Action Comics #544 [Direct]
(June 1983)

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Volume
46
Price
1.50 USD; 2.00 CAD; 0.50 GBP
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1983-03-01
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand
DC [bullet]
Editing
Julius Schwartz (editor); E. Nelson Bridwell (consulting 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, 544, 600)
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.

45th anniversary issue featuring origins of the new-look Brainiac and Luthor.


The Cosmos-Quaking Origins of the New Luthor & 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. Colors credit confirmed by Anthony Tollin.

Luthor Unleashed! (Table of Contents: 1)

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.

The New Luthor (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
George Pérez (designer)
Inks
George Pérez
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.

Happy 45th Anniversary, Superman! (Table of Contents: 3)

text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel; Joe Shuster
Letters
typeset

Job Number
S-4120
Genre
non-fiction
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
Joe Shuster
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Shuster

Job Number
S-4146
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Congratulations, Superman!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

Rebirth! (Table of Contents: 5)

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.

The New Brainiac (Table of Contents: 6)

Superman / 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.

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Cosmos-Quaking Origins of the New Luthor & Brainiac!
    Superman
  2. 1. Luthor Unleashed!
    Superman
  3. 2. The New Luthor
    Superman
  4. 3. Happy 45th Anniversary, Superman!
  5. 4. ["Congratulations, Superman!"]
    Superman
  6. 5. Rebirth!
    Superman
  7. 6. The New Brainiac
    Superman
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