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    Notable Comic Book Series 
  • Action Comics: Anthology series for most of its run, starring Superman as the lead feature plus various backup characters.
  • Superman (1939): Superman's self-named series. It was renamed The Adventures of Superman in the late 80s after John Byrne rebooted the Superman mythos post-Crisis, but eventually returned to its original name in the mid-2000s.
    • Superman (1986): The second volume of Superman's solo comic launched by Byrne after the reboot. It ran from 1986 to 2006, when it was cancelled and the first volume was restored to its original title.
  • World's Finest Comics: Featured regular teamups with Batman.
  • Superboy: Featured young Clark's adventures as Superboy.
  • Adventure Comics: Featured various Superboy or other Superman family member stories.
  • DC Comics Presents: Featured teamups with assorted DC characters.
  • Superman Family (1974-1982) was one of the "100-Page Super Spectacular" format comic anthologies replacing the familiar "80-Page Giants". It combined the formerly independent comic books Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane; Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen; and Supergirl. It combined new stories, reprints and Imaginary Stories, and also featured unusual series like The Private Life of Clark Kent, Krypto in which the dog works with a private investigator, and Mr. & Mrs. Superman, showing Clark and Lois' married life on Earth-2.
  • The Superman Adventures: A Superman comic book series in the universe and style of Superman: The Animated Series, it featured mostly done-in-one, tightly focused and exciting Superman stories that stayed away from the grimmer Dark Age tone, endless crossovers and Continuity Lockout of the main Superman series.
  • Superman/Batman: The post-Crisis successor of World's Finest Comics.
  • Batman/Superman: The post-Flashpoint Batman teamup series.
  • Batman/Superman: World's Finest: The 2020s team-up series.
  • Superman/Wonder Woman: A post-Flashpoint series focusing on teamups between the titular couple as well as their relationship.
  • Superman Family Adventures: An all-ages comic book about Superman, his cousins Superboy and Supergirl, and their pets Krypto and Streaky. Despite being published around the time of the New 52, it's mostly Silver Age Superman with a new belt.
  • Superman (Rebirth): A book launched with DC Rebirth, starring the pre-Flashpoint Superman, his wife Lois, and half-Kryptonian son, Jonathan Samuel Kent.
  • Superman: Son of Kal-El: Jon Kent takes over as Earth's Superman after his father leaves to save the Phaelosians and other captives of Warworld.
  • Superman (2023): Following Superman's return from Warworld, Lex gifts him "Supercorp" to do with as he pleases while also giving Superman all of Lex's old enemies.

    Notable Comic Book Stories 
  • Superman, Champion of the Oppressed (1938): Literally, the story which started it all, from Action Comics #1.
  • Revolution in San Monte (1938): Action Comics #2. Superman stops a war and teaches a munitions magnate that War Is Hell the hard way.
  • The Blakely Mine Disaster (1938): Action Comics #3. Superman shows an uncaring mine proprietor (and his wealthy party guests) the unsafe conditions that his workers go through.
  • Superman #1 (1939): The debut of Superman as a solo comic series. It largely consists of reprinted material from the first four issues of Action Comics, but contains an expanded and revised version of Superman, Champion of the Oppressed and a new story, Clark Kent Gets A Job.
  • Europe At War: Action Comics #22-23. Lex Luthor's first appearance.
  • The K-Metal from Krypton: A 1940 story which was meant to introduce Kryptonite to the comics and end the Clark-Lois-Superman triangle (by Lois learning his secret identity) as Superman finally learned of his origins. Unfortunately, National Comics decided against publishing the story, but it has been rediscovered and restored by the Man of Steel's fans.
  • Superman's Service to Servicemen: A series of stories that ran from 1943-45 in which Superman takes letters from US soldiers overseas and solves problems for them or helps with requests. The series also includes an explanation for why Superman himself is not a member of the armed forces during World War 2. Notable for transforming the Golden Age Superman from the rough and tumble vigilante and social justice version of the character into the more familiar well-known hero and public servant who is admired by everyone.
  • The Super-Dog from Krypton!: Adventure Comics #210. Krypto's first appearance and origin story.
  • The Legion of Super-Heroes!: Adventure Comics #247. Clark Kent is introduced to the eponymous team.
  • The Super-Duel in Space: Appearing in Action Comics #242, this story features the first appearance of both Brainiac and the bottle city of Kandor.
  • The Supergirl From Krypton (1959): Supergirl's pre-Crisis origin story, published in Action Comics #252.
  • How Luthor Met Superboy: Adventure Comics #271. The origin of Lex Luthor and his feud with Superman, told by Jerry Siegel himself.
  • Superman's Return to Krypton: Superman (Vol 1) 141. Superman accidentally time-travels and gets stuck in Krypton some while before its destruction and meets his parents.
  • The Phantom Superboy: Adventure Comics #283 (April, 1961). Superboy discovers the Phantom Zone.
