([August] 2001)

DC, 1997 Series
Volume
3
Price
49.95 USD; 82.95 CAD
Pages
248
On-sale date
2001-08-01
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics
Brand
DC Archive Editions
ISBN
1-56389-710-5 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
761941209913 00311
Editing
Dale Crain; Nick Napolitano; Whitney Ellsworth (original editor)
Color
color
Paper Stock
glossy paper interior
Binding
hardcover with dust jacket; bound
Publishing Format
collected edition

Issue Notes

Color reconstruction by Digital Chameleon.
Black-and-White reconstruction by Rick Keene.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

Letters
typeset

Table of Contents (Table of Contents: 2)

table of contents / 2 pages (report information)

Letters
typeset

Foreword (Table of Contents: 3)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Michael Uslan
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction

[Action Comics #37] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints

[Clark Kent, Police Commissioner] (Table of Contents: 5)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Paul Cassidy [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks
Paul Cassidy [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Sergeant Casey; Mayor Garson; Commissioner Larrimore; Kennedy
Synopsis
When criminals scare everyone in Metropolis from being Police Commissioner, Clark is forced to accept the job.
Reprints

[Action Comics #38] (Table of Contents: 6)

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

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

confirmed by Craig Delich 5/05; blue S on cape. Archives credits this to Jack Burnley.

[Hypnosis by Radio] (Table of Contents: 7)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Leo Nowak [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks
Ed Dobrotka
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Sergeant Casey; Perry White; Harold Morton (villain)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Ed Dobrotka not credited

[Action Comics #39] (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

blue S on cape

[The Man with the Radioactive Touch] (Table of Contents: 9)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Leo Nowak [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks
Shuster shop
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Sergeant Casey; Tom Spaulding; May Bryson; The Ghost [Brett Bryson] (introduction); Frank Chalmers; Davis
Reprints

Indexer Notes

inks credited to Leo Nowak in Archives

[Action Comics #40] (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints

[The Reformation of Nancy Thorgeson] (Table of Contents: 11)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
John Sikela [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks
John Sikela [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Nancy Thorgeson; Freddie Taylor; Morgan Thorgeson; Pinkley; Parello
Synopsis
A billionaire asks Superman to straighten out his wayward daughter.
Reprints

[Action Comics #41] (Table of Contents: 12)

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

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints

[The Sabotage Ring] (Table of Contents: 13)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Paul Cassidy [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks
Paul Cassidy [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Sergeant Casey; Jeff Stanton; Steve Grant; Ralph Cowan
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Archives credits this to John Sikela. New art id by Bob Hughes and Craig Delich 6/05.

[Action Comics #42] (Table of Contents: 14)

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

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

yellow S on blue shield on cape

[The Empire in the Sky] (Table of Contents: 15)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Leo Nowak [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks
Shuster Shop
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Jimmy Olsen; Sergeant Casey; Carl Bransom; Nick Flaherty; John Standing; Freeman Chase; Zytal [Lex Luthor]; Jake Mobray; Dirk Chadwick
Synopsis
Luthor builds a giant city in the sky and hypnotizes Superman into doing his bidding.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Archives credits this to John Sikela. New art id by Craig Delich and Bob Hughes 6/05.

[Action Comics #43] (Table of Contents: 16)

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

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints

[The Pilot's Revenge] (Table of Contents: 17)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Leo Nowak [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks
Ed Dobrotka
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Dutch O'Leary
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Ed Dobrotka not credited

[Action Comics #44] (Table of Contents: 18)

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

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints

[The Caveman Criminal] (Table of Contents: 19)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Leo Nowak [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks
Ed Dobrotka
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Doctor Kemper; Dawn Man (introduction); Professor Steffens; Duke Brady; Pugsy
Synopsis
a scientist attempts to frame a prehistoric man for murder.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Ed Dobrotka not credited

[Action Comics #45] (Table of Contents: 20)

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

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints

[Superman's Ark] (Table of Contents: 21)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Leo Nowak [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks
Ed Dobrotka
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Charles; Mr. Morgan; Count von Henzel; Mawbi
Synopsis
Superman captures new animals to save the Metropolis Zoo.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Ed Dobrotka not credited

[Action Comics #46] (Table of Contents: 22)

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

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints

The Devil's Playground (Table of Contents: 23)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Paul Cassidy [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks
Paul Cassidy [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Jim Gantry; Domino [Jeff Farnham] (introduction)
Synopsis
The Domino terrorizes an amusement park.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Credited to Ed Dobrotka in Archives. New art id by Craig Delich and Bob Hughes 6/05

[Action Comics #47] (Table of Contents: 24)

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

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lex Luthor (1st cover appearance)
Reprints

Powerstone (Table of Contents: 25)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
John Sikela
Inks
John Sikela
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Brett Calhoun; Lex Luthor
Synopsis
Luthor gains super strength in order to battle Superman in hand-to-hand combat.
Reprints
Keywords
Powerstone

Indexer Notes

Story continued in part in Superman #17.
First appearance of the Powerstone.

