Superman Comics Index (from 1986)


Regular Titles

1989

  • Action Weekly #624
    "Pin The Tail..."
    Roger Stern, Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson

  • Action Weekly #625
    "Out Of The Frying Pan..."
    Roger Stern, Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson

  • Action Weekly #626
    "... Into The Fire!"
    Roger Stern, Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson

  • Action Weekly #627
    "Panic In THe Sands!"
    Roger Stern, Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson

Invasion crossovers

In the 3 part Invasion miniseries, the alien Dominators and an alliance of other aliens attempt to invade Earth to stop Earth from progressing into space. They try killing all humans having a meta-gene, using a paragene bomb.

  • Notable Issue: Invasion! #1
    Keith Giffen & Bill Mantlo; Todd McFarlane, P. Craig Russell, Al Gordon & Joe Rubinstein
    An alien race called the Dominators perceives the presence of the genetic anomaly that allows for the evolution of certain humans into super powered heroes as a future threat and want to obtain the secret. Their plan is to destroy the Earth and eradicate all humans, except those who have a meta-gene they can study. They organize an alliance of worlds, including Citadel, Thanagar, Gil` `Dishpan, Psion, Daxam, Khund, Durla, and Okaara. Numerous humans and aliens are put into holding camps where experimentation on them is done. Among the captives are the Omega Men and Adam Strange. The Alliance attacks and subjugates the continent of Australia and demands Earth surrender all its heroes. The Earth stands united in defying this order.

  • Superman #26
    Roger Stern, Kerry Gammill, Brett Breeding
    First Strike - Clark is feeling tired; Perry, Lois, Clark hear that Aliens have invaded Melbourne; Superman attacks Thangarian Wingmen in Metropolis, while Baron Sunday attacks Superman with a doll with part of Superman's cape; Captain Atom meets the Guardian; Gangbuster (Superman) tracks down and captures Baron Sunday, has a buzzing in his head; Jimmy gets no response from Superman with his signal watch.

  • Adventures of Superman #449
    Jerry Ordway, Jerry Ordway, Dennis Janke
    First Strike -Looking for the missing Superman, Guardian finds and fights with Gangbuster (Superman); when the Newsboy Legion try to help, Superman rescues them and Guardian from drowning; Dr. McCoy and Matt Stockton; Superman meets Ace O' Club owner Manesis, Jimmy, Bibbo; McCoy looks for Clark at the Planet, sees Lois; Captain Atom asks Superman to negotiate a cease-fire, but the Dominators demand Earth surrender all meta-humans.

  • Notable Issue: Invasion! #2
    Keith Giffen & Bill Mantlo; Todd McFarlane, Keith Giffen , P. Craig Russell, Al Gordon, Tom Christopher & Joe Rubinstein
    Earth's super-heroes, super-villains and human armed forces join together to battle the Alien Alliance. Superman saves the lives of the Daxamite observers, who receive powers equal to his from Earth's sun, but suffer a fatal reaction to Earth's environment. As a result Daxam enters the war on the side of Earth. At the starlag prison camp, the prisoners succeed in revolting. The Alliance collapses and Earth is victorious. A low level Dominator disobeys orders and creates a meta-gene bomb.

  • Superman #27 (Jan)
    Roger Stern, Kerry Gammill, Brett Breeding
    Aftermath - Superman examines a crashed alliance ship in Australia, following Australia's liberation (in Invasion #2); Clark looks exhausted at the Planet; Brainiac tries attacking Gangbuster (Superman), when Gangbuster attacks Luthor; Guardian finds and again fights the vigilante Gangbuster and finds why Gangbuster is so durable.

  • Adventures of Superman #450 (Jan)
    Jerry Ordway, Jerry Ordway, Dennis Janke
    Aftermath - Superman discovers he's been acting as Gangbuster; Jose breaks with Lois; Clark phones Perry saying he'll be absent working on his Intergang story; Emil tells Superman Dr. Klyburn now works in New York, says Dr. Faulkner now is at Metropolis S.T.A.R.; Jose learns from Happersen and Luthor, that he must act as Luthor's bodyguard; Morgan and Cat; Clark sees the Kents, Matrix, Lana in Smallville, hands Ma his articles for mailing to the Planet, says he's leaving Earth, flies into space using Emil's breathing mask and a teleportation belt supplied by the Omega Men.

