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Series OverviewEdit

Color Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale
1 13 September 6, 1996 February 15, 1997
2 28 September 8, 1997 May 2, 1998
3 10 September 19, 1998 May 15, 1999
4 3 September 18, 1999 February 12, 2000

Season 1 (1996-1997)Edit

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1 "The Last Son of Krypton, Part 1" Brainiac Dan Riba Alan Burnett & Paul Dini September 6, 1996
Jor-El, a Kryptonian scientist and Council Member, rescues his son Kal-El from the dying planet by launching the baby to Earth.
2 "The Last Son of Krypton, Part 2" N/A Scott Jeralds & Curt Geda Alan Burnett & Paul Dini September 6, 1996
Young Clark Kent discovers his true identity; and as an adult presents himself to Metropolis as Superman.
3 "The Last Son of Krypton, Part 3" Lex Luthor & John Corben Bruce Timm & Dan Riba Alan Burnett & Paul Dini September 6, 1996
Superman thwarts a plot by Lex Luthor to sell the LEXO-SKEL SUIT 5000 to Kaznian terrorists, via their agent John Corben.
4 "Fun and Games" Toyman & Bruno Mannheim Kazuhide Tomonaga Robert N. Skir & Marty Isenberg September 7, 1996
Gangster Bruno Mannheim is running into problems with the mysterious Toyman, who uses children's toys and games to cause violence. When he abducts Mannheim and Lois, Superman must put a stop to his deadly games.
5 "A Little Piece of Home" Lex Luthor Toshihiko Masuda Hilary J. Bader September 14, 1996
During the opening of a museum, Superman tries to stop two robbers. He fails when he falls victim to the poisoning effects of Kryptonite, one of the exhibited rocks. Lex Luthor sees the surveillance tape of the event and determines that this must be Superman’s one and only weakness. Luthor orchestrates a scheme to trap Superman, place him in vicinity of the rock, and put an end to him once and for all.
6 "Feeding Time" Parasite Dan Riba Robert Goodman September 21, 1996
After toxic chemicals transform janitor Rudy Jones into the energy-draining Parasite, he imprisons Superman, intent on keeping the Man of Steel as his own personal power source.
7 "The Way of All Flesh" Lex Luthor & Metallo Kenji Hachizaki Stan Berkowitz October 19, 1996
Thanks to the orchestrations of Lex Luthor, terrorist John Corben becomes Metallo, a skin-covered cyborg with a Kryptonite heart. Luthor then sets the supervillain on a quest to kill Superman.
8 "Stolen Memories" Lex Luthor & Brainiac Curt Geda Rich Fogel November 2, 1996
Brainiac, once Krypton's all-knowing planetary computer, comes to Earth as part of his information-gathering trek across the galaxy, and partners with Lex Luthor on the basis of giving technological progress to humanity. But, Superman discovers Brainiac's intent after gathering the world's knowledge is to destroy the Earth.
9 "The Main Man, Part 1" The Preserver Dan Riba Paul Dini November 9, 1996
Intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo is employed to capture the Man of Steel for the rare-species-collecting Preserver, who is obsessed with keeping endangered species in captivity to protect them and prevent their extinction. Superman, the last Kryptonian, is the latest addition to his collection. Upon realizing that Lobo is the last Czarnian (having killed all the others himself), he betrays the bounty hunter and adds him to the collection as well.
10 "The Main Man, Part 2" The Preserver Dan Riba Paul Dini November 16, 1996
Superman and Lobo team up to escape the Preserver and a vile band of competing bounty hunters with their own vendetta against the "Main Man."
11 "My Girl" Lex Luthor Yuichiro Yano Hilary J. Bader November 23, 1996
Clark's high school sweetheart Lana Lang comes to Metropolis, and puts her own life in danger by trying to spy on Lex Luthor for Superman.
12 "Tools of the Trade" Bruno Mannheim & Darkseid Curt Geda Mark Evanier February 1, 1997
Bruno Mannheim's Intergang terrorizes Metropolis with hi-tech weapons from a mysterious backer, while SCU Inspector Dan Turpin goes on a personal hunt for answers.
13 "Two's a Crowd" Earl Garver & Parasite Hiroyuki Aoyama Stan Berkowitz February 15, 1997
When embittered scientist Earl Garver goes into a coma before revealing the location of a ticking bomb, Superman risks enlisting the Parasite to drain the information from Garver's mind.

