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Action Comics is the longest-running continually published comic book in history, and it’s the series that launched the superhero genre with the introduction of Superman in 1938. DC Entertainment is celebrating its 80th anniversary with Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman Deluxe Edition, which features cover art by artist and DC Publisher Jim Lee. Join DC in a celebration of Action’s amazing 80-year run, with reflections on Action Comics by Laura Siegel Larson (daughter of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel) and celebrated writers Jules Feiffer, Tom DeHaven, David Hajdu, Larry Tye, Gene Luen Yang, Marv Wolfman and Paul Levitz. Featuring the very first Superman story, the debut of Supergirl, the first stories of arch-villains the Toyman and Brainiac, a never-before-published story from the original creative studio of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, dating back seven decades, and more!
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Starting in 1939, Superman would continue on to 1986 when Alan Moore's story "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?" would close out the series before it would pick up with issue #424 in The Adventures of Superman.
Early issues are published by World's Best Comics, National Comics, and National Periodical Publications. From #2 onwards the title of the magazine became World's Finest Comics and featured Batman and Superman every issue - although they did not have their first team up until issue # 71. As well as Superman and Batman, the early issues of World's Finest also featured many other heroes from the Golden Age, including, Sandman, Hop Harrigan, Dan the Dyna-mite, Crimson Avenger, Star Spangled Kid, Aquaman, Zatara, Tomahawk, Boy Commandos and Green Arrow. From issue #71 onwards, the lead story would always feature a team up between Superman & Batman and this remained the case through to issue #198, which saw the man of steel in a super speed race with the Flash to try and establish just who is the fastest man alive.
This 7 issue series did exactly as its Title Suggests and re-told the Secret Origins of the characters featured in each issue. A great opportunity for new readers to get in with their favourite hero from the beginning, Rather than having to shell out for expensive originals, these classic tales were now available to a new generation of readers.
Canal Zone Intrigue, art by William Smith; Three old pals in the military service from Oakville reunite, they believe, to save Doris West, not realizing that she is a G-2 agent for the United States Secret Service, who is on the trail of a ring buying U.S. military secrets. Mutt and Jeff strips by Al Smith [as Bud Fisher]. Reg'lar Fellers strips by Gene Byrnes. Hop Leaves the Farm, script and art by Jon L. Blummer [as Jon Elby]; Having lost his father's farm, Hop jumps into a Flying Jenny and lands at an air field, meeting two people destined to be life-long friends. Untitled Scribbly story, script and art by Sheldon Mayer. The Mystery Men of Mars: Part 1--Adventures in the Unknown, script by Carl H. Claudy, art by Stan Aschmeier. House ad for the 1st issue of Movie Comics, complete with cover which has an illustration from the film starring Jackie Cooper, "Scouts to the Rescue."
Considered the first true superhero book, Action Comics arrived on the scene in 1938 and remains the longest-running comic book in history. Though Action Comics began as an anthology, collecting a variety of tales, over the past few decades it has become a monthly title dedicated to it's launch character, Superman.
80-Page Giant was the name used for a series of comic book published by DC Comics beginning in 1964. The series was named for its unusually high page count. (The typical page count for American monthly comics at this time was 32 pages). The cover price was initially 25 cents, while other comics of the day were rarely above 12 cents. Many of these "Giant" issues contained reprinted material, often including material from the Golden.