Supergirl Appearances 1988-1996 (Matrix Era)

This page is a complete list of appearances by Matrix Supergirl prior to Supergirl vol. 4, broken down by storyarc or series title.

Key stories include “The Supergirl Saga”, “Panic in the Sky”, Action Comics #676 and #677, Supergirl & Team Luthor #1 (1993), Supergirl (1994), and Showcase ’96 #8 (prelude to the 1996 Supergirl series).

Pre-Introduction Teasers

The Supergirl Saga

Supergirl reverted to an androgynous form at the end of Superman #22 and continued to appear in this state for the next few issues.

  • Adventures of Superman #448 (Dec 1988) (pages 1718)
  • Adventures of Superman #450 (Jan 1989) (pages 16-21)

Supergirl began calling herself “Matrix” in the Exile in Space storyline. She appears very briefly in her androgynous form for 5 issues, which evolve into a B-plot wherein she impersonates Clark Kent while Superman is off in space in the Superman on Earth” storyline. Matrix then leaves Earth at the end of Action Comics #644, just as Superman had previously done. It would be three years before DC brought her back in “Panic in the Sky”.

Exile in Space

Superman on Earth

Panic in the Sky

Matrix returned in the 8-issue “Panic in the Sky” storyline.

Supergirl and Lex Luthor Jr.

Following “Panic in the Sky”, DC Comics began an ill-conceived story running through the Superman titles in which Supergirl begins an alliance with Lex Luthor (in the guise of Lex Luthor Jr.) Over the next two years DC Comics portrayed Supergirl as Lex’s “kept woman” in her brief appearances.

Blaze-Satanus War

Valor

Supergirl meets Valor, the post-Crisis version of Mon-El.

Doomsday

Funeral for a Friend

Reign of the Supermen

The Return of Superman


Supergirl vol. 3 (Limited Series)

In 1994 DC Comics published a “trial run” Supergirl miniseries to gauge support for an ongoing series. The story put an end to the unpopular Lex Luthor relationship, and two years later an ongoing Supergirl series was launched.


Zero Hour

Supergirl and the New Titans

Supergirl was a member of the New Titans from 1994-1995. Her appearances with the team are unremarkable.

The Trial of Superman


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