Action Comics Annual

Published
August 1984
Page count
100
Cover price
1.25 AUD
Colour
Black & white
Size
Standard size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic
Branding
Australian Edition DC
 
Australian Edition DC

Credits

Editing
, editor

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover The New Luthor & Brainiac! (Superman) Cover, 1 page

"With the talents of: Cary Bates * Curt Swan * Murphy Anderson * Marv Wolfman * Gil Kane * Geroge Perez * Ed Hannigan Plus: Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster. The cosmos-quaking origins of the new Luthor and Brainiac!"

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Art
Gil Kane, penciller
 
Dick Giordano, inker

Reprint history

First print
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #544 (June 1983)
Show/hide 1. Luthor Unleashed (Superman) Comic story, 28 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Code
S-4145

Credits

Writing
Cary Bates, scripter
Art
Curt Swan, penciller
 
Murphy Anderson, inker
Text
Ben Oda, letterer
Editing
Julius Schwartz, editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #544 (June 1983)

Notes

This introduces the legendary Luthor Battlesuit which was seen on the.Super Powers and Justice League animated series as well as the Super Powers toy line. George Perez designed the Luthor Battlesuit.

Show/hide 2. The New Luthor (Luthor) Illustration, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Luthor
Genre
Superhero
Code
S-4161
Characters
Lex Luthor

Credits

Art
George Pérez, line art
Text
, letterer
Editing
Julius Schwartz, original editor
 
E. Nelson Bridwell, original Consulting Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #544 (June 1983)
The New Luthor

Notes

George Perez is credited as designer of Luthor's new costume. Job number and page count confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics.

Show/hide 3. Rebirth (Superman) Comic story, 23 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Code
S-4150
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Lana Lang; Brainiac; The Omega Men [Kalista; Primus; Broot; Nimbus; Harpis] (cameo); Lord Satanis (flashback)

Credits

Writing
Marv Wolfman, scripter
Art
Gil Kane, line art
Text
Ben Oda, letterer
Editing
Julius Schwartz, original editor
 
E. Nelson Bridwell, original Consulting Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #544 (June 1983)
Rebirth!

Synopsis

With Superman's unwitting help, Brainiac escapes his prison, experiences the depth and breadth of the universe, and reforms as an entirely new kind of being. Then Brainiac lures Superman to Systus 2, where he robs the hero of his powers, and greets him in his new form for the first time.

Notes

This introduces the Brainiac robotic body which was later used in the Super Powers animated series and tor line. Ed Hannigan designed the costume. Pages were taken from the story to fit the page count.

Show/hide 4. ...With But a Single Step (Superman) Comic story, 22 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Writing
Marv Wolfman, scripter
Art
Gil Kane, line art
Text
Todd Klein, letterer
Editing
Julius Schwartz, editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #545 (July 1983)

Notes

Story has been reduced from 23 pages to fit the reprint page count.

Show/hide 5. Showdown (Superman) Comic story, 22 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Code
S-4191
Characters
Justice League of America; New Teen Titans

Credits

Writing
Marv Wolfman, scripter
Art
Gil Kane, line art
Text
Ben Oda, letterer
Editing
Julius Schwartz, editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #546 (August 1983)

Notes

Some panels are reduced to lower the page count from 24 pages.


Notes

The Ed Hannigan, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster material is omitted in this reprint, despite being listed on the cover. Stories continue from Superman Starring in Action Comics 5

Status

This issue includes help from

  • Neil A Hansen

AusReprints ID

  • 1225

Entry created

  • 23/01/2004

Cover added

  • 09/08/2015

Index completed

  • 25/01/2004

Last updated

  • 14/09/2019