Superman (comic book)

Superman is an ongoing American comic book series featuring the DC Comics superhero Superman as its main protagonist. Superman began as one of several anthology features in the National Periodical Publications comic book Action Comics #1 in June 1938. The strip proved so popular that National launched Superman into his own self-titled comic book, the first for any superhero, premiering with the cover date Summer 1939. Between 1986 and 2006 it was retitled The Adventures of Superman while a new series used the title Superman. In May 2006, it was returned to its original title and numbering. The title was canceled with issue #714 in 2011, and was relaunched with issue #1 the following month which ended its run in 2016. A fourth series was released with issue #1 in June 2016 and ended in April 2018. A fifth series with new issue #1 was launched in July 2018.

Superman
Cover of Superman Comic 1st Edition - Summer 1939
Cover of Superman #1 (summer 1939). Art by Joe Shuster.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
Schedule
FormatOngoing series
Genre
Publication date
No. of issues
Main character(s)Superman
Lois Lane
Jimmy Olsen
Lex Luthor
Creative team
Created byJerry Siegel
Joe Shuster
Written by
Penciller(s)
Inker(s)

Publication history

Superman volume 1

Due to the Superman character's popularity after his premiere in Action Comics #1, National Allied Publications decided to launch an entirely new magazine featuring a single character, which at that time was unprecedented.[1] Superman #1 appeared on the shelves in the summer of 1939. Superman now also had the distinction of being the first ever hero-character featured in more than one comic magazine. By issue #7, Superman was being hailed on the covers as the "World's Greatest Adventure Strip Character". Perry White, a supporting character who had originated on the Superman radio program was introduced into the comic book in issue #7 (October 1940).[2] Editor Mort Weisinger began his long association with the title with issue #11 (July–August 1941).[3] Jimmy Olsen first appeared as a named character in the story "Superman versus The Archer" in Superman #13 (Nov.–Dec. 1941).[4][5] In the early 1940s, Superman was selling over a million copies per month.[6] By 1942, artist Wayne Boring, who had previously been one of Shuster's assistants, had become a major artist on Superman.[7] Superman #23 (July–August 1943) featured the first Superman comic book story written by someone other than Jerry Siegel.[8] The story "America's Secret Weapon!" was written by Don Cameron despite bearing Siegel's signature.[9] Siegel introduced Mister Mxyzptlk in issue #30 (September 1944).[10] A more detailed origin story for Superman was presented in issue #53 (July 1948) to mark the character's tenth anniversary.[11] Another part of the Superman mythos which had originated on the radio program made its way into the comic books when kryptonite was featured in a story by Bill Finger and Al Plastino.[12]

Superman was the first DC title with a letters column as a regular feature beginning with issue #124 (September 1958).[13] In the view of comics historian Les Daniels, artist Curt Swan became the definitive artist of Superman in the early 1960s with a "new look" to the character that replaced Wayne Boring's version.[14] Writer Jim Shooter and Swan crafted the story "Superman's Race With the Flash!" in Superman #199 (Aug. 1967) which featured the first race between the Flash and Superman, two characters known for their super-speed powers.[15]

Julius Schwartz became the title's editor with issue #233 (January 1971)[16] and together with writer Denny O'Neil and artist Curt Swan streamlined the Superman mythos, starting with the elimination of Kryptonite.[17] Elliot S. Maggin began his long association with the title with the story "Must There Be a Superman?" in issue #247 (Jan. 1972).[18][19] Writer Cary Bates, in collaboration with Swan, introduced such characters as the supervillain Terra-Man in issue #249 (March 1972)[20] and the superhero Vartox in issue #281 (Nov. 1974).[21] Issues #272 (Feb. 1974), #278 (Aug. 1974), and #284 (Feb. 1975) of the series were in the 100 Page Super Spectacular format.[22] Superman #300 (June 1976) featured an out-of-continuity story by Bates and Maggin which imagined the infant Superman landing on Earth in 1976 and becoming a superhero in 2001. The tale was an inspiration for Mark Millar's Superman: Red Son limited series published in 2003.[23] DC's parent company Warner Communications reinstated the byline for Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster which had been dropped decades earlier[24][25][26] and the first issue with the restored credit was Superman #301 (August 1976).[27] Martin Pasko and Swan created the Master Jailer character in issue #331 (January 1979).[28] The bottle city of Kandor, which had been introduced in 1958, was restored to normal size in a story by Len Wein and Swan in Superman #338 (August 1979).[29]

