([August] 2004)

DC, 2004 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
19.99 USD; 26.99 CAD
Pages:
196
On-sale date:
2004-08-18
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics
Brand:
DC [bullet]
ISBN:
1-4012-0339-6 Search at WorldCat
Barcode:
978140120339951999
Editing:
Anton Kawasaki (editor - collected edition)
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Modern Age US
Binding:
squarebound; trade paperback

Issue Notes

Indexed from a third printing.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Alex Ross (painting)
Inks:
Alex Ross (painting)
Colors:
Alex Ross (painting)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman

Indexer Notes

Illustrated with a cropped version of a previously-released poster.

Superman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Alex Ross (painting)
Inks:
Alex Ross (painting)
Colors:
Alex Ross (painting)
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Superman

Indexer Notes

Title page. Illustrated with a differently-cropped version of the same poster which supplied the image for the cover.

[Publication Data] (Table of Contents)

credits / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Superman

Indexer Notes

Illustrated with a detail from the story from The Man of Steel (DC, 1986 series) #1.

Contents (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
? (illustration)
Inks:
? (illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Introduction (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Michael Uslan
Pencils:
Joe Shuster (illustrations); Al Plastino (illustrations); Curt Swan (illustrations); Mike Mignola (illustration); Doug Mahnke (illustrations); Tim Bradstreet (illustration)
Inks:
Joe Shuster (illustrations); Al Plastino (illustrations); George Klein (illustrations); Karl Kesel (illustration); ? (Doug Mahnke illustrations); Tim Bradstreet (illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Superman

Indexer Notes

All illustrations taken from stories reprinted in this volume except the Tim Bradstreet illustration which comes from the cover to Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #775.

[The Origin of Superman & His Powers] (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 Kent; Pa Kent
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.
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Indexer Notes

Title from Table of Contents and meant to include the next sequence.

Scientific Explanation of Superman's Amazing Strength--! (Table of Contents)

Superman / filler / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Superman's strength is attributed to the lighter gravity found on Earth, and is compared to the ant and the grasshopper, both insects whose strength and jumping ability, by comparsion, would be considered super strength.
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[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
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Indexer Notes

Title from Table of Contents.

Three Supermen from Krypton! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
William Woolfolk
Pencils:
Al Plastino
Inks:
Al Plastino
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Kizo; Mala; U-Ban; Jor-El (flashback); Perry White; Lois Lane
Synopsis:
Superman meets three Kryptonian brothers who were convicted and sentenced by Krypton's Ruling Council to suspended animation adrift in space due to their efforts to overthrow the Council and rule Krypton. Now that they have crashed on Earth they plan to rule it instead. Superman tricks them into turning on each other and they knock themselves out. Superman returns them to suspended animation and exiles them back into space.
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The Last Days of Superman! Part I: Superman's Death Sentence! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
George Klein
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Superman Emergency Squad; Jimmy Olsen; Jor-El (flashback); Tharb-El (flashback); Lois Lane; Lana Lang; Perry White; Supergirl; Krypto; Legion of Super-Heroes [Saturn Girl; Lightning Lad; Cosmic Boy]
Synopsis:
A Kryptonian artifact containing samples of Virus X crashes on Earth, and though Superman drives it deep underground with a huge boulder, he appears to have been exposed to the virus, which kills Kryptonians in 30 days.
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Part II: The Super-Comrades of All Time! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
George Klein
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Superman Emergency Squad; Legion of Super-Heroes [Bouncing Boy; Triplicate Girl; Sun Boy; Chameleon Boy; Brainiac 5; Lightning Lad; Saturn Girl; Cosmic Boy; Invisible Kid; Shrinking Violet]; Supergirl; Krypto; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Lori Lemaris
Synopsis:
As Superman lies near death, Supergirl recruits Superman's allies to help perform all the great tasks Superman planned to do before he died to secure the safe future of Earth.
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Indexer Notes

Cosmic Boy is mistakenly referred to as Cosmic King in one panel.

