DC Master Reading Order

The first part of the order contains all the Pre-Crisis comics and ends with the Crisis on Infinite Earths event.  The beginning of the order starts off heavily with the Superman Family but gradually other characters are brought in.  A lot of the Golden and Silver age comics rely on extreme amounts of coincidence for their plots,  which doesn’t always make for the easiest reading.  If you are mainly interested in the Post-Crisis DC Universe you should skip this part and begin reading at Part 2.

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Not including events
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7

Black entries are ongoing series
Green entries are Limited series
Red entries are One-Shots
Orange are alternate universe stories
Blue is for comments

Part 1

Action Comics #6 – Superman’s Phony Manager. First appearance of Jimmy Olsen

Detective Comics #27 – First appearance of Batman

Batman #1 (1940) – First appearance of Joker, Catwoman

Action Comics #60 – Lois Lane – Superwoman

Superman #30

All-American Comics #61 – Fighters Never Quit. First appearance of Solomon Grundy

DC Special #29

Superman #45 – Lois Lane, Superwoman!

Golden Age Secret Files and Origins #1 (2001)

Superman #53

Batman #47

Superman #61

Superman #76

The Golden Age #1 (1993)
The Golden Age #2
The Golden Age #3
The Golden Age #4

Adventure Comics #210 – The Superdog from Krypton. First appearance of Krypto

Superman #90

Adventure Comics #214 – The Dog of Steel

Detective Comics #235

DC: The New Frontier #1 (2004)
DC: The New Frontier #2
DC: The New Frontier #3
DC: The New Frontier #4
DC: The New Frontier #5
DC: The New Frontier #6

Adventure Comics #239 – The Super-Tricks of the Dog of Steel

Showcase #9 – The New Lois Lane
Showcase #10 – The Sightless Lois Lane

Superboy #64 – The Rebel Super-Dog

Adventure Comics #247 – First appearance of the Legion of Super-Heroes

Superboy #65

Action Comics #242 – First appearance of Brainiac

Superboy #68 – First appearance of Bizarro

Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane #5 – The Fattest Girl in Metropolis

Superman #129

Action Comics #252 – First appearance of Supergirl, Metallo

Adventure Comics #259 – The Blind Boy of Steel

Action Comics #254

Adventure Comics #262 – The Colossal Super-Dog

Adventure Comics #266 – The Super-Pranks of Krypto

Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane #14 – Three Nights in the Fortress of Solitude

Adventure Comics #271
Adventure Comics #272 – The Super-Star of Hollywood

Superman #141

Superboy #85

World’s Finest #113

Superman #143 – Bizarro Meets Frankenstein

Tales of the Bizarro World #1 (2000) – Collects back-ups from Adventure Comics #285-299

Superman #147

Action Comics #277 – The Battle of the Super-Pets

Superboy #89
Superboy #90

The Flash #123

Superman #149

Green Lantern Vol. 2 #13

Showcase #37 – First appearance of the Metal Men
Showcase #38
Showcase #39
Showcase #40

Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #61

The Flash #131

Superman #156

Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane #39 – The Kryptonian Courtship

Superman #159 – Lois Lane, the Supermaid from Earth

The Flash #137

Superman #161
Superman #162

Metal Men #1 (1963)
Metal Men #2
Metal Men #3
Metal Men #4
Metal Men #5

Superman #164

Batman #156

Superman #167
Superman #168

My Greatest Adventure #80 – First appearance of the Doom Patrol
My Greatest Adventure #81
My Greatest Adventure #82
My Greatest Adventure #83
My Greatest Adventure #84
My Greatest Adventure #85

After My Greatest Adventure #85 the series was retitled Doom Patrol.

Superman #169

Action Comics #318
Action Comics #319

The Flash #148

Metal Men #6
Metal Men #7
Metal Men #8
Metal Men #9
Metal Men #10
Metal Men #11
Metal Men #12

Doom Patrol #86
Doom Patrol #87
Doom Patrol #88
Doom Patrol #89
Doom Patrol #90
Doom Patrol #91
Doom Patrol #92
Doom Patrol #93
Doom Patrol #94
Doom Patrol #95
Doom Patrol #96
Doom Patrol #97
Doom Patrol #98
Doom Patrol #99
Doom Patrol #100

Superman #174

Adventure Comics #322 – The Super Tests of the Super-Pets

The Flash #155

Metal Men #13
Metal Men #14
Metal Men #15
Metal Men #16
Metal Men #17
Metal Men #18

Deadman #1 (1985)
Deadman #2
Deadman #3
Deadman #4
Deadman #5
Deadman #6
Deadman #7

Deadman Vol. 2 #1 (1986)
Deadman Vol. 2 #2
Deadman Vol. 2 #3
Deadman Vol. 2 #4

Superboy #126 – Krypto’s Family Tree

Action Comics #334

Doom Patrol #101

Challengers of the Unknown #48

Doom Patrol #102
Doom Patrol #103
Doom Patrol #104
Doom Patrol #105
Doom Patrol #106
Doom Patrol #107
Doom Patrol #108
Doom Patrol #109
Doom Patrol #110
Doom Patrol #111
Doom Patrol #112
Doom Patrol #113
Doom Patrol #114
Doom Patrol #115
Doom Patrol #116
Doom Patrol #117
Doom Patrol #118
Doom Patrol #119
Doom Patrol #120
Doom Patrol #121

Superboy #131 – The Dog from S.C.P.A.