The series reached issue #400 in October 1984. That issue featured work by several popular comics artists including the only major DC work by Jim Steranko as well as an introduction by noted science-fiction author Ray Bradbury.[30][31] Superman ran uninterrupted until the mid-1980s, when DC Comics instituted a line-wide relaunch with the 1985 event maxi-series Crisis on Infinite Earths. Folding their vast multiverse into a single shared universe, Superman and his supporting cast would receive a massive overhaul at the hands of writer/artist John Byrne. One last story, which also marked the end of Schwartz's tenure as editor of the series,[16] was published to give a send-off to the former status quo: Alan Moore's Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?[32] The story's first part saw publication in Superman #423, which would be the last issue before the title was relaunched with its legacy numbering as The Adventures of Superman.[33] Superman was relaunched with a new #1 issue in a second volume in 1986,[34] and was published concurrently with The Adventures of Superman.

1986 revamp

The Adventures of Superman
Adventures of Superman 649
Cover of The Adventures of Superman #649 (April 2006), by Ivan Reis, the "final" issue of the series under that title.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
ScheduleMonthly
FormatOngoing series
Genre
Publication dateJanuary 1987 – April 2006
No. of issues228 (#424–649, plus issues numbered #0 and #1,000,000)[35] and 12 Annuals
Main character(s)Superman
Creative team
Written by
Artist(s)

The Adventures of Superman was numbered from issue #424 (January 1987) to issue #649 (April 2006), for a total of 228 monthly issues including issue #0 (October 1994) published between issues #516 and #517 as a tie-in to the Zero Hour limited series and issue #1,000,000 (November 1998) as a tie-in to the DC One Million limited series[35] and nine Annuals published between 1987 and 1997.[36]

When the series was relaunched in late 1986 under its new title, the creative team initially was writer Marv Wolfman and artist Jerry Ordway.[37] John Byrne replaced Wolfman with issue #436 (January 1988)[38] and Ordway became both writer and artist with issue #445 (October 1988).[39] Writer/artist Dan Jurgens worked on the title from 1989–1991. Hank Henshaw, a character who would later become the Cyborg Superman, first appeared in issue #466 (May 1990).[40] By the late 1980s, the plots of the Superman books were often linked. To coordinate the storyline and sequence of event, from January 1991 to January 2002, "triangle numbers" (or "shield numbers") appeared on the cover of each Superman comic book. During these years, the Superman storylines ran with the story continuing through the titles Superman, Action Comics and later in two further series, Superman: The Man of Steel and Superman: The Man of Tomorrow.

Jerry Ordway returned as writer of the title with issue #480 (July 1991).[41] Tom Grummett drew part of #480 and became the main artist on the series with the following issue.[42] The series participated in the crossover storyline "Panic in the Sky" in 1992.[43] During their run on The Adventures of Superman, Grummett and Ordway (along with editor Mike Carlin and others) were the architects of "The Death of Superman" storyline, in which Superman died and was resurrected. It was during that storyline, that Grummett and writer Karl Kesel, created the new Superboy in The Adventures of Superman #500 (June 1993).[44] Other crossovers the series participated in included Zero Hour: Crisis in Time,[45] The Final Night,[46] and Infinite Crisis.[47]

As of the start of 2002, the integration between the Superman titles became less frequent, and the remaining issues of The Adventures of Superman commonly carried self-contained stories. Issue #600 (March 2002) was a double-sized special featuring Superman combating Lex Luthor.[48] The final issue (#649) was part of a three-part crossover with Superman and Action Comics, an homage to the Earth-2 Superman in the wake of events in the limited series Infinite Crisis.

For its last two years, The Adventures of Superman was written by Greg Rucka.[49] His stories included the villain Ruin, the attempted assassination of Lois Lane and a number of Mister Mxyzptlk appearances.

