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Superman Triangle Number Era Reading Order Checklist [90s Week]
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Superman Triangle Number Era Reading Order Checklist [90s Week]

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The Triangle Era of Superman comics is a period that many readers are fond of. It gave us classic stories like The Death of Superman Saga and many smaller tales exploring what makes Superman Superman. In a way, these comics were not just about Superman, with his extended supporting cast given plenty of time to shine with their own stories, dramas, and adventures that made Metropolis feel buzzing and alive. While these comics feel timeless as a quintessential depiction of Superman, there was also plenty of experimentation and reinvention, introducing ideas like Electric Blue Superman and recontextualising many classic villains.

With hundreds of comics involved, it can be hard to navigate the Triangle Era. Luckily, this massive reading order is here to save the day, listing all of the comics involved and heaps of extra details. Soon you’ll be able to enjoy this classic period of Superman comics and the goodies it possesses.

What is the Triangle Era?

The Triangle Era refers to a period between 1991 and early 2002 for Superman comics. During this time, the four ongoing Superman titles – Superman (1987 series)Action ComicsAdventures of Superman, and Superman: The Man of Steel – acted like a weekly ongoing series.

Most of these comics told self-contained stories by dedicated creative teams and would see Superman facing a villain or getting into some big adventure. However, at the same time, there were several sub-plots at play. These would be told over multiple weeks or months, sometimes setting up larger stories later down the line. Sub-plots like this would often involve Superman’s supporting cast, such as Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Bibbo, or the happenings at the Daily Planet.

To help keep track of it all chronologically, DC Comics implemented a secondary number to the issue number on the cover. Fans referred to this as the “Triangle Number” as it was housed in a triangular box. Later on, it would be shaped like the Superman shield. This allowed readers to place the four different Superman ongoing series chronologically and came in handy for various crossovers that were told over multiple Superman titles.

How do the Triangle Numbers work?

So, how do the Triangle Numbers work? The triangular box would include the publication year, followed by the chronological number noting which order it should be read.

Let’s use Superman: The Man of Steel #8 as an example. Its triangle number is “1992/5”. This means it is the 5th Superman comic released in 1992. It’s set after Action Comics #673 (triangle number: 1992/4) and before Superman (1987 series) #64 (triangle number: 1992/6).

The Triangle Numbers reset every calendar year. For instance, the final Superman comic of 1993 had a triangle number of 1993/40 and 1994 begins with 1994/1.

Do you need to read everything?

Nope, you don’t have to read every comic of the Triangle Era. The purpose of the numbering system isn’t to force readers to read the whole ten years of Superman comics. Instead, it’s a frame of reference for chronology, subplots, and crossovers.

Many of the comics during this era feature self-contained stories. You can jump into an adventure that has a start, middle, and end, making for a satisfying read.

Where to find Triangle Era Superman comics

A lot of the comics in the Triangle Era have not been reprinted or have collections that are well out-of-print. However, most of these comics can be found cheaply in the back-issue market via comic book shops, online retailers, and eBay. Alternatively, they’re available digitally through Kindle and DC Universe Infinite.

How to use this reading order

How you use this reading order will depend on what kind of reader you are and how you wish to engage with the Triangle Era. These could include:

  • Reading the entire Triangle Era
  •  Figuring out what to read before or after a specific issue
  •  Mapping out which issues are required for a crossover story
  •  Wanting to know where a specific issue fits into the larger chronology

As there are hundreds of comics involved in this era, I highly recommend using the search of your browser (Ctrl+F or Command+F) to search for a Triangle Number, issue, or story name.

Please note that the story name listed is based on what it’s called inside the comic and not on the cover.

Updating…

This reading order was released in conjunction with 90s Week. While the reading order aspect is complete, I unfortunately ran out of time to add certain some and annotations. These will be added in the coming days and weeks.

Action Comics #662 cover by Brett Breeding and Kerry Gammill.
Action Comics #662 cover by Brett Breeding and Kerry Gammill.

Superman Triangle Era reading order

Below is the Superman Triangle Era reading order. I’ve put all of the comics that have been given a corresponding triangle number in the correct order, along with with listing the writer and penciller and the story name. Various annotations have been included where I thought the might be helpful if you’re looking for specific elements of interest.

Jump to: 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001/2002

1991/1
Superman (1987 series) #51
Written and art by Jerry Ordway.
Story:
Mister Z!

1991/2
Adventures of Superman #474
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.
Story: Face to Face With Yesterday

1991/3
Action Comics #661
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Bob McLeod.
Story: Stretching A Point

1991/4
Superman (1987 series) #52
Written and art by Jerry Ordway.
Story:
The Name, Pardners, Is Terra-Man…

1991/5
Adventures of Superman #475
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.
Story: Sleaze Factor

1991/6
Action Comics #662
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Bob McLeod.
Story: Secrets in the Night

Note: Action Comics #662 is the issue in which Superman reveals his identity to Lois Lane.

1991/7
Superman (1987 series) #53
Written and art by Jerry Ordway.
Story:
Truth, Justice and the American Way

Superman: Time and Time Again TPB cover.
Superman: Time and Time Again TPB cover.

Time and Time Again

This is the first of what will be many Superman crossovers throughout this era. In Time and Time Again, Superman is forced to travel through time thanks to The Linear Man – a time travelling bounty hunter.

This crossover runs through triangle numbers 1991/8 – 1991/14. Each issue in this story is known as a phase.

1991/8
Adventures of Superman #476 (Phase 1)
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.

1991/9
Action Comics #663 (Phase 2)
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Bob McLeod.

1991/10
Superman (1987 series) #54 (Phase 3)
Written and art by Jerry Ordway.

1991/11
Adventures of Superman #477 (Phase 4)
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.

Note: Adventures of Superman #477 guest stars The Legion of Super Heroes.

1991/12
Action Comics #664 (Phase 5)
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Bob McLeod.

1991/13
Superman (1987 series) #55 (Phase 6)
Written and art by Jerry Ordway.

Note: Superman #54 guest stars Etrigan the Demon.

1991/14
Adventures of Superman #478 (Phase 7)
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.

Note: Adventures of Superman #478 guest stars The Legion of Super Heroes.

After Time and Time Again

Action Comics #665 is sandwiched between the Time and Time Again and Red Glass crossovers.

1991/15
Action Comics #665
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: Wake the Dead!

Superman (volume 2) #56 cover by Andy Kubert. Red Glass.
Superman (volume 2) #56 cover by Andy Kubert.

Red Glass

Also known as the “Red Glass Trilogy“, this is a three-part story by James Hudnall and Ed Hannigan.

1991/16
Superman (1987 series) #56 (Part 1)
Written by James Hudnall. Art by Ed Hannigan.

1991/17
Adventures of Superman #479 (Part 2)
Written by James Hudnall. Art by Ed Hannigan.

1991/18
Action Comics #666 (Part 3)
Written by James Hudnall. Art by Ed Hannigan.

Superman: The Man of Steel #1 cover by Jon Bogdanove.
Superman: The Man of Steel #1 cover by Jon Bogdanove.

Revenge of the Krypton Man

It’s Superman vs Krypton Man in the first crossover to include all four core Superman titles.

1991/19
Superman: The Man of Steel #1 (Part 1)
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bodanove, Tom Grummett, Dan Jurgens and Bob McLeod.

Note: Introduces a fourth Superman series. A Superman series now comes out every week.

1991/20
Superman (1987 series) #57 (Part 2)
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Dan Jurgens, Jon Bogdanove, Tom Grummett, Art Thibert and Bob McLeod.

1991/21
Adventures of Superman #480 (Part 3)
Written by Jerry Ordway. Art by Dan Jurgens, Jon Bogdanove, Curt Swan, Tom Grummett, Art Thibert, Jim Mooney and Bob McLeod.

1991/22
Action Comics #667 (Part 4)
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Jon Bogdanove, Curt Swan, Tom Grummett, Art Thibert and Jim Mooney

Superman (1987 series) #58 cover by Dan Jurgens.
Superman (1987 series) #58 cover by Dan Jurgens.

After Revenge of the Krypton Man

These are the issues that pick up after the Revenge of the Krypton Man crossover.

1991/23
Superman: The Man of Steel #2
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bodanove.
Story: The Kid Who Talks to Superman

1991/24
Superman (1987 series) #58
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.
Story: Fangs of the Bloodhounds

1991/25
Adventures of Superman #481
Written by Jerry Ordway. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: Catch the Death Train

1991/26
Action Comics #668
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Bob McLeod.
Story: The Ghost of Luthor

1991/27
Superman: The Man of Steel #3
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bodanove.
Story: War of the Gods (Part 3)

Note: Superman: The Man of Steel #3 is a tie-in to the War of the Gods crossover.

1991/28
Superman (1987 series) #59
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.
Story: Superman’s Fiancee Lois Lane

1991/29
Adventures of Superman #482
Written by Jerry Ordway. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: The Planet Strikes!

1991/30
Action Comics #669
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Bob McLeod.
Story: Paper Trail

1991/31
Superman: The Man of Steel #4
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bodanove.
Story: Idle Hands

1991/32
Superman (1987 series) #60
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.
Story: Intergang –No More!

