([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
9781401203399 51999
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: 1)

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: 2)

credits, title page / 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: 3)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

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

Introduction (Table of Contents: 4)

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: 5)

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: 6)

Superman / comic story / 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: 7)

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: 8)

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: 9)

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: 10)

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: 11)

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: 12)

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: 13)

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: 14)

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: 15)

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: 16)

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: 17)

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: 18)

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: 19)

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: 20)

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: 21)

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: 22)

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: 23)

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: 24) (Expand) /

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