Adventures of Superman volume 2

Adventures of Superman was relaunched on April 29, 2013. Unlike the previous volume, the new series is not set in the mainstream DC Universe continuity but instead features anthology style stories with rotating creative teams in the same format as the second Legends of the Dark Knight series. It is released as a digital-first comic with print publication to follow. The first story was to have been written by Orson Scott Card and drawn by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story.[50] Card's participation in the project became an issue. DC Comics responded to a petition that he be dropped with a statement that it supported freedom of expression and that the personal views of individuals associated with the company were not the views of the company. Illustrator Chris Sprouse left the project due to the media attention and some comic book stores announced a boycott.[51] Card's Superman story is now "on hold" and will not be included in either the scheduled print or digital issues and was replaced by a story written by Jeff Parker.[52] The relaunched Adventures of Superman series came to an end with issue #17, released in September 2014.[53]

Return to the original title

Superman volume 2 reached issue #226 (April 2006) and was then canceled as part of the linewide Infinite Crisis event. The Adventures of Superman was returned to its original title, Superman, with issue #650 (May 2006),[54] as a part of the "One Year Later" banner. Superman had a crossover with Action Comics, titled "Up, Up and Away!" co-written by Geoff Johns and Kurt Busiek with art by Pete Woods. This storyline told of Clark Kent attempting to protect Metropolis without his powers until eventually regaining them. Busiek became the sole writer of the series with issue #654 (September 2006) and Carlos Pacheco became the series' artist.[55] The series participated in the weekly series Countdown to Final Crisis, giving a different perspective on certain events shown in the weekly title, such as the events preceding the death of New God Lightray.

Busiek and Pacheco developed an extended storyine featuring Arion coming into conflict with Superman.[56] The plotline concluded in Superman Annual #13.[57] Alex Ross painted the covers for issues #675 (June 2008) through #685 (April 2009).

James Robinson replaced Busiek with issue #677 (August 2008).[58] Robinson's run on the title began with "The Coming of Atlas" story arc and began a link between Superman, Action Comics, and Supergirl that started a long-form narrative with the New Krypton event. The majority of Robinson's run featured Mon-El and the Guardian as the featured characters, while Superman himself had gone to live on the planet New Krypton. Robinson's last full issue was #699, tying into Last Stand of New Krypton, and he finished his run in a short story in issue #700 (August 2010) that returned Superman to Earth.[59][60] Superman #700 also saw writer J. Michael Straczynski, a self-professed Superman fan who feels a personal connection to the character,[61] take over writing duties with a short story in the issue,[60] and his run on the title began with issue #701.[62] Artist Eddy Barrows, a previous Action Comics artist and one of the artists on the War of the Supermen event, was Straczynski's artistic collaborator.[63] Straczynski and Barrows began a year-long story entitled "Grounded" that sees Superman begin a long walk across the United States to regain the connection with his adopted home that he feels he lost while away on New Krypton.[64] The series ended with issue #714 (October 2011), prior to DC Comics' The New 52 company wide reboot and relaunch.[54]

Superman volume 3

DC Comics launched Superman volume 3 with issue #1 in September 2011 (cover dated November 2011), as part of The New 52.[65] The first three issues saw George Pérez doing the scripting and breakdowns. DC announced in October 2011 that Dan Jurgens would be co-writing and drawing Superman with Keith Giffen. Their first issue was #7 (May 2012).[66] As of September 2012's #0 Issue, Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort became the creative team.[67] DC Comics' All Access webcast announced on February 4, 2014 that John Romita Jr. would be drawing the Superman series in collaboration with writer Geoff Johns.[68][69] Romita Jr.'s Superman pencils were inked by Klaus Janson.[70] Superman's secret identity as Clark Kent was revealed to the world in a storyline by writer Gene Luen Yang in 2015.[71] This series ended its run with the release of issue #52 (July 2016).

Superman volume 4

As part of the DC Rebirth relaunch, Superman Volume 4 began with issue #1 in June 2016 (cover dated August 2016), including a one-shot DC Rebirth special Superman: Rebirth #1. Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason are the creative team, with the Superman series shipping twice-monthly.[72][73][74] This volume's 34th issue was also the 800th issue of the Superman series as a whole, with a variant cover done by Tony S. Daniel to commemorate the occasion.[75] The series ended its run with issue #45 (April 2018).