1991/33
Adventures of Superman #483
Written by Jerry Ordway. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: Blindspot!

1991/34
Action Comics #670
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Bob McLeod.
Story: Skullduggery

Note: Action Comics #670 is set after Armageddon 2001 #2.

1991/35
Superman: The Man of Steel #5
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bodanove and Curt Swan.
Story: The Curse of the Atomic Skull

Note: Superman: The Man of Steel #5 is presented sideways.

1991/36
Superman (1987 series) #61
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.
Story: Time and Time Again Again!

Adventures of Superman #484 cover by Jerry Ordway.
Adventures of Superman #484 cover by Jerry Ordway.

Blackout

Mister Z has returned and wants revenge on Superman for their last encounter. He’ll attack Superman’s mind and plunge Metropolis into darkness in this crossover.

1991/37
Adventures of Superman #484 (Part 1)
Written by Jerry Ordway. Art by Tom Grummett.

1991/38
Action Comics #671 (Part 2)
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Kieron Dwyer.

1991/39
Superman: The Man of Steel #6 (Part 3)
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bodanove.

1991/40
Superman (1987 series) #62 (Part 4)
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.

1991/41
Adventures of Superman #485 (Part 5)
Written by Jerry Ordway. Art by Tom Grummett.

Action Comics #672 cover by Bob McLeod.
Action Comics #672 cover by Bob McLeod.

After Blackout

We get the final comics of 1991 and the start of 1992 in this section.

1991/42
Action Comics #672
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Bob McLeod.

Note: Action Comics #672 is the first appearance of Lex Luther Jr.

1992/1
Superman: The Man of Steel #7
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bodanove.
Story: Stormy Weather

1992/2
Superman (1987 series) #63
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.
Story: Defending the Deep

Note: Guest stars Aquaman.

1992/3
Adventures of Superman #486
Written by Jerry Ordway. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: Purge

1992/4
Action Comics #673
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Bob McLeod.
Story: Friends in Need

1992/5
Superman: The Man of Steel #8
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Kieron Dwyer.
Story: Power Trip!

1992/6
Superman (1987 series) #64
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.
Story: Dear Superman

Note: This Christmas issue guest stars Bruce Wayne. It’s also the first of the “Dear Superman” issues. 

1992/7
Adventures of Superman #487
Written by Jerry Ordway. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: Christmas In Suicide Slumberland

NOTE: Another Christmas themed issue.

Action Comics #674 cover by Dan Jurgens and Bob McLeod. Supergirl looking at the reader after beating up an alien criminal.
Action Comics #674 cover by Dan Jurgens and Bob McLeod.

Panic in the Sky!

Panic in the Sky! is a big 8-part crossover involving Brainiac.

1992/8
Action Comics #674 (Prologue)
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Bob McLeod.

1992/9
Superman: The Man of Steel #9 (Part 1)
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1992/10
Superman (1987 series) #65 (Part 2)
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.

1992/11
Adventures of Superman #488 (Part 3)
Written by Jerry Ordway. Art by Tom Grummett.

1992/12
Action Comics #675 (Part 4)
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Bob McLeod.

1992/13
Superman: The Man of Steel #10 (Part 5)
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1992/14
Superman (1987 series) #66 (Part 6)
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.

1992/15
Adventures of Superman #489 (Epilogue)
Written by Jerry Ordway. Art by Tom Grummett.

Superman: The Man of Steel #11 cover by Jon Bogdanove.
Superman: The Man of Steel #11 cover by Jon Bogdanove.

After Panic in the Sky!

These comic pick-up after the events of Panic in the Sky!.

1992/16
Action Comics #676
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Jackson Guice.
Story: Man of the Hour

1992/17
Superman: The Man of Steel #11
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: Mistaken Identity

1992/18
Superman (1987 series) #67
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Brett Breeding.
Story: Another Panic in the Sky!

1992/19
Adventures of Superman #490
Written by Jerry Ordway. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: Blood and Sand

1992/20
Action Comics #677
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Jackson Guice.
Story: In Love and War!

1992/21
Superman: Man of Steel #12
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: Panic in the Streets

1992/22
Superman (1987 series) #68
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Brett Breeding.
Story: Sins of the Father

Note: Superman #68 features Deathstroke.

1992/23
Adventures of Superman #491
Written by Jerry Ordway. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: A Good Head On Your Shoulders

1992/24
Action Comics #678
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Jackson Guice.
Story: Talking Heads!

1992/25
Superman: Man of Steel #13
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: Brain Trust

1992/26
Superman (1987 series) #69
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Pete Krause.
Story: Killing Is Serious Business

1992/27
Adventures of Superman #492
Written by Jerry Ordway. Art by Pete Krause.
Story: And Justice For All!

1992/28
Action Comics #679
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Jackson Guice.
Story: Shellshocked

Superman: The Man of Steel #14 cover by Jon Bogdanove.
Superman: The Man of Steel #14 cover by Jon Bogdanove.

Night Moves/Raising The Stakes

This is a two-part story where Superman and Robin (Tim Drake) teamed-up to fight vampires.

1992/29
Superman: The Man of Steel #14 (Part 1)
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1992/30
Superman (1987 series) #70 (Part 2)
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Brett Breeding.

Adventures of Superman #493 cover by Tom Grummett.
Adventures of Superman #493 cover by Tom Grummett.

The Blaze-Satanus War

Superman is stuck in the middle of a war between the demonic Blaze and Satanus in this four-part crossover.

1992/31
Adventures of Superman #493 (Part 1)
Written by Jerry Ordway. Art by Tom Grummett.

1992/32
Action Comics #680 (Part 2)
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Jackson Guice.

1992/33
Superman: The Man of Steel #15 (Part 3)
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Kerry Gammill.

1992/34
Superman (1987 series) #71 (Part 4)
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Brett Breeding.

Adventures of Superman #494 cover by Tom Grummett.
Adventures of Superman #494 cover by Tom Grummett.

After The Blaze-Satanus War

There are two issues sandwiched between The Blaze-Satanus War and Crisis at Hand.

1992/35
Adventures of Superman #494
Written by Jerry Ordway. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: Kismet: The Road Not Taken

1992/36
Action Comics #681
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Jackson Guice.
Story: Odds &… Endings

Superman (1987 series) #72 cover by Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding.

Crisis at Hand

This two-part story sees Superman debate whether he should get involved when he discovers that his neighbour is a domestic abuser.

1992/37
Superman: The Man of Steel #16 (Part 1)
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1992/38
Superman (1987 series) #72 (Part 2)
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.

Superman: The Man of Steel #17 cover by Jon Bogdanove.
Superman: The Man of Steel #17 cover by Jon Bogdanove.

After Crisis at Hand

There are the comic stories that were published just before the big Death of Superman Saga.

1992/39
Adventures of Superman #495
Written by Jerry Ordway. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: The Hand That Robs the Cradle!

Note: Adventures of Superman #495 guest stars The Forever People.

1992/40
Action Comics #682
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Dusty Abell.
Story: Gauntlet!

1992/41
Superman: The Man of Steel #17
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: Here Be Monsters

Note: Superman: The Man of Steel #17 features the first appearance of Doomsday.

1992/42
Superman (1987 series) #73
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.
Story: Time Ryders

1992/43
Adventures of Superman #496
Written by Jerry Ordway and Dennis Janke. Art by Dennis Janke.
Story: Truth and Consequences

1992/44
Action Comics #683
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Jackson Guice.
Story: The Trail of the Jackal

Superman: The Death of Superman - 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition cover by Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding.
Superman: The Death of Superman – 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition cover by Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding.

The Death of Superman Saga: Doomsday!

The Death of Superman Saga is the most-read and best-known story of the Triangle Era. Below are the issues that have a triangle number attached to them. However, it’s worth noting that there are other comics involved in this story. As a result, it’s best to refer to our Death of Superman Saga reading order if you wish to read the whole thing.

1992/45
Superman: Man of Steel #18
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1992/46
Superman (1987 series) #74
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.

1992/47
Adventures of Superman #497
Written by Jerry Ordway. Art by Tom Grummett.

1992/48
Action Comics #684
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Jackson Guice.

1993/1
Superman: Man of Steel #19
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1993/2
Superman (1987 series) #75
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Brett Breeding.

Superman: Funeral for a Friend by Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding.

The Death of Superman Saga: Funeral For A Friend

Funeral For A Friend is the second act in the Death of Superman Saga and details the world reacting to Superman’s death. As mentioned above, you can find the whole reading order in our Death of Superman Saga reading order.

1993/3
Adventures of Superman #498
Written by Jerry Ordway. Art by Tom Grummett.

1993/4
Action Comics #685
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Jackson Guice.

1993/5
Superman: Man of Steel #20
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1993/6
Superman (1987 series) #76
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.

1993/7
Adventures of Superman #499
Written by Jerry Ordway. Art by Tom Grummett.

1993/8
Action Comics #686
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Jackson Guice.

1993/9
Superman: Man of Steel #21
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1993/10
Superman (1987 series) #77
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.

1993/11
Adventures of Superman #500
Written by Jerry Ordway. Art by Tom Grummett.

