(1971)

Crown Publishers, 1971 Series
 
Price:
10.00 USD
Pages:
396
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Crown Publishers, Inc.
Brand:
Crown
Editing:
Linda Sunshine
Color:
Black and White with colour signature interior; full color dust wrapper
Paper Stock:
White paper
Binding:
Hardcover; saddle stitched; dust wrapper
Publishing Format:
Collected edition

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.

The original edition has a red cloth cover underneath the dustjacket (in addition to the brand and indicia publisher). There is no ISBN. There is a Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 77-175018.

Later editions also introduce minor interior changes, noted in the index at the sequence level.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Wayne Boring ? (Superman figure); Joe Shuster (background)
Inks:
Wayne Boring ? (Superman figure); Joe Shuster (background)
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman (Clark Kent); Lois Lane

Indexer Notes

The background is a collage of images. Panels 1, 4, and 5 are from the Superman origin story in Superman #1, page 2. Panel 2 is from Action Comics #5, page 4, panel 2. Panel 3 is also from Action Comics #5 but page 8, panel 3. The story from Action Comics #5 is not reprinted in this book but had recently (1965) been reprinted in Jules Feiffer's The Great Comics Book Heroes.

The main figure of Superman is taken from the back cover of Superman Annual #3. That figure is based on (but redrawn) from the Wayne Boring figure from the cover of Superman #53. This figure is also used on the spine of this book.

Table of Contents (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

A listing of the sections of the book for various decades and what pages they start on.

In the Bonanza Books Edition, this page is extended to include a "Color Sections" contents below the main table of contents; it lists the sections of the book that are printed in color.

Introduction (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
E. Nelson Bridwell
Letters:
typeset

Superman's First Appearance (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Joe Shuster ? (see notes)
Inks:
Joe Shuster ? (see notes)
Colors:
Jack Adler ? (see notes)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Reprints:
Keywords:
automobiles

Indexer Notes

In the Original Edition of this book, this sequence is text-only; just saying that Superman's first appearance was in Action Comics #1. But in the Bonanza Books edition, it not only says that, but reprints the cover of Action Comics #1 (in black and white).

In Alter Ego #56 (Feb. 2006), in an interview with Adler, he reports that he painted the colors on the engraving plates for this story.

Error Report #2990 by Mike DeLisa states the following: "Cover was not by Shuster, actually by unknown member of DC staff based on one interior panel. Coloring was not by Jack Adler; Adler states that the work was done by DC staff. My source is the Court record and decision, which includes affidavits from Siegel, Shuster, and Adler."

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Joe Shuster
Inks:
Joe Shuster
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

color

Superman in the 1930s & 1940s (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:
  • US from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #12 (September-October 1941), #14 (January-February 1942), #17 (July-August 1942), #18 (September-October 1942), #23 (July-August 1943), #26 (January-February 1944), #29 (July-August 1944), #32 (January-February 1945), #38 (January-February 1946), #41 (July-August 1946), #45 (March-April 1947), #50 (January-February 1948)

Indexer Notes

Small color reproductions of various covers from these decades

[Two page origin of Superman] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)
Pencils:
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks:
Joe Shuster (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Shuster

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Ma (Mary) Kent (introduction, death); Pa Kent (introduction, death)
Synopsis:
A rocketship, carrying an infant, rockets from the planet Krypton as it blows up, and lands on the Earth where a couple named the Kents find the baby inside the rocket and eventually adopt him. This infant boy grows up to be Superman.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Krypton

Indexer Notes

First version that mentions Krypton and foster parents. First line: "Just before the doomed planet, Krypton, exploded to fragments, a scientist placed his infant son within an experimental rocket-ship, launching it toward Earth!"

[Clark Kent Gets a Job] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Joe Shuster
Inks:
Joe Shuster
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Shuster

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor (introduction, un-named); Sims; Evelyn Curry; Bea Carroll (villain)
Synopsis:
Clark Kent applies for a job at the Daily Star, but is turned down until Superman stops a lynching and Clark phones in the story. Then Superman gets singer Bea Carroll to confess to the murder of Jack Kennedy.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Daily Star

Indexer Notes

Story has no masthead or by-line. Story continues in next sequence. First line: "Outer waiting-room of the Daily Star..."

