Superman Comics Index (1938-1986)


  • Superman #391 (January)
    "Who Stole The Newswoman of the Year! - Lana the Wanted - Part 2 of 3.
    Cary Bates & Elliot Maggin; Curt Swan & Dave Hunt
    Vartox kidnaps Lana, but in reality is an intergalactic fugitive intent on taking Superman's body. Lana's stalker continues his obsession. Superman searches for Lana and wonders why Vartox would seek information on him.

  • DC Comics Presents #65 (January)
    The Slayer from the Dark Dimension
    Paul Kupperberg; Gary Morrow
    Clark has nightmares that begin to take shape in reality. He is drawn to Madame Xanadu and they are sucked into to a dark dimension of insanity. There they face Maaldor the Darklord, who Superman previously banished.

  • Action Comics #551 (January)
    Superman: Friend or Foe?
    Marv Wolfman; Gil Kane
    A newspaper changes its view of Superman following a day of Superman reponding to emergencies around the world.

  • Superman #392 (February)
    "If a Body Meets a Body . . ." - Lana the Wanted - Part 3 of 3.
    Cary Bates & Elliot Maggin; Curt Swan & Dave Hunt
    An alien that drains the life our of super-heroes by taking control of them at weak moments is using Vartox to get to Superman. Vartox inhabits the body of Lana's stalker and helps Superman defeat the alien and save Lana.

  • DC Comics Presents #66 (February)
    The Resurgence of Blackbriar Thorn!
    Len Wein; Joe Kubert
    At a museum in Gotham City, an ancient Druid high-priest comes to life from a statue unearth by Prof. Lang. Superman must join forces with Etrigan: The Demon to stop Blackbriar Thorn.

  • Action Comics #552 (February)
    Another Time! Another Death! - Golden Temples - Part 1 of 3.
    Marv Wolfman; Gil Kane
    Savage activates ancient spores he seeded Superman with causing a pre-historic forest to begin consuming Metropolis. Heroes, who have all seen a gold temple are assembled to stop the threat by killing Superman.

  • Superman #393 (March)
    "The Day They Nuked Superman!"
    Bob Rozakis & Joey Cavalieri; Irv Novick & Dick Giordano
    The Master Jailer tries to eliminate Superman by nuking him with Kryptonite nukes, so he can kill Clark and win Lana. Superman saves himself by nuking himself with Bizarro versions of the bombs and captures the Jailer.

  • DC Comics Presents #67 (March)
    "Twas the Fright Before Christmas!"
    Len Wein & E. Nelson Bridwell; Curt Swan & Murphy Anderson
    On Christmas Eve Superman battles the Toyman with the help of Santa Claus. Or is it a dream?

  • Action Comics #553 (March)
    The World at Time's End! - Golden Temples - Part 2 of 3.
    Marv Wolfman; Gil Kane
    The forgotten heroes reveal to Superman that he is speading the spores that are being made to grow by the gold temples. They destroy them ending Savage's prehistoric growth, but Superman appears to have been lost at the 'Big Bang'

  • Superman #394 (April)
    "The Man Who Would Be President!" - Bucky for President - Part 1 of 2.
    Elliot S! Maggin; Curt Swan & Dave Hunt
    Enemy agents plot to destroy Superman and take over the United States by using an actuality device to get a columnist elected president. Superman and Valdemar the Viking battle polluters.

  • DC Comics Presents #68 (April)
    "Destiny's Children!"
    Gerry Conway; Curt Swan & Murphy Anderson
    When Vixen's nephew is disappears from an arcade, she and Superman discover a link between the game and missing children. The children are being used to power a new weapon developed by an ex-admiral to sell to another nation.

  • Action Comics #554 (April)
    "If Superman Didn't Exist . . ." - Golden Temples - Part 3 of 3.
    Marv Wolfman; Gil Kane
    The temples were planted by a race of alien conquerors to remove man's imagination and leave him defenseless, if they were destroyed. Two boys create the idea of Superman and return the world to normal.

  • Superman #395 (May)
    The Power and the People - Bucky for President - Part 2 of 2.
    Elliot S! Maggin; Curt Swan & Dave Hunt
    While going through a Viking ritual, Superman receives a vison showing him that an enemy device is giving Bucky powers and the furture of America will be one of repression. Superman foils the enemy plot and Bucky withdraws from the election.