Superman volume 5

A new Superman series under the direction of Brian Michael Bendis began on July 11, 2018.[76][77]

Annuals

The Superman series had annuals published since 1960. Eight issues of Superman Annual were published starting in Winter 1960.[78] An additional four issues were published from 1983 to 1986 and the numbering continued from the 1960 series.[79] Superman Annual #11 (1985) featured the story "For the Man Who Has Everything" by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.[80] When the original Superman series was retitled as The Adventures of Superman, both it and Superman volume 2 received annuals relaunched with #1 issues. The Adventures of Superman Annual ran for nine issues from 1987 to 1997.[36] After The Adventures of Superman was restored to its original title as Superman, its annuals continued the volume 2 annuals.[81]

Collected editions

Superman

  • Superman Archives
    • Vol. 1 collects Superman #1–4, 272 pages, 1989, ISBN 1-40120-630-1[82]
    • Vol. 2 collects Superman #5–8, 272 pages, 1990, ISBN 0-93028-976-5[83]
    • Vol. 3 collects Superman #9–12, 272 pages, 1991, ISBN 1-56389-002-X[84]
    • Vol. 4 collects Superman #13–16, 224 pages, 1994, ISBN 1-56389-107-7[85]
    • Vol. 5 collects Superman #17–20, 224 pages, March 2000, ISBN 1-56389-602-8[86]
    • Vol. 6 collects Superman #21–24, 216 pages, July 2003, ISBN 1-56389-969-8[87]
    • Vol. 7 collects Superman #25–29, 240 pages, April 2006, ISBN 1-40121-051-1[88]
    • Vol. 8 collects Superman #30–35, 256 pages, October 2010, ISBN 1-40122-885-2[89]
  • Superman: The Golden Age Omnibus
    • Vol. 1: includes Superman #1–7; 784 pages, June 2013, ISBN 978-1401241896
    • Vol. 2: includes Superman #8-15; 750 pages, July 2016, ISBN 978-1401263249
    • Vol. 3: includes Superman #16–24; 720 pages, December 2016, ISBN 978-1401270117
    • Vol. 4: includes Superman #25-33; 768 pages, May 2017, ISBN 978-1401272579
    • Vol. 5: includes Superman #34-42; 768 pages, January 2018, ISBN 978-1401274764
  • The Superman Chronicles
    • Vol. 1: includes Superman #1; 208 pages, February 2006, ISBN 978-1-4012-0764-9
    • Vol. 2: includes Superman #2–3; 192 pages, February 2007, ISBN 978-1-4012-1215-5
    • Vol. 3: includes Superman #4–5; 192 pages, August 2007, ISBN 978-1-4012-1374-9
    • Vol. 4: includes Superman #6–7; 192 pages, February 2008, ISBN 978-1-4012-1658-0
    • Vol. 5: includes Superman #8–9; 192 pages, August 2008, ISBN 978-1-4012-1851-5
    • Vol. 6: includes Superman #10–11; 192 pages, February 2009, ISBN 978-1-4012-2187-4
    • Vol. 7: includes Superman #12–13; 168 pages, July 2009, ISBN 978-1-4012-2288-8
    • Vol. 8: includes Superman #14–15; 168 pages, April 2010, ISBN 978-1-4012-2647-3
    • Vol. 9: includes Superman #16–17; 192 pages, June 2011, ISBN 978-1-4012-3122-4
    • Vol. 10: includes Superman #18–19; 168 pages, September 2012, ISBN 978-1-4012-3488-1
  • Superman: The Man of Tomorrow Archives
    • Vol. 1 includes Superman #122–126, 224 pages, May 2005, ISBN 1-40120-156-3[90]
