Tuesday, May 22, 2018

I didn't start reading comics until I was in my mid-teens, and by then the Silver Age was over. I missed all of General Zod's appearances, and the first time I saw him was in the 1978 movie.

The character appeared 28 times in DC Comics between his April 1961 origin (as a Superboy villain) and the 1978 film. Of these, seven are Supergirl stories, four are Superboy stories, three are Superman stories, and one is a Nightwing-and-Flamebird story set in the Bottle City of Kandor. A whopping seven times, he shows up -- essentially looking on from the Phantom Zone -- but not really appearing. Six of his appearances are reprints.

Most of his appearances were from 1961 to 1966. He came roaring back between 1970 and 1972, but in Supergirl stories.

It's fascinating to me how Zod has been transformed by the movie into a Superman villain, when up until the movie he was a Supergirl baddie.

In the months before the 1978 film came out, he made three appearances, in a Superman, Supergirl, and Nightwing-and-Flamebird story.


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Adventure Comics #283 (Superboy)
April 1, 1961
Adventure Comics #284 (Superboy)
May 1, 1961
Adventure Comics #293 (de minimus appearance)
March 1962
Action Comics #297 (de minimus appearance)
March 1963
Action Comics #298 (Superman)
March 1963
Action Comics #304 (Supergirl)
September 1963
Superboy #109 (de minimus appearance)
December 1, 1963
Action Comics #307 (de minimus appearance)
December 1963
Action Comics #310 (de minimus appearance)
March 1964
Action Comics #321 (Superman)
February 1965
Action Comics #336 (Superman)
April 1966
Superboy #147 (reprinted stories)
June 1, 1968
DC Special #3 (Supergirl) (reprinted stories)
June 1, 1969

Adventure Comics #390 (reprinted stories)
April 1970
Superboy #165 (reprinted stories)
June 1970
Action Comics #389 (de minimus appearance)
June 1970
Adventure Comics #395 (Supergirl)
July 1970
Adventure Comics #396 (Supergirl)
August 1970
World's Finest #198 (reprinted stories)
November 1970
World's Finest #199 (reprinted stories)
December 1, 1970
Adventure Comics #400 (Supergirl)
December 1970
Adventure Comics #416 (Supergirl)
March 1972
Superboy #184 (Superboy)
April 1, 1972
Superboy #189 (Superboy)
August 1, 1972

Superman Family #183 (Supergirl)
May 1977
Action Comics #473 (Superman)
July 1977
Superman Family #189 (de minimus appearance)
June 1978
Superman Family #190 (Nightwing and Flamebird)
August 1978

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