Action Comics first saw publication in June 1938. It's most famous for having the debut of Superman in its first issue. What many people do not realize, however, is that Action Comics, like most Comic Books of its day, was an anthology containing multiple unrelated stories. As such, Action Comics #1 also marked the debut of Zatara the magician, perhaps better known today as the father of Zatanna.As times changed, comics began to drop the anthology format, and now Action Comics is mainly just another Superman title. The book returned to the anthology format for awhile in the 80s, becoming Action Comics Weekly, but that was short-lived.The book reached issue 904 before being renumbered with a new #1 for DC's 2011 New 52 relaunch. In February 2016, it was revealed that, as part of the DC Rebirth initiative, Action will have its numbering restored in June 2016, starting with #957 (Vol. 2 0-52 counting as #905-956)If you were looking for the British comic serial named "Action!", see here.
Action Comics story arcs with their own pages include:
- Last Son
- Superman: Brainiac
- The Black Ring (Paul Cornell's story arc with Lex Luthor as Villain Protagonist)
- Grant Morrison's Action Comics
Tropes found in other issues of Action Comics include:
- Aliens Made Them Do It: The notorious issues #592 and #593.
- Anthology Comic: Until Superman just flat-out took over.
- The series went back to an anthology format in 1988 with Action Comics Weekly, running from issues 601-642 before Superman took over again, and the comic returned to the monthly format.
- Artifact Title: Sort of. It certainly still has a lot of action, but its generic title suggests its anthology roots, not a book starring a particular character.
- Distaff Counterpart: In issue #252 Trope Codifier Supergirl first showed up.
- Heroes Fight Barehanded: It had... uh... fist air fight: Supermobile.
- Limited Special Ultimate Collectors Edition: In 1974, DC reprinted the entire first issue in giant sized comic form, billing it as a "Famous 1st Edition, Limited Collector's Golden Mint Series" issue.
- Scene Cover: See that image up there? That scene happens in the story.
- Team-Up Series: It was a Superman team-up book for a while Post-Crisis after DC Comics Presents ended.