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CV's Top 100 Superman Universe Stories List

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With Superman's 75th Birthday coming up in June and the Man of Steel also coming in june (plus Scott Synder's Superman title also coming up), what better year than 2013 to create a top 100 list of Superman's Best stories (plus the stories of his family, friends and, of course, enemies)?

Similar to Comic Vine's Top 100 Batman Universe Stories, this list collects issues, story arcs, mini series and other stories staring the Man of Steel and related characters (like Supergirl, Powergirl, Superboy, the Justice League, Lois Lane, Steel, Lex Luthor and all that gang).

Thank You's!

I would like to thank all the nominators who worked a lot to bring you this list (they were perhaps the quickest group of nominators we have ever had!). In addition, I would like to give a special to Squalleon (for all his help. Wouldn't have run smoothly without him), etragedy (for his extra help including writing reasons) and everyone who made this a reality! And finally, a great big thank you to Primmaster64 for suggesting this list and Sandman_ for keeping the idea alive.

The Nominators

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We collected the initial nominators who included: chalkshark, ckuakini, Delphic, DonFelipe, Dracade102, Eternal19, etragedy, Gambit1024, GunGunW, Icon, joeagentofhand1, jonEsherfey, Joshmightbe, RedheadedAtrocitus, SandMan_, sethysquare, Squalleon, The_ Tree, tomlikesfries, and Z3RO180.

Each nominated 5 stories to make a list of 100 stories.

Community Step

Comic Vine's Top 100 Superman Universe Stories: Community Step

Then, the community nominated 46 additional Stories to make a total of 146 stories. The community also had the chance to co-sign (in other words add a single point to their favorites). We had 37 Co-signers including:

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Strafe Prower

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The_ Tree






Final Order Voting/Tie Breaking

Comic Vine's Top 100 Superman Universe Stories Final Order Voting

Finally, 57 users used their 5 votes (each multiplied by 1.thenumberofvoters then added to the cosigns for the final total) to move their favorites up. The 57 included:

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Strafe Prower









Billy Batson












The Poet

Comic Vine's Top 100 Superman Universe Stories Tie Breaking

Then Z3RO180, Squalleon, etragedy, chalkshark, cbishop, Lvenger, and myself broke ties.

Final Words

I hope you guys find it as interesting as I did (at the very least I will use this as a "to read" list. I think Spiderman is next, but more on that later...

To check out what the 46 Runners up were for this list, click on this link:

List items

  • All-Star Superman is well known for its mostly talented writer Grant Morrison. Here, Grant proves just how great he can really be, by delivering an epic story that will make sure to keep you intrigued at all times. Superman learns that an intelligent enemy can prove to be a greater threat than a super-powered one. By the end of this mini-series, you'll be wishing it weren't mini. - tomlikesfries

  • Although not completely a Superman story,Kingdom Come defined the character in the 90s.The interaction between old Superman and the new generation of super heroes his fight with Captain Marvel his never bending ideals made this book a classic .By Mark Waid and Alex Ross. - Squalleon

  • Superman Annual #11: In this story entitled "For the Man Who has Everything", we are introduced to a Man of Steel put through one of his greatest trials by succumbing to a vegetative state under curse of the Black Mercy administered by Mongul. A classic tale deemed even by Wizard Comics to be one of the best stand-alone issues of all time, this issue of Superman Annual was also written by the unbeatable writer/artist combo of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons of Watchmen fame. A true fan favorite for any Superman reader, this issue definitely has its place among the Man of Steel's greatest stories. -- RedheadedAtrocitus

  • What if? What if Superman's rocket had landed in Soviet Russia and he had to fight an unending battle for Stalin? Of course such a great story could have only been written by the talented Mark Millar. Throughout the book, we see Superman fighting for the same desire as the regular Kal-El. Superman: Red Son is a must read tale for any Superman fans. - tomlikesfries

  • Brought on by the legendary Alan Moore, this is the tale of the final days of Pre-Crisis Superman and how he was able to deal with his problems after the Crisis. Watch as he gives it his all battle ling Mr. Mxyzptlk and sacrificing everything for his love ones in this imaginary tale. --Sandman_

  • It is obvious why this story arc should be among Superman's greatest stories of all time. Fans were introduced to a great force of nature that appeared nigh unstoppable in facing the immovable object. And from this encounter we had not only a shattered second rate Justice League but we as fans discovered that even a Superman can be killed. Without a doubt this was one of Superman's greatest challenges and thus belongs here. -- RedheadedAtrocitus

  • Superman is about to meet one of this greatest foes of all time... for the first time? Here, Kal-El must defeat Brainiac, the collector, and even if he manages to win in this breath-taking battle, Clark shall face a great loss. A must read story for any fans of the Man of Steel. - tomlikesfries

  • Superman : For All Seasons is a story of the early years of Clark Kent as Superman.Seen from the eyes of those closest(friends and enemies) to him on both sides of his life.By Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. - Squalleon

