SUPERGIRL Comics 1970-1986 (Bronze Age)

Adventure Comics #397 marks the beginning of the Bronze Age for Supergirl stories. See Supergirl in the Bronze Age.

Collected Editions – see Silver & Bronze Age Collected Editions

Digital Issues – Adventure Comics (#397-424), Supergirl (series 1), and Daring New Adventures of Supergirl are on Comixology, plus guest appearances as noted below.

Superman Family has not yet been digitized by DC Comics; scans available at The Supergirl Project.

Series Shortcuts

Adventure Comics (1970-1972)

Adventure Comics #397 September 1970
“Now… Comes Zond”
“Supergirl Meets Nasty”
Adventure Comics #398 October 1970
“Catcher in the Sky”
Adventure Comics #399 November 1970
“Johnny Dee — Hero-Bum!”
Action Comics #395 December 1970
“The Credit Card of Catastrophe” [guest]
Adventure Comics #400 December 1970
“Return of the Black Flame!”
Adventure Comics #401 January 1971
“The Frightened Supergirl”
Adventure Comics #402 February 1971
“Love Conquers All — Even Supergirl!”
Action Comics #398 March 1971
“Spawn of the Unknown” [guest]
Adventure Comics #404 March 1971
“Super-Girl?”
Adventure Comics #405 April 1971
“Starfire’s Revenge!”
Action Comics #400 May 1971
“Duel of Doom!” [guest]
Adventure Comics #406 May 1971
“Suspicion”
Super DC Giant #S-24 May-June 1971
Supergirl reprints plus 3 new pages of reader-submitted costumes
“The Girl with the X-Ray Mind!” [Action Comics #295]
“The Girl Who Was Supergirl’s Double!” [Action Comics #296]
“The Forbidden Weapons of Krypton!” [Action Comics #297]
“The Super-Powers of Lex Luthor!” [Action Comics #298]
Reader-submitted Supergirl costume designs
Adventure Comics #407 June 1971
“Suspicion Confirmed”
Action Comics #402 July 1971
“The Feud of the Titans!” [guest]
Adventure Comics #408 July 1971
“The Face at the Window”
“Invasion of the Mer-Men”
Action Comics #403 August 1971
“Attack of the Micro-Murderer!”
Adventure Comics #409 August 1971
“Invasion of the Mer-Men”
“Fight with Fire Drake”
Adventure Comics #410 September 1971
“The Nature of the Beast!”
“The Ruler Without a Planet!”
Adventure Comics #411 October 1971
“The Alien Among Us!”
Adventure Comics #412 November 1971
“The Battle for Survival!”
Adventure Comics #413 December 1971
“The Walking Bombs!”
Adventure Comics #414 January 1972
“Vortex!”
“The Kidnapping!”
Adventure Comics #415 February 1972
“The Space Pirates!”
“Like a Death’s-Head in the Sky!”
Adventure Comics #416 March 1972
100 Page Super Spectacular:
[reprints: Supergirl, Black Canary, Wonder Woman, Phantom Lady, Merry the Gimmick Girl]
“The Untold Story of Argo City!” [Action Comics #309]
“Supergirl’s Rival Parents!” [Action Comics #310]
“The Black Magic of Supergirl” [Action Comics #324]
Adventure Comics #417 March 1972
“All Men Are But Slaves!”
Action Comics #411 April 1972
“The Day They Sold Superman’s Fortress!” [guest]
Adventure Comics #418 April 1972
“The Face of the Dragon!”
Justice League of America #98 May 1972
“No More Tomorrows!” [guest]
World’s Finest Comics #211 May 1972
“Fugitive from the Stars!” [guest]
Adventure Comics #419 May 1972
“The Thief Who Loved Supergirl!”
Adventure Comics #420 June 1972
“And Death Shall Have No Dominion!”
Adventure Comics #421 July 1972
“Demon Spawn!”
Adventure Comics #422 August 1972
“Pawn of Peace!”
Adventure Comics #423 September 1972
“Treachery!”
Adventure Comics #424 October 1972
“Crypt of the Frozen Graves!”

