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SUPERMAN STORIES A List of Holiday Superman Comic Stories Version 2.00 March 2001 INTRODUCTION: This document contains a list of all major Superman comic-book stories that fit into the current continuity. Ever since the 1986 revamp that restarted Superman from square one, the Superman comic books have fit into a tightly-woven continuity. Events from one story often lead into another, and subplots carry over from one major story line to the next. When a character re-appears after a long absence, he will recall and may have been affected by the events of the story in which he last appeared. Due to this tight integration, all previous stories (in the current continuity) are "real history" and thus possibly relevant to any other Superman story. LEGAL DISCLAIMER: Superman and all related characters are trademarks of DC Comics. Mention of these characters in this document is without permission of DC Comics, but said use is not intended to challenge DC's trademark rights or copyrights. Readers who want to learn more about Superman are encouraged to purchase the comic books. The author strongly suggests that this document be distributed free of charge. AUTHORSHIP: This list was compiled by David T. Chappell, and it was his opinion alone that determined whether a Superman story was worthy of inclusion in this document. It is based on the Superman comic books that he possesses. Comments, suggestions, and corrections may be sent via Internet e-mail to email@example.com. AVAILABILITY: This list is available on the World Wide Web at the Superman Homepage at http://www.supermanhomepage.com/comics/comics-christmas.html. The Superman FAQ is available at the same site. TITLE ABBREVIATIONS: The following abbreviations are used within the list to indicate the title of the various comic books. Abbreviation Title =================================================== ACTION ACTION COMICS ADVENTURES THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN MAN O'STEEL SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL SUPERMAN SUPERMAN (Volume 2) REGULAR SERIES: Shown below are important events and major storylines from the regular Superman titles. They are listed in chronological order starting with the first holiday issues of the revamped Superman. Story/Event Title Issue Date ============================================================================== -*- 1986 -*- Bloodsport SUPERMAN 4 Apr 87 writer: John Byrne penciller: John Byrne inker: Karl Kesel colorist: Anthony Tollin letterer: John Costanza editors: Andrew Helfer & Mike Carlin Christmas (December 23) first Bloodsport; Jimmy Olsen, Lucy Lane, Vietnam veterans -*- 1987 -*- He Only Laughs When I Hurt SUPERMAN 16 Apr 88 writer: John Byrne penciller: John Byrne inker: Karl Kesel colorist: Tom Ziuko letterer: John Costanza editor: Michael Carlin Christmas (Christmas week) first Prankster, kidnaps Lois Lane; first Supergirl -*- 1989 -*- Ex-Machina CHRISTMAS WITH THE SUPER-HEROES #2 1989 writer & penciller: Paul Chadwick inkter: John Nyber colorist: Tom McCraw letterer: John Costanza editor: Mark Waid Christmas (Christmas night) Superman helps a desperate, stranded motorist Homeless for the Holidays ADVENTURES 462 Jan 90 writer: Roger Stern penciller: Dan Jurgens inker: Art Thibert colorist: Glenn Whitmore letterer: Albert De Guzman editor: Mike Carlin Santa's helper: Jon Peterson Christmas Alice homeless, living in Planet building storeroom; "The Giving Season" editorial by Perry White; Clark leaves the Daily Planet for Newstime; Christmas in Smallville -*- 1990 -*- Worlds Collide WORLD'S FINEST Book Two writer: Dave Gibbons illustrators: Steve Rude & Karl Kesel colorist: Steve Oliff letterer: Bill Oakley editor: editor: Mike Carlin Christmas (holiday season through Christmas Eve) Christmas with orphans at Midway; Joker, Luthor, Batman, Superman Face to Face With Yesterday ADVENTURES 474 Jan 91 writer: Dan Jurgens penciller: Dan Jurgens inker: Art Thibert colorist: Glenn Whitmore letterer: Albert De Guzman editor: Mike Carlin assistant editor: Dan Thorsland New Years (New Year's Eve) drunk driving; flashback to Clark's high school years; euthenasia Worlds at War WORLD'S FINEST Book Three writer: Dave Gibbons illustrators: Steve Rude & Karl Kesel colorist: Steve Oliff letterer: Bill Oakley editor: editor: Mike Carlin New Year's (New Year's Eve & Morning) Luthor & Joker attack each other's holdings; Batman, Superman -*- 1991 -*- Friends in Need ACTION 673 Jan 92 writer: Roger Stern artists: Bob McLeod & Denis Rodier colorist: Glenn Whitmore letterer: Bill Oakley editor: Mike Carlin assistant editor: Dan Thorsland Thanksgiving Jimmy Olsen homeless; Hellgrammite; Manheim Metropolis Mailbag SUPERMAN 64 Feb 92 writer: Dan Jurgens art:: Jackson Guice colorist: Glenn Whitmore letterer: John Costanza editor: Mike Carlin assistnat editor: Dan Thorsland Christmas (December 23) Superman & Lois go through mail to Superman; help Holocost survivor & heart transplat; Santa visits children at the Planet Christmas in Suicide Sluberland ADVENTURES 487 Feb 92 writer: Jerry Ordway penciller: Tom Grummett inker: