Superman: The Man of Tomorrow Archives #Volume 1

DC Comics

United States

Published
[September] 2004
Page count
240
Cover price
49.95 USD
Colour
Colour
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/213358

Credits

Editing
Dale Crain

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

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison
Editing
Dale Crain

Reprint history

Printed in
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #242

Notes

The cover art is a detail from the cover of Action Comics #242.

Show/hide 1. Superman: The Man of Tomorrow Archives Volume 1 (Superman) Illustration, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero

Credits

Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #125 [illustration]

Notes

Title page. The illustration is a detail from the cover of Superman (DC, 1939 series) #125.

Show/hide 2. Table of Contents (Superman) Credits, 2 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero

Credits

Art
Al Plastino
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #122 [illustration]

Notes

Some story credits in the Table of Contents are erroneous. The illustration is from p. 8, panel 6 of "Superman in the White House!" from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #122.

Show/hide 3. Foreword (Superman) Foreword, introduction, preface, afterword, 4 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Jimmy Olsen

Credits

Script
Mark Waid
Art
Al Plastino
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #122 [illustration]

Notes

The illustration is from pg. 8, panel 4 of "Superman in the White House!" from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #122.

Show/hide 4. The Super-Key to Fort Superman! (Superman) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman

Credits

Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

From GCD
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #241

Notes

The key and doorway to the Fortress of Solitude are depicted differently on the cover of Action Comics #241, pencilled by Curt Swan, from how they appear in the story, pencilled by Wayne Boring. On the cover the key is a giant skeleton key and below the doorway "FORT SUPERMAN" is written on the face of the mountain, while in the story the key is arrow-shaped, disguised as a marker to guide planes, and there is nothing written below the doorway. It is the arrow-shaped key and unlabeled doorway in the story drawn by Boring that will become the canonical versions.

Show/hide 5. The Super-Key to Fort Superman (Superman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Fortress of Solitude (intro); Batman; Joker (on trophy); green kryptonite

Credits

Script
Jerry Coleman
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

First print
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #241 (June 1958)
The Super-Key to Fort Superman
Also printed
Australia
Super Adventure Comic (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #99 ([September 1958])
The Super-Key to Fort Superman
 
United States
Superman Annual (DC, 1960 series) #1 ([August] 1960)
The Super-Key to Fort Superman
 
Australia
Giant Superman Album (Colour Comics, 1961 series) #2 ([September 1962?])
The Super-Key to Fort Superman
 
United States
World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #173 (February 1968)
The Super-Key to Fort Superman
 
United States
The Best of DC (DC, 1979 series) #16 (September 1981)
The Super-Key to Fort Superman
 
United States
The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told (DC, 1987 series) (1987 [March 1988])
The Super-Key to Fort Superman
 
United States
The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told (DC, 1989 series) ([April] 1989)
The Super-Key to Fort Superman
 
United States
Giant Superman Annual #1 Replica Edition (DC, 1998 series) #[nn] (June 1998)
The Super-Key to Fort Superman
 
United States
Showcase Presents Superman (DC, 2005 series) #Vol. One ([September] 2005)
The Super-Key to Fort Superman
From GCD
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #241

Synopsis

Someone has broken into Superman's Fortress of Solitude, so Superman searches the place for clues.

Notes

1st appearance of the Fortress of Solitude. The depictions of the Fortress key and doorway in this story differ from their cover appearances (see note to previous sequence). The versions in this story will become the canonical versions.

Show/hide 6. The Super-Sergeant! (Superman) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman

Credits

Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #122
Show/hide 7. The Secret of the Space Souvenirs (Superman) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Art
Al Plastino
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

Based on
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #122 (July 1958)
The Secret of the Space Souvenirs
Printed in
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #35 ([November 1965?])
The Secret of the Space Souvenirs
Also printed
United States
The Best of DC (DC, 1979 series) #12 (May 1981)
The Secret of the Space Souvenirs
 
United States
Showcase Presents Superman (DC, 2005 series) #Vol. One ([September] 2005)
The Secret of the Space Souvenirs
From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #122

Synopsis

Superman is compelled to collect trophies from space, but doesn't know why.

Notes

Writer ID by Bob Hughes.

Show/hide 8. Superman in the White House! (Superman) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Jimmy Olsen; Perry White; Lois Lane

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Art
Al Plastino
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #122

Synopsis

When Jimmy is knocked out, he dreams of what it would be like if Superman were president of the United States.