[The Coming of Superman] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 11.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Joe Shuster
Inks:
Joe Shuster
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor (unnamed); Lois Lane; Daily Star; Evelyn Curry; Bea Carroll (villain); Butch Matson (villain); Senator Barrows (villain); Alex Greer (villain)
Synopsis:
Superman delivers a witness to the governor to stop an execution, then stops a wife-beater. Later Superman, as Clark Kent goes out with Lois, but she earns the wrath of Butch Matson and Superman must save her. Finally, Clark is assigned a story on the South American republic of San Monte. He heads to Washington DC to find out who is behind Senator Barrows pushing legislation which will embroil the United States in a war in Europe by grabbing lobbyist Alex Greer and scaring the truth out of him.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The first three pages are in color; the rest are black and white.

Story continues in the next sequence.

The last 1/3 of page 12 is an illustrated promotional ad for the Superman strip appearing in Action Comics.

[Revolution in San Monte] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)
Pencils:
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks:
Joe Shuster (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Lola Cortez; George Taylor (cameo); Alex Greer (villain); Emil Norvell (villain)
Synopsis:
Clark Kent and Lois Lane are sent by editor Taylor to San Monte in South America to cover a war that is brewing. Besides saving Lois from executed as a spy, Superman proves the war is being fomented by munitions manufacturers led by Emil Norvell.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Clark works for the [Cleveland] Evening News.

[Luthor's Earthquake Machine] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Paul Cassidy [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks:
Paul Cassidy [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor; Professor Martinson (death); Luthor (villain, with hair, second appearance)
Synopsis:
Clark Kent investigates a new weapon being tested by the Army that artificially causes earthquakes. Little does he know that Lex Luthor is hot on the trail of securing the plans for that invention, one way or the other.
Reprints:

[The Dukalia Spy Ring] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Wayne Boring [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks:
Shuster Shop [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Lt. Ferguson; ex-Captain Lang; Karl Wolff (villain, introduction, death); Hall (villain)
Synopsis:
A former Naval officer, discharged for conduct unbecoming to an officer, draws the attention of Karl Wolff, consul for Dukalia, a nation which believes it is superior to America, and desires to take the U.S. over. Superman investigates and discovers that this Naval officer has invented a submarine that can operate in the air, as well as on or below the surface of the ocean, and that he is a double agent being used to facilitate the capture of these spies.
Reprints:

[The Light] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Joe Shuster (layouts)(signed); Leo Nowak (finishes) [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks:
Leo Nowak [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Lois Lane; Senator Tom Billingsley; The Light [Lex Luthor] (villain)
Synopsis:
Superman must battle Lex Luthor who is disguised as The Light, a criminal who kidnaps prominent men from many different fields, hypnotizes them with colored lights, and makes them do his bidding.
Reprints:

[The Archer] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Leo Nowak [as Joe Shuster]
Inks:
Leo Nowak [as Joe Shuster]
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Jimmy Olsen (name Jimmy revealed); Lois Lane; Perry White; Sgt. Casey; Thomas Gayford (death); Amos Kendrick; The Archer [Quigley] (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
A new villain hits the front pages of Metropolis' newspapers, a villain who prefers hunting human beings for profit rather than animals, and when Perry White cannot locate Lois or Clark to cover the story, a young office boy at the Daily Planet takes on the job himself --- and gets his first by-line!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This is Jimmy's first definite appearance in a comic book. His first named appearance was on the Superman radio program.

[The Saboteurs] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Leo Nowak [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks:
John Sikela [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Lois Lane; Secretary of the Navy Hank Fox; Hokopoko (villain, introduction, death); Utsum (villain, introduction, death); the Black Circle (villains, introduction, deaths)
Synopsis:
Superman discovers that Battleship Y-92 had been sabotaged by agents of the war-like nation of Napkan upon launching. He later discovers that pro-Napkan parties have been established in South American, and the enemy wishes to have more formed in Central American nations that will turn anti-American, thus allowing Napkan to openly invade the United States without opposition.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Ink credit changed from Leo Novak based on information from the GCD index for Superman (DC, 1939 series) #15.

