SUPERMAN, ACTION COMICS, THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, are monthly
comics published by DC Comics. A fifth. A new Superman comic book comes out nearly every week.
In addition, DC usually publishes one special annual Superman comic
There are several additional Superman family monthly series. Superboy had his own monthly title (which was cancelled with issue #100) and still appears
in YOUNG JUSTICE. Supergirl also stars in her own regular
series. John Henry Irons starred in the now-cancelled
STEEL title in the mid-1990s. Other occasional limited series also feature Superman and his supporting cast. Since Superman
is a member of the latest incarnation of the Justice League of America, he also appears in the latest JLA comic.
Based on the success of the Batman and Superman animated television
series, DC also publishes comics based upon these cartoons. These titles are aimed at a slightly younger audience and are
independent of mainstream DC continuity. Superman starred in SUPERMAN ADVENTURES before it was cancelled, and continues to
appear in JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES.
Though each comic contains a story unto itself, the story
lines flow (somewhat) smoothly from comic to comic across the titles. Previously, a plot in ACTION one week would continue
in SUPERMAN the next. Starting in 1999, a new creative team tried to make each title distinct in subtle ways. SUPERMAN has
a return to basics with a little extra on the man in Superman. THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN shows Superman from the viewpoint
of the people of Metropolis. Not surprisingly,
ACTION COMICS deals with action! Another criterion I suggest for choosing a title is to consider the writers and art teams.