Winners Announced for the 2023 SHIELD Awards!


The Superman Homepage Indicator of Excellence in Literature and Design Awards

The voting booth for our 23rd annual awards ceremony for the world of Superman has closed!

Voting began on November 21, 2023 and ended at 11.59pm EST on December 21, 2023.

The SHIELD Awards gave you, the fans, the opportunity to voice your opinions about comic books with a 2023 cover date, Superman related Movies, TV shows, and Superman merchandise released in 2023.

Everyone who voted in the 2023 SHIELD Awards automatically went into the draw for a chance to win four FUNKO figures (a Adult POP! Heroes: DC Holiday Superman Gingerbread Figure, a POP! Movies: The Flash – General Zod Vinyl Figure, a POP! Heroes: Imperial Palace – Superman Vinyl Figure, and a POP! DC Comics: Composite Superman Vinyl Figure) thanks to

The winner is: Ken Rebel.

Congratulations! Your four FUNKO Superman figures 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…

2023 SHIELD Award Winners


For the third (and sadly final) year in a row, Phillip Kennedy Johnson takes out the award for fan favorite Comic Book Writer for his work on “Action Comics”, but once again Mark Waid was breathing down his neck.

Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Action Comics)25%
Mark Waid (Batman/Superman: World’s Finest, Superman: Kal-El Returns Special, Lazarus Planet: Alpha, Superman: The Last Days of Lex Luthor)24%
Joshua Williamson (Superman, Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths, Knight Terrors, Superman Annual 2023)17.1%
Dan Jurgens (Action Comics)17.1%
Tom Taylor (Superman: Son of Kal-El, Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent, Dark Knights of Steel)7.3%
Christopher Priest (Superman: Lost)4.9%
Greg Weisman (Young Justice: Targets)2.4%
Mark Russell (Superman: Space Age)2.4%
Leah Williams (Action Comics, Power Girl Special)0%
Dorado Quick (Action Comics)0%
Magdalene Visaggio (Action Comics)0%
Kenny Porter (Superboy: The Man of Tomorrow)0%
Kenny Porter (DC: Mech)0%
James Tynion IV and Matthew Rosenberg (DC vs. Vampires)0%
Michael Dorn (Steelworks)0%
Sina Grace (Superman: The Harvests of Youth)0%
Brian Buccellato (Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong)0%

BEST COMIC BOOK ARTISTS (Penciller/Inker team)

Dan Mora takes out this award for the second year in a row, once again dazzling readers with his work on the “Batman/Superman: World’s Finest” comic book title.

Dan Mora (Batman/Superman: World’s Finest)41.5%
Brian Hitch (Superman: The Last Days of Lex Luthor)14.6%
Christian Duce (Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong)7.3%
Mike Allred (Superman: Space Age)4.9%
Gleb Melnikov (Superman)4.9%
Jahnoy Lindsay (Superboy: The Man of Tomorrow)4.9%
Lee Weeks (Action Comics)4.9%
Rafa Sandoval (Action Comics)4.9%
Clayton Henry (Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent)4.9%
Carlo Pagulayan and Jason Paz (Superman: Lost)2.4%
Mike Perkins (Action Comics)2.4%
Jamal Campbell (Superman)2.4%
Cian Tormey and Ruairi Coleman (Superman: Son of Kal-El)0%
Christopher Jones (Young Justice: Targets)0%
Marguerite Sauvage (Action Comics, Power Girl Special)0%
Yasmin Flores Montanez (Action Comics)0%
Mathew Clark (Action Comics)0%
Travis Moore (Batman/Superman: World’s Finest)0%
Balbemar Rivas (DC: Mech)0%
Otto Schmidt (DC vs. Vampires)0%
Yasmin Putri (Dark Knights of Steel)0%
Sami Basri and Vicente Cifuentes (Steelworks)0%
Sina Grace (Superman: The Harvests of Youth)0%


Even though Phillip Kennedy Johnson took out the Best Writer award, it was Mark Waid and Dan Mora’s work on “Batman/Superman: World’s Finest” that fans voted Best Regular Superman Title in 2023.

Batman/Superman: World’s Finest36.6%
Action Comics31.7%

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

With an influx of new Super-family titles in 2023 and no regular “Justice League” book, fans vote for “Superboy: The Man of Tomorrow” as Best Superman Family Book, just ahead of “Superman: Son of Kal-El”.