Reign of the Supermen house ad.

Reign of the Supermen!

Reign of the Supermen is the final act in the Death of Superman Saga. It introduces four new Supermen, features the invasion Mongul, and eventual return of Superman. As mentioned above, you can find the whole reading order in our Death of Superman Saga reading order.

1993/12
Action Comics #687
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Jackson Guice.

1993/13
Superman: Man of Steel #22
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1993/14
Superman (1987 series) #78
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.

1993/15
Adventures of Superman #501
Written by Jerry Ordway. Art by Tom Grummett.

1993/16
Action Comics #688
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Jackson Guice.

1993/17
Superman: Man of Steel #23
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1993/18
Superman (1987 series) #79
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.

1993/19
Adventures of Superman #502
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Tom Grummett.

1993/20
Action Comics #689
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Jackson Guice.

1993/21
Superman: Man of Steel #24
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1993/22
Superman (1987 series) #80
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.

1993/23
Adventures of Superman #503
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Tom Grummett.

1993/24
Action Comics #690
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Jackson Guice.

1993/25
Superman: Man of Steel #25
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1993/26
Superman (1987 series) #81
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.

1993/27
Adventures of Superman #504
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Tom Grummett.

1993/28
Action Comics #691
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Jackson Guice.

1993/29
Superman: Man of Steel #26
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1993/30
Superman (1987 series) #82
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.

1993/31
Adventures of Superman #505
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Tom Grummett.

1993/32
Action Comics #692
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Jackson Guice.

Superman: The Man of Steel #27 cover by Jon Bogdanove.
Superman: The Man of Steel #27 cover by Jon Bogdanove.

After Death of Superman Saga

These issues pick up after the events of the Death of Superman Saga.

1993/33
Superman: The Man of Steel #27
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: Bad Character

1993/34
Superman (1987 series) #83
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.
Story: On the Edge (Funeral for a Friend epilogue)

Note: Superman #83 is an epilogue for the Funeral for a Friend crossover, but set after Reign of the Supermen crossover.

1993/35
Adventures of Superman #506
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: Payback!

Note: Adventures of Superman #506 explores Superboy’s origins more.

1993/36
Action Comics #693
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Jackson Guice.
Story: The Last Purge of Krypton!

Note: Action Comics #693 picks up on story threads relating to The Eradicator.

1993/37
Superman: The Man of Steel #28
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Chuck Wojtkiewicz.
Story: The Professionals

1993/38
Superman (1987 series) #84
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.
Story: Toys

Adventures of Superman #507 cover by Barry Kitson, Karl Kesel, and Glenn Whitmore.
Adventures of Superman #507 cover by Barry Kitson, Karl Kesel, and Glenn Whitmore.

Spilled Blood

This three-part crossover introduced the violent Bloodsport.

1993/39
Adventures of Superman #507 (Part 1)
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Tom Grummett.

1993/40
Action Comics #694 (Part 2)
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Jackson Guice.

1994/1
Superman: The Man of Steel #29 (Part 3)
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

Superman (1987 series) #85 cover and Dan Jurgens and Joe Rubinstein.
Superman (1987 series) #85 cover and Dan Jurgens and Joe Rubinstein.

After Spilled Blood

These comics are set after the Spilled Blood crossover.

1994/2
Superman (1987 series) #85
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.
Story: Dark Retribution

1994/3
Adventures of Superman #508
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Barry Kitson.
Story: The Future Is Now!

Note: Adventures of Superman #508 guest-stars the Challengers of the Unknown.

1994/4
Action Comics #695
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Jackson Guice.
Story: Cauldron!

Note: Action Comics #695 features a Lobo cameo. The cover is a bit tongue and cheek by stating that he only appears on one page in this issue. Lobo will appear more in Superman: The Man of Steel #30.

1994/5
Superman: The Man of Steel #30
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: Resurrection!

1994/6
Superman (1987 series) #86
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.
Story: The Last Sun Devil

1994/7
Adventures of Superman #509
Written by Barry Kitson and Karl Kesel. Art by Barry Kitson.
Story: Massacre

1994/8
Action Comics #696
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Jackson Guice.
Story: Champion

1994/9
Superman: The Man of Steel #31
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Mark Bright.
Story: Resurrection!

Superman (1987 series) #87 cover by Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding.
Superman (1987 series) #87 cover by Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding.

Bizarro’s World!

This five-part crossover introduces Bizarro II, the second version of the character post-Crisis on Infinite Earths.

1994/10
Superman (1987 series) #87 (Part 1)
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.

Note: Superman (1987 series) #87 features the first appearance of Bizarro II.

1994/11
Adventures of Superman #510 (Part 2)
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Barry Kitson.

1994/12
Action Comics #697 (Part 3)
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Jackson Guice.

1994/13
Superman: The Man of Steel #32 (Part 4)
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1994/14
Superman (1987 series) #88 (Part 5)
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Stuart Immonen.

Adventures of Superman #511 cover by Barry Kitson, Ray McCarthy, and Glenn Whitmore.
Adventures of Superman #511 cover by Barry Kitson, Ray McCarthy, and Glenn Whitmore.

After Bizarro’s World!

These issues pick up after Bizarro’s World! and lead up to The Battle for Metropolis/The Fall of Metropolis crossovers.

1994/15
Adventures of Superman #511
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Barry Kitson.
Story: Collision Course

1994/16
Action Comics #698
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Jackson Guice.
Story: Losing It!

1994/17
Superman: The Man of Steel #33
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: Under Siege!

1994/18
Superman (1987 series) #89
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.
Story: Desperation

1994/19
Adventures of Superman #512
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Barry Kitson.
Story: Deadly Measures!

Adventures of Superman #513 cover by Barry Kitson, Karl Kesel, and Glenn Whitmore.

The Battle for Metropolis

The Battle for Metropolis is a four-part prologue to the The Fall of Metropolis crossover.

1994/20
Action Comics #699 (Part 1)
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Norman Felchie.

Note: Supergirl (1994 series) #4 is set concurrently with Action Comics #699. Additionally, Superboy (1994 series) #5 is set before Superman: The Man of Steel #34.

1994/21
Superman: The Man of Steel #34 (Part 2)
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1994/22
Superman (1987 series) #90 (Part 3)
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Brent Anderson.

Note: Steel (1994 series) #5 is set concurrently with Superman (1987 series) #90.

1994/23
Adventures of Superman #513 (Part 4)
Written by Karl Kesel and Barry Kitson. Art by Barry Kitson.

Action Comics #700 cover by Jackson Guice and Suzanne Bourdages.
Action Comics #700 cover by Jackson Guice and Suzanne Bourdages.

The Fall of Metropolis

The Fall of Metropolis picks up directly after The Battle for Metropolis crossover.

1994/24
Action Comics #700 (Part 1)
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Jackson Guice and Curt Swan.

Note: Action Comics #700 is a double-sized anniversary issue.

1994/25
Superman: The Man of Steel #35 (Part 2)
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

Note: Superman: The Man of Steel #35 is also part of the World’s Collide crossover with the Milestone Media characters. There will be a special aside going deeper into this after the The Fall of Metropolis section.

1994/26
Superman (1987 series) #91 (Part 3)
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Brent Anderson.

1994/27
Adventures of Superman #514 (Part 4)
Written by Karl Kesel and Barry Kitson. Art by Pete Krause.

1994/28
Action Comics #701 (Part 5)
Written by Roger Stern and Louise Simonson. Art by Jackson Guice.

Superman: The Man of Steel #35 cover by Jon Bogdanove, Dennis Janke, and Marjorie Strauss.
Superman: The Man of Steel #35 cover by Jon Bogdanove, Dennis Janke, and Marjorie Strauss.

Aside: Worlds Collide

Worlds Collide is a 1994 crossover between Superman-family titles and comics that are part of the Dakotaverse of Milestone Media. I’ve added this as an aside as it include Superman: The Man of Steel #35-36, which are part of the triangle numbering.

Check out the following issues if you’re interested in reading the crossover event:

  • Superman: The Man of Steel #35
  • Hardware #17
  • Superboy (1994 series) #6
  • Icon #15
  • Steel (1994 series) #6
  • Blood Syndicate #16
  • Worlds Collide #1
  • Superboy (1994 series) #7
  • Hardware #18
  • Superman: The Man of Steel #36
  • Icon #16
  • Steel (1994 series) #7
  • Blood Syndicate #17
  • Static #14

The Triangle number for Superman: The Man of Steel #35 has already been referenced. Here’s the details for Superman: The Man of Steel #36.

1994/29
Superman: The Man of Steel #36
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

Superman (1987 series) #92 cover by Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, and Glenn Whitmore.
Superman (1987 series) #92 cover by Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, and Glenn Whitmore.

Massacre in Metropolis!

Superman faces off with a cosmic villain called “Massacre” in the two-part crossover.

1994/30
Superman (1987 series) #92 (Part 1)
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.

1994/31
Adventures of Superman #515 (Part 2)
Written by Karl Kesel and Barry Kitson. Art by Barry Kitson.

Action Comics #702 cover by Jackson Guice and Suzanne Bourdages.
Action Comics #702 cover by Jackson Guice and Suzanne Bourdages.

