([March] 1979)

DC, 1974 Series
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Volume:
8
Price:
2.00 USD
Pages:
72
Indicia frequency:
quarterly
On-sale date:
1978-12-12
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand:
DC [bullet]
Barcode:
?
Editing:
Joe Orlando (Managing Editor); Paul Levitz; Vin Sullivan (original)
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Tabloid
Paper Stock:
Cardboard covers; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Leo O'Mealia
Inks:
Leo O'Mealia
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; Todd Klein (logo design)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Logo design credit from Todd Klein.

[Foreword] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jenette Kahn
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Jenette goes into the background of this book and its creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and dedicates this reprint to them. Appears on the inside front cover in this issue.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Leo O'Mealia
Inks:
Leo O'Mealia
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Reprints:

[Two page origin of Superman] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Joe Shuster
Inks:
Joe Shuster
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Shuster

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Ma (Mary) Kent (intro); Pa Kent (intro); Krypton
Synopsis:
After the planet Krypton is blown up, a couple finds a baby in a rocket and adopt him. The young boy grows up to be Superman.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Krypton

Indexer Notes

First version that mentions Krypton and foster parents. First line: "Just before the doomed planet, Krypton, exploded to fragments, a scientist placed his infant son within an experimental rocket-ship, launching it toward Earth!"

[Clark Kent gets a job] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Joe Shuster
Inks:
Joe Shuster
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Clark Kent; George Taylor (intro, not named); Bea Carroll (villain)
Synopsis:
Clark Kent applies for a job at the Daily Star, but is turned down until Superman stops a lynching and Clark phones in the story. Then Superman gets singer Bea Carroll to confess to the murder of Jack Kennedy.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Redrawn sequence edited out of the story from Action #1 when it was recut from comic strip format to comic book format. Superman wears red boots. In the Millennium Edition reprint, this untitled story is given the title of "Superman -- Champion of the Oppressed!" First line: "Outer waiting-room of the Daily Star..."

[The Coming of Superman] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Joe Shuster
Inks:
Joe Shuster
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Shuster?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; George Taylor (intro, not named); Lois Lane (intro); Daily Star; Evelyn Curry; Bea Carroll (villain); Butch Matson (villain); Senator Barrows (villain); Alex Greer (villain)
Synopsis:
Superman delivers a witness to the governor to stop an execution, then stops a wife-beater. Later Superman, as Clark Kent goes out with Lois, but she earns the wrath of Butch Matson and Superman must save her. Finally, Clark is assigned a story on the South American republic of San Monte. He heads to Washington DC to find out who is behind Senator Barrows pushing legislation which will embroil the United States in a war in Europe by grabbing lobbyist Alex Greer and scaring the truth out of him.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Continued in next story sequence. Superman wears blue boots in this story. First line: "A tireless figure races thru the night."

[Revolution in San Monte] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Joe Shuster
Inks:
Joe Shuster
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Alex Greer (villain); Emil Norvell (villain); Lois Lane; Lola Cortez; George Taylor (cameo)
Synopsis:
Clark Kent and Lois Lane go to San Monte in South America to cover the war brewing. Superman proves the war is being fomented by munitions manufacturers.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Evening News

Indexer Notes

Clark apparently works for the [Cleveland] Evening News, as he sends pictures there. Superman wears blue boots. First line: "As they topple like a plummet to the street below, eighty stories distant, Greer shrieks insanely the entire length of the building!"

Superman & Action Comics Invite You to Become a Charter Member of the Supermen of America (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Joe Shuster (illo)
Inks:
Joe Shuster (illo)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Supermen of America fan club application (initial launch). Illustration accompanying promo also used on the pinup on the back cover of the original.

Scientific Explanation of Superman's Amazing Strength--! (Table of Contents)

Superman / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Joe Shuster
Inks:
Joe Shuster
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Shuster?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Adapted (not reprinted) from page 1 in Action Comics #1.

