Action Comics #859 [Limited Edition Variant Cover]
(January 2008)

DC, 1938 Series
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Price
2.99 USD; 3.65 CAD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
2007-11-21
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics
Brand
DC [swirl]
Barcode
761941200019 85921
Editing
Matt Idelson; Nachie Castro (associate)
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) #859 [Direct Market Standard Cover].

This variant issue was available for retailers in a 10 to 1 proportion.


[Variant Cover] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Andy Kubert (signed)
Inks
Andy Kubert (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Lightning Lad; Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl
Reprints
Keywords
Batcave (future)

Indexer Notes

For every 10 copies of the standard edition, retailers were allowed to order one copy of the variant edition.

Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes Chapter 2: Illegal Aliens (Table of Contents: 1)

Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Geoff Johns
Pencils
Gary Frank
Inks
Jon Sibal
Colors
Dave McCaig
Letters
Rob Leigh

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Lightning Lad; Colossal Boy; Dawnstar; Wildfire; Justice League [Earth-Man [Absorbancy Boy]; Spider-Girl; Tusker; Golden Boy; Storm Boy; Radiation Roy] (intro); Miss Niwtyn (cameo); Maetthu (cameo); Ariel (cameo); Invisible Kid [Jacques Foccart] (cameo); Phantom Girl (cameo); Ultra Boy (cameo); Shrinking Violet (cameo); Blok (cameo); Batcave (future)
Synopsis
In the 31st century, Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, and Saturn Girl dig their way into the Batcave, looking for evidence that Krypton existed. The new Justice League, rejected Legion applicants, find them and fight, overcoming them. Superman is briefed by his Legion colleagues and discovers what's been going on. Earth-Man, the leader of the Justice League, imprisons the newly-captured Legionnaires, and absorbs their powers, revealing that he has many more Legionnaires held in stasis. Superman wants to track down Brainiac 5, and his team goes to an alien holding camp to do so.
Reprints
Keywords
Alien Holding Camp 6736; Human Cultural Center

Indexer Notes

Story continued from the previous issue, and continues in the next issue. Alien Holding Camp 6736 appears to be modeled on the first Legion Clubhouse (the upside-down rocket). The members of the Justice League were all former Legion rejects pre-Crisis, having been rejected in Adventure Comics #301, 320, 323, 331, and Superboy #218. Miss Niwtyn's full name is Ethel Lyn Niwtyn, also known as another reject, Eye-Ful Ethel. The Superman hologram on page 16 is an homage to the cover of Superman (DC, 1939 series) #1.

DC Nation 88 [November 21, 2007] (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

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

[House Advertisements] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 3.67 pages (report information)

[Ads] (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

advertisement / 8.33 pages (report information)

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Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Variant Cover]
    Superman
  2. 1. Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes Chapter 2: Illegal Aliens
    Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes
  3. 2. DC Nation 88 [November 21, 2007]
    DC Nation
  4. 3. [House Advertisements]
  5. 4. [Ads]
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