Superboy: The Man of Tomorrow31%
Superman: Son of Kal-El30%
Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent17.5%
Young Justice: Targets5%

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

Anything to do with the “Death of Superman” remains popular with fans, so it was no surprise to see “The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special” take out this award. Although it was surprising to see “Superman: Lost” take second spot.

The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1 [One Shot]20%
Superman: Lost [7 issues]17.5%
The Return of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1 [One Shot]12.5%
Superman: Space Age [3 issues]12.5%
Dark Knights of Steel [12 issues]7.5%
Superman: Kal-El Returns Special #1 [One Shot]7.5%
Superman: The Last Days of Lex Luthor #15%
Superman Annual 2023 #1 [One Shot]5%
Action Comics Presents Doomsday Special #1 [One Shot]5%
Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong #12.5%
DC vs. Vampires [12 issues]2.5%
Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths [7 issues]2.5%
Knight Terrors [4 issues]0%
Knight Terrors: Action Comics [2 issues]0%
Knight Terrors: Superman [2 issues]0%
Knight Terrors: Night’s End #1 [One Shot]0%
DC: Mech [6 issues]0%
Lazarus Planet0%
DC Silent Tales #1 [One Shot]0%
Superman: The Harvests of Youth [Graphic Novel]0%
Supergirl Special #1 [One Shot]0%


Phillip Kennedy Johnson does it again, with his “Kal-El Returns” story from “Action Comics” well and truly the most popular story in the main titles.

Kal-El Returns [5-parts] (Action Comics)55%
The Chained [2-parts] (Superman)20%
Home Again [8-parts] (Action Comics)12.5%
Head Like A Hole [3-parts] (Action Comics)7.5%
Red Moon [3-parts] (Action Comics)2.5%
Steel: Engineer of Tomorrow [3-parts] (Action Comics)2.5%
New Worlds [2-parts] (Action Comics)0%


Superman #1
A very tight contest once again this year, but the ultimate winner is the very impressive wraparound cover to “Superman #1” by Jamal Campbell.

Superman #125%
The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #120%
Superman: Kal-El Returns Special #110%
Action Comics #1050 Variant10%
Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 Variant5%
Action Comics #10515%
Action Comics #10505%
Superman: Lost #25%
Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #10 Variant2.5%
Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #12.5%
Action Comics #10522.5%
Superman: Lost #12.5%
Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #182.5%
Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #19 Variant2.5%


Absolute Superman For All Seasons
With the story reportedly a big influence on the upcoming “Superman: Legacy” film, it’s no surprise to see “Absolute Superman For All Seasons” win this category in 2023.

Absolute Superman For All Seasons18.4%
Superman ’78/Batman ’89 Box Set13.2%
Superman: Space Age10.5%
Superman: The Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 17.9%
Superman: The Warworld Saga7.9%
DC: The New Frontier: The Deluxe Edition (2023 Edition)5.3%
DCeased: The Deluxe Edition2.6%
Superman: Red Son (2023 Edition)2.6%
Superman: Kal-El Returns2.6%
Dark Knights of Steel Vol. 12.6%
Superman vs. Meshi Vol. 12.6%
Superman Unchained: The Deluxe Edition (2023 Edition)2.6%
Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent2.6%
Superman Vol. 1: Supercorp2.6%
Infinite Crisis (2023 Edition)2.6%
Batman/Superman: World’s Finest Vol. 1: The Devil Nezha2.6%
Legends of the DC Universe: Carmine Infantino2.6%
Infinite Frontier2.6%
Flashpoint (2023 Edition)2.6%
DCeased: War of the Undead Gods2.6%


Superman & Lois

Now in its third season, once again there was no beating “Superman & Lois” for this award, although “My Adventures With Superman” did pose a threat.

Superman & Lois (TV Series)45%
My Adventures With Superman (Animated Series)42.5%
DC’s Justice League: Cosmic Chaos (Video Game)2.5%
LIFE Magazine Superman Special Issue (Magazine)2.5%
Voices From Krypton (Book)2.5%
Justice League: Warworld (Animated Movie)2.5%
Legion of Super-Heroes (Animated Movie)2.5%
House of El Book Three: The Treacherous Hope (Book)0%
Clark & Lex (Book)0%
Remind Magazine – Superman (Magazine)0%

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

Superman Action Comics #1 (DC Direct - DC Reactivated) Resin Statue
With Superman celebrating his 85th anniversary this year, it was little surprise to see the Superman “Action Comics #1” (DC Direct – DC Reactivated) Resin Statue voted as the most popular product in 2023.

