Action Comics Annual #10 [Variant Cover]
(March 2007)

DC, 1987 Series
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Price:
3.99 USD; 5.50 CAD
Pages:
52
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Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
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Brand:
DC [swirl]
Barcode:
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Editing:
Matt Idelson; Nachie Castro (associate)
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Modern Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

This issue is a variant of Action Comics Annual (DC, 1987 series) #10 [Standard Cover].


[Alternate Cover] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Gary Frank (signed)
Inks:
Gary Frank (signed)
Colors:
Brad Anderson
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Lois Lane
Reprints:

Table of Contents (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
? (illustration)
Inks:
? (illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Illustrated with pictures of Zod, Ursa, Non, and Bizarro from Action Comics #845 pages 10, 21, and 22.

The Many Deaths of Superman (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Geoff Johns; Richard Donner
Pencils:
Art Adams
Inks:
Art Adams
Colors:
Alex Sinclair
Letters:
Travis Lanham

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Lex Luthor; Mr. Mxyzptlk (cameo); Solomon Grundy (cameo); Black Adam (cameo); Silver Banshee (cameo); Mongul (cameo); Bizarro (cameo); Doomsday (cameo); Kalibak (cameo); Darkseid (cameo); Metallo (cameo); Kryptonite Man (cameo); Titano (cameo)
Synopsis:
Luthor imagines what it would take to kill Superman (red sun solar fire, magic, brutal force, or kryptonite), as he's walking through a jungle looking for and finding a kryptonite meteor.
Reprints:

Who is Clark Kent's Big Brother? (Table of Contents)

Clark Kent / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script:
Geoff Johns; Richard Donner
Pencils:
Eric Wight
Inks:
Eric Wight
Colors:
Lee Loughridge
Letters:
Travis Lanham

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Clark Kent; Mon-El [Lar Gand] (intro, origin); Lana Lang (cameo); Mr. Lang (cameo); Mrs. Lang (cameo); Ben Hubbard (photo, cameo); Pete Ross (cameo); Jonathan Kent; Martha Kent
Synopsis:
Young Clark Kent tries to stop a rocket from crashing. Out steps a floating boy, speaking Kryptonese, and then English. He said "Son of Jor-El," but doesn't remember anything. Clark takes him home, and the boy sees the S shield, and recognizes it as the symbol of the house of El. He doesn't remember his name, so they make one up for him: Mon-El. They both operate under cover for a while, but Mon-El starts dreaming in a weird language, and saying "You don't belong here." So together they decide to test his Kryptonian heritage by exposing him to Kryptonite. Clark takes a lead box out of the safe, but before he can open the Kryptonite, Mon-El collapses, and regains his memory, remembering he was Lar Gand. He remembers being a seeker on Daxam, and researching data from Krypton's destruction. A rocket that left just before had a message; of which all that could be made out was "Son of Jor-El." Lar decided to follow the path of that rocket, to see if any Kryptonian artifacts could be found, but when he approached Earth's solar system, a sunspot disrupted his ship, so that he crashed. Now he realizes he is dying, as lead is toxic to his people. They try to figure out what to do, when Mon-El spots the phantom zone projector, and asks to be put in the zone. Clark does so, vowing to find a cure one day.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Phantom Zone Projector

Indexer Notes

There are many homages to the first story of the Earth 1 Mon-El (from Superboy #89) in this story (particulary images on page 8). There is even a nod to post-crisis Valor (this Daxam circles the sun Valor).

Mystery Under the Blue Sun (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Geoff Johns; Richard Donner
Pencils:
Joe Kubert (signed)
Inks:
Joe Kubert (signed)
Colors:
Joe Kubert; Pete Carlsson
Letters:
Joe Kubert

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hawkmen; Hawkwomen; Bizarros; Bizarro World (intro)
Synopsis:
Several Hawkmen and Hawkwomen from Thanagar are investigating the loss of several police cruisers, and find them wrecked in the vicinity of a cubical planet. Bizarros appear, trash this cruiser too, and return to the Bizarro World.
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Secrets of the Fortress of Solitude (Table of Contents)

Superman / filler / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Geoff Johns; Richard Donner
Pencils:
Phil Jimenez
Inks:
Andy Lanning
Colors:
Jeromy Cox
Letters:
Travis Lanham

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

A cross section of the fortress, including the interplanetary zoo, Kandor, trophy room and museum, super science lab, and super weapons room.

