Action Comics (1938 DC) comic books 1970-1985

  • Issue #384
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 384
    Published Jan 1970 by DC.
    • INCOMPLETE. Centerfold missing, affects art and story.

    Cover pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson. "The Forbidden Costume!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by George Roussos; Two alien uniforms travel to Earth, one taking over Superman and the other taking over Perry White. Batman ad. Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes back-up, "Lament for a Legionnaire!", script by Jim Shooter, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Jack Abel; When Dream Girl dreams of the death of Mon-El, the Legionnaires and even the planet of Daxam try to protect him; A descendant of his brother, Eltro Gand, takes his place, but Mon dies as a result of lead poisoning; Appearances by Dream Girl, Element Lad, the Karate Kid, Mon-El, Princess Projectra, Shadow Lass, Superboy, and Untra-Boy. 36 pgs., full color. $0.15. Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #385
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 385
    Published Mar 1970 by DC.

    Cover pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson. "The Immortal Superman!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by George Roussos; After promising the President not to travel through the time-barrier using his powers, Superman must use a defective Legion time bubble to answer a call for help from the future; When he arrives in the year 101970 he finds that he has aged a hundred thousand years. Sgt. Rock's Prize Battle Stars ad. Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes back-up, "The Fallen Starboy!", script by E. Nelson Bridwell, pencils by Win Mortimer, inks by Jack Abel; Star Boy leads a mission to his home planet and faces the brother of Kenz Nuhor, the man he once killed in self-defense. 36 pgs., full color. $0.15. Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #386
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 386

    Cover pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson. "The Home for Old Super-Heroes!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by George Roussos; The Time-Trapper's plot against Superman has sealed off his own time period, and he can only travel forward through time; In the year 122,470, he learns that super-powers are prohibited by law. Supergirl ad. The Flash ad. Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes back-up, "Zap Goes the Legion!", script by E. Nelson Bridwell, pencils by Win Mortimer, inks by Jack Abel; Released ex-con Uli Algor has a defense for every super-power the Legion has, but none for a good old-fashioned uppercut. Statement of ownership - average print run 673,000; average paid circulation 377,535. 36 pgs., full color. $0.15. Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #387
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 387
    Published Apr 1970 by DC.

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    Cover pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson. "Even A Superman Dies!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by George Roussos; Superman continues traveling into the future until he reaches an era in which Earth is no longer inhabited; He repopulates the planet and restores its natural resources. Strange Sports Stories comic ad. "One Hero Too Many!", script by E. Nelson Bridwell, pencils by Win Mortimer, inks by Jack Abel; The Legion must lose a member for tax reasons, and though many try to resign, eventually Superboy convinces everyone that it is his time to leave; Appearances by Braniac 5, Karate Kid, Timber Wolf, Chemical King, Bouncing Boy, Duo Damsel, Mon-El, Superboy, Supergirl, Ultra Boy, Element Lad, Sun Boy, Princess Projectra, Legion of Super-Pets (Comet the Horse, Krypto the Dog, Streaky the Cat, Beppo the Monkey, Proty II). 36 pgs., full color. $0.15. Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #388
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 388
    Published May 1970 by DC.

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    Cover pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson. "Puzzle of the Wild World," script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by George Roussos; Professor Farlow Nurd's world-duplicator machine causes a wacky version of the Earth to replace Superman's Earth. Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes backup, "Sun-Boy's Lost Power!", script by Jerry Siegel, art by John Forte; Sun Boy loses his powers and has to find a way to recharge them. 36 pgs., full color. $0.15. Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #389
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 389
    Published Jun 1970 by DC.

    Cover pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson. "The Kid Who Struck Out Superman!", script by Leo Dorfman, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by George Roussos; Superman inexplicably tries out several professional sports, but dismisses them all as boring and unchallenging; It's all a ruse to cover his plan to prevent the alien Slurrans from invading Earth. Superman ad. "The Superman Legend: Rogues Gallery," a two-page feature, presents Lex Luthor, Braniac, Prankster, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Parasite, Toyman, The Puzzler, and the Phantom Zone villians (Jax-Ur, Kru-El, General Zod, & Professor Vakox), art by Murphy Anderson. Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes backup, "The Mystery Legionnaire!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Win Mortimer, inks by Jack Abel; The head of the android criminal Klim seeks to reunite with his body and to take his revenge on the Legionnaire who defeated him, but the same team that stopped him before stops him again; Appearances by Jimmy Olsen, Perry White, Klim, Shrinking Violet, Cosmic Boy, and the Chemical King, plus a statue of Babe Ruth. 36 pgs., full color. $0.15. Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #390
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 390
    Published Jul 1970 by DC.