After Massacre in Metropolis!

Writer David Michelinie joins Action Comics with issue #702. Michelinie was well known at the time for a popular run on Amazing Spider-Man prior to coming to DC, along with the early Venom miniseries.

1994/32
Action Comics #702
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Jackson Guice.
Story: Bad Sport!

Superman: The Man of Steel #37 cover by Jon Bogdanove, Dennis Janke, and Marjorie Strauss.
Superman: The Man of Steel #37 cover by Jon Bogdanove, Dennis Janke, and Marjorie Strauss.

Zero Hour tie-ins

The following issues tie into the the 1994 DC event Zero Hour. This includes #0 issues, which form a larger story over four parts.

1994/33
Superman: The Man of Steel #37
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: Countdown to Zero

1994/34
Superman (1987 series) #93
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.
Story: Home!

1994/35
Adventures of Superman #516
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Pete Krause.
Story: The Hero of Metropolis

1994/36
Action Comics #703
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Jackson Guice.
Story: Chronocide!

1994/37
Superman: The Man of Steel #0
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: Peer Pressure Part 1 – A Whole New World

1994/38
Superman (1987 series) #0
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.
Story: Peer Pressure Part 2 – Awards

1994/39
Adventures of Superman #0
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Barry Kitson.
Story: Peer Pressure Part 3 – …With Powers Beyond Those of Mortal Men

1994/40
Action Comics #0
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Jackson Guice.
Story: Peer Pressure Part 4 -The Yesterday Man

Superman: The Man of Steel #38 cover by Jon Bogdanove and Dennis Janke.
Superman: The Man of Steel #38 cover by Jon Bogdanove and Dennis Janke.

Dead Again!

Superman begins to doubt that he actually returned from the dead after The Death of Superman Saga in this eleven-part crossover.

1994/41
Superman: The Man of Steel #38 (Part 1)
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Steve Erwin.

1994/42
Superman (1987 series) #94 (Part 2)
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.

1994/43
Adventures of Superman #517 (Part 3)
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Barry Kitson.

1994/44
Action Comics #704 (Part 4)
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Jackson Guice.

1994/45
Superman: The Man of Steel #39 (Part 5)
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1994/46
Superman (1987 series) #95 (Part 6)
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.

1994/47
Adventures of Superman #518 (Part 7)
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Barry Kitson.

1994/48
Action Comics #705 (Part 8)
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Jackson Guice.

1995/1
Superman: The Man of Steel #40 (Part 9)
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1995/2
Superman (1987 series) #96 (Part 10)
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.

1995/3
Adventures of Superman #519 (Part 11)
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Barry Kitson.

Adventures of Superman #520 cover by Karl Kesel, Stuart Immonen, José Marzan Jr., and Glenn Whitmore.
Adventures of Superman #520 cover by Karl Kesel, Stuart Immonen, José Marzan Jr., and Glenn Whitmore.

After Dead Again!

These stories are set after the Dead Again! crossover.

1995/4
Action Comics #706
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Jackson Guice.
Story: Saved by the Belle!

1995/5
Superman: The Man of Steel #41
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: Blood Ties

1995/6
Superman (1987 series) #97
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.
Story: Shadows

1995/7
Adventures of Superman #520
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: Christmas Thieves

Note: Adventures of Superman #520 is a Christmas themed issue.

1995/8
Action Comics #707
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Jackson Guice.
Story: Like Fire from the Dark

Note: Action Comics #707 picked up on story threads from Superman (1987 series) #97.

1995/9
Superman: The Man of Steel #42
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: Lock & Key!

Note: Superman: The Man of Steel #41 picks up on story threads from Superman: The Man of Steel #40.

1995/10
Superman (1987 series) #98
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.
Story: Changes

1995/11
Adventures of Superman #521
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: Cold as Ice

1995/12
Action Comics #708
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Jackson Guice.
Story: Moving Miracle

Note: Action Comics #708 guest stars Mister Miracle.

1995/13
Superman: The Man of Steel #43
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: Deathtrap

1995/14
Superman (1987 series) #99
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Gil Kane.
Story: Burning the Past

1995/15
Adventures of Superman #522
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: City of Hope

1995/16
Action Comics #709
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Jackson Guice.
Story: Crime Tunnel! or When Warriors Strongly Disagree

1995/17
Superman: The Man of Steel #44
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: To Know… Know… Know Him!

Superman (1987 series) #100 cover by Dan Jurgens, Joe Rubinstein, and Brett Breeding.
Superman (1987 series) #100 cover by Dan Jurgens, Joe Rubinstein, and Brett Breeding.

The Death of Clark Kent

Superman finds himself unable to return to his Clark Kent identity after villain Conduit (who was a classmate of Clark Kent) targets everyone in Kent’s life.

1995/18
Superman (1987 series) #100 (Part 1)
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.

1995/19
Adventures of Superman #523 (Part 2)
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Stuart Immonen.

1995/20
Action Comics #710 (Part 3)
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Jackson Guice.

1995/21
Superman: The Man of Steel #45 (Part 4)
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1995/22
Superman (1987 series) #101 (Part 5)
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Gil Kane.

1995/23
Adventures of Superman #524 (Part 6)
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Stuart Immonen.

1995/24
Action Comics #711 (Part 7)
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Jackson Guice.

1995/25
Superman: The Man of Steel #46 (Part 8)
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #1 cover by Tom Grummett and Brett Breeding.
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #1 cover by Tom Grummett and Brett Breeding.

After The Death of Clark Kent

These issues are set after The Death of Clark Kent crossover.

1995/26
Superman (1987 series) #102
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.
Story: Trading Places

1995/27
Adventures of Superman #525
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: Hard Decisions

1995/28
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #1
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: Past, Present & Future!

Note: Superman: The Man of Tomorrow is a series that was published where there was 5th release day in a month. As a result, it was not published on a monthly basis.

1995/29
Action Comics #712
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Kieron Dwyer.
Story: The Jimmy Cage!

1995/30
Superman: The Man of Steel #47
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: Sins of the Father

1995/31
Superman (1987 series) #103
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Gil Kane.
Story: Pulp Friction

1995/32
Adventures of Superman #526
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Rodolfo Damaggio.
Story: Title Bout!

1995/33
Action Comics #713
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Kieron Dwyer.
Story: Scarlet Salvation

1995/34
Superman: The Man of Steel #48
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: Here Be Monsters

Note: Superman: The Man of Steel #48 guest stars Aquaman.

1995/35
Superman (1987 series) #104
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by José Luis García-López.
Story: Revenge of Apokolips

1995/36
Adventures of Superman #527
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: The Return

1995/37
Action Comics #714
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Kieron Dwyer.
Story: Crossing the [Punch] Line!

Note: Superman takes on The Joker in Action Comics #714.

1995/38
Superman: The Man of Steel #49
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Paul Pelletier.
Story: Fight

1995/39
Superman (1987 series) #105
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by José Luis García-López.
Story: Misperceptions

Note: Superman (1987 series) #105 guest stars Kyle Rayner (Green Lantern).

1995/40
Adventures of Superman #528
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: Deadly Silence

1995/41
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #2
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: Pawns

1995/42
Action Comics #715
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Gil Kane.
Story: Doc Parasite!

Superman: The Man of Steel #50 cover by Jon Bogdanove, Dennis Janke, and Marjorie Strauss.
Superman: The Man of Steel #50 cover by Jon Bogdanove, Dennis Janke, and Marjorie Strauss.

Trial of Superman!

Superman is on trial by a mysterious galactic court called “The Tribunal”.

1995/43
Superman: The Man of Steel #50 (Part 1)
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1995/44
Superman (1987 series) #106 (Part 2)
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Ron Frenz.

1995/45
Adventures of Superman #529 (Part 3)
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Stuart Immonen.

1995/46
Action Comics #716 (Part 4)
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Keiron Dwyer.

1995/47
Superman: The Man of Steel #51 (Part 5)
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1995/48
Superman (1987 series) #107 (Part 6)
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Ron Frenz.

1995/49
Adventures of Superman #530 (Part 7)
Written by Karl Kesel and Stuart Immonen. Art by Stuart Immonen.

Note: Adventures of Superman #530 is also a tie-in to the Underworld Unleashed comic book event.

1995/50
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #3 (Part 8)
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Tom Grummett.

Note: Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #3 is also a tie-in to the Underworld Unleashed comic book event.

1996/1
Action Comics #717 (Part 9)
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Keiron Dwyer.

1996/2
Superman: The Man of Steel #52 (Part 10)
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1996/3
Superman (1987 series) #108 (Part 11)
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Ron Frenz.

1996/4
Adventures of Superman #531 (Part 12)
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Stuart Immonen.

Superman: The Man of Steel #53 cover by Jon Bogdanove, Denis Rodier, and Graphic Colorworks.
Superman: The Man of Steel #53 cover by Jon Bogdanove, Denis Rodier, and Graphic Colorworks.

After Trial of Superman!

Below are a handful of stories that are set between the end of Trial of Superman! and Team-up Month.

1996/5
Action Comics #718
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Kieron Dwyer.
Story: By Darker Reason

1996/6
Superman: The Man of Steel #53
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: The Game

1996/7
Superman (1987 series) #109
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Ron Frenz.
Story: The Kill Fee!

