Action Comics #600 [Direct]
(May 1988)

DC, 1938 Series
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Price:
2.50 USD; 3.50 CAD; 1.00 GBP
Pages:
84
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines:
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand:
DC [bullet]
Editing:
Mike Carlin; Renee Witterstaetter (assistant)
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

This issue has variants.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
John Byrne; Kurt Schaffenberger; Dick Giordano; Curt Swan; Mike Mignola
Inks:
George Perez; Jerry Ordway; John Beatty; Murphy Anderson; Mike Mignola
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Wonder Woman; Jimmy Olsen; Lois Lane; Lex Luthor; Man-Bat
Reprints:
Keywords:
signal watch; Superman statues

Indexer Notes

Cover art is an homage to the cover of Superman Annual (DC, 1960 series) #7

Action Comics #600 (Table of Contents)

Superman; Wonder Woman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
John Byrne (signed)
Inks:
George Perez (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Wonder Woman [Diana]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Alternative cover for ACTION COMICS #600, fully lettered.

Different Worlds (Table of Contents)

Superman; Wonder Woman / comic story / 32 pages (report information)

Script:
John Byrne
Pencils:
John Byrne (breakdowns); George Perez (finishes)
Inks:
George Perez
Colors:
Tom Ziuko
Letters:
John Costanza
Job Number:
G-3579

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Wonder Woman [Diana]; Hermes; Myndi Mayer; Chrissie Fenton; VILLAINS: Darkseid; Desaad; Amazing Grace; Kalibak
Synopsis:
Hermes summons Wonder Woman to Olympus from her romantic meeting with Superman, and the Man of Steel follows, but they arrive in different locations. After Hermes explains to Diana that Olympus has been taken over by Darkseid, the New God toys with the heroes, making them battle, as he discusses with Desaad his plans. When Superman and Wonder Woman find Darkseid and point out that he has conquered nothing as the Olympians abandoned their home, Darkseid sets off explosives throughout Olympus and leaves. But Olympus immediately regenerates and Wonder Woman and Superman return home as friends.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story continues from ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (DC, 1987 series) #440 and from WONDER WOMAN (DC, 1987 series) #16. Story broken up into chapters: "Chapter One: First Date...," pp. 1-7; "Chapter Two: Fallen Idols," pp. 8-12; "Chapter Three: Broken Mirrors," pp. 13-20; "Chapter Four: Battle!," pp. 21-24; and "Chapter Five: This Hollow Victory...," pp. 25-32. Darkseid tells Desaad that the Olympian gods are creations of the same energy released by the battle of the old gods that created Apokalips and New Genesis, though Circe describes a very different process of the generation of the gods in Wonder Woman #19 when she explains to Diana that the New Gods had their genesis in the energy released by the Titans conflict with the Olympians.

[Superman and Friends] (Table of Contents)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Linda Medley (signed)
Inks:
Arthur Adams (signed)
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Mr. Miracle [Scott Free]; Wonder Woman [Diana]; Dr. Fate; Martian Manhunter [J'onn J'onzz]; Blue Beetle [Ted Kord]; Booster Gold [Michael Jon Carter]; Firestorm [Ronnie Raymond; Martin Stein]; Green Lantern [Guy Gardner]; Black Canary [Dinah Lance]; Creeper [Jack Ryder]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Captain Marvel [Billy Batson]; Flash [Wally West]; Robin [Jason Todd]

[True Love] (Table of Contents)

Lois Lane / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
John Byrne (plot); Roger Stern (script)
Pencils:
Kurt Schaffenberger
Inks:
Jerry Ordway
Colors:
Petra Scotese
Letters:
Bill Oakley
Job Number:
G-3579

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Lois Lane; Perry White; Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; VILLAINS: Cholly; George Kozak (first appearance)
Synopsis:
Lois is upset that the papers are saying that Superman and Wonder Woman are dating. Clark, knowing the truth, shows up at Lois' to talk, but then disappears to answer his signal watch (shown in the "Friend in Need" story in Sequence 8).
Reprints:

[Superman] (Table of Contents)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Jon Bogdanove (signed)
Inks:
Jon Bogdanove (signed)
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]
Reprints:

Games People Play (Table of Contents)

Lex Luthor / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
John Byrne
Pencils:
Dick Giordano
Inks:
John Beatty
Colors:
Tom Ziuko
Letters:
Albert DeGuzman
Job Number:
G-3579

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain Maggie Sawyer; Sgt. Dan Turpin; Pearl; Sandra; VILLAIN: Lex Luthor; Dr. Gretchen Kelley
Synopsis:
Lex threatens to reveal to the public that Maggie is a lesbian. Lex learns that he has kryptonite poisoning.
Reprints:

[Superman] (Table of Contents)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Kevin Maguire (signed)
Inks:
Dave Gibbons (signed)
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]

A Friend in Need (Table of Contents)

Jimmy Olsen; Superman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
John Byrne (plot); Roger Stern (script)
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Colors:
Tom Ziuko
Letters:
Albert DeGuzman
Job Number:
G-3579

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Jimmy Olsen; Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]
Synopsis:
Superman goes to Millersburg to answer Jimmy's signal watch, but weakens from kyptonite poisoning. Jimmy takes Superman to a cave and then goes for help.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story is continued in Sequence 10.

[Superman and Lois Lane] (Table of Contents)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Mike Zeck (signed)
Inks:
Mike Zeck (signed)
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Lois Lane; Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]
Reprints:

The Dark Where Madness Lies (Table of Contents)

Superman; Man-Bat / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
John Byrne
Pencils:
Mike Mignola
Inks:
Mike Mignola
Colors:
Petra Scotese
Letters:
Bill Oakley

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Man-Bat [Kirk Langstrom]; Hawkman [Carter Hall; Katar Hol] (cameo)
Synopsis:
Weakened by the kryptonite, Superman thinks Man-Bat is a monster and tries to destroy him. Once he comes to his senses, he sends Man-Bat for help.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story continues in SUPERMAN (DC, 1987 series) #18 (to be continued box erroneously states #19).

Re: Action Comics (Table of Contents)

Re: Action Comics / letters page / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script:
Renee Witterstaetter
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
L-3141

Indexer Notes

Letters from readers - D.L. Lambert, Jr., Brian E. and Chad S., Ray Randell, Chris Deese and Bartley J. Jinn, Jr. - and responses from Renee Witterstaetter.

Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Awards for 1987 (Table of Contents)

Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Awards for 1987 / filler / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

[Superman and Brainiac] (Table of Contents)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Walt Simonson (signed)
Inks:
Walt Simonson (signed)
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Brainiac [Vril Dox]

Indexer Notes

"This one's for Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster with thanks!"

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. Action Comics #600
    Superman; Wonder Woman
  3. 2. Different Worlds
    Superman; Wonder Woman
  4. 3. [Superman and Friends]
    Superman
  5. 4. [True Love]
    Lois Lane
  6. 5. [Superman]
    Superman
  7. 6. Games People Play
    Lex Luthor
  8. 7. [Superman]
    Superman
  9. 8. A Friend in Need
    Jimmy Olsen; Superman
  10. 9. [Superman and Lois Lane]
    Superman
  11. 10. The Dark Where Madness Lies
    Superman; Man-Bat
  12. 11. Re: Action Comics
    Re: Action Comics
  13. 12. Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Awards for 1987
    Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Awards for 1987
  14. 13. [Superman and Brainiac]
    Superman
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