  • Notable Issue: Invasion! #3
    Keith Giffen & Bill Mantlo; Bart Sears, Joe Rubinstein, Tom Christopher, Dick Giordano, Pablo Marcos
    The meta-gene bomb causes meta-gene powered heroes and villains alike to loose control of their powers and then slip into a coma and slowly die. The remaining heroes are divided between stopping crime spree resulting from the loss of many super-heroes and going to the Dominator's home world to find a cure. Superman, who is on his way into self-exile assists in the recovery of the cure to the meta-gene bomb. Following the mission's successful conclusion, the Omega Men give Superman a teleporter and he continues into exile.

  • Tie-in periodical: Daily Planet bagged "Special Invasion Edition" - cover date November 4, 1988.

  • Action Weekly #628
    "WipeOut!"
    Roger Stern, Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson

  • Action Weekly #629
    "Journey's End"
    Roger Stern, Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson

  • Action Weekly #630
    "The Power From Beyond!"
    Roger Stern, Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson

  • Action Weekly #631
    "Point Blank"
    Roger Stern, Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson

  • Action Weekly #632
    "Holy War"
    Roger Stern, Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson

  • Action Weekly #633
    "Blood And Sand"
    Roger Stern, Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson

  • Action Weekly #634
    "Breathless!"
    Roger Stern, Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson

  • Action Weekly #635
    "Power Failure!"
    Roger Stern, Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson

  • Action Weekly #636
    "The Face And The Voice!"
    Roger Stern, Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson

    • Superman #28 (Feb)
      Roger Stern, Kerry Gammill, Brett Breeding
      Morgan orders Clark be killed after his first Intergang expose is published; Luthor wants Dr. Kelley to make stunned Brainiac more controllable; on an alien planet Superman saves an alien; when Matt breaks into Clark's apartment, Intergang hitmen thinking he's Clark kill him.

    • Adventures of Superman #451 (Feb)
      Jerry Ordway, Jerry Ordway, Jerry Ordway
      Police think Clark's been killed; Luthor hears Clark saved him from being shot, decides to stop Intergang; Superman teleports into an alien animal; Pa Kent tells a Star reporter that Clark is in Smallville; knowing from Brainiac that Superman is absent, Luthor has Jose attack Emil; Emil and Jerry White help Jose, and embarrass Luthor on TV.

    • Action Weekly #637
      "The Power Of Darkseid!"
      Roger Stern, Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson

    • Action Weekly #638
      "The Power Within"
      Roger Stern, Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson

    • Action Weekly #639
      "An Eye For An Eye"
      Roger Stern, Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson

    • Action Weekly #640
      "Where's There Smoke..."
      Roger Stern, Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson

    • Superman #29 (Mar)
      Dan Jurgens, Dan Jurgens, Brett Breeding
      Superman rescues another alien from the planet he had earlier teleported to, then finds another planet destroyed by Wordbringer (Hfuhruhurr), then tracks down Wordbringer's huge ship filled with brains; to distract her from Clark's apparent death Perry assigns Lois to uncover what happened to Trudeau - where Superman first met Wordbringer.

    • Adventures of Superman #452 (Mar)
      Dan Jurgens, Dan Jurgens, Dennis Janke
      Superman fights the personification of Wordbringer's union, Eon; Luthor craves a new challenge with Superman missing; Morgan provides a new home for Cat.

    • Action Weekly #641
      "Justice For All"
      Roger Stern, Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson

    • Action Weekly #642
      "Where's There's A Will..." (Book-Length)
      Roger Stern, Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson

    • Superman #30 (Apr)
      Roger Stern, Kerry Gammill, Dennis Janke
      Matrix wonders about being Clark; Superman decides he can't live in solitude, is unaware a meteor storm has ruptured his air supply.
      Hostile Takeover, part 1
      Roger Stern, Dan Jurgens, Dennis Janke
      With an interest in getting a psionics lab, Luthor decides to make a hostile takeover of S.T.A.R. Labs.

    • Adventures of Superman #453 (Apr)
      Jerry Ordway, Jerry Ordway, Jerry Ordway
      Matrix becomes Clark to help the Kents deal with a Star reporter, Toby Raynes; Superman hallucinates nightmares when low on air, is picked up unconscious by an alien ship.
      Hostile Takeover, part 2
      Roger Stern, Dan Jurgens, Dennis Janke
      Luthor allows rumors of a S.T.A.R. takeover to drive up the company stock, then offers to buy shares.

