2013 Cryptozoic Superman: The Legend Trading CardsBrand: Cryptozoic
Few comic characters are more important and recognizable than the Man of Steel. 2013 Cryptozoic Superman: The Legend takes the iconic character's legacy and gives it the modern trading card spin.
It has been several years since the hobby has had a set dedicated solely to Superman. While he has been a major part of broader sets based on the Justice League and the world of DC Comics, collectors have to go back to 2006 Topps Superman Returns. Even that is based on a film and not the comics.
2013 Cryptozoic Superman: The Legend is a 63-card set that focuses on the iconic super hero, his friends and his foes. The set features newly commissioned artwork. Card backs are written by DC Comics veteran, Adam Beechen. The base set also has foil (1:8 packs) and Printing Plate (1:576 packs) parallels.
The insert chase is led by sketch cards, which fall approximately one per box. Other inserts include Alternate Reality foil cards (1:12 packs), Secret Origins puzzles (1:12 packs), Women of the Superman Universe (1:12 packs) and X-Ray Vision Cards (1:24 packs).
Sold separately, a full-color binder comes with an exclusive promo card.
A total of 40 Oversized Sketch Cards have been inserted as redemptions. In true comics style, all are "jams" featuring a team-up of a pair of artists.
Product Configuration: 24 packs per box, 5 cards per pack
Price Point: Low-End Entertainment Card
Target Audience: Comic Card Collectors, Superman Fans, Set Builders, Sketch Card Collectors
2013 Cryptozoic Superman: The Legend Box Break
- 1 Sketch Card
- 7 Inserts
- 3 Parallel Cards
- 120 Total Cards
2013 Cryptozoic Superman: The Legend Checklist
Base Set Checklist
5 Superman Beyond
6 Cyborg Superman
9 General Zod
11 Lex Luthor
14 Fatal Five
15 Lois Lane
16 Fortress of Solitude
21 Krypto, the Superdog
22 Lana Lang
23 Lori Lemaris
24 Perry White
26 Mr. Mxyzptlk
27 Jimmy Olsen
31 Outreach 1 Team
33 Clark Kent
34 Connor Kent
35 Kara Kent
36 Young Superman
37 Jonathan Kent
38 Marta Kent
39 Pete Ross
40 Chris Kent
41 Cat Grant
42 Captain Margaret Sawyer
43 Inspector Henderson
44 Morgan Edge
45 Silver Banshee
46 Lucy Lane
47 General Sam Lane
48 Lord Satanus
50 Jor-El and Lara
51 Legion of Super-Heroes
52 Phantom Zone
56 Kingdom Come Superman
57 Superman Red
58 Superman Blue
59 Bottle City of Kandor
60 Black Banshee
61 The Worldkillers
ARS-02 Superman from the Dark Knight Returns
ARS-03 Superman of Earth 2
ARS-04 Subject 1
ARS-06 Superman of Earth One
ARS-07 Red Son
ARS-09 Son of Darkseid
SO-02 Issue #2
SO-03 Issue #3
SO-05 Issue #5
SO-06 Issue #6
WOS-02 Cat Grant
WOS-05 Lana Lang
WOS-07 Lois Lane
WOS-08 Silver Banshee
XR-02 Muscle Building Club
XR-03 I Got This
XR-09 The Legend
Amy Clark Anderson
Boo Dan Parsons
Brendon and Brian Fraim
John "JAX" Jackman
MJ San Juan
William Donley III
R2 Danielle Gransaull, Richard Cox
R3 Danielle Gransaull, Richard Cox
R4 Danielle Gransaull, Richard Cox
R5 Danielle Gransaull, Richard Cox
R6 Danielle Gransaull, Richard Cox
R7 Ana Sanchez, Glen Fernandez
R8 Ana Sanchez, Glen Fernandez
R9 Ana Sanchez, Glen Fernandez
R10 Ana Sanchez, Glen Fernandez
R11 Ana Sanchez, Glen Fernandez
R12 Ana Sanchez, Glen Fernandez
R13 Erik Caines, Jeff Victor
R14 Erik Caines, Jeff Victor
R15 Erik Caines, Jeff Victor
R16 Erik Caines, Jeff Victor
R17 Erik Caines, Jeff Victor
R18 Erik Caines, Jeff Victor
R19 Frank Kadar, Tim Shay
R20 Frank Kadar, Tim Shay
R22 Frank Kadar, Tim Shay
R23 Frank Kadar, Tim Shay
R24 Brent Engstrom, Joe Simko
R25 Brent Engstrom, Joe Simko
R26 Brent Engstrom, Joe Simko
R27 Brent Engstrom, Joe Simko
