Superman timeline

Superman's highlights in the comic books
Oklahoman Modified: June 13, 2013 at 3:52 pm •  Published: June 14, 2013

A timeline of events in the comic-book history of Superman:

1933 — Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster publish a story called “Reign of the Super-Man,” which features a bald villain with telepathic powers. Later, Siegel and Shuster rework Superman into a strongman from another planet, who is secretly a mild-mannered reporter named Clark Kent. Over the next five years, “Superman” is rejected by multiple publishers.

1938 — Superman is officially introduced in “Action Comics” No. 1, as is his secret identity of Clark Kent and love interest of Lois Lane.

1939 — The planet Krypton is officially named in “Superman” No. 1.

1940 — Luthor makes his first appearance in “Action Comics” No. 23.

1941 — Jimmy Olsen first appears in the comic books in “Superman” No. 13, after appearing previously on the radio show.

1944 — Mr. Mxyzptlk debuts in “Superman” No. 30

1945 — Superboy and the town of Smallville are introduced in “More Fun Comics” No. 101

1952 — Superman and Batman team up for the first time in “Superman” No. 76.

1955 — Krypto the Superdog makes his first appearance in “Adventure Comics” No. 210.

1958 — Bizarro, Brainiac, the Bottle City of Kandor and the Legion of Super-Heroes all first appear in this year. Lois Lane becomes the star of her own comic book, which lasts until 1974.

1959 — “Action Comics” No. 252 introduces Kara Zor-El, aka Supergirl.

1960 — Luthor is first called “Lex Luthor” in “Adventure Comics” No. 271.

1961 — Gen. Zod, of Krypton and the other dimensional Phantom Zone, are introduced in “Adventure Comics” No. 283.

1967 — Superman races the Flash (Barry Allen) for the first time.

1971 — Kryptonite is made harmless to Superman, and Clark Kent leaves the Daily Planet in “Superman” No. 233. Kent becomes a TV reporter for the Galaxy Broadcasting Company. These changes are eventually undone.

1976 — Superman meets Spider-Man in a crossover with Marvel Comics, “Superman Vs. The Amazing Spider-Man.”

1978 — Superman meets boxing champion Muhammad Ali in the appropriately named “Superman vs. Muhammad Ali.”

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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