    Cover pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson. "The Self-Destruct Superman," script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by George Roussos; A secret weapon that Superman had given to the President of the United States in case Superman turned evil is released and is hunting down Superman; Appearances by Lois Lane, Fax-Or, and the Bottle city of Kandor; Jor-El cameo. Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes backup, "The Tyrant and the Traitor," script by E. Nelson Bridwell, pencils by Win Mortimer, inks by Jack Abel; The Legion Espionage Squad is asked to overthrow the president of Lahum, without allowing a revolutionary alligned with the Dark Circle to take power; While most of the team infiltrates the revolutionaries, Saturn Girl gets a position with an official in the cabinet of the president; Appearances by Chameleon Boy, Braniac-5, Timber Wolf, Element Lad, Saturn Girl, and the Karate Kid. Two-page text feature, "Mistakes in 'Puzzle of the Wild World'" containing solutions to the mistakes made in 'Puzzle of the Wild World' from #388. 36 pgs., full color. $0.15. Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #391
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 391
    Published Aug 1970 by DC.

    Cover pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson. Batman's Son, Superman's Son & Wife, and the Bottle City of Kandor appear in "The Punishment of Superman's Son!", script by Robert Kanigher, pencils by Ross Andru, inks by Mike Esposito; Superman, Jr. continually messes up with his super powers until finally Superman decides he must use Gold Kryptonite to remove Superman Jr's powers. Letter to the editor from comics writer Martin Pasko. Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes back-up, "The Ordeal of Element Lad!", script by E. Nelson Bridwell, pencils by Win Mortimer, inks by Jack Abel; The Legionnaires help the rebels overthrow the president and turn the rebels against Masrin; Appearances by Chameleon Boy, Braniac-5, Timber Wolf, Element Lad, Saturn Girl, and the Karate Kid. 36 pgs., full color. $0.15. Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #392
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 392
    Published Sep 1970 by DC.

    Cover pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson. Batman's Son, Superman's Son & Wife, and the Bottle City of Kandor appear in "The Shame of the Super-Son!", script by Robert Kanigher, pencils by Ross Andru, inks by Mike Esposito; Superman Jr. has problems adjusting after his father removes his super-powers with Gold Kryptonite, but later he manages to save Superman's life because he is no longer vulnerable to Green Kryptonite. Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes backup, "The Legionnaires Who Never Were!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Win Mortimer, inks by Jack Abel; When Saturn Girl and Princess Projectra return from a mission their fellow Legionnaires don't recognize them, because they already have two male members with the girls' powers; Appearances by Saturn Lad, Prince Projectur, Princess Projectra, Shadow Lass, Shrinking Violet, Braniac 5, Sun Boy, Chameleon Boy, Mon-El, Element Lad, Saturn Girl, and the Karate Kid. 36 pgs., full color. $0.15. Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #393
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 393
    Published Oct 1970 by DC.

    Cover pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson. "Superman Meets Super-Houdini!", script by Leo Dorfman, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Daredevil escape artist "Hair-Breadth" Holahan must confront his secret criminal past when gangsters blackmail him into helping them. Superman Scrapbook: Various "action shots" of Superman from the early years. "The Day Superboy Became Superman!", script by Leo Dorfman (as Geoff Brown), pencils by Ross Andru, inks by Mike Esposito; Superboy encounters student activist Marla Harvey, who challenges his beliefs and assumptions; When she dies in an accident while helping others, he resolves to dedicate himself to her principles. It's the Scene humor page by Henry Boltinoff. Letters to the editor from Irene Vartanoff, Richard Morrissey, and cartoonist Jay Zilber. 36 pgs., full color. $0.15. Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #394
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 394
    Published Nov 1970 by DC.

    Cover pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson. "Midas of Metropolis!", script by Leo Dorfman, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; When Superman meets billionaire Cyrus Brand, he begins to compete with the tycoon, inexplicably trying to amass an even larger fortune. Biographies of Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson with self-portraits. "Requiem for a Hot Rod!", script by Leo Dorfman (as Geoff Brown), pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Clark defeats a bullying drag racer at his own game. Super Science Super Sorcery ad. 2-page Dexter story by Henry Boltinoff. Letter to the editor from comics writer/artist Stan Timmons. 36 pgs., full color. $0.15. Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #395
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 395
    Published Dec 1970 by DC.

