Action Comics #900 [Variant Cover A]
(June 2011)

DC, 1938 Series
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Price:
5.99 USD
Pages:
100
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
2011-04-27
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics
Brand:
DC [swirl]
Barcode:
76194120001990021
Editing:
Matt Idelson; Wil Moss (assistant editor)
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) #900 [Direct]. There exist further variants.

Three covers were initially done for this issue; the main one featuring Superman and Lex Luthor, this variant one featuring Superman breaking chains, and another variant one featuring Superman throwing a car (5 issues for 1 issue mixture for each variant).

"Printed by Quad/Graphics, Montreal, QC, Canada. 04/15/11."

The indicia for this issue has an incorrect date of May 2011, the cover has the correct month (June).

This issue is rated T for Teen.


[Variant Cover A] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Adam Hughes
Inks:
Adam Hughes
Colors:
Adam Hughes ?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
Superhero
Characters:
Superman
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

The Black Ring Finale Reign of Doomsday (Table of Contents)

Superman; Lex Luthor / comic story / 51 pages (report information)

Script:
Paul Cornell
Pencils:
Pete Woods (pages 1-3, 8-14, bottom of 22-24, 28-39, 41-46); Jesus Merino (pages 4-7, 25-27, 40, 47-51); Dan Jurgens (page 15); Rags Morales (signed, page 16); Ardian Syaf (page 17); Jamal Igle (pages 18, top of 19); Gary Frank (bottom of page 19 through top of 22)
Inks:
Pete Woods (pages 1-3, 8-14, bottom of 22-24, 28-39, 41-46); Jesus Merino (pages 4-7, 25-27, 40, 47-51); Norm Rapmund (page 15); Rags Morales (signed, page 16); Ardian Syaf (page 17); Jon Sibal (pages 18 and top of 19); Gary Frank (bottom of page 19 through top of 22)
Colors:
Brad Anderson (pages 1-3, 8-24, 28-39, 41-46); Blond (pages 4-7, 25-27, 40, 47-51)
Letters:
Rob Leigh

Genre:
Superhero
Characters:
Superman; Lois Lane; Doomsday; Steel [John Henry Irons]; Superboy [Kon-El]; Supergirl [Kara Zor-El]; Cyborg Superman [Hank Henshaw]; Eradicator; Lex Luthor; General Zod (flashback, cameo); Ursa (flashback, cameo); Non (flashback, cameo); Jor-El (flashback, cameo); Lara (flashback, cameo); Chris Kent [Lor-Zod] (flashback, cameo); Jonathan Kent (flashback, cameo, death); Martha Kent (flashback, cameo); Robot Lois Lane [RoboLois]; Death of the Endless (cameo); Vandal Savage (cameo); Red Lanterns (cameo); Batman [Bruce Wayne] (cameo); Perry White (cameo); Jimmy Olsen (cameo); Steve Lombard (cameo); Larfleeze (cameo); Deathstroke (cameo); Gorilla Grodd (cameo); Brainiac (cameo); Joker (cameo); Phantom Zone Creature (flashback)
Synopsis:
Having combined with the Phantom Zone creature, Luthor has achieved enormous power, and draws Superman to him to break him, but can't. The creature reasserts itself, causing Luthor to grant absolute happiness to all, but he gives that up by continuing to try to destroy Superman. Meantime Doomsday has kidnapped several heroes. Superman joins them, but together they find that Doomsday himself is held captive and they've been fighting three Doomsday clones, each with different powers.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story continued from the previous issue and from Superboy (DC, 2010 series) #6, and continues in the next issue. "Very special thanks to Neil Gaiman".

The credits for the specific pages weren't indicated in the book itself, but Pete Woods and Jamal Igle have both confirmed the pages that they did with this indexer.

A Celebration of 900 Issues of Action Comics (Table of Contents)

Superman / table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Adam Hughes
Inks:
Adam Hughes
Colors:
Adam Hughes ?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
Superhero
Characters:
Superman

Indexer Notes

This is a table of contents (with credits) for the remaining stories in this issue. The background is from Variant Cover A for this issue.

Life Support (Table of Contents)

Jor-El / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Damon Lindelof
Pencils:
Ryan Sook
Inks:
Ryan Sook
Colors:
Ryan Sook ?
Letters:
John J. Hill

Genre:
Superhero
Characters:
Jor-El; brilliant scientist; Kal-El (cameo)
Synopsis:
Jor-El asks a brilliant scientist to design a life support system for a small rocket in three days. The scientist realizes the ramifications for his own family, and asks for one night before he starts.
Reprints:

Autobiography (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Paul Dini
Pencils:
R. B. Silva
Inks:
Rob Lean
Colors:
Java Tartaglia
Letters:
John J. Hill

Genre:
Superhero
Characters:
Superman; Sarva; I'iawa (flashback); Krypto (cameo)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Superman helps out a powerful space-faring creature, and records his history.