  • Supergirl's Three Super Girl-Friends: Action Comics #276 (May, 1961). Supergirl officially joins the ''Legion of Super-Heroes and meets Brainiac 5 for the first time.
  • The Unknown Supergirl: Running in Action Comics 278-285, possibly the first multi-part storyline in super-hero comics. Superman decides it is past time for him revealing his cousin's existence to the world. However, something -or someone- is affecting Supergirl's powers, and plotting against both heroes as well as the whole planet.
  • The Death of Luthor: Action Comics #286 (March, 1962). After Supergirl has revealed herself, Lex Luthor plans to expose her as a Superman-fabricated robotical hoax or, should she be real, destroy her.
  • Supergirl's Greatest Challenge: Action Comics #287 (April, 1962). By Jerry Siegel and Jim Mooney. Supergirl is called to the 30th century to replace the Legion as they get their powers back. However, her friends being depowered is part of a greater and subtler scheme to destroy the whole Legion.
  • The Super-Steed of Steel: Action Comics #292-294 (September-November, 1962) and #300-302 (May-July, 1963) by Leo Dorfman and Jim Mooney. Linda is having weird recurring dreams where she is helped by a strange super-powerful white horse. Her dreams are a prelude to her meeting with Comet, a strange horse with an even stranger story.
  • The Last Days of Superman: Superman Vol 1 156. Superman gets infected with Virus X and attempts to accomplish the most important tasks that he wanted to carry out for the Earth before dying.
  • The Girl with the X-Ray Mind: Action Comics #295-298 (1962-1963). Supergirl befriends a strange girl named Lena Thorul who hides several disturbing secrets. At the same time, Supergirl's oldest enemy is scheming a new ploy against her, and the Phantom Zoners are putting in motion a plan to enslave the human race.
  • The Death of Lightning Lad: Adventure Comics #304-5, 308 and 312 (January-September, 1963). Superboy's teammate and friend Lightning Lad is killed in action, and the Legion of Super-Heroes has to mourn him and move on...unless they can bring a way to bring him back to life. Nonetheless, there is always a high price to pay for breaking the natural laws.
  • Supergirl's Big Brother: Action Comics #303 (August, 1963). A man appears on the Danvers' household's doorstep claiming to be Jan Danvers, Fred and Edna's son who was allegedly killed in action in a war. Long-lost son or a conman interpreting a role? Linda Danvers' adoptive parents seem to believe him without reservation, but can she trust him with her secret identity?
  • The Condemned Legionnaires: Adventure Comics #313 (October, 1963). Supergirl is called to protect her fellow female Legionnaires from someone who looks like a sinister and twisted reflection of hers.
  • The Untold Story of Argo City: Action Comics #309-310 and 314-316. Supergirl investigates the death of Argo City and her parents' real fate... and that is only the beginning of her problems.
  • The Super-Revenge of Lex Luthor: Action Comics #332-333 and 335 (January-March, 1966). Lex Luthor plots to destroy Superman psychologically by saving his life multiple times, and manipulating people's perception of him.
  • Brainiac's Blitz: Action Comics #339 (July, 1966). The whole Justice League must carry out a space mission, so Superman tasks Supergirl with protecting Earth until their return. Right then, Brainiac decides to attack Earth to take revenge on Superman, and Kara is the only one who can fight him.
  • The Supergirl-Batgirl Plot: World's Finest (1941) #169 (September 1967). Supergirl and Batgirl meet each other for the first time, and suddenly they decide to team up to take Superman and Batman down. What — or who — has caused their change of behavior?
  • The Leper from Krypton: Action Comics 363-366 (May-August, 1968). Lex Luthor cultures his own strain of Virus X and gets Superman infected with an incurable disease.
  • The Immortal Superman: Action Comics 385-387. The final story of the Mort Weisinger era. Superman travels to the far, far future and finds himself trapped in a time where everybody he cared for died long ago.
  • Kryptonite Nevermore: Also called The Sandman Saga, and regarded as the first Bronze Age storyline for Superman, it sees all the Kryptonite on Earth destroyed and Superman's off the charts Silver Age power levels scaled way back to much more manageable levels.
  • Starfire's Revenge: Adventure Comics #402-407. Supergirl's powers are taken away by Starfire (not her), a queenpin who is raising an army to overthrow the government.
  • Must There Be a Superman?: Superman (Volume 1) 247. The Guardians of the Universe suggest Superman he is inadvertently hindering mankind by making them overly dependant on him.
  • Demon Spawn: Adventure Comics #421. Linda Danvers's stressful routine of dealing with bullying co-workers and a lousy boss at her work gets disrupted when a mysterious Amazon called Nightflame, wielding a sword with terrible energy powers appears in San Francisco through a portal, raises havoc, and demands that Supergirl be brought to her. Who — or what — is Nightflame and where she comes from?