Metal Men #19
Metal Men #20
Metal Men #21
Metal Men #22
Metal Men #23
Metal Men #24
Metal Men #25
Metal Men #26

Action Comics #340 – First appearance of Parasite

Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane #68

Adventure Comics #352
Adventure Comics #353

Action Comics #347

The Brave and the Bold #71

Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #104

Metal Men #27
Metal Men #28
Metal Men #29
Metal Men #30
Metal Men #31
Metal Men #32

Action Comics #360

Showcase #73 – First appearance of The Creeper

Beware the Creeper #1 (1968)
Beware the Creeper #2
Beware the Creeper #3
Beware the Creeper #4
Beware the Creeper #5
Beware the Creeper #6

The Brave and the Bold #80

Adventure Comics #369
Adventure Comics #370

Justice League of America #70

Aquaman #40
Aquaman #41
Aquaman #42
Aquaman #43
Aquaman #44
Aquaman #45
Aquaman #46
Aquaman #47
Aquaman #48

Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #113

Action Comics #373

Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #1 (1969)
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #2
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #3
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #4
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #5
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #6
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #7
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #8
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #9
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #10
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #11

The Brave and the Bold #85

Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #122

Green Lantern Vol. 2 #76
Green Lantern Vol. 2 #77
Green Lantern Vol. 2 #78
Green Lantern Vol. 2 #79
Green Lantern Vol. 2 #80
Green Lantern Vol. 2 #81
Green Lantern Vol. 2 #82
Green Lantern Vol. 2 #83
Green Lantern Vol. 2 #84
Green Lantern Vol. 2 #85
Green Lantern Vol. 2 #86
Green Lantern Vol. 2 #87
Green Lantern Vol. 2 #88
Green Lantern Vol. 2 #89

Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #131

Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane #106

Detective Comics #411

Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #12
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #13
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #14
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #15
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #16
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #17
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #18
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #19
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #20

Detective Comics #418

Superman #233
Superman #234
Superman #235
Superman #236
Superman #237
Superman #238

Superman #240
Superman #241
Superman #242

Batman #232

House of Secrets #92

Batman #234
Batman #235

Batman #237

Superman #247

Batman #240

The Brave and the Bold #100

Batman #242
Batman #243
Batman #244

Swamp Thing #1 (1972) – First appearance of Swamp Thing
Swamp Thing #2
Swamp Thing #3
Swamp Thing #4
Swamp Thing #5
Swamp Thing #6
Swamp Thing #7
Swamp Thing #8
Swamp Thing #9
Swamp Thing #10
Swamp Thing #11
Swamp Thing #12
Swamp Thing #13

Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #21
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #22
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #23
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #24
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #25
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #26
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #27
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #28

The Brave and the Bold #106

Batman #250
Batman #251

Read Jack Kirby’s Fourth World here.

Detective Comics #437

Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #29
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #30
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #31
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #32
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #33
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #34

Detective Comics #439

Wrath of The Spectre #1 (1988) – Reprints Adventure Comics #431-440.
Wrath of The Spectre #2
Wrath of The Spectre #3
Wrath of The Spectre #4

Superman #283

Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #35
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #36
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #37
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #38
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #39
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #40
Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 #41

Superman #287 – Who was that Dog I Saw You With Last Night?

Detective Comics #447
Detective Comics #448
Detective Comics #449
Detective Comics #450

Joker #3

1st Issue Special #7

Superman #292

Super-Team Family #2

Plastic Man 80-Page Giant #1 (2004)

Detective Comics #457

Superman #301

The Brave and the Bold #129
The Brave and the Bold #130

Justice League of America #135
Justice League of America #136
Justice League of America #137

Action Comics #467 – A Superman’s Best Friend is His Superdog

Secret Society of Super-Villains #9
Secret Society of Super-Villains #10

Action Comics #472
Action Comics #473

Detective Comics #469
Detective Comics #470
Detective Comics #471
Detective Comics #472
Detective Comics #473
Detective Comics #474
Detective Comics #475
Detective Comics #476
Detective Comics #477
Detective Comics #478
Detective Comics #479

Batman #290
Batman #291
Batman #292
Batman #293
Batman #294

The Brave and the Bold #136

Read Aquaman: Death of a Prince here.

