Action Comics 1

The cover to the first issue of Action Comics. Art by Joe Shuster.

Action Comics is a comic book series featuring Superman. It is especially notable since it is the original comic book in which Superman made his debut in 1938. The series has run continuously since that time, and has reached 974 issues as of February 2017.


Main Article: List of Action Comics stories
Main Article: Action Comics cover gallery

1938 to 40s

1950s and 60s

1970s to 1986

1986 to 1990s: The Post-Crisis adventures

From 1988 to 1989, Action Comics became Action Comics Weekly, switching to weekly format and including multiple stories of multiple superheroes.

2009: New Krypton

As a result of the New Krypton storyline, Superman has left Earth. The series followed the characters of Nightwing and Flamebird take center stage.

2010: Lex Luthor's Action Comics

In the wake of Blackest Night, Lex Luthor became the principal character of Action Comics, rather than Superman himself, who is walking across america in the Superman comic series.

It also featured a backup story featuring Superboy, and later one featuring Jimmy Olsen, in which Chloe Sullivan made her first full appearance in the Comics Continuity.


Superman comic book series
Comic Strips SupermanWednesday Comics
Regular comic book series Action ComicsSupermanSuperman: The Man of SteelSuperman: The Man of TomorrowSuperman: World of New KryptonThe Superman FamilySuperman UnchainedSuperman Family Adventures
Spin-off series Superman's Girl Friend Lois LaneSuperman's Pal Jimmy OlsenSupergirlSuperboyLegion of Super-HeroesSteelAdventure ComicsEradicatorPower Girl
Team-up series with other heroes Justice League of AmericaWorld's FinestSuperman/BatmanBatman/SupermanTrinity
Based on other media Superboy: The Comic BookSuperman AdventuresLegion of Super-Heroes in the 31st CenturySmallvilleKrypto the SuperdogSmallville Season 11
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