Part III: Superman's Last Day of Life! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
George Klein
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Supergirl; Jimmy Olsen; Superman Emergency Squad; Legion of Super-Heroes [Saturn Girl; Shrinking Violet; Invisible Kid; Lightning Lad; Cosmic Boy; Bouncing Boy; Triplicate Girl; Brainiac 5; Chameleon Boy; Sun Boy]; Lois Lane; Jonathan Kent (flashback); Martha Kent (flashback); Lana Lang; Lyla Lerrol (flashback); Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Lori Lemaris; Krypto; Mon-El; Tharb-El
Synopsis:
After Superman says his final good-byes, Supergirl discovers that Superman was not exposed to Virus X, and Mon-El is finally able to make contact from the Phantom Zone to reveal the real cause of Superman's distress.
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The Showdown Between Luthor and Superman! Part I (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
George Klein
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Lex Luthor; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Jor-El (flashback)
Synopsis:
When Luthor escapes from jail, he challenges Superman to meet him in a fair fight without his super powers. The two head to a desert-like world where they brawl until Superman knocks out the villain. Luthor retaliates by using secret weapons hidden in his shirt pocket.
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Part II: The Super-Duel! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 8.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
George Klein
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Lex Luthor; Jor-El (hallucination); Lara (hallucination)
Synopsis:
While Superman struggles to survive, Luthor meets the few remaining inhabitants of the planet and becomes their hero when he reactivates their scientific machines and temporarily solves their water shortage problem. But Superman finds Luthor, defeats him in combat, and returns him to prison on Earth, after providing the people of the planet with sufficient water on which to survive.
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Must There Be a Superman? (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script:
Elliot S! Maggin
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Guardians of the Universe; Green Lantern [Katma Tui]; Harley; Jor-El (flashback)
Synopsis:
The Guardians of the Universe tell Superman that his actions may be impeding the progress of the human race. While Superman considers what they said, he gets involved in the problems in a migrant camp.
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Indexer Notes

Art credits confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics.

The Exile at the Edge of Eternity (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Jim Steranko
Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Jim Steranko
Colors:
Jim Steranko; Drew R. Moore (color reconstruction)
Letters:
Jim Steranko

Genre:
superhero
Synopsis:
The history of the human race, and the children of Superman, as they spread out among the stars.
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Pinup / Moebius (Table of Contents)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Moebius
Inks:
Moebius
Colors:
Drew R. Moore
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
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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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Jor-El; Lara; Kelex; Kelor; Kal-El
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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Indexer Notes

This entire four-part story called "The Man of Steel" in the Table of Contents.

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; Martha Kent; Lana Lang
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
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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Return to Krypton (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script:
John Byrne
Pencils:
Mike Mignola
Inks:
Karl Kesel
Colors:
Petra Scotese; Drew R. Moore (color reconstruction)
Letters:
Bill Oakley

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Hawkman [Carter Hall; Katar Hol]; Hawkwoman [Shiera Hall; Shayera Thal]; Jor-El (hallucination); Lara (hallucination)
Synopsis:
Hawkman and Hawkwoman take Superman to Krypton.
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What's So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way? (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 39 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Kelly
Pencils:
Doug Mahnke; Lee Bermejo
Inks:
Tom Nguyen; Dexter Vines; Jim Royal; Jose Marzan; Wade Von Grawbadger; Wayne Faucher
Colors:
Rob Schwager
Letters:
Comicraft

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Lois Lane; Lex Luthor; Jimmy Olsen; Sam Lane; Perry White; Mercy; Steel; Jonathan Kent; The Elite [Manchester Black; Coldcast; The Hat; Menagerie]
Synopsis:
A new group of super-humans appears on the scene, with more violent solutions for the world's problems. Now Superman must demonstrate his is the correct way to be a super-hero.
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Contributors (Table of Contents)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Al Plastino (illustration)
Inks:
Al Plastino (illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Illustrated with a detail from "Three Superman from Krypton!" from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #65.

He Is the First, and Greatest, Super-Hero of All Time! (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Alex Ross (painting)
Inks:
Alex Ross (painting)
Colors:
Alex Ross (painting)
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Superman

Indexer Notes

On the back cover. Illustrated with a differently-cropped version of the same poster which supplied the image for the cover.