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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. As part of the DC Rebirth initiative, the old numbering was restored, with issue #52 followed by #957 (Vol. 2 0-52 counting as #905-956).

In April 2018, Action Comics reached its 1000th issue, officially making it one of the longest-running continual comic series ever published.

For several decades now, Action Comics holds the honor of being the Holy Grail of comic book collecting: an original edition of a number 1 issue in good shape is worth over a million dollars. Not bad considering that the original cover price in 1938 was ten cents.

If you were looking for the British comic serial named "Action!", see here.


Action Comics story arcs with their own pages include:


Tropes found in other issues of Action Comics include:


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