Cover of Supergirl #1 (November 1972), featuring the Kara Zor-El version. Art by Bob Oksner.
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Volume 1 (1972-1974)
The first series featured the original Supergirl, Superman's cousin Kara Zor-El. It began publication in 1972 following a 44-issue run of Supergirl stories in Adventure Comics, ending with issue #424 (October 1972). The series lasted for 10 issues until 1974, after which the character began appearing regularly in The Superman Family commencing with issue #165. The release of the last issue of Supergirl was delayed for several months due to a nationwide paper shortage.
Volume 2 (1982-1984)
During its first year of publication, the second Kara Zor-El series was titled The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl. With issue #13, the name was shortened to Supergirl, and the title continued monthly publication for a total of 23 issues.
Volume 3 (1994)
In 1994, DC Comics published a four-issue limited series featuring a new Supergirl who was introduced early in the Post-Crisis era. Sometimes referred to as Matrix, this new character was a protoplasmic duplicate of an alternate universe Lana Lang, granted superpowers by an alternate Lex Luthor. Having been brought to the mainstream DC Universe by Superman, she became romantically involved with the mainstream Luthor, who was posing as his own fictitious son Lex Luthor II. This limited series resolved many of the threads remaining from that plotline.
Volume 4 (1996-2003)
The fourth series featured a third Supergirl. This character was a fusion of the Matrix Supergirl and Linda Danvers (a Post-Crisis version of Linda Lee Danvers, Kara Zor-El's Pre-Crisis secret identity). The series ran for 81 issues, ending with the main character journeying to an alternate universe following the re-emergence of the original version of Kara Zor-El.
Volume 5 (2005-2011)
In 2004, DC Comics introduced an updated version of Kara Zor-El in the pages of Superman/Batman. The following year, she began appearing in her own ongoing series, with Superman/Batman #19 being republished as issue #0 of Supergirl. Sterling Gates took over the title in late 2008 with issue #34. Amy Reeder Hadley was announced as the new cover artist for the series in May 2010.
Volume 6 (2011–2015)
Volume 7 (2016–present)
A new Supergirl series written by Steve Orlando and incorporating elements of the Supergirl television series began in September 2016 (November 2016 cover date) as part of the DC Rebirth relaunch. The series took a three-month hiatus in April and resumed publication in August 2018 with the release of #21.
- Supergirl at the Grand Comics Database
- McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 153. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9.
Following a decade of back-up action and three years headlining Adventure Comics, Supergirl finally starred in her own series. For the inaugural issue, Cary Bates and artist Art Saaf enrolled Linda Danvers in college.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
- Wells, John (October 2015). "Supergirl in Bronze". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (84): 9.
- McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 159 "DC's 100-page Super Spectaculars were proving popular, so DC said goodbye to Supergirl, Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane, and housed the characters together in Superman Family. Continuing the numbering from where Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen ended, the series featured classic reprints with new tales in the lead spot."
- Wells, John (October 24, 1997), "'Lost' DC: 1971-1975", Comics Buyer's Guide, Iola, Wisconsin (1249), p. 125,
In the wake of a nationwide paper shortage, DC canceled several of its lower-selling titles in late 1973...[Supergirl #10] and three other completed comic books slated for release in November 1973 (Secret Origins #7, Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #137, and Weird Worlds #10) were put on hold until the summer of 1974.
- Wells in Back Issue, pp. 18-20
- The indicia for The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl was shortened to just Supergirl with issue #13.
- Manning, Matthew K. "1980s" in Dolan, p. 198 "With the guidance of writer Paul Kupperberg and prolific artist Carmine Infantino, Supergirl found a home in the city of Chicago in a new ongoing series...Unfortunately, this was not exactly the reinvention DC had hoped for, and The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl was cancelled after only twenty-three issues."
- Supergirl vol. 3 at the Grand Comics Database
- Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 274: "The Girl of Steel flew back into an ongoing series at long last, courtesy of fan-favorite writer Peter David and artist Gary Frank."
- Supergirl vol. 4 at the Grand Comics Database
- Cowsill, Alan "2000s" in Dolan, p. 321: "Superman's cousin Kara Zor-El received her own title. Written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Ian Churchill, the fourth [ongoing] series featured a Supergirl still getting accustomed to her life on Earth."
- Supergirl vol. 5 at the Grand Comics Database
- Rogers, Vaneta (June 27, 2008). "WWC: Gates and Igle Join DC's Supergirl". Newsarama. Archived from the original on November 12, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2009.
- Rogers, Vaneta; Biggers, Cliff (September 2008). "Planet Stories". Comic Shop News (1108).
- Rogers, Vaneta (August 4, 2009). "Some Will Be Revealed: Sterling Gates on Supergirl". Newsarama. Archived from the original on September 16, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2009.
- Rogers, Vaneta (May 28, 2010). "Artist Amy Reeder Faces Challenge of Batwoman, Supergirl". Newsarama. Archived from the original on April 1, 2012. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
- Supergirl vol. 6 at the Grand Comics Database
- Uzumeri, David (June 10, 2011). "The New Superman Titles Are Here, Grant Morrison on Action Comics". ComicsAlliance. Archived from the original on July 5, 2014.
- Supergirl vol. 7 at the Grand Comics Database
- Salvatore, Brian (September 6, 2016). "Steve Orlando on Supergirl, Synergy Between the Show and the Comic, and What Makes Kara So Special". Multiversity Comics. Archived from the original on September 8, 2016.
TONE wise, I think it’s very important to sync up with the show, but also that’s a bit of a trick question, because the show has done so well for the very reason that it truly understands the tone of the best Supergirl comics. So it’s a bit of a circle: hope, positivity, inspiration.
- Supergirl at the Comic Book DB
- The Daring Adventures of Supergirl at the Comic Book DB
- Supergirl vol. 3 at the Comic Book DB
- Supergirl vol. 4 at the Comic Book DB
- Supergirl vol. 5 at the Comic Book DB
- Supergirl vol. 6 at the Comic Book DB