Show/hide 9. The Super-Sergeant (Superman) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman; Sgt. Jones; Perry White; Jimmy Olsen

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #122

Synopsis

While testing a new device, Superman accidentally gives Private Jones super-powers. Superman uses the soldier, who is promoted to sergeant, to make a pair of foreign spies think that he can create an army of American super-soldiers.

Notes

Writer ID by Bob Hughes.

Show/hide 10. The Super-Duel in Space! (Superman) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman; Brainiac

Credits

Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

From GCD
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #242

Notes

Brainiac's appearance on the cover of Action Comics #242, pencilled by Curt Swan, is different from that in the story, drawn by Al Plastino. Along with differences in the costume, on the cover Brainiac has electrodes on his head while in the story he doesn't have electrodes. It is Curt Swan's Brainiac with the electrode-studded head that will become the canonical version.

Show/hide 11. The Super-Duel in Space (Superman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Brainiac; Lois Lane; Koko; Kimda; Martha Kent (cameo); Jonathan Kent (cameo)

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Art
Al Plastino
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

Based on
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #242 (July 1958)
The Super-Duel in Space
Printed in
Australia
Superman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #134 ([September 1958?])
The Super-Duel in Space
Also printed
United Kingdom
Superman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #102 (October 1958)
The Super-Duel In Space
 
United States
Superman Annual (DC, 1960 series) #2 (1960 [January 1961])
The Super-Duel in Space
 
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #37 ([May 1966?])
The Super-Duel in Space
 
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #217 (June-July 1969)
The Super-Duel in Space
 
Australia
Giant Superman Album (Colour Comics, 1961 series) #16 ([November 1970?])
The Super-Duel in Space
 
Australia
Giant Superman Album (KG Murray, 1973? series) #23 ([May 1974?])
The Super-Duel in Space
 
Australia
Krypton Chronicles (Murray, 1982?) ([August 1982?])
The Super-Duel in Space
 
United States
Superman From the Thirties to the Eighties (Crown, 1983 series) (1983)
The Super-Duel in Space
 
United States
Superman in the Fifties (DC, 2002 series) ([September] 2002)
The Super-Duel in Space
 
United States
Showcase Presents Superman (DC, 2005 series) #Vol. One ([September] 2005)
The Super-Duel in Space
From GCD
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #242

Synopsis

While Clark Kent and Lois Lane are passengers on an experimental rocket, the rocket is snagged by the alien Brainiac. Clark switches to Superman, but can't penetrate Brainiac's force shield, so moves the rocket out of the control of Brainiac's ship. Brainiac turns to his primary goal, which is to shrink and bottle the great cities of Earth in order to restore them to normal size and repopulate his own planet, whose native people have all been wiped out by a plague. Superman returns to Metropolis, expecting Brainiac to also snatch that city, and through that gain entrance into Brainiac's ship. Once inside, he finds a bottle with a shrunken Kryptonian city. He enters the bottle, but loses his powers under its artificial gravity. There he seeks the help of a scientist who helps him plan a way to restore the cities of Earth while Brainiac lies in suspended animation for the trip back to his own planet. But unfortunately there isn't enough power to restore Kandor, so Superman places it in his Fortress until he can find a way, as Brainiac's ship rockets away, with Brainiac unaware that he is returning home empty-handed.

Notes

Brainiac's depiction in this story differs from that on the cover (see note to previous sequence). The cover version of Brainiac would become the canonical version.

Show/hide 12. The Girl of Steel! (Superman) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman; Super-Girl

Credits

Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #123

Notes

This cover is a recreation. It is not a reprint of the original drawing.

Show/hide 13. The Girl of Steel [The Three Magic Wishes Part 1 of 3] (Superman) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Super-Girl; Jimmy Olsen; Lois Lane

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Dick Sprang
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison ? (see note)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #123

Notes

Part 1 of 3. The Super-Girl in this story appears 11 months before Superman's cousin, Kara Zor-El, the Supergirl who debuts in Action Comics #252 (May '59). In the Table of Contents the pencils are incorrectly credited to Wayne Boring. The pencils are credited to Dick Sprang in the GCD's index of Superman (1939 series) #123 and in previous reprints of this story, including The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told and Supergirl Archives Vol. 1. Although credited to Jamison, the coloring appears to be the same as in a previous reprinting of this story in Supergirl Archives Vol. 1, which was colored by Lee Loughridge.