  • Who Took the Super out of Superman?: Superman (Volume 1) 296-299. Superman finds that he loses his powers if he is dressed as Clark Kent and blames it on some kind of psychological block. Now Superman needs to decide if he should be only Superman or only Clark Kent.
  • The Great Phantom Peril: Running in Action Comics issues 471-473, this arc introduces Faora Hu-Ul. An elderly man breaking into his apartment and a strange phantom appearing and disappearing all over Metropolis is the prelude to the arrival of one of the most dangerous and most cunning enemies faced by the Man of Steel.
  • Krypton No More: As Superman is under tremendous stress and on the verge of a mental collapse, Supergirl tells him that they are both mutants from Earth, and Krypton never existed. Superman vol. 1 #307-309.
  • The Plague of the Antibiotic Man: Superman Volume 1 #311-314 (1977). A mysterious and terrible plague is spreading over Earth, and Superman believes it has been engineered to kill not only humans but also the last living Kryptonians.
  • Strangers at the Heart's Core: Superman Family (Volume 1) #183-189, #191-195 and #206. Supergirl is being relentlessly harassed by villains who are being unwittingly manipulated behind the scenes by an old, forgotten and deadly enemy.
  • The Other Side of Doomsday: Super-Team Family #11 (July, 1977). Supergirl, The Flash and Atom are lured by an old enemy of the League into a parallel dimension controlled by himself.
  • Superman vs. Muhammad Ali: All-New Collectors' Edition C-56 (April, 1978). Superman teams up with the heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali to defeat an alien invasion of Earth.
  • Superman vs. Shazam!: "When Earths Collide!". First Superman/Captain Marvel crossover, published in All-New Collectors' Edition Vol 1 #C-58 (May, 1978)
  • The Earthwar Saga: Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #241-245 (July-November, 1978). As trying to stop a Khund invasion, Superboy and the Legion discover someone infinitely more powerful and more dangerous than a vast alien army is pulling the strings.
  • The Museum of Eternity: In Superman Family #190, the Man of Steel, his family and the whole city of Kandor are kidnapped by a group of alien civilization-collectors. The Superman Family has to choose between submitting to their captors or seeing Earth destroyed.
  • World of Krypton (1979): Mini-series which narrates the final years of Pre-Crisis Krypton.
  • Let My People Grow!: Superman Volume 1 #338 Superman and Supergirl finally manage to enlarge Kandor after a battle against Brainiac.
  • The Life Story of Superman: Action Comics #500 (October, 1979). Superman is giving a tour of the Superman Pavillion as recalling the story of his life. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor is getting ready to replace him with a clone loyal to himself.
  • Celebration: Superman Family issue 200 presents a possible alternate future for the Pre-Crisis Superman Family.
  • Action Comics #544 includes both "Luthor Unleashed" and "Rebirth," which introduce Luthor's warsuit and Brainiac's cosmic skelet-robot form, respectively.
  • War World: DC Comics Presents Vol 1 #27-29. Superman and Supergirl must work together to destroy Warworld, a star-sized weapon-satellite after galactic conqueror Mongul manipulates Superman into stealing and handing over the control key. First appearance of Mongul and Warworld.
  • The Krypton Chronicles: Three-issue limited series that explores the genealogy of the House of El.
  • The Strange Revenge of Lena Luthor: Superman Family #211-214. Lena Thorul finally learns her best friend's Secret Identity and the truth about her connection to Lex Luthor.
  • The Attack of the Annihilator: Crossover with the Batman books published in Detective Comics #508-510. Barbara Gordon must stop another dangerous lunatic from razing Gotham to the ground. Good thing that a certain friend of hers happens to be visiting Gotham.
  • Two for the Death of One: Action comics #534-541. Satanis and Syrene's attempt to magically capture Superman results in Superman being split in two selves— each with only some of the powers. One has the full strength but not the invulnerability to use it, the other has the invulnerability but lacks powers like super-strength and speed. And both selves are stuck in different time periods.
  • The Great Darkness Saga: Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #290-294(1982). Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes face the rise of a very ancient and vastly powerful evil in the 30th century.
  • A Mind-Switch in Time: Running in Superman (vol.1) #380-382 and Superboy (vol.2) #38, Superman switches minds with his younger self.
  • The Jungle Line: As well known as Superman And Swamp Thing, written by Alan Moore and published in DC Comics Presents vol. 1 #85. Superman is infected by alien spores that start killing him. After spending most of the issue desperately trying to cure himself, he runs from Metropolis, staggers through the woods and collapses. As he struggles with a terrible fever, Swamp Thing comes across him.
  • The Phantom Zone: Miniseries which explores the history of the Phantom Zone and features a new conflict between the Earth's heroes and the Zoners.
  • The Planet Eater Trilogy: Action Comics #528-530 (February-April, 1982). A reprogrammed Brainiac teams with Superman to stop a planet-destroying weapon Brainiac has lost control of.
