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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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Each issue from #7 - 20 contains Tom Morrow back-up story.In the future, New York City was destroyed after a nuclear war vs. aliens. Centuries after that, it's a jungle-choked ruin. People live like cave men, in constant danger from mutated monsters. One day a carnivorous plant grabs a mother and child. But the child tears the vines easily. "My baby has the strength of a Samson!" The child is also a mutant, with super-strength. As a teen, Samson protects the tribe, punching out buffalo-rhino hybrids and "spanking" raiders with broken lamp posts. Yet Samson's mother was struck down. Her dying words are to "use your strength... to help those in peril... and to fight evil." Weeks later, foraging for food, Samson is attacked by a lio-bear. In a ruined gym, he swings on rings and kills it, but is grievously wounded and clawed. Samson is rescued by Sharmaine, a mysterious girl with "ancient medicines". As he heals, she slices up the lio-bear skin for Samson to wear as a symbol he is "the mightiest of men!" Sharmaine leads Samson to a bank vault and her father Mindor, a home-grown scientist trying to fathom ancient secrets. He uses a "can-finder" to search for food. Samson tears off doors and opens cans with his thumb. They're attacked by scouts of Kull the Killer. Yet Samson is also inhumanly fast, and catches their spears. He stands like a rock as they hit him with a battering ram. The bad guys run. The three form a team. "Who knows? Perhaps we can even start humanity back on the road to civilization!"
Former Daily Planet copy boy Jimmy Olsen got his own adventure series in "Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen" which made its debut in 1954. The comic was remarkable for its inventiveness and longevity, running for an impressive 163 issues. The lead story of issue #1, "The Boy of 100 Faces" was written by Otto Binder and drawn by Curt Swan. It followed Jimmy as he disguised himself to infiltrate the criminal gang of Deuce Dorgan. Along with colleague Jumbo Jones, Jimmy succeeded in getting into Dorgan's hideaway - but was caught and had to call on Superman for help.
Lois disguises herself as actress Lois LaFlamme to try to get an interview with an ambassador. Honey in Hollywood and Peg teen stories by Henry Boltinoff. Lois Lane, Super-Chef, script by Otto Binder, art by Kurt Schaffenberger; Lois takes a job as a cook in a diner in order to be more attractive to Superman. Do You Know What's Behind a Law? public service announcement, script by Jack Schiff, art by Bob Brown
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.