An all-out battle ensues between Superman and Tolos the Wizard, who is using the inhabitants of his bottle city to break the Man of Tomorrow. And one of Tolos' pawns is a Daxamite whose powers rival Superman's! Meanwhile, Perry White struggles to tell his bad news to his family.
Superman's "S" shield represents many things to the citizens of Metropolis and those meanings are explored in this moving story! The Daily Planet does a special feature on the Man of Steel-while Rajiv, the villain who wrecked Lois and Clark's honeymoon, rains terror on Metropolis from a space satellite!
In the prequel to the New Powers storyline, Superman is manifesting bizarre new abilities! An emissary from Kandor arrives and causes chaos throughout Metropolis and Superman must stop him. But how can Superman hide the fact that his new powers are uncontrollable, especially when a publicity-seeking Jimmy Olsen is ready to spill the beans on "The Whitty Banter Show"?
Within the Bottle City of Kandor, the new Superman and guest star the Atom vie to keep the rebel faction from setting off a bomb that will do more than pop the bottle's cork! Plus, Scorn wears the old uniform of the Man of Steel, and has become the protector of Ashbury Armstrong, Dirk's daughter!
What do you want? Super-villains? We've got two teams of 'em: Mainframe and the Superman Revenge Squad! You want supporting characters? We've got Jimmy on the rebound, Simone on the warpath and Bibbo in the ring! And as for mystery, the shadowy figure behind the new, more dangerous Revenge Squad is revealed at last.
GENESIS wreaks havoc on Superman's new powers, but before it does, he discovers an ability he didn't know he had. When captured by the sinister cyber-villains known as the Mainframe, his energy-based powers allow them to open "windows" into other dimensions! All these strange lands are beyond our plane, but the evil Baud and her pals have access to all of them now that they've got the Man Beyond Tomorrow! PlusÉmeet the Bibbo/Scorn team!
Lois is abducted by the creeps who tried to ruin her wedding! Can Superman get her back without using his new powers? Plus, a "dragon's tooth" is discovered! What, you may ask, is a dragon's tooth? Well, start reading up on it now, because it's going to matter come the millennium, and in Superman stories in the coming months.
With all the seriousness that befits the occasion, we regret to inform you that Superman's greatest foe, Mxyzptlk, has died. That's right, he's dead, dead, dead. Join us as some of Metropolis mourns, raising their voices in unison for a chorus of "Mxy, we hardly knew ye; in fact, we could hardly pronounce ye name." There won't be a dry eye in the houseÉMxy has a squirting flower in his casket.
Simyan and Mokkari have been creating monsters in the black-and-white dimension, so when Ashbury, Scorn and Jimmy enter it, they're in for the shock of their lives! And Ashbury gets a gift she'll remember for the rest of her life. Ah, but what about Superman, you ask? He's got his hands full protecting the new mayor of Metropolis from Mokkari's monsters!
Bad things come in threes, have you noticed? Everything sinister that happens to Superman in Metropolis seems to have the unlucky number three attached! Our supporting cast members are all caught in emotional triangles of their own making! The only thing that doesn't come in a three-pack is Superman-there's only two of him!
The beginning of the nine-part "Millennium Giants," featuring interconnecting covers and a storyline that affects the Superman titles, AQUAMAN, CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN, SUPERGIRL, STEEL and TEEN TITANS! They're as old as the Earth itself and at least two city-stomping-monsters tall! The Millennium Giants have come to cleanse and renew the worldÉby destroying everything on it! Two Supermen go up against this truly enormous menace, but do even they have enough power?
The Man of Steel's "Golden Age" adventures continue in Part 2 of a 3-part story! The world of 1938 has a championÑthe 1/8-of-a-mile leaping, shells-exploding-on-his-chest Superman? He's in the Warsaw Ghetto, fighting the fascism that heralds the beginning of U.S. involvement in World War II! Are even Superman's powers enough against a world gone mad?
The Golem has arrived in the Warsaw GhettoÉor at least that's the rumor among its terrified inhabitants. It's really the "Super-Man," an American who's come to liberate the world from the grip of fascism. Can even the world's greatest adventure-strip characterÑone who can leap an eighth of a mile and cannot be harmed by even an exploding shellÑfree Europe, and an imprisoned Lois, from this terrible threat?
If Dominus is the master of reality (and he is), and can shape and reshape the entire universe to his own ends (which he can), what can he possibly want from Superman? (Good question.) How can even Superman stop Dominus from attaining the one power Dominus needs to dominate all things?
Part two of the four-part "City of the Future!" Superman and Ashbury accompany Scorn as he enters the bottle city of Kandor for a family reunion with his sister and his father, the Kandorian Regent! Kandor's politics are, as always, in disarray, but a savior has stepped forward: one who believes he can enlarge the city and liberate the population! But is he too good to be true?
Superman's dreams of disasters keep coming true! As the Man of Steel stretches his powers to the limit to save lives around the globe, he begins to fear that there's no time for the private life he so deeply treasures. Can he keep up the pace as he fights terrorists, mudslides and more? And what is the source of his prophetic dreams?
Writer Mark Schultz (Xenozoic Tales) is joined by penciller Doug Mahnke (MAJOR BUMMER) as Superman says a last good-bye to his life as Clark Kent. Superman joins Lois and Ma and Pa Kent on the family farm in Smallville for a final family dinner before he closes the book on his Clark Kent identity. Abandoning a personal life he feels is simply too selfish to maintain, the Man of Steel attempts to get the rest of "Team Superman"Ñguest stars Steel, Superboy and SupergirlÑto join him in his 24-7 vigil.
