[[caption-width-right:350:[[Franchise/{{Superman}} The one that started it all.]]]]

''Action Comics'' first saw publication in June 1938. It's most famous for having the debut of Franchise/{{Superman}} in its first issue. What many people do not realize, however, is that Action Comics, like most ComicBooks of its day, was an [[AnthologyComic 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 Comicbook/{{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 Comicbook/{{New 52}} relaunch. In February 2016, it was revealed that, as part of the ''ComicBook/DCRebirth'' 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 [[BritishComics British comic serial]] ''named'' "Action!", see [[Comicbook/{{Action}} here]].
!!''Action Comics'' story arcs with their own pages include:
* ''Comicbook/LastSon''
* ''Comicbook/SupermanBrainiac''
* ''ComicBook/TheBlackRing'' (Creator/PaulCornell's story arc with Lex Luthor as VillainProtagonist)
* ''ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsActionComics''

!!Tropes found in other issues of ''Action Comics'' include:
* AliensMadeThemDoIt: [[{{Squick}} The notorious issues #592 and #593.]]
* AnthologyComic: Until Superman just [[SpotlightStealingSquad 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.
* ArtifactTitle: 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.
* DistaffCounterpart: In issue #252 TropeCodifier Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} first showed up.
* HeroesFightBarehanded: It had... uh... fist air fight: [[http://www.comicvine.com/action-comics-its-a-bird-its-a-plane-its-supermobile/37-121620/ Supermobile]].
* LimitedSpecialUltimateCollectorsEdition: 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.
* SceneCover: See that image up there? That scene happens in the story.
* TeamUpSeries: It was a Superman team-up book for a while ComicBook/PostCrisis after ''ComicBook/DCComicsPresents'' ended.