Action Comics

Publisher: DC
Published: Jun 1938
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  • 1st appearance of Superman
  • 1st appearance of Lois Lane
  • 1st appearance of Zatara (Zatanna's father) and Tex Thompson (becomes Mr. America)
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  • 2nd appearance of Superman
  • 2nd appearance of Lois Lane and Zatara
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  • 3rd appearance of Superman
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  • 4th appearance of Superman
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  • Early Superman story
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  • 1st appearance of Jimmy Olsen referred to only as Office Boy
  • 1st time the term "Man of Steel" appears (newspaper headline)
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  • 2nd cover appearance of Superman
  • 1st time "Superman" is in print on a comic book cover
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  • 1st cover homage of a painting by N.C. Wyeth
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  • Early Superman story
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  • 3rd cover appearance of Superman
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  • Debut of Superman's X-Ray Vision
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  • Advertisement for Detective Comics #27, Batman's 1st appearance
  • 1st cover appearance of Zatara
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  • 1st appearance of Ultra-Humanite (1st Superman supervillain)
  • Advertisement for Superman #1
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  • 1st appearance of Clip Carson
  • 2nd appearance of Zatara
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  • Advertisement for the 1939 World's Fair
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  • 1st appearance of Lex Luthor (with red hair)
  • 1st mention of The Daily Planet
  • 1st appearance of Black Pirate
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  • 1st cover appearance of Lois Lane
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  • Debut of Krypto Ray Gun
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Mr. America (aka Tex Thompson)
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  • Origin of Congo Bill (becomes Congorilla)
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  • 1st appearance of Star-Spangled Kid
  • 1st appearance of Stripsey (Star-Spangled Kid's sidekick)
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  • 1st appearance of Vigilante
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  • 1st appearance of Billy Gunn
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  • 1st appearance of Stuff the Chinatown Kid (Vigilante's sidekick)
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  • 1st cover appearance of Lex Luthor
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  • 1st appearance of the Prankster
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  • Mr. America becomes Americommando
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  • 3rd cover appearance of Lois Lane
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  • Racist WWII propaganda
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  • Lois Lane as Superwoman
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  • 1st appearance of Toyman
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  • 2nd appearance of Mr. Mxyzptlk
  • 1st cover appearance of Mr. Mxyzptlk
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  • 1st team appearance of Hocus Pocus (Doc and Flannelhead)
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  • 1st time Superman flies
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  • Early Golden Age super-villain team-up (Lex Luthor, the Prankster and Mr. Mxyztplk)
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  • Origin of Superman retold
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  • Debut of Green Kryptonite
  • *the first classic representation of Kryptonite
  • *in Action Comics #141, Lex Luthor synthesizes Kryptonite that is green in appearance but ineffective
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  • 1st issue of Action Comics published during the Silver-Age (1956-1970)
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  • 'Death of Superman' story
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  • 1st appearance of the Fortress of Solitude
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Brainiac
  • 1st appearance of the Bottle City of Kandor (Krypton's capital city)
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  • 1st appearance of Congorilla (formerly Congo Bill)
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  • 1st appearance of Supergirl
  • 1st appearance of Metallo
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  • 2nd appearance of Supergirl
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Bizarro 1
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  • 1st appearance of Bizarro Lois Lane
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  • 1st appearance of Streaky the Supercat
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Bizarro World
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  • 3rd appearance of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  • 1st meeting of the Legion and Supergirl
  • 1st appearance of Chameleon Boy
  • 1st appearance of Invisible Kid
  • 1st appearance of Colossal Boy
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  • Debut of Red/Green Kryptonite
  • *causes mutations, an extra eye on the back of Superman's head in this issue
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  • 1st appearance of Sun Boy, Phantom Girl, Triplicate Girl, Bouncing Boy, Shrinking Violet and Braniac 5
  • Supergirl joins the Legion of Super-Heroes
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  • Supergirl is introduced to the world
  • Classic cover art by Curt Swan
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  • Origin of Comet the Superhorse
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  • Anniversary of Action Comics issue #300
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  • 1st appearance of the Black Flame (Zora Vi-Lar)
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  • Appearance of President John F. Kennedy who had been assassinated days before the issue went on sale
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  • Debut of Jewel Kryptonite
  • *enhances the mental abilities of criminals trapped inside the Phantom Zone to affect events throughout the universe
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  • 1st appearance Zigi and Zagi
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  • 1st appearance of Parasite
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  • 1st appearance of Bizarro Supergirl and Bizarro Jr.
