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The Ultimate Superman Reading Order

Having collected comics for a while and starting to read them at a later date, I never knew where to start. Especially when it came to having missing issues, or having series that intertwined with another or issues followed previous stories which I hadn’t read yet! Also as a dedicated Superman fan, I wanted to ensure that I’d read EVERYTHING featuring Superman and when I searched online where to begin, what I found wasn’t very clear at all.

With that said, I used those guides and my own experience to create a list which focuses mostly on release date. That way you and I can experience Superman in comics in the order that comic publishers originally intended, and also in the same way that many other generations of Superman fans did.

Key: Issues in black text are Superman focused, those highlighted with blue text are Superboy focused issues, and issues highlighted with red text are Supergirl focused issues. For more complex years whereby issues and stories are intertwined, please see the key for that particular section.

30’s / 40’s

1938 – Golden Age

  • Action Comics #1 – 18/04
  • Action Comics #2 – 25/05
  • Action Comics #3 – 25/06
  • Action Comics #4 – 25/07
  • Action Comics #5 – 25/08
  • Action Comics #6 – 25/09
  • Action Comics #7 – 25/10
  • Action Comics #8 – 25/11

1939 – Golden Age

  • Action Comics #9 – 02/01
  • Action Comics #10 – 25/01
  • Action Comics #11 – 02/03
  • Action Comics #12 – 24/03
  • Action Comics #13 – 24/04
  • Superman #1 – 18/05 (Reprints Action Comics #1-4)
  • Action Comics #14 – 29/05
  • Action Comics #15 – 24/06
  • Action Comics #16 – 24/07
  • Superman #2 – 19/08
  • Action Comics #17 – 24/08
  • Action Comics #18 – 25/09
  • Action Comics #19 – 24/10
  • Superman #3 – 15/11 (Reprints Action Comics #5-7 but features one new story)
  • Action Comics #20 – 24/11
  • Action Comics #21 – 24/12

1940 – Golden Age

  • Action Comics #22 – 26/01
  • Superman #4 – 15/02
  • Action Comics #23 – 23/02
  • Action Comics #24 – 22/03
  • Action Comics #25 – 24/04
  • Superman #5 – 10/05
  • Action Comics #26 – 22/05
  • Action Comics #27 – 21/06
  • New York World’s Fair #2 – 03/07
  • Superman #6 – 10/07
  • Action Comics #28 – 24/07
  • Action Comics #29 – 23/08
  • Superman #7 – 06/09
  • Action Comics #30 – 20/09
  • Action Comics #31 – 23/10
  • Superman’s Christmas Adventure – Dec
  • Superman #8 – 08/11
  • Action Comics #32 – 22/11
  • Action Comics #33 – 20/12



1941 – Golden Age

  • Superman #9 – 03/01
  • Action Comics #34 – 22/01
  • Action Comics #35 – 21/02
  • Superman #10 – 05/03
  • Action Comics #36 – 21/03
  • World’s Finest Comics #1 – Mar
  • Action Comics #37 – 23/04
  • World’s Finest Comics #2 – 07/05
  • Superman #11 – 07/05
  • Action Comics #38 – 23/05
  • Action Comics #39 – 20/06
  • Superman #12 – 02/07
  • Action Comics #40 – 18/07
  • World’s Finest Comics #3 – 15/08
  • Action Comics #41 – 18/08
  • Superman #13 – 26/08
  • Action Comics #42 – 19/09
  • Action Comics #43 – 14/10
  • Superman #14 – 01/11
  • World’s Finest Comics #4 – 10/11
  • Action Comics #44 – 17/11
  • Action Comics #45 – 15/12

