Action Comics #600 [Newsstand]
(May 1988)

DC, 1938 Series
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Price
2.50 USD
Pages
84
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1988-02-25
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand
DC [bullet]
Barcode
0709893041005
Editing
Mike Carlin; Renee Witterstaetter (assistant)
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 is a variant of Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #600 [Direct]. There exist further variants.

On-sale date from Amazing Heroes #135.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
John Byrne; Kurt Schaffenberger; Dick Giordano; Curt Swan; Mike Mignola
Inks
George Perez; Jerry Ordway; John Beatty; Murphy Anderson; Mike Mignola
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Wonder Woman; Jimmy Olsen; Lois Lane; Lex Luthor; Man-Bat
Reprints
Keywords
signal watch; Superman statues

Indexer Notes

Cover art is an homage to the cover of Superman Annual (DC, 1960 series) #7

Action Comics #600 (Table of Contents: 1)

Superman; Wonder Woman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
John Byrne (signed)
Inks
George Perez (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Wonder Woman [Diana]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Alternative cover for ACTION COMICS #600, fully lettered.

Different Worlds (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman; Wonder Woman / comic story / 32 pages (report information)

Script
John Byrne
Pencils
John Byrne (breakdowns); George Perez (finishes)
Inks
George Perez
Colors
Tom Ziuko
Letters
John Costanza

Job Number
G-3579
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Wonder Woman [Diana]; Hermes; Myndi Mayer; Chrissie Fenton; VILLAINS: Darkseid; Desaad; Amazing Grace; Kalibak
Synopsis
Hermes summons Wonder Woman to Olympus from her romantic meeting with Superman, and the Man of Steel follows, but they arrive in different locations. After Hermes explains to Diana that Olympus has been taken over by Darkseid, the New God toys with the heroes, making them battle, as he discusses with Desaad his plans. When Superman and Wonder Woman find Darkseid and point out that he has conquered nothing as the Olympians abandoned their home, Darkseid sets off explosives throughout Olympus and leaves. But Olympus immediately regenerates and Wonder Woman and Superman return home as friends.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story continues from ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (DC, 1987 series) #440 and from WONDER WOMAN (DC, 1987 series) #16. Story broken up into chapters: "Chapter One: First Date...," pp. 1-7; "Chapter Two: Fallen Idols," pp. 8-12; "Chapter Three: Broken Mirrors," pp. 13-20; "Chapter Four: Battle!," pp. 21-24; and "Chapter Five: This Hollow Victory...," pp. 25-32. Darkseid tells Desaad that the Olympian gods are creations of the same energy released by the battle of the old gods that created Apokolips and New Genesis, though Circe describes a very different process of the generation of the gods in Wonder Woman #19 when she explains to Diana that the New Gods had their genesis in the energy released by the Titans conflict with the Olympians.

[Superman and Friends] (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Linda Medley (signed)
Inks
Arthur Adams (signed)
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Mr. Miracle [Scott Free]; Wonder Woman [Diana]; Dr. Fate; Martian Manhunter [J'onn J'onzz]; Blue Beetle [Ted Kord]; Booster Gold [Michael Jon Carter]; Firestorm [Ronnie Raymond; Martin Stein]; Green Lantern [Guy Gardner]; Black Canary [Dinah Lance]; Creeper [Jack Ryder]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Captain Marvel [Billy Batson]; Flash [Wally West]; Robin [Jason Todd]

[True Love] (Table of Contents: 4)

Lois Lane / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
John Byrne (plot); Roger Stern (script)
Pencils
Kurt Schaffenberger
Inks
Jerry Ordway
Colors
Petra Scotese
Letters
Bill Oakley

Job Number
G-3579
Genre
superhero
Characters
Lois Lane; Perry White; Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; VILLAINS: Cholly; George Kozak (first appearance)
Synopsis
Lois is upset that the papers are saying that Superman and Wonder Woman are dating. Clark, knowing the truth, shows up at Lois' to talk, but then disappears to answer his signal watch (shown in the "Friend in Need" story in Sequence 8).
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[Superman] (Table of Contents: 5)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jon Bogdanove (signed)
Inks
Jon Bogdanove (signed)
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]
Reprints

Games People Play (Table of Contents: 6)

Lex Luthor / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
John Byrne
Pencils
Dick Giordano
Inks
John Beatty
Colors
Tom Ziuko
Letters
Albert DeGuzman

Job Number
G-3579
Genre
superhero
Characters
Captain Maggie Sawyer; Sgt. Dan Turpin; Pearl; Sandra; VILLAIN: Lex Luthor; Dr. Gretchen Kelley
Synopsis
Lex threatens to reveal to the public that Maggie is a lesbian. Lex learns that he has kryptonite poisoning.
Reprints

[Superman] (Table of Contents: 7)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Kevin Maguire (signed)
Inks
Dave Gibbons (signed)
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]

A Friend in Need (Table of Contents: 8)

Jimmy Olsen; Superman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
John Byrne (plot); Roger Stern (script)
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Murphy Anderson
Colors
Tom Ziuko
Letters
Albert DeGuzman

Job Number
G-3579
Genre
superhero
Characters
Jimmy Olsen; Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]
Synopsis
Superman goes to Millersburg to answer Jimmy's signal watch, but weakens from kyptonite poisoning. Jimmy takes Superman to a cave and then goes for help.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story is continued in Sequence 10.

[Superman and Lois Lane] (Table of Contents: 9)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Mike Zeck (signed)
Inks
Mike Zeck (signed)
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Lois Lane; Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]
Reprints

The Dark Where Madness Lies (Table of Contents: 10)

Superman; Man-Bat / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
John Byrne
Pencils
Mike Mignola
Inks
Mike Mignola
Colors
Petra Scotese
Letters
Bill Oakley

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Man-Bat [Kirk Langstrom]; Hawkman [Carter Hall; Katar Hol] (cameo)
Synopsis
Weakened by the kryptonite, Superman thinks Man-Bat is a monster and tries to destroy him. Once he comes to his senses, he sends Man-Bat for help.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story continues in SUPERMAN (DC, 1987 series) #18 (to be continued box erroneously states #19).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11)

Re: Action Comics / letters page / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script
Renee Witterstaetter
Letters
typeset

Job Number
L-3141

Indexer Notes

Letters from readers - D.L. Lambert, Jr., Brian E. and Chad S., Ray Randell, Chris Deese and Bartley J. Jinn, Jr. - and responses from Renee Witterstaetter.

Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Awards for 1987 (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Awards for 1987 / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[Superman and Brainiac] (Table of Contents: 13)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Walt Simonson (signed)
Inks
Walt Simonson (signed)
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Brainiac [Vril Dox]

Indexer Notes

"This one's for Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster with thanks!"

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. Action Comics #600
    Superman; Wonder Woman
  3. 2. Different Worlds
    Superman; Wonder Woman
  4. 3. [Superman and Friends]
    Superman
  5. 4. [True Love]
    Lois Lane
  6. 5. [Superman]
    Superman
  7. 6. Games People Play
    Lex Luthor
  8. 7. [Superman]
    Superman
  9. 8. A Friend in Need
    Jimmy Olsen; Superman
  10. 9. [Superman and Lois Lane]
    Superman
  11. 10. The Dark Where Madness Lies
    Superman; Man-Bat
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Re: Action Comics
  13. 12. Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Awards for 1987
    Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Awards for 1987
  14. 13. [Superman and Brainiac]
    Superman
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