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The SHIELD Awards

The Superman Homepage Indicator of Excellence in Literature and Design Awards

The voting booth for our 8th annual awards ceremony for the world of Superman has closed!

Voting began on November 3rd 2008 and ended midnight December 1st 2008.

The 2008 SHIELD Awards gave you, the fans, the opportunity to voice your opinions about comics with a 2008 cover date, Superman related TV shows, and Superman merchandise released in 2008.

Everyone who voted in the 2008 SHIELD Awards automatically went into the draw for a chance to win a $100 Gift Certificate from

There could only be one winner and that person is: David Goodman

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

Here are the results...

2008 SHIELD Award Winners


It's no surprise to see Geoff Johns win this award again in 2008. Last year his teaming with Richard Donner edged out Grant Morrison as the fan's favorite writer. This year he did it running solo and by a large margin.

Geoff Johns (Action Comics) 71%
Grant Morrison (All Star Superman/Final Crisis) 16%
Kurt Busiek (Superman/Trinity) 4%
James Robinson (Superman) 2%
Michael Green & Mike Johnson (Superman/Batman) 2%
Dan Jurgens (Tangent: Superman's Reign) 2%
Alan Burnett (Justice League of America) 1%
Dwayne McDuffie (Justice League of America) 1%
Roger Stern (JLA Classified) 1%
Paul Dini [and various] (Countdown) 0%
Sterling Gates (Supergirl) 0%
Kelley Pucket (Supergirl) 0%
Sholly Fisch (Super Friends) 0%
J. Torres (Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century) 0%
Matthew K. Manning (Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century) 0%

BEST COMIC BOOK ARTISTS (Penciller/Inker team)

"Action Comics" seems to have been a winner in all aspects this year, with the art team of Gary Frank and Jon Sibal taking out the Best Artists award.

Gary Frank & Jon Sibal (Action Comics) 38%
Frank Quitely & Jamie Grant (All Star Superman) 18%
Ed Benes (Justice League of America) 14%
Shane Davis & Matt "Batt" Banning (Superman/Batman) 7%
J.G. Jones (Final Crisis) 6%
Renato Guedes & Wilson Magalhaes (Superman) 4%
John Byrne & Mark Farmer (JLA Classified) 4%
Drew Johnson & Ray Snyder (Supergirl) 3%
Mark Bagley & Art Thibert (Trinity) 2%
Jamal Igle & Robin Riggs (Tangent: Superman's Reign) 1%
Jamal Igle & Keith Champagne (Supergirl/Countdown) 1%
Ron Randall (Supergirl) 1%
Rafael Albuquerque (Superman/Batman) 1%
Dario Brizuela (Super Friends) 0%
Alexander Serra & Rick Ketcham (Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century) 0%
Stewart McKenny & Phil Moy (Super Friends) 0%


"Action Comics" managed to beat out "All Star Superman" for the title of "Best Regular Superman Title" in this year's SHIELD Awards. Last year it was the other way around.

Action Comics 58%
All Star Superman 20%
Superman 14%
Superman/Batman 8%
Superman Confidential 0%

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

Another swap over between last year's 1st and 2nd place, with "Justice Society of America" beating out "Justice League of America" by 3% of the vote.

Justice Society of America 35%
Justice League of America 32%
Supergirl 14%
Justice League Unlimited 8%
Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century 6%
Super Friends 3%
Teen Titans 2%
Infinity Inc. 0%
JLA Classified 0%

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

Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds [5 parts] "Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds [5 parts]" won this category with 28% of the votes. A clear winner over its closest rival.

Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds [5 parts] 28%
Final Crisis [7 parts] 15%
Justice League: The New Frontier Special #1 14%
Final Crisis: Superman Beyond (3D) #1 [2 parts] 13%
Trinity [52 parts] 11%
DC Universe #0 6%
Tangent: Superman's Reign [12 parts] 4%
DC Universe: Decisions [4 parts] 4%
52 Aftermath: The Four Horsemen [6 parts] 4%
DC/Wildstorm: Dream War [6 parts] 1%
Death of the New Gods [8 parts] 0%
Countdown [52 parts] 0%


Geoff Johns weaves his magic once again to take out this category for another year with the "Brainiac" saga easily beating out its competition with 67% of the votes.