[The Blakely Mine Disaster] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Joe Shuster
Inks:
Joe Shuster
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Shuster

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Clark Kent; George Taylor; Stanislaw Kober; Thornton Blakely (villain)
Synopsis:
Clark investigates accidents in a shoddily run mine.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Superman appears in only one panel in this story, wearing blue boots. In the Millennium Edition reprint, this untitled story is given the title of "Cave-In at the Blakely Mine!" First line: "A creaking of timber - an ominous rumble - and then, with a terrific crash, the Blakely coal mine caves in, entrapping a lone miner within its terrible confines!"

[Superman Plays Football] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Joe Shuster
Inks:
Joe Shuster
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Shuster

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Coach Randall (villain); Tommy Burke; Mary; Wallace Dodd (cameo)
Synopsis:
Superman impersonates a football player to straighten out a fixed game.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Evening News; football

Indexer Notes

Clark works for the Evening News in this story. Superman wears blue boots. In the Millennium Edition reprint, this untitled story is given the title of "Superman -- Football Hero!" First line: "Exhilarated by the demon Speed, a drunken, irresponsible driver races faster -- faster still!"

[Boys and Girls: Meet the creators of the one and only Superman - America's Greatest Adventure Strip!] (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Joe Shuster
Inks:
Joe Shuster
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Superman (inset); Jerry Siegel (photo); Joe Shuster (photo)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Has photos and bios of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. First line: "Boys and Girls: Meet the creators of the one and only Superman - America's Greatest Adventure Strip!"

[Biff Dugan] (Table of Contents)

Superman / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Joe Shuster
Inks:
Joe Shuster
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Biff Dugan (intro, villain); Sergeant Blake
Synopsis:
After Superman eludes Sergeant Blake by changing to Clark Kent, Clark blackmails the detective into allowing him a jailhouse interview with Biff Dugan. When Dugan escapes, Clark switches to Superman and returns Dugan to his cell.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First line: "Smashed desks, overturned filing cabinets, strewn plaster, gaping holes in the walls, shining steel fixtures drooping in sad caricature of their former modernistic splendor, greeted the startled Detective Sergeant's eyes as he swung open the office door to the firm Harvey Brown, Patent Attorney."

[House Advertisement] (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)


Reprints:

Indexer Notes

House ad for Action Comics #14 (July 1939).

[Pin-Up] (Table of Contents)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Joe Shuster
Inks:
Joe Shuster
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Illustration also used in reduced size in the Supermen of America promo in this issue.

[Ads] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 2 pages (report information)


Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Ads for new 576 page catalog of novelties from Johnson Smith & Co., with full pages of novelties available. The company's address has been blanked out in this reprint. Appears on pages 4 and 69 in this issue.

[Pin-up of Current Superman] (Table of Contents)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (signed)
Inks:
Dick Giordano (signed)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Appears on inside back cover in this issue.

[Pin-up of Future Superman] (Table of Contents)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (signed)
Inks:
Dick Giordano (signed)
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Reprints:
Keywords:
Metropolis [future]

Indexer Notes

Appears on the back cover of this issue.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. [Foreword]
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  4. 3. [Two page origin of Superman]
    Superman
  5. 4. [Clark Kent gets a job]
    Superman
  6. 5. [The Coming of Superman]
    Superman
  7. 6. [Revolution in San Monte]
    Superman
  8. 7. Superman & Action Comics Invite You to Become a Charter Member of the Supermen of America
  9. 8. Scientific Explanation of Superman's Amazing Strength--!
    Superman
  10. 9. [The Blakely Mine Disaster]
    Superman
  11. 10. [Superman Plays Football]
    Superman
  12. 11. [Boys and Girls: Meet the creators of the one and only Superman - America's Greatest Adventure Strip!]
  13. 12. [Biff Dugan]
    Superman
  14. 13. [House Advertisement]
  15. 14. [Pin-Up]
    Superman
  16. 15. [Ads]
  17. 16. [Pin-up of Current Superman]
    Superman
  18. 17. [Pin-up of Future Superman]
    Superman
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