Superman “Action Comics #1” (DC Direct – DC Reactivated) Resin Statue13%
Superman Premium Format Figure by Sideshow Collectibles12%
McFarlane Toys DC Comics Gold Label Collection Superman vs Doomsday Action Figure Set11%
McFarlane Toys – DC Multiverse, 5-inch DC Super Powers Superman Action Figure10.3%
McFarlane Toys – DC Multiverse Superman (Hush) 7in Action Figure7.7%
DC Retro Superman “Batman ’66” Comic 6-Inch Scale Action Figure5.1%
DC Multiverse Superman For Tomorrow 12-Inch Statue5.1%
Superboy-Prime (Infinite Crisis) Patina Edition Gold Label Action Figure5.1%
New Zealand Mint Superman 85th Anniversary 1oz Silver Coin2.6%
“Injustice 2” Supergirl Page Punchers 7-Inch Scale Action Figure2.6%
McDonald’s Warner Bros. 100th Anniversary Happy Meal Toys2.6%
DC Multiverse Kon-El Superboy 7-Inch Scale Action Figure2.6%
McFarlane Toys DC Essentials DCeased Superman Action Figure2.6%
McFarlane Toys DC Direct – Page Punchers – 3″ Figure with Comic Wave 1 – Superman (Rebirth)2.6%
McFarlane Toys – Movie Maniacs 7″ Posed – WB100 Wave 1 – Bugs Bunny As Superman (Looney Tunes)2.6%
McFarlane Toys – DC Multiverse Atomic Skull vs. Superman 2pk, Gold Label, Amazon Exclusive2.6%
McFarlane Toys DC Multiverse 18cm Superman (DC VS Vampires) (Gold Label) Figure2.6%
DC Multiverse 85th Anniversary 7 Inch Action Figure SDCC 2023 Exclusive2.6%
Superman Rebirth Sketch Edition Gold Label 7-Inch Scale Action Figure2.6%


The Season 3 fiale “Season 2, Episode 13: What Kills You Only Makes You Stronger” of this TV show was a winner with fans. The cliffhanger ending with Superman and Doomsday was hard to pass up as the best episode of the show’s third season.

Season 3, Episode 13: What Kills You Only Makes You Stronger41.5%
I don’t watch SUPERMAN & LOIS14.6%
Season 3, Episode 9: The Dress9.8%
Season 3, Episode 1: Closer4.9%
Season 3, Episode 12: Injustice4.9%
Season 3, Episode 7: Forever and Always4.9%
Season 3, Episode 3: In Cold Blood2.4%
Season 3, Episode 4: Too Close To Home2.4%
Season 3, Episode 6: Of Sound Mind2.4%
Season 3, Episode 10: Collision Course2.4%
Season 3, Episode 11: Complications2.4%
Season 3, Episode 2: Uncontrollable Forces0%
Season 3, Episode 5: Head On0%
Season 3, Episode 8: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner0%


No surprise to see the Best Writer category follow the results for Best Episode, with Brent Fletcher and Todd Helbing once again winning this award for their work on the best episodes of Season 3 of “Superman & Lois”.

Brent Fletcher & Todd Helbing (Closer, Complications, What Kills You Only Makes You Stronger)48.8%
I don’t watch SUPERMAN & LOIS17.1%
Kristi Korzec (The Dress)9.8%
Adam Mallinger (Forever and Always)7.3%
Aaron Helbing (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner)4.9%
Max Cunningham and Max Kronick (Collision Course)4.9%
Michael Narducci (Injustice)4.9%
George Kitson (Of Sound Mind)2.4%
Katie Aldrin (Uncontrollable Forces)0%
Jai Jamison (In Cold Blood)0%
Juliana James (Too Close To Home)0%
Andrew N. Wong (Head On)0%


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 again in Season 3. It was interesting to note that Michael Bishop (who took over the role of Jonathan Kent in Season 3) didn’t poll any votes…

Tyler Hoechlin (Clark Kent/Superman)48.8%
Bitsie Tulloch (Lois Lane)31.7%
I don’t watch SUPERMAN & LOIS9.8%
Alex Garfin (Jordan Kent)4.9%
Erik Valdez (Kyle Cushing)2.4%
Emmanuelle Chriqui (Lana Lang Cushing)2.4%
Michael Bishop (Jonathan Kent)0%
Inde Navarrette (Sarah Cushing)0%
Wolee Parks (John Henry Irons)0%
Tayler Buck (Natalie Irons)0%
Inde Navarrette (Sarah Cortez)0%
Sofia Hasmik (Chrissy Beppo)0%


Michael Cudlitz inclusion as Lex Luthor in Season 3 was a clear favorite amongst fans of “Superman & Lois”, edging out Dylan Walsh as Sam Lane.