Brainiac (Action Comics #866-870) 67%
Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes (Action Comics #858-864) 22%
K (Superman/Batman #44-49) 8%
Lil' Leaguers (Superman/Batman #51-52) 2%
The Coming of Atlas (Superman #677-680) 1%
Shadows Linger (Superman #674-675) 0%
Signal to Noise (Superman Confidential #12-14) 0%


The JSA once again beat out the JLA for the top spot in this category, with the "One World Under Gog" saga a clear winner amongst fans.

One World Under Gog (Justice Society of America #16-20) 48%
Unlimited (Justice League of America #15-16) 22%
Sanctuary (Justice League of America #17-19) 10%
Way of the World (Supergirl #28-29, 31) 8%
High Frontier: That Was Now, This is Then (JLA: Classified #50-54) 6%
Failure To Communicate (Legion of Super Heroes in the 31st Century #17-18) 5%
Repo-Men (JLA: Classified #47-48) 1%


Superman #675 Alex Ross takes out this coveted prize once again for his cover to "Superman #675".

Superman #675 21%
Superman #680 11%
Superman #677 11%
Action Comics #868 8%
Superman #674 7%
Final Crisis #3 (Alternate Cover) 7%
Superman #681 7%
Superman/Batman #44 6%
Justice Society of America #13 5%
Action Comics #863 4%
DC Universe #0 3%
All Star Superman #11 3%
Supergirl #34 3%
Superman #676 2%
Justice Society of America #11 2%
Justice League: The New Frontier Special #1 0%


A timeless classic, "Kingdom Come (New Edition)" just edged out the "Superman: Last Son" collected edition.

Kingdom Come (New Edition) 17%
Superman: Last Son (Hardcover) 16%
All Star Superman - Vol. 1 13%
Superman: The Man of Steel Vol. 6 5%
Superman: The World of Krypton 5%
All Star Superman - Vol. 2 (Hardcover) 5%
Infinite Crisis 4%
Superman/Batman: The Search for Kryptonite (Hardcover) 4%
Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes (Hardcover) 4%
Superman: The Third Kryptonian 2%
Superman: Escape from Bizarro World 2%
Superman Chronicles: Volume Four 2%
Justice League of America: The Lightning Saga - Volume 2 (Hardcover) 2%
DC Universe Illustrated by Neal Adams Vol. 01 (Hardcover) 2%
Superman: Camelot Falls, Vol. 2 (Hardcover) 1%
Supergirl: Beyond Good and Evil 1%
Legion of Super-Heroes: 1050 Years of the Future 1%
Justice League Unlimited: The Ties That Bind 1%
Superman & Batman: Torment (Hardcover) 1%
Justice: Volume 2 (Paperback) 1%
Justice: Volume 1 (Paperback) 1%
Justice League of America Vol. 3: The Injustice League (Hardcover) 1%
JLA, Vol. 1 (Deluxe) (Hardcover) 1%
Death of the New Gods (Hardcover) 1%
DC Comics Goes Ape 1%
52 Aftermath: The Four Horsemen 0%
Superman: Redemption 0%
Superman: Camelot Falls - Vol. 1 0%
Superman Chronicles: Volume Five 0%
Showcase Presents: Superman Family - Volume 2 0%
Showcase Presents: Superman - Volume 4 0%
Showcase Presents: Supergirl - Vol. 2 0%
Showcase Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes, Vol. 2 0%
Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century: Tomorrow's Heroes - Volume 1 0%
Superman: 3-2-1 Action 0%
Tangent Comics - Vol. 3 0%
Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes: The Quest for Cosmic Boy 0%
Showcase Presents: Supergirl - Vol. 2 0%
JLA: The Hypothetical Woman 0%
JLA: Kid Amazo 0%
JLA: That Was Now, This Is Then 0%
Invasion 0%
Countdown to Final Crisis - Volume 1 0%
Countdown to Final Crisis - Volume 2 0%
Countdown to Final Crisis - Volume 3 0%
Countdown to Final Crisis - Volume 4 0%


Smallville "Smallville" once again takes out the No. 1 spot in this category, beating out "Justice League: New Frontier".