    • Vol. 2 includes Superman #127–131, 240 pages, March 2006, ISBN 1-40120-767-7[91]
    • Vol. 3 includes Superman #132–139, 408 pages, July 2013, ISBN 978-1401241070 [92]
  • Showcase Presents: Superman
    • Vol. 1 includes Superman #122–133, 560 pages, October 2005, ISBN 1-40120-758-8[93]
    • Vol. 2 includes Superman #134–145, 560 pages, June 2006, ISBN 1-40121-041-4[94]
    • Vol. 3 includes Superman #146–156; Superman Annual #3–4, 560 pages, April 2007, ISBN 1-40121-271-9[95]
    • Vol. 4 includes Superman #157–166, 544 pages, September 2008, ISBN 1-40121-847-4[96]
  • Adventures of Superman: José Luis García-López collects Superman #294, 301–302, 307–309 and 347; DC Comics Presents #1–4, 17, 20, 24, and 31, and All-New Collectors' Edition #C-54, 360 pages, April 2013, ISBN 978-1401238568.
  • Adventures of Superman: Gil Kane collects Superman #367, 372, 375; Superman Special #1–2; Action Comics #539–541, 544–546 and 551–554; and DC Comics Presents Annual #3, 392 pages, January 2013, ISBN 978-1401236748.
  • Superman: Up, Up, and Away! includes Superman #650–653, 192 pages, September 2006, ISBN 978-1401209544
  • Superman: Camelot Falls
    • Vol. 1 collects Superman #654–658, 128 pages, July 2008, ISBN 978-1401212056
    • Vol. 2 collects Superman #662–664, 667 and Superman Annual #13, 128 pages, March 2009, ISBN 978-1401218652
  • Superman: The Third Kryptonian collects Superman #668–670 and the backup story from Superman Annual #13, 128 pages, October 2008, ISBN 978-1401219871
  • Superman: Redemption includes Superman #659 and 666, 112 pages, January 2008, ISBN 978-1401216368
  • Superman: 3-2-1 Action includes Superman #665, 160 pages, April 2008, ISBN 9781401216801
  • Superman: Shadows Linger collects Superman #671–675, 144 pages, January 2009, ISBN 978-1401221256
  • Superman: The Coming of Atlas collects Superman #677–680 and 1st Issue Special #1, 128 pages, April 2010, ISBN 978-1401221324
  • Superman: New Krypton
    • Vol. 1 includes Superman #681, 176 pages, May 2009, ISBN 978-1401223298
    • Vol. 2 includes Superman #682–683, 160 pages, September 2009, ISBN 978-1401223199
  • Superman: Mon-El
    • Vol. 1 collects Superman #684–690, 224 pages, February 2011, ISBN 978-1401226350
    • Vol. 2 collects Superman #692–697; Superman Annual #14; and Superman Secret Files and Origins 2009, 224 pages, October 2011, ISBN 978-1401229382
  • Superman: Codename: Patriot includes Superman #691, 144 pages, April 2011, ISBN 978-1401226572
  • Superman: Nightwing and Flamebird Vol. 2 includes Superman #696, 208 pages, October 2011, ISBN 978-1401229405
  • Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton
    • Vol. 1 includes Superman #698, 168 pages, November 2011, ISBN 978-1401229337
    • Vol. 2 includes Superman #699, 128 pages, March 2012, ISBN 978-1401230371
  • Superman: Grounded
    • Vol. 1 collects Superman #700–706, 168 pages, May 2012, ISBN 978-1401230760
    • Vol. 2 collects Superman #707–711 and 713–714, 168 pages, December 2012, ISBN 978-1401235321

