Before the planet Krypton is destroyed, scientist and leader Jor-El secures his infant son Kal-El in a rocket that will transport him to an uncertain future on Earth.
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Young Clark Kent discovers the truth about his interplanetary heritage. Upon reaching adulthood, he assumes the identity of Superman, the Man of Steel, in the city of Metropolis.
Lex Luthor's diabolical plan to sell his Lexo-Skel Suit 5000 to Kaznian terrorists through corrupt agent John Corben is foiled by the Man of Steel.
The Toyman weaves a wicked web that snares two disparate victims: Metropolis thug Bruno Mannheim - and Lois Lane. Only Superman can uncover and thwart the Toyman's evil plan.
Lex Luthor discovers Superman's Achilles' heel: A deadly vulnerability to Kryptonite. Armed with this lethal information, the vile fiend sets out to destroy the Man of Steel once and for all.
After toxic chemicals transform unremarkable janitor Rudy Jones into the energy-draining Parasite, he imprisons Superman, intent on keeping the Man of Steel as his own personal power source.
Clark's childhood sweetheart, Lana Lang, arrives in Metropolis and is romanced by Lex Luthor. By the time Lana realizes that Lex is a dangerous criminal, she knows enough of his secrets to help Superman defeat him. But when Lex sees Superman and Lana together, he provides Lana with false information so he can trap the Man of Steel.
Superman is the target of yet another of Lex Luthor's evil schemes. Lex Luthor transforms terrorist John Corben into Metallo, a flesh and metal Kryptonite-hearted cyborg with evil intent and no emotions. Metallo's only mission is to destroy Superman. But once he discovers that he is more machine than man, Metallo attacks his creator and Superman must save Luthor from his own invention.
Brainiac, once Krypton's all-knowing planetary computer, comes to Earth as part of his information-gathering trek across the galaxy. But, as Superman discovers, Brainiac's intent after gathering the world's knowledge is to destroy the Earth.
Lobo, the infamous intergalactic bounty hunter, has been hired by the Preserver to capture Superman, the last known survivor of his race. Lobo and Superman fight their way into deep space, where the double-crossing Preserver captures them both - Lobo is also the last of his kind.
Superman and Lobo join forces to escape the Preserver and a wicked band of competing bounty hunters. After Lobo escapes to a tropical paradise, Superman transfers the Preserver's prisoners to the Fortress of Solitude.
Bruno Mannheim wants to destroy Superman. He and his Intergang terrorize Metropolis with high-tech weapons supplied by Kanto, an agent of Darkseid. Will Superman triumph over this new evil?
When embittered scientist Dr. Earl Garver goes into a coma before revealing the location of a ticking bomb, Superman risks enlisting the help of Parasite to drain the information from Garver's mind.