(January 1975)

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Volume:
38
Price:
0.60 USD
Pages:
100
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Brand:
The Line of DC Super-Stars
Editing:
Julius Schwartz; E. Nelson Bridwell
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US; then standard Modern Age US
Binding:
saddle-stitched (squarebound #334, 347, 360, 373, 437, 443, 449, 600)
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Additional sequences, synopses, and character appearances from Donald Dale Milne, 1/7/2006. Credits for pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics. [August 2007]


Superman Unleashes The World's Greatest Action Heroes! (Table of Contents)

Superman; Other DC heroes / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Nick Cardy (signed)
Inks:
Nick Cardy (signed)
Colors:
Tatjana Wood
Letters:
?
Job Number:
S-1862

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Adam Strange; Hawkman; Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Batman; the Atom [Ray Palmer]; the Black Pirate
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Color credits provided by Anthony Tollin.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Action Comics / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
H-1203

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman

Indexer Notes

Contents page.

At Last! Clark Kent--Superhero! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script:
Elliot S! Maggin
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
Tex Blaisdell
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
S-1839

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Steve Lombard; Josh Coyle; Oscar Asherman; Queen Bee [Zazzala](villain); Brainiac (villain); Clayface (villain); The Harpy (villain); Merlyn (villain); Ocean Master (villain); Sinestro (villain); Chronos (villain); Gorilla Grodd (villain); Green Arrow; Black Canary; The Flash [Barry Allen]; Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Batman; Aquaman; Red Tornado; Elongated Man; The Atom (all as the Justice League of America); a Guardian of OA; Warden Marwell
Synopsis:
Queen Bee captures all of the Justice League except Superman, who uses Kryptonian technology to reverse earth residents' perceptions of Clark Kent and Superman. This confuses Brainiac so that Superman can trace Queen Bee's Bee-Men back to her lair and free the Justice League, who then capture her and the other villains.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Fortress of Solitude

Indexer Notes

References Action Comics #424.

7 Threats in the 7 Seas! (Table of Contents)

The Sea Devils / recap / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
N-1173

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
The Sea Devils [Dane Dorrance; Biff; Judy; Nicky]; Mr. Neptune; Undersea Nero; Water Alien; Sea-Sorcerer; Coral Giant; Magnetic Monster
Synopsis:
One-panel recaps of stories from Sea Devils #2-3, 6-9, and 12.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

References Sea Devils #2-3, 6-9, and 12.

The Ghost of the Deep! (Table of Contents)

The Sea Devils / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Kanigher
Pencils:
Russ Heath
Inks:
Russ Heath
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Robert Kanigher
Job Number:
N-1146

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
The Sea Devils [Dane Dorrance; Judy; Biff; Nicky]; Circe Smith; Circe (from mytholgy)
Synopsis:
After watching a singer named Circe Smith at a nightclub, the Sea Devils appear to meat the mythological Circe during their next dive. She puts the male members into a contest and Dane abandons his oxygen tank, and when Judy tries to save him by sacrificing herself it jolts the boys out of their spell to save her.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This story could be explained as a nitrogen narcosis-induced dream of Judy's instead of a real adventure, as the male members have no memory of the adventure at the end of the story.

[none] (Table of Contents)

The Quiet Man / filler / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Mort Drucker?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
N-1213

Genre:
humor
Characters:
The Quiet Man; boy
Synopsis:
A boy is fishing is what appears to be shallow water, so The Quiet Man wades in. He is immediately submerged in deep water because the boy was standing on stilts.

[none] (Table of Contents)

Super-Puzzle / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Bob Rozakis
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
P-13

Indexer Notes

Answers on page 71, between sequences 9 and 10.

Revolt in Painted Canyon! (Table of Contents)

Matt Savage / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Gil Kane
Inks:
Joe Giella
Colors:
?
Letters:
Morris Waldinger
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth (editor); Julius Schwartz (assistant)
Job Number:
N-1145

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Matt Savage; Red; Clay; Mary Beth Hale; Luther Jones; Arizona Bill Pinto; Jed Crogan; Hank Blaine; Grant; Dixon; Biscuits Baker
Synopsis:
Matt concocts a ruse with his men to capture Jed Crogan and his men, who have been menacing a town and its ranchers.
Reprints:

[none] (Table of Contents)

What's The Difference Between... / filler / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
N-1214

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
definition of a mesa and a butte

The Super-brain of Adam Strange! (Table of Contents)

Adam Strange / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Carmine Infantino
Inks:
Sid Greene
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
N-1143

Genre:
science fiction; superhero
Characters:
Adam Strange; Alanna; Sardath
Synopsis:
Sardath attempts to control Adams Zeta-Beam visits to Rann but a side-effect gives Adam a super-evolved brain which also creates a brain-wave menace for the planet. When Alanna shuts down Sardath's machine all returns to normal but some of the brain-wave energy becomes frozen into a rock which Adam takes back to Earth.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

References Strange Adventures 235 and Action Comics 437. Continued in sequence 11: "Amazing Thefts of The I.Q. Gang!"

Amazing Thefts of the I.Q. Gang! (Table of Contents)

Hawkman / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Murphy Anderson
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Letterese
Job Number:
N-1144

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hawkman [Katar Hol]; Hawkgirl [Shayera Hol]; Ira Quimby [I.Q.]; I.Q. Gang (villains, intro)
Synopsis:
Ira Quimby' thinking is enhanced whenever he is near the rock that Adam Strange brought back to earth containing his super brain-waves. Ira constructs several super-science devices and executes crimes until defeated by Hawkman and Hawkgirl, and the rock eventually stops emitting the brain-waves.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Continued from sequence 9 "The Super-Brain of Adam Strange!"

Bird-Wings (Table of Contents)

filler / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
N-1215

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
examples of the varying structure of bird wings

[The Man in the Iron Mask] (Table of Contents)

The Black Pirate / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Sheldon Moldoff
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
M.C. Gaines (managing); Sheldon Mayer (editor)
Job Number:
N-1147

Genre:
historical
Characters:
The Black Pirate [Jon Valor]; King Philip of Spain; Don Carlos (dies); Count Valdez; jester
Synopsis:
Count Valdez and Don Carlos (the king's son) plot to place Don Carlos on the throne by imprisoning the king. But the jester tips off The Black Pirate, who rescues the king, imprisons Count Valdez and helps to kill Don Carlos.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision by Craig Delich (Dec. 2005) and verified by Moldoff in interview with Roy Thomas. Previously credited to Ted Udall and/or Gardner Fox.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman in Action / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Editing:
E. Nelson Bridwell
Job Number:
S-1870

Characters:
Superman (in logo)

Indexer Notes

Includes the reprint credits for the stories in this issue.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Superman Unleashes The World's Greatest Action Heroes!
    Superman; Other DC heroes
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Action Comics
  3. 2. At Last! Clark Kent--Superhero!
    Superman
  4. 3. 7 Threats in the 7 Seas!
    The Sea Devils
  5. 4. The Ghost of the Deep!
    The Sea Devils
  6. 5. [none]
    The Quiet Man
  7. 6. [none]
    Super-Puzzle
  8. 7. Revolt in Painted Canyon!
    Matt Savage
  9. 8. [none]
    What's The Difference Between...
  10. 9. The Super-brain of Adam Strange!
    Adam Strange
  11. 10. Amazing Thefts of the I.Q. Gang!
    Hawkman
  12. 11. Bird-Wings
  13. 12. [The Man in the Iron Mask]
    The Black Pirate
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Superman in Action
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