World’s Finest: Five Memorable Supergirl Team-Ups
This week the fans of DC’s TV shows finally get to see the live-action comic book crossover that we’ve all been waiting for, as Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl on CBS gets a visit from a new friend from another reality when The CW’s The Flash, played by Grant Gustin, makes his first appearance on her show.
We’re beyond excited to see what happens when these two DC heroes team-up on the screen, because it looks like the story could capture all the joy of superheroics that sometimes gets lost in other adaptations of the genre. To mark the occasion, we’ve put together a list of some of Supergirl’s best team-up stories in comics, featuring Egyptian queens, unrequited loves, and many, many Draculas.
“Supergirl’s Three Super Girlfriends” – Action Comics #276 (1961)
This story is not only notable for being Supergirl’s first encounter with the Legion of Super-Heroes, but also the first appearances of several classic Legionnaires.
When Supergirl is upset that she has no female friends to confide in about being a superhero, she’s invited to join the Legion by Saturn Girl, Phantom Girl and Triplicate Girl. In the 30th Century, she meets Brainiac 5 who asks her to stay and be his girlfriend, but she declines due to her commitments in her own time.
“The Revolt Of The Super-Chicks” – The Brave and The Bold #63 (1965)
While thoroughly of its time in more than just the title, this issue of The Brave and the Bold is notable for being the first Supergirl/Wonder Woman team-up. When Supergirl quits heroics to be a fashion model, Superman asks Wonder Woman to step in and convince her to return.
Instead, Wonder Woman and Supergirl both fall in love with exotic European men, but when they vacation together they run into the villain Multi-Face and after defeating him, realize they both love being superheroes more than anything.
“Cleopatra, Queen of America” – Superman Family #171 (1975)
Supergirl and Batgirl is one of the strongest friendships in comics, regardless of the incarnation of either hero. This story sees Batgirl and Supergirl team-up to take on a British student who has taken on the mantle of Queen Cleoptra after being imbued with power by a magical staff.
Queen Cleopatra of America takes over Congress and sends the Justice League of America after Supergirl, but she is eventually defeated when the “real” Cleopatra (Batgirl in a disguise) tricks her, and Supergirl throws the staff into the sun.
“Terror in the Third Dimension” – Batgirl #14 (2010)
Another Batgirl/Supergirl team-up, this time it’s Stephanie Brown and post-Crisis Kara Zor-El who team-up on Stephanie’s campus when a particle accelerator is turned on for one second and grants life to the image of Dracula on a nearby cinema screen.
Except, because the film runs at twenty-four frames per second, Supergirl and Batgirl have to team-up to track down twenty-four Draculas running amok in Gotham. The issue is a fun romp with the two heroes finding Draculas in bizarre situations, and turns quite emotional at the end with the last remaining Dracula who just wants to live.
“Fast & Faster” – Supergirl #16 (2013)
This issue starts with a fight as The Flash tries to rescue Supergirl from The Fortress of Solitude, unaware that she doesn’t want to leave. They soon team up when they accidentally end up in the Fortress’ zoo, which is packed with alien animals from around the universe.
It’s a fun-issue buried in a mediocre crossover featuring two characters that don’t interact much in comics, and it’s worth checking out if you enjoy either character’s television incarnation, although they are very different in the comics.