Future State: Superman: House of El) 2%
Robson Rocha and Daniel Henriques (DC Future State: Justice League) 2%
Miguel Mendonca (Justice League: Last Ride) 2%
Ethan Beavers (Justice League Infinity) 2%
Ben Oliver (DC Future State: Batman/Superman) 2%


With Phillip Kennedy Johnson taking out the Best Writer award, it was little surprise to see his “Action Comics” run being voted Best Regular Superman Title in 2021.

Action Comics 58%
Batman/Superman 18%
Superman 13%
Superman: Son of Kal-El %11

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

With very little competition this year “Justice League” easily won your vote for Best Superman Family Book for the second year in a row.

Justice League 89%
Crime Syndicate 9%
Suicide Squad 2%

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

This was very close, but as good as “Superman: Red & Blue” was, a book based on the Christopher Reeve films was always going to be a winner with the fans, so it was no surprise to see “Superman ’78” take out top spot in this category.

Superman ’78 (6-parts) 30%
Superman: Red & Blue (6-parts) 28%
Superman & The Authority (4-parts) 11%
Superman vs. Lobo (3-parts) 5%
Justice League: Last Ride (7-parts) 5%
DC Future State: Superman vs. Imperious Lex (3-parts) 5%
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow (8-parts) 4%
DC Future State: Superman: House of El 4%
Dark Nights: Death Metal (7-parts) 4%
Superman: Endless Winter Special #1 2%
DCeased: Dead Planet (7-parts) 2%
Challenge of the Super Sons (14-parts) 2%


Phillip Kennedy Johnson does it again, with his “Warworld Rising” story from “Action Comics” by far the popular vote.

Warworld Rising [6-parts] (Action Comics) 65%
The Golden Age [2-parts] (Superman/Action Comics) 28%
The One Who Fell [3-parts] (Superman) 7%


A look into possible near and far future stories across the DC Universe, “Future State” introduced us to some popular stories that might yet come to pass.

Future State (Multiple Titles) 35%
The Truth [2-parts] (Challenge of the Super Sons) 22%
United Order [5-parts] (Justice League) 17%
Endless Winter (Multiple Titles) 15%
Prisms [5-parts] (Justice League) 11%


Superman: Red & Blue #6
A very tight contest once again this year, but the ultimate winner is the very impressive cover to “Superman: Red & Blue #6” by Evan ‘Doc’ Shaner showing Superman and his many friends and variants.

Superman: Red & Blue #6 13%
Superman ’78 #1 Variant 9%
Superman: Son of Kal-El #1 9%
Superman: Red & Blue #1 8%
Superman and The Authority #1 8%
Future State: Superman – Worlds of War #1 8%
Batman/Superman #17 6%
Action Comics #1033 Variant 6%
Superman #29 Variant 4%
Superman #28 4%
Action Comics #1035 Variant 4%
Action Comics #1030 Variant 4%
Action Comics #1029 4%
Action Comics #1028 Variant 4%
Superman: Son of Kal-El #2 Variant 2%
Superman: Red & Blue #3 Variant 2%
Superman: Endless Winter #1 2%
Action Comics #1035 2%
Action Comics #1032 Variant 2%
Action Comics #1030 2%


Superman: The Man of Steel Vol. 2
Collecting Superman #5-11, Action Comics #588-593, Adventures in Superman #439-435, Legion of Super-Heroes #37-38, and profiles from Who’s Who: Update ’87, it was the Hardcover “Superman: The Man of Steel Vol. 2” that fans chose as the winner of this category. Fitting as Vol. 1 won this award last year.

Superman: The Man of Steel Vol. 2 [Hardcover] 11%
Superman & Batman: Generations Omnibus [Hardcover] 7%
Superman: Up in the Sky [Paperback] 7%
Superman: Kryptonite Nevermore [Hardcover] 7%
Superman & Lois Lane: The 25th Wedding Anniversary Deluxe Edition [Hardcover] 7%
Superman: The Man of Steel Vol. 3 [Hardcover] 5%
Superman by Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason Omnibus [Hardcover] 5%
DCeased [Paperback] 5%
Tales from the DC Dark Multiverse [Paperback] 4%
Superman: Man of Tomorrow Vol. 1: Hero of Metropolis [Paperback] 4%
Superman in the Fifties (New Edition) [Paperback] 4%
Superman by Grant Morrison Omnibus [Hardcover] 4%
Future State: Superman [Paperback] 4%
Flashpoint: The 10th Anniversary Omnibus [Hardcover] 4%
Who’s Who Omnibus Vol. 1 [Hardcover] 2%
Superman’s Greatest Team-Ups [Hardcover] 2%
Superman: The One Who Fell [Paperback] 2%
Superman: Action Comics Vol. 4: Metropolis Burning [Paperback] 2%
Superman Vol. 3: The Truth Revealed [Paperback] 2%
Supergirl Adventures: Girl of Steel [Paperback] 2%
Legends of the DC Universe: Doug Mahnke [Hardcover] 2%
Justice League of America: The Bronze Age Omnibus vol. 3 [Hardcover] 2%
Heroes in Crisis: The Price and Other Tales [Paperback] 2%
Fourth World by Jack Kirby Omnibus (New Printing) [Hardcover] 2%
Event Leviathan [Paperback] 2%
Earth One Box Set (Earth One Set) [Paperback] 2%
Bizarro Comics The Deluxe Edition [Hardcover] 2%


