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The SHIELD Awards

The Superman Homepage Indicator of Excellence in Literature and Design Awards

The voting booth for our 11th annual awards ceremony for the world of Superman has closed!

Voting began on December 1st 2011 and ended midnight December 14th 2011.

The 2011 SHIELD Awards gave you, the fans, the opportunity to voice your opinions about comics with a 2011 cover date, Superman related TV shows, and Superman merchandise released in 2011.

Everyone who voted in the 2011 SHIELD Awards automatically went into the draw for a chance to win a $100 Gift Voucher from

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

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...

2011 SHIELD Award Winners


Geoff Johns won this category for four years previous to this, but Grant Morrison beat him out in 2011 by quite a good margin thanks to his return to the Superman books as the writer of the newly relaunched "Action Comics".

Grant Morrison (Action Comics) 39%
Geoff Johns (Justice League) 27%
J. Michael Straczynski (Superman) 6%
George Perez (Superman) 6%
Chris Roberson (Superman, Superman/Batman) 5%
Marv Wolfman (DCUO Legends) 4%
Sterling Gates (Supergirl) 4%
Jeff Lemire (Superboy) 3%
Paul Cornell (Action Comics) 3%
Greg Weisman & Kevin Hopps (Young Justice) 1%
Scott Lobdell (Superboy) 1%
Michael Green and Mike Johnson (Supergirl) 1%

BEST COMIC BOOK ARTISTS (Penciller/Inker team)

Jim Lee and Scott Williams were clear winners in 2011, with their work on the new "Justice League" title.

Jim Lee & Scott Williams (Justice League) 46%
Rags Morales & Rick Bryant (Action Comics) 13%
Eddy Barrows & J.P. Mayer (Superman) 9%
Pete Woods (Action Comics) 9%
Jesus Merino (Superman) 9%
Jamal Igle & Jon Sibal (Supergirl) 3%
Pier Gallo (Superboy) 3%
Brett Booth & Norm Rapmund (JLA) 2%
Howard Porter & John Livesay (DCUO Legends) 1%
Mike S. Miller (DCUO Legends) 1%
R. B. Silva & Rob Lean (Superboy) 1%
Bernard Chang (Supergirl) 1%
Christopher Jones & Dan Davis (Young Justice) 1%
Mahmud Asrar & Dan Green (Supergirl) 1%


Grant Morrison wins another category in 2011, with his relaunch of "Action Comics" out-shining every other regular Superman comic book title in the voting by a huge margin.

Action Comics (Relaunch) 48%
Superman (Relaunch) 15%
Action Comics 14%
Superman 13%
Superman/Batman 10%

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

The popularity of the New 52 books took "Justice League" to the top of polling for this category in what turned out to be an easy win. Last year's winner, "Supergirl" came in at third place.

Justice League (Relaunch) 46%
Superboy 17%
Supergirl 10%
Justice League of America 9%
Superboy (Relaunch) 6%
Supergirl (Relaunch) 6%
Young Justice 5%
Teen Titans 1%

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

Superman: Beyond #0 The "Superman: Beyond #0" special was a surprise winner in this category, as was the second placed "DC Universe Online Legends" series.

Superman Beyond #0 20%
DC Universe Online Legends [26 parts] 14%
Flashpoint [5 parts] 13%
Jimmy Olsen #1 10%
Steel #1 9%
Flashpoint: Project Superman [3 parts] 8%
Superman 80-Page Giant 2011 #1 8%
DC Retroactive: Superman - The 1970s 6%
DC Retroactive: Superman - The 1990s 5%
DC Retroactive: Superman - The 1980s 5%
Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance [3 parts] 2%


Paul Cornell's work on "Action Comics" before the relaunch was the clear winner in 2011, with his work taking out the top two spots in this category.

Lex Luthor in "The Black Ring" (Action Comics #895-900) 31%
Reign of the Doomsdays (Action Comics #901-904) 27%
World's Finest (Superman/Batman #79-80) 15%
Grounded (Superman #705-714) 13%
The Secret (Superman/Batman #85-87) 12%
Sorcerer Kings (Superman/Batman #81-84) 2%


It's quite interesting that the launch of the "Superboy" title back in early 2011 took out top place in this section of the voting... with the title only lasting 11 issues before being relaunched with the rest of the DCU later in the year.

Smallville Attacks (Superboy #1-2) 33%
JLA Omega (JLA #51-53) 17%
Rise of the Hollow Men (Superboy #8-11) 14%
Eclipso Rising (JLA #54-59) 10%
Good-Looking Corpse (Supergirl #60-64) 10%
The New Adventures of Psionic Lad (Superboy #3-4) 6%
Day of the Dollmaker (Supergirl #58-59) 6%
This is Not My Life (Supergirl #65-67) 4%


Action Comics #900 (Variant Cover) Reaching 900 issues was a pretty big deal for "Action Comics" in 2011... well, until it was reset to #1 that is, nevertheless the variant cover by Adam Hughes (in tribute to Neal Adams and "Superman #233") was voted as the best cover for this past year.

Action Comics #900 (Variant Cover) 20%
Justice League #2 15%
Superman #712 10%
Action Comics #1 (Variant Cover) 7%
Superboy #1 6%
Superman #707 (Variant Cover) 6%
Justice League #1 5%
Superman #1 5%
Superboy #4 (Variant Cover) 3%
Action Comics #901 3%
Supergirl #58 3%
Superman/Batman #87 3%
Justice League of America 80-Page Giant 2011 #1 2%
Superman/Batman #78 2%
DC Retroactive: Justice League of America - The 80s #1 2%
DC Retroactive: Superman - The 80s #1 1%
DC Universe Online Legends #11 1%
Superboy #3 1%
Action Comics #904 (Variant Cover) 1%
DC Retroactive: Superman - The 90s #1 1%
DC Universe Online Legends #8 1%
Superboy #11 1%
Superman #708 1%
Superman Beyond#0 (Variant Cover) 1%
Young Justice #9 1%


Last year Grant Morrison's Absolute edition of "All Star Superman" won this category, and again, "All Star Superman" takes out top spot in 2011, this time for the Trade Paperback release.