Smallville (TV Series - Seasons 7 & 8) 50%
Justice League: New Frontier (Animated Movie) 27%
The DC Comics Encyclopedia - Updated & Expanded Edition (Book) 7%
Legion of Super Heroes (Animated Series) 6%
The DC Vault (Book) 3%
Superman vs. Hollywood (Book) 3%
Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman (Book) 2%
Smallville: The Official Companion: Season 6 (Book) 1%
Age of TV Heroes (Book) 1%
Superman: Doomsday Special Edition

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

Believe it or not we had a 3-way tie for first place in this category, with three DVD collections - "Superman: Doomsday Special Edition", "Smallville - The Complete Seventh Season", and "Justice League - The New Frontier".

Superman: Doomsday Special Edition (DVD) 14%
Smallville - The Complete Seventh Season (DVD) 14%
Justice League - The New Frontier (DVD) 14%
JLA Trophy Room: Superman's Cape and Belt Prop Replica Set 9%
Superman vs. Darkseid Statue 9%
Superman: The Music (1978-1988) (CD Box Set) 8%
Superman: 4 Film Favorites (DVD) 6%
Supergirl Vinyl Statue by Kotobukiya 6%
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (Video Game) 5%
Justice League of America Trophy Room: Multi-Colored Kryptonite Replica Display 5%
Smallville Series 2 Action Figures 4%
All Star Action Figures 2%
JLA Build-A-Scene Statue: Part 2 1%
DC Super Heroes: The Filmation Adventures (DVD) 1%
All-New Super Friends Hour: Season One Vol 1 (DVD) 1%
Legion of Super Heroes - Volume 3 (DVD) 0%
Legion of Super Heroes - Volume 2 (DVD) 0%
Bizarro Deluxe 13 Inch Collector's Figure 0%


With 29% of the votes, "Bizarro" easily beat out other episodes of Season 7 of "Smallville" to win this award category.

Episode 1: "Bizarro" 29%
Episode 18: "Apocalypse" 16%
Episode 20: "Arctic" 11%
Episode 2: "Kara" 10%
Episode 16: "Descent" 7%
Episode 13: "Hero" 6%
Episode 6: "Lara" 6%
Episode 8: "Blue" 3%
Episode 15: "Veritas" 3%
Episode 11: "Siren" 1%
Episode 9: "Gemini" 1%
Episode 5: "Action" 1%
Episode 4: "Cure" 1%
Episode 19: "Quest" 1%
Episode 12: "Fracture" 1%
Episode 17: "Sleeper" 0%
Episode 14: "Traveler" 0%
Episode 3: "Fierce" 0%
Episode 7: "Wrath" 0%
Episode 10: "Persona" 0%


With "Bizarro" taking the top spot in the Best Episode category, it's no surprise to see Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson surpassing their opposition as far and away the best "Smallville" writing team for Season 7. They came in 2nd last year behind Steven S. DeKnight who no longer writes for the show.

Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson (Bizarro, Wrath, Siren, Veritas) 39%
Don Whitehead & Holly Henderson (Lara, Persona, Descent, Arctic) 18%
Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer (Kara, Blue) 17%
Al Septien & Turi Meyer (Cure, Traveler, Apocalypse) 14%
Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing (Hero) 6%
Caroline Dries (Action, Gemini, Fracture, Sleeper) 3%
Holly Harold (Fierce, Quest) 3%


There was little doubt Clark Kent would once again win this category. What is interesting though is the rankings of the other characters/actors... Lana Lang is once again in equal last position with lesser characters from Season 7.