Showcase #100

Action Comics #484

Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #241
Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #242
Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #243
Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #244
Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #245

The Brave and the Bold #143
The Brave and the Bold #144

DC Comics Presents #8

DC Comics Presents #12

DC Comics Presents #14

The Flash #275
The Flash #276
The Flash #277
The Flash #278
The Flash #279
The Flash #280
The Flash #281
The Flash #282
The Flash #283
The Flash #284

Action Comics #507
Action Comics #508

Superman #349

DC Comics Presents #28
DC Comics Presents #29

The Brave and the Bold #168

New Teen Titans #1 (1980)
New Teen Titans #2 – First appearance of Deathstroke
New Teen Titans #3
New Teen Titans #4
New Teen Titans #5
New Teen Titans #6
New Teen Titans #7

Batman #332
Batman #333
Batman #334
Batman #335

Detective Comics #500

Tales of the Green Lantern Corps #1 (1981)
Tales of the Green Lantern Corps #2
Tales of the Green Lantern Corps #3

Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #277
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #278
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #279
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #280
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #281
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #282
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #283

Superman Annual #9

DC Comics Presents #34

The Flash #300

The Brave and the Bold #178

Phantom Zone #1 (1982)
Phantom Zone #2
Phantom Zone #3
Phantom Zone #4

Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #284
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #285
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #286
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #287
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #288
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #289

New Teen Titans #8
New Teen Titans #9
New Teen Titans #10
New Teen Titans #11
New Teen Titans #12
New Teen Titans #13
New Teen Titans #14
New Teen Titans #15
New Teen Titans #16
New Teen Titans #17
New Teen Titans #18

The Brave and the Bold #185

The Brave and the Bold #187

Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #290
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #291
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #292
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #293
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #294

New Teen Titans #19
New Teen Titans #20

Tales of the New Teen Titans #1 (1982)
Tales of the New Teen Titans #2
Tales of the New Teen Titans #3
Tales of the New Teen Titans #4

New Teen Titans #21
New Teen Titans #22
New Teen Titans #23
New Teen Titans #24
New Teen Titans #25

New Teen Titans Annual #1 (1982)

New Teen Titans #26
New Teen Titans #27

Detective Comics #523

Batman #357

Detective Comics #524

Batman #358

Detective Comics #525

Batman #359

Detective Comics #526

The Brave and the Bold #197

Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #295
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #296
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #297
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #298
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #299
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #300

New Teen Titans #28
New Teen Titans #29
New Teen Titans #30
New Teen Titans #31
New Teen Titans #32
New Teen Titans #33
New Teen Titans #34

New Teen Titans Annual #2

Action Comics #544
Action Comics #545
Action Comics #546

Superman #385
Superman #386

Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #301
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #302
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #303

Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 Annual #2

Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #304
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #305
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #306
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #307
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #308
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #309
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #310
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #311

New Teen Titans #35
New Teen Titans #36
New Teen Titans #37

Batman and The Outsiders #5

New Teen Titans #38
New Teen Titans #39
New Teen Titans #40

After New Teen Titans #40 the series is retitled Tales of the Teen Titans.

Tales of the Teen Titans #41

Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #20
Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #21
Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #22
Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #23
Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #24
Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #25
Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #26
Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #27
Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #28
Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #29
Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #30
Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #31

Swamp Thing Vol. 2 Annual #2

DC Comics Presents #71

Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #312
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #313

After Legion of Super-Heroes #313 the series is retitled Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes #314
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes #315

Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2 Annual #3

Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes #316
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes #317
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes #318
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes #319

Tales of the Teen Titans #42
Tales of the Teen Titans #43
Tales of the Teen Titans #44

Tales of the Teen Titans Annual #3

Tales of the Teen Titans #45
Tales of the Teen Titans #46
Tales of the Teen Titans #47

All-Star Squadron #36
All-Star Squadron #37

Superman vs. Shazam #1 (2013) – Collects All-New Collectors’ Edition #58, DC Presents #33-34, 49, Annual #3.

Tales of the Teen Titans #48
Tales of the Teen Titans #49
Tales of the Teen Titans #50
Tales of the Teen Titans #51
Tales of the Teen Titans #52

Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes #320
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes #321
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes #322
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes #323
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes #324
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes #325

Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #32
Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #33
Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #34
Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #35
Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #36
Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #37 – First appearance of John Constantine
Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #38
Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #39
Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #40
Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #41
Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #42
Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #43

Green Lantern Vol. 2 #188 – Mogo Doesn’t Socialize

Superman Annual #11

Tales of the Teen Titans #53
Tales of the Teen Titans #54
Tales of the Teen Titans #55

New Teen Titans Vol. 2 #1 (1984)
New Teen Titans Vol. 2 #2
New Teen Titans Vol. 2 #3
New Teen Titans Vol. 2 #4
New Teen Titans Vol. 2 #5

Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 3 #1 (1984)
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 3 #2
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 3 #3
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 3 #4
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 3 #5

Superman #416

Lois Lane #1 (1986)
Lois Lane #2

Batman #400

Read Crisis on Infinite Earths here.

Superman #423 – Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?

Action Comics #583

Legend of Wonder Woman #1 (1986)
Legend of Wonder Woman #2
Legend of Wonder Woman #3
Legend of Wonder Woman #4

Legionnaires 3 #1 (1986)
Legionnaires 3 #2
Legionnaires 3 #3
Legionnaires 3 #4