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Superman: Birthright is a twelve-issue comic book limited series published by DC Comics in 2003 - 2004, written by Mark Waid and drawn by Leinil Francis Yu.

Originally, this series was to be Superman's new origin story, updating it for more modern readers. However, after the events of Infinite Crisis, both this series and 1986's The Man of Steel miniseries, by John Byrne, have been removed from continuity in favor of a new origin story that has yet to be told. A portion of the new origin appeared in Action Comics #850, which showed Kal-El being born moments before going into his ship and being sent to Earth.

The story mostly follows Superman's early years, including meeting Lois Lane and his first confrontation with Lex Luthor in Metropolis. In the series, Luthor combines kryptonite with advanced technology to discover the history of Krypton, then uses that knowledge to fake an alien invasion and cause the populace to fear Superman.

Collected in Superman: Birthright.

12 issues in this volume Add Issue Reverse sort

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