[Action Comics #48] (Table of Contents: 26)

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

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints

The Adventure of the Merchant of Murder (Table of Contents: 27)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
John Sikela [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks
John Sikela [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Top [Jefferson Smith] (introduction); Sid Speed
Synopsis
Clark Kent crusades against unsafe used cars.
Reprints

[Action Comics #49] (Table of Contents: 28)

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

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Archive Edition credits Ed Dobrotka (pencils), John Sikela (inks), Abbeville Press Superman in Action Comics credits Wayne Boring

The Puzzler!! (Table of Contents: 29)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
John Sikela [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks
Ed Dobrotka
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Carl Prentice; Puzzler (introduction)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Pencil and ink credits are reversed in Archives. New art id by Craig Delich and Bob Hughes 6/05.

[Action Comics #50] (Table of Contents: 30)

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

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints

[The Professional Baseball Player] (Table of Contents: 31)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Leo Nowak [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks
Ed Dobrotka
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Stan Doborak; Mike Caputo; Mabel Dawson
Synopsis
Superman helps small town boy become a professional baseball player.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Ed Dobrotka is not credited, "pullman window" joke on page 7 is a direct reference to Jerry Siegel's appearance on Fred Allen's radio program.

[Action Comics #51] (Table of Contents: 32)

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

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Prankster
Reprints

Indexer Notes

credited to Wayne Boring in the Abbeville Press "Superman in Action Comics" book.

The Case of the Crimeless Crimes (Table of Contents: 33)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
John Sikela [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks
John Sikela [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Sergeant Casey; Prankster (introduction)
Synopsis
The Prankster breaks into banks and leaves money.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Archives credits pencils to Ed Dobrotka. New art id by Craig Delich and Bob Hughes 6/05.

[Action Comics #52] (Table of Contents: 34)

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

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Zatara; Congo Bill; Vigilante; Americommando
Reprints

The Emperor of America (Table of Contents: 35)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
John Sikela [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks
John Sikela [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Perry White; Emperor of America (introduction)
Synopsis
The Emperor uses a non-resistance ray to take over America without firing a shot.
Reprints
Keywords
imaginary

Indexer Notes

Imaginary story "This is a tale that could occur only after the war...many years hence! It's up to all of us to see that it doesn't!" Archives credits pencils to Ed Dobrotka. New art id by Craig Delich and Bob Hughes 6/05.

Biographies (Table of Contents: 36)

text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Desris; Rich Morrissey
Letters
typeset

Genre
biography

Indexer Notes

Biographies on Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Jack Burnley, Paul Cassidy, Ed Dobrotka, Leo Nowak, Fred Ray, and John Sikela.

[Back Cover] (Table of Contents: 37)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Zatara; Congo Bill; Vigilante; Americommando
Reprints
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. Table of Contents
  4. 3. Foreword
  5. 4. [Action Comics #37]
    Superman
  6. 5. [Clark Kent, Police Commissioner]
    Superman
  7. 6. [Action Comics #38]
    Superman
  8. 7. [Hypnosis by Radio]
    Superman
  9. 8. [Action Comics #39]
    Superman
  10. 9. [The Man with the Radioactive Touch]
    Superman
  11. 10. [Action Comics #40]
    Superman
  12. 11. [The Reformation of Nancy Thorgeson]
    Superman
  13. 12. [Action Comics #41]
    Superman
  14. 13. [The Sabotage Ring]
    Superman
  15. 14. [Action Comics #42]
    Superman
  16. 15. [The Empire in the Sky]
    Superman
  17. 16. [Action Comics #43]
    Superman
  18. 17. [The Pilot's Revenge]
    Superman
  19. 18. [Action Comics #44]
    Superman
  20. 19. [The Caveman Criminal]
    Superman
  21. 20. [Action Comics #45]
    Superman
  22. 21. [Superman's Ark]
    Superman
  23. 22. [Action Comics #46]
    Superman
  24. 23. The Devil's Playground
    Superman
  25. 24. [Action Comics #47]
    Superman
  26. 25. Powerstone
    Superman
  27. 26. [Action Comics #48]
    Superman
  28. 27. The Adventure of the Merchant of Murder
    Superman
  29. 28. [Action Comics #49]
    Superman
  30. 29. The Puzzler!!
    Superman
  31. 30. [Action Comics #50]
    Superman
  32. 31. [The Professional Baseball Player]
    Superman
  33. 32. [Action Comics #51]
    Superman
  34. 33. The Case of the Crimeless Crimes
    Superman
  35. 34. [Action Comics #52]
    Superman
  36. 35. The Emperor of America
    Superman
  37. 36. Biographies
  38. 37. [Back Cover]
    Superman
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