How Clark Kent Met Lois Lane! (Table of Contents)

Superboy / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Al Wenzel
Inks:
George Roussos
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superboy; Lois Lane; Editor Morton
Synopsis:
Clark wins a contest to work as a cub reporter on the Daily Planet for one week. And so does Lois Lane.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

"John Sikela?" inker credit changed based on art id by Bob Hughes.

Man or Superman? (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks:
John Sikela [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; The Talon [Albert Caldwell] (introduction, villain); Lois Lane; Perry White; Luthor (cameo; villain); Ultra (cameo; villain); Eustace Watson (cameo)
Synopsis:
Lois first suspects that Clark Kent is Superman, but he quickly convinces her he is not with some razzle dazzle super speed.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Color section.

Credits updated based on information from Superman Archives #5.

Case of the Funny Paper Crimes (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Ed Dobrotka ?
Inks:
John Sikela
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Sgt. Casey; Funnyface (introduction; villain); Torgo (villain); Machine-Gun Mike (villain); the Black Raider (villain); Goola (villain); Viper (villain); Detective Craig (introduction); Prince Peril (introduction); Solitary Rider (introduction); Streak Dugan (introduction); Happy Daze (introduction) (comic strip villains/heroes)
Synopsis:
Superman must battle a new villain who has invented a machine that can materialize two-dimensional figures out of the comics to rob for him.
Reprints:

Superman, Matinee Idol (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Joe Shuster (pencil layouts); Ed Dobrotka (finished pencils)
Inks:
John Sikela
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; animated Superman; animated Lois Lane; animated Mad Scientist (villain)
Synopsis:
Clark and Lois decide to go to the movies, but when Clark discovers that it's the latest Fleisher Superman cartoon, he has to think fast to keep Lois from discovering that he is Superman.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Splash page modified to remove the Siegel and Schuster credit, replacing it with a logo that says "OUR VERY FIRST IMAGINARY STORY".

Cut out: page 11 panel 3 through page 12 panel 1. The new page 11 panel 2 is actually a merging of the original (dialog, Lois figure) and page 12 panel 2 (Superman and Mad Scientist figures; flipped).

America's Secret Weapon! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Don Cameron [as Jerry Siegel] (signed)
Pencils:
Sam Citron [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks:
Sam Citron; John Siekla ? [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Colonel McNab; Lieutenant-General Bullitt; Brigadier General Armor; Brigadier General Starrett
Synopsis:
When Superman arrives at Camp Towne to make an appearance, he volunteers to participate in the war games that will take place, and is made an honorary Corporal. But after watching America's fighting men in action, and his side losing, he decides that he is not needed to fight this war, and that our boys can handle the job alone.
Reprints:

The Mysterious Mr. Mxyztplk! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Joe Shuster ?; Ira Yarbrough
Inks:
Ira Yarbrough
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Mr. Mxyztplk (introduction); Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen
Synopsis:
An imp from another dimension plagues Superman with practical jokes until he can make him say his name backwards.
Reprints:

Lois Lane, Superwoman! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Alvin Schwartz
Pencils:
John Sikela
Inks:
George Roussos
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
BBB Gang [Brute; Buzzard; Bear] (introduction; villain); Superman; Hocus; Pocus; Lois Lane (also as Superwoman); Perry White
Synopsis:
Lois believes Hocus and Pocus have given her super powers.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This reprint is taken from a British reprint that had some unusual changes, such as guineas instead of dollars.

The Origin of Superman! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Wayne Boring
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Jor-El (flashback); Lara (flashback); Luthor (cameo); John Kent (first time named, flashback); Mary Kent (flashback)
Synopsis:
After a prologue which demonstrates Superman's amazing abilities, his origin is recounted. On the scientifically advanced planet of Krypton, Jor-El fails to convince the Council of Five that Krypton is doomed. As Krypton explodes, Jor-El and Lara send their son to Earth, where he is found and adopted by the elderly Kents. As Clark grows to maturity he manifests abilities far beyond that of mortal men. On his deathbed, his father urges Clark to become a powerful force for good as Superman.
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Superman in the 1950s (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Al Plastino; Win Mortimer; Wayne Boring ?; Curt Swan
Inks:
Al Plastino; Win Mortimer; Stan Kaye
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Lois Lane; The Thing (from 40,000 A.D.); Cosmo the Great; Super-Girl; Super-Twins; Robo; Futuro

Indexer Notes

Small black and white reproductions of various Superman covers from the 1950s.