The Criminals of Krypton (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Geoff Johns; Richard Donner
Pencils:
Rags Morales
Inks:
Mark Farmer
Colors:
Edgar Delgado
Letters:
Travis Lanham

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
General Zod (origin); Non (origin); Ursa (origin); Jor-El; Kryptonian Council; Lara (flashback, cameo); baby Kal-El (flashback, cameo); Scarlet Jungle; Phantom Zone; Phantom Zone Projector
Synopsis:
Zod, Non, and Ursa are being sentenced to the Phantom Zone by the Kryptonian Council. Flashback to an earlier time. Non, Jor-El's former teacher, is reviewing his findings about the planet's internal activities, and agrees that Krypton will explode within 90 days. But the General Zod, head of the Military Defense, interrupts and has them arrested (by Ursa). Non and Jor-El are warned not to discuss the heresy, and released. Jor-El starts working on a rocketship, but Non appeals to the people of Krypton instead, with Zod and Ursa observing. Zod starts to believe what Non is saying. But Non gets abducted, and lobotomized. Zod is outraged, and goes to Jor-El to have him join them in revolt. Jor-El cannot, as the council is needed to take quick action. Zod, Ursa, and Non try to take control anyway, but are defeated. Jor-El is made to be their jailer, and now is forced to exile them to the Phantom Zone.
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Indexer Notes

Much of this was derived from "Superman the Movie".

Superman's Top 10 Most Wanted! (Table of Contents)

Superman / filler / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Geoff Johns; Richard Donner
Pencils:
Tony Daniel
Inks:
Tony Daniel
Colors:
Brad Anderson
Letters:
Phil Balsman

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Lex Luthor; Brainiac; General Zod; Ursa; Non; Bizarro; Parasite; Mr. Mxyzptlk; Metallo; Toyman [Winslow Schott]
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Indexer Notes

Profiles of Superman's top villains.

The Deadliest Forms of Kyptonite (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Geoff Johns; Richard Donner
Pencils:
Gary Frank
Inks:
Jonathan Sibal
Colors:
Brad Anderson
Letters:
Phil Balsman

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Lex Luthor; Perry White (cameo); Lois Lane (cameo); Jimmy Olsen (cameo); Bizarro (cameo); Metallo
Synopsis:
Luthor talks about various kinds of kryptonite, imagining the effects of some of them. He ends up upgrading Metallo with all four kinds (green, red, blue, and gold) in preparation of starting a Revenge Squad.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Blue Kryptonite; Gold Kryptonite; Red Kryptonite

DC Nation #46 [January 31, 2007] WW 3 (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Dan Didio
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Dan explains the logic behind the creation and contents of the World War Three specials. Ads for Action Comics #847, Blue Beetle #11, Hawkgirl #60, and Action Comics Annual #10. Appears on page 50 in this issue.

[House Advertisements] (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 4 pages (report information)

Indexer Notes

House ads for: Superman/Batman, Green Lantern: Rebirth TP (1/2 page), Teen Titans (1/2 page), The Brave and the Bold, and 52 Action Figures. Appear in various places in this issue.

[Ads] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 6 pages (report information)

Indexer Notes

Total of 4 one-page and 1 two-page ads for: KillZone: Liberation (video game, Sony Computer Entertainment), Magic the Gathering (card game, Wizards of the Coast), Wii (game system, Nintendo, 2 pages), International Fight League (sports league), and got milk? with Vince Carter (milk). Appear in various places in this issue.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [Alternate Cover]
    Superman
  2. 1. Table of Contents
  3. 2. The Many Deaths of Superman
    Superman
  4. 3. Who is Clark Kent's Big Brother?
    Clark Kent
  5. 4. Mystery Under the Blue Sun
    Superman
  6. 5. Secrets of the Fortress of Solitude
    Superman
  7. 6. The Criminals of Krypton
    Superman
  8. 7. Superman's Top 10 Most Wanted!
    Superman
  9. 8. The Deadliest Forms of Kyptonite
    Superman
  10. 9. DC Nation #46 [January 31, 2007] WW 3
    DC Nation
  11. 10. [House Advertisements]
  12. 11. [Ads]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Bob Hughes
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jon Ingersoll
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Allen Ross