61 years ago - John Standing-Bear is born in an Shoshone Tribe.
46 years ago - 15-year-old John, observing the native traditions of his tribe, earns a hereditary warrior status.
44 years ago - 17-year-old John enlists in the Marines.
39 years ago - 22-year-old John saves a girl from an attempted assault. He accidentally kills her attacker and is sent to prison.
36 years ago - 25-year-old John is released from prison. He returns home and participates in a vision quest, which guides him to the Manitou Cave. He is empowered by the Manitou Stone & becomes Super-Chief.
14 years ago - 47-year-old John discovers that he is dying and undertakes a quest to return the Manitou stone to the cave.
1 year ago - John's spirit is contacted by Manitou Raven through a fragment of the Manitou Stone to help Tye Longshadow control his powers.
Our decision to include Super-Chief in our modern continuity wasn't lightly made. Super Chief was a character out of history. He debuted in All-Star Western in the 60's, a comic that depicted lots of heroic western characters. Super-Chief stood out for a lot of reasons; obviously there's his amazing design with is severely badass, but there's also the straightforwardness of his basic concept. The inherent coolness of the idea was pretty evident, and he made several time-travel excursions into the 20th century.
A new version of the character was brought into the modern timeline in the post Infinite Crisis series 52. We've largely based our version of the character on this re-imagining of the hero; giving him a career with the Marines and a stint in prison for accidentally killing someone in an act of altruism. From there, however, we've changed the story considerably. The 52 version of Super-Chief didn't even live to see the end of the series. We gave him a long, fruitful career more like the original version of the character, fighting to protect the people of his tribal nation.
There is a version of Super-Chief that appeared briefly alongside Superman at one point, and we really like the association, but rather that invent a new, younger version of the character to partner with an experienced Clark, we went the other way, having young Clark meet and work with John even before he actually dons his Superman costume. Setting up Super-Chief as an early mentor to Superman is a fantastic way to establish him as a bastion of heroism. This also means moving his career a bit further back into the timeline, but that works pretty well for him.
We've even decided to give his story an actual end. It's simple, and (we think) elegant: When he discovers that he's dying, he has to return to Manitou Stone to it's cave, and chooses to make it a quest, traveling by foot across the country and having a series of small adventures. This allows the Manitou Stone to continue to unify the legacy of Native American characters, and It feels like a great way to wrap up a character that deserves a heroes end.