Michael Cudlitz (Lex Luthor)31.7%
Dylan Walsh (General Sam Lane)29.3%
I don’t watch SUPERMAN & LOIS14.6%
Chad L Coleman (Bruno Mannheim)7.3%
Adam Rayner (Tal-Rho)4.9%
Daya Vaidya (Peia Mannheim)4.9%
Monique Phillips (Aidy Manning)2.4%
David Ramsey (John Diggle)2.4%
Jenna Dewan (Lucy Lane)2.4%


New to the SHIELD Awards for 2023, the first season of the “My Adventures With Superman” animated series was surprisingly good, with the season finale “Hearts of the Fathers” winning out as the favorite episode amongst fans.

Season 1, Episode 10: Hearts of the Fathers26.8%
Season 1, Episode 7: Kiss Kiss Fall in Portal19.5%
Season 1, Episode 6: My Adventures with Mad Science7.3%
Season 1, Episode 5: You Will Believe a Man Can Lie7.3%
Season 1, Episode 8: Zero Day (Part 1)4.9%
Season 1, Episode 9: Zero Day (Part 2)4.9%
Season 1, Episode 1: Adventures of a Normal Man (Part 1)4.9%
Season 1, Episode 2: Adventures of a Normal Man (Part 2)4.9%
Season 1, Episode 4: Let’s Go to Ivo Tower, You Say4.9%
Season 1, Episode 3: My Interview with Superman2.4%


The most prolific writer on the show, with writing credits for five of the ten episodes, Adam Adumer was a clear winner for this award.

Adam Adumer (My Interview with Superman, You Will Believe A Man Can Lie, My Adventures with Mad Science, Kiss Kiss Fall in Portal, Zero Day – Part 2)26.8%
Jake Wyatt (Adventures of a Normal Man, Hearts of the Fathers)12.2%
Josie Campbell and Brendan Clogher (Adventures of a Normal Man, Let’s Go to Ivo Tower, You Say)12.2%
Serena Whu (Hearts of the Fathers)12.2%
Paul Chang (Kiss Kiss Fall in Portal)9.8%
Cinthia Furey (You Will Believe A Man Can Lie, My Adventures with Mad Science, Kiss Kiss Fall in Portal, Zero Day – Part 1)9.8%
M. Willis (You Will Believe A Man Can Lie)4.9%
Angela Entzminger (My Adventures with Mad Science)0%


No surprise to see Jack Quaid as the voice of Superman selected as the best actor/character for the first season of “My Adventures With Superman”.

Jack Quaid (Clark Kent/Superman)70.7%
Alice Lee (Lois Lane)9.8%
Kari Wahlgren (Ma Kent, Young Clark)4.9%
Ishmel Sahid (Jimmy Olsen)2.4%
Chris Parnell (Agent Slade Wilson)2.4%
Jason Marnocha (Jor-El)0%
Reid Scott (Pa Kent)0%
Joel De La Fuente (The General)0%
Debra Wilson (Amanda Waller)0%


It was a close race between Darrell Brown, who voices both Perry White and Badger, and David Errigo Jr., who did a wonderful job of giving a new take on Mr. Mxyzptlk. However Darrell was the ultimate winner.

Darrell Brown (Perry White, Badger)24.4%
David Errigo Jr. (Mr. Mxyzptlk)22%
Andre Sogliuzzo (Monsieur Mallah)12.2%
Catherine Taber (Siobhan/Silver Banshee)9.8%
Melanie Minichino (Cat Grant, Warden)7.3%
Jake Green (Dr. Ivo)4.9%
Andromeda Dunker (Vicki Vale)2.4%
Vincent Tong (Rough House, Steve Lombard)2.4%
Lauren Tom (Leader Lois)2.4%
Kenna Ramsey (Ronnie Troupe)0%
Max Mittelman (Alex)0%
Laila Berzins (Heat Wave)0%
Zehra Fazal (Leslie Willis/Livewire)0%
Azuri Hardy-Jones (Flip)0%
Luc (Grabeel (Kyle/Mist)0%
Jesse Inocalla (The Brain)0%
Kimberly Brooks (Jalana Olsen)0%
Osric Chau (Lewis Lane)0%
Mars Mittelman (Alex)0%

That concludes the SHIELD Awards for 2023. We look forward to an even better 2024 and another SHIELD Awards ceremony in a year’s time. Thank you all for your participation.

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