([April] 1989)

DC, 1989 Series
 
Price:
15.95 USD; 19.95 CAD
Pages:
340
On-sale date:
1989-04
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand:
DC [bullet]
ISBN:
0930289-39-0 Search at WorldCat
Editing:
Mike Gold (co-editor); Robert Greenberger (co-editor)
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard modern US
Binding:
softcover
Publishing Format:
graphic novel

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Dean Motter (signed)
Inks:
Dean Motter (signed)
Colors:
Dean Motter (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman

The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told (Table of Contents)

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

Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero

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

Dedication page.

Table of Contents (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (Superman illustration)
Inks:
? (Superman illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Typeset

Characters:
Superman

The Origins of Superman (Table of Contents)

Superman / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
John Byrne
Pencils:
? (Superman illustration)
Inks:
? (Superman illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Typeset

Characters:
Superman

Indexer Notes

John Byrne describes the development of the Superman legend.

Gathering the Greatest (Table of Contents)

Superman / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Mike Gold
Pencils:
? (Superman illustration)
Inks:
? (Superman illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Typeset

Indexer Notes

Mike Gold discusses the process of choosing the stories and the participants.

[Superman versus Luthor] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Paul Cassidy [as Joe Shuster]
Inks:
Paul Cassidy [as Joe Shuster]
Colors:
Tom Ziuko
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Luthor; George Taylor; Professor Martinson
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credited to Joe Shuster on item. Title from Table of Contents.

[Superman versus the Archer] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Leo Nowak [ghosting for Joe Shuster]
Inks:
Leo Nowak [ghosting for Joe Shuster]
Colors:
Liz Berube
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; The Archer [Quigley]; Jimmy Olsen (last name not yet used); Lois Lane; Perry White; Sgt. Casey
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credited to Joe Shuster on item. Story title from Table of Contents. Jimmy's hair inconsistently colored in this printing, though primarily red. Blonde in original.

[What If Superman Ended the War?] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero; war
Characters:
Superman; Adolf Hitler; Josef Stalin
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Title from Table of Contents. The book incorrectly dates this reprint as 1943. This feature appeared in the 27 February 1940 issue of Look magazine. It was originally in 3-colors (black, white, and red). Thanks to Denys Howard and Michael Feldman for this information (August 2004).

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
Colors:
Michele Wolfman
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Mr. Mxyztplk; 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:

Indexer Notes

Art credited to John Sikela on item.

The Origin of Superman! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Wayne Boring
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Colors:
Gene D'Angelo
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Jor-El (flashback); Lara (flashback); Lex Luthor (cameo); John Kent (1st 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.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writing uncredited on item; art credited to Wayne Boring on item.

The Girl of Steel; (The Three Magic Wishes part 1) (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder
Pencils:
Dick Sprang
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Colors:
Adrienne Roy
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Super-girl; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chapter 1 (Part 1) of 3 part story. Only first part title is listed in Table of Contents.

The Lost Super-Powers; (The Three Magic Wishes part 2) (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder
Pencils:
Dick Sprang
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Colors:
Adrienne Roy
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Jimmy Olsen
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chapter 2 (Part 2) of 3 part story. Only first part title is listed in Table of Contents.

Superman's Return to Krypton; (The Three Magic Wishes part 3) (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder
Pencils:
Dick Sprang
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Colors:
Adrienne Roy
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Jimmy Olsen; Jor-El; Lara; Kil-Lor
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chapter 3 (Part 3) of 3 part story. Only first part title is listed in Table of Contents.

Clark Kent's College Days (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jerry Coleman
Pencils:
Al Plastino
Inks:
Al Plastino
Colors:
Helen Vesik
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Thaddeus V. Maxwell
Synopsis:
Superman recalls his college days, particularly the professor who tried to scientifically prove that Clark Kent was Superboy.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writing uncredited on item.

The Super-Key to Fort Superman (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Coleman
Pencils:
Wayne Boring
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Colors:
Carl Gafford
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Batman; Joker (trophy)
Synopsis:
Someone has broken into Superman's Fortress of Solitude, so Superman searches the place for clues.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Fortress of Solitude (intro); green kryptonite

Indexer Notes

Jerry Coleman not credited on item; Wayne Boring credited for inks on item.

The Amazing Bizarro; (The Boy of Steel versus the Thing of Steel part 1) (Table of Contents)

Superboy / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder
Pencils:
George Papp
Inks:
George Papp
Colors:
Anthony Tollin
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superboy; Bizarro; Prof. Dalton; Martha Kent; Hiram; Hilda; Melissa
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chapter 1 of a 3 part story. Only Chapter 3 title listed in Table of Contents.

The Runaway Super-Creature; (The Boy of Steel versus the Thing of Steel part 2) (Table of Contents)

Superboy / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder
Pencils:
George Papp
Inks:
George Papp
Colors:
Anthony Tollin
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superboy; Bizarro; Prof. Dalton; Martha Kent; Melissa
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chapter 2 of a 3 part story. Only Chapter 3 title listed in Table of Contents.

