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Overview

The Silver Age of comics had begun, and the concept of costumed super-heroes was once again gaining mass appeal. As demand for the colorful heroes grew in the late 1950s, DC Comics reacted by revamping many of their greatest heroes from the Golden Age -- heroes like the Flash, Green Lantern, and the JLA. But they also expanded their current super-hero franchises, with one of the most important being the Superman titles, headed by editor Mort Weisinger.

The Man of Steel was already featured in several DC titles -- Superman, Action Comics, World's Finest (teamed with Batman), and Adventure Comics (featuring his adolescent, exploits as Superboy). Under Weisinger, however, the Superman mythos underwent a sustained expansion, with the introduction of the Phantom Zone, multicolored versions of Kryptonite, and Krypto the superdog (as well as the rest of the super-pets). But Weisinger's most notable contribution to the "Superman Family" was the introduction of Superman's long-lost cousin, Kara Zor-El -- Supergirl!

Supergirl exploded into Superman's life in Action Comics #252. Although not the first time Superman had encountered a "Supergirl" -- see the first adventure in this volume from Superman #123 -- the introduction of Kara would become an important milestone in the Man of Steel's mythology.

Escaping from the doomed city of Argo, Krypton's last surviving remnant, Kara is sent to Earth in a rocket to be reunited with Superman, and under his guidance is trained to become one of Earth's greatest heroes. Supergirl's early adventures, charmingly crafted by writer Otto Binder, had Supergirl's actions always hidden from society, giving her the status of "Superman's Secret Weapon." But inevitably Supergirl became a public figure, even breaking the bonds of the 20th century to fight alongside the Legion of Super-Heroes.

In later years, with the coming of the universealtering series Crisis on Infinite Earths, Kara met a hero's fate, dying while saving her last family member, Superman. Supergirl's death was a most emotional event for professionals and fans alike. But let's not talk about the end. This is the beginning. So let us return to a simpler time, as a 15-year-old girl learns to fly, and learns to be a hero.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781563897375
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Series: Supergirl Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.22 (w) x 12.74 (h) x 3.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 5
The Three Magic Wishes: The Girl of Steel Superman #123 August 1958 11
Dc Comics House Ad Announcing the First Appearance of Supergirl in Action Comics 38
The Supergirl from Krypton! Action Comics #252 May 1959 39
The Secret of the Super-Orphan! Action Comics #253 June 1959 48
Supergirl's Foster Parents! Action Comics #254 July 1959 56
Supergirl Visits the 21st Century! Action Comics #255 August 1959 64
The Great Supergirl Mirage! Action Comics #256 September 1959 71
The Three Magic Wishes! Action Comics #257 October 1959 78
Supergirl's Farewell to Earth! Action Comics #258 November 1959 87
The Cave-Girl of Steel! Action Comics #259 December 1959 96
Mighty Maid! Action Comics #260 January 1960 103
The Girl Superbaby! 116
Supergirl's Super-Pet! Action Comics #261 February 1960 124
Supergirl's Greatest Victory! Action Comics #262 March 1960 133
Supergirl's Darkest Day! Action Comics #263 April 1960 146
Supergirl Gets Adopted! Action Comics #264 May 1960 158
The Day Supergirl Revealed Herself! Action Comics #265 June 1960 171
The World's Mightiest Cat! Action Comics #266 July 1960 185
The Three Super-Heroes! Action Comics #267 August 1960 199
The Mystery Supergirl! Action Comics #268 September 1960 212
Biographies 225
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