Friday Night in the 21st Century (Table of Contents)

Clark Kent / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Geoff Johns
Pencils:
Gary Frank
Inks:
Gary Frank
Colors:
Brad Anderson
Letters:
John J. Hill

Genre:
Superhero
Characters:
Clark Kent [Superman]; Lois Lane; Legion of Super-Heroes [Dawnstar; Wildfire; Blok; Ultra Boy; Lightning Lad; Shadow Lass; Cosmic Boy; Phantom Girl; Brainiac 5; Polar Boy; Night Girl; Saturn Girl; Colossal Boy; Lightning Lass; Timber Wolf]
Synopsis:
Lois thinks Clark needs some time with his friends, and invites the Legion of Super-Heroes over for dinner.
Reprints:

The Incident (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
David S. Goyer
Pencils:
Miguel Sepulveda
Inks:
Miguel Sepulveda
Colors:
Paul Mounts
Letters:
Rob Leigh

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Gabriel Wright; Darkseid (cameo); Royal Flush Gang (cameo)
Synopsis:
Superman meets with the President's National Security Advisor, and describes why he took the actions he did in Iran, and that he's planning on renouncing his U.S. citizenship.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Camp David; citizenship; Tehran -- Iran

Indexer Notes

This story generated a lot of controversy, as Superman had earlier (and following this issue) stood for "Truth, Justice, and the American Way," but here Superman says that '"Truth, Justice and the American Way"-- it's not enough anymore.' The day after the issue went on sale, DC Comics co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan Didio issued a statement printed in the New York Post that said "Superman is a visitor from a distant planet who has long embraced American values. As a character and an icon, he embodies the best of the American Way". And the author chimed in on July 19th in an interview with Entertainment Weekly and said "It was also interesting to me that people thought it was a slight against America. It wasn’t meant to be that at all. He was actually trying to protect America from what he intended to do." And then in editor Matt Idelson's semi-regular question and answer session at SupermanHomePage.com in August, he was asked for his personal feelings on the story, and responded among other things that "Had I done a better job of making clear to the readers that the stories in the back may or may not fit into continuity, and are simply a celebration of the character from a diverse set of writers and artists, perhaps things wouldn't have been so loud." The notoriety probably was the cause of the issue selling out two days after it was put on sale.

Camp David is captioned as being in Frederick, Maryland, when the closest town to it is really Thurmont, Maryland.

Only Human (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script:
Richard Donner; Derek Hoffman
Pencils:
Matt Camp
Inks:
Matt Camp
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
Superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Cliff Carter; Jimmy Olsen (cameo)
Synopsis:
Former football star Cliff Carter is now a spokesman for SuperTech, and demonstrates his company's new SuperSuit. He challenges Superman to a race. That night they meet and start the race, but the SuperSuit siphons too much energy from around it, and Superman has to shut it down.

Indexer Notes

This story is told in a movie storyboard format, with black and white art on the left side, and text as if from a screenplay on the right, with alternating red and blue background colors to denote which text goes with which picture.

The Evolution of the Man of Tomorrow (Table of Contents)

Superman / illustration / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils:
Brian Stelfreeze (signed)
Inks:
Brian Stelfreeze (signed)
Colors:
Brian Stelfreeze ?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
Superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]

Indexer Notes

This is an illustration that has six figures of Clark Kent changing to Superman. Each of the figures is done in a style from past artists of Superman: Joe Shuster, Curt Swan, John Byrne, Jerry Ordway, Jim Lee, and Gary Frank. The buildings in the static background also change time periods from left to right.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Action Comics / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Matt Idelson; Wil Moss
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Letters from Oliver Ortiz and Christopher Kaufman. This includes a farewell to artist Pete Woods, and a promo for the next issue including the cover.

[Ads] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

Total of 3 one-page ads for: DC Super Heroes The Ultimate Pop-Up Book (book, Little, Brown and Company), Action Figures Perfected (DC Universe action figures, Mattel), and The Zombie Chasers #2: Undead Ahead (book, Harper). Appear in various places in this issue.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [Variant Cover A]
    Superman
  2. 1. The Black Ring Finale Reign of Doomsday
    Superman; Lex Luthor
  3. 2. A Celebration of 900 Issues of Action Comics
    Superman
  4. 3. Life Support
    Jor-El
  5. 4. Autobiography
    Superman
  6. 5. Friday Night in the 21st Century
    Clark Kent
  7. 6. The Incident
    Superman
  8. 7. Only Human
    Superman
  9. 8. The Evolution of the Man of Tomorrow
    Superman
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Action Comics
  11. 10. [Ads]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Allen Ross
  • Bob Hughes
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Jon Ingersoll
  • Diverse Hands
  • Brian Mowbray
  • John Greb
  • Kelly Langston-Smith
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Carlos Tasada
  • John Douglas Miceli
  • Kyle Weber
  • Terry Watkins
  • Allen Ross
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Bob Hughes
  • Darrel McCann
  • Ed Boner