  • DC Comics Presents #69 (May)
    Back to World War II
    Mark Evanier; Irv Novick & Dennis Jensen
    Superman goes back in time to learn about a story written by Perry White that he doesn't remember. Superman secretly helps Blackhawk and Abert Einstein escape from a nazi prison.

  • Action Comics #555 (May)
    "Reunion!" - Companion story in Supergirl #20.
    Paul Kupperberg; Curt Swan & Dave Hunt
    Superman is attacked by the parasite, who drains his powers. Superman defeats him by deception and continues on to keep an appointment with Supergirl.

  • Notable Issue: Supergirl #20 (June)
    "Celebration!" - Companion story in Action Comics #555..
    Paul Kupperberg; Carmine Infantino & Bob Oksner
    Supergirl is attacked by a clone of the Parasite that has been relaying her powers to the Parasite as he battles Superman. Superman, the Justice League and Teen Titans celebrate the anniversary of Supergirl's arrival on Earth.

  • Superman #396 (June)
    "The Battle for Superman's Brain!"
    Joey Cavalieri; Curt Swan & Dave Hunt
    When an alien attacks Superman for the professed purpose of stealing his brain, Superman adopts the identity of the Mystery Masquerader and has Superman actor Gregory Reed double as Superman to capture the villain.

  • DC Comics Presents #70 (June)
    "Survival of the Fittest!"
    Paul Kupperberg; Alex Saviuk & Tony DeZuniga
    A scientist intent on creating a race capable of surviving any possible disaster kidnaps the Metal Men to test their abilities. Superman helps them free themselves and capture the scientist.

  • Action Comics #556 (June)
    Marv Wolfman; Curt Swan & Kurt Shaffenberger
    Savage uses a sonic device to make Superman loose control and further raise questions about Superman. Superman uses a transmitter and Savage's own cameras to bring to the public an unknowing confession by Savage.

  • Superman #397 (July)
    "The Born-Again Kryptonite Man!" - Attack of the Kryptonite Man - Part 1 of 2. Concluded in Supergirl #21.
    Paul Kupperberg; Eduardo Barreto
    Superman is attacked by a survivor of an ancient Kryptonian race, who believes Superman's people were responsible for Krypton's doom. Aliens attack the Kryptonite Man and are willing to destroy the Earth to get him.

  • Supergirl #21 (July)
    "Curse of the Kryptonite-Man!" - Attack of the Kryptonite Man - Part 2 of 2. - Part 1 in Superman #397.
    Paul Kupperberg; Eduardo Barreto
    Supergirl joins Superman in the three way battle with the Kryptonite Man and the aliens called the Seeders. The heroes and the Earth are saved when the Kryptonite Man and the Seeders destroy each other.

  • DC Comics Presents #71 (July)
    "The Mark of Bizarro!"
    E. Nelson Bridwell; Curt Swan & Dave Hunt
    The Bizarro-Justice League creates a Bizarro-Amazo to have a villain to battle, but the Bizarro-Amazo steals powers to give to those who don't have them. When he comes to Earth, Superman and Bizarro trick him into returning things to normal.

  • Action Comics #557 (July)
    "The Artistic Thefts of Terra-Man!" - Backup story: "Yesterday Once More"
    Paul Kupperberg; Curt Swan & Dave Hunt
    Terra-Man repeatedly steals and returns and steals again the same art until Superman tracks him down and stops him. Superman solves a 7 year-old murder by convincing the killer he has gone back in time to the night of the murder.

  • Superman #398 (August)
    "The Kid Who Master-Minded Superman!" - Backup story: "The Clothes That Make The Man!"
    Joey Cavalieri; Curt Swan & Dave Hunt
    The boy Superman fan with ESP unknowingly causes disasters and temporarily prevents Superman from using certain powers by pretending. While in space an alien life form inhabits Clark's suit.

  • DC Comics Presents #72 (August)
    Madness in a Dark Dimension!
    Paul Kupperberg; Alex Saviuk & Dennis Jensen
    Superman must join forces with the Phantom Stranger and the Joker to battle Maaldor, as his insane dimension threatens to destroy the entire multiverse.

  • Action Comics #558 (August)
    "The All-Searing Eyes!" - Backup story: "Hoax Night!"
    Bob Rozakis; Kurt Shaffenberger
    An eccentric inventor believes Superman's heat vision can be a power source, but the experiment causes Superman to not be able to turn his heat vision off. An annual hoax event in a small town is interrupted by a druid wizard.

