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

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Price
3.99 USD; 5.50 CAD
Pages
52
On-sale date
2007-02-07
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics
Brand
DC [swirl]
Barcode
761941200026 01011
Editing
Matt Idelson; Nachie Castro (associate)
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Modern Age U. S.
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched; Squarebound
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.

This issue went on sale one week late.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Adam Kubert (signed)
Inks
Joe Kubert (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Lex Luthor; Mon-El; Bizarro; Phantom Zone Criminals; Parasite
Reprints
Keywords
Fortress of Solitude

Indexer Notes

Two covers were initially done for this issue; one by Adam/Joe with small pictures, and an alternate one by Gary Frank featuring Superman and Lois Lane (10 issues for 1 issue mixture). The cover style is similar to old 80-page giants, using the old Giant logo and the go-go checks. Some interesting differences between the solicited cover (which looks final) and the final cover: The solicited one has two additional captions: "Who is Clark Kent's Big Brother?" over the Mon-El image, and "The Criminals of Krypton" over the phantom zone criminals. Also, the month (Mar) was there, and a Comics Code seal (not on the final). And the top had only Annual, where the final has 48pg. Giant Annual. And no UPC.

Table of Contents (Table of Contents: 1)

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: 2)

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: 3)

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: 4)

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.
Reprints

Secrets of the Fortress of Solitude (Table of Contents: 5)

Superman / illustration / 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: 6)

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.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

Superman's Top 10 Most Wanted! (Table of Contents: 7)

Superman / character profile / 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]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Profiles of Superman's top villains.

The Deadliest Forms of Kyptonite (Table of Contents: 8)

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: 9) (Expand) /

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

[House Advertisements] (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

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

[Ads] (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

advertisement / 6 pages (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    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]
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