Season 2 (1997-1998)Edit

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14 "Blasts From the Past, Part 1" Jax-Ur & Mala Dan Riba Robert Goodman September 8, 1997
Superman decides to release Mala, a Kryptonian criminal, from the Phantom Zone, but when Mala proves too power-hungry for this world, Superman tries to send her back. Mala escapes with the Phantom Zone Projector and releases Krypton's most notorious traitor, Jax-Ur.
15 "Blasts From the Past, Part 2" Jax-Ur & Mala Dan Riba Robert Goodman September 9, 1997
Superman and Professor Hamilton start building a new Phantom Zone projector to balance the odds. However Jax-Ur and Mala manage to send Superman into the Phantom Zone, and then destroy the Projector. As their decimating attacks on Metropolis begin, it's up to Lois and Professor Hamilton to rescue the Man of Steel in time.
16 "The Prometheon" The Prometheon Nobuo Tomizawa Stan Berkowitz & Alan Burnett September 12, 1997
A giant humanoid creature with incredible strength and heat-sapping abilities, falls to Earth and now threatens the planet. Superman must stop the creature's advance and send it back into outer space before it destroys Metropolis.
17 "Speed Demons" Weather Wizard Toshihiko Masuda Rich Fogel September 13, 1997
Superman and the Flash stage a charity race to find out who is the "Fastest Man Alive". But the villainous Weather Wizard plans to use the hero's power to his own advantage in order to become rich, even if it means the destruction of Metropolis.
18 "Livewire" Livewire Curt Geda Evan Dorkin & Sarah Dyer September 13, 1997
Leslie Willis, an obnoxious shock jock and notorious critic of Superman, holds a rock concert during a thunderstorm. When lightning strikes Willis, she is transformed into the electric-powered supervillainess Livewire, and begins her media-crazed rampage to drain Metropolis' power and kill Superman.
19 "Identity Crisis" Bizarro Curt Geda Robert Goodman & Joe R. Lansdale September 15, 1997
Superman encounters Bizarro, an imperfect genetic double of The Man of Steel, who tries to take Superman's place as Metropolis' hero.
20 "Target" Edward Lytener Curt Geda Hilary Bader September 19, 1997
Lois finds herself marked for death by a stalker, and it's up to her and Superman to find out who the mysterious aggressor is before it's too late.
21 "Mxyzpixilated" Mister Mxyzptlk Dan Riba Paul Dini September 20, 1997
Superman must repeatedly deal with Mr. Mxyzptlk a strange and powerful being from the fifth dimension, who can only be sent back to his own dimension when he says his own name backwards.
22 "Action Figures" Metallo Kenji Hachizaki Hilary Bader September 20, 1997
An amnesiac Metallo reemerges from the ocean and washes ashore a volcanic island. Two children find him and make him their friend. As Metallo gradually remembers more of his past, he becomes evil again and seeks revenge on Superman.
23 "Double Dose" Parasite & Livewire Yuichiro Yano Hilary Bader September 22, 1997
Livewire manages to escape from prison and tries to get revenge on Superman, but once again, she underestimates his skills. So, she convinces an unlikely ally - the Parasite - to help her in taking Superman out for good.
24 "Solar Power" Luminus Kazuhide Tomonaga Robert Goodman September 26, 1997
Lois' stalker Edward Lytener returns as Luminus to seek revenge against Superman, with a way to depower him by tinting the sunlight red to match the red Kryptonian sun.
25 "Brave New Metropolis" Lex Luthor Curt Geda Stan Berkowitz & Alan Burnett September 27, 1997