The Adventures of Superman

  • Superman: The Man of Steel
    • Vol. 2 includes The Adventures of Superman #424–426, 224 pages, November 2003, ISBN 978-1401200053
    • Vol. 3 includes The Adventures of Superman #427–429, 208 pages, October 2004, ISBN 978-1401202460
    • Vol. 4 includes The Adventures of Superman #430–431, 192 pages, September 2005, ISBN 978-1401204556
    • Vol. 5 includes The Adventures of Superman #432–435, 208 pages, November 2006, ISBN 978-1401209483
    • Vol. 6 includes The Adventures of Superman Annual #1, 208 pages, March 2008, ISBN 978-1401216795
    • Vol. 7 includes The Adventures of Superman #436–438, 192 pages, February 2013, ISBN 978-1401238209
    • Vol. 8 includes The Adventures of Superman #439–440, 240 pages, January 2014, ISBN 978-1401243913
    • Vol. 9 includes The Adventures of Superman #441–444, 280 pages, November 2016, ISBN 978-1401266370
  • Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman includes The Adventures of Superman #445, 462 and 466, 190 pages, July 1994, ISBN 978-1563891281
  • Superman: Exile includes The Adventures of Superman #451–456, 304 pages, June 1998, ISBN 978-1563894381
  • Superman: Eradication! (The Origin of the Eradicator) includes The Adventures of Superman #460, 464–465, 160 pages, November 1995, ISBN 978-1563891939
  • Superman: Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite includes The Adventures of Superman #472–473, 176 pages, September 1996, ISBN 978-1563892752
  • Superman: Time and Time Again includes The Adventures of Superman #476–478, 206 pages, October 1994, ISBN 978-1563891298
  • Superman: Panic in the Sky includes The Adventures of Superman #488–489, 188 pages, March 1993, ISBN 1-56389-094-1
  • The Death of Superman includes The Adventures of Superman #496–497, 172 pages, January 1993, ISBN 1-56389-097-6[97]
  • World Without a Superman includes The Adventures of Superman #498–500, 240 pages, April 1993, ISBN 1-56389-118-2[98]
  • The Return of Superman includes The Adventures of Superman #500–505, 480 pages, September 1993, ISBN 1-56389-149-2[99]
  • The Death and Return of Superman Omnibus includes The Adventures of Superman #496–505, 784 pages, September 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1550-5[100]
  • Superman: The Death of Clark Kent includes The Adventures of Superman #523–525, 320 pages, May 1997, ISBN 1-56389-323-1[101]
  • Superman: The Trial of Superman includes The Adventures of Superman #529–531, 272 pages, November 1997, ISBN 1-56389-331-2
  • Superman: The Wedding and Beyond includes The Adventures of Superman #541, 192 pages, January 1998, ISBN 1-56389-392-4[102]
  • Superman: Transformed! includes The Adventures of Superman #542 and 545, 197 pages, April 1998, ISBN 1-56389-406-8
  • Superman vs. the Revenge Squad includes The Adventures of Superman #539, 542–543, 144 pages, February 1999, ISBN 1-56389-487-4
  • Superman: No Limits! includes The Adventures of Superman #574, 212 pages, November 2000, ISBN 1-56389-699-0
  • Superman: Endgame includes The Adventures of Superman #576, 180 pages, January 2001, ISBN 1-56389-701-6
  • Superman: 'Til Death Do Us Part includes The Adventures of Superman #577–578, 228 pages, December 2001, ISBN 1-56389-862-4[103]
  • Superman: Critical Condition includes The Adventures of Superman #579–580, 196 pages, February 2003, ISBN 1-56389-949-3
  • Superman: Emperor Joker includes The Adventures of Superman #582–583, 256 pages, January 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1193-3[104]
  • Superman: President Lex includes The Adventures of Superman #581, 244 pages, June 2003, ISBN 1-56389-974-4[105]
  • Superman: Our Worlds at War
    • Vol. 1 includes The Adventures of Superman #593–594, 264 pages, September 2002, ISBN 1-56389-915-9[106]
    • Vol. 2 includes The Adventures of Superman #595, 264 pages, September 2002, ISBN 1-56389-916-7[107]
  • Superman: Our Worlds at War Complete Edition includes The Adventures of Superman #593–595, 512 pages, June 2006, ISBN 1-4012-1129-1
  • Superman: Return to Krypton includes The Adventures of Superman #589, 606, 212 pages, February 2004, ISBN 1-4012-0194-6[108]
  • Superman: Ending Battle includes The Adventures of Superman #608–609, 192 pages, May 2009, ISBN 1-4012-0194-6[109]
  • Superman: Godfall includes The Adventures of Superman #625–626, 112 pages, September 2004, ISBN 978-1401203764
  • Superman: Unconventional Warfare includes The Adventures of Superman #627–632 and backup stories from #625–626, 160 pages, February 2005, ISBN 978-1401204495
  • Superman: That Healing Touch includes The Adventures of Superman #633–638, 168 pages, August 2005, ISBN 978-1401204532
  • Day of Vengeance includes The Adventures of Superman #639, 224 pages, December 2005, ISBN 978-1401208400
  • Superman: Ruin Revealed includes The Adventures of Superman #640–641, 644–647, 139 pages, ISBN 978-1435235212
  • Superman: Sacrifice includes The Adventures of Superman #642–643, 192 pages, January 2006, ISBN 978-1401209193
  • Superman: Infinite Crisis includes The Adventures of Superman #648–649, 128 pages, July 2006, ISBN 978-1401209537