Superman & Lois
There was no beating the first season of “Superman & Lois” for this award! Not even “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” could hold a candle to The CW’s new TV series.

Superman & Lois (TV Series) 67%
Zack Snyder’s Justice League (Movie) 12%
Superman: The Complete Animated Series (Blu-ray) 9%
Smallville: The Complete Series – 20th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray/DVD) 5%
The DC Comics Encyclopedia New Edition (Book) 2%
Supergirl (TV Series) 2%
Is Superman Circumcised?: The Complete Jewish History of the World’s Greatest Hero (Book) 2%
Injustice (Animated Movie) 2%

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

Superman - The Mechanical Monsters
The Fleischer Superman cartoons are a class favorite, and Mezco Toyz’s deluxe boxed set of 1941 inspired action figures of Superman, Clark Kent, Lois Lane and a Mechanical Monster is a clear winner in this category for 2021.

Superman – The Mechanical Monsters (1941): Deluxe Boxed Set from Mezco Toyz 23%
McFarlane Toys Black Suit Superman 7-Inch Scale Action Figure 11%
The Return of Superman – Cyborg Superman Mafex Action Figure 9%
Funko Pop! Vinyl Comic Cover: DC Superman Action Comic Vinyl Figure 9%
Hallmark DC Comics ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ Superman Ornament 8%
DarkSide Collectibles Christopher Reeve Superman 1:3 Legacy Statue 8%
Prime 1 Studio Ultimate Museum Masterline – Superman VS Doomsday Statue 6%
McFarlane Toys Superman vs Devastator Action Figure Multipack 6%
‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ Black Suit Superman PUMA Suede Sneakers 6%
Mezco Toys Superman: Man of Steel Edition One:12 Collective Action Figure 4%
Iron Studios Clark Kent Deluxe Statue 4%
Supergirl 1:4 Scale Statue from XM Studios 2%
Royal Mail DC Stamp Collection 2%
Kismet Superman Wall Stickers 2%
DC Multiverse Superboy Prime Infinite Crisis 7-Inch Scale Action Figure 2%


The first episode of this new TV show was a winner with fans. As good as Episode 11 “A Brief Reminiscence In-Between Cataclysmic Events” was, it couldn’t surpass the Pilot episodes for Best Episode.

Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot 29%
Season 1, Episode 11: A Brief Reminiscence In-Between Cataclysmic Events 22%
Season 1, Episode 15: Last Sons of Krypton 12%
Season 1, Episode 5: The Best of Smallville 7%
I don’t watch “Superman & Lois” 7%
Season 1, Episode 8: Holding the Wrench 3%
Season 1, Episode 7: Man of Steel 3%
Season 1, Episode 4: Haywire 3%
Season 1, Episode 3: The Perks of Not Being a Wallflower 3%
Season 1, Episode 9: Loyal Subjekts 2%
Season 1, Episode 14: The Eradicator 2%
Season 1, Episode 13: Fail Safe 2%
Season 1, Episode 12: Through the Valley of Death 2%
Season 1, Episode 10: O Mother, Where Art Thou? 2%


No surprise to see the Best Writer category follow the results for Best Episode, with Todd Helbing winning this award for his work on the Pilot episode, along with “The Best of Smallville” and “Heritage”.

Todd Helbing (The Best of Smallville, Heritage, Pilot) 38%
Adam Brent Fletcher (A Brief Reminiscence In-Between Cataclysmic Events) 22%
Michael Narducci (Last Sons of Krypton, Through the Valley of Death, Haywire) 10%
I don’t watch SUPERMAN & LOIS 7%
Brent Fletcher (The Eradicator, The Perks of Not Being a Wallflower) 5%
Kristi Korzec (Last Sons of Krypton, Fail Safe, Holding the Wrench) 3%
Katie Aldrin (Through the Valley of Death, Broken Trust) 3%
Jai Jamison (Fail Safe, Man of Steel) 3%
Adam Mallinger (O Mother, Where Art Thou?) 3%
Max Cunningham (The Eradicator) 2%
Andrew N. Wong (Loyal Subjekts) 2%


Even though the show is called “Superman & Lois,” I guess it’s really no surprise to see Tyler Hoechlin take out the Best Actor category. It was interesting to note that Jordan Elsass (Jonathan Kent) didn’t poll even one vote!

