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Cover of Action Comics #1, which featured the debut of Superman.
Cover of Action Comics #1, which featured the debut of Superman.

Action Comics is the comic book series that [[first appearance|introduc Cover of Action Comics #1. ... Cover of Action Comics #1. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ...

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ed the world]] to Superman, the first major superhero character as the term is popularly defined. The publisher was originally known as Detective Comics, Inc., and later as National Comics and as National Periodical Publications, before taking on its current name of DC Comics, a subsidiary of Time Warner. Superman is a fictional character and superhero of DC Comics who first appeared in Action Comics #1 in 1938 and is considered the first character to embody the particular combination of traits that characterize the modern superhero. ... Superman and Batman, two of the most recognizable and iconic superheroes. ... Categories: Comics stubs | Batman | DC Comics titles ... DC Comics is one of the largest companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Time Warner Inc. ...

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Publication History

Superman

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster saw their creation, Superman, launched in Action Comics #1 in June 1938. The dynamic "Man of Steel" was an instant hit, and he permanently changed the medium of comic books and comic strips by formalizing a new fantasy subgenre. Action Comics was soon followed by the Superman comic book series in 1939, along with a wealth of other comics starring numerous costumed superheroes. Jerome (Jerry) Siegel (October 17, 1914 - January 28, 1996) was the co-creator of Superman, the first of the great comic book heroes and one of the most recognizable fictional characters from the 20th century. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ...


As of 2006, Action Comics is still in publication, having recently passed its 800th issue. This makes it the second-highest number American comic book series, after Dell Comics' Four Color. Dell Comics was the comic book publishing arm of Dell Publications, which got its start in pulp magazines. ... One of the earlier issues of Four Color, featuring Walt Disneys Donald Duck. ...


Hiatus

Cover of Action Comics #800. Art by Drew Struzan.
Cover of Action Comics #800. Art by Drew Struzan.

Action Comics is the second-longest running DC Comics series after Detective Comics; however, it cannot claim to have had an uninterrupted run, as it went on hiatus for three months twice, once in 1986 (when the regular Superman books were suspended during the publication of John Byrne's The Man of Steel six-issue limited series, and again in 1992 (when the Superman books went on a 3-month hiatus following the "Death of Superman" and "Funeral for a Friend" stories). In 1988, DC Comics tried unsuccessfully to return the format of the comic to an anthology and publish it on a weekly basis, but it returned to a monthly format less than a year later. (However, the temporary increased frequency of issues allowed Action to surpass the older Detective Comics in the number of individual issues published.) Another departure from a strict monthly schedule were the giant-size Supergirl reprint issues of the 1960s (published as a 13th issue annually). This image is the cover of an individual issue of a comic book. ... This image is the cover of an individual issue of a comic book. ... Drew Stuzan Artist Drew Struzan with his famously distinctive signature Drew Struzan (born 1947) is an American artist. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Categories: Comics stubs | Batman | DC Comics titles ... John Byrne John Lindley Byrne (born July 6, 1950, Walsall) is a British-born naturalised American author and artist of comic books. ... The Man of Steel is a nickname often used to describe the nearly indestructible comic book superhero, Superman. ... The limited series is a term referring to a comic book series with a set finite number of issues. ...


