Bizarrely, between 196 and 1963, DC published eight (count ’em!) Superman Annuals. Obviously some new definition of the word “annual” of which we were previously unaware. They were all giant-sized, square-bound tomes packed with reprint-y goodness, often based around a particular theme. This ad (from Lois Lane #22, 1961) is for the second of these “annuals”, which featured stories of the Man of Steel’s “greatest foes”. Fairly accurate billing for Brainiac and Bizarro perhaps — however, we still await the return of the “The Thing from 40,000 AD”…

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