  • Those Emerald Eyes Are Shining: Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 2) #301-303 (July-September, 1983), by Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen. The Legion of Super-Heroes are heading towards Chameleon Boy's homeworld to back their teammate when they run into a conspiration to take over the United Planets.
  • The Living Legends Of Superman: Superman Volume 1 #400 (October, 1984). An anthology of stories based on the premise on how future history would view Superman when he is gone.
  • The Day the Cheering Stopped: Superman Vol 1 Annual 10. King Kosmos is turning the world against Superman, and the only thing that can defeat him is a legendary weapon forged at the dawn of Creation.
  • For the Man Who Has Everything: Mongul incapacitates Superman by attaching a plant that grants an image of the innermost desires to the host. Adapted in Justice League Unlimited (and more loosely in Supergirl (2015)).
  • The Man of Steel: Contains Superman's revised origin, due to the Continuity Reboot brought about by the Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline.
  • World of Krypton (1987): Mini-series which established the backstory of the new Post-Crisis Krypton.
  • The Supergirl Saga: Superman's first meeting with the first Post-Crisis version of Supergirl known as "Matrix".
  • Superman: Exile: After the events of The Supergirl Saga and Invasion!, Superman goes into exile in space as he tries to reconcile what he had done in the alternate universe. This storyline introduced the Post-Crisis version of Mongul and Warworld as well as the Eradicator.
  • Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot: Christmas with the Super-Heroes Vol 1 #2 (1989). Kara Zor-El may have become a forgotten ghost when the universe was remade, but she still has time to comfort a distraught Deadman at Christmas Eve.
  • Superman: Eradication: After returning from his exile, Superman brought back the artifact known as the Eradicator. However, its programming to preserve Krypton means it's going to do so by force. A collection of storylines notable for introducing the Post-Crisis Fortress of Solitude.
  • Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite: Unable to mess with Superman, Mr. Mxyzptlk gives Luthor a synthetic Kryptonite to drain Superman's powers. Notable for its ending with Clark Kent proposing to Lois Lane.
  • Time and Time Again: Superman is trapped in a seemingly never-ending cycle of time-traveling, going between three periods of meeting with the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 30th century and various points in Earth's past.
  • Panic in the Sky!: Brainiac heads to Earth with Warworld, intending to attack, and Superman assembles a small army of heroes to take the fight to Brainiac. Establishes the post-Crisis Superman as a leader among the hero community.
  • Crisis At Hand: When Superman learns that one of his neighbors is trapped in an abusive relationship, he must grapple with the thought that not even a Superman can do everything.
  • The Death of Superman, World Without a Superman, and Reign of the Supermen: Superman is killed by a monster known as Doomsday. After the funeral and attempts to steal Superman's body, four others appear on the scene either claiming to be Superman returned from the grave, or trying to help take his place.
  • Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey: Superman travels to Apokolips to protect its citizens from a rampaging Doomsday.
  • The Fall of Metropolis / The Battle For Metropolis: A clone malady has infected Lex Luthor's healthy clone body, causing him to declare war on Cadmus Project in order to find a cure, a street war that ultimately leaves Metropolis in ruins. Notable for kickstarting the Milestone Comics Crossover Worlds Collide (1994) in the middle of the story.
  • Dead Again!: A Superman corpse is found at Superman's memorial, suggesting that Superman remained dead from his fight with Doomsday and the one we've been following since the end of "Reign of the Supermen" is a fake. Superman sets out to prove that he is the real deal and discover which of his enemies could be behind the body's appearance.
  • The Death of Clark Kent: The villain known as Conduit has harbored a massive grudge towards Clark Kent since they were in high school, but now, learning of Clark's identity as Superman, he takes his revenge scheme further. Attacking those he loves, he pushes Superman to the limits. Can our hero come out on top once more?
  • The Trial of Superman: Taking place concurrently with Underworld Unleashed, an alien group known as the Tribunal has captured Superman, intending on putting him on trial for the destruction of Krypton.
  • Superman: The Wedding Album: Superman and Lois Lane get married.
  • Superman Red/Superman Blue: The 1990s version of an Imaginary Story brought to canon, as Superman not only has his traditional powers changed to energy-based powers, but is also split into two beings, which then leads into the Millennium Giants storyline.
  • Superman Forever: Superman regains his traditional powers in time to help rescue Lex Luthor's infant daughter Lena.
  • The Dominus Effect: Superman finds himself in four different realities at the same time, being pursued by a cosmic entity named Dominus who is after Kismet.
  • Superman for All Seasons: An in-universe year-long look at Superman through the narration of Pa Kent, Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, and Lana Lang, focusing on each of their perceptions of him.
  • The Kents: A 1997-1998 twelve issue series detailing the lives of the Kent family in the mid to late 19th century, in particular on the two sibling Nathaniel and Jebadiah Kent.
  • Superman: The Doomsday Wars: Superman and the Justice League must stop a returned Doomsday controlled by Brainiac.