  • Witness how Clark Kent became the hero we all know and love in this fantastic story. Learn how he travel the world before accepting his destiny as the World Greatest Hero: Superman. -- Sandman_

  • Action Comics #1: This stand-alone issue was where it all started for Kal-El in comics. Not only was it the first appearance of Superman, but introduced readers to the superhero genre in comic books as we know it. Now while the issue didn't deal exclusively with Superman per se, it is still an essential issue of the Man of Steel that is timelessly popular as it is vibrant. -- RedheadedAtrocitus

  • Though not a direct Superman story, it still contains in part of the overall tale one of the most important tales regarding Superman: the death of the Golden Age Superman. Kal-L, largely based on the original Superman that appeared in the very first action comics, meets his tragic end at the hands of the now villainous Superboy-Prime. The death of Kal-L marked the final end of an era, as the Golden Age Superman gave it all to save the universe one last time. --Delphic

  • Action Comics #1-8: The new origin of Superman in the New 52. Written by Grant Morrison himself. Tells the story of how Superman was on his early days fighting criminals and corrupt politicians, while learning the truth about the place he was born. -- Sandman_

  • Hitman #34: Superman fails on his mission! Feeling guilty for not being able to save a astronaut,Superman has a by heart dialogue with Tommy Monaghan. - Squalleon

  • Action Comics #775: A new team of superheroes emerges ready to take lethal actions.As the popularity of the team increases,Superman wonders if the world has outdated him.Superman is conficted and starts to think that maybe the world moved on and he fights a lost cause! - Squalleon

  • #1-6: It goes without saying almost why this six-issue miniseries belongs among the top Superman stories ever told. Following Crisis on Infinite Earths and the rebooting of reality in a singular universe, it was decided that a story was needed to make Superman relevant to the modern age, and this series is the definitive work that made the Man of Steel once again relevant to contemporary readers while paying homage to readers of old who had held Superman near and dear to their hearts. Required reading for any Superman fan or someone intrigued by the Man of Tomorrow. -- RedheadedAtrocitus

  • #1-5: An incredibly written work that delves into the twisted psyche of criminal mastermind and archnemesis of Superman, Lex Luthor. We see just how far Lex is willing to go to achieve a world without Superman. Not only is it a story about one of the greatest villains in the DC Universe, but it's a story about hope, sacrifice, and humanity. --The_ Tree

  • Superman #247: Before there was Watchmen or The Dark Knight, this story in Superman #247 set the stage for stories questioning the long term impact of superheroes on society. Yes, super beings may be good on the micro level, but do their acts on a macro level really benefit mankind in the long run? An amazing story that began a paradigm shift in the way writers thought about Superman (and thus the way the character thinks and behaves). -- etragedy

  • It's an entire Superman story arc with Joker as the most powerfull being of the universe!! Joker tricks Mxyzptlk into taking his powers!The world is going mad and Superman is the villian!A great story that shows how brains beat brawns sometimes even when the brawns can change the universe to their will! --Squalleon

  • This was a story published in the late 1970 where superman and Muhammad Ali fight for charity then end up teaming up to stop an alien invasion. Now that's awesome -- Z3RO180

  • This was a controversial story and worth noting in part because of that. We get a pretty badass Superman from Brian Azzarello and that is what irked some people; the characterization of Superman. What I liked about it though was that it was a story that took Superman out of his comfort zone, where all of his friends were gone, and he had to resort to desperate measures to get them back, making choices he wouldn't otherwise make. It's a story that asked the question, how far would Superman go for tomorrow? Plus it is the first time Jim Lee worked on teh character, and the art is fantastic. It also has arguably one of General Zod's best appearances. -- Icon

  • Despite the crossover not being over, it is still an important crossover in the new 52. It is the event bringing the current Superman universe/family together in one event. Also it introduces us to another kryptonian: H'el. -- joeagentofhand1

  • #1-6: The story of the legendary Man of Steel is retold in a homage to the Christopher Reeve style, more innocent take on Superman; it is also worth noting this was also the canon origin of Superman up until the events of the New 52. This establishes his upbringing as well as his connection to the legion of super heroes, and even the beginning of an ever so bitter rivalry with the devious Lex Luthor. This is a story that can make you really grow to admire the boyish charm of Clark as well as the heroic modesty of the man of tomorrow himself- Superman. Secret Origin is my number one Superman story of all time. -- GunGunW

  • Final Crisis is a universe sprawling, mind bending adventure through the multiverse. As Darkseid brings about the end of all existence, Superman is the only man capable enough to stop him. With the highest stakes ever, Superman goes to great lengths to save Lois and the whole of existence from the ultimate evil. -- The_ Tree