Lois is thrown into a parallel universe of Metropolis where Lex Luthor and Superman work together and rule as dictators. In this world, the alternate Lois Lane was killed and her death traumatized Superman enough to join forces with Lex to create a police state of control. When Lois learns how much Superman cared for her, she desperately seeks a way back home so she can share her true feelings for him as well.
26 "Monkey Fun" Titano Curt Geda Evan Dorkin & Sarah Dyer September 27, 1997
A monkey is found floating in space, returning from years of suspended animation in his ship. It turns out the monkey, named Titano, was a beloved companion of Lois during her childhood. In space, Titano encountered a radioactive asteroid, causing him to mutate on Earth and become big trouble for Superman and Metropolis.
27 "Ghost in the Machine" Lex Luthor & Brainiac Hiroyuki Aoyama Rich Fogel September 29, 1997
Brainiac’s consciousness takes control of LexCorp’s computer systems and traps Luthor in his own laboratory, forcing him to rebuild Brainiac’s primary body in secret. After Clark questions why Lex is missing from his office, Superman and Mercy Graves team up to investigate his disappearance.
28 "Father's Day" Kalibak Dan Riba Mark Evanier & Steve Gerber October 3, 1997
To curry his father’s favor, the New God brute Kalibak goes to Earth to destroy Superman. Meanwhile, Clark’s parents Jonathan and Martha Kent are visiting him in Metropolis for Father’s Day. The city takes a beating as the two sons battle it out.
29 "World's Finest, Part 1" Joker, Harley Quinn, Lex Luthor & Mercy Graves Toshihiko Masuda Alan Burnett, Paul Dini & Rich Fogel October 4, 1997
The Joker steals a large piece of Kryptonite and then comes to Metropolis, offering to kill Superman for Lex Luthor in exchange for one billion dollars. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne pays a visit to Metropolis to negotiate a business deal with Lex. Bruce also uses this opportunity to suit up as Batman and hunt the clown. Superman uses his X-ray vision to discover Batman's identity, but in turn Batman uses a tracking device on Superman's cape to discover his.
30 "World's Finest, Part 2" Joker, Harley Quinn, Lex Luthor & Mercy Graves Toshihiko Masuda Alan Burnett, Paul Dini & Steve Gerber October 4, 1997
The Joker kidnaps Lois Lane and uses her as bait in an attempt to kill Superman. First Superman wears a lead suit, but Joker uses acid from his flower to melt through the suit. Batman manages to stop him and save the two, causing Lex Luthor to become irritated and give the Joker one last chance to defeat the two heroes.
31 "World's Finest, Part 3" Joker, Harley Quinn, Lex Luthor & Mercy Graves Toshihiko Masuda Alan Burnett, Paul Dini & Steve Gerber October 4, 1997
Lois ends her romance with Bruce Wayne when she discovers that he is Batman. Lex Luthor tries to end his alliance with the Joker, but the Joker turns the tables and kidnaps Lex and steals a powerful aircraft to attack Metropolis.
32 "Bizarro's World" Bizarro Hiroyuki Aoyama Robert Goodman October 10, 1997
Bizarro, after visiting Superman's Fortress of Solitude, learns of the destruction of Krypton and attempts to recreate the destruction in Metropolis.
33 "The Hand of Fate" Karkull Dan Riba Hilary Bader & Stan Berkowitz October 11, 1997
When an evil demon named Lord Karkull is unleashed, Superman attempts to enlist the aid of the now retired wizard superhero, Doctor Fate.
34 "Prototype" Corey Mills Curt Geda Hilary Bader October 11, 1997