  • Y2K: As the new millennium dawns, Braniac takes a new form and upgrades Metropolis to become technologically advanced as part of his last takeover plan.
  • Emperor Joker: The Joker cons Mr. Mxyzptlk into giving him Mxy's reality warping powers and uses them to turn the world upside-down and repeatedly kill Batman. With Batman out of action, Superman has to stop him.
  • What's So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?: A Captain Ersatz of The Authority comes to Metropolis and tries to prove that their brutal methods of crimefighting are superior to Superman's softer approach. Received an Animated Adaptation as Superman vs. the Elite.
  • Supergirl: Wings: Reimagining of the "Earth-Angel" storyline from Peter David's run on Supergirl, taking the Matrix incarnation of Supergirl and turning her into a literal angel.
  • President Lex: In his grandest scheme to top the Man of Steel, Lex Luthor becomes president.
  • Our Worlds at War: A semi-Crisis Crossover mainly centered on Superman that involved him and everyone else fighting the obscenely powerful Imperiex and Brainiac 13.
  • Many Happy Returns: 2003 storyline in which Post-Crisis Linda Danvers meets Pre-Crisis Kara Zor-El. It heralded Kara Zor-El's return to the mainstream universe.
  • Superman: Birthright: The re-revised origin, replacing The Man of Steel.
  • Young Love: 2004 Supergirl short story bringing the relationship between Pre-Crisis Linda Danvers and Dick Malverne to a conclusion.
  • Public Enemies: Superman/Batman #1-6. A giant asteroid is heading towards Earth. Determined to see his nemesis dead before the end, Lex Luthor frames Superman for the asteroid's coming.
  • The Supergirl from Krypton (2004): Supergirl's Post-Crisis origin published in Superman/Batman #8-13. A Kryptonite meteor that lands in Gotham is revealed to have contained Superman's cousin, Kara Zor-El, and the evil New God Darkseid targets her as a potential powerful minion. This arc introduced Kara Zor-El to Post-Crisis continuity.
  • For Tomorrow: Running in Superman issues 204-215, after a million people around the globe suddenly vanish, Superman's wife Lois Lane included, Superman struggles to figure out what his role in the world should be as he tries to cope with his loss. Much of the story is framed around his conversations with Father Leone, a priest who is struggling himself with cancer. Also notable as the cover of the first issue has become rather iconic, it is used as this very page's image in fact.
  • Lex Luthor: Man of Steel: An Alternate Character Interpretation and a subtle deconstruction of Superman's arch-nemesis.
  • Girl Power: Supergirl (2005) #0-5 (October, 2005-March, 2006). Kara Zor-El tries to make friends as finding her place in Earth. Unfortunately, everyone seems to want to fight her for one reason or another. And something dark, evil and dangerous is stirring within her and wanting to get out.
  • Power Trip (2005): JSA Classified #1-4 (July-October, 2005). Power Girl is sick of lies about her past and does not care anymore for her origins. Nonetheless, someone is determined to reveal the truth to Kara, even if it kills her.
  • Superman: Up, Up and Away!: Set immediately after 52. Superman lost his powers in Infinite Crisis, so Clark is helping bring Luthor to justice as a mild-mannered reporter, and is having enough success that Lex hires metahuman killers to murder him. Luckily, Clark's powers start to return just as Lex begins a scheme to destroy Metropolis using Kryptonian technology. Notable for beginning a new era for Superman, one with several Silver Age aspects brought back in continuity, such as Luthor back to being a Mad Scientist rather than a Corrupt Corporate Executive.
  • Last Son: Superman discovers a Kryptonian child in a strange pod that falls to Earth, and, as his adoptive parents did with him, decides to raise this child with Lois Lane. Along the way, the child, named Chris Kent by Clark, discovers the joys of living like a human and having Flying Brick powers. This story also brings the Kryptonian General Zod into prominence (not the Soviet who was mutated by cosmic radiation), as well as canonizing his accomplices Ursa and Non from Superman II.
  • The Dominator War: Supergirl and the Legion of Super- Heroes #26-30 (March-July, 2007). The Dominators enact a plan to conquer Earth by taking over every machine in the planet. Meanwhile, a Dominator scientist uses genetic samples taken from Legionnaires to engineer a new breed of super soldiers.
  • The Third Kryptonian: Superman (Vol 1) #668-670. After an alien reveals the existence of another Kryptonian living on Earth, Superman and Batman scour the planet. Who is that person? Is he or she a friend or a menace? Why have they remained hidden for decades and what or who they are hiding from?
  • Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes: Superman travels to the year 3008 to help the Legion of Super-Heroes save Earth's extraterrestrial population from the prosecution from a xenophobic Justice League of the future.
  • The Coming of Atlas: Superman #677-680, this story works as one of the preludes to New Krypton. A superpowerful meta called Atlas starts tearing apart Metropolis, demanding a battle with Superman, and not even the Superman Family can stop him.
