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The Greatest Supergirl Stories Ever Told!

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The Greatest Supergirl Stories Ever Told!

Every day in May we will reveal the greatest stories ever told starring a particular character or written/drawn by a particular creator (and throughout the month, you’ll get daily chances to vote for NEXT week’s lists). These lists are voted on by YOU, the reader!

Here is the list of characters/creators featured so far.

Today’s list is the Greatest Supergirl Stories Ever Told!


10. Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade #1-6

Landry Q. Miller and Eric Jones combined to tell this delightfully amusing story of how Kara is pulled to Earth and forced to go to a private school where she encounters a variety of interesting friends and foes.

Most prominently in driving the action in the series is Belinda, Linda’s evil twin…

and Linda’s best friend, Lena, who is the little sister of a fellow familiar to Superman…

For good measure, let’s toss in Streaky the Super-Cat, who has an offbeat introduction….

This was a really fun series.

9. Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes #314-315 “The Trial of Ontiir”

This two-parter (written by Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen and drawn by Terry Shoemaker and Karl Kesel, possibly over Giffen layouts) is an interesting story about a member of the Dark Circle who tries to convince the Science Police that he was infiltrating the Dark Circle and when he is later captured by the Dark Circle, he tries to convince them that he was lying about the whole “spying on them for the Science Police” part. Supergirl leads a very small Legion team (just her, Sun Boy and her ex-boyfriend, Brainiac 5) after the escaped/capture Ontiir…

The mission does not go the way Supergirl expected…

This story is well-remembered by Supergirl fans as the last story between Supergirl and Brainiac 5 before she was killed during Crisis on Infinite Earths.

8. Supergirl #0-5 “Power”

Jeph Loeb, Ian Churchill and Norm Rapmund pit Supergirl against a plot by Lex Luthor to mess with her powers with different types of kryptonite, until a black form of kryptonite splits Supergirl into two beings – one of which is her evil side.

In the final confrontation between the two beings, Supergirl’s three mentors from her first appearance show up to help her decide just who IS she? IS the other Supergirl the “bad” side of her or is it the TRUE side of her and SHE is the divergent copy? They use Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth to find out…

7. Supergirl #75-81 “Many Happy Returns”

Peter David’s delightful final storyline on Supergirl introduced the pre-Crisis Supergirl into the book via time travel. By this time, the Linda Danvers/Matrix Supergirl had been weakened a bit and was wearing a new costume (like the one from the Superman Animated Series). Linda helps the pre-Crisis Supergirl adjust to this time and this world (as Crisis wasn’t just a time thing, the Pre-Crisis Earth really didn’t even EXIST anymore)…

However, Linda learns that Kara was destined to die (in Crisis on Infinite Earths). So she decides to take Kara’s place and Linda travels to Pre-Crisis Earth. There, she ends up actually falling in love with Superman and they get married….

Linda has a kid even with Superman. The Spectre from the regular Earth, though, arrives to let Linda know that this is destablizing time and that she can’t keep this up.

Back on the regular Earth, Kara is in trouble from the bad guy who set this whole thing up in the first place and Linda realizes that for time and reality to remain stable, she must let Kara return to the Pre-Crisis time to live her life again (and ultimately to die). Linda understands why she had to do what she had to do, but it was all too much for her and she retires as Supergirl with the final issue of the story.

6. Superman/Batman #8-13 “The Supergirl from Krypton”

Jeph Loeb and Michael Turner re-introduce Superman’s Kryptonian cousin into the DC Universe, with a slight twist, which is that when she shows up, Batman finds her first and he doesn’t trust her…

In that same opening arc, she also is trained by Wonder Woman along side the Amazons and is also temporarily corrupted by Darkseid. So very quickly, Loeb ingrained this new version of Kara into the DC Universe, planting the foundation for a successful reboot of the character.

The top five is on the next page!

5. Supergirl #1-9 “Peter David’s first Supergirl story arc”

Peter David, Gary Frank and Cam Smith revamped Supergirl, who was an alien known as the Matrix who just took on the shape of Supergirl at the time. In this story, Supergirl comes across a dying young woman who is about to be killed by a cult of a demon. Supergirl ends up merging with the girl to save her life. As a result, she and the girl, Linda Danvers, become one being, with their thoughts co-mingling, as well. The problem that Supergirl learns is that Linda was a WILLING participant in the cult, as she had been led astray by her boyfriend, Buzz, a sort of evil version of John Constantine…

David really took a whole different approach to the character with this series, which explored various ideas involving religion and God. Gary Frank was only on board for the first nine issues, which tells the opening arc of the series (including an excellent issue #8 where Buzz comes to dinner with Linda and her parents – it’s a great character study with a great ending).

4. Action Comics #252 “The Supergirl from Krypton!”

Otto Binder and Al Plastino introduced Supergirl to the world in this issue…

I still can’t get over how adorable Plastino drew Kara.

Anyhow, after Kara explains how she survived Krypton’s destruction, the story very quickly transitions into what Supergirl’s ongoing adventures were going to be like back then…

Such an amazing story – so much information in one short story while still being entertaining and not just an info dump. Plus Plastino’s Supergirl design is excellent. He gives her so much character.

3. Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 “Beyond the Silent Night”

In this issue, the Anti-Monitor looks like he’s about to succeed in wiping out the multiverse and he’s about to also kill Superman when Supergirl decides that it is time for her to make the ultimate sacrifice…

Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Jerry Ordway and Dick Giordano delivered this stunning farewell, with perhaps the most iconic comic book cover of all-time.

2. Superman #149 “The Death of Superman”

In the early days of Supergirl’s comic book life, she was kept by Superman as his “secret weapon,” hiding her existence from the rest of the world (it allowed him to do some creepy role playing with her, too. If he ever needed to screw with Lois Lane’s head, he could always use Supergirl to pretend to be someone). Interestingly enough, her major debut as a hero came in an IMAGINARY story, one of the most famous ones – the Death of Superman! Jerry Siegel, Curt Swan and George Klein combined for this stellar tale of Lex Luthor murdering Superman but finding that the world had another hero from Krypton left…

After Luthor faces his final judgment (I absolutely adore how Siegel handles Luthor’s trial in the issue – check out my post on the issue here from a few years ago to see what i mean), Supergirl officially takes over for Superman, leaving this dark tale with a surprisingly optimistic ending…

1. Christmas with the Superheroes #2 “Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot”

Man, remember when Alan Brennert would occasionally pop into DC Comics and have a great one-off story? Well, this Deadman story is one of those tales, featuring Kara AFTER her death in Crisis. The story (drawn by Dick Giordano) shows how Deadman spends his holidays – mostly moping (he tries to take over some people’s bodies to experience their holidays but then he feels like such a jerk that he can’t do it, he can’t deprive people of THEIR joy just because he is without any).

While he is in the middle of his moping, though, a familiar face comes up to him…

Beautiful, just beautiful.

Talk about capturing the spirit of a character in just a few simple pages.

That’s the list! I’m sure there is a lot of agreement and disagreement with the list out there! Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

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