Clark Kent: Tom Welling 33%
Lex Luthor: Michael Rosenbaum 23%
Lois Lane: Erica Durance 10%
Kara/Supergirl: Laura Vandervoort 8%
Chloe Sullivan: Allison Mack 6%
Oliver Queen/Green Arrow: Justin Hartley 4%
Lionel Luthor: John Glover 4%
John Jones/Martian Manhunter: Phil Morris 3%
Voice of Jor-El: Terence Stamp 2%
Lara: Helen Slater 2%
Brainiac: James Marsters 1%
Pete Ross: Sam Jones III 1%
Jimmy Olsen: Aaron Ashmore 1%
Lana Lang: Kristen Kreuk 0%
Grant Gabriel: Michael Cassidy 0%
Zor-El: Christopher Heyerdahl 0%
Dax-Ur: Marc McClure 0%
Dinah Lance/Black Canary: Alaina Huffman 0%
Patricia Swann: Gina Holden 0%


The "Dark Victory - Part 2" episode was voted the best episode of Season 2 of the "Legion of Super Heroes" animated series, with 26% compared to 23% for the next best episode.

Episode 13: "Dark Victory - Part 2" 26%
Episode 1: "The Man From the Edge of Tomorrow - Part 1" 23%
Episode 2: "The Man From the Edge of Tomorrow - Part 2" 9%
Episode 8: "Message in a Bottle" 8%
Episode 5: "The Karate Kid" 7%
Episode 12: "Dark Victory - Part 1" 7%
Episode 9: "In The Beginning" 7%
Episode 6: "Who Am I?" 4%
Episode 11: "In Your Dreams" 3%
Episode 3: "Cry Wolf" 2%
Episode 7: "Unnatural Alliances" 2%
Episode 4: "Chained Lightning" 1%
Episode 10: "Trials" 1%


No surprise to see Michael Jelenic, writer on the two top episodes in the pervious category, taking the top spot as Best Writer.

Michael Jelenic (The Man From the Edge of Tomorrow - Part 1, Dark Victory - Part 1 & 2) 33%
J.M. DeMatteis (Cry Wolf, Who Am I?, Dark Victory - Part 1 & 2) 26%
Greg Weisman (The Man From the Edge of Tomorrow - Part 2) 11%
Stan Berkowitz (In Your Dreams) 6%
Joseph Kuhr (Message in a Bottle) 6%
Eddie Guzelian (The Karate Kid) 6%
Steven Melching (In The Beginning, Trials) 6%
Keith Damron (Unnatural Alliances) 3%
Matt Wayne (Chained Lightning) 3%


No surprises here. Yuri Lowenthal (Superman/Kell-El) wins again this year, with the exact percentage of the votes as last year. Brainiac 5 came in 2nd once again, but Cosmic Boy was pushed out of 3rd place this year by Phil Morris as Imperiex.

Yuri Lowenthal (Superman) 65%
Adam Wylie (Brainiac 5) 7%
Phil Morris (Imperiex) 6%
Wil Wheaton (Cosmic Boy) 4%
Kari Wahlgren (Saturn Girl/Triplicate Girl) 3%
Andy Milder (Lightning Lad) 3%
Keith Ferguson (Karate Kid/Nemesis Kid) 2%
Michael Cornaccia (Bouncing Boy) 2%
Alexander Polinsky (Chameleon Boy/Matter-Eater Lad) 2%
Tara Platt (Dream Girl) 1%
Shawn Harrison (Timber Wolf) 1%
Tara Strong (Emerald Empress) 1%
Jeff Black (Terra-Man) 1%
Heather Hogan (Phantom Girl) 1%
Adam Wylie (Computo) 1%
Bumper Robinson (Star Boy) 0%

That concludes the SHIELD Awards for 2008. We look forward to a great 2009 and another SHIELD Awards ceremony in a year's time. Thank you all for your participation.