    Cover pencils by Carmine Infantino (layouts) and Curt Swan, inks by Dick Giordano. "The Secrets of Superman's Fortress," script by Leo Dorfman, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Superman meets and falls in love with Althera, a space Amazon; brief origin of the Fortress of Solitude. DC Takes Top Honors at Comic Art Convention ad. "The Credit Card of Catastrophe," script by Leo Dorfman (as Geoff Brown), pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Superman goes to a fortune teller who gives him a card granting him three wishes. Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen. Letter to the editor from comics artist/writer Stan Timmons. 36 pgs., full color. $0.15. Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #396
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 396
    Published Jan 1971 by DC.

    Cover pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Murphy Anderson. "The Super-Panhandler of Metropolis!", script by Leo Dorfman, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Twenty years in the future, Superman had lost most of his powers and is living on the streets of Metropolis, where scientific advances have rendered him useless. Two-page 1971 preview for Superman books includes Jimmy Olsen & the Newsboy Legion by Jack Kirby, Rose & Thorn in Lois Lane, Supergirl in Adventure Comics, World's Finest with Flash, Robin, and Green Lantern. Tales of the Fortress back-up, "The Invaders from Nowhere!", script by Leo Dorfman (as Geoff Brown), pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Aliens from a microscopic world inside Superman's Fortress kidnap him and force him to use his powers to rejuvenate their world. One-page profile of Leo Dorfman, Ross Andru, and Mike Esposito. 36 pgs., full color. $0.15. Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #397
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 397
    Published Feb 1971 by DC.

    Cover pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Murphy Anderson. "Secret of the Wheel-Chair Superman!", script by Leo Dorfman, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Superman is reduced to begging in the streets for food money when he loses his powers in this imaginary story. DC Explodes in '71 ad for Supergirl and Batman. Aliens from a water world force Superman to live in the ocean and use his old underwater fortress. Untold Tales of the Fortress back-up, "The Super-Captive of the Sea!", script by Leo Dorfman (as Geoff Brown), pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Aliens from a water world force Superman to live in the ocean and use his old underwater fortress. Superman 1971 Calendar pin-up (calendar also works for the years 2010, 2021, 2027, 2038, 2049, and others). 36 pgs., full color. $0.15. Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #398
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 398

    Cover pencils by Neal Adams, inks by Dick Giordano. Clark Kent becomes a TV reporter in "The Pied Piper of Steel," script by Leo Dorfman, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Rock promoter Cy Harkin develops a method of mind control that is transmitted through the music of the concerts he runs so that he can order the teenage fans to tear down the college that once fired him; Bottle city of Kandor appearance. Untold Tales of the Fortress back-up, "Spawn of the Unknown," script by Leo Dorfman (as Geoff Brown), pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Superman encounters a strange species of plant that alters its appearance to that of animals and humans nearby; Supergirl and Anubis appearances. Statement of ownership - average print run 621,030; average paid circulation 329,925. 36 pgs., full color. $0.15. Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #399
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 399
    Published Apr 1971 by DC.

    Cover pencils by Neal Adams, inks by Dick Giordano. "Superman, You're Dead... Dead... Dead," script by Leo Dorfman, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Superman is brought to the 24th century with other heroes from the past as part of a future history lesson, but he learns that he may really be the second duplicate Superman created after the first one from Krypton, died; Appearances by George Custer, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington. Untold Story of Superman's Childhood back-up, "Superbaby's Lost World!", script by Leo Dorfman (as Geoff Brown), pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; The Kents' happy day at an amusement park is disrupted when two jewel thieves stumble on super-powered baby Clark. Letter to the editor from comics writer Martin Pasko. 36 pgs., full color. $0.15. Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #400
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 400
    Published May 1971 by DC.

    Cover pencils by Neal Adams, inks by Dick Giordano. "My Son... Is He Man or Beast?", script by Leo Dorfman, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Superman becomes the guardian of Gregor, a teenage boy, when the boy's scientist father dies; However, Gregor hates Superman for accidentally causing him to become a genetic freak who changes into animals without warning. The Viking Prince ad. Superboy ad. Supergirl guest stars in an Untold Tale of Kandor, "Duel of Doom!", script by Leo Dorfman (as Geoff Browne), pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Two students at the University of Kandor receive top honors when they learn to work together. Letter to the editor from comics writer Bob Rozakis. 36 pgs., full color. $0.15. Cover price $0.15.