1996/8
Adventures of Superman #532
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: Troubled Waters

Action Comics #719 cover Kieron Dwyer, Denis Rodier, and Graphic Colorworks.
Action Comics #719 cover Kieron Dwyer, Denis Rodier, and Graphic Colorworks.

Team-up Month

Every comic during this month of publication featured a team up with another DC character.

1996/9
Action Comics #719
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Kieron Dwyer.
Story: Hazard’s Choice

Note: Superman teams up with Batman in Action Comics #719.

1996/10
Superman: The Man of Steel #54
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Denys Cowan.
Story: Ghosts

Note: Superman teams up with The Spectre in Superman: The Man of Steel #54.

1996/11
Superman (1987 series) #110
Written by Dan Jurgens and Jerry Ordway. Art by Ron Frenz.
Story: The Kill Fee!

Note: Superman teams up with Plastic Man in Superman (1987 series) #110.

1996/12
Adventures of Superman #533
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: Scavenger Hunt!

Note: Superman teams up with Impulse in Adventures of Superman #533.

1996/13
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #4
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Tom Grummett.

Note: Superman teams up with Captain Marvel (Shazam) in Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #4.

Adventures of Superman #534 cover by Stuart Immonen, José Marzan Jr, and Patrick Martin.
Adventures of Superman #534 cover by Stuart Immonen, José Marzan Jr, and Patrick Martin.

After Team-Up Month

A long stretch of adventures before the Superman: Identity Crisis crossover.

1996/14
Action Comics #720
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Kieron Dwyer.
Story: Love Breaks

1996/15
Superman: The Man of Steel #55
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: Something Fishy

1996/16
Superman (1987 series) #111
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Ron Frenz.
Story: Divisions

1996/17
Adventures of Superman #534
Written and art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: The Demon Within

1996/18
Action Comics #721
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Kieron Dwyer.
Story: The Fortune Plague

1996/19
Superman: The Man of Steel #56
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: In the Money!

1996/20
Superman (1987 series) #112
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Ron Frenz.
Story: Superman’s Ex-Girlfriend Lois Lane

1996/21
Adventures of Superman #535
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: Love and War

1996/22
Action Comics #722
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Darick Robertson.
Story: Courageous Intent

1996/23
Superman: The Man of Steel #57
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Roger Robinson.
Story: Blown Away!

1996/24
Superman (1987 series) #113
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Ron Frenz.
Story: Secrets

1996/25
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #5
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: To Have and to Hold?

Adventures of Superman #536 cover by Alan Davis, Mark Farmer, and Patrick Martin.
Adventures of Superman #536 cover by Alan Davis, Mark Farmer, and Patrick Martin.

Identity Crisis

Brainiac takes over Superman’s body in this four-part crossover. This is not the 2004 Identity Crisis limited series by Brad Meltzer and Rags Morales.

1996/26
Adventures of Superman #536 (Part 1)
Written by Tom Peyer and Mark Waid. Art by Steven Butler, Chris Marrinan, Chris Renaud, and Curt Swan.

1996/27
Action Comics #723 (Part 2)
Written by Tom Peyer and Mark Waid. Art by Steven Butler, Chris Marrinan, Chris Renaud, and Curt Swan.

1996/28
Superman: The Man of Steel #58 (Part 3)
Written by Mark Waid. Art by Chris Marrinan.

1996/29
Superman (1987 series) #114 (Part 4)
Written by Tom Peyer and Mark Waid. Art by Steven Butler, Chris Marrinan, Chris Renaud, and Curt Swan.

Action Comics #724 cover by Tom Grummett.
Action Comics #724 cover by Tom Grummett.

After Identity Crisis

This run of issues leads up to The Bottled City crossover.

1996/30
Adventures of Superman #537
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: Creatures on the Loose!

1996/31
Action Comics #724
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Tom Morgan.
Story: Losing Brawl!

1996/32
Superman: The Man of Steel #59
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: Prey

1996/33
Superman (1987 series) #115
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Ron Frenz.
Story: Love Hurts

1996/34
Adventures of Superman #538
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: Fatal Obsession

Superman: The Man of Steel #60 cover by Jon Bogdanove.
Superman: The Man of Steel #60 cover by Jon Bogdanove.

The Bottled City

This three-part crossover involves the classic bottled city of Kandor concept.

1996/35
Action Comics #725 (Part 1)
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Tom Morgan.

1996/36
Superman: The Man of Steel #60 (Part 2)
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1996/37
Superman (1987 series) #116 (Part 3)
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Ron Frenz.

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #6 cover by Tom Grummett.
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #6 cover by Tom Grummett.

After The Bottled City

A batch of issues set after The Bottled City crossover.

1996/38
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #6
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Paul Ryan.
Story: Going to Extremes

1996/39
Adventures of Superman #539
Written by Karl Kesel and Jerry Ordway. Art by Ron Lim.
Story: Fatal Obsession

1996/40
Action Comics #726
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Tom Morgan.
Story: Arms!

1996/41
Superman: The Man of Steel #61
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: Losin’ It

Adventures of Superman #540 cover by Stuart Immonen and José Marzan Jr.
Adventures of Superman #540 cover by Stuart Immonen and José Marzan Jr.

The Final Night tie-ins

The following issues tie-in to The Final Night, a big DC Comics event.

1996/42
Superman (1987 series) #117
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Ron Frenz.

1996/43
Adventures of Superman #540
Written by Karl Kesel and Jerry Ordway. Art by Terry Dodson.
Story: Fatal Obsession

1996/44
Action Comics #727
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: Cold Comfort!

1996/45
Superman: The Man of Steel #62
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: To Build a Fire

Superman: The Wedding Album #1 cover by John Bryne.
Superman: The Wedding Album #1 cover by John Bryne.

After The Final Night

These issues are set between The Final Night and before the Power Struggle crossover. Many of them involve Clark Kent and Lois Lane’s wedding or honeymoon.

1996/46
Superman (1987 series) #118
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Ron Frenz.
Story: The Quest of Lois Lane

Note: Superman (1987 series) #118 guest-stars Wonder Woman.

1996/47
Superman: The Wedding Album #1
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by John Byrne, Murphy Anderson, Jon Bogdanove, Tom Grummett, Jackson Guice, Stuart Immonen, Dan Jurgens, Gil Kane, Barry Kitson, Bob McLeod, Jerry Ordway, George Pérez, Al Plastino, Curt Swan, and Nick Cardy

Note: Superman: The Wedding Album #1 features the wedding of Clark Kent and Lois Lane.

1996/48
Adventures of Superman #541
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: Happily Ever After

1996/49
Action Comics #728
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: I Killed Superman!

1996/50
Superman: The Man of Steel #63
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: Fireworks

Superman (1987 series) #119 cover by Ron Frenz.
Superman (1987 series) #119 cover by Ron Frenz.

Power Struggle

Superman temporarily loses his powers in this four-part crossover.

1997/1
Superman (1987 series) #119 (Part 1)
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Ron Frenz.

1997/2
Adventures of Superman #542 (Part 2)
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Paul Ryan.

1997/3
Action Comics #729 (Part 3)
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Tom Grummett.

1997/4
Superman: The Man of Steel #64 (Part 4)
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Ron Lim.

Superman (1987 series) #123 cover by Ron Frenz, Joe Rubinstein, and Patrick Martin.
Superman (1987 series) #123 cover by Ron Frenz, Joe Rubinstein, and Patrick Martin.

After Power Struggle

These issues pick up after the Power Struggle crossover. This stretch of issues introduces the Electric Blue Superman, which reinvented character to have electric-based powers for a while.

1997/5
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #7
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Paul Ryan.
Story: Hero or Villain?

1997/6
Superman (1987 series) #120
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Ron Frenz.
Story: To Be a Superman

1997/7
Adventures of Superman #543
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: The Honeymoon’s Over

1997/8
Action Comics #730
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: The Precedent of the United Hates

1997/9
Superman: The Man of Steel #65
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Sal Buscema.
Story: Losers

1997/10
Superman (1987 series) #121
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.
Story: They Still Call It Suicide Slum

1997/11
Adventures of Superman #544
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: Dead Man Walking

1997/12
Action Comics #731
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: …Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble!

1997/13
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #8
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Paul Ryan.
Story: True Grit

1997/14
Superman: The Man of Steel #66
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: the Shield

1997/15
Superman (1987 series) #122
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Ron Frenz.
Story: The Kandor Connection

Note: Superman (1987 series) #122 introduces Scorn, who was a regular character during the Electric Blue Superman era.

1997/16
Adventures of Superman #545
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Scot Eaton.
Story: Dead Man Walking

1997/17
Action Comics #732
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: Power Crisis!

1997/18
Superman: The Man of Steel #67
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: TBC

1997/19
Superman (1987 series) #123
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Ron Frenz.
Story: Superman…Reborn!

Note: Superman (1987 series) #123 introduces the Electric Blue Superman.

1997/20
Adventures of Superman #546
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Scot Eaton.
Story: Blood and Thunder

1997/21
Action Comics #733
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: The Sins of Change

Note: Action Comics #733 guest-stars The Ray.