Supergirl (1972-1974)

Supergirl #1 November 1972
“Trail of the Madman!”
Supergirl #2 January 1973
“Death of a City!”
Supergirl #3 February 1973
“The Garden of Death!”
Supergirl #4 March 1973
“The Borrowed Brain!”
Supergirl #5 June 1973
“The Devil’s Brother!”
Supergirl #6 August 1973
“– In Love and War!”
Supergirl #7 October 1973
“The Sinister Snowman!”
Action Comics #429 November 1973
“The Man Who Wrote Superman’s Obituary!” [guest]
Supergirl #8 November 1973
“A Head-Full of Snakes!”
Supergirl #9 Dec/Jan 1973
“The Super-Amazon!”
Superboy #200 Jan/Feb 1974
“The Legionnaire Bride of Starfinger!” [guest]
Supergirl #10 Sep/Oct 1974 [published late]
“Death of a Prez!”
“Her Brother’s Keeper!”

Superman Family (1974-1982)

Superman Family #165 Jun/Jul 1974
“Princess of the Golden Sun!”
Superboy #204 Sep/Oct 1974
“Brainiac 5’s Secret Weakness!”
Superman #282 December 1974
“The Loneliest Man in the Universe!” [guest]
Superman Family #168 Dec/Jan 1974
“The Girl with the See-Through Mind!”
Superman Family #171 Jun/Jul 1975
“Cleopatra, Queen of America!”
Superman Family #174 Dec/Jan 1975
“Eyes of the Serpent!”
Superman Family #177 Jun/Jul 1976
“Bride of the Stars!”
Justice League of America #132 July 1976
“The Beasts Who Fought Like Men!” [guest]
Justice League of America #134 September 1976
“The Battle at the Edge of Forever!” [guest]
Superman Family #180 November 1976
“The Secret of the Spell-Bound Supergirl!”
Superman #307 January 1977
“Krypton — No More!” [guest]
Superman #308 February 1977
“This Planet is Mine!” [guest]
Superman #309 March 1977
“Blind Hero’s Bluff!” [guest]
Superman Family #182 Mar/Apr 1977
“The Deadly Treasure of Mars!”
Adventure Comics #450 Mar/Apr 1977
“Return to Destiny!” [guest]
Superman Family #183 May/Jun 1977
“Shadows of Phantoms!”
Superman #312 June 1977
“Today the City… Tomorrow the World!” [guest]
Super-Team Family #11 Jun/Jul 1977
“The Other Side of Doomsday!”
Superman #313 July 1977
“The Only Way You’ll Save the Earth… is Over My Dead Body!” [guest]
Superman Family #184 Jul/Aug 1977
“The Visitors from the Void”
Action Comics #473 July 1977
“The Great Phantom Peril!” [guest]
Superman #314 August 1977
“Before This Night is Over, Superman Will Kill!” [guest]
Superman #315 September 1977
“Good Evening, Superman — I’m Clark Kent… and You’re Not!” [guest]
Superman Family #185 Sep/Oct 1977
“The Voodoo Machine!”
Superman Family #186 Nov/Dec 1977
“A Rendezvous with Reality!”
Superman Family #187 Jan/Feb 1978
“Birthright of Power!”
Superman Family #188 Mar/Apr 1978
“Kandor Vs Supergirl!”
Superman Family #189 May/Jun 1978
“Memories of Menace!”
All New Collectors’ Edition #C-58 1978
“When Earths Collide!”
[reprinted in Superman VS. Shazam! (2013)]
Superman Family #190 Jul/Aug 1978
“Finale!”
Justice League of America #157 August 1978
“Till Doom Do Us Part!” [guest]
Superman Family #191 Sep/Oct 1978
“A Matter of Gravity!”
Superman Family #192 Nov/Dec 1978
“What Goes Up… Can’t Come Down!”
Action Comics #489 November 1978
“Krypton Dies Again!” [guest]
Superman Family #193 Jan/Feb 1979
“The Gravity War!”
World’s Finest Comics #255 Feb/Mar 1979
“Nothing But a Man” [cameo]
Brave and the Bold #147 February 1979
“Death-Scream from the Sky!”
Superman Family #194 Mar/Apr 1979
“Nightmare in New Athens!”
Superman Family #195 May/Jun 1979
“The Screamin’ Demon!”
Action Comics #496 June 1979
“Death Out of a Bottle!” [guest]
Superman Family #196 Jul/Aug 1979
“Displaced Double Identity”
Superman #338 August 1979
“Let My People Grow!” [guest]
Superman Family #197 Sep/Oct 1979
“The Man with the Eternity Hands!”
Action Comics #500 October 1979