  • Way of the World: Supergirl swears to save a young cancer patient's life, despite her peers' warnings that super-heroes cannot punch the hard realities of life away.
  • Superman: Brainiac: (Action Comics #866-870) Superman fights with his cousin's help the actual Brainiac for the first time (every other time, it was a remotely controlled robot probe or some other technological method). This story reintroduces the Bottled City of Kandor to post-Crisis continuity, reintroduces many elements associated with Silver Age Brainiac and leads directly into New Krypton below. This arc was also adapted to Superman Unbound.
  • Legion of 3 Worlds: (October 2008-September 2009). The arrival of Superboy-Prime to the 31st century, and the foundation of a new Legion of Super-Villains lead the Legion of Super-Heroes to call Superman and summon their counterparts from two parallel timelines.
  • New Krypton: Superman has to deal with the death of his father, his loyalty being divided between humanity and the 100,000 Kryptonian survivors he's managed to rescue, another attack by Brainiac, and a government/military conspiracy to kill him, led by his father-in-law. The last Superman/Brainiac battle to take place prior to the New 52 reboot.
  • Who is Superwoman?: Supergirl sets out to bring her father's murderer to justice, but she gets thwarted at every turn by the mysterious Superwoman, a villain who is murdering people and framing the House of El. As Supergirl fights for her life, she has to solve several murders and figure out Superwoman's real identity, a secret which will reveal a conspiration against Superman's family.
  • Superman: Secret Origin: Superman's re-re-revised origin, replacing Birthright - until DC rebooted its whole continuity again.
  • The Hunt for Reactron: Crossover involving several Superman titles. Supergirl has to find her father's murderer, Reactron, and bring him back to Krypton? But how can she fulfill her mission when the entire planet hates her?
  • Death & the Family: Supergirl must solve a crime involving Silver Banshee as dealing with Lana Lang's incurable illness which is only a prelude to a bigger conflict with a ruthless, cunning enemy.
  • Superman: Grounded: After the events of New Krypton, Superman feels he is out of touch with the humans he has sworn to protect, so he decides to walk across America to reconnect with humanity.
  • Bizarrogirl: Happening concurrently with Grounded. A Supergirl-alike Bizarro arrives on Earth. What does she want and what is she escaping from? And can a depressed and demoralized Supergirl stop her before Bizarrogirl tears Metropolis apart? To make things worse, an even bigger threat looms on the horizon with an eye for the Girl of Steel.
  • The Black Ring: Lex Luthor sets off on a quest to achieve godhood. Featuring crossovers from many other DC characters, including Superman foes Brainiac and Doomsday, it was the last Superman/Luthor battle to take place prior to the New 52 reboot.
  • Day of the Dollmaker: (November-December, 2010). Believing Toyman may be behind a wave of children kidnappings, Catherine Grant blackmails Supergirl into helping her investigate the case. Can both women put up with each other long enough to find the culprit?
  • Reign of Doomsday: Taking place simultaneously with the former arc. As Luthor travels across the galaxy, he uses Doomsday as a pawn to keep the Superman Family busy.
  • DC Retroactive Superman: September-October, 2011. Three-issue series spotlighting three different decades from the History of Superman in preparation for the 2011 reboot.
  • Action Comics (New 52): Action Comics Vol 2 0-12 (2011). The Post-Flashpoint reboot origin. It once again decanonizes Clark's time as Superboy (but thankfully avoids another snarl with the Legion by establishing Legion presence in Clark's youth), having him take up heroics as a young adult, and starts him off as a Hero with Bad Publicity with him developing his powers over time similar to Man of Steel.
  • Last Daughter of Krypton: Set right after Post-Flashpoint's Superman's origin. An alien girl makes it to Earth and attracts the attention of all kinds of wrong people.
  • Superman Unchained: A Superman miniseries by writer Scott Snyder and artist Jim Lee in the New 52 concerning Superman's experiences with and conflict against a superhuman similar to himself that is in the service of the US military.
  • H'el on Earth: A crossover event with Supergirl and Superboy, where the three go up against H'el: a mysterious powerful Kryptonian who wishes to resurrect Krypton at the expense of Earth.
  • Krypton Returns. Another crossover event which also serves as the sequel to H'El on Earth. When H'El travels in time to prevent Krypton's destruction, Superman, Superboy and Supergirl travel to the past to stop him.
  • Red Daughter of Krypton: A crossover event which features Supergirl getting a Red Lantern Ring as a consequence of the events of the two previous crossovers.
  • Superman: Doomed: A crossover event which features a confrontation with Doomsday that caused Superman to mutate into a Doomsday-like creature.
  • Crucible: Supergirl is invited to enrol in a super-hero interplanetary academy. But is Crucible Academy really what it looks like?
  • Superman: Lois and Clark: A miniseries that brings back the pre-Flashpoint Superman and Lois Lane, along with their son Jonathan Samuel Kent, following the events of Convergence, as part of DC You. The family is found living in the New 52 universe, doing their best to fit in and survive in a universe that's not only different from their own but also has its own versions of them.