  • In the Last Son, Geoff Johns delivers a bit of everything, as we see action, drama and decent piece of dialogue throughout its issues. General Zod's son manages to get away from the Phantom Zone and his abusive father. In this epic tale, Superman must protect the apparent last son of Krypton from the many prisoners of the Phantom Zone. In order to do so, he will have to fight aside some of his greatest enemies. - tomlikesfries

  • I think JMS did a great job with volumes one and two of this series at introducing a young, modern Superman for today's generation. The characterization is really strong and relatable, and all of the iconic and essential story-beats are there but presented in a fresh way. Also, the art by Shane Davis is excellent. -- Icon

  • Aka: Public Enemies (superman/Batman #1-6): This is the first story arc of the Superman/Batman series. I find this a return of the World's Finest. It had a great story and who does not love seeing super heroes battle superheroes? -- joeagentofhand1

  • Adventures of Superman #505: Ignoring the flat out cheesiness of the 90's as well Clark's excruciatingly bad hair cut, this issue brings much joy to my heart. After the turmoil of the Doomsday crisis, this is the issue where the man of steel himself finally returns to be the hero he once was. It was great finally getting to see Superman back in action after all that had happened, even if he was only at a fraction of his power... and had a bad hair cut. This is an inspiring issue that could bring tears to the eyes of those who miss their favorite hero. -- GunGunW

  • In the Unauthorized Biography, a journalist investigates the past of Lex Luthor, how he became this cruel and manipulative businessman, and tries to find a publisher for his revealing story. Soon he's under the radar of Luthor himself and ask the only person he can still trust, Clark Kent, for help. Though this story is not considered to be canon (anymore), it is still a great crime noir story. -- DonFelipe

  • This was the last story before the reboot and focuses on the whole super family trying to stop a group of doomsdays from destroying everything this story also has art done the awesome kenneth rocafort. --Z3RO180

  • While not a Superman, it does contain two superman related villains: Superboy Prime and Cyborg Superman. Due to this story arc we got two one shots(one for each) on these Superman rogues. This story arc probably contains one of the saddest Hank Henshaw moments in all of comics. - joeagentofhand1

  • I know what you're thinking. That's a Batman story! Well, true enough, but Superman also appears; and no other story better crystallizes the differences between Batman and Superman's approach to fighting crime. -- etragedy

  • #1-3: The big 3 in a world before the Justice League and any other superheroes. It's not the strongest of all stories but it's a nice characterization of the 3 and their view of each other with pleasant art. -- DonFelipe

  • Superman #141: In this classic story Superman finds a way to travel back in time lands on his own planet Krypton. Meeting his own parents and falling in love with the actress Lyla Lerrol. Superman was comfortable with his life there and was willing to die there when the planet would reach its end. Unfortunatly, fate has other plans. -- Sandman_

  • The life and times of Clark Kent, no not the Clark Kent we know and love, but another guy by the same name. Clark lives in the real world and is teased due to the unfortunate naming by his parents. One day, he discovers that he has the abilities of the Man of Steel, but the name Clark Kent doesn't give you powers, does it? -- The_ Tree

  • Written by Paul Dini with art by Alex Ross, this Superman story dealt with Superman trying to fight a battle that has never been fought previously on his part: ending world hunger. As it is a daunting task, he learns that even if he may posses the powers of a god, missions on this scale are just too much, even for him. This beautifully written story also contains a little nugget of wisdom by Pa Kent himself: "Not every seed will make it... But they should all have a chance to grow." --Gambit1024

  • Geoff Johns, writer of Superman: Secret Origin as well as Brad Meltzer wrote this cross over of both the Justice League of as well as another superbly famous team in DC history, the Justice Society of . It is split up into four parts, including Lightning Lad, Dreams of Fire, Suicide, and Three Worlds. Including a fantastic cover art by the very talented Alex Ross, this is a story that does not disappoint... Especially the romance... -- GunGunW

  • I chose Superman: new krypton because it shows what superman would do if kandor was actually restored to full size and presents supes with the question " kryptonian or human" and superman has to find a way to deal with the warmongering kryptonians and the skeptical humans who dont like the idea of thousands of supermen flying around their planet. This was a really good story that shows how great of a writer Geoff Johns is and later James Robinson who finishes the story off. -- Eternal19

  • 1976 will go down in history as the year when it finally happened - DC Comics and Marvel Comics had joined forces to give us the most mouth-watering features of all time: Superman vs. Spider-Man. In one single issue, readers were treated to the sight of two of the comic world's most popular characters standing side-by-side, battling not only each other, but the joint forces of Doctor Octopus and Lex Luthor. Though this story may comic book (a generously oversized issue) not necessarily be remembered for it's story, it is more significantly remembered for the teaming up of the flagship characters of DC and Marvel. -- sinestro_GL

  • Watch as Superman and his friends from the Legion battle it out with the fascist forces of this new Earth that doesn't allow any one species that isn't the human race! You will learn that no matter where you come from or how you look like, Superman will always defend those in need. -- Sandman_