“The Life Story of Superman” [guest]
Superman Family #198 Nov/Dec 1979
“The Cosmic Abduction!”
Action Comics #502 December 1979
“Fall and Rise of the Star-Child!” [guest]
Superman Family #199 Jan/Feb 1980
“The Case of the Cape Caper!”
Superman Family #200 Mar/Apr 1980
“Something Swims the Time Stream!”
“Celebration!”
Brave and the Bold #160 March 1980
“The Brimstone Connection!”
Superman Family #201 May/Jun 1980
“The Face on Cloud 9!”
Superman Family #202 Jul/Aug 1980
“The Dynamic Duel!”
Superman Family #203 Sep/Oct 1980
“The Supergirl from Planet Earth!”
Super Friends #37 October 1980
“Bad Weather for Supergirl!”
Superman Family #204 Nov/Dec 1980
“The Earthquake Enchantment!”
DC Comics Presents #28: Superman and Supergirl December 1980
“Warworld!”
DC Comics Presents #29: Superman and Spectre January 1981
“Where No Superman Has Gone Before” [guest]
-reprinted in Showcase The Spectre Vol. 1 (2012)]
Secrets of the Legion of Super-Heroes #1 January 1981
“The Past… Seen Darkly!” [guest]
Superman in “Victory by Computer” (1981)
Free promotional issue produced for Radio Shack [guest]
Superman Family #205 Jan/Feb 1981
“Magic Over Miami!”
Superman Family #206 Mar/Apr 1981
“Strangers at the Heart’s Core!”
Superman Family #207 May/Jun 1981
“Look Homeward, Argonian!”
Superman Family #208 July 1981
“The Super-Switch to New York!”
Superman Family #209 August 1981
“Strike Three — You’re Out!”
Krypton Chronicles #1 September 1981
“The Search for Superman’s Roots!”
Superman Family #210 September 1981
“The Spoil Sport of New York!”
Krypton Chronicles #2 October 1981
“Bring Back Yesterday!”
Superman Family #211 October 1981
“The Man with the Explosive Mind!”
Krypton Chronicles #3 November 1981
“The Race to Overtake the Past!”
Superman #365 November 1981
“When Kryptonians Clash!” [guest]
Detective Comics #508 November 1981
“The Attack of the Annihilator!” [guest]
Superman Family #212 November 1981
“Payment on Demand!”
Superman #366 December 1981
“Revenge, Superman-Style!” [guest]
Detective Comics #509 December 1981
“The Fires of Destruction!” [guest]
Superman Family #213 December 1981
“Bad Day with Blackrock!”
Superman #367 January 1982
“The Revengers Strike Back!” [guest]
Superman Family #214 January 1982
“The Strange Revenge of Lena Luthor!”
Detective Comics #510 January 1982
“Bride of Destruction!” [guest]
Superman #368 February 1982
“The Revenger of Steel!” [guest]
Phantom Zone #2 February 1982
“Earth Under Siege!” [guest]
Superman Family #215 February 1982
“Crisis at the Crossroads in Time!”
DC Comics Presents #43: Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes March 1982
“In Final Battle!” [guest]
Phantom Zone #3 March 1982
“The Terror Beyond Twilight!” [guest]
Superman Family #216 March 1982
“Victory is Only 5,000 Centuries Away!”
Phantom Zone #4 April 1982
“The Phantom Planet!” [guest]
Superman Family #217 April 1982
“We Interrupt This Program…!”
Wonder Woman #291 May 1982
“Judgment in Infinity!” [cameo]
Superman Family #218 May 1982
“The Goddess from Hell!”
Wonder Woman #292 June 1982
“Seven Against Oblivion!” [guest]
Superman Family #219 June 1982
“Prison Bars Do Not a Cell Make!”
Wonder Woman #293 July 1982
“A Judgment Rendered!” [guest]
Superman #373 July 1982
“An Eye (and Ear) on the World!” [guest]
Superman Family #220 July 1982
“Battle Beneath the Brooklyn Bridge!”
Superman Family #221 August 1982
“A Trip on the Light Fantastic!”
Superman Family #222 September 1982
“Stop My Life — I Want to Get Out!”
Superman #376 – “In Transit” [guest] – October 1982
bridge story between final issue of Superman Family
and first issue of Daring New Adventures of Supergirl

