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The Greatest Supergirl Stories Ever Told!

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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