Show/hide 14. The Lost Super-Powers [The Three Magic Wishes Part 2 of 3] (Superman) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Jimmy Olsen

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Dick Sprang
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison ? (see note)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #123

Notes

Part 2 of 3. In the Table of Contents the pencils are incorrectly credited to Wayne Boring. Also, the coloring may in fact be by Lee Loughridge. See notes to previous sequence regarding disputed credits.

Show/hide 15. Superman's Return to Krypton [The Three Magic Wishes Part 3 of 3] (Superman) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Jimmy Olsen; Jor-El; Lara; Kil-Lor (Kryptonian criminal; 1st app.)

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Dick Sprang
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison ? (see note)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #123

Notes

Part 3 of 3. In the Table of Contents the pencils are incorrectly credited to Wayne Boring. Also, the coloring may in fact be by Lee Loughridge. See notes to sequence 13 regarding disputed credits.

Show/hide 16. The Lady and the Lion! (Superman) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane

Credits

Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

From GCD
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #243
Show/hide 17. The Lady and the Lion (Superman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Fortress of Solitude; Kandor; Circe; Perry White; Jimmy Olsen; kryptonite

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Art
Wayne Boring
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

Based on
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #243 (August 1958)
The Lady and the Lion
 
Australia
Superman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #137 ([December 1958?])
The Lady and the Lion
Also printed
United Kingdom
Superman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #105 (January 1959)
The Lady and the Lion
 
United States
Superman Annual (DC, 1960 series) #3 (Summer 1961)
The Lady and the Lion
Printed in
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #36 ([February 1966?])
The Lady and the Lion
Also printed
Australia
Giant Superman Album (KG Murray, 1973? series) #22 ([November 1973?])
The Lady and the Lion
 
United States
Showcase Presents Superman (DC, 2005 series) #Vol. One ([September] 2005)
The Lady and the Lion
From GCD
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #243

Synopsis

Circe gives Superman a potion that causes him to have the head of a lion until he discovers the antidote.

Notes

2nd appearances of Fortress of Solitude and Bottled City of Kandor. The Fortress is depicted the same as in the story from Action Comics #241, also pencilled by Boring.

Show/hide 18. The Black Knight's Super-Sword! (Superman) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman; Perry White (disguised as the Black Knight)

Credits

Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #124
Show/hide 19. The Super-Sword (Superman) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Perry White; "Bull" Mathews

Credits

Script
Jerry Coleman
Art
Al Plastino
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #124 (September 1958)
The Super-Sword
Also printed
Australia
Superman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #136 ([November 1958?])
The Super-Sword!
 
United Kingdom
Superman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #104 (December 1958)
The Super-Sword
 
United States
Superman Annual (DC, 1960 series) #7 (Summer 1963)
The Super-Sword
 
Australia
Giant Superman Album (Colour Comics, 1961 series) #4 ([September 1964?])
The Super-Sword
 
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #35 ([November 1965?])
The Super-Sword
 
United Kingdom
Superman Annual (KGM, 1951 series) #1968 (1968)
The Super Sword
 
United States
Showcase Presents Superman (DC, 2005 series) #Vol. One ([September] 2005)
The Super-Sword
From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #124

Synopsis

After Superman releases the Black Knight from a block of ice after nearly 1,000 years, the villain goes on a crime spree. When the knight wounds Superman with his magical sword, criminal "Bull" Mathews offers to buy it, but finds it was all a set-up to trap him.

Show/hide 20. Mrs. Superman (Superman) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; kryptonite; Chief Mawmba

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Art
Kurt Schaffenberger
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

Based on
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #124 (September 1958)
Mrs. Superman
Printed in
Australia
Superman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #137 ([December 1958?])
Mrs. Superman
Also printed
United States
80 Page Giant (DC, 1964 series) #14 (September 1965)
Mrs. Superman
 
Australia
Giant Lois Lane Album (Colour Comics, 1964 series) #6 ([June 1969?])
Mrs. Superman
 
United States
Showcase Presents Superman (DC, 2005 series) #Vol. One ([September] 2005)
Mrs. Superman
 
United States
Showcase Presents: Superman Family (DC, 2006 series) #Volume One (2006)
Mrs. Superman
From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #124

Synopsis

When Clark and Lois are trapped on a remote island, Clark reveals his double identity to Lois and proposes marriage. But when he discovers that he can leave the island, Clark must convince Lois he faked the super-feats he performed on the island in order to get out of the engagement.

