([November] 2002)

DC, 2002 Series
Published in English (United States) United States
 
Price
19.95 USD; 32.95 CAD
Pages
196
On-sale Date
2002-09-18
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics
Brand
DC [bullet]
ISBN
1-56389-826-8 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
761941231723 00111
Editing
Nick J. Napolitano; Scott Nybakken (Associate Editor); Mort Weisinger (Original Editor)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
cardstock cover
Binding
softcover
Publishing Format
collected edition

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Wayne Boring
Colors
Jamison

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman

Superman in the Fifties (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Pencils
Curt Swan (illustration)
Inks
Stan Kaye (illustration)
Colors
Jamison (color reconstruction)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Jonathan Kent; Martha Kent

Indexer Notes

Title page illustrated with a portion of the cover to Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #247.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Pencils
Wayne Boring (Superman illustration); Kurt Schaffenberger (Lois illustration)
Inks
Wayne Boring ? (Superman illustration); Kurt Schaffenberger (Lois illustration)
Colors
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Letters
typeset

Characters
Superman; Lois Lane

Indexer Notes

Editorial credits, publication data, and tributes to Wayne Boring and Kurt Schaffenberger. Lois illustration taken from Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane (DC, 1958 series) #8; Superman illustration's source unknown.

[Table of Contents] (Table of Contents: 3)

table of contents / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils
? (border illustration)
Inks
? (border illustration)
Colors
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Letters
typeset

Introduction (Table of Contents: 4)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Mark Waid
Pencils
Curt Swan (illustrations)
Inks
Stan Kaye (illustrations)
Colors
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Letters
typeset

Characters
Krypto; Jimmy Olsen; Romado; Lois Lane; Big Boy

Indexer Notes

Mark Waid discusses the changes to the Superman legend during the 1950s.

Illustrated with details from the covers of Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #239 (Krypto illustration), Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #253 (first Jimmy Olsen illustration), and Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen (DC, 1954 series) #19 (second Jimmy Olsen illustration). Also includes two panels from the Superman comic strip featuring Romado (a Brainiac precursor) and Big Boy (essentially Titano).

Classic Tales (Table of Contents: 5)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Mark Waid
Pencils
Curt Swan (cover illustrations)
Inks
Stan Kaye (cover illustrations)
Colors
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Letters
typeset

Characters
Superman; Lois Lane
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Mark Waid discusses the tight connections between the TV series The Adventures of Superman and the Superman comics of the 1950s.

Three Supermen from Krypton (Table of Contents: 6)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
William Woolfolk
Pencils
Al Plastino
Inks
Al Plastino
Colors
Jamison (color reconstruction)
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 a sentence of 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 releases them back into space.
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Indexer Notes

The first appearance of other survivors of Krypton. In this story, the natives of Krypton are called Kryptonites. Their abilities are still natural, and not caused by the different gravities or suns of Earth and Krypton.

The Menace from the Stars! (Table of Contents: 7)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Woolfolk
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White
Synopsis
After attempting to destroy an asteroid with traces of Kryptonite, Superman loses his memory. He changes into the clothes in the cape pocket and heads to the Daily Planet. Lois and Perry tell him he is Clark Kent and that Superman has disappeared. When Clark puts on the Superman suit to fool some bank robbers and finds that bullets bounce off him, he credits the suit. He breaks up the asteroid and then decides to reveal to the Daily Planet that though he has been acting as him, he isn't Superman. As he walks to the office, however, he is hit by a truck and remembers that he really is Superman.
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The Girl Who Didn't Believe in Superman! (Table of Contents: 8)

Superman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Alice Norton; Lois Lane; Martha Norton; John Norton
Synopsis
Superman restores the sight of a blind girl and reunites her family.
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Superboy's Last Day in Smallville! (Table of Contents: 9)

Superman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent; also as Superboy (in flashback)]; Lana Lang (flashback)
Synopsis
Superboy finds out that something he did on his last day in Smallville as Superboy is going to allow a criminal to make $1,000,000. Superman must think back to that day and discover what it was that he did. As he remembers his graduation and the cake that was presented to him by the town, he figures out the criminal's plan.
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The Ugly Superman! (Table of Contents: 10)

Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane / comic story / 8.67 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Bernstein
Pencils
Kurt Schaffenberger
Inks
Kurt Schaffenberger
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Lois Lane; Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Ugly Superman
Synopsis
A wrestler billed as the Ugly Superman falls for Lois. But when he won't stop forcing his attention on Lois, Superman teaches him who the better man is.
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The Fortress of Solitude (Table of Contents: 11)

Superman / text article / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?; Jerry Coleman (illustration)
Pencils
Wayne Boring (illustration)
Inks
Stan Kaye (illustration)
Colors
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Letters
typeset; ? (illustration)

Genre
superhero

Indexer Notes

Describes some of the features of Superman's Fortress of Solitude. Illustration taken from "The Super-Key to Fort Superman" from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #241.

The Superman Family (Table of Contents: 12)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Mark Waid
Pencils
Wayne Boring (Action 223 cover illustration only); Curt Swan (other cover illustrations)
Inks
Stan Kaye (cover illustrations)
Colors
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Letters
typeset

Characters
Superman [also as Superboy]; Jor-El; Krypto; Superman, Junior
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Mark Waid discusses the expansion of the Superman family in the 1950s, including Krypto, Supergirl, and Titano.

Superman's Big Brother! (Table of Contents: 13)

Superman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Halk Kar; Jor-El (flashback); Lara (flashback); "Wrecker" Ross; Lois Lane
Synopsis
When Halk Kar crashes on Earth, the note he carries in Jor-El's handwriting makes Superman suspect that Halk Kar is his older brother. But when Halk Kar joins Superman in his pursuit of "Wrecker" Ross, Halk Kar receives an electric shock and remembers that he is actually a space traveller from Thoron who met Jor-El on Krypton just before it exploded.
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The Super-Dog from Krypton! (Table of Contents: 14)

Superboy / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Sy Barry
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superboy [Clark Kent]; Krypto; Jonathan Kent; Jor-El (flashback); Lara (flashback); Lana Lang
Synopsis
A super-powerful dog arrives in Smallville in a rocket complete with written records proving that he is baby Kal-El's puppy who Jor-El used as a test animal when developing his space rockets. Though happy to be reunited with his dog, Superboy needs to make sure that Krypto does not give away his secret identity several times before Krypto leaves for a romp in space.
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Indexer Notes

Inking credited to John Fischetti on item.

Titano the Super-Ape! (Table of Contents: 15)

Superman / comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Titano [Toto]
Synopsis
Lois befriends the intelligent chimp Toto just before he is sent into orbit inside a satellite. While in orbit, the satellite passes by a collision of a uranium metorite with a kryptonite one, which causes the chimp to grow to enormous size and shoot kryptonite beams from his eyes. Because of this change, Lois re-names him Titano. Though not meaning any harm, Titano poses a threat to humanity and Superman, so the army traps the giant chimp, planning to execute him. But Lois devises a way to block Titano's kryptonite vision so Superman can send him into the past where he cannot harm anyone.
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Lori Lemaris (Table of Contents: 16)

text article / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?; Bill Finger (illustration)
Pencils
Wayne Boring (illustration)
Inks
Stan Kaye (illustration)
Colors
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Letters
typeset; ? (illustration)

Characters
Superman; Lori Lemaris

Indexer Notes

Describes how Clark Kent met the mermaid Lori Lemaris. Incorrectly refers to "The Girl in Superman's Past" from Showcase #9, rather than the story by the same title from Superman #129.

Illustration taken from "The Girl in Superman's Past" from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #129.

The Supergirl from Krypton! (Table of Contents: 17)

Supergirl / comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Al Plastino
Inks
Al Plastino
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [also as Superboy (on poster)]; Supergirl; Zor-El; Miss Hart
Synopsis
Superman spies a crashing rocket and discovers his cousin Supergirl. She tells him how Argo City survived the destruction of Krypton and how her father sent her to Earth when the inhabitants of Argo City were threatened by Kryptonite poisoning. Superman sets her up in Midvale Orphanage so she can adjust to life on Earth.
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Beppo the Super-Monkey (Table of Contents: 18)

text article / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?; Otto Binder (illustration)
Pencils
George Papp (illustration)
Inks
George Papp (illustration)
Colors
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Letters
typeset

Characters
Beppo

Indexer Notes

Short profile of Beppo. Illustration taken from "The Super-Monkey from Krypton!" from Superboy (DC, 1949 series) #76.