This contains covers for the following issues (all from Superman (DC, 1939 series)): 60, 66, 71, 76, 86, 101, 103, 110, 123, 131, 132, and 133.

Black Magic on Mars! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Wayne Boring
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Orson Welles; Martler (introduction, villain); other Martians (introduction); Nancy Guild; Perry White; Lois Lane
Synopsis:
Orson accidentally gets trapped in a rocket to Mars where he meets Martian Nazis. No one on Earth believes his broadcast pleas for help, except Superman.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Martians

The Mightiest Team in the World! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
John Fischetti (pages 1-8 see Notes); Stan Kaye (pages 9-12)
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; John Smilter; Lois Lane; Gell; Commissioner James Gordon
Synopsis:
Superman and Batman learn each other's secret identities when they meet on a cruise while trying to find a diamond thief.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First Superman-Batman team (outside of radio and All Star Comics).

Kaye's inks actually begin on lower half of page 8.

The Girls in Superman's Life! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
Al Plastino
Inks:
Al Plastino
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Lana Lang (first appearance as an adult); Perry White; Mrs. Lewis Lang; Superboy (flashback); Lens Lewis (villain, introduction)
Reprints:

The Terrible Trio! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
William Woolfolk
Pencils:
Wayne Boring
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; The Terrible Trio (introduction) [Luthor (villain); The Prankster (villain); The Toyman (villain)]; Lois Lane (cameo)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The bottom 1/3 of the last page is blank (where an ad was in the original story).

The Girl in Superman's Past! (Table of Contents)

Superman; An Untold Tale of Superman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Wayne Boring
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lori Lemaris (introduction, flashback); Lois Lane
Synopsis:
Superman recalls his college romance with Lori Lemaris, a mermaid from sunken Atlantis.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The bottom 1/3 of the last page is blank (where an ad was in the original story).

Superman in the 1960s (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Kurt Schaffenberger; Curt Swan; Neal Adams; Ross Andru
Inks:
Kurt Schaffenberger; George Klein; Neal Adams; Mike Esposito
Letters:
?; Ira Schnapp (Superman #174); Gaspar Saladino (Superman #198)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Rocks Haney; Bizarro #1; Atlas (statue); Brainiac; Lex Luthor; Jimmy Olsen; Martha Kent; Jonathan Kent; Superman [Klar Ken T-5477]; DEMON (an evil organization); Perry White

Indexer Notes

Small black and white reproductions of various Superman covers from the 1960s.

This contains covers for the following issues (all from Superman (DC, 1939 series)): 160, 161, 169. 171, 173, 174, 181, 191, 198, 204, and 209. It also includes the unused cover for Superman #175 that had been printed inside 80 Page Giant Magazine #11.

The Untold Story of Red Kryptonite! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
John Forte
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Supergirl [Kara Zor-El]; Krypto; Superboy [Clark Kent] (flashback); Kozz (flashback); Jonathan Kent (flashback, cameo); Martha Kent (flashback, cameo); Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Perry White; Superman Robot
Synopsis:
While rescuing a bathyscaph from the ocean bottom where it rests next to a Red Kryptonite meteor, Superman remembers the other times that Red Kryptonite has affected him in unpredictable ways. This time it causes his hair, beard and nails to grow uncontrollably, and it takes the combined efforts of Supergirl and Krypto to clean him up.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Fortress of Solitude; green kryptonite; red kryptonite

Indexer Notes

Flashbacks to many Superboy / Superman green and red kryptonite stories.