Tyler Hoechlin (Clark Kent/Superman) 57%
Elizabeth Tulloch (Lois Lane) 16%
I don’t watch SUPERMAN & LOIS 9%
Alex Garfin (Jordan Kent) 7%
Erik Valdez (Kyle Cushing) 3%
Emmanuelle Chriqui (Lana Lang Cushing) 3%
Wolé Parks (John Henry Irons) 2%
Inde Navarrette (Sarah Cushing) 2%
Dylan Walsh (General Sam Lane) 2%


Even if she is named after a monkey, Chrissy Beppo (played by Sofia Hasmik), the owner and editor-in-chief of the Smallville Gazette, was a clear favorite amongst fans of “Superman & Lois”.

Sofia Hasmik (Chrissy Beppo) 40%
Stacey Farber (Leslie Larr) 22%
Joselyn Picard (Sophie Cushing) 14%
Leeah Wong (Emily Phan) 9%
I don’t watch “Superman & Lois” 9%
A.C. Peterson (Zeta-Rho) 3%
Kayla Heller (Tegan Wickhem) 2%
Fritzy-Klevans Destine (Sean Smith) 2%


While the percentage of people who did NOT watch “Supergirl” in 2021 rose by a few percentage points again for the show’s final season, the favorite episode amongst fans was a clear choice with the series finale “Kara” taking top spot.

I don’t watch “Supergirl” 41%
Season 6, Episode 20: Kara 22%
Season 6, Episode 8: Welcome Back, Kara! 7%
Season 6, Episode 1: Rebirth 7%
Season 6, Episode 5: Prom Night! 5%
Season 6, Episode 11: Mxy in the Middle 5%
Season 6, Episode 3: Phantom Menaces 2%
Season 6, Episode 19: The Last Gauntlet 2%
Season 6, Episode 18: Truth or Consequences 2%
Season 6, Episode 17: I Believe in a Thing Called Love 2%
Season 6, Episode 16: Nightmare in National City 2%
Season 6, Episode 15: Hope For Tomorrow 2%
Season 6, Episode 13: The Gauntlet 2%


While the majority vote went to those who don’t watch “Supergirl” again, it was Rob Wright who fans voted as the best writer for their work on “Nightmare in National City,” “Prom Night!,” and “Prom Again”.

I don’t watch “Supergirl” 39%
Rob Wright (Nightmare in National City, Prom Night!, Prom Again) 14%
Dana Horgan (I Believe in a Thing Called Love, Welcome Back, Kara!, Phantom Menaces) 10%
Jess Kardos (Nightmare in National City, Prom Night!, A Few Good Women, Rebirth) 7%
Jay Faeber (The Gauntlet, Welcome Back, Kara!, A Few Good Women, Rebirth) 7%
Nicki Holcomb (I Believe in a Thing Called Love, Hope For Tomorrow, Still I Rise, Lost Souls) 5%
Elle Lipson (Truth or Consequences, Mxy in the Middle, Fear Knot) 5%
Chandler Smidt (Mxy in the Middle) 5%
Jessica Queller (A Few Good Women) 2%
Jen Troy (Still I Rise) 2%
Emilio Ortega Aldrich (Truth or Consequences, Hope For Tomorrow, Dream Weaver, Phantom Menaces) 2%
Derek Simon (Magical Thinking) 2%
Azie Tesfai (Blind Spots) 2%


No surprise once again to see Melissa Benoist take out the Best “Supergirl” Actor category in 2021. It was interesting to see that Katie McGrath, who ranked second last year, dropped to last place this year. That’s better than Nicole Maines, who didn’t poll any votes at all in 2021.

Melissa Benoist (Kara Danvers/Supergirl) 47%
I don’t watch Supergirl 29%
David Harewood (J’onn J’onzz) 10%
Jesse Rath (Querl Dox/Brainiac-5) 5%
Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers) 2%
Katie McGrath (Lena Luthor) 2%


Lex Luthor wins again! Jon Cryer’s portrayal of the greatest criminal mind of our time was a clear winner for the third year in a row. Even though she only appeared at the very end, Calista Flockhart’s return as Cat Grant was another favorite amongst fans.

Jon Cryer (Lex Luthor) 36%
I don’t watch Supergirl 31%
Calista Flockhart (Cat Grant) 10%
Chris Wood (Mon-El) 9%
Jeremy Jordan (Winn Schott) 5%
Thomas Lennon (Mxyzptlk) 2%
Staz Nair (William Day) 2%
Mila Jones (Esme) 2%
Mehcad Brooks (James Olsen) 2%
Brenda Strong (Lillian Luthor) 2%

That concludes the SHIELD Awards for 2021. We look forward to an even better 2022 and another SHIELD Awards ceremony in a year’s time. Thank you all for your participation.

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