The Villains (Table of Contents: 19)

Superman / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Mark Waid
Pencils
Curt Swan (cover illustrations)
Inks
Stan Kaye (cover illustrations)
Colors
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Lex Luthor; Bizarro; Lois Lane; Bizarro-Lois
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Describes the main villains that challenged Superman in the 1950s.

Superman's Super-Magic Show! (Table of Contents: 20)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Mr. Mxyztplk; Prankster; Lex Luthor
Synopsis
Mr. Mxyztplk teams with the Prankster and Lex Luthor to humiliate Superman by making "plastic proxies" (androids) which make it appear as if Lois has jilted Superman for Mxyztplk, make it seem that Superman has falsely accused Luthor, and makes Superman look like the victim of the pranks of the Prankster. But just as the public begins to wonder why they ever admired him, Superman turns the tables on the trio.
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The Super-Duel in Space (Table of Contents: 21)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Al Plastino
Inks
Al Plastino
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Brainiac; Lois Lane; Koko; Kimda; Martha Kent (cameo); Jonathan Kent (cameo)
Synopsis
While on an experimental rocket, Clark and Lois encounter the alien Brainiac, who plans to shrink and bottle the great cities of Earth and then use them to repopulate his planet. Superman gets inside Brainiac’s ship when the villain snatches Metropolis and there finds a bottle with the Kryptonian city of Kandor. He enters the bottle and with the help of a scientist there restores the cities of Earth while Brainiac lies in suspended animation for his trip home. Because there is not enough power to restore Kandor, Superman places the city in his Fortress, as Brainiac rockets away empty-handed.
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The Battle with Bizarro! (Table of Contents: 22)

Superman / comic story / 11.67 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Al Plastino
Inks
Al Plastino
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Bizarro; Lex Luthor; Vekko; Perry White; Jimmy Olsen; Lois Lane
Synopsis
Luthor steals Professor Dalton's duplicating machine and creates an adult Bizarro to menace Superman, but this Bizarro turns on its creator, hands him over to the authorities, and attempts to help Superman. When the people he has helped react in horror to him, Bizarro gets depressed. He misinterprets Lois' sympathy to his plight for true affection and takes her to a remote island. But when she rejects him, he turns the duplicator ray on himself and creates a handsome bizarro duplicate, whom Lois mistakes for the real Superman.
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Indexer Notes

Continues in the following story.

Metallo (Table of Contents: 23)

text article / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?; Robert Bernstein (illustration)
Pencils
Al Plastino (illustration)
Inks
Al Plastino (illustration)
Colors
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Letters
typeset; ? (illustration)

Characters
Metallo [John Corben]

Indexer Notes

A short origin of Metallo. Illustration taken from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #252.

The Bride of Bizarro! (Table of Contents: 24)

Superman / comic story / 11.67 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Al Plastino
Inks
Al Plastino
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Bizarro; Bizarro-Lois; New Bizarro
Synopsis
Bizarro keeps the real Superman from revealing to Lois that she has been proposed to by Bizarro's duplicate, whom he calls New Bizarro, with a kryptonite meteorite, but Lois realizes New Bizarro is not the true Man of Steel. But New Bizarro doesn't give up easily, and the duplicates fight each other. Bizarro seeks out Superman's help and destroys the kryptonite, turning it into a dust cloud which destroys New Bizarro. Bizarro resumes courting Lois, until Lois creates a duplicate of herself so that Bizarro can have his own Bizarro-Lois.
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Indexer Notes

Continues from previous story.

Superboy Meets Robin (Table of Contents: 25)

text article / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?; Dave Wood
Pencils
Al Plastino (illustration)
Inks
Al Plastino (illustration)
Colors
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Letters
typeset; ? (illustration)

Characters
Superboy [Clark Kent]; Robin [Dick Grayson]

Indexer Notes

A brief summary of the story in which Robin travels to the past to get Superboy's help. Illustration taken from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #253.