  • Superman #399 (September)
    "The Man Who Saw Superman Die!" - Backup story: "Never too Busy for a Fan!"
    Paul Kupperberg; Eduardo Barreto & Dave Hunt
    Col. Future has a vision that Superman will be killed and goes about trying to prevent this. Superman takes time out for a fan and catches terrorists as a result.

  • DC Comics Presents #73 (September)
    "Rampage in Scarlet"
    Cary Bates; Carmine Infantino & Dave Hunt
    The Phantom Zone criminals lure Superman and the Flash into a dimension where the can telepathicly control the inhabitants and the Flash as - Part of a plot to trap Superman in the Phantom Zone.

  • Action Comics #559 (September)
    "The Once-and-Fiture Peri(l)" - Backup story: "A Superman of a Different Color!"
    Bob Rozakis; Kurt Shaffenberger & Dave Hunt
    Yellow Peri's book of magic returns to Earth empowering her again and Superman must deal with her and her husband, who wants to profit from her. An alien pollen leaves Superman's hair temporarily vulnerable.

  • Superman #400 (October)
    "The Living Legends of Superman"
    Elliot S! Maggin; Various
    Future generations reflect on who and what Superman was.

  • DC Comics Presents #74 (October)
    "Wings Against the Stars!"
    Bob Rozakis & Dan Mishkin; Alex Saviuk & Romeo Tanghal
    An Orgon attacks Superman's grandfather, Var-El, and Hawkman and Hawkwoman and invades Thanagar. Superman is weakened by red sun radiation, but is saved by Var-El, who destroys the Orgon and himself.

  • Action Comics #560 (October)
    "Meet John Doe!" - Backup story: Ambush Bug: Police Blotter
    Paul Kupperberg; Alex Saviuk & Dave Hunt
    While Superman faces bouts of memory loss, he must stop an escapee seeking revenge and armed with weapons from the Monitor. Insanity with Ambush Bug, the super-hero.

  • Superman #401 (November)
    "Operation: False Front!"
    Cary Bates; Curt Swan & Bob Oksner
    Luthor traps Superman in his warsuit, which projects him as Luthor, to torment him. Jimmy gets Supergirl to help trick Luthor into releasing him, but Luthor succeeds in obtaining a vast amount of information on Superman to use in a plot.

  • DC Comics Presents #75 (November)
    "Partners in Time!"
    Paul Kupperberg; Tom Mandrake
    Superman must help Arion of ancient Atlantis return to his own time to stop a dark god from destorying the world of the past and present.

  • Action Comics #561 (November)
    The Great Toyman Trivia Contest - Backup story: Superman: "The Past and Future Superman!"
    Paul Kupperberg; Kurt Schaffenberger & Dennis Jensen
    Superman must discover the motive behind a TV trivia contest being held by the Toyman. Red Kryptonite splits Superman into Superboy and a future version of himself for 24 hours.

  • Superman #402 (December)
    "How Do You Hide A Superman?" - Backup story: "Jor-El: Superman!"
    Cary Bates; Curt Swan & Bob Oksner
    Justin Moore tries to help who he believes is Superman suffering from memory loss, but is really a mental patient from the 40th Century. An attack on Jor-El results in his mind being temporarily switched with Superman's.

  • DC Comics Presents #76 (December)
    Living Clay . . . Killing Clay . . .
    Dan Mishkin & Gary Cohn; Eduardo Barreto
    A scientist is kidnapped and Superman must save him and Wonder Woman from a woman with the power to control living clay. The Monitor watches.

  • Action Comics #562 (December)
    "Their Magnetic Majesties- -King Alexander and Queen Bee!"
    Bob Rozakis; Kurt Schaffenberger & Dave Hunt
    Superman is caught between the Queen Bee and the Planeteer in a battle for the Earth. Clark and Lana get closer, Perry and Alice reconcile and Justin strikes out with Lois.

Superman Comics Index (1938-1986)


Ultimately we would like to be able to list for you the entire run of Superman comics from 1938 through to 1986, an era of comics encompassing the Golden Age, through the Silver Age and up to the 1986 revamp. At this point in time we only have a list of the Superman and related comics from 1976 through to 1986. A listing of the regular Superman titles before the John Byrne 1986 mini-series The Man of Steel that revamped the storyline used in the comics. 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 comicbook issue was published. Remember, the month dates are from the issue covers, not the actual date when the comic was on sale.

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

We also suggest DarkMark's excellent Comic Index lists.


1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979 | 1980
1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986

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