    • Superman #31 (May)
      Roger Stern/Tom Peyer, Paris Cullins, Dennis Janke
      Mxyzptlk finds Superman missing from Metropolis, attacks Team Luthor, meets Luthor who doublecrosses Mxyzptlk, leaves after finding Luthor has lied to him.
      Hostile Takeover, part 3
      Roger Stern, Dan Jurgens, Dennis Janke
      Morgan buys S.T.A.R shares hoping to make a profit selling them to Lexcorp; Lexcorp announces buying shares at a higher price; S.T.A.R. learns Lexcorp wants the psionics lab and sells it to a company called Simtech, issues new shares as a 'poison pill' defense; Luthor toasts in victory.

    • Adventures of Superman #454 (May)
      Jerry Ordway, Jerry Ordway, Jerry Ordway
      McCoy phones Maggie to provide a tip that the body is Stockton; when Morgan hears Clark is alive he wants Cat to find who is Clark's Intergang source; Matrix decides to go to Metropolis as Clark; Superman is taken on a slave ship to Warworld and meets Mongul.
      Hostile Takeover, part 4
      Roger Stern, Dan Jurgens, Dennis Janke
      S.T.A.R. asks Morgan to have Galaxy act as a 'White Knight' to buy shares, but Morgan declines; Luthor says his buying isn't leveraged; Lexcorp announces they are no longer buying and S.T.A.R. share values dive hurting S.T.A.R. after the new issued stocks, and earlier share buyers like Morgan; Luthor ends up profiting from selling off S.T.A.R. shares he'd had purchased earlier and sold during the 'takeover' for a profit, and because Simtech was a dummy corporation - he plans to use the psionics lab to study the sedated Brainiac.

    • Action Comics Annual #2 (1989)
      Jerry Ordway/George Perez/Roger Stern, Jerry Ordway/Mike Mignola/Curt Swan, Inkers - John Statema/George Perez/Brett Breeding
      First Cleric, Eradicator, Cellkeeper 385, Draaga; Superman tells of his origins to a dresser (Lentra), while Cleric tells Cellkeeper of how he preached against cloning on Krypton and the Eradicator's construction; Cleric mentally links to Superman; while battling Draaga in an arena, Cleric shows Superman flashbacks of how the Cleric left Krypton with the Eradicator and doomed Kryptonians; when Superman won't kill Draaga, Mongul decides he'll kill Superman.
      Who's Who updates on Matrix, Cat Grant, and a text by George Perez.

    • Superman #32 (Jun)
      Roger Stern, Kerry Gammill, Dennis Janke
      origins of Mongul and how he used Warworld; Mongul fights and stuns Superman; Matrix is found as Clark by Jimmy; when Mongul plans on killing Superman, Cleric teleports Superman to his pariah's detention asteroid using the Eradicator.

    • Adventures of Superman #455 (Jun)
      Jerry Ordway, Dan Jurgens, Art Thibert
      More background on Warworld, as its inhabitants revolt; Perry, Henderson, Jimmy puzzle over Clark (Matrix)'s condition; Cat tells Lois she was Clark's Intergang source; after killing Lentra, Mongul looks for Superman and Cleric, fights with Draaga who has been offered rule of Warworld by its creators if he stops Mongul; Superman mindlinks with the Eradicator which restores his Superman costume.

    • Superman #33 (July)
      Roger Stern, Kerry Gammill, Dennis Janke
      Warworld ruled by Draaga as a figurehead enters hyperspace, escaping Superman; with Clark (Matrix) disabled, Perry has Lois finish Clark's expose of Intergang; Clark (Matrix) phones the Kents; Superman accepts the Eradicator from the Cleric, who dies when he no longer has the Eradicator to sustain him, with Cellkeeper he is buried on the asteroid.

    • Adventures of Superman #456 (July)
      Jerry Ordway, Dan Jurgens, Art Thibert
      DeSaad disguised as Darkseid sends Morgan Turmoil to kill Clark and Lois; Morgan's doctor warns him about his health; Turmoil attacks Clark (Matrix); Morgan learns Cat was Clark's source; Gangbuster and S.C.U. attack Turmoil when it targets Lois; Superman approaches Earth causing Brainiac to wake up in the psionics lab and say "he's back" which is reported to Luthor.