Superman's Pals (Table of Contents: 26)

Superman / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Mark Waid
Pencils
Curt Swan (cover illustrations)
Inks
Ray Burnley (WFC cover illustration); Stan Kaye (other cover illustrations)
Colors
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Jimmy Olsen; Lois Lane; Martha Kent; Jonathan Kent
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Short article about Superman's supporting cast.

The End of the Planet! (Table of Contents: 27)

Superman / comic story / 9.67 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; John Wilton; "Skip" Enders
Synopsis
When newspaper mogul John Wilton buys the Daily Planet and immediately shuts it down, the former employees start their own paper, gathering scoops in the new jobs they have taken to pay the bills. But Wilton tries to shut down this new competitor permanently.
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Elastic Lad (Table of Contents: 28)

text article / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?; Otto Binder (illustration)
Pencils
Curt Swan (illustration)
Inks
Ray Burnley (illustration)
Colors
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Letters
typeset; ? (illustration)

Characters
Elastic Lad [Jimmy Olsen]

Indexer Notes

The origin of Jimmy Olsen's Elastic Lad powers. Illustration taken from Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen (DC, 1954 series) #31.

Superman and Robin! (Table of Contents: 29)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner Jim Gordon
Synopsis
When Batman is laid up with a broken leg, Superman comes to Gotham City to help Robin track down the Purple Mask Mob, but it's Batman who cracks the case.
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The Stolen Superman Signal (Table of Contents: 30)

Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Jimmy Olsen; "Labs" Logan; Superman [Clark Kent]
Synopsis
When trailing Jimmy Olsen as he collects charitable donations around the city, "Labs" Logan figures out that Jimmy summons Superman through his wristwatch. So when Jimmy isn't looking, Labs changes the signal's frequency so that Superman won't come to Jimmy's rescue. But when Labs changes the signal back the proper frequency to lure Superman into a kryptonite trap, Jimmy uses the signal to broadcast Morse code to warn Superman, who nabs the crook long-distance and helps Jimmy deliver the charity collection.
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The Girl in Superman's Past (Table of Contents: 31)

Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Coleman
Pencils
Al Plastino
Inks
Al Plastino
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Lois Lane; Lana Lang; Superman [Clark Kent]
Synopsis
Lois meets Lana Lang for the first time, and the girls immediately compete to see whom Superman likes better. But Superman refuses to fall into their traps.
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Indexer Notes

Pencilling credited to Ruben Moreira on item.

Biographies (Table of Contents: 32)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
biography

Indexer Notes

Short biographies of the writers and artists whose work appears in this volume.

The Fifties... (Table of Contents: 33) (Expand) /

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

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. Superman in the Fifties
    Superman
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
  4. 3. [Table of Contents]
  5. 4. Introduction
  6. 5. Classic Tales
  7. 6. Three Supermen from Krypton
    Superman
  8. 7. The Menace from the Stars!
    Superman
  9. 8. The Girl Who Didn't Believe in Superman!
    Superman
  10. 9. Superboy's Last Day in Smallville!
    Superman
  11. 10. The Ugly Superman!
    Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane
  12. 11. The Fortress of Solitude
    Superman
  13. 12. The Superman Family
  14. 13. Superman's Big Brother!
    Superman
  15. 14. The Super-Dog from Krypton!
    Superboy
  16. 15. Titano the Super-Ape!
    Superman
  17. 16. Lori Lemaris
  18. 17. The Supergirl from Krypton!
    Supergirl
  19. 18. Beppo the Super-Monkey
  20. 19. The Villains
    Superman
  21. 20. Superman's Super-Magic Show!
    Superman
  22. 21. The Super-Duel in Space
    Superman
  23. 22. The Battle with Bizarro!
    Superman
  24. 23. Metallo
  25. 24. The Bride of Bizarro!
    Superman
  26. 25. Superboy Meets Robin
  27. 26. Superman's Pals
    Superman
  28. 27. The End of the Planet!
    Superman
  29. 28. Elastic Lad
  30. 29. Superman and Robin!
    Superman
  31. 30. The Stolen Superman Signal
    Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen
  32. 31. The Girl in Superman's Past
    Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane
  33. 32. Biographies
  34. 33. The Fifties...
    Superman
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