  • Superman: Truth: A story arc that features major changes in Superman's status quo in the DC You phase after Convergence. After his secret identity is revealed to the world by Lois, Superman is forced to go on the run.
  • Superman: Savage Dawn: The conclusion of the Truth status quo. Superman confronts Vandal Savage, the villain responsible for his power loss.
  • The Final Days of Superman: The final storyline for New 52 Superman. In the aftermath of Savage Dawn, The Darkseid War and his fight with Rao, Superman is dying. But, before he goes, he's deadset on making sure humanity isn't defenseless without him.
  • Superman Reborn: The first Superman story arc in the DC Rebirth relaunch. Superman learns the truth of himself, his family and the fallen New 52 Superman as Jon is kidnapped.
  • Escape from the Phantom Zone: Batman crossover. A plea for help and a mutual friend in danger lead Supergirl and Batgirl to become trapped in the Phantom Zone, where they fall into the clutches of a deadly, heartless psychopath.
  • Superman: Revenge: After being made whole again, Superman faces his first serious challenge: Hank Henshaw has regressed to being Cyborg Superman again and is putting together a Superman Revenge Squad. Fortunately, the Superman Family is ready to help out.
  • The Oz Effect: Mr. Oz's identity is out in the open, just as he begins his endgame against Superman and his family.
  • Man of Steel (2018): Brian Michael Bendis makes his mark on the DC Universe as he explores Krypton's past and its destruction along with Superman's rise as a hero as the Man of Steel encounters a mysterious new villain with ties to Krypton and its destruction.
  • The Killers of Krypton: Supergirl sets on a journey across the galaxy to discover the truth behind the claims of Rogol Zaar and the destruction of Krypton.
  • Superman (Brian Michael Bendis): With Man of Steel over, a new era in Superman's life begins.
  • Superman: Up in the Sky: Written by Tom King, it tells the story of Superman searching across the universe for a young girl who had been kidnapped by aliens.
  • Superman (Phillip Kennedy Johnson): Superman leads his new Authority team to Warworld intending to liberate the slaves and depose Mongul. Mongul's been preparing for his arrival however, and this may be a job not even Superman can complete.
  • World of Krypton (2022): Mini-series delving into the past of Krypton and the House of El.
  • Superman (2023): The post-Dark Crisis relaunch of the flagship Superman book by Joshua Williamson.
  • Superman: The Last Days of Lex Luthor: A three-part miniseries about the death of Lex Luthor written by Mark Waid and drawn by Bryan Hitch.

    Notable Non-Canon stories 

    Superman Family Comic Series 


    Animated Movies 

    Animated Series 

    Live-Action Movies 
  • Superman: Legacy: The upcoming first installment of the "DC Universe" written and directed by James Gunn, starring David Corenswet as Clark and Rachel Brosnahan as Lois.
  • Look, Up in the Sky!: The Amazing Story of Superman, a 2006 non-fiction documentary of Superman, from the first comic books up to the early 21st century.
  • An untitled, in development film centering on a black Superman to exist outside the DCEU. Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing the project while J. J. Abrams is producing.

    Live-Action Series 
  • The Adventures of Superman: The black-and-white/later color George Reeves (not to be confused with Christopher Reeve) series that introduced the famous phrase: "Truth, Justice, and the American Way"
  • The Adventures of Superboy: Precursor of sorts to Smallville, based on the Silver Age version of Superboy and featuring Lana Lang.
  • Lois & Clark: The first TV series to pick up on the John Byrne-era post-Crisis idea of Clark as the real person and Superman as the disguise, and of Lex Luthor as a corrupt CEO. Also, this series focuses more on the title characters' relationship. He is played by Dean Cain.
  • Smallville: One of the more unique takes on Superman, it follows young Clark Kent's (Tom Welling) journey from adolescence to adulthood and explores his reasons for becoming Superman. One of the US' longest-running sci-fi shows ever.note 
  • Arrowverse:
  • Krypton: A prequel series taking place on Krypton 200 years before Kal-El's birth and the planet's explosion. It follows the destiny of Kal-El's grandfather Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) as the city of Kandor and moreover the planet itself are endangered by Brainiac and other threats straight out of the Superman mythos. It takes some inspiration from World of Krypton stories.
  • Titans (2018): Conner Kent/Superboy is played by Joshua Orpin and Krypto the super-dog are featured in the show, while Superman and Lex Luthor's existence are acknowledged.


  • The Adventures Of Superman (1942) by George Lowther, a retelling of Superman's origin followed by a story about the character involving pirate ghosts. In this book, his adopted parents were named Sarah and Eben, rather than the more familiar Martha and Jonathan.
