The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told

DC Comics

United States

Published
1987 [March 1988]
Page count
326
Cover price
19.95 USD; 27.95 CAD
Colour
Colour
Size
Standard size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/42298

Credits

Editing
Mike Gold
Robert Greenberger

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover Untitled (Superman) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman

Credits

Pencils
John Byrne
Inks
Ken Steacy
Colours
Ken Steacy ?
Show/hide 1. Table of Contents Table of contents, 2 pages

Credits

Letters
Typeset
Show/hide 2. The Origins of Superman (Superman) Text article, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman

Credits

Author
John Byrne
Letters
Typeset
Show/hide 3. Gathering the Greatest (Superman) Text article, 3 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman

Credits

Author
Mike Gold
Letters
Typeset

Notes

How these stories were selected.

Show/hide 4. Untitled (Superman) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman

Credits

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Paul Cassidy (credited to someone else in the book)
Colours
Tom Ziuko
Show/hide 5. Superman versus The Archer (Superman) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman

Credits

Script
Jerry Siegel
Art
Leo Nowak (ghosting for Joe Shuster)
Colours
Liz Berube
Show/hide 6. What if Superman Ended the War? (Superman) Comic story, 2 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero; war
Characters
Superman

Credits

Script
Jerry Siegel
Art
Joe Shuster
Colours
Liz Berube

Notes

The book dates this reprint as 1943, but this is incorrect. It was originally in 3-colors (black, white, and red). Thanks to Denys Howard and Michael Feldman for this information (August 2004).

Show/hide 7. The Mysterious Mr. Mxyztplk (Superman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman

Credits

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster (credited to someone else in the book)
Inks
Ira Yarbrough (credited to someone else in the book)
Colours
Michele Wolfman
Show/hide 8. The Origin of Superman (Superman) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman

Credits

Script
Bill Finger (not credited in the book)
Art
Al Plastino (credited to someone else in the book)
Colours
Gene D'Angelo

Notes

origin

Show/hide 9. The Girl of Steel (Superman) Comic story, 10 pages
Show/hide 10. The Lost Super Powers (Superman) Comic story, 6 pages
Show/hide 11. Superman's Return to Krypton (Superman) Comic story, 10 pages
Show/hide 12. Clark Kent's College Days [Untold Tales of Superman #1] (Superman) Comic story, 10 pages
Show/hide 13. The Super-Key to Fort Superman (Superman) Comic story, 12 pages
Show/hide 14. The Amazing Bizarro (Superboy) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy; Bizarro

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Art
George Papp
Colours
Anthony Tollin

Notes

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

Show/hide 15. The Runaway Super-Creature (Superboy) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy; Bizarro

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Art
George Papp
Colours
Anthony Tollin

Notes

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

Show/hide 16. The Battle with Bizarro (Superboy) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy; Bizarro

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Art
George Papp
Colours
Anthony Tollin

Notes

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

Show/hide 17. The Girl from Superman's Past (Superman) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lori Lemaris; Lois Lane

Credits

Script
Bill Finger
Art
Wayne Boring
Colours
Nansi Hoolahan

Synopsis

Superman recalls his college romance with Lori Lemaris, a mermaid from sunken Atlantis.

Show/hide 18. Krypton Lives On (Superman) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman; Batman (cameo); Robin (cameo)

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Bob LeRose

Notes

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

Show/hide 19. Futuro, Super-Hero of Krypton (Superman) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Bob LeRose

Notes

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

Show/hide 20. The Superman of Two Worlds (Superman) Comic story, 7 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman; Batman; Robin

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Bob LeRose

Notes

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

Show/hide 21. The Night of March 31st (Superman) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman

Credits

Script
Jerry Siegel (credited to someone else in the book)
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Stan Kaye (credited to someone else in the book)
Colours
Carl Gafford

Notes

Sequence includes 1/3rd of last page as text article about The Great Boo-Boo Contest - there were lots of intentional errors in the story as an April Fool's Joke.