The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl (1982-1984)

Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #1 November 1982
“A Very Strange and Special Girl!”
Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #2 December 1982
“Crisis Over Chicago!”
Legion of Super-Heroes #294 December 1982
“Darkseid” [guest]
Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #3 January 1983
“Decay Day!”
Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #4 February 1983
“Hail, Hail, the Gang’s All Here!”
Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #5 March 1983
“Fear Times Four”
Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #6 April 1983
“Battleground O’Hare”
Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #7 May 1983
“This Meeting Will Come to Disorder!”
Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #8 June 1983
“Stand-ins for Supergirl!”
Legion of Super-Heroes #300 June 1983
“The Future is Forever!” [guest]
DC Comics Presents Annual #2: Superman Introduces Superwoman 1983
“The Last Secret Identity” [guest]
Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #9 July 1983
“Re-Enter:Reactron!”
Legion of Super-Heroes #301 July 1983
“Different Paths, Different Dooms”
Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #10 August 1983
“Radiation-Fever!”
Legion of Super-Heroes #302 August 1983
“Family Matters” [guest]
Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #11 September 1983
“A Dark and Frozen Purgatory!”
Legion of Super-Heroes #303 September 1983
“Those Emerald Eyes Are Shining…” [guest]
Legion of Super-Heroes Annual #2 1983
“Whatever Gods There Be…” [guest]
Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #12 October 1983
“Guess Who’s About to Die!”
Supergirl #13 November 1983
“Echoes of Times Gone By”
Supergirl #14 December 1983
“Star Light, Star Bright… Blackstarr Rises Tonight!”
Supergirl [American Honda Presents] 1984
Supergirl #15 January 1984
“Starrfall”
Supergirl #16 February 1984
“Bug-Out!”
Supergirl #17 March 1984
“Publish… and Perish!”
Supergirl #18 April 1984
“Call Me — Kraken!”
Supergirl #19 May 1984
“Who Stole Supergirl’s Life?”
Action Comics #555 May 1984
“Reunion!” [guest]
(available on Comixology)
Supergirl #20 June 1984
“Celebration!”
Supergirl #21 July 1984
“Curse of the Kryptonite-Man!”
Supergirl #22 August 1984
“I Have Seen the Future… and It is Me!”
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes #314 August 1984
“The Trial of Ontiir” [guest]
Supergirl #23 September 1984
“The Future Begins Today!”
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes #315 September 1984
“Judgment!” [guest]
Justice League of America #231 October 1984
“Family Crisis!” [guest] (available on Comixology)
Justice League of America #232 November 1984
“Battlegrounds!” [guest] (available on Comixology)
Superman #401 November 1984
“Operation: False Front!” [guest]
Supergirl Movie Special #1 1985
Crisis on Infinite Earths #4 July 1985
“And Thus Shall the World Die!”
Crisis on Infinite Earths #5 August 1985
“Worlds in Limbo”
Crisis on Infinite Earths #6 September 1985
“3 Earths! 3 Deaths!”
Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 October 1985
“Beyond the Silent Night”
DC Comics Presents #86: Superman and Supergirl October 1985
“Into the Valley of the Shadow…!”
Superman #414 December 1985
“Revenge is Life — Death to Superman!” [guest]
Supergirl [American Honda Presents] 1986
“Welcome to Motorville”
Legion of Super-Heroes #18 January 1986
“Has Anyone Noticed a Crisis Going On?” [cameo on viewscreen]
Superman #415 January 1986
“Supergirl:Bride of — X?” [guest]
Infinity Inc. #22 January 1986
“Uncivil Wars!” [guest]
All-Star Squadron #53 January 1986
“Worlds in Turmoil!” [guest]
All-Star Squadron #54 February 1986
“The Crisis Comes to 1942!” [guest]
Superman #423 September 1986
“Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” [guest]
(available on Comixology)