  • Action Comics #890-900, Action Comics Annual #13 and Secret Six #29: In this extra-long thrilling tale, Paul Cornell presents the comeback of Superman's greatest foe: Lex Luthor, now more powerful than ever in the aftermath of The Blackest Night. Fasten your seat belts and be ready for an epic story with non-stop action and fitting artwork. Not to mention the multiple characters that make an appearance. The Black Ring is a story that must not be missed by any Superman comic book fans. - tomlikesfries

  • For the first time in its history, the city of Metropolis is ravaged by a terrible earthquake. Following the rescue efforts, Superman discovers that it was a man-made disaster caused by Luthor, a “Mad Scientist who plots to dominate the Earth!" This first appearance of Luthor (the “Lex” would be added later), features a number of firsts. Not only is it the first meeting of Superman and Luthor, it’s also the first time the Daily Star is known as the Daily Planet. More than a standard mad science type, the competitive nature of Luthor is established in this early story when he challenges Superman to a contest pitting his scientific genius against Superman's super-human abilities. For the first time, Superman's powers are nearly pushed to the limit. The art is among the best of the non-Shuster pre-war issues. Luthor of course becomes Superman's second recurring nemesis (after the Ultra-Humanite) – and the plot to use earthquakes of course influenced the fist Superman movie. -- etragedy

  • Superman/Batman #44-49: In this storyline we are introduced to the world's finest teamup of Superman and Batman on a mission to rid Earth of kryptonite forever. I believe this story belongs in the top hundred because of how it once again reminds us how very vulnerable the Man of Steel is over a simple radioactive piece of his homeworld. On the other hand, it doesn't help that we are introduced to a variation of Doomsday that threw us all for a curve when we first read this story. A true classic for any Superman fan!

  • This is the ultimate story of pre-crisis Superman! Denny O'Neil crafts a story of a depowered silver age Superman still strong enough to eat Kryptonite :-P! This is clearly a story that any superman fan can enjoy,the story is weird and quirky and if you don't have a problem with 70s storytelling i would recommend to buy this volume! By Denny O'Neil, Murphy Anderson and Curt Swan! -- Squalleon

  • Superman #712: After Superboy's death in Infinite Crisis, his friends and allies were devastated. Each of them mourned him differently, but this issue specifically dealt with Krypto's perspective on the matter. In this touching story which is almost entirely made up of artwork, Krypto flies throughout the world, reminiscing on the memories of his beloved Conner Kent. A fantastic and heartwarming issue, this one is certainly one that shouldn't be overlooked. -- Gambit1,024

  • Adventure Comics #285-299: Despite his tragic and Frankenstein-esque origin, Bizarro #1 quickly became a fan favorite comic relief character throughout the Silver Age, using an imperfect duplicate ray stolen from Lex Luthor to make the twisted world of Htrae, or Bizarro World. In a compilation of madcap stories featuring a cast of Bizarro-doppelgangers of Superman and his supporting cast, "Tales of the Bizarro World" manage to make the Silver Age even stranger than anyone thought it could be. Anyone who enjoys campy humor and trippy characters and concepts would love this read. -- Dracade102

  • This 1 year later story has Superman powerless and focusing on his journalistic skills to save Metropolis while Luthor is bankrupt in the aftermath of Infinite Crisis and 52. If it wasn't obvious by now, I do love "What if..." stories or any story that takes a different approach. This is more of a Clark Kent than Superman story and about being a hero... even without superpowers! Love it! -- DonFelipe

  • One of the best events of all time, and a good Superman story since it is all about the return of the original Superman (Superman Prime) to the universe after centuries of ceclusion to the sun! The JLA of the past meets the JLA of the future for an epic battle against the living sun Solaris! -- Squalleon

  • A) it was a great story and B) it was a nice exploration on why the world, and the JLA in particular needed Superman, plus the end where Amish Superman showed up was pretty awesome. -- Joshmightbe

  • Following the events of "New Krypton", Superman faces entirely new challenges on New Krypton... Some he would've never before anticipated. The entire concept of "New Krypton" alone being fascinating enough, now Superman must deal with General Zod, as a legitimate military leader -- and the ethics of the society of his once lost home world. This story arc makes Superman the hero in a perspective that's rarely been seen with him before; on an equal playing field with the entire world around him. -- Dracade102

  • Superman #53: The first, and still most definitive version of Superman's origin.

