The Man of Steel [First Edition]
(1987)

DC, 1987 Series
Published in English (United States) United States
 
Price:
12.95 USD; 17.50 CAD
Pages:
156 ?
On-sale date:
1987
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics
Brand:
DC [bullet]
ISBN:
0-930289-28-5 Search at WorldCat
Editing:
Andrew Helfer (original series); Barry Marx (collected edition)
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Modern Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Cardstock cover; Newsprint interiors
Binding:
Trade Paperback
Publishing Format:
Collected Edition

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.

Book design by Keith Wilson.

The first and second printings are in this edition.

Also published in 1987 by Ballantine Books with a different cover under the title Superman: The Man of Steel.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
John Byrne
Inks:
John Byrne
Colors:
Tom Ziuko
Letters:
Typeset

Genre:
superhero

The Man of Steel (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Title page.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Publication data page with an image of the back of Superman's cape as background.

["The new Superman has many fathers and mothers..."] (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script:
John Byrne
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Why Superman? Why Today? (Table of Contents)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Ray Bradbury
Pencils:
John Byrne
Inks:
Dick Giordano
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

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Superman: A Personal View (Table of Contents)

text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
John Byrne
Pencils:
John Byrne
Inks:
Dick Giordano
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Includes small reproductions of the 7 covers of the original series.

Book One - Prologue: From Out the Green Dawn... (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
John Byrne
Pencils:
John Byrne
Inks:
Dick Giordano
Colors:
Tom Ziuko
Letters:
John Costanza
Job Number:
G-2725

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Jor-El (post-Crisis intro); Lara (post-Crisis intro); Kelex (intro); Kelor; Kal-El (as baby, post-Crisis intro)
Synopsis:
Lara and Jor-El discuss their unborn son, and how Jor-El intends to protect him. As Krypton begins its final eruptions, Jor-El sends Kal-El to Earth.
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Chapter One: The Secret (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
John Byrne
Pencils:
John Byrne
Inks:
Dick Giordano
Colors:
Tom Ziuko
Letters:
John Costanza

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Clark Kent [Kal-El]; Jonathan Kent (post-Crisis intro); Martha Kent (post-Crisis intro); Lana Lang (post-Crisis intro)
Synopsis:
Clark Kent is now a star football player, helped by additional strength. But his foster father reveals that he is adopted and is an alien from another planet.
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Chapter Two: The Exposure (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
John Byrne
Pencils:
John Byrne
Inks:
Dick Giordano
Colors:
Tom Ziuko
Letters:
John Costanza

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Clark Kent [Kal-El]; Jonathan Kent; Martha Kent; Lois Lane (post-Crisis intro)
Synopsis:
After helping out secretly for years, Clark Kent is forced into doing his first public super-deed, saving the space-plane Constitution. In doing so, he has his first meeting with Lois Lane.
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Epilogue: The Super-Hero (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
John Byrne
Pencils:
John Byrne
Inks:
Dick Giordano
Colors:
Tom Ziuko
Letters:
John Costanza

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Jonathan Kent; Martha Kent
Synopsis:
The Kents design and make a costume for Clark, and come up with a way for him to look different in both identities as he adopts his Superman identity.
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Book Two - The Story of the Century (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script:
John Byrne
Pencils:
John Byrne
Inks:
Dick Giordano
Colors:
Tom Ziuko
Letters:
John Costanza
Job Number:
G-2726

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Jimmy Olsen; Lex Luthor; Mr. Guthrie
Synopsis:
Superman meets Lois and Clark gets a job at the Daily Planet.
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Book Three - One Night in Gotham City... (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script:
John Byrne
Pencils:
John Byrne
Inks:
Dick Giordano
Colors:
Tom Ziuko
Letters:
John Costanza

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Henry Jarrell (dies); VILLAINS: Magpie [Margaret Pye]; Bull Carter (dies)
Synopsis:
Superman comes to Gotham City to arrest the outlaw Batman, interrupting Batman's pursuit of the criminal Magpie. While pursuing the villain together, Superman comes to realize that Gotham City is very different from Metropolis and needs a different type of hero.
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Book Four - Enemy Mine... (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script:
John Byrne
Pencils:
John Byrne
Inks:
Dick Giordano
Colors:
Tom Ziuko
Letters:
John Costanza

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Lois Lane; Mayor Frank Berkowitz; Yvette; Lex Luthor
Synopsis:
Luthor allows a group of terrorists to attack his luxury liner so he can meet Superman and put him on his payroll. But Superman refuses to be bought and Luthor is jailed for reckless endangerment. In response Luthor vows revenge on the Man of Steel.
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Indexer Notes

Superman's first encounter with Lex Luthor (post-Crisis).

Book Five - The Mirror, Crack'd... (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

Script:
John Byrne
Pencils:
John Byrne
Inks:
Dick Giordano
Colors:
Tom Ziuko
Letters:
John Costanza

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Lois Lane; Lucy Lane; Jimmy Olsen; VILLAINS: Lex Luthor; Bizarro (dies); Dr. Teng
Synopsis:
Lex tries to create a clone of Superman, resulting in the creation of Bizarro.
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Indexer Notes

First post-Crisis Bizarro.

Book Six - The Haunting (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script:
John Byrne
Pencils:
John Byrne
Inks:
Dick Giordano
Colors:
Tom Ziuko
Letters:
John Costanza

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Jonathan Kent; Martha Kent; Lana Lang; Jor-El (hologram); Lara (hologram); Lois Lane (cameo)
Synopsis:
On a trip home to Smallville, Superman discovers the spaceship that brought him to Earth is missing. But at the same time he triggers a computer program that reveals to him his Kryptonian heritage and places all of Krypton's knowledge in his mind. He also discovers what revealing his powers to Lana years ago did to her and decides he wants to actively pursue a life with Lois.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (photos)
Inks:
? (photos)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Short biographies of John Byrne and Dick Giordano.