Comic Book Timeline

1938
Action Comics #1 introduces Superman and Lois Lane.
1939
Superman #1 published. First daily syndicated strip appears in newspapers.
1940
The Adventures of Superman radio serial begins on a five-day-a week schedule. Action Comics #23 introduces Luthor. Superman #7 introduces Perry White.
1941
Superman animated cartoons produced by Fleischer Studios for Paramount. All-Star Comics #7 has cameos of Superman and Batman as honorary members of the Justice Society of America. World's Best Comics #1 (later World's Finest Comics after #2) stars Batman and Superman in separated stories. Superman #13 features the comics debut of Jimmy Olsen.
1942
Superman novel by George Lowther published by Random House.
1944
Mr. Mxyzptlk debuts in Superman #30.
1945
Superboy debuts in More Fun Comics #101.
1946
Superboy moves to Adventure Comics with #103 when More Fun Comics changes to a funny animal format.
1947
Superman and Batman guest star in All-Star Comics #36 with the Justice Society.
1948
Superman, the Columbia movie serial, is released. Superman's origin is updated in Superman #53.
1949
Superboy #1 premieres. Kryptonite first appears in the comics Superman #61.
1950
Atom Man Vs. Superman, Columbia's second movie serial is released. Lana Lang debuts in Superboy #10.
1951
Superman and the Mole Men feature film released.
1953
Superman teams with Batman in Superman #76, as a pilot for their regular team-ups in World's Finest Comics beginning with #71. The Adventures of Superman staring George Reeves in released.
1954
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #1 premieres.
1957
Lois Lane tries out for her own magazine in Showcase #9-10.
1958
Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #1 premieres. Bizarro first appears in Superboy #68. Brainiac and the city of Kandor first appear in Action Comics #242. The Legion of the Super-Heroes first appears in Adventure Comics #247.
1959
Supergirl and Metallo debuts separately in Action Comics #252.
1960
The Justice League of America (an updated version of the Justice Society), with Superman as a member receives a tryout in Brave & The Bold #28-30. Justice League of America #1 premieres afterward. Superman Annual #1 is published.
1962
The Phantom Zone appears in Superboy #100.
1964
"Superman's Mission For President Kennedy" appears in Superman #170. Concerning the government's fitness program, it was originally pulled from publication due to John F. Kennedy's assassination. It was subsequently published at the request of President Lyndon Johnson and the Kennedy family.
1965
Superman cover featured (as well as an interior reprint) in Jules Feiffer's book, The Great Comic Book Heroes, published by Dial Press.
1966
Broadway musical, "It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman!" produced. Filmation animates The New Adventures of Superman for CBS-TV's Saturday morning line-up/
1971
Clark Kent becomes a television reporter in Superman #233, in DC's first revamping of the character.
1973
Super Friends from Hanna Barbera premieres with Superman as one of the featured heroes.
1975
ABC Special Presentation shows a version of Superman musical.
1976
Superman meets Marvel's Spider-Man in a giant-size collector's special: Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man.
1978
Superman's 40th anniversary. DC Comics presents begins as a Superman team-up title. The World's Greatest Superheroes Starrinf Superman begins as a syndicated strip. Superman: The Movie starring Christopher Reeve premieres from Warner Brothers.
1981
Superman II debuts from Warner Brothers.
1983
Superman's 45th anniversary. Superman III premieres from Warner Brothers. Luthor and Brainiac redesigned in Action Comics #544.
1984
Superman action figure part of Kenner's Super Powers toy line. Supergirl movie released from Warner Brothers.
1985
Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 premieres to clean up the DC universe. Supergirl dies in Crisis on Infinite Earths #7.
1986
Alan Moore writes the last Superman story in Superman #423 and Action Comics #583. Batman battles Superman in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #4. John Byrne rejuvenates Superman in the wake of Crisis with Man of Steel #1. A new Superman #1 follows with the first Superman series is retitled Adventures of Superman with #424.
1987
Superman IV premieres from Warner Brothers.
1988
Superman's 50th anniversary. Superman animated series from Ruby-Spears is broadcast on CBS-TV while the Supeboy live-action series premieres in syndication. Superman kills three kryptonians in Superman #22, John Byrne leaves the book.
1990
Clark proposes to Lois in Superman #50.
1991
Superman: The Man of Steel #1 debuts.
1992
Superman dies November 18th in Superman #75 at the hands of Doomsday.
1993
Four Supermen claims to be the real one in Adventures of Superman #500. Superman returns in Superman #82. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman debuts in ABC-TV.
1994
Zero Hour rewrites DC Universe.
1995
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #1 debuts.
1996
Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross speculates over Superman's future. Clark marries Lois in Superman: Weeding Album #1 in the same week Clark married Lois in Lois & Clark TV series. Superman: The Animated Series is released in Kids-WB.
1997
Superman changes his outfit when his powers became electric in Superman #123.
1998
Superman 60th anniversary. Superman returns to his old costume in Superman Forever #1. Superman fights world hungry in Superman: Peace on Earth by Alex Ross and Paul Dini. Superman's first year is retold in Superman For All Seasons.
2001
Superman's kryptonian origins is retold in Superman #166.