  • "To save the woman he loves, the greatest hero of all time becomes the pawn of ultra-dimensional forces when a wounded emissary from a world of doomed super gods comes to Earth on the eve of the Final Crisis! Superman Beyond features Supermans from parallel earths and 3D comic format which makes it quite unique and enjoyable " -- DC Comics

  • Action Comics #22-23: In his first appearance, evil genius Luthor starts WWII in order to pave the way for his own world domination -- etragedy

  • Superman Adventures #25: Some of the very good DC-series have been the ones based on the Warner Bros-animated series. This series is one of them, and this issue is one of the series highlights. The premise is this. Bruce Wayne/Batman has been taken captive by the Mad hatter , who he`s gonna kill, and he wont let him go if he doesn`t get Supermans infamous cape! It`s up to Superman and Batgirl (and Nightwing, to a lesser extent) to defeat him. But unlike you might think (`cause, for the damnedest reason, Mad Hatter`s not as celebrated a character by readers as, say, Two-face), Hatter doesn`t go down easily. Partly, because Supes doesn`t operate as well in Gotha m city, as he does in Metropolis. Also, Batgirl doesn`t get along with Supes that well. For some reason. This creates drama. Eventually, of course, Supes gets the hang of it, and Hatter`s won. Quite originally too. It`s 22 pages of jam packed, well done story. Whats more, this is a kid friendly comic written by, believe it or not...Mark Millar. -- kfhrfdu_89_76k

  • Superman #165: For many people Christopher Reeve WAS Superman. There have been a lot of other actors who have portrayed him, before and since, but for most of the public Reeve was Superman. He was so typecast in this role that it's hard to think of him in any other role - and no actor has been as convincing in the role since. But then the man who in our public conscience was the Man of Steel - was thrown from a horse and ended up paralyzed. How should we feel about this? How would Superman want us to feel about it? Fortunately the answers to all life's problems have already been given in comic books. Such as this issue where Superman is thrown from a horse. And ends up paralyzed. -- etragedy

  • The Wedding of Lois Lane and Superman, there are few more notable events in the life of Superman than this. In one over sized special, written by five different writers and several artists, we see the entire event starting from the engagement, through the bachelorette party, and up to the final "I do's" and the kiss sealing the deal. It was an event that several fan's had been waiting for, and after several decades their patience was rewarded as the Super-Couple finally tied the knot. -- Delphic

  • Action Comics #484: The wedding of Clark and Lois! In this 40th Anniversary issue, Colonel Future and his C-F Gang recruit The Wizard to perform the greatest disappearing act he's ever done - making Superman disappear. While that has the intended effect for them - a world they can loot (nearly) unopposed, it has another unintended effect for Clark Kent. Free of his obligations as Superman, he can and does marry the woman he's always loved, Lois Lane. Artist Curt Swan imitates his own early art style in this Golden Age homage. -- etragedy

  • Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #106: Another one where the focus is not on Superman. In order to do a story on Metropolis' black community, Lois Lane has Superman use Dahr-Nel's Plastimold Machine in the Fortress of Solitude to transform her into a black woman. One of the things that makes this issue so great is the final page which contains no dialog whatsoever, but delivers the great sense of hope in the brotherhood of mankind that lies at the heart of the Superman series'. -- etragedy

  • One can argue there's too much action and too many characters involved on less than 100 pages. It's definitely not easy to keep track with all the action. However, it's a story about the Superman family protecting their adopted home, as they choose to defend Earth and fight against their own people, the Kryptonians led by General Zod. This 4-part mini-series is the conclusion to the New Krypton arc and comes with brilliant artwork and a great message (Lois' memo) at the very end; excerpt: 'Someday I hope humankind will be more receptive to change, to living as a "melting pot" of people and cultures. To set aside suspicions and live together peacefully. [...] Sometimes that seems to be an impossible goal.' -- DonFelipe

  • Action Comics (2011) #13: The New 52 has been filled with some surprises, but this issue's was by far the most appreciated. Written by Grant Morrison, this Superman story features Superman getting pulled into the Phantom Zone, and with the help of Phantom Stranger, he must get himself out of there before he gets trapped forever. The reason why this particular story is important is because Krypto, Superman's dog, makes a stunning comeback into this new continuity, and saves Kal-El from the perils of the Phantom Zone. It was also revealed in this issue that Krypto, even when he was in the Phantom Zone, was always watching over Clark Kent: from the second his rocket shot from the dying Krypton, to his current days as the Man of Steel. It was a touching comeback and excellent surprise, and it should absolutely be on this "best of" list. -- Gambit1,024

  • Superman/Batman #14-18: Although non-canon, the story was a vivid reminder of why we all love the Man of Steel-his courage, honor, and dedication to doing the right thing. And in this story, you'll see those core values be challenged, and how he deals with it, will forever change how we all view the world's most iconic superhero! -- xxxddd

  • Kal-El's rocket ship lands outside of Gotham and is discovered by Thomas and Martha Wayne who take him in and raise him as their own. When they're gunned down that fateful night in crime alley, "Bruce's" heat vision powers are triggered for the first time and he incinerates the mugger, but not in time to save his family. Years later he takes to the streets and fights crime as a super powered Batman. Coincidentally, Lex Luthor becomes a version of the Joker in this book. -- Onemoreposter

  • Superman #408: Sooner or later Superman was going to have to deal with the threat of nuclear war. Does he have the power to stop it? Should he? -- etragedy