1942 – Golden Age

  • Superman #15 – 02/01
  • Action Comics #46 – 13/01
  • World’s Finest Comics #5 – 03/02
  • Action Comics #47 – 16/02
  • Superman #16 – 28/02
  • Action Comics #48 – 14/03
  • Action Comics #49 – 14/04
  • World’s Finest Comics #6 – 28/04
  • Superman #17 – 05/05
  • Action Comics #50 – 16/05
  • Action Comics #51 – 16/06
  • Superman #18 – 30/06
  • Action Comics #52 – 14/07
  • World’s Finest Comics #7 – 28/07
  • Action Comics #53 – 15/08
  • Superman #19 – 30/08
  • Action Comics #54 – 15/09
  • Action Comics #55 – 13/10
  • Superman #20 – 27/10
  • World’s Finest Comics #8 – 27/10
  • Action Comics #56 – 10/11
  • Action Comics #57 – 12/12

1943 – Golden Age

  • Superman #21 – 02/01
  • Action Comics #58 – 12/01
  • World’s Finest Comics #9 – 26/01
  • Action Comics #59 – 09/02
  • Superman #22 – 23/02
  • Action Comics #60 – 13/03
  • Action Comics #61 – 13/04
  • World’s Finest Comics #10 – 24/04
  • Superman #23 – 27/04
  • Action Comics # 62 – 11/05
  • Action Comics #63 – 12/06
  • Superman #24 – 26/06
  • Action Comics #64 – 13/07
  • World’s Finest Comics #11 – 24/07
  • Action Comics #65 – 14/08
  • Superman #25 – 24/08
  • Action Comics #66 – 14/09
  • Action Comics #67 – 12/10
  • World’s Finest Comics #12 – 23/10
  • Superman #26 – 30/10
  • Action Comics #68 – 13/11
  • Action Comics #69 – 14/12
  • Superman #27 – 27/12

1944 – Golden Age

Key: Issues in black text are Superman focused, those highlighted with blue text are Superboy focused issues.

  • Action Comics #70 – 15/01
  • Action Comics #71 – 15/02
  • World’s Finest Comics #13 – 25/01
  • Superman #28 – 26/02
  • Action Comics #72 – 14/03
  • Action Comics #73 – 16/04
  • World’s Finest Comics #14 – 25/04
  • Superman #29 – 01/05
  • Action Comics #74 – 16/05
  • Action Comics #75 – 13/06
  • Superman #30 – 27/06
  • Action Comics #76 – 11/07
  • World’s Finest Comics #15 – 25/07
  • Action Comics #77 – 12/08
  • Superman #31 – 26/08
  • Action Comics #78 – 12/09
  • Action Comics #79 – 14/10
  • World’s Finest Comics #16 – 24/10
  • Superman #32 – 28/10
  • Action Comics #80 – 14/11
  • More Fun Comics #101 – 18/11
  • Action Comics #81 – 12/12
  • Superman’s Christmas Adventure Vol 2 – Dec
  • Superman #33 – 26/12

1945 – Golden Age

Key: Issues in black text are Superman focused, those highlighted with blue text are Superboy focused issues.

  • Action Comics #82 – 15/01
  • More Fun Comics #102 – 16/01
  • World’s Finest Comics #17 – 23/01
  • Action Comics #83 – 13/02
  • Superman #34 – 26/02
  • Action Comics #84 – 13/03
  • More Fun Comics #103 – 20/03
  • Action Comics #85 – 16/04
  • World’s Finest Comics #18 – 24/04
  • Superman #35 – 30/04
  • Action Comics #86 – 14/05
  • More Fun Comics #104 – 28/05
  • Action Comics #87 – 12/06
  • Superman #36 – 26/06
  • Action Comics #88 – 10/07
  • More Fun Comics #105 – 23/07
  • World’s Finest Comics #19 – 24/07
  • Action Comics #89 – 13/08
  • Superman #37 – 28/08
  • Action Comics #90 – 11/09
  • More Fun Comics #106 – 23/09
  • Action Comics #91 – 15/10
  • World’s Finest Comics #20 – 23/10
  • Superman #38 – 29/10
  • Action Comics #92 – 13/11
  • More Fun Comics #107 – 20/11
  • Action Comics #93 – 11/12

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