Superman at last gets some insight into why he's gone overboard, as his obsession with establishing global order attracts the attention of entities with power even greater than his own! But can they pierce the fog that the Man of Steel has surrounded himself with? And what will Superman do when he realizes what he has become?
Superman gave one of his robots the sole task of protecting Lois Lane. Its prime directive: to take care of her and never leave her side. But when Superman decides to deactivate the robot, he discovers that he built this particular robot a little too well, and it's not going to give up its responsibilities without a fight!
Over the course of his career, Superman has managed to trail, trace and track down countless fearsome foes and bring them to justice. But this story is about a guy who thinks the Man of Steel is after him and is sure that Superman is ruining his life at every turn! Is the hapless con imagining things? Or is our hero truly his "Nemesis"?
The strange saga of Superman's "secret origins" concludes! Why has Superman been convinced that he is a superhero on Oa, Rann, Thanagar and now Mars? What strange being holds Superman in his thrallÉand is ready to confront the JLA as well? The secrets behind the origins are revealed here!
A new era begins with a science-fiction focus on the "strange visitor from another planet!" In the remains of the Fortress of Solitude, there's something very wrongÉand very deadly. When Superman and Lois go to investigate, they find themselves face to face with bizarre creatures from the early days of Krypton.
The JLA makes a cameo appearance as Superman battles one of his Kryptonian ancestors! You can take the man from Krypton, but you can't take Krypton from the manÉnor should the man's wife bring any souvenirs from his Fortress of Solitude, unless they don't mind having their apartment redesigned in the latest Kryptonian decor. Clark must prove his humanity against an ancestor who wants to remake his world. Plus: the JLA helps explain the "Mrs. Superman" fiasco and Steel provides the SCU with new weaponry.
Leading into the New Year's Eve countdown to midnight, the JLA's Steel recalls an attack on Stryker's Island by the Eradicator. With inmates running for their lives, can even Steel and Superman hope to stop them all? And can anything bring Eradicator to his senses before next month's crucial Y2K/transformed Metropolis storyline?
The Brainiac 13 contamination is spreading throughout the world, but meets with resistance from what's left of Superman's Fortress of Solitude in the Arctic. The surviving Kryptonian technology wants to take control of the Brainiac 13 virus in its own bid to conquer the Earth, and Superman and the human Eradicator are caught in the middle of the apocalyptic showdown. It will take the ultimate sacrifice to stop the war of the machines!
Steel debuts his new armor as he and Superman run into the Cyber-Moths, pirates out to steal Metropolis' new tech for their mysterious boss. Meanwhile, back in Smallville, Superman is reunited with Lana Lang and Pete Ross. Can Superman save Pete from a witch who believes him to be the source of a terrible evil?
Superman: Arkham Part 3! The Science Police are after John Henry Irons for committing the heresy of thinking logically. Can the rusted-out Steel convince Superman that 2 + 2 doesn't equal "fish" before the deadliest hired gun ever, Bounty, gets the duo in his high-tech crosshairs? Continued in ACTION COMICS (1938) #769!
Emperor Joker' part 4, continued from ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #583. As one world ends, another begins as the Emperor Joker rules now with an Empress by his side! And how can Superman and friends save the day when they've all been transformed into Super-Pets? Continued in ACTION COMICS #770.
A perilous journey back into the Phantom Zone awaits Superman and Steel, as they jump into unimaginable danger in order to retrieve Luna, leader of the Cyber-Moths. But it seems the villainess has made some friends during her stay, and they're about to give the Super team a whole lot of trouble!
"Return to Krypton" part 3 of 4! Fugitives of Krypton Clark and Lois adopt the identity of Kryptonian heroes Nightwing and Flamebird to survive. But in whatever guise, the now-powerless Kal-El may not prevail in the confrontation with General Zod's personal assassins, Kru-El and Faora.
After losing Lois to Viroxx, Superman finds his wife leading the virus to infect more planets. In order to save his wife, Superman must destroy the one thing that could end up saving the lives of millions of others. Meanwhile, Viroxx reveals its next stage of evolution and its next target: Earth.
It's the return of the Eradicator, and he brings with him prophesies of the end of our world. If Superman can survive the latest encounter with his old ally, he may learn the startling truth behind the Eradicator's madness. Plus, how does the Eradicator fit into what Superman has just learned about his true origins?
The entire population of Metropolis has been abducted by aliens. Now Clark Kent must wage a battle for freedom against his alien captors, without revealing his Superman identity. But the identity of the abductors and the revelation of what is to come result in shocking consequences for all.
Superman deals with the aftermath of Doomsday's release and the confrontation with Imperiex, only to find himself at odds with his ally Darkseid and Darkseid's own solution to ending the War. Another hero dies as a traitor prevents important information about another enemy from getting to Superman.
Guest-starring the Captain Marvels, the Atom and Wonder Woman. It is perhaps the darkest hour of the War as heroes have fallen and allies have turned against one another. And there is more death to come. Is it any wonder that Superman has fallen into despair? Unable to tell friend from foe, he's about to shed all his humanity to end the war once and for all!
Guest-starring Hal Jordan, the Spectre! Superman is brought in by the Linear Men for the war crimes they perceive the Man of Steel to have committed. Can the Spectre defend him against the tribunal that is the Quintessence? What will be the punishment and who is the surprise witness?