Superman vol. 2
Superman was an ongoing comic book series featuring the DC Comics superhero of the same name. The second volume of the previous ongoing Superman title, the series was published from cover dates January 1987 to April 2006, and ran for 228 issues (226 monthly issues and two issues published outside the concurrent numbering). This series was launched after John Byrne revamped the Superman character in 1986 in The Man of Steel limited series, introducing the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths version of the Superman character.
|Superman vol. 2|
Superman vol. 2, #1 (January 1987);
Art by John Byrne
|Format||Ongoing while in publication|
|Publication date||January 1987 – April 2006|
|No. of issues||228 (#1-226 plus issues numbered 0 and 1,000,000) and 12 Annuals|
After that limited series, Action Comics returned to publication and Superman vol. 2, #1 was published. The original Superman series (volume 1) became The Adventures of Superman starting with issue #424. Superman vol. 2 continued publishing until April 2006 at which point DC restored The Adventures of Superman to its original title and canceled the second Superman series.
Because the DC Universe was revamped after the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths, the previous continuity before that series (colloquially referred to as "pre-Crisis") was voided. Previously established characters were given the opportunity to be reintroduced in new ways. Reintroductions of classic villains were part of the new Superman series' first year, featuring the first post-Crisis appearances of characters such as Metallo and Mister Mxyzptlk and the introduction of Supergirl. The historic engagement of Lois Lane and Clark Kent was one of the major events in the book's run. Writer/artist Dan Jurgens created a supporting hero named Agent Liberty in issue #60 (Oct. 1991). The series participated in such crossover storylines as "Panic in the Sky". The hallmark of the run was the storyline "The Death of Superman". The actual "death" story was published in this series' 75th issue, and would be a major media and pop culture event with the issue going on to sell over three million copies.
As the main series featuring the flagship character of the DC Universe, the series crossed over with a number of different line-wide crossover stories including Zero Hour: Crisis in Time, The Final Night, and Infinite Crisis. Superman received a new costume and new superpowers in issue #123 (May 1997).
In 1999, Superman, along with the other three titles, were revamped with Jeph Loeb replacing longtime writer Dan Jurgens. During Loeb's run on the series he created Imperiex, introduced a Bizarro created by the Joker in the "Emperor Joker" storyline, and also helped with a controversial storyline in which Superman's nemesis, supervillain Lex Luthor, became the President of the United States. Loeb's run on the series included the crossover event Our Worlds at War, which saw the destruction of Topeka, Kansas, serious damage to Clark Kent's nearby hometown of Smallville, and Superman adopting a costume of more somber colors to mourn the heavy loss of life during the event. Loeb's run ended with issue #183 (August 2002).
In 2004–2005, artist Jim Lee, who had recently concluded the Batman: Hush storyline with Loeb, provided the artwork for a Superman story by writer Brian Azzarello. The story, Superman: For Tomorrow, ran for twelve issues and was collected in an Absolute Edition hardcover in May 2009.
With the publication of issue #226 (April 2006), the series was canceled as part of the company-wide Infinite Crisis event. The Adventures of Superman was returned to its original title, Superman, with issue #650 the following month.
In November 2011, a third volume of Superman was launched with issue #1 as part of The New 52 company-wide reboot. A fourth volume of the series began in August 2016 as part of the DC Rebirth relaunch.
From 1987 to 2000, twelve annual issues of the series were published. The first annual featured a post-Crisis retelling of the first Titano story. Beginning with the second annual, the stories tied into the crossovers or themes that were running through DC's annuals that year. These were:
- Annual #2 (1988) - "Private Lives"
- Annual #3 (1991) - "Armageddon 2001"
- Annual #4 (1992) - "Eclipso: The Darkness Within"
- Annual #5 (1993) - "Bloodlines: Outbreak"
- Annual #6 (1994) - "Elseworlds Annual"
- Annual #7 (1995) - "Year One"
- Annual #8 (1996) - "Legends of the Dead Earth"
- Annual #9 (1997) - "Pulp Heroes"
- Annual #10 (1998) - "Ghosts"
- Annual #11 (1999) - "JLApe: Gorilla Warfare!"
- Annual #12 (2000) - "Planet DC"
|Title||Material collected||Publication date||ISBN|
|Superman: The Man of Steel Volume 2||Superman vol. 2 #1-3; Adventures of Superman #424-426; Action Comics #584-586||November 2003||978-1401200053|
|Superman: The Man of Steel Volume 3||Superman vol. 2 #4-6; Adventures of Superman #427-429; Action Comics #587-589||October 2004||978-1401202460|
|Superman: The Man of Steel Volume 4||Superman vol. 2 #7-8; Adventures of Superman #430-431; Action Comics #590-591; Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 3 #37-38||September 2005||978-1401204556|
|Superman: The Man of Steel Volume 5||Superman vol. 2 #9-11; Adventures of Superman #432-435; Action Comics #592-593||November 2006||978-1401209483|
|Superman: The Man of Steel Volume 6||Superman vol. 2 #12, Superman Annual #1; Adventures of Superman Annual #1; Action Comics #594-595, Action Comics Annual #1; Booster Gold #23||March 2008||978-1401216795|
|The Death of Clark Kent||Superman vol. 2 #99-102; Superman: The Man of Steel #43-46; Action Comics #709-711; and Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #1||May 1997||TPB 978-1563893230|
|Our Worlds at War[N 1]||Superman vol. 2 #171-173; Action Comics #780-782; The Adventures of Superman #593-595; Impulse #77; JLA: Our Worlds at War #1; Superboy #91; Supergirl #59: Superman: The Man of Steel #115-117; Wonder Woman #172-173; World's Finest Comics: Our Worlds at War #1; and Young Justice #36||June 2006||TPB 978-1401211295|
|Godfall||Superman vol. 2 #202-203; Action Comics #812-813; and The Adventures of Superman #625-626||September 2004||TPB 978-1840239195|
|For Tomorrow Volume 1||Superman vol. 2 #204-209||August 2005||TPB 978-1401203528|
|For Tomorrow Volume 2||Superman vol. 2 #210-215||August 2005||TPB 978-1401204488|
Martin A. Stever reviewed Superman Space Gamer/Fantasy Gamer No. 83. Stever commented that "Byrne has made Superman human enough that we can understand and like him. Thank you John Byrne for making Superman super again."
- Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 226. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9.
For the second time in his history, Superman's self-titled comic saw a first issue...a new series was introduced...written and drawn by the prolific Byrne.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
- Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 226 "The original Superman title had adopted the new title The Adventures of Superman but continued the original numbering of its long and storied history."
- Byrne, John (w), Byrne, John (p), Austin, Terry (i). "Heart of Stone" Superman v2, 1 (January 1987)
- Byrne, John (w), Byrne, John (p), Kesel, Karl (i). "The Name Game" Superman v2, 11 (November 1987)
- Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 233: "Making her debut on the final page of Superman #16, Supergirl sped back into her cousin's busy life thanks to writer/artist John Byrne."
- Ordway, Jerry (w), Jurgens, Dan; Breeding, Brett; Gammill, Kerry; Swan, Curt; Ordway, Jerry; Byrne, John (p), Breeding, Brett; Janke, Dennis; Byrne, John; Ordway, Jerry (i). "Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite, Part 4: The Human Factor" Superman v2, 50 (December 1990)
- Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 247: "When [Clark Kent] proposed to his longtime love Lois Lane, he did so in a modest fashion...Lois accepted and comic book history was made, served up by writer/artist Jerry Ordway."
- Jurgens, Dan (w), Jurgens, Dan (p), Barreto, Eduardo (i). "Intergang --No More!" Superman v2, 60 (October 1991)
- Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 253: "In this seven-part adventure...writers Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Roger Stern, and Louise Simonson, with artists Brett Breeding, Tom Grummett, Jon Bogdanove, and Bob McLeod assembled many of DC's favorite characters to defend the world."
- Jurgens, Dan (w), Jurgen, Dan (p), Breeding, Brett (i). "The Death of Superman, Part 7: Doomsday!" Superman v2, 75 (January 1993)
- Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 258: "In Superman #75...DC had killed their icon...in a dramatic finale delivered in splash images and written and drawn by artist Dan Jurgens, with finishes by Brett Breeding."
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Literally millions of people who didn't usually buy comics wanted a copy of Superman #75, which had been shipped to comics shops on November 18, 1992 in a special bagged and sealed edition that also included a promotional poster and a black memorial armband.
- Pasko, Martin (2008). The DC Vault: A Museum-in-a-Book with Rare Collectibles from the DC Universe. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Running Press. p. 181. ISBN 0762432578.
National media coverage resulted in skyrocketing sales, and the 'Death of Superman' storyline was treated as if it meant the end of an American institution.
- Burns, Kevin (director) (June 20, 2006). Look, Up in the Sky: The Amazing Story of Superman (Film documentary). Warner Home Video.
- Jurgens, Dan (w), Jurgens, Dan (p), Rubinstein, Joe (i). "Home!" Superman v2, 93 (September 1994)
- Jurgens, Dan (w), Frenz, Ron (p), Rubinstein, Joe (i). "Sanctuary" Superman v2, 117 (November 1996)
- Verheiden, Mark (w), Benes, Ed (p), Benes, Mariah (i). "Stones" Superman v2, 223 (January 2006)
- Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 279: "In Superman #123...Superman debuted his new blue-and-white costume with a little help from scripter Dan Jurgens and penciller Ron Frenz."
- Loeb, Jeph (w), McKone, Mike (p), Alquiza, Marlo (i). "Say Goodbye" Superman v2, 153 (February 2000)
- Loeb, Jeph (w), McGuinness, Ed (p), Smith, Cam (i). "Superman Arkham Part 1: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World !" Superman v2, 160 (September 2000)
- Cowsill, Alan "2000s" in Dolan, p. 296: "A nine-part saga that stretched over all the Superman titles, starting in Superman #160 with script by Jeph Loeb and art by Ed McGuinness"
- Loeb, Jeph (w), Harris, Tony (p), Snyder, Ray (i). "Triumph Over Tragedy" Superman: Lex 2000 1 (January 2001)
- Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 300: "The multipart story 'Our Worlds at War' dominated the Superman books for the August and September  cover dates...The opening chapter, written by Jeph Loeb and drawn by Ed McGuinness, began with Superman investigating the missing Pluto."
- Loeb, Jeph (w), McGuinness, Ed (p), Smith, Cam (i). "Death Be Not Proud" Superman v2, 172 (September 2001)
- Loeb, Jeph (w), Lieber, Steve (p), Lieber, Steve (i). "Every Blade of Grass" Superman v2, 174 (November 2001)
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