Early Anthology

Originally, Action Comics was an anthology title featuring a number of other stories in addition to the Superman story. Zatara, a magician, was one of the other characters who had their own stories in early issues. (Zatanna, a heroine introduced in the 1960s, is Zatara's daughter.) There was also the hero Tex Thompson, who eventually became Mr. America and later the Americommando. Vigilante also enjoyed a lengthy run in this series. Sometimes stories of a more humorous nature were included, such as those of Hayfoot Henry, a policeman who talked in rhyme. Gradually the size of the issues was decreased as the publisher was reluctant to raise the cover price from the original 10 cents, so there were fewer stories. For a while, Congo Bill and Tommy Tomorrow were the two features in addition to Superman (Congo Bill eventually gained the ability to swap bodies with a gorilla and his strip was renamed Congorilla), but soon after the introduction of Supergirl in issue #252 (May 1959) the non-Superman-related strips were crowded out of Action altogether. Since then, it has generally been an all-Superman comic, though other backup stories, such as The Human Target occasionally appear. Giovanni John Zatara, aka simply Zatara, was a fictional magician appearing in various publications of DC Comics, beginning with 1938s Action Comics #1, which was also the first appearance of Superman. ... Zatanna (nicknamed Zee) is a fictional character, a superheroine in the DC Comics universe. ... Vigilante is the name used by several fictional characters appearing in DC Comics. ... Hayfoot Henry was a DC Comics character of the 1940s who made his debut in All Funny Comics, then moved to Action Comics, where he had a feature story in issues #78 through #118, with one final appearance in issue #123. ... Congo Bill was a long running DC Comics adventure comic strip, first published in More Fun Comics #56 (June, 1940). ... Congo Bill was a long running DC Comics adventure comic strip, first published in More Fun Comics #56 (June, 1940). ... The various incarnations of Supergirl. ... The Human Target is an American comic book character created by Len Wein and Carmine Infantino: a unique private detective and bodyguard named Christopher Chance who operates by impersonating his clients in order to eliminate threats to his principal, hence the idea of becoming a Human Target. ...


Action Comics Weekly

For a bit less than a year in 1988-1989, the publication frequency was changed to weekly and the title became Action Comics Weekly; this change lasted from issue #601 to issue #642. During this time, Superman appeared only in a two page story per issue; however, he was still the only character to appear in every issue of the run.


To boost the profile of Action Comics Weekly, prior to its launch DC canceled its ongoing Green Lantern title Green Lantern Corps and made Green Lantern and his adventures exclusive to Action Comics Weekly. The move was largely a failure, as many fans felt the Action Comics Weekly stories were of extremely poor quality. Green Lantern was soon moved out of the title and relaunched with a new series in 1989. Cover to Green Lantern: Rebirth #6, art by Ethan Van Sciver. ...


The rest of these issues featured rotating serialized stories of other, mostly minor, DC heroes, as try-outs that led to their own limited series. Characters with featured stories in the run included Black Canary, Blackhawk, Catwoman, Deadman, Nightwing, Phantom Lady (Dee Tyler), Phantom Stranger, Secret Six, Speedy, and Wild Dog. Black Canary is a female superhero in the DC Comics universe. ... Blackhawk #12 (Autumn, 1946), Quality Comics. ... Catwoman (real name Selina Kyle) is a DC Comics character created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane. ... Deadman is a DC Comics superhero created by Arnold Drake and Carmine Infantino in the comic book series, Strange Adventures, specifically in issue #205 (October 1967). ... In comic books published by DC Comics, Richard John Dick Grayson is Batmans first ward (later adopted son), and the first person to fight crime with him using the superheroic identity of Robin, becoming one of comicdoms most important and popular characters. ... Phantom Lady #17 (April, 1948), Fox Feature Syndicate. ... The Phantom Stranger is a fictional character of unspecified paranormal origins who battles mysterious and occult forces in various titles published by DC Comics, sometimes under their Vertigo imprint. ... Secret Six is the name of three distinct DC Comics fictional teams. ... Speedy is the name of two DC Comics superheroes, both of whom have served as teenaged sidekicks for the Green Arrow (a. ... Wild Dog is the name of a DC Comics character created by Max Allan Collins and Terry Beatty. ...


Awards

Action Comics #687 through 689 were part of The Reign of the Supermen storyline, which won the 1993 Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award for Favorite Comic Book Story that year.[1] The cover of Superman #75 The Death of Superman was a comic book story featured in Superman #75 (January 1993), and the catalyst for DC Comics major universe crossover event of 1993 with the umbrella title The Death and Life of Superman, becoming a major media event. ... Comics Buyers Guide (CBG) is the longest-running periodical reporting on the comic book industry. ...


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Action Comics should not be confused with Action, the controversial British comic of the 1970s.
Action Comics is the comic book series that introduced the world to Superman, the first major superhero character as the term is popularly defined.
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