1997/22
Superman: The Man of Steel #68
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: Power!

1997/23
Superman (1987 series) #124
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Ron Frenz.
Story: A Hard Days Night!

1997/24
Adventures of Superman #547
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: Rude Awakening!

Note: Adventures of Superman #547 guest-stars The Atom.

1997/25
Action Comics #734
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: Bottle Battle

1997/26
Superman: The Man of Steel #69
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Scot Eaton.
Story: Prey

Note: Superman: The Man of Steel #69 guest-stars The Atom.

1997/27
Superman (1987 series) #125
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Ron Frenz.
Story: Retribution

Note: Superman (1987 series) #125 guest-stars The Atom.

1997/28
Adventures of Superman #548
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: Friends, Lovers, and Strangers!

1997/29
Action Comics #735
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: Deadly Deliverance

1997/30
Superman: The Man of Steel #70
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Scot Eaton.
Story: Deja News

1997/31
Superman (1987 series) #126
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Ron Frenz.
Story: Machinations!

1997/32
Adventures of Superman #549
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: The Gang’s All Here!

1997/33
Action Comics #736
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: Without and Within

1997/34
Superman: The Man of Steel #71
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Scot Eaton.
Story: Rematch!

1997/35
Superman (1987 series) #127
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Ron Frenz.
Story: Deception!

1997/36
Adventures of Superman #550
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Stuart Immonen and Tom Grummett.
Story: The Secret/The Touch of Evil

1997/37
Action Comics #737
Written by David Michelinie. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: Burden of Proof

1997/38
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #9
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Paul Ryan.
Story: True Grit

Superman: The Man of Steel #72 cover by Jon Bogdanove and Dennis Janke.
Superman: The Man of Steel #72 cover by Jon Bogdanove and Dennis Janke.

Genesis tie-ins

These issues tie into the Genesis limited series.

1997/39
Superman: The Man of Steel #72
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Scot Eaton.

1997/40
Superman (1987 series) #128
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Ron Frenz.

Adventures of Superman #551 cover by Tom Grummett, Denis Rodier, and Patrick Martin.
Adventures of Superman #551 cover by Tom Grummett, Denis Rodier, and Patrick Martin.

After Genesis

These stories bring the Superman comics into 1998.

1997/41
Adventures of Superman #551
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: Genesis for Humanity

1997/42
Action Comics #738
Written and art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: Straight On Till Morning

1997/43
Superman: The Man of Steel #73
Written by Louise Simonson and Mark Waid. Art by Scot Eaton.
Story: Gang War

1997/44
Superman (1987 series) #129
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Paul Ryan.
Story: Within Human Reach

1997/45
Adventures of Superman #552
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: Control of Power

1997/46
Action Comics #739
Written and art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: Party Trappings

1997/47
Superman: The Man of Steel #74
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Scot Eaton.
Story: Subterranean Terror

1997/48
Superman (1987 series) #130
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Norm Breyfogle.
Story: The Longest Halloween

1997/49
Adventures of Superman #553
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: Energy Crisis

1997/50
Action Comics #740
Written and art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: A Ray, a Bone, & a Hank of Hair

1998/1
Superman: The Man of Steel #75
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: The Death of Mr. Mxyzptlk

1998/2
Superman (1987 series) #131
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Ron Frenz.
Story: Checkmate

1998/3
Adventures of Superman #554
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: Children and Monsters!

1998/4
Action Comics #741
Written and art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: A Cautionary Tale

1998/5
Superman: The Man of Steel #76
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: Synergy

Superman Red/Superman Blue

1998/6
Superman Red/Superman Blue #1 (Part 1)
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Stuart Immonen.

1998/7
Superman (1987 series) #132 (Part 2)
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Ron Frenz.
Story: Double Play

1998/8
Adventures of Superman #555 (Part 3)
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: Face-Off!

1998/9
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #10 (Part 4)
Written by Roger Stern. Art by Paul Ryan.
Story: Who Do You Love?

1998/10
Action Comics #742 (Part 5)
Written and art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: Devil May Care: A Thesis on the Psychopathologist’s Role, By Amy Iwata

1998/11
Superman: The Man of Steel #77 (Part 6)
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Paul Ryan.
Story: Triangles

1998/12
Superman (1987 series) #133 (Part 7)
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Ron Frenz.
Story: To Summon the Guard!

1998/13
Adventures of Superman #556 (Part 8)
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: Three To One!

1998/14
Action Comics #743 (Part 9)
Written by Stuart Immonen. Art by Greg Land.
Story: Operation: Ink!

Behold! The Millennium Giants

1998/15
Superman: The Man of Steel #78 (Part 1)
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1998/15.1
Aquaman (1994 series) #43 (Part 2)
Written by Peter David. Art by Jim Calafiore.

1998/15.2
Challengers of the Unknown (1997 series) #15 (Part 3)
Written by Steven Grant. Art by Ryan Sook.

1998/16
Superman (1987 series) #134 (Part 4)
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Ron Frenz.

1998/16.1
Teen Titans (1996 series) #19 (Part 5)
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.

1998/16.2
Supergirl (1996 series) #20 (Part 6)
Written by Peter David. Art by Leonard Kirk.

1998/17
Adventures of Superman #557 (Part 7)
Written by Karl Kesel and Barbara Kesel. Art by Val Semeiks.
Story: The End of the World As We Know It!

1998/17.1
Steel (1994 series) #50 (Part 8)
Written by Christopher Priest. Art by Denys Cowan.

1998/18
Action Comics #744 (Part 9)
Written by Stuart Immonen. Art by Anthony Williams.

After Millennium Giants

1998/19
Superman: The Man of Steel #79
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: End of the World

1998/20
Superman (1987 series) #135
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Ron Frenz.
Story: Shattered Worlds

Dominus Effect

1998/21
Superman Forever #1
Written by Karl Kesel and Louise Simonson. Art by Anthony Williams, Dan Jurgens, John Byrne, Jon Bogdanove, Kieron Dwyer, Klaus Janson, Norm Breyfogle, Paul Ryan, Scot Eaton, Steve Yeowell, Stuart Immonen, Tom Grummett, and Val Semeiks.

1998/22
Adventures of Superman #558
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Steve Yeowell.

1998/23
Action Comics #745
Written by Stuart Immonen. Art by Anthony Williams.

1998/24
Superman: The Man of Steel #80
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1998/25
Superman (1987 series) #136
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Paul Ryan.

1998/26
Adventures of Superman #559
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Tom Grummett.

1998/27
Action Comics #746
Written and art by Stuart Immonen.

1998/28
Superman: The Man of Steel #81
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1998/29
Superman (1987 series) #137
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Paul Ryan.

1998/30
Adventures of Superman #560
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Tom Grummett.

1998/31
Action Comics #747
Written and art by Stuart Immonen.

1998/32
Superman: The Man of Steel #82
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.

1998/33
Superman (1987 series) #138
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Paul Ryan.

1998/34
Adventures of Superman #561
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Tom Grummett.

1998/35
Action Comics #748
Written and art by Stuart Immonen.

1998/36
Superman: The Man of Steel #83
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Scot Eaton.

1998/37
Superman (1987 series) #139
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Jim Starlin.

After Dominus Effect

1998/38
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #11
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Paul Ryan.
Story: Anomaly

1998/39
Superman: Save the Planet #1
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Scot Eaton.
Story: Save the Planet!

1998/40
Adventures of Superman #562
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: End of an Era

City of the Future

1998/41
Action Comics #749 (Part 1)
Written by Ron Marz. Art by Tom Grindberg.

1998/42
Superman: The Man of Steel #84 (Part 2)
Written by Ron Marz. Art by Tom Grindberg.

1998/43
Superman (1987 series) #140 (Part 3)
Written by Ron Marz. Art by Tom Grindberg.

1998/44
Adventures of Superman #563 (Part 4)
Written by Ron Marz. Art by Tom Grindberg.

After City of the Future

1999/1
Action Comics #750
Written and art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: Confidence Job

1999/2
Superman: The Man of Steel #85
Written and art by Jon Bogdanove.
Story: Creative Differences

1999/3
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #12
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Paul Ryan.
Story: Need to Know

1999/4
Superman (1987 series) #141
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Scot Eaton.
Story: Introducing Outburst!

1999/5
Adventures of Superman #564
Written by Karl Kesel and Jerry Ordway. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: Visions of Death

1999/6
Action Comics #751
Written and art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: Sixes and Sevens

1999/7
Superman: The Man of Steel #86
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Scot Eaton.
Story: On the Job!

1999/8
Superman (1987 series) #142
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Georges Jeanty.
Story: Clark Kent No More

1999/9
Adventures of Superman #565
Written by Karl Kesel and Jerry Ordway. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: The World is My Backyard

1999/10
Supermen of America #1
Written by Stuart Immonen. Art by Norm Breyfogle, Sean Phillips, Humberto Ramos, Chuck Wojtkiewicz, Ron Lim, and Ethan Van Sciver.

1999/11
Action Comics #752
Written and art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: Superman, Have You Forsaken Metropolis?

