Action Comics #863 [Limited Edition Variant Cover]
(May 2008)

DC, 1938 Series
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Price:
2.99 USD; 2.99 CAD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
2008-04-02
Publisher's Age Guidelines:
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics
Brand:
DC [swirl]
Barcode:
76194120001986321
Editing:
Matt Idelson; Nachie Castro (associate)
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 is a variant of Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #863 [Direct].

This cover features Superman, by Gary Frank (10 issues for 1 issue mixture).


[Alternate Cover] (Table of Contents)

Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Gary Frank
Inks:
Gary Frank
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

For every 10 copies of the standard edition, retailers were allowed to order one copy of the variant edition.

Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes Chapter 6: Sun Rise (Table of Contents)

Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script:
Geoff Johns
Pencils:
Gary Frank
Inks:
Jon Sibal
Colors:
Dave McCaig
Letters:
Rob Leigh

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Earth-Man [Absorbancy Boy]; Legion of Super-Heroes [Brainiac 5; Colossal Boy; Chameleon Girl [Yera Allon]; Sun Boy; Polar Boy (cameo); Shrinking Violet (cameo); Shadow Lass (cameo); Lightning Lass (cameo); Timber Wolf (cameo); Lightning Lad (cameo); Dawnstar (cameo); Ultra Boy (cameo); Night Girl (cameo); Cosmic Boy (cameo); Saturn Girl (cameo); Blok (cameo); Phantom Girl (cameo); Invisible Kid [Jacques Foccart] (cameo); Wildfire (cameo)]; Dr. Zoidberg (from Futurama)
Synopsis:
In the 31st century, as the fight in Justice League headquarters continues, Earth-Man pushes a powerless Superman toward Earth, protected only by his flight ring. Superman's Legion colleagues free Chameleon Girl, and unhook Sun Boy from the machine. But the sun won't change until Sun Boy is awakened, which falls to Chameleon Girl. Earth-Man has destroyed Superman's flight ring in low Earth orbit, pushing him to plunge into the sidewalk in front of the old Legion headquarters. But as he approaches, the sun turns back to yellow, and he gets his powers back. He frees some aliens that were just rounded up, and scolds an officer for imprisoning them. But Earth-Man arrives, and uses the stolen Legionnaires powers to fight Superman. But the rest of the Legion arrives, and join the battle. Superman delivers the final blow, knocking out Earth-Man. He and the Legion then confront the invasion force, and convince them to stand down. As the Legion gets ready to return Superman to his time, he reminisces about the first time they did so, and he remembers not feeling so alone anymore.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story continued from the previous issue. One of the alien prisoners being rounded up on page 6 appears to be Dr. Zoidberg from the "Futurama" TV show.

[Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds trailer] (Table of Contents)

Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes / promo (ad from the publisher) / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils:
George Perez

Indexer Notes

Special preview of Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds. Appears on pages 31 and 33 in this issue.

DC Nation 106 [March 26, 2008] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Ian Sattler
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

Ian previews the new Reign in Hell miniseries. Ads for Action Comics #864, Blue Beetle #25, Countdown #5, and Trials of Shazam #12. Appears on page 34 in this issue.

[House Advertisements] (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 6 pages (report information)

Indexer Notes

House ads for: Final Crisis (Injustice), Final Crisis (The Day Evil Won), Justice League The New Frontier Special, Batman R.I.P., Justice Society of America: Thy Kingdom Come Part 1 hardcover, and Titans (Together). Appear in various places in this issue.

[Ads] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 4 pages (report information)

Indexer Notes

Total of 4 one-page ads for: Yogos (fruit snacks, Kellogg's), Toxic Waste (sour candy, Candy Dynamics), New York ComicCon (comic convention, Read Exhibitions), and Sweetarts Rope (candy, Wonka). Appear in various places in this issue.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [Alternate Cover]
    Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes
  2. 1. Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes Chapter 6: Sun Rise
    Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes
  3. 2. [Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds trailer]
    Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes
  4. 3. DC Nation 106 [March 26, 2008]
    DC Nation
  5. 4. [House Advertisements]
  6. 5. [Ads]
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