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  • Cover art by Neal Adams
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  • Cover art by Neal Adams
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  • Cover art by Neal Adams
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  • Giant-Size issue featuring Supergirl
  • Origin of Supergirl
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  • 2nd appearance of Parasite
  • Cover art by Neal Adams
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  • Cover art by Neal Adams
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  • Cover art by Neal Adams
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  • Cover art by Neal Adams
  • Superman contracts Virus X, a Kryptonite-based disease capable of killing him
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  • Cover art by Neal Adams
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  • Cover art by Neal Adams
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  • Cover art by Neal Adams
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  • Cover art by Neal Adams
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  • Giant-Size issue featuring Supergirl
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  • Anniversary of Action Comics issue #400
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  • 1st appearance of Human Target
  • Classic cover art by Neal Adams
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  • 1st appearance of Captain Horatio Strong, a character reminiscent of Popeye who gains his strength from an organic seaweed called Sauncha
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  • Classic cover art by Neal Adams
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  • 1st appearance of Toyman (Jack Nimball)
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  • 1st artwork on Green Arrow by Mike Grell
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  • 1st appearance of Blackrock
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  • 1st appearance of Faora Hu-Ul, a serial killer targeting Kryptonian males
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  • 1st appearance of Supermobile
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  • 1st appearance of Microwave Man
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  • Anniversary of Action Comics issue 500
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  • 1st team appearance of H.I.V.E.
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  • 1st appearance of Vixen, the first black female member of the Justice League of America
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  • Debut appearance of Lex Luthor's Warsuit
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  • 1st professionally published story in the comic book industry by Mark Waid
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  • Written by Alan Moore titled "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?" part 2
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Sleez, a troll-like alien from the sewers of Apokolips
  • 1st appearance of a pimp named "Fancy Man"
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  • Controversial story
  • Sleez, an alien from Apokolips, nearly succeeds in using mind-control to produce a sex-tape for Grossman Pictures starring Superman and Big Barda
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  • 1st appearance of Silver Banshee
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  • 1st team appearance of Checkmate, a governmental intelligence agency led by Amanda Waller
  • Metropolis is misspelled on the cover
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  • Anniversary issue celebrating Superman's 50th year
  • Cover homage to Superman Annual #7
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  • 1st team appearance of the second Secret Six
  • Death of Katma Tui
  • Mockingbird's identity revealed
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  • 1st appearance of the second Phantom Lady, Dee Tyler
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  • 1st appearance of Maxima
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  • Clark Kent tells Lois Lane that he is Superman
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  • 1st appearance of the second Atomic Skull (Joe Martin)
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  • "Death of Superman" part 2
  • Cameo appearance of Doomsday escaping prison
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  • "Death of Superman" part 7
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  • Cover art by Jackson Guice is an homage to Action Comics #1
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  • 1st full appearance of the Eradicator (as The Last Son of Krypton, Superman)
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  • Debut of Superman's black costume
  • Return of 'The Last Son of Krypton' the real Superman who died fighting Doomsday
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  • Anniversary of Action Comics issue #700
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  • 1st appearance of Demolitia, a new vigilante using Bloodsport's tech
  • Cover swipe of Bloodsport's 1st appearance in Superman #4 (1987)
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  • 1st appearance of Encantadora
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  • 1st appearance of Scarlet Scythe
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  • 1st team appearance of The Elite: Manchester Black, Coldcast, Menagerie and The Hat
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  • Cover art by Drew Struzan is an homage to Action Comics #1
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  • 1st appearance of Natasha Irons as Steel
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  • 1st appearance of Livewire in regular DC continuity
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  • 1st appearance of Christopher Kent AKA Lor Zod, the son of General Zod and Ursa
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  • 1st appearance of General Zod, Non and Ursa as they are represented in the Superman movie
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  • Christopher Kent revealed to be Lor-Zod, the son of General Zod and Ursa
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  • Recalled cover depicts Clark Kent drinking a beer
  • Re-released with Clark Kent drinking a soda pop
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  • 1st cover appearance of Death in regular DC continuity (from Vertigo's Sandman)
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  • 1st appearance of Rogal Zaar, a villain named after the doctor who saved Brian Michael Bendis's life after he contracted MRSA
  • Cover art by Jim Lee
  • Interior stories and art by various notable creators
  • Includes a previously unpublished Curt Swan illustrated story
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  • Beginning of Brian Michael Bendis's run on the series
  • 1st appearance of Red Cloud
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  • Origin of Red Cloud
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  • 1st appearance of Leone, a new antagonist with unknown motives
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  • Introduction of a synthesized Kryptonite that provides a temporary disguise (Superman appears to be an African-American man who goes by the name 'Chaz'
  • Continued lead-in to Leviathan crossover
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  • Reintroduction of Manhunter (Kate Spencer) in costume
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  • Debut of Red Cloud new, upgraded powers
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  • 1st crossover appearance of Naomi
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