Notes

With its Schaffenberger art and focus on Lois Lane's relationship with Superman, this story is similar to those that appear in the pages of Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane.

Show/hide 21. The Steeplejack of Steel (Superman) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman; Bart Benson

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #124

Synopsis

Superman takes a construction job undercover as Kirk Brent to expose a shady contractor.

Show/hide 22. Superman's Undersea Kingdom! (Superman) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman

Credits

Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

Based on
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #244 (September 1958)
Superman's Undersea Kingdom!
Printed in
United Kingdom
Superman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #106 ([February 1959])
Superman's Undersea Kingdom!
Also printed
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #187 (June 1966)
Superman's Undersea Kingdom!
 
United States
Showcase Presents Superman (DC, 2005 series) #Vol. One ([September] 2005)
Superman's Undersea Kingdom!
From GCD
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #244
Show/hide 23. The Super-Merman of the Sea (Superman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Perry White; Vul-Kor (villain); Lya-La (villain); Undersea Fortress of Solitude (intro); kryptonite

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

Based on
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #244 (September 1958)
The Super-Merman of the Sea
Printed in
United Kingdom
Superman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #106 ([February 1959])
The Super-Merman of the Sea
Also printed
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #187 (June 1966)
The Super-Merman of the Sea
 
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #38 ([August 1966?])
The Super-Merman of the Sea
 
United States
Showcase Presents Superman (DC, 2005 series) #Vol. One ([September] 2005)
The Super-Merman of the Sea
From GCD
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #244

Synopsis

Superman pretends to join forces with underwater-dwelling aliens in order to trick them into believing Earth's seas are too salty for them.

Show/hide 24. The Shrinking Superman! (Superman) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Zak-Kul

Credits

Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

From GCD
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #245
Show/hide 25. The Shrinking Superman! (Superman) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Fortress of Solitude; Kandor; Zak-Kul (villain)

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

From GCD
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #245

Synopsis

When Lois visits Superman's Fortress, she accidentally releases the criminal Zak-Kul from Kandor. The villain traps Superman in Kandor and takes over his life until Superman escapes and returns Zak-Kul to the bottle city.

Notes

Early appearances of Kandor and the Fortress of Solitude. The Fortress is depicted the same as in the story from Action Comics #241, also pencilled by Boring. Writer id by Bob Hughes.

Show/hide 26. Superman's New Power! (Superman) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman

Credits

Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #125
Show/hide 27. Lois Lane's Super-Dream (Superman) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane

Credits

Script
Jerry Coleman
Art
Kurt Schaffenberger
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #125

Synopsis

Lois dreams she and Clark gain super-powers and become Power-Girl and Power-Man.

Notes

With its Schaffenberger art and focus on Lois Lane's relationship with Superman, this story is similar to those that appear in the pages of Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane.

Show/hide 28. Clark Kent's College Days (Superman; Untold Tales of Superman) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman; Untold Tales of Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Thaddeus V. Maxwell

Credits

Script
Jerry Coleman
Art
Al Plastino
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #125 (November 1958)
Clark Kent's College Days
Also printed
Australia
Superman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #140 ([March 1959?])
Clark Kent's College Days
 
United Kingdom
Superman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #108 ([April 1959])
Clark Kent's College Days
 
Australia
Superman Supacomic (KG Murray, 1974 series) #178 ([August 1974])
Clark Kent's College Days
 
United States
The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told (DC, 1987 series) (1987 [March 1988])
Clark Kent's College Days [Untold Tales of Superman #1]
 
United States
The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told (DC, 1989 series) ([April] 1989)
Clark Kent's College Days
 
United States
Showcase Presents Superman (DC, 2005 series) #Vol. One ([September] 2005)
Clark Kent's College Days
From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #125

Synopsis

Superman recalls his college days, particularly the professor who tried to scientifically prove that Clark Kent was Superboy.

Notes

1st of a series of "Untold Tales of Superman". Reveals the circumstances which led to Superboy choosing to call himself Superman.

Show/hide 29. Superman's New Power! (Superman) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane

Credits

Script
Jerry Coleman
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

Based on
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #125 (November 1958)
Superman's New Power!
Also printed
Australia
Superman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #139 ([February 1959])
Superman's New Power
 
United Kingdom
Superman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #107 ([March 1959])
Superman's New Power
Printed in
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #36 ([February 1966?])
Superman's New Power!
Also printed
United States
Showcase Presents Superman (DC, 2005 series) #Vol. One ([September] 2005)
Superman's New Power!
From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #125

Synopsis

When Superman is exposed to the radiation from the explosion of an alien space ship, he loses his powers but gains the ability to create a miniature version of himself with his powers to carry out his super-duties.