All Star Superman 44%
Superman/Batman: Night & Day 6%
Justice [Hardcover] 5%
Superboy: The Boy of Steel 5%
Superman: Return of Doomsday 5%
Superman: New Krypton - Vol. 3 4%
Superman: The Black Ring [Hardcover] 4%
Superman: War of the Supermen [Hardcover] 4%
Superman Chronicles: Volume Nine 4%
JLA Vol. 1 2%
Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes: The Early Years 2%
Superman/Batman: Torment 2%
Time Masters: Vanishing Point 2%
DC Universe: Legacies [Hardcover] 1%
Justice League: Cry for Justice 1%
Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton - Vol. 1 1%
Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton - Vol. 2 [Hardcover] 1%
Superman: New Krypton - Vol. 4 1%
Superman: Nightwing & Flamebird - Vol. 1 1%
DCU Online Legends Vol. 1 1%
Justice League of America: Omega [Hardcover] 1%
Secret Society of Super-Villains [Hardcover] 1%
Supergirl: Bizarrogirl 1%
Superman: Mon-El - Vol. 2: Man of Valor 1%
Tiny Titans: Field Trippin' 1%


Smallville Season 10 In its final season "Smallville" once again takes out the No. 1 spot in this category, only having missed out winning this award once (in 2006 when it was beaten by "Superman Returns").

Smallville (TV Series - Season 10) 72%
Young Justice (Animated Series - Season 1) 21%
2011 Women of DC Unleashed Wall Calendar 3%
DC Comics: The Ultimate Character Guide 2%
Smallville: 2011 Wall Calendar 1%
2011 DC Comics Calendar 1%

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

Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology Superman (Christopher Reeve) 12-inch Figure Amazingly we had dual winners in this category this year... and neither of them were "Smallville" related. In fact both are Christopher Reeve related, with the Superman (Christopher Reeve) 12-inch Figure and Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology Blu-ray collection both grabbing 24% of the votes.

Superman (Christopher Reeve) 12-inch Figure 24%
Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) [Blu-ray] 24%
Smallville: The Complete Series [DVD Collection] 19%
All-Star Superman (Blu-ray/DVD) 17%
Smallville: The Complete Tenth Season [Blu-ray or DVD] 6%
Ultimate Showdown: Superman vs Bizarro Statue Set 3%
All-Star Superman DVD Superman Maquette 2%
Cover Girls of the DC Universe: Supergirl Statue 2%
Justice League: Season Two [Blu-ray] 1%
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse DVD Supergirl Maquette 1%
All-Star Superman Action Figure Collector Set 1%


It's really no surprise to see the final episode for Season 10, and indeed the series finale, chosen as the best episode this year. "Homecoming" was a worthy runner-up.

21. Finale 54%
4. Homecoming 20%
18. Booster 9%
1. Lazarus 3%
10. Luthor 3%
17. Kent 2%
2. Shield 2%
3. Supergirl 2%
11. Icarus 1%
19. Dominion 1%
6. Harvest 1%
12. Collateral 1%
16. Scion 1%


Last year Michael Shanks took out top spot, however there was no denying Michael Rosenbaum's return for the final season of "Smallville". Although John Schneider's return came in a close second.

Lex Luthor: Michael Rosenbaum 29%
Jonathan Kent: John Schneider 23%
Booster Gold: Eric Martsolf 10%
Voice of Jor-El: Terence Stamp 9%
Kara: Laura Vandervoort 5%
Carter Hall/Hawkman: Michael Shanks 5%
Ella Lane: Teri Hatcher 4%
Zod: Callum Blue 4%
Lionel Luthor: John Glover 3%
Brainiac 5: James Masters 2%
Arthur Curry/Orin: Alan Ritchson 1%
Martha Kent: Annette O'Toole 1%
Dr. Emil Hamilton: Alessandro Juliani 1%
General Sam Lane: Michael Ironside 1%
Granny Goodness: Christine Willes 1%
Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle: Jaren Brandt Bartlett 1%
Lara: Helen Slater 1%
Stargirl: Britt Irvin 1%


This new category for 2011 saw the premiere episode of the "Young Justice" animated series a clear winner.

1. Independence Day 38%
16. Failsafe 10%
18. Secrets 10%
14. Revelations 7%
5. Schooled 7%
13. Alpha Male 5%
10. Targets 4%
11. Terrors 4%
8. Downtime 4%
3. Welcome to Happy Harbor 3%
4. Drop Zone 3%
15. Humanity 2%
17. Disordered 1%
12. Homefront 1%
2. Fireworks 1%
6. Infiltrator 1%
7. Denial 1%


Another new category for the 2011 SHIELD Awards. While it was really no surprise to see Superboy voted your favorite character in "Young Justice", it was interesting to see Aqualad beat out Robin for second spot.

Superboy 55%
Aqualad 11%
Robin 10%
Miss Martian 10%
Captain Marvel 5%
Kid Flash 4%
Zatanna 3%
Artemis 1%
Speedy 1%

That concludes the SHIELD Awards for 2011. We look forward to a great 2012 and another SHIELD Awards ceremony in a year's time. Thank you all for your participation. Thanks also to for this year's prize.