Show/hide 22. Lex Luthor, Hero! [The Death of Superman Part 1] (Superman) Comic story, 8 pages
Show/hide 23. Luthor's Super-Bodyguard [The Death of Superman Part 2] (Superman) Comic story, 9 pages
Show/hide 24. The Death of Superman Part 3 (Superman) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman

Credits

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff (credited to someone else in the book)
Colours
Bill Wray

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #193 (January-February 1967)
The Death of Superman! [part 3]
Also printed
United States
The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told (DC, 1989 series) ([April] 1989)
The Death of Superman! (The Death of Superman part 3)
 
United States
Showcase Presents Superman (DC, 2005 series) #3 (April 2007)
The Death Of Superman! [Part 3]

Notes

Chapter 3 of 3 part story. Title listed in Table of Contents is "The Death of Superman".

Show/hide 25. The Titanic Twins [The Amazing Story of Superman-Red & Superman-Blue Part 1] (Superman) Comic story, 8 pages
Show/hide 26. The Anti-Evil Ray [The Amazing Story of Superman-Red and Superman-Blue Part 2] (Superman) Comic story, 8 pages
Show/hide 27. The End of Superman's Career [The Amazing Story of Superman-Red and Superman-Blue Part 3] (Superman) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman-Red; Superman-Blue; Supergirl [Linda Danvers]; Saturn Girl [Imra Ardeen]; Lex Luthor; Mr. Mxyzptlk; Lois Lane; Lana Lang; Jimmy Olsen; Lucy Lane

Credits

Script
Leo Dorfman
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
George Klein
Colours
Shelly Eiber

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #162 (July 1963)
[The Amazing Story of Superman-Red and Superman-Blue! Part III] The End of Superman's Career!
Also printed
Australia
Superman Supacomic (Colour Comics, 1959 series) #52 ([December 1963?])
[The Amazing Story of Superman-Red and Superman-Blue! Part III] The End of Superman's Career!
 
United States
100-Page Super Spectacular (DC, 1973 series) #DC-18 (July 1973)
The End of Superman's Career
 
United States
The Best of DC (DC, 1979 series) #19 (December 1981)
The End of Superman's Career! (Part III of "The Amazing Story of Superman-Red and Superman-Blue")
 
United States
The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told (DC, 1989 series) ([April] 1989)
The End of Superman's Career! (The Amazing Story of Superman-Red and Superman-Blue part 3)

Synopsis

In an imaginary novel, the Supermen marry Lois Lane and Lana Lang. Jimmy Olsen marries Lucy Lane. Mr. Mxyzptlk reforms.

Notes

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

Show/hide 28. The Forever People (Forever People) Comic story, 24 pages

Featuring

Feature
Forever People
Characters
Forever People; Superman

Credits

Script
Jack Kirby
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Vince Colletta
Al Plastino (Superman touch-ups)
Colours
Jerry Serpe

Notes

Originally titled "In Search of a Dream!"

Show/hide 29. Must There Be a Superman? (Superman) Comic story, 17 pages
Show/hide 30. For the Man Who Has Everything... (Superman) Comic story, 40 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
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)

Credits

Script
Alan Moore
Art
Dave Gibbons
Colours
Tom Ziuko
Letters
Dave Gibbons

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.

Show/hide 31. The Secret Revealed (Superman) Comic story, 22 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman

Credits

Script
John Byrne
Pencils
John Byrne
Inks
Terry Austin
Colours
Petra Scotese
Letters
John Costanza
Show/hide 32. End Notes (Superman) Text article, 3 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman

Credits

Author
Robert Greenberger
Letters
Typeset

Notes

On-sale date from DC Releases #46.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 34779

Entry created

  • 31/10/2007

Cover added

  • 11/02/2010

Index completed

  • 22/08/2019

Last updated

  • 22/08/2019