The Son of Bizarro! [Part 1] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder
Pencils:
Wayne Boring
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Bizarro #1; Bizarro-Lois #1; Bizarro-Jr. #1 (birth); Lex Luthor (flashback); Lois Lane (flashback)
Synopsis:
Bizarro-Lois gives birth to Bizarro-Jr. No. 1 who, while he thinks like a Bizarro looks like Superman when he was Super-Tot. When Bizarro-Jr. No. 1 becomes publicly known, Bizarro takes him out into space and stores him in an abandoned space capsule. The capsule crashes on Earth and Bizarro-Jr. No 1 is taken to the same Midvale Orphanage where Linda Lee (Supergirl) lives.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Bizarro World; Bizarros

The "Orphan" Bizarro! [part 2] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder
Pencils:
Wayne Boring
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Bizarro-Jr. #1; Supergirl; Krypto; Bizarro #1; Bizarro-Lois #1
Synopsis:
Linda Lee is assigned to watch the newly named Baby Buster which lasts until Bizarro-Jr. No. 1 remembers the existence of his parents. Superman has him adopted by two of his robots, and then Supergirl and Superman take Bizarro Jr. to the Fortress. During Jr.'s sleep period Supergirl tries to do her chemistry homework and when her x-ray vision blows up her assignment she thinks she's turned "Baby Buster" into a Bizarro!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Bizarros; Fortress of Solitude

The Bizarro Supergirl! [part 3] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder
Pencils:
Wayne Boring
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Bizarro-Supergirl (introduction); Supergirl [Kara Zor-El]; Bizarro-Jr. #1; Krypto; Bizarro-Lois #1; Bizarro #1
Synopsis:
Bizarro-Jr. finds Lex's original Imperfect Duplicator and creates a Bizarro-Supergirl. Superman and Supergirl decide to return "Buster" to Bizarro World but Bizarro-Supergirl wants to keep him for her own. Bizarro spots his now-acceptable-looking child and tries to get him back, but Bizarro-Supergirl won't relinquish him. Superman creates Blue Kryptonite and uses it to free Bizarro-Jr. No. 1 from Bizarro-Supergirl, returning him to his parents. Bizarro Supergirl is later found dead next to the blue kryptonite pile that Superman had created.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Bizarro World; Bizarros; blue kryptonite; Fortress of Solitude; green kryptonite

Superman Meets Al Capone! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder
Pencils:
Wayne Boring
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Al Capone (villain); Perry White; Titano (cameo); Cyrus Martin; "Silky" Hale (gangster)
Synopsis:
While returning from the past, Superman is affected by Titano's kryptonite eye-blasts and it causes him to land in Chicago in the 1920's. Here he meets a young Perry White and helps him get his first scoop, and also stops Al Capone.
Reprints:
Keywords:
green kryptonite; time travel

Bizarro Meets Frankenstein! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder
Pencils:
Wayne Boring
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Bizarro #1 (guest star); Bizarro-Lois #1 (guest star); Bizarro-Jr. #1 (guest star); Bizarro-Lois Jr. #1 (introduction); The Abominable Snowman (introduction, cameo); Bizarro World; Charlie Chaplin (cameo; image on TV); an actor (as Frankenstein's Monster)
Synopsis:
After seeing an Earth program claiming that Frankenstein was the scariest monster, Bizarro #1 travels to Earth to prove that he is scarier than Frankenstein.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Frankenstein's monster

Superboy's First Public Appearance! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Al Plastino
Inks:
Al Plastino
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Superboy [Clark Kent] (flashback); Jonathan Kent (flashback); Martha Kent (flashback); Lana Lang; Franklin Delano Roosevelt (flashback); Smallville Mayor Courtney (flashback); Gregg Peterson (flashback); Dirk; Mugsy
Synopsis:
The story of Superboy's debut and first meeting with President Roosevelt.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

An Untold Tale of Superman

[Superman #233] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Neal Adams
Inks:
Neal Adams
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
S-614

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Reprints:
Keywords:
green kryptonite

Indexer Notes

In color, although there is a minor color change; the "DC SUPERMAN" rectangle background is now white instead of yellow.

In the Bonanza Books Edition, this page adds a caption at the top that says "SUPERMAN IN THE 1970s" which is not in the first printing.

Superman in the 1970s (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Curt Swan; Neal Adams
Inks:
Murphy Anderson; Jack Abel; Dick Giordano
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; The Galactons; Lois Lane; Super-Genius Baby; Superman Double; Supergirl [Kara Zor-El]; Lois Lane; Bizarro; Jimmy Olsen; Perry White; Krypto; Saturn Girl; Cosmic Boy; Brainiac; Ronnie; Dan Holahan; Gregor Nagy

Indexer Notes

Small color reproductions of various Superman covers from the 1970s.

