[[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 ComicBook/{{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.

If you were looking for the [[BritishComics British comic serial]] ''named'' "Action!", see [[Comicbook/{{Action}} here]].
!!Tropes Found In Action Comics (aside from those mentioned on the ComicBook/{{Superman}} page):

!!!Story arcs with their own pages:
* ''ComicBook/TheBlackRing'' (Creator/PaulCornell's story arc with Lex Luthor as VillainProtagonist)
* [[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsActionComics Grant Morrison's run]] (the beginning of the New 52 relaunch)

!!!Other tropes
* 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.
* BreakthroughHit: Action Comics #1 was the first truly successful comic published by DCComics.
* HeroesFightBarehanded: It had... uh... fist air fight: [[http://www.comicvine.com/action-comics-its-a-bird-its-a-plane-its-supermobile/37-121620/ Supermobile]].
* LongRunner: From 1938 to today, with no sign of slowing down or stopping aside from the occasional promotional reboot.
* SceneCover:
** See that image up there? That scene happens in the story.
** It [[InternalHomage also happens]] in other stories, like ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' and ''ComicBook/FinalNight''.
** Creator/MarvelComics have also paid homage to this cover.
* TeamUpSeries: It was a Superman team-up book for a while PostCrisis after ''ComicBook/DCComicsPresents'' ended.