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Comic Book Timeline

1938
Action Comics #1 introduces Superman and Lois Lane.
1939
Superman #1 published. First daily syndicated strip appears in newspapers.
1940
The Adventures of Superman radio serial begins on a five-day-a week schedule. Action Comics #23 introduces Luthor. Superman #7 introduces Perry White.
1941
Superman animated cartoons produced by Fleischer Studios for Paramount. All-Star Comics #7 has cameos of Superman and Batman as honorary members of the Justice Society of America. World's Best Comics #1 (later World's Finest Comics after #2) stars Batman and Superman in separated stories. Superman #13 features the comics debut of Jimmy Olsen.
1942
Superman novel by George Lowther published by Random House.
1944
Mr. Mxyzptlk debuts in Superman #30.
1945
Superboy debuts in More Fun Comics #101.
1946
Superboy moves to Adventure Comics with #103 when More Fun Comics changes to a funny animal format.
1947
Superman and Batman guest star in All-Star Comics #36 with the Justice Society.
1948
Superman, the Columbia movie serial, is released. Superman's origin is updated in Superman #53.
1949
Superboy #1 premieres. Kryptonite first appears in the comics Superman #61.
1950
Atom Man Vs. Superman, Columbia's second movie serial is released. Lana Lang debuts in Superboy #10.
1951
Superman and the Mole Men feature film released.
1953
Superman teams with Batman in Superman #76, as a pilot for their regular team-ups in World's Finest Comics beginning with #71. The Adventures of Superman staring George Reeves in released.
1954
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #1 premieres.
1957
Lois Lane tries out for her own magazine in Showcase #9-10.
1958
Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #1 premieres. Bizarro first appears in Superboy #68. Brainiac and the city of Kandor first appear in Action Comics #242. The Legion of the Super-Heroes first appears in Adventure Comics #247.
1959
Supergirl and Metallo debuts separately in Action Comics #252.
1960
The Justice League of America (an updated version of the Justice Society), with Superman as a member receives a tryout in Brave & The Bold #28-30. Justice League of America #1 premieres afterward. Superman Annual #1 is published.
1962
The Phantom Zone appears in Superboy #100.
1964
"Superman's Mission For President Kennedy" appears in Superman #170. Concerning the government's fitness program, it was originally pulled from publication due to John F. Kennedy's assassination. It was subsequently published at the request of President Lyndon Johnson and the Kennedy family.
1965
Superman cover featured (as well as an interior reprint) in Jules Feiffer's book, The Great Comic Book Heroes, published by Dial Press.
1966
Broadway musical, "It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman!" produced. Filmation animates The New Adventures of Superman for CBS-TV's Saturday morning line-up/
1971
Clark Kent becomes a television reporter in Superman #233, in DC's first revamping of the character.
1973
Super Friends from Hanna Barbera premieres with Superman as one of the featured heroes.
1975
ABC Special Presentation shows a version of Superman musical.
1976
Superman meets Marvel's Spider-Man in a giant-size collector's special: Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man.
1978
Superman's 40th anniversary. DC Comics presents begins as a Superman team-up title. The World's Greatest Superheroes Starrinf Superman begins as a syndicated strip. Superman: The Movie starring Christopher Reeve premieres from Warner Brothers.
1981
Superman II debuts from Warner Brothers.
1983
Superman's 45th anniversary. Superman III premieres from Warner Brothers. Luthor and Brainiac redesigned in Action Comics #544.
1984
Superman action figure part of Kenner's Super Powers toy line. Supergirl movie released from Warner Brothers.
1985
Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 premieres to clean up the DC universe. Supergirl dies in Crisis on Infinite Earths #7.
1986
Alan Moore writes the last Superman story in Superman #423 and Action Comics #583. Batman battles Superman in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #4. John Byrne rejuvenates Superman in the wake of Crisis with Man of Steel #1. A new Superman #1 follows with the first Superman series is retitled Adventures of Superman with #424.
1987
Superman IV premieres from Warner Brothers.
1988
Superman's 50th anniversary. Superman animated series from Ruby-Spears is broadcast on CBS-TV while the Supeboy live-action series premieres in syndication. Superman kills three kryptonians in Superman #22, John Byrne leaves the book.
1990
Clark proposes to Lois in Superman #50.
1991
Superman: The Man of Steel #1 debuts.
1992
Superman dies November 18th in Superman #75 at the hands of Doomsday.
1993
Four Supermen claims to be the real one in Adventures of Superman #500. Superman returns in Superman #82. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman debuts in ABC-TV.
1994
Zero Hour rewrites DC Universe.
1995
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #1 debuts.
1996
Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross speculates over Superman's future. Clark marries Lois in Superman: Weeding Album #1 in the same week Clark married Lois in Lois & Clark TV series. Superman: The Animated Series is released in Kids-WB.
1997
Superman changes his outfit when his powers became electric in Superman #123.
1998
Superman 60th anniversary. Superman returns to his old costume in Superman Forever #1. Superman fights world hungry in Superman: Peace on Earth by Alex Ross and Paul Dini. Superman's first year is retold in Superman For All Seasons.
2001
Superman's kryptonian origins is retold in Superman #166.