The Battle with Bizarro; (The Boy of Steel versus the Thing of Steel part 3) (Table of Contents)

Superboy / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder
Pencils:
George Papp
Inks:
George Papp
Colors:
Anthony Tollin
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superboy; Bizarro; Melissa
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chapter 3 of a 3 part story. Only Chapter 3 title listed in Table of Contents.

The Girl from 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:
Wayne Boring
Colors:
Nansi Hoolahan
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lori Lemaris; Lois Lane
Synopsis:
Superman recalls his college romance with Lori Lemaris, a mermaid from sunken Atlantis.
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Krypton Lives On; (Superman's Other Life part 1) (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Kal-El]; Jor-El; Lara; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Jonathan Kent; Martha Kent; Zal-El; Xan-Du; Krypto
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chapter 1 of 3 part story. Title listed in Table of Contents is "Superman's Other Life".

Futuro, Super-Hero of Krypton; (Superman's Other Life part 2) (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Kal-El]; Futuro [Xan-Du]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Krypto; Jor-El; Lara; Zal-El
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chapter 2 of 3 part story. Title listed in Table of Contents is "Superman's Other Life".

The Superman of Two Worlds; (Superman's Other Life part 3) (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Kal-El]; Futuro [Xan-Du]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Jor-El; Lara; Zal-El; Krypto
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chapter 3 of 3 part story. Title listed in Table of Contents is "Superman's Other Life".

The Night of March 31st (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors:
Carl Gafford
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writing credited to Otto Binder on item.

The Great Boo-Boo Contest (Table of Contents)

text article / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Lists some of the many intentional "boners" in the preceding story.

Lex Luthor, Hero! (The Death of Superman part 1) (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors:
Bill Wray
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Lex Luthor; Jimmy Olsen; Perry White; Lois Lane; Bizarro (cameo; flashback)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inking credited to George Klein on item. Chapter 1 of 3 part story. Title listed in Table of Contents is "The Death of Superman".

Luthor's Super-Bodyguard! (The Death of Superman part 2) (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors:
Bill Wray
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Lex Luthor; Supergirl; Lois Lane; Perry White; Jimmy Olsen
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inking credited to Gerge Klein on item. Chapter 2 of 3 part story. Title listed in Table of Contents is "The Death of Superman".

The Death of Superman! (The Death of Superman part 3) (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors:
Bill Wray
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Lois Lane; Lucy Lane; Lori Lemaris; Jimmy Olsen; Perry White; Linda Lee [Supergirl]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Aquaman; Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Wonder Woman; Flash [Barry Allen]; Lana Lang; Krypto; Legion of Super-Heroes [Lightning Lad; Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl]; Superman robots; Van-Zee; Sylvia; Lex Luthor
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inking credited to George Klein on item. Chapter 3 of 3 part story. Title listed in Table of Contents is "The Death of Superman".

The Titanic Twins! (The Amazing Story of Superman-Red and Superman-Blue! part 1] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Leo Dorfman
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
George Klein
Colors:
Shelly Eiber
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Lana Lang; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Perry White; Supergirl; Brainiac
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chapter 1 of 3 part story. Title listed in Table of Contents is "The Amazing Story of Superman-Red and Superman-Blue".

The Anti-Evil Ray! (The Amazing Story of Superman-Red and Superman-Blue part 2] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Leo Dorfman
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
George Klein
Colors:
Shelly Eiber
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Brainiac; Supergirl; Lori Lemaris; Krypto; Fidel Castro; Lex Luthor
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chapter 2 of 3 part story. Title listed in Table of Contents is "The Amazing Story of Superman-Red and Superman-Blue".

The End of Superman's Career! (The Amazing Story of Superman-Red and Superman-Blue part 3) (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Leo Dorfman
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
George Klein; Kurt Schaffenberger (Lois and Lana figures pages 1, 3-7)
Colors:
Shelly Eiber
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Lois Lane; Lana Lang; Supergirl; Legion of Super-Heroes [Saturn Girl; Cosmic Boy; Sun Boy; Bouncing Boy]; Lex Luthor; Mr. Mxyzptlk; Comet; Lucy Lane; Perry White
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Kurt Schaffenberger inks uncredited on item. Chapter 3 of 3 part story. Title listed in Table of Contents is "The Amazing Story of Superman-Red and Superman-Blue".

The Forever People (Table of Contents)

Forever People / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Kirby
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Vince Colletta; Al Plastino (Superman touch-ups)
Colors:
Jerry Serpe
Letters:
?

Characters:
Forever People [Vykin; Big Bear; Serifan; Mark Moonrider; Beautiful Dreamer]; Infinity Man; Superman; Jimmy Olsen; Bobby; Laurie; Rocky; Darkseid
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Indexer Notes

Originally titled "In Search of a Dream!"