LexCorp and John Henry Irons design a powerful prototype armor suit for the Metropolis SCU, which Lex hopes will make Superman’s services unneeded. The SCU officer who pilots the suit, Sergeant Mills, proves a useful partner to Superman at first, but the suit soon corrupts the officer’s mind, making him violently unstable. Irons is discouraged over the failure of his project, but Superman convinces him that it would be a valuable tool if Irons can find a way to stabilize it.
35 "The Late Mr. Kent" Kurt Bowman Kenji Hachizaki Stan Berkowitz November 1, 1997
Clark Kent has evidence to clear a condemned man from the death sentence, but the situation complicates when Superman survives a murder attempt on Clark planned by dirty cop, Detective Bowman. Superman doesn’t want to sacrifice his dual identity, but he doesn’t want an innocent man to be killed for a crime he didn’t commit.
36 "Heavy Metal" Metallo Curt Geda Hilary Bader November 8, 1997
John Henry Irons, an ex-employee of LexCorp, has lately been developing a new, advanced suit for himself. When Superman is caught off guard from the reappearance of Metallo, Irons must suit-up as Steel to help the Man of Steel.
37 "Warrior Queen" De'Cine Curt Geda Hilary Bader November 22, 1997
Maxima, the stuck-up queen of an alien empire, discovers her perfect mate - Superman. She takes Superman back to her native planet only to learn she has been deposed due to public outrage against her.
38 "Apokolips...Now!, Part 1" Bruno Mannheim & Darkseid Dan Riba Rich Fogel & Bruce W. Timm February 7, 1998
Bruno Mannheim and Intergang have returned to Earth, but their antics are only a prelude to Darkseid’s all-out assault on Earth and Superman. The courageous officer Dan Turpin helps Superman fight off swarms of Apokolips’ demons. They limp on until a warrior from New Genesis, named Orion, arrives to assist them in the war. Orion, who is badly hurt is taken to STAR Labs for medical attention. Orion recovers quickly and explains the essential facts of the history between the two worlds and that Darkseid seeks to dominate Earth.
39 "Apokolips...Now!, Part 2" Darkseid Dan Riba Rich Fogel & Bruce W. Timm February 14, 1998
After a successful attempt to stop Darkseids plans, the invasion of Earth begins and Superman gets captured and tortured. The people of Metropolis resist and try to fight the evil lord. Superman manages to free himself from his bonds and subsequently a fleet of New Genesis ships arrives to stop Darkseid. Orion informs Darkseid that the ruler of New Genesis; the wise and powerful High Father has placed Earth under his protection and as such any further aggression will breach the peace treaty between New Genisis and Apokolips. Superman is able to stop Darkseid's advance, but not without losses.
40 "Little Girl Lost, Part 1" Granny Goodness Curt Geda Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Evan Dorkin & Sarah Dyer May 2, 1998
Superman discovers Kara, the last survivor of a Kryptonian colony named Argo, who takes the identity of his cousin and becomes Supergirl. Anxious to fight crime like Superman, Kara soon gets more than she asked for as she and Jimmy Olsen stumble upon a teenage Intergang operation, led by the sadistic Granny Goodness.
41 "Little Girl Lost, Part 2" Granny Goodness & the Female Furies Curt Geda Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer & Rich Fogel May 2, 1998
Supergirl and Jimmy are able to eradicate Granny’s manipulative hold over the teenagers, but the mistress of Apokolips wants revenge. She summons her Female Furies to teach Supergirl some manners. Suddenly, Superman comes to the rescue and fights the furies, but they manage to defeat him and take him to Apokolips to face Darkseid. It's now up to Supergirl to rescue her long lost cousin.