The New 52

  • Superman
    • Vol. 1: What Price Tomorrow? collects Superman vol. 3 #1–6, 144 pages, November 2012, ISBN 978-1401234683
    • Vol. 2: Secrets and Lies collects Superman vol. 3 #7–12 and Superman Annual vol. 3 #1, 176 pages, July 2013, ISBN 978-1401240288
    • Vol. 3: Fury at World's End collects Superman vol. 3 #0, 13–19, 192 pages, January 2014, ISBN 978-1401243203
    • Vol. 4: Psi-War collects Superman vol. 3 #18-24, and Superman Annual vol. 3 #2, 224 pages, August 2014, ISBN 140-1246230
    • Vol. 5: Under Fire collects Superman vol. 3 #25-31, 176 pages, February 2015, ISBN 978-1401250959
    • Vol. 6: The Men of Tomorrow collects Superman vol. 3 #32-39, 256 pages, August 2015, ISBN 978-1401252397
    • Vol. 1: Before Truth collects Superman vol. 3 #40-44, 224 pages, April 2016, ISBN 978-1401259815
    • Vol. 2: Return to Glory collects Superman vol. 3 #45-52, 320 pages, October 2016, ISBN 978-1401265113
  • Relaunched Adventures of Superman series (2013-2014)
    • Vol. 1: collects Adventures of Superman vol. 2 #1-5, 168 pages, April 2014, ISBN 978-1401246884
    • Vol. 2: collects Adventures of Superman vol. 2 #6-10, 168 pages, October 2014, ISBN 978-1401250362
    • Vol. 3: collects Adventures of Superman vol. 2 #11-17, 160 pages, March 2015, ISBN 978-1401253301

DC Rebirth

  • Vol. 1: Son of Superman collects Superman vol. 4 #1-6 and Superman: Rebirth #1, 176 pages, January 2017, ISBN 978-1401267766
  • Vol. 2: Trials of the Super Son collects Superman vol. 4 #7-13, 168 pages, April 2017, ISBN 978-1401268602
  • Vol. 3: Multiplicity collects Superman vol. 4 #14-17 and Superman Annual #1, 144 pages, August 2017, ISBN 978-1401271541
  • Vol. 4: Black Dawn collects Superman vol. 4 #20-26, 176 pages, November 2017, ISBN 978-1401274689
  • Vol. 5: Hopes and Fears collects Superman vol. 4 #27-32, 144 pages, April 2018, ISBN 978-1401277291
  • Vol. 6: Imperius Lex collects Superman vol. 4 #33-36 and #39-41, 168 pages, August 2018, ISBN 978-1401281236
  • Vol. 7: Bizarroverse collects Superman vol. 4 #42-45 and material from Superman Special #1, 156 pages, November 2018, ISBN 978-1401285241

Superman (vol. 4) has also been released in four deluxe hardcovers:

  • Superman: Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1 collects Superman vol. 4 #1-13 and Superman: Rebirth #1, 336 pages, September 2017, ISBN 978-1401271558
  • Superman: Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 2 collects Superman vol. 4 #14-26 and Superman Annual #1, 360 pages, May 2018, ISBN 978-1401278663
  • Superman: Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 3 collects Superman vol. 4 #27-36, 240 pages, December 2018, ISBN 978-1401284510
  • Superman: Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 4 collects Superman vol. 4 #37-45, Superman Special #1 and a story from Action Comics #1000, 280 pages, May 2019, ISBN 978-1401289355

DC Universe

  • Vol. 1: The Unity Saga: Phantom Earth collects Superman vol. 5 #1-6, 168 pages, February 2019, ISBN 978-1401288198