    • Action Comics #643 (July)
      George Perez, George Perez/Brett Breeding, Brett Breeding
      Returns as a monthly title
      Superman returns to Metropolis, hugs Jimmy, saves Lois and Gangbuster from Turmoil, arrests Morgan for controlling Turmoil; Morgan collapses from a heart attack; when Clark enters his apartment he sees Matrix as Clark stunned from a silent explosion and holding the Eradicator.

      [Trade Paperback Collection: Superman: Exile reprints Superman #28-30, 32-33, The Adventures of Superman #451-456, Action Comics #643, Action Comics Annual #2]

    • Superman #34 (Aug)
      Jerry Ordway, Kerry Gammill, Dennis Janke
      Jimmy visits Clark's apartment and takes a photo of Suprman with Clark (Matrix), tells Superman that Guardian wants to see him; at Cadmus Maggie and James Sawyer watch their daughter who was infected by her encounter with Skyhook (Dr. Aleister Hook); Skyhook summons Jamie Sawyer and other kids who previously were with Skyhook; at the church, a child Oliver helps save Jamie; trying to kill Superman, Skyhook impales himself and the affected children revert to normal.
      Letter column becomes Metropolis Mailbag.

    • Adventures of Superman #457 (Aug)
      George Perez/Roger Stern, Dan Jurgens, Ty Templeton
      Clark in Metropolis experiences a flashback to the silent explosion, as does Matrix who is now back in Smallville with the Kents; Lana phones Clark worried about Matrix; at a charity dinner Intergang tries killing Clark, Lois, Cat; while Superman is stopping the Intergang thugs, in Smallville Matrix is replaying what Superman does and attacking the police.
      Letter column becomes Krypto Grams.

    • Action Comics #644 (Aug)
      Roger Stern/George Perez, George Perez, Brett Breeding
      In Smallville, Matrix thinks Superman is an impostor and attacks Superman; during their fight Lana is injured; in Metropolis, Dr. Faulkner is trying to locate Superman to help Starman; Matrix chooses to leave Earth, still using an appearance like Superman, so as not to further endanger anyone.

    • Superman #35 (Sept)
      Jerry Ordway, Curt Swan/Kerry Gammill, Dennis Janke
      Morgan following surgery experiences meeting Black Racer, Metron, Darkseid/DeSaad, recalls his dad killing his mom, meeting Darkseid (DeSaad), buying out Galaxy from his dad, is nearly killed by a doctor working for Intergang. Brainiac begins having agitated dreams, finds his mind can now exit his body in an astral form.

    • Adventures of Superman #458 (Sept)
      George Perez/Dan Jurgens, Dan Jurgens, Klaus Janson
      First Jimmy Olsen as Elastic Lad; while doing aerobic exercise, Jimmy's body loses control and becomes painfully elastic; Emil's test show a virus caused Jimmy's condition, and Superman may have infected him when he returned to Earth from exile a week ago; near Mars, a spaceship with Sazu approaches.

    • Notable Issue: Starman #14 (September)
      Roger Stern, Tom Lyle, Bob Smith
      Superman visits Kitty Faulkner in Phoenix to help encourage the young hero Starman. He winds up playing a subordinate roll in battle, when the Parasite attacks stealing half of Superman's powers and Starman's unique powers make defeat the super-powered Parasite.

    • Action Comics #645 (Sept)
      Roger Stern/George Perez, George Perez, Brett Breeding
      Starman recharges Superman after fighting Parasite; in Lowell County Kansas. Superman checks on Lana in the hospital; Clark finds the Planet staff entranced by Lady Maxima who is looking for Superman; Superman rescues the mayor and city hall taken oven by Sazu and Maxima; Sazu destroys the Maxima simulacrum; First Maxima.

    • Superman #36 (Oct)
      Jerry Ordway, Jerry Ordway, Dennis Janke
      Superman meets the Guardian finally since leaving Earth; Dubbilex scans Superman about why he acted as Gangbuster; Joe Morgan tells Morgan Edge not to hurt Cat and Adam; Prankster attacks Morgan Edge; Perry and Alice meet Jerry's new girlfriend Tammy; Galaxy fires Cat.

    • Adventures of Superman #459 (Oct)
      George Perez/Dan Jurgens, Dan Jurgens, Tim Gula
      After Emil tests Jimmy, Superman, and the Eradicator at S.T.A.R. the Eradicator causes Jimmy to become elastic again, and causes an explosion; Superman fearful that destroying the Eradicator will create a huge explosion buries it in the Antarctic and decided to have Jimmy taken to Cadmus for a cure.