Post-Crisis Appearances

Legends of the DC Universe: Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 1999
A “missing tale” taking place between Crisis on Infinite Earths #3-5
Features Silver Age Supergirl and Supergirl of Earth-D
Supergirl #75 December 2002
“The Supergirl From Krypton!”
Supergirl #76 January 2003
“Many Happy Returns Part Two”
Superman vs. Darkseid: Apokolips Now! March 2003
“Apokolips Now!”
Supergirl #77 February 2003
“Fatalist Attraction” (Many Happy Returns Part Three)
Supergirl #78 March 2003
“Bad Choices” (Many Happy Returns Part Four)
Supergirl #79 April 2003
“…And There Can Be Only One!”
Supergirl #80 May 2003
“Hail & Farewell” (Many Happy Returns Conclusion)
DC: The New Frontier #6 November 2004
“Epilogue: The New Frontier”
Solo #1 December 2004
“Young Love” – a touching Silver Age era story starring Supergirl and Dick Malverne. 8 pages.
Solo #7 December 2005
“Doom Patrol vs Teen Titans” – Supergirl appears on page 11 and page 12. 8 pages.
Justice #8 December 2006
“Justice (Chapter Eight)”
(available on Comixology)
Justice #10 April 2007
“Justice (Chapter Ten)”
(available on Comixology)
Justice #11 June 2007
“Justice (Chapter Eleven)”
(available on Comixology)
Justice #12 August 2007
“Justice (Chapter Twelve)”
(available on Comixology)
DC Universe Legacies #5 November 2010 [cameo]
“Crisis!”
DC Retroactive: Superman – The ’70s September 2011
“Death Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry” [new story]
(available on Comixology)
DC Retroactive: Superman – The ’80s October 2011
“New Day, Final Destiny” [new story]
(available on Comixology)

Supergirl in the Bronze Age

The departure of longtime Superman supervising editor Mort Weisinger in 1970 marked the end of the Silver Age and the beginning of the Bronze Age of Krypton. The effects of the editorial change were immediately felt on Supergirl when the writing, pencilling and editorial duties were all taken over by Mike Sekowsky in Adventures Comics #397. This period featured bold new costumes and more experimental stories, leading to DC Comics launching the first Supergirl series in 1972. That series saw Supergirl graduate from college and age up a few years as she joined the working world (two years after the debut of the groundbreaking The Mary Tyler Moore Show).

After 10 issues Supergirl was cancelled and amalgamated with the long-running seeries Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane and Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen into the new 100-page Superman Family, which took its numbering from the longest-running series of the three, Jimmy Olsen. This series ran from 1974 to 1982 and became one of the best-selling books of the era along with Batman Family. At first the main leads of Jimmy, Lois and Supergirl rotated new stories each issue with reprints for the other characters. Starting in Superman Family #182, the series switched to publishing all-new material.

Superman Family was cancelled in 1982 and replaced by The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl which ran from Nov 1982 to Sep 1984. Lois Lane moved to Daring’s backup feature from issues #2-12. The series changed its title to simply Supergirl in the issue #13 and introduced a new costume to coincide with the Supergirl feature film that would be released the following summer. The final issue came out in the same month as the movie. DC originally planned to launch a new Supergirl series, but those plans were dropped when editorial decided that Kara would be killed off in the era-ending Crisis on Infinite Earths.

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