  • Bizarro being one Superman's most colorful foes, it was a pleasant surprise to see him get a modern story arc to himself. Richard Donner himself being one of the writers in this arc makes this story even better as a part of Superman's mythos. Eric Powell being the artist of this whole arc makes it even greater to read. The story itself really highlighted many unique characteristics in Superman's personality, while fitting him in a bizarre and comically twisted world where no one can make sense of his heroics or rationality. Not only is it a good Superman story, it's also a great Bizarro story; making him to be much more than just a comic relief villain with a warped sense of logic. It's an all around fun story and I'd recommend it to any Superman fan, especially those who enjoyed the Richard Donner films. -- Dracade102

  • SUPERMAN/BATMAN #53-56: Ever wondered what would happen if Batman suddenly gained the powers of Superman? What would he do with them? Well, in Finest Worlds, exactly that happens. Superman must learn to live with only basic human abilities and lead a normal life where as Batman gains all the powers, and weaknesses, of his solar powered counter part. Such an interesting concept makes this a worthy nomination. -- GunGunW

  • The Man of Steel has returned to Metropolis and must battle to rout Intergang out of Metropolis! He also faces trouble with Lois, looming problems involving Lana Lang, and a dangerous new discovery in Kazakhstan! - DC Comics

  • Superman has been trapped in a alternative Bottle City of Kandor, with no memory of how he got there. Now he has a new wife and a new life. Could he ever find a way back to his formal life in the Daily Planet? -- Sandman_

  • #1-4: A beautifully written story about the first meeting between the Big Blue Boy Scout and the Big Red Cheese. While the story may include beating up criminals, it's not just that. First Thunder is a story about friendship, the ties that bind people together, and overcoming tragedy. -- The_ Tree

  • Superman/Batman #81-84: Our 2 favorite heroes in a story of magic and time travel! Medieval Batman from the future recruits current day Superman to help him correct the time line while current day Batman searches for Superman with the help of Shadowpact (Detective Chimp, Phantom Stranger, Ragman, etc.) and the JLA of the future. Besides the actual story, the appearance of all the different mystical and dark characters (and versions of some of them) makes this an interesting read and with great artwork. -- DonFelipe

  • I honestly don't have a terribly long reason for why the Dark Side should be nominated, I guess the biggest thing is that it proves how lucky the world is that the Kents found Clark. As a loyal minion of Darkseid he was key in detroying New Genesis, he lacked compassion and empathy and was basically a living weapon -- Joshmightbe

  • Action Comics #761: Superman and Wonder Woman are summoned to fight a war in valhalla.As the time pass Superman starts to forget his life on earth and more importantly his wife! As Superman and Wonder Woman start coming very close, will superman betray his beloved wife? One of my favorite single issues of AC! -- Squalleon

  • In this story, Superman has voluntarily exiled himself from Earth following feelings of guilt over recent things he had done and thus is on a travel throughout the cosmos in the hope that he'll never do harm to anyone again. Making a life for himself among the stars and strange new worlds, Kal runs across new foes and old adversaries before deciding whether or not his exile was the right move or not. This story arc belongs with Superman's all time greatest stories because of its dramatic intensity in looking at the internal problems facing the Man of Tomorrow in how he believes he fits with Earth society and is a great tale of personal ostracism and redemption. Being that the story is taking place primarily outside of Earth makes it especially stand out as well. A must read for anyone who is under the mistaken impression that Superman has never grappled with the implications of whether he is truly a burden or a help to Earth. -- RedheadedAtrocitus

  • An imaginary story where Superman has two boys: one with powers and one without. The son without powers gets depressed and discouraged next to his super-brother and Superman struggles to find a way to raise his son's confidence like any good father. Here Superman is dealing with the direct consequences of how powers like his make normal people feel. The dynamics here do reflect real families. How do you boost the confidence of a child who is less naturally gifted than his brother? This story arc is written by Howard Chaykin and David Tischman, with art by J.H. Williams III and Mick Gray. -- ckuakini

  • #1-3: This is one of two crossovers between two of comics most beloved icons Batman and superman going up against two of Sci-fiction's most feared monsters: the predators and the aliens. -- Z3RO180

  • Action comics #500: A giant-sized issue, recalling everything you need to know about Superman - Krypton, Superbaby, Superboy, Smallvile, Metropolis, Krypto, Supergirl, even his greatest loves, and a few of his dastardly enemies, one of them (not so surprisingly "guess who"?) behind the entire plot, involving a Superman Museum, throughout the issue. -- ngroove

  • SUPERMAN #174: I am a huge fan of Mr Mxyzptlk and this issue here presents one of my favorite Mxy stories!Mr.M decides that he will stop his pranks and start helping the world like Superman does!The incredible powers of the 5th dimensional imp make Superman seem unnecessary and a little bit zealous!By the legendary co-creator of Superman Jerry Siegel and Curt Swan! -- Squalleon