R28 Brent Engstrom, Joe Simko
R29 Brent Engstrom, Joe Simko
R30 Fritz Casas, Jezreel Rojales
R31 Fritz Casas, Jezreel Rojales
R32 Fritz Casas, Jezreel Rojales
R33 Fritz Casas, Jezreel Rojales
R34 Fritz Casas, Jezreel Rojales
R35 Fritz Casas, Jezreel Rojales
R36 Fritz Casas, Jezreel Rojales
R37 Fritz Casas, Jezreel Rojales
R38 Fritz Casas, Jezreel Rojales
R39 Fritz Casas, Jezreel Rojales
R40 Fritz Casas, Jezreel Rojales
Promo Cards Checklist
2013 Cryptozoic Superman: The Legend Product Review
Reviewed by Ryan Cracknell
Good: Fresh artwork. Whether it's the different artists or the many card types, there's tons of variety throughout. Perfect amount of inserts.
Bad: Some of the basic inserts are a little plain.
The Bottom Line: 2013 Cryptozoic Superman: The Legend hits on every front. It's affordable, looks great and has lots going on without being overwhelming. It's a fitting tribute to the Man of Steel. With the many sets focusing on Superman throughout the years, this one easily ranks as one of the best.
Card Design: 4.5/5.0
I feel like I'm starting to repeat myself, but after going years with recycled artwork in comic-based trading card sets, Cryptozoic should be commended for changing that. Base cards use all-new artwork commissioned specifically for the set. There are a few different styles but all stay true to the comic. The foil parallels are fairly standard, especially for Cryptozoic's DC sets. It certainly adds some pop to the already colorful cards.
The X-Ray Vision inserts are some of the most fun I've had with cards in a long time. Shaped like the iconic Superman shield, the image is revealed when you press the card between your hands. The backs have a nice retro vibe to them.
The other basic inserts are more bland. Secret Origin and Alternate Worlds have a foil finish like the parallel cards. The Women of Superman integrate some gold foil. While I like the place these play in expanding the set as a whole, these feel more like base cards than inserts.
The depth that 2013 Cryptozoic Superman: The Legend includes is excellent. The base set covers a lot of ground. The inserts, even though most are somewhat plain, add an extra layer. As someone who has seen more Superman movies than read the regular comics (I prefer the special mini series like Superman: For All Seasons and multi-hero epics like Kingdom Come), I appreciate the encyclopedic take of the set.
In no way did I feel shorted busting Superman: The Legend. While some of Cryptozoic's products feel bland in part because they have so few inserts, this set finds the right balance. Even if I'm not planning on chasing some of them, they break up the monotony and feel like you get a little extra. The level of care that was put into the set is also apparent, nailing the small details that make it even easier to appreciate.
The promise of a quality sketch card in every box helps ensure collectors get something unique every time.
And while you shouldn't expect one going in, there are also printing plates and oversized sketch card redemptions.
Not advertised, I also pulled a redemption for a digital Superman comic. This was another nice touch.
The Fun Factor: 4.5/5.0
In case you haven't noticed, I had a blast with 2013 Cryptozoic Superman: The Legend. It looks good, it covers a lot of ground and it's informative. The release finds that nice balance of the right amount of extras. The inserts are attainable. At the same time, they're not distracting. Given the reasonable price, it's tough to see how anyone with even the smallest amount of interest in Superman wouldn't enjoy it.