- Don't Shoot the Message: The infamous story "The Incident" in Action Comics #900 depicts Superman choosing the renounce his American citizenship as an effort to show his loyalty is to humanity as a whole, not just America. Unfortunately, the story got criticized for being anti-American so DC was forced to backtrack on this. After all, Superman can't stand for "the American way" if he no longer saw himself as American.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: The first issue of the Action Comics, though a Plot Hole for Superman's assignment to cover a war in South America thanks to either bad wording or Retcon on their conversations, that showed the deal between a Sleazy Politician and Corrupt Corporate Executive in United States (neutral during the time of its publication) to take part in Europe became awkward in 1939 (provision of arms to Allies through Lend-and-Lease-Program) and 1942 (When US officially entered the war after Pearl Harbor attack).note
- Signature Scene:
- The cover of Action Comics #1, featuring Superman smashing a car to the crooks bewilderment and horror, is not only the most famous image in the Superman series, but one of the most famous comic book images of all time.
- The cover of Action Comics #252, featuring Supergirl flying out of her rocket ship in front of an amazed Superman is also one of the most iconic comic-book covers ever done.
- Strawman Has a Point: From the Silver Age #176 Muscles For Money, where Superman decides to start charging money to save people. While it's certainly true that Superman was doing some reprehensible things (charging insane amounts, forcing people to sign contracts before he'll save their lives, etc) the primary argument seems to be that Superman doesn't deserve any sort of reward for the good he does. The worst part is when Superman politely requests the $10,000 reward for two criminals he brought in only to have everyone declare him a money-grubber for it, despite the fact that this is a reward the police themselves had offered and which anyone else besides Superman would have been given happily.
YMMV / Action Comics