This contains cover reprints for the following issues (these from Superman (DC, 1939 series)): 223, 224, 225, 226, 236, and 237; and (these from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series)): 388, 389, 393, 394, 399, and 400.

The Pied Piper of Steel (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script:
Leo Dorfman
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
B-869

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Morgan Edge; Cy Harkin
Reprints:
Keywords:
Daily Planet Globe; Fortress of Solitude; Kandor; Rolling Newsroom (introduction)

Indexer Notes

The first 9 pages are in color, but the remaining 5 pages are in black and white.

Superman Breaks Loose (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script:
Denny O'Neil
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Letters:
?
Job Number:
S-560

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Professor Bolden; Jimmy Olsen; Lois Lane; Morgan Edge; Perry White; Sand creature (origin)
Synopsis:
A scientific experiment turns all the kryptonite on Earth to iron, as Clark Kent moves from newspaper to television journalism.
Reprints:
Keywords:
green kryptonite

Superman, You're Dead...Dead...Dead! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script:
Leo Dorfman
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Letters:
?
Job Number:
B-920

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman (brief origin); George Washington; Abraham Lincoln; George Custer
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

time travel; parallel Earth

Duel of Doom! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Leo Dorfman [as Geoff Browne]
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Letters:
?
Job Number:
B-944

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Supergirl [Kara Zor-El]; Brainiac (flashback); Yllura; Arvor
Reprints:
Keywords:
Kandor

Indexer Notes

An Untold Tale of Kandor; the story takes place entirely in Kandor.

Bibliography (Table of Contents)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

An (incomplete even at the time) list of the comic-book appearances of Superman.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

blank page(s) / 10 pages (report information)

Indexer Notes

Four blank white pages, and 6 blank blue pages (the flyleaf).

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. Table of Contents
  3. 2. Introduction
  4. 3. Superman's First Appearance
    Superman
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  6. 5. Superman in the 1930s & 1940s
    Superman
  7. 6. [Two page origin of Superman]
    Superman
  8. 7. [Clark Kent Gets a Job]
    Superman
  9. 8. [The Coming of Superman]
    Superman
  10. 9. [Revolution in San Monte]
    Superman
  11. 10. [Luthor's Earthquake Machine]
    Superman
  12. 11. [The Dukalia Spy Ring]
    Superman
  13. 12. [The Light]
    Superman
  14. 13. [The Archer]
    Superman
  15. 14. [The Saboteurs]
    Superman
  16. 15. How Clark Kent Met Lois Lane!
    Superboy
  17. 16. Man or Superman?
    Superman
  18. 17. Case of the Funny Paper Crimes
    Superman
  19. 18. Superman, Matinee Idol
    Superman
  20. 19. America's Secret Weapon!
    Superman
  21. 20. The Mysterious Mr. Mxyztplk!
    Superman
  22. 21. Lois Lane, Superwoman!
    Superman
  23. 22. The Origin of Superman!
    Superman
  24. 23. Superman in the 1950s
    Superman
  25. 24. Black Magic on Mars!
    Superman
  26. 25. The Mightiest Team in the World!
    Superman
  27. 26. The Girls in Superman's Life!
    Superman
  28. 27. The Terrible Trio!
    Superman
  29. 28. The Girl in Superman's Past!
    Superman; An Untold Tale of Superman
  30. 29. Superman in the 1960s
    Superman
  31. 30. The Untold Story of Red Kryptonite!
    Superman
  32. 31. The Son of Bizarro! [Part 1]
    Superman
  33. 32. The "Orphan" Bizarro! [part 2]
    Superman
  34. 33. The Bizarro Supergirl! [part 3]
    Superman
  35. 34. Superman Meets Al Capone!
    Superman
  36. 35. Bizarro Meets Frankenstein!
    Superman
  37. 36. Superboy's First Public Appearance!
    Superman
  38. 37. [Superman #233]
    Superman
  39. 38. Superman in the 1970s
    Superman
  40. 39. The Pied Piper of Steel
    Superman
  41. 40. Superman Breaks Loose
    Superman
  42. 41. Superman, You're Dead...Dead...Dead!
    Superman
  43. 42. Duel of Doom!
    Superman
  44. 43. Bibliography
  45. 44. [no title indexed]
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