Action Comics #544 [Canadian Newsstand]
(June 1983)

DC, 1938 Series
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Volume:
46
Price:
2.00 CAD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand:
DC [bullet]
Barcode:
?
Editing:
Julius Schwartz
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) #544 [Direct-Sales]. There exist further variants.


The Cosmos-Quaking Origins of the New Luthor and Brainiac! (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Gil Kane (signed)
Inks:
Dick Giordano (signed)
Colors:
Anthony Tollin
Letters:
?
Job Number:
S-4115

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Lex Luthor; Brainiac
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits and job number confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics March, 2007. Color credits confirmed by Anthony Tollin.

Luthor Unleashed! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 28 pages (report information)

Script:
Cary Bates
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Colors:
Tony Tollin
Letters:
Ben Oda
Job Number:
S-4145

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Lex Luthor (villain); Ardora (death); Lex Luthor, Jr. (death)
Synopsis:
Barely alive after his latest fight with Superman, Luthor heads to Lexor to recover, where he meets his son for the first time. Meanwhile, back on Earth, one of Luthor's robots takes revenge in his master's stead. While Superman figures out how to deal with the revenge plot, Luthor stabilizes the core of Lexor with a "neutrarod" so it is not destroyed by internal stresses. Superman finally arrives on Lexor to fight once again with Luthor, but in the fight Luthor disrupts the rod, destroying the planet and killing his wife and son.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Lexor

Indexer Notes

Job number and page count confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics March, 2007.

The New Luthor (Table of Contents)

Luthor / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
George Perez (designer)
Inks:
George Perez
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
S-4161

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Lex Luthor
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Job number and page count confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics March, 2007.

Happy 45th Anniversary, Superman! (Table of Contents)

Superman / text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel; Joe Shuster
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
S-4120

Genre:
non-fiction; superhero
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Job number confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics March, 2007. These records list page count as "4."

Congratulations, Superman! (Table of Contents)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Joe Shuster
Pencils:
Joe Shuster
Inks:
Joe Shuster
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Shuster
Job Number:
S-4146

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Job number and page count confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics March, 2007.

Rebirth! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

Script:
Marv Wolfman
Pencils:
Gil Kane
Inks:
Gil Kane
Colors:
Gene D'Angelo
Letters:
Ben Oda
Job Number:
S-4150

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Lois Lane; Lana Lang; Brainiac; The Omega Men [Kalista; Primus; Broot; Nimbus; Harpis] (cameo); Lord Satanis (flashback)
Synopsis:
With Superman's unwitting help, Brainiac escapes his prison, experiences the depth and breadth of the universe, and reforms as an entirely new kind of being. Then Brainiac lures Superman to Systus 2, where he robs the hero of his powers, and greets him in his new form for the first time.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Fortress of Solitude

Indexer Notes

Job number and page count confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics March, 2007.

The New Brainiac (Table of Contents)

Brainiac / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Ed Hannigan (designer)
Inks:
Dick Giordano
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
S-4150

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Brainiac
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Job number and page count confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics March, 2007.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Cosmos-Quaking Origins of the New Luthor and Brainiac!
    Superman
  2. 1. Luthor Unleashed!
    Superman
  3. 2. The New Luthor
    Luthor
  4. 3. Happy 45th Anniversary, Superman!
    Superman
  5. 4. Congratulations, Superman!
    Superman
  6. 5. Rebirth!
    Superman
  7. 6. The New Brainiac
    Brainiac
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