1999/12
Superman: The Man of Steel #87
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Doug Mahnke.
Story: The Iron Hand of Kindness

1999/13
Superman (1987 series) #143
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Steve Epting.
Story: Shattered Illusions

1999/14
Adventures of Superman #566
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Tom Grummett.
Story: And Lose His Soul

1999/15
Action Comics #753
Written by Stuart Immonen and Mark Millar. Art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: A Law Unto Himself

1999/16
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #13
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Paul Ryan.
Story: Madness!

1999/17
Superman: The Man of Steel #88
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Doug Mahnke.
Story: A Kiss Before Dying

1999/18
Superman (1987 series) #144
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Steve Epting.
Story: Up in Smoke

1999/19
Adventures of Superman #567
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Paul Ryan.
Story: The Pathway to Oblivion

1999/20
Action Comics #754
Written by Stuart Immonen and Mark Millar. Art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: The Aimless Blade Of Silence

1999/21
Superman: The Man of Steel #89
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Doug Mahnke.
Story: Prelude to a Coronation

1999/22
Superman: King of the World #1
Written by Karl Kesel. Art by Doug Braithwaite.

1999/23
Superman (1987 series) #145
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Steve Epting.
Story: Public Hearing

1999/24
Adventures of Superman #568
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Tom Morgan.
Story: Lookin’ Good

1999/25
Action Comics #755
Written by Stuart Immonen and Mark Millar. Art by Shawn Martinbrough.
Story: Necropolis

1999/26
Superman: The Man of Steel #90
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Mike Collins.
Story: A Girl and Her Robot

1999/27
Superman (1987 series) #146
Written and art by Dan Jurgens.
Story: Rough Day at the Office

1999/28
Adventures of Superman #569
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Tom Morgan.
Story: Power

1999/29
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #14
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Paul Ryan.
Story: Conspiracy of One+One+One+One+One+One

1999/30
Action Comics #756
Written by John Rozum. Art by Vincent Giarrano.
Story: Comeback

1999/31
Superman: The Man of Steel #91
Written by John Rozum. Art by Charlie Adlard.
Story: Nemesis

The One-Man JLA

1999/32
Superman (1987 series) #147 (Part 1)
Written by Ron Marz. Art by Tom Grindberg.

1999/33
Adventures of Superman #570 (Part 2)
Written by Ron Marz and Tom Peyer. Art by Tom Grindberg.

1999/34
Action Comics #757 (Part 3)
Written by Tom Peyer. Art by Tom Grindberg.

1999/35
Superman: The Man of Steel #92 (Part 4)
Written by Tom Peyer. Art by Tom Grindberg.

After One-Man JLA

1999/36
Superman (1987 series) #148
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Steve Epting.
Story: Champions

1999/37
Adventures of Superman #571
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Mike Collins.
Story: Image is Everything

1999/38
Action Comics #758
Written by Stuart Immonen and Mark Millar. Art by Stuart Immonen.
Story: Intergang War! Lois Left Out! Rock Lobster!

1999/39
Superman: The Man of Steel #93
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Doug Mahnke.
Story: The Sea Beast of Metropolis!

Who is Strange Visitor?

1999/40
Superman (1987 series) #149 (Part 1)
Written and art by Randall Frenz and Ron Frenz.

1999/41
Adventures of Superman #572 (Part 2)
Written and art by Randall Frenz and Ron Frenz.

1999/42
Action Comics #759 (Part 3)
Written and art by Randall Frenz and Ron Frenz.

1999/43
Superman: The Man of Steel #94 (Part 4)
Written and art by Randall Frenz and Ron Frenz.

After Who is Strange Visitor?

1999/44
Superman (1987 series) #150
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Steve Epting.
Story: Earth’s Final Hour

1999/45
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #15
Written by J.M DeMatteis. Art by Ryan Sook.
Story: Heart of Hell

Note: Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #15 is a Day of Judgment tie-in and the final issue of the series.

1999/46
Superman (1987 series) #151
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Mike McKone.
Story: We’re Back!

1999/47
Adventures of Superman #573
Written by Mark Millar and Stuart Immonen. Art by Steve Epting.
Story: Higher Ground

1999/48
Superman: The Man of Steel #95
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Doug Mahnke.
Story: Krypton Lives

1999/49
Action Comics #760
Written by Joe Kelly. Art by German Garcia.
Story: …Never-Ending Battle…

2000/1
Superman (1987 series) #152
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Mike McKone.
Story: Deadline U.S.A

2000/2
Adventures of Superman #574
Written by Mark Millar and Stuart Immonen. Art by Joe Phillips.
Story: Something Borrowed, Something Blue

2000/3
Superman: The Man of Steel #96
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Doug Mahnke.
Story: Home

2000/4
Action Comics #761
Written by Joe Kelly. Art by German Garcia.
Story: For a Thousand Years…

2000/5
Superman (1987 series) #153
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Mike McKone.
Story: Say Goodbye

2000/6
Adventures of Superman #575
Written by Mark Millar and Stuart Immonen. Art by Yanick Paquette.
Story: A Night at the Opera

Y2K

Ok, this section is going to be out of whack a bit as the triangle numbering doesn’t line up with the stories, with the unrelated Superman: The Man of Steel #97 and Action Comics #762 numbered in between parts one and two of the Y2K crossover. Read these in any order that you find logical.

2000/7
Superman: Y2K #1 (Part 1)
Written by Joe Kelly. Art by Jackson Guice.

2000/8
Superman: The Man of Steel #97
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Doug Mahnke.
Story: Bridge the Past and Future

2000/9
Action Comics #762
Written by Joe Kelly. Art by German Garcia and Kano.
Story: All I Want for Christmas

2000/10
Superman (1987 series) #154 (Part 2)
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Ed McGuinness.

2000/11
Adventures of Superman #576 (Part 3)
Written by Mark Millar. Art by Stuart Immonen.

2000/12
Superman: The Man of Steel #98 (Part 4)
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Doug Mahnke.

2000/13
Action Comics #763 (Part 5)
Written by Joe Kelly. Art by German Garcia and Kano.
Story: Sacrifice for Tomorrow

After Y2K

2000/14
Superman (1987 series) #155
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Ed McGuinness.
Story: The Private Life of Clark Kent

Note: Superman (1987 series) #155 guest-stars Superboy.

2000/15
Adventures of Superman #577
Written by Stuart Immonen and Jay Faeber. Art by Stuart Immonen and Yanick Paquette.
Story: A Tale of Two Cities

2000/16
Superman: The Man of Steel #99
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Pablo Raimondi.
Story: All That Dwell in Dark Waters

2000/17
Action Comics #764
Written by Joe Kelly. Art by Kano.
Story: Quiet After the Storm

2000/18
Superman (1987 series) #156
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Ed McGuinness.
Story: The Tender Trap

2000/19
Adventures of Superman #578
Written by J.M. DeMatteis. Art by Pablo Raimondi.
Story: Getting Away From It All

2000/20
Superman: The Man of Steel #100
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Doug Mahnke.
Story: Creation Story

Note: Superman: The Man of Steel #100 introduces a new Fortress of Solitude.

2000/21
Action Comics #765
Written by Joe Kelly. Art by Kano.
Story: A Clown Comes to Metropolis

2000/22
Superman (1987 series) #157
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Ed McGuinness.
Story: Superman’s Enemy Lois Lane

2000/23
Adventures of Superman #579
Written by J.M. DeMatteis. Art by Mike McKone.
Story: Pranked

2000/24
Superman: The Man of Steel #101
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Pablo Raimondi.
Story: All Fall Down

2000/25
Action Comics #766
Written by Joe Kelly. Art by Cary Nord.
Story: D.O.A.

Critical Condition

2000/26
Superman (1987 series) #158 (Part 1)
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Duncan Rouleau.

2000/27
Adventures of Superman #580 (Part 2)
Written by J.M. DeMatteis. Art by Carlo Barberi.

2000/28
Superman: The Man of Steel #102 (Part 3)
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Doug Mahnke.

2000/29
Action Comics #767 (Part 4)
Written by Joe Kelly. Art by Kano.

After Critical Condition

2000/30
Superman (1987 series) #159
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Ed McGuinness.
Story: Detour

Note: Superman (1987 series) #159 guest-stars Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner).

2000/31
Adventures of Superman #581
Written by J.M. DeMatteis. Art by Mike S. Miller.
Story: Adversaries!

2000/32
Superman: The Man of Steel #103
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Doug Mahnke.
Story: What He Didn’t Do

2000/33
Action Comics #768
Written by Joe Kelly. Art by Duncan Rouleau.
Story: O, Captain, My Captain!

Arkham

2000/34
Superman (1987 series) #160 (Part 1)
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Ed McGuinness.

2000/35
Adventures of Superman #582 (Part 2)
Written by J.M. DeMatteis. Art by Mike S. Miller.

2000/36
Superman: The Man of Steel #104 (Part 3)
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Doug Mahnke.

2000/37
Action Comics #769 (Part 4)
Written by Joe Kelly. Art by Duncan Rouleau.

Emperor Joker

2000/38
Superman: Emperor Joker #1 (Part 1)
Written by Jeph Loeb and Joe Kelly. Art by Duncan Rouleau, Todd Nauck, Carlo Barberi, and Scott McDaniel.