  • This is kind of special to me because it was really the first Superman comic I ever picked up, and it's sort of what paved the way for the character to become an all-time top favorite character of mine, now that I have the fandom out of the way... The Last Family of Krypton is an elseworlds title that explored just what it would be like had Jor-El and Lara, as well as Kal-El, had survived the destruction of Krypton and made it to Earth. As with all Elseworlds books things don't exactly turn out well, and though it focuses a little more on Jor-El, we still see Superman deal with "daddy issues" as well as see some glimpses of what it would be like if he had "actual" siblings. It is a short three issue book that eventually ends up turning things back to status quo, but overall it is a well written tale that explores, maybe a somewhat familiar concept, but it does so in a different and entertaining way. -- Delphic

  • Superman #156: In a more than obvious way, this is the All Star Superman of the pre-crisis on infinite earth era. Though a lot of comics from this era are hard to sit through due to the corniness, and although this is no exception to said corniness, this is still definitely worth reading especially if the ideas of All Star Superman and Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? interested you. It even has a happy ending that made it all worthwhile in the end. -- GunGunW

  • Superman Confidential #'s1-5 & 11: It's the story of Superman's first encounter with Kryptonite. It's a tale that's been told many times, many ways, but never by such masters of the comics art form as Cooke and Sale. Every page is a revelation, as Cooke and Sale deliver the excellence in storytelling we've come to expect from them, while exploring the early days of the Man of Steel. -- Chalkshark

  • I know earth one is a little divisive, but I thoroughly enjoyed this new version of Superman. Perhaps its because we saw this interesting revamped version of Parasite and he just look so damn awesome. Like Toyman, Parasite has been plagued with horrible portrayals in the past, but several stories like Earth 2 and also STAS really gave this character new life, adding a new chapter to the character, which was one of the main reason why I nominated this. I also really enjoyed seeing this young and edgy Superman that allows DC to tell stories that the regular universe may not. -- sethysquare

  • Superman/Batman #8-13: The second arc of the Superman/batman series. the kryptonite asteroid is revealed to hold a pod that contains Superman's cousin Kara Zor-El.The arrival of Kara catches the attention of the amazons,Apokolips and the attention of the whole superhero community.By Jeph Loeb and Michael Turner.Seriously one of the best illustrated books i have seen! - Squalleon

  • This is the story that brought KC Superman over to the main DC universe. While the focus of the story itself was not fully on KC Superman he played an important role in the story though. It was just a lot of fun seeing how KC Superman reacts to Magog(before killing the Joker) and it was great way to incorporate him into the main DC universe. - joeagentofhand1

  • I own this comic myself and its still to this in my opinion one of the best crossovers in comics only if its only one issue. -- Z3RO180

  • I thought this was a great series because that was IIRC the first time that Lex ever took up the mantle of being a president. That was extremely unprecedented that a villain could reverse roles and turn into a president. It was such a successful portrayal that it was brought into main stream cartoons and animated movies. If you think about it, Lex is a character that believes he is doing the best he can for humanity, he never viewed himself as a villain and thats how this storyline really showed that. -- sethysquare

  • Everyone has exes, even Superman. This story tells of the star-crossed love affair between Clark Kent and Lori Lemaris. -- etragedy

  • SUPERMAN #677-680: Has Superman finally met someone who is just as powerful as Doomsday? Meet Atlas, a being who rivals Superman's power and who is determined to take him down and out. Will he succeed? -- Sandman_

  • Action Comics #865: Well, we all know Toyman is this Joke character that nobody took seriously. The first time he was ever menacing was in STAS and I thought that it was a perfect portrayal. Shortly after that Geoff Johns took some cues from the animated series and made Toyman this A-list character and since I love toyman I thought this was a great time to add it to Superman's greatest stories -- sethysquare

  • Superman #292: SERIOUSLY, I GENIUNELY CANNOT BELIEVE this has not been elected / cosigned yet! A classic by Elliot S. Maggin! in the Bronze Age, incorporating a previous Silver Age story, while making it its own! A penultimate story chronicling, along with a flashback from their very start, as friends, Lex Luthor's relationship with Clark Kent / Superboy / Superman, as a mischievous friend with test tubes, to young nuisance, to perpetual enemy! -- ngroove

  • Superman Adventures #41 is a collection of first presented one-page adventures based on Superman TAS! This four stories can be considered as part of a great one! They are funny and clever,Mxyzptlk tries to beat Superman and he tricks him every single time! By Mark Millar and Mike Manley! -- Squalleon