Season 3 (1998-1999)Edit

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42 "Where There's Smoke" Volcana Dan Riba Hilary J. Bader September 19, 1998
Superman gets caught in the middle of a fight between Volcana, a woman with powerful paranormal skills, and the government agents that want to turn her into a weapon.
43 "Knight Time" Brainiac Curt Geda Robert Goodman October 10, 1998
Superman learns that the Dark Knight has been missing from Gotham for some time now. Superman finds Robin, who has been battling all the crime in Batman’s absence. Disguised as Batman, Superman helps Robin investigate why his partner has disappeared, leading to a confrontation with Brainiac.
44 "New Kids in Town" Brainiac Butch Lukic Stan Berkowitz & Rich Fogel October 31, 1998
Brainiac travels back in time from the year 2979 to destroy a young Clark Kent before he can become Superman. The Legion of Superheroes, however, send three of their own to stop him: Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy, and Chameleon Boy.
45 "Obsession" Toyman Dan Riba Andrew Donkin & Ron Fogelman November 14, 1998
Lana Lang is in Metropolis managing a series of fashion shows featuring the latest top model, Darci. Coincidently, there have been numerous attacks at these shows, all involving robots and toys sent by the twisted Toyman. He is trying to kidnap Darci, but what is her connection to him?
46 "Little Big Hand Man" Mister Mxyzptlk & Bizarro Shin-Ichi Tsuji Paul Dini & Robert Goodman November 21, 1998
Mister Mxyzptlk, returns and tricks Bizarro into attacking Superman. The Man of Steel must use both brawn and intellect to fight the formidable duo.
47 "Absolute Power" Jax-Ur & Mala Butch Lukic Hilary J. Bader & Alan Burnett January 16, 1999
Jax-Ur and Mala have escaped from the Phantom Zone and have subjugated an entire planet, ironically dubbing it “New Krypton.” After rescuing a distraught spaceship from a black hole, Superman stumbles upon New Krypton. At first, he feels he should leave Jax-Ur and Mala alone to rule as they please, but he reconsiders when he sees they are secretly creating a navy with the intent of attacking Earth.
48 "In Brightest Day…" Sinestro Butch Lukic Hilary J. Bader February 6, 1999
A member of the Green Lantern Corps crash-lands on Earth and passes his ring on to Kyle Rayner – a Daily Planet artist who becomes the next Green Lantern. With Superman’s help, Kyle learns the power of the ring and quickly becomes a valuable partner. They work together to battle the power-hungry, ruthless opponent Sinestro.
49 "Superman's Pal" Metallo Kazumi Fukushima Robert Goodman February 20, 1999
Jimmy Olsen garners unwanted attention after news reporter Angela Chen dubs him “Superman’s Pal”. Jimmy soon runs into more trouble than usual, so Superman must come to his rescue more often. Meanwhile, Jimmy has begun dating a young Daily Planet intern, who has a “thing” for metal. She uses Jimmy to lure Superman into a trap – a confrontation with one of Superman’s strongest enemies...Metallo.
50 "A Fish Story" Lex Luthor Shin-Ichi Tsuji Hilary J. Bader & Rich Fogel May 8, 1999
Creatures of the sea are acting in strange and aggressive ways lately. It turns out Lex Luthor is undergoing an unethical, underwater experiment and has also imprisoned the legendary Aquaman. Lois and Clark must help Aquaman before a war breaks out between Earth and the City of Atlantis.
51 "Unity" Unity Shin-Ichi Tsuji Paul Dini & Rich Fogel May 15, 1999
Supergirl must save Smallville, and the world, from the Reverend, a gargantuan scouting probe disguised as a human reverend named Powell, as well as its master, an even larger alien parasite that wishes to unite Earth's inhabitants in perpetual unity.

Season 4 (1999-2000)Edit

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52 "The Demon Reborn" Ra's Al Ghul Dan Riba Rich Fogel September 18, 1999
Ra's Al Ghul and his League of Shadows arrive in Metropolis to steal a mythical staff currently on exhibit. Ra's intends to use the staff to steal Superman’s powers and transfer them to himself. It is up to Batman to locate and rescue Superman from the immortal foe.
53 "Legacy, Part 1" Darkseid Curt Geda Rich Fogel February 5, 2000
Darkseid brainwashes Superman into believing he was raised on Apokolips and that he is loyal to the dark ruler. Superman has been missing from Metropolis for some time, so Supergirl steps in to maintain peace in the city. Darkseid turns Superman loose against Earth to use his victim to attack his own adopted home world.
54 "Legacy, Part 2" Darkseid Dan Riba Paul Dini & Rich Fogel February 12, 2000
Lex Luthor halts the invasion by temporarily weakening Superman. The Man of Steel has time to recover from Darkseid’s control, but he is imprisoned by the military and is sentenced to death. Lois helps Superman escape so he may pursue Darkseid. On Apokolips, the two titans have an epic final battle to conclude the series.

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