Created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino for the pages of Action Comics #252 (1959), the original Supergirl, aka Kara Zor-El, was the cousin of Superman who shared Kal-El's superpowers as both hailed from the planet Krypton. For nearly 60 years, the character went through several iterations (including Earth-2’s Power Girl) and has stood the test of time.
The character was featured in several animated projects (most recently DC Super Hero Girls) and made her live-action debut in the 1984 Supergirl film starring Helen Slater. She was portrayed by Laura Vandervoort on Smallville and is currently being played by Melissa Benoist on The CW’s Supergirl.
With a new episode of Supergirl airing tonight, SYFY WIRE is digging into the character's seven essential comic book stories that every fan of the Girl of Steel should add to their must-read list.
At number seven is Superboy Vol. 1 #80, which was published in 1960. The storyline has Supergirl traveling back in time to meet Superboy to spend a day of Kryptonian fun and games with him. Next up is 2009's Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, a six-issue limited series published under DC's Johnny DC imprint, which was aimed at young readers (and doesn't take place in mainstream continuity).
Our number five pick is Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 (1985), which saw Kara sacrifice herself for her cousin while saving all of reality from the Anti-Monitor. Then we have the "Earth Angel" storyline of Supergirl Vol. 4 #10-20, 1997, in which Supergirl gained new angelic powers which included fiery wings and the power of teleportation.
Third on our list is Superman/Batman #8-13, published back in 2004. Hailing from Jeph Loeb and Michael Turner, it brought back Kara into DC's continuity as a teenager. At number two is the "Last Daughter of Krypton" storyline found in Supergirl Vol. 6 #1-7, in which the character’s origin story is once again reimagined and retold.
So what's our number one pick? Well, you'll have to watch the video above to find out!
What do you think of our list of seven essential Supergirl stories? Any other storyline part of your very own must-read list?
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.