  • Written by Paul Dini with art by Alex Ross, this story pits the Justice League against a villain which they've never quite faced before: an illness that plagues an African village. While this is no doubt a Justice League story, meaning that each member plays a role that isn't significant over another, it does have a Superman moment in it worth mentioning for this list... kind of. Allow me to explain. Because of the panic this illness caused, Superman went on live television to calm the nerves of those panicking. His words and his image were enough to ease up any of the built-up tension, but it was revealed in a few panels later that it wasn't Superman that caused all that relief, but rather the Martian Manhunter, who took on Superman's form with his shape-shifting abilities. While it may not seem like a Superman moment, the reason J'onn took the form of the Man of Steel is because he's a figure that inspires hope, humanity, and utter calmness. Sure, it may not be suitable for a "best of" Superman stories list, it is a scene that I feel is worth mentioning. --Gambit1024

  • Superman Family Adventures #1: This is the best kids comic on the shelves today and the first volume is enough to hook anyone really, young and old alike. I'm loving the whimsy and the fun characterizations here. I've only heard good things about it from everyone else I know who is reading it. It's another great intro to Superman, but really for the whole Super family as a whole (as long you you're into light stories with a lot of humour). -- Icon

  • #1-12: An encounter with a telepathic alien leaves Superman feeling disconnected from his life, and relationships, in Metropolis. Returning home to Smallville does little to alleviate Superman's feelings of isolation, or the sobering truth that the only place he truly felt a sense of belonging was on Krypton. In just 12 pages, Arcudi severs Superman's connection to humanity, casting the Man of Steel in the role of a despondent strange visitor from another planet, forever destined to stand outside of the human race. That the status quo is re-established by tale's end might be a little too pat. Arcudi definitely could have used the kind of breathing room the Wednesday Comics format just didn't allow. for story telling. Still any failing in the writing is more than compensated by Bermejo's absolutely gorgeous artwork. No other artist does a finer rendering of the Man of Steel.

  • Last stand of new Krypton is a great story to add because it shows superman teaming up with his fellow kryptonians to fight the very being that imprisoned Kandor the first time Braniac. This story also includes superman's greatest villians Lex Luthor, Braniac, and General Zod and this leads to an epic showdown on new Krypton between the three villians. This story kind makes Zod seem more of an anti-hero than a villian who jjust wants to protect his people and establish their place in the universe -- Eternal19

  • Superman #2: This highlights the difference between the Golden Age Superman and later interpretations. First, he is far less of a goody two-shoes. He lobs bombs and destroys buildings. He threatens a villain with the line 'cracking your head like an egg shell will be messy'. He stands by while a bad guy dies from poison gas, etc. And secondly, Superman isn't an all-powerful god here. He nearly loses his balance and falls off a plane (remember he can't fly at this stage), and is later knocked unconscious by an exploding shell. -- etragedy

  • #1-8: I think JT Krul is doing a great job at defining an older Superman, and and the art is top notch too, which is something since this is a digital first series. As far as digital Superman comics go I think this is better than Smallville. -- Icon

  • The worst case scenario of Superman's existence comes to life, his secret identity has been discovered and his worst enemies are ready and willing to capitalize on this information. Superman races against his worst enemies to save the ones closest to him while trying to get to the bottom of who's responsible. This story arc features a colorful variety of Superman's most notorious and lesser foes, but with no holding back anymore; Superman is confronted with a far greater challenge; his morality. Fast paced as it may be, Superman's inner struggle with himself is what really makes this story interesting.

  • DC Comics Presents #85: While not the most well known of Alan Moore's Superman stories that does not mean it is not as great as the rest of them. This story really shows us what would happen if Superman began to loose his powers. Throughout the story it is interesting to see how Superman reacts to a paper cut or not being able to fly. - joeagentofhand1

  • Superboy #1-8: One reason why I chose this was because this is perhaps the best version of Superboy I've ever read. I mean I did enjoy Geoff John's take, but the whole new 52 really made Superboy this force to be reckon with. He turned from mary sue into this kick ass character. Filled with mysteries and potential to grow. i really liked how he felt like he was doing the best he could and at the same time questioning, life, civilisation, good and evil and everything that a full grown adult being thrown into a world would. I guess this is why I really like Young Justice's portrayal of Superboy as well. -- sethysquare

  • One of Superman's darker stories (a common trend in the 90's), it manages to go beyond what you could expect without spoilers and doesn't fail to keep things interesting with a variety of surprises. In this post-COIE story arc, Lex Luthor is supposedly killed and replaced with a far more likable and charismatic heir named Lex Luthor II, Supergirl makes her debut (again) and three Phantom Zone renegades confront the Man of Steel, resulting in one of the most shocking conclusions in the Man of Steel's life. This story arc has larger than life plot twists, action and a landmark ending. It may not have been the biggest or best story of it's time, but it's a gem nevertheless. -- Dracade102

  • Superman #270: The Kent home in Smallville is scheduled to be demolished for an interstate highway. This is a touching story about how good intentions can lead to terrible ideas. -- etragedy

  • Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #24: its a dumb and crazy story from the sliver age when things were aloud to be funny i found it on the web and it made me laugh. -- Z3RO180