  • Superman: Last Son of Krypton (1978) by Elliot S! Maggin. Superman must team up with Lex Luthor to oppose the plans of an alien conqueror who is literally predestined to rule. Mostly serves as a character study of both Bronze Age Superman and Bronze Age Luthor.
  • Miracle Monday (1981) by Elliot S! Maggin. Lex Luthor discovers the physical basis for magic and uses it to escape prison, accidentally releasing a demon called C.W. Saturn on Earth. Saturn proceeds to challenge Superman in an attempt to destroy his standing as the moral champion of humanity.
  • The Death And Life Of Superman (1993) by Roger Stern. As the name may imply, it's a retelling of the hero's death at the hands of Doomsday and return following the presence of four impostors. It also included some details about Superman's backstory which is written to mirror the continuity of the comics at the time.
  • Superman: Doomsday & Beyond (1993) by Louise Simonson. Also an adaptation of Superman's death & resurrection, but intended for a younger audience.
  • Enemies & Allies (1990) by Kevin J. Anderson. Batman meets Superman in the late 1950s at the height of the Cold War.
  • The Last Days of Krypton (2008) again by Kevin J. Anderson. Here we get a look at Krypton before its inevitable destruction.

    Video Games 


  • It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman premiered on Broadway in March 1966, just as the Dynamic Duo was dominating American TV. Sadly, the Man of Steel was not nearly so successful on the Great White Way, and the show lasted less than six months. It was adapted into an ABC TV special in 1975, and has been revived several times to modest success, most recently in London in 2014.

    Other versions 
  • The 1940's radio version which created the "Up, up, and away!" catchphrase
  • The Just Imagine version of Superman
  • The Tangent Comics version of Superman
  • The Earth One contemporary version of Superman by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis as a young man, similar to Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man except that this series comes out bi-annually in original graphic novel format. Compare to the New 52 version of Superman.
  • The 1930s version of the character, or more specifically of Clark Kent, seen in Tom De Haven's 2005 novel It's Superman!

  • Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies:
    • Goofy Groceries, a spot gag cartoon from 1941 about then-popular advertising mascots and products coming to life. One of the earliest Superman parodies saw the superhero, pictured on a box of soap flakes, confronting the short's main antagonist, an Animal Crackers gorilla, who has captured a Can-Can dancer. "Superguy" confronts the gorilla, which promptly growls at him and causes him to cower and run in fear, like a little boy.
    • Super Rabbit, a 1943 short starring Bugs Bunny as the titular hero. After gaining Superman-like powers by eating super-charged carrots, Bugs takes up the titular identity to capture the hunter "Cottontail" Smith. Bugs confronts and taunts the hunter and his horse, but his hubris get the better of him and he loses his carrots while in flight, instead being eaten by the two. Confronting the now-powered up criminals, Bugs declares that "This looks like a job for a REAL Superman", dives into a phone booth... and dons the uniform of the U.S. Marines, marching off for "Berlin, Tokyo and all points East." This short was notable for making Bugs Bunny an honorary member of the U.S. Marines to the end of World War II.
    • Stupor Duck, a 1956 short starring Daffy Duck as the titular character and his alter ego, Cluck Trent. The story centers around Daffy/Stupor pursing a non-existent supervillain named Ratnik, coming to his conclusion after listening in on his editor's office note  and not realizing he was merely watching a TV show and that the stated threats were mere fiction. The comedy comes as Stupor searches for "Ratnik" and finds "evidence" of his work — an old building being imploded for a new skyscraper, a submarine conducting war games being mistaken for a cruise ship being sank by Ratnik's goons, an abandoned railroad bridge being demolished for a Warner Bros. movie, and a government moon rocket mistaken for a nuclear warhead. Even the opening of the Superman cartoons/TV shows is parodied: Stupor is "faster than a bullet" (a pop gun), "more powerful than a speeding locomotive" (a puttering 1800s-style train), and "able to leap the tallest buildings" (but getting his cape snagged by the pole on top.)
  • Super-Turtle, a Funny Animal turtle with Superman's powers, who appeared in various half-page humor strips in various Silver Age DC Comics.
  • Super-Squirrel, Superman's Funny Animal counterpart on Earth-C-Minus. The "Squirrel of Steel" is shown to be a member of his world's "JLA" (the "Just'a Lotta Animals").
  • How It Should Have Ended. Superman is a recurring character in that web series, appearing at the Super-Café chatting with Batman in practically every comic book film-related episode.
  • Suppaman, a goofy superhero who gets his powers from eating sour plums in Doctor Slump.
  • In Archie Comics, it's Pureheart the Powerful, also called Captain Pureheart, which came out of the 1960s superhero revival and the Life with Archie comics with their longer adventure stories.

Also worth mentioning: It's a Bird..., a graphic novel written by Steven T. Seagle which is a meditation on the Superman mythology through the eyes of someone who's been tasked with writing new installments of the series, and isn't sure he can do it because he doesn't feel anything in common with Superman. Then he really begins to think about the whole thing...


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