See also

References

  1. ^ Wallace, Daniel; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1930s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 25. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Superman's runaway popularity as part of Action Comics earned him his own comic. This was a real breakthrough for the time, as characters introduced in comic books had never before been so successful as to warrant their own titles.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Wallace "1940s" in Dolan, p. 33: "Perry White muscled his way into comics in a story by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, replacing George Taylor as Clark Kent's gruff but good-hearted boss. The character had originated in The Adventures of Superman radio show earlier in the year."
  3. ^ Mort Weisinger's run on Superman at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ Wallace "1940s" in Dolan, p. 37 "Superman #13 (November–December 1941) Jimmy Olsen made his first appearance as a named character in this issue."
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Adventures of Superman

Adventures of Superman or The Adventures of Superman may refer to:

The Adventures of Superman (radio), program of the 1940s

The Adventures of Superman (novel), written in 1942 by George Lowther

Adventures of Superman (TV series), from the 1950s

The Adventures of Superman (comic book), published by DC Comics

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The ruling council of the planet Krypton in the Superman comic book and film series

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Michael Daugherty

Michael Kevin Daugherty (born April 28, 1954) is an American composer, pianist, and teacher. He is influenced by popular culture, Romanticism, and Postmodernism, and is one of the most widely performed American concert music composers of his generation. Daugherty's notable works include his Superman comic book-inspired Metropolis Symphony for Orchestra (1988–93), Dead Elvis for Solo Bassoon and Chamber Ensemble (1993), Jackie O (1997), Niagara Falls for Symphonic Band (1997), UFO for Solo Percussion and Orchestra (1999) and for Symphonic Band (2000), Bells for Stokowski from Philadelphia Stories for Orchestra (2001) and for Symphonic Band (2002), Fire and Blood for Solo Violin and Orchestra (2003) inspired by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Time Machine for Three Conductors and Orchestra (2003), Ghost Ranch for Orchestra (2005), Deus ex Machina for Piano and Orchestra (2007), Labyrinth of Love for Soprano and Chamber Winds (2012), American Gothic for Orchestra (2013), and Tales of Hemingway for Cello and Orchestra (2015). Daugherty has been described by The Times (London) as "a master icon maker" with a "maverick imagination, fearless structural sense and meticulous ear."Currently, Daugherty is Professor of Composition at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michael Daugherty’s music is published by Peermusic Classical, Boosey & Hawkes, and since 2010, Michael Daugherty Music/Bill Holab Music.

National Comics Publications, Inc. v. Fawcett Publications, Inc.

National Comics Publications v. Fawcett Publications, 191 F.2d 594 (2d Cir. 1951). was a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in a twelve-year legal battle between National Comics (also known as Detective Comics and DC Comics) and the Fawcett Comics division of Fawcett Publications, concerning Fawcett's Captain Marvel character being an infringement on the copyright of National's Superman comic book character. The litigation is notable as one of the longest-running legal battles in comic book publication history.

The suit resulted in the dissolution of Fawcett Comics and the cancellation of all of its superhero-related publications, including those featuring Captain Marvel and related characters. In the 1970s, National, rebranded as DC Comics, licensed the rights to Captain Marvel and revived the character. DC Comics then purchased the rights completely by 1991.

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The album's title is a quote from the opening track, "Jimmy Olsen's Blues", a humorous song sung from the point of view of Jimmy Olsen, a character in the Superman comic book series. In the song, Jimmy Olsen tries to woo Lois Lane away from Superman, stating "I've got a pocket full of Kryptonite", Kryptonite being a fictional substance that weakens Superman. The cover, showing a phone booth, refers to Clark Kent frequently ducking into a nearby phone booth to change into his Superman attire.

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The Death and Return of Superman

The Death and Return of Superman is a side-scrolling beat 'em up video game released by Sunsoft for the Super NES and Genesis in 1994. It is based on "The Death of Superman" comic book storyline by DC Comics and features many characters from the comics, including Superman himself, Superboy, Steel, Cyborg Superman, the Eradicator, and Doomsday. All of the five Supermen are playable characters at some point.

World Without Superman

"World Without Superman" is a Superman comic book story arc published by DC Comics. It takes place in Action Comics written by Greg Rucka with art by Sidney Teles and Superman written by James Robinson with art by Renato Guedes. The story deals with Metropolis dealing with a world without Superman, who has gone to live on New Krypton to keep General Zod in check. As a result, the two Superman series, Action Comics and Superman star Nightwing & Flamebird and Mon-El respectively.

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