    • Action Comics #646 (Oct)
      Keith Giffen/Roger Stern, Keith Giffen, Dennis Janke
      Still in the Antarctic, Superman finds and battles a huge alien burrowing beast left by aliens on Earth long ago; Brainiac still in astral state.

    • Superman #37 (Nov)
      Jerry Ordway, Jerry Ordway, Dennis Janke
      Jose breaks up with Lois; Superman takes an unhappy Jimmy to Cadmus; Jimmy dreams of Husque; Newsboy Legion help Jimmy leave Cadmus using the Whiz Wagon pursued by Superman and the Guardian; Jimmy no longer considers himself Superman's 'Pal'.

    • Adventures of Superman #460 (Nov)
      Dan Jurgens, Dan Jurgens, Andy Kubert
      First Fortress of Solitude, Phantom Zone, Kem-L; Clark has a headache; Lois and Perry meet Collin Thornton who is looking to hire Clark; after hallucinating seeing the Eradicator, Superman flies to the Antarctic and finds the Eradicator has built an underground Fortress and altered two American scientists; Superman learns about Kem-L constructing the Eradicator; Superman fights and loses to the Eradicator; Lois finds Clark back without a headache.

    • Action Comics #647 (Nov)
      Roger Stern, George Perez/Kerry Gammill, Brett Breeding
      Part 1 of Brainiac trilogy - Superman remembers it was Brainiac who attacked him as Gangbuster in Lexcorp; Brainiac controls Happersen to shut down Lexcorp in Metropolis; Superman saves Luthor from an attack in Dallas and warns him about Brainiac; Metallo is helping Brainiac in the psionics lab.

    • Superman #38 (Dec)
      Jerry Ordway, Jerry Ordway, Dennis Janke
      Superman visits the Farnum and Beatty circus and the 'Amazing Brainiac'; Jimmy visits Emil who confirms Jimmy is cured, trades places with Husque; bad weather and a tidal wave hits Metropolis; Emil calls the Planet and gets Alice, while trying to find Superman.

    • Adventures of Superman #461 (Dec)
      Dan Jurgens, Dan Jurgens, George Perez
      Thornton offers Clark a job; Emil tells Superman an Antarctic ice melt caused the tidal wave; Superman tells Emil he's forgotten about the Eradicator; Superman goes to the Fortress and in the Phantom Zone talks with a hologram of Kem-L, is told of the Kryptonian rite of passage by Jor-El and Lara back on Krypton; after undergoing the rite, the gateway is destroyed and the Eradicator stops its actions.

    • Action Comics #648 (Dec)
      Roger Stern, George Perez/Kerry Gammill, Brett Breeding
      Part 2 of Brainiac trilogy - Brainiac sends Metallo and other robots to Metropolis; Brainiac controls Dr. Augustine and has him supply 'goop' to help restore his dying body to a form like his from Colu, while Happersen already is doing more modifications to Brainiac's body; after being warned by Dubbilex, Superman and Guardian capture Metallo; Luthor goes to his psionics lab and is captured by Brainiac.

    • Notable Issue: Justice League Europe #9 (December)
      Keith Giffen & Bill Loebs, Art Nichols, Bart Sears
      Power Girl lies dying from injuries sustained in a previous encounter. She needs surgery, but her invulnerable skin makes it impossible. Sue Dibney summons Superman, hoping he may be able to assist. Superman works with her doctors, using his heat vision as a laser scalpel, and saves her life. However, her powers will be reduced.


    Superman Comics Index (1986-2011)

    Introduction

    Here is a listing of the regular Superman titles since the John Byrne 1986 mini-series Man of Steel up until the post-Flashpoint relaunch in 2011. For accuracy almost every entry is based upon actually looking in the issue, and not memory or another source.

    This listing is done in the order for when a comic book issue was published.

    Note: Remember, the month dates are from the issue covers, not the actual date when the comic was on sale.

    The Writer, Penciller and Inker for each issue is listed under the Comic's Title and Date.

    CONTENTS:

    1986/Revamp | 1987 | 1988 | 1989
    1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999
    2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009
    2010 | 2011
    Annuals | Specials 1996-2003 | Specials 2004-
    Prestige Format Mini-Series | Graphic Novels | Pin-up Books | Trade Paperbacks

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    You can read reviews of all the Superman related comics (from October 1999 onwards) in the Mild Mannered Reviews section of this website.

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