Show/hide 30. The Doom from Krypton! (Superman) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman

Credits

Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

From GCD
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #246

Notes

The scene on the cover of Action Comics #246, of an Earth couple sending their infant son to another planet in a rocket resembling the one that sent baby Kal-El to Earth, does not appear in the story, which is about a crook who builds a Krypton-themed amusement park.

Show/hide 31. Krypton on Earth! (Superman) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Jonas Smith

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

From GCD
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #246

Synopsis

Real estate promoter Jonas Smith creates the planned community of Krypton Island, which opens with a pageant featuring a re-enactment of Jor-El and Lara sending Baby Kal-El to Earth. But Superman realizes Smith is a wanted criminal and stops him from smuggling off Krypton Island diamonds that Superman made from coal.

Notes

The Table of Contents incorrectly credits Curt Swan as the penciller, but the visual style is unmistakably that of Wayne Boring (the GCD's index of Action Comics #246 also credits Boring). Writer id by Bob Hughes.

Show/hide 32. The Return of Superman's Lost Parents! (Superman) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman; Cedric Carson [as Jonathan Kent]; Millicent Carson [as Martha Kent]

Credits

Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

From GCD
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #247
Show/hide 33. Superman's Lost Parents! (Superman) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman; Cedric Carson [as Jonathan Kent] (villain); Millicent Carson [as Martha Kent] (villain); Jor-El (statue); Lara (statue); Jonathan Kent (flashback); Martha Kent (flashback); Fortress of Solitude; Superboy (statue, image); Lois Lane; Superman robots; Lana Lang (image); Professor Lang (image); kryptonite

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Art
Al Plastino
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

From GCD
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #247

Synopsis

Ma and Pa Kent seemingly arrive in the present in a time bubble, and Superman is so happy to see them that he shows them all the secrets of his adult life. But Ma and Pa turn out to be con artists who blackmail Superman with the knowledge of his double identity secret.

Notes

Early appearance of Fortress of Solitude. The Fortress key is a giant skeleton key, as shown on Curt Swan's cover of Action Comics #241 (the NON-canonical version).

Show/hide 34. Superman's Lost Identity! (Superman) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman

Credits

Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #126
Show/hide 35. Superman's Hunt for Clark Kent! (Superman) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen

Credits

Script
Otto Binder?
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #126

Synopsis

When Superman loses his memory, he adopts the persona of Clarence Kelvin and takes a job at the Daily Planet while he tries remember his true identity.

Notes

Early Fortress of Solitude appearance -- Wayne Boring's canonical version, as shown in the story from Action Comics #241. Writer id by Bob Hughes.

Show/hide 36. The Spell of the Shandu Clock (Superman) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Shandu; Perry White; The Fallon Gang (Intro)

Credits

Script
Jerry Coleman
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #126

Synopsis

Superman pretends to be under the influence of a mystical clock in order to make the Fallon Gang think he is helpless against their new weapon.

Show/hide 37. The Two Faces of Superman! (Superman) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Chet Hartley

Credits

Script
Jerry Coleman
Art
Kurt Schaffenberger
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #126

Synopsis

When Superman sees Lois get out of a date by making herself look ridiculous, he changes his appearance to teach her a lesson.

Notes

Superman wears a mask that resembles Mad Magazine's Alfred E. Neuman. With its Schaffenberger art and focus on Lois Lane's relationship with Superman, this story is similar to those that appear in the pages of Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane.

Show/hide 38. Biographies Biography (nonfictional), 1 page

Credits

Letters
typeset

Notes

Brief biographies of Otto Binder, Wayne Boring, Jerry Coleman, Stan Kaye, Al Plastino, Kurt Schaffenberger, Dick Sprang, and Curt Swan.

Show/hide 39. Untitled (Superman) Illustration, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Super-hero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Jonathan Kent; Martha Kent

Credits

Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Jamison

Reprint history

From GCD
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #241
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #243
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #125
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #247

Notes

Cover thumbnails of Action Comics #241 and 243, Superman (1939 series) #125 and Action Comics #247.


Notes

The cover art is a detail from the cover of Action Comics #242.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 37565

Entry created

  • 01/10/2008

Cover added

  • 20/02/2010

Index completed

  • 20/02/2010