2000/39
Superman (1987 series) #161 (Part 2)
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Ed McGuinness.

2000/40
Adventures of Superman #583 (Part 3)
Written by J.M. DeMatteis. Art by Mike S. Miller.

2000/41
Superman: The Man of Steel #105 (Part 4)
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Doug Mahnke.

2000/42
Action Comics #770 (Part 5)
Written by Joe Kelly. Art by Kano.

After Emperor Joker

2000/43
Superman (1987 series) #162
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Ed McGuinness.
Story: The American Dream

Note: Superman (1987 series) #162 guest-stars Aquaman.

2000/44
Adventures of Superman #584
Written by J.M. DeMatteis. Art by Patrick Zircher.
Story: Bachelor Party

2000/45
Superman: The Man of Steel #106
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Carlo Barberi.
Story: Under the Waterfront

2000/46
Action Comics #771
Written by Chuck Dixon. Art by Pascal Ferry.
Story: The Out of Towner

Note: Action Comics #771 features a team-up with Nightwing.

2000/47
Superman (1987 series) #163
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Ed McGuinness and Paul Pelletier.
Story: Where Monsters Lurk!

2000/48
Adventures of Superman #585
Written by J.M. DeMatteis. Art by Mike S. Miller.
Story: Doubles

2000/49
Superman: The Man of Steel #107
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Doug Mahnke.
Story: In the Zone

2000/50
Action Comics #772
Written by Joe Kelly. Art by Kano.
Story: Kith & Kin (Part 1)

2001/1
Superman (1987 series) #164
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Ed McGuinness and Carlo Barberi.
Story: Tales From the Bizarro World

2001/2
Superman: Lex 2000 #1
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Tony Harris.

2001/3
Adventures of Superman #586
Written by J.M. DeMatteis. Art by Mike S. Miller.
Story: Soul of the City!

2001/4
Superman: The Man of Steel #108
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Doug Mahnke.
Story: Metropolis is Burning

2001/5
Action Comics #773
Written by Joe Kelly. Art by Kano.
Story: Kith & Kin (Part 2)

2001/6
Superman (1987 series) #165
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Ed McGuinness, Joe Madureira, Mike Wieringo, Rob Liefeld, and Ian Churchill.
Story: Help!

2001/7
Adventures of Superman #587
Written by J.M. DeMatteis. Art by Mike S. Miller.
Story: Metropolis: Hell of a Town!

2001/8
Superman: The Man of Steel #109
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Duncan Rouleau.
Story: World Without Superman

2001/9
Action Comics #774
Written by Joe Kelly. Art by Kano.
Story: Fireside Chat

Note: Action Comics #774 guest-stars Martian Manhunter.

2001/10
Superman (1987 series) #166
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Ed McGuinness.
Story: Fathers

2001/11
Adventures of Superman #588
Written by Joe Casey. Art by Mike S. Miller.
Story: Pillar of Earth

2001/12
Superman: The Man of Steel #110
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Doug Mahnke.
Story: Saints

2001/13
Action Comics #775
Written by Joe Kelly. Art by Doug Mahnke and Lee Bermejo.
Story: What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, & the American Way?

Return to Krypton

2001/14
Superman (1987 series) #167
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Ed McGuinness.

2001/15
Adventures of Superman #589
Written by Joe Casey. Art by Duncan Rouleau.

2001/16
Superman: The Man of Steel #111
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Doug Mahnke.

2001/17
Action Comics #776 (Part 4)
Written by Joe Kelly. Art by Kano.

After Return to Krypton

2001/18
Superman (1987 series) #168
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Ed McGuinness.
Story: With This Ring

2001/19
Adventures of Superman #590
Written by Joe Casey. Art Derec Aucoin.
Story: Don’t Cry For Me, Bialya

2001/20
Superman: The Man of Steel #112
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Yanick Paquette.
Story: Krypto!

2001/21
Action Comics #777
Written by Joe Kelly. Art by Kano.
Story: Kancer

Infestation

2001/22
Superman (1987 series) #169 (Part 1)
Written by Marv Wolfman. Art by Paco Medina.

2001/23
Adventures of Superman #591 (Part 2)
Written by Marv Wolfman. Art by Paco Medina.

2001/24
Superman: The Man of Steel #113 (Part 3)
Written by Marv Wolfman. Art by Paco Medina.

2001/25
Action Comics #778 (Part 4)
Written by Marv Wolfman. Art by Paco Medina.

After Infestation

2001/26
Superman (1987 series) #170
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Dale Keown.
Story: Bad Dog!

2001/27
Adventures of Superman #592
Written by Joe Casey. Art Mike Wieringo.
Story: Strange Behavior

2001/28
Superman: The Man of Steel #114
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Doug Mahnke.
Story: Poor Elijah

2001/29
Action Comics #778
Written by Joe Kelly. Art by Duncan Rouleau.
Story: King Takes Pawn

Our Worlds at War

2001/30
Superman (1987 series) #171 (Prelude to War)
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Ed McGuinness.

2001/31
Adventures of Superman #593 (Prelude to War)
Written by Joe Casey. Art Mike Wieringo.

2001/32
Superman: The Man of Steel #115 (Prelude to War)
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Doug Mahnke.

2001/33
Action Comics #780 (Prelude to War)
Witten by Joe Kelly. Art by Kano.

2001/34
Superman (1987 series) #172 (All-Out War)
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Ed McGuinness.

2001/35
Adventures of Superman #594 (All-Out War)
Written by Joe Casey. Art Mike Wieringo.

2001/36
Superman: The Man of Steel #116 (All-Out War)
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Doug Mahnke.

2001/37
Action Comics #781 (All-Out War)
Witten by Joe Kelly. Art by Kano.

2001/38
Superman (1987 series) #173 (Casualties of War)
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Ed McGuinness.

2001/39
Adventures of Superman #595 (Casualties of War)
Written by Joe Casey. Art Mike Wieringo.

2001/40
Superman: The Man of Steel #117 (Casualties of War)
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Doug Mahnke.

2001/41
Action Comics #782 (Casualties of War)
Witten by Joe Kelly. Art by Kano.

After Our Worlds At War

2001/42
Superman (1987 series) #174
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Steve Lieber and Ed McGuinness.
Story: Every Blade of Grass

2001/43
Adventures of Superman #596
Written by Joe Casey. Art Mike Wieringo.
Story: Escalation

2001/44
Superman: The Man of Steel #118
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Doug Mahnke.
Story: Time and Punishment

2001/45
Action Comics #783
Written by Joe Kelly. Art by Brandon Badeaux.
Story: The Gift

Joker’s Last Laugh tie-ins

2001/46
Superman (1987 series) #175
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Ed McGuinness.

2001/47
Adventures of Superman #597
Written by Joe Casey. Art Derec Aucoin.

2001/48
Superman: The Man of Steel #119
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Yvel Guichet.

2001/49
Action Comics #784
Written by Joe Kelly. Art by Duncan Rouleau.

After Joker’s Last Laugh

2002/1
Superman (1987 series) #176
Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Ian Churchill.
Story: A Little Help

2002/2
Adventures of Superman #598
Written by Joe Casey. Art Mike Wieringo.
Story: Cult of Persuasion (prologue)

2002/3
Superman: The Man of Steel #120
Written by Mark Shultz. Art by Yvel Guichet.
Story: What Lies Beneath

2002/4
Action Comics #785
Written by Joe Kelly. Art by Duncan Rouleau.
Story: Demento

After the Triangle Era

The Triangle Era ended in 2022, with the four Superman titles opting for more of a siloed approach to storytelling. This allowed for the more decompressed storytelling, which was becoming the standard in superhero comics in the early 2000s, where titles were allowed to have multipart stories without the need of crossovers.

Superman (1987 series)

Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness would continue being the core creators on Superman for about another year. Afterwards, Geoff Johns would take over writing duties, with Pascal Ferry on art.

Action Comics

Joe Kelly continues to write Action Comics until 2004, where he was replaced by Chuck Austin.

Adventures of Superman

Joe Casey would continue to write for some time after the Triangle Era. The Adventures of Superman comic would end with issue #649 in 2006. The number, which it adopted from Superman, would be given back to the series.

Superman: The Man of Steel

After a fill-in issue written by a young Geoff Johns, Mark Shultz continued to write Superman: The Man of Steel until it’s conclusion. The series would end with issue #134 in 2003.

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  • Tremendous resource you’ve created here, well researched, clear and thorough I just had a question about a small thing in issue:

    1997/18
    Superman: The Man of Steel #67
    Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Jon Bogdanove.
    Story: TBC

    Where did you get the story title TBC from?

    • Hi! I couldn’t find the title for this issue so I referred to it as “TBC” as in “To Be Confirmed”. The plan was to find look for the story name again at a later date.

  • Outstanding work my man, this was a tremendous effort, one of the most genuinely helpful roadmaps/indexings I’ve seen in years, honestly. Thank you for doing the work that makes reading comics more enjoyable/less confusing. You’ve saved me hours of searching reddit threads for story arc reading orders, keep up the great work, fan for life!

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