Must There Be a Superman? (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script:
Elliot Maggin
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Colors:
Tatjana Wood
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Guardians of the Universe; Green Latern [Katma Tui]
Reprints:

For the Man Who Has Everything... (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 40 pages (report information)

Script:
Alan Moore
Pencils:
Dave Gibbons
Inks:
Dave Gibbons
Colors:
Tom Ziuko
Letters:
Dave Gibbons

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Kal-El]; Lyla Lerrol Kal-El (in Superman's mind); Allura Zor-El (in Superman's mind); Van-El (in Superman's mind); Orna-El (in Superman's mind); Kara Zor-El (in Superman's mind); Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Jason Todd]; Jor-El (in Superman's mind); Lor-Em (in Superman's mind); Dax-Ar (in Superman's mind); Mongul; Thomas Wayne (cameo, in Batman's mind); Martha Wayne (cameo, in Batman's mind); Joe Chill (cameo, in Batman's mind); Jax-Ur (as a picture on a handout, in Superman's mind); Brainiac (cameo, in Mongul's mind); Bolphunga The Unrelenting (cameo, in Mongul's mind); Adam Strange (cameo, in Mongul's mind); A Guardian of the Universe (cameo, in Mongul's mind); Hyanthis (cameo, in Mongul's mind); A Branx warrior (cameo, in Mongul's mind); Martian Manhunter (cameo, in Mongul's mind)
Synopsis:
Wonder Woman, Batman, and Robin arrive at the Fortress of Solitude to celebrate Superman's birthday, but find him under the thrall of a flower called the Black Mercy, a gift from Mongul. Under its control, Superman experiences his greatest desire, life on an unexploded Krypton. While Wonder Woman fights with Mongul, Batman and Robin remove the flower from Superman, and after it briefly attaches to Batman, Robin puts it on Mongul, trapping him in dreams of his own greatest desire.
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The Secret Revealed (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script:
John Byrne
Pencils:
John Byrne
Inks:
Terry Austin
Colors:
Petra Scotese
Letters:
John Costanza

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Jonathan Kent; Martha Kent; Lana Lang; Amanda McCoy; Ms. Dunlop; Ms. Poole; Mr. Happersen; Dr. Kelley; Lex Luthor; Metallo; Mr. Jenner; Mr. Breen
Synopsis:
Lex Luthor uses every method available to him to learn the connection between Clark Kent and Superman, including drugging Ma and Pa Kent and torturing Lana Lang. The computer calculates that Clark Kent is Superman, which Lex feels is illogical, and so he has the computer data deleted and Amanda McCoy is fired.
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End Notes (Table of Contents)

Superman / text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Robert Greenberger
Pencils:
? (Superman illustration)
Inks:
? (Superman illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Typeset

Indexer Notes

Robert Greenberger discusses some of the stories that didn't quite make the cut.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told
    Superman
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
  4. 3. Table of Contents
  5. 4. The Origins of Superman
    Superman
  6. 5. Gathering the Greatest
    Superman
  7. 6. [Superman versus Luthor]
    Superman
  8. 7. [Superman versus the Archer]
    Superman
  9. 8. [What If Superman Ended the War?]
    Superman
  10. 9. The Mysterious Mr. Mxyztplk
    Superman
  11. 10. The Origin of Superman!
    Superman
  12. 11. The Girl of Steel; (The Three Magic Wishes part 1)
    Superman
  13. 12. The Lost Super-Powers; (The Three Magic Wishes part 2)
    Superman
  14. 13. Superman's Return to Krypton; (The Three Magic Wishes part 3)
    Superman
  15. 14. Clark Kent's College Days
    Superman; Untold Tales of Superman
  16. 15. The Super-Key to Fort Superman
    Superman
  17. 16. The Amazing Bizarro; (The Boy of Steel versus the Thing of Steel part 1)
    Superboy
  18. 17. The Runaway Super-Creature; (The Boy of Steel versus the Thing of Steel part 2)
    Superboy
  19. 18. The Battle with Bizarro; (The Boy of Steel versus the Thing of Steel part 3)
    Superboy
  20. 19. The Girl from Superman's Past!
    Superman; An Untold Tale of Superman
  21. 20. Krypton Lives On; (Superman's Other Life part 1)
    Superman
  22. 21. Futuro, Super-Hero of Krypton; (Superman's Other Life part 2)
    Superman
  23. 22. The Superman of Two Worlds; (Superman's Other Life part 3)
    Superman
  24. 23. The Night of March 31st
    Superman
  25. 24. The Great Boo-Boo Contest
  26. 25. Lex Luthor, Hero! (The Death of Superman part 1)
    Superman
  27. 26. Luthor's Super-Bodyguard! (The Death of Superman part 2)
    Superman
  28. 27. The Death of Superman! (The Death of Superman part 3)
    Superman
  29. 28. The Titanic Twins! (The Amazing Story of Superman-Red and Superman-Blue! part 1]
    Superman
  30. 29. The Anti-Evil Ray! (The Amazing Story of Superman-Red and Superman-Blue part 2]
    Superman
  31. 30. The End of Superman's Career! (The Amazing Story of Superman-Red and Superman-Blue part 3)
    Superman
  32. 31. The Forever People
    Forever People
  33. 32. Must There Be a Superman?
    Superman
  34. 33. For the Man Who Has Everything...
    Superman
  35. 34. The Secret Revealed
    Superman
  36. 35. End Notes
    Superman
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