Doug Hazlewood colorist: Glenn Whitmore letterer: Albert De Guzman editor: Mike "Santa" Carlin assistant editor: Dan "Frosty" Thorsland Christmas (Christmas Day) Bibbo & Olsen play Santa & elf at Children's Aid Society; Olsen returns to Mom -*- 1992 -*- Metropolis Mailbag II SUPERMAN 76 Feb 93 writer: Dan Jurgens penciller: Dan Jurgens inker: Brett Breeding colorist: Glenn Whitmore letterer: John Costanza editor: Mike Carlin assistant editor: Jennifer Frank Christmas (Christmas Eve) Funeral for a Friend, Part 4 Justice League answers Superman's mail, reunites family & build home; Clark's friends spend Christmas together -*- 1993 -*- Obsessions MAN O'STEEL 31 Mar 94 winter, but not a holiday story -*- 1994 -*- Shadows SUPERMAN 97 Feb 95 writer: Dan Jurgens penciller: Dan Jurgens inker: Brett Breeding colorist: Glenn Whitmore letterer: John Costanza editor: Mike Carlin assistant editor: Chris Duffy Christmas (Christmas Eve) Superman delivers a baby; first Shadowdragon Christmas Thieves ADVENTURES 520 Feb 95 writer: Karl Kesel penciller: Stuart Immonen inker: Jose Marzan colorist: Glenn Whitmore letterer: Albert Deguzman editor: Mike Carlin assistant editor: Chris Duffy Christmas (Christmas Eve) Night of a Hundred Thieves: 100 thieves plague Metropolis; Superman and police must stop them all Like Fire From the Dark ACTION 707 Feb 95 writer: David Michelinie penciller: Jackson Guice inker: Denis Rodier colorist: Glenn Whitmore letterer: Bill Oakley editor: Mike Carlin assistant editor: Chris Duffy New Years (New Year's Eve) Shadowdragon; "New You" Gala; "It's a Wonderful Life" theater fight Kill Fee SUPERMAN 109 Feb 96 writer: Dan Jurgens penciller: Ron Fenz inker: Joe Rubinstein colorist: Glenn Whitmore letterer: John Costanza editor: K. 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Carlson assistant editor: Mike McAvennie Christmas (Christmas Eve) Metropolis Mailbag story; former Team Luthor leader attacks Superman The Benefaction of Peace HOLIDAY BASH 1 1997 writer: Barry Jameson penciller: Graham Nolan inker: Josef Rubinstein colorist: Jason Wright letterer: Albert DeGuzman editor: Darren Vincenzo Christmas (Christmas Day) flashback to Superman's first Christmas in Metropolis -*- 1999 -*- The Iron Hand of Kindness MAN O'STEEL 87 Mar 99 writer: Mark Schultz penciller: Doug Mahnke inker: Dennis Janke colorist: Glenn Whitmore letterer: Ken Lopez editor: Joey Cavalieri assistant editor: Maureen McTigue Thanksgiving sad Thanksgiving at the Kents; Kal-El commits to staying Superman full-time -*- 2000 -*- All I Want for Christmas ACTION 762 Feb 00 writer: Joe Kelly pencillers: German Garcia & Kano inker: Joe Rubinstein colorist: Glenn Whitmore & WildStorm FX letterer: John Costanza editor: Eddie Berganza associate editor: Maureen McTigue Christmas season; Christmas shopping La Encantadora and the Demon cause trouble at Dacy's department store Say Goodbye SUPERMAN 153 Feb 00 writer: Jeph Loeb penciller: Mike McKone inker: Marlo Alquiza colorists: Tanya and Richard Horie lettering: Comicraft editor: Eddie Berganza associate editor: Maureen McTigue Christmas Eve space battle with Imperiex A Night at the Opera ADVENTURES 575 Feb 00 plotter: Stuart Immonen dialogue: Mark Millar penciller: Yanick Paquette inkers: Dexter Vines, Rich Faber, & Jim Royal colorist: Glenn Whitmore seps: WildStorm FX letterer: Bill Oakley editor: Eddie Berganza associate editor: Maureen McTigue unspecified holiday season Lane and Luthor at opera while Luthor causes trouble around town Superman Y2K, Part One SUPERMAN Y2K 1 Feb 00 writer: Joe Kelly art: Butch Guice with Kevin Conrad, Mark Propst, & Richard Bonk colorist: Pat Garrahy seps: Digital Chameleon letterer: Clem Robins editor: Eddie Berganza associate editor: Maureen McTigue New Years Eve & New Years Day Brainiac 13 unleashes horror at start of Y2K; remake of Metropolis -*- 2001 -*- Help! SUPERMAN 165 Feb 01 writer: Jeph Loeb penciller: Ed McGuinness inker: Cam Smith colorists: Tanya and Richard Horie lettering: Richard Starkings editor: Eddie Berganza assistant editor: Tom Palmer, Jr. Christmas Season Superman gives Christmas gifts to JLA members; Linear Men & Warworld World Without Superman MAN O'STEEL 109 Feb 01 writer: Mark Schultz penciller: Duncan Rouleau letterer: Ken Lopez inkers: Jamie Mendoza and Marlo Alquiza colorist: Wildstorm FX editor: Eddie Berganza assistant editor: Tom Palmer, Jr. Christmas Season Liri Lee of Linear Men shows Kal-El possible future in world w/o Superman Fireside Chat ACTION 774 Feb 01 writer: Joe Kelly penciller: Eric Canete inker: Juan Vlasco colorist: Rob Schwager letterer: Richard Starkings editor: Eddie Berganza assistant editor: Tom Palmer, Jr. New Years Eve Luthor moves into White House; New Years Eve at the Lanes'; Scorch battles Kal-El and Martian Manhunter in D.C. -*- 2001 -*- Metallo & Toyman SUPERMAN 177 Feb 02 writer: Jeph Loeb penciller: Ed McGuinness and Kevin Maguire inker: Cam Smith While trying to answer his Christmas Email, Superman is confronted with a battle between Metallo and the new Toyman who claims that Metallo's parts belong to him. 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