Action Comics #245

DC Comics

United States

Published
October 1958
Page count
36
Cover price
0.10 USD
Colour
Colour
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/14652

Credits

Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (credited editor)
Jack Schiff (managing editor)
Mort Weisinger (assistant editor)
George Kashdan (assistant editor)

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover The Shrinking Superman! (Superman) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Zak-Kul

Credits

Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Stan Kaye

Reprint history

Also printed
United Kingdom
Superman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #109 ([May 1959])
The Shrinking Superman!
From GCD
in Superman: The Man of Tomorrow Archives (DC, 2004 series) #1
in Showcase Presents Superman (DC, 2005 series) #1
Show/hide 1. The Shrinking Superman! (Superman) Comic story, 12.67 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Fortress of Solitude; Kandor (as Krypton City); Zak-Kul (villain)

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye

Reprint history

Also printed
United Kingdom
Superman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #109 ([May 1959])
The Shrinking Superman
From GCD
in Superman: The Man of Tomorrow Archives (DC, 2004 series) #1
in Showcase Presents Superman (DC, 2005 series) #1
in Superman: The Bottle City of Kandor (DC, 2007 series) #[nn]

Synopsis

When Lois visits Superman's Fortress, she accidentally releases the criminal Zak-Kul from Kandor. The villain traps Superman in Kandor and takes over his life. Lois marries Zak-Kul thinking him Kal-El but Zak then tries to kill Lois because she keeps asking him Kal-El's secret id, which he doesn't know. Kal-El, trapped inside the "Krypton City" then uses one of the three remaining charges of the Illium-349 to shrink himself even smaller and slip between the atoms of "Krypton City"'s bell jar. Now super again, Kal El uses the second spec to enlarge both himself and the third spec. Zak-Kul meanwhile futilely attempts to hide from Superman by disgusing himself as a horn-rimmed glasses wearing mild-mannered reporter.

Notes

Showcase Presents credits this story to Otto Binder. Kandor is referred to only as "Krypton City". It is depicted as a very wide-necked bottle like the Swan drawn newspaper strip version, not the Plastino narrow-necked comic magazine version. Synopsis updated 2/09 courtesy of Ken Rowand. 2009-05-28 by Allen Ross: Writer credit from Bottle City of Kandor reprint, was "Bill Finger?"

Show/hide 2. Untitled (Little Pete) Comic story, 0.5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Little Pete
Genre
Children; humor

Credits

Script
Henry Boltinoff
Art
Henry Boltinoff
Letters
Henry Boltinoff

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Superman's Supacomic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #3 ([March 1959])
Untitled
Show/hide 3. Lost- A Free Education (Binky) Public service announcement, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Binky
Genre
Teen; humor

Credits

Script
Jack Schiff
Art
Win Mortimer
Show/hide 4. The Interplanetary Scarecrow (Tommy Tomorrow) Comic story, 5.67 pages

Featuring

Feature
Tommy Tomorrow
Genre
Science fiction
Characters
Tommy Tomorrow

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Art
Jim Mooney

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
The Hundred Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1956 series) #29 ([February 1959?])
The Interplanetary Scarecrow
Show/hide 5. Untitled (Varsity Vic) Comic story, 0.67 pages

Featuring

Feature
Varsity Vic
Genre
Teen; humor

Credits

Script
Henry Boltinoff
Art
Henry Boltinoff
Letters
Henry Boltinoff
Show/hide 6. Untitled (Metropolis Mailbag) Letters page, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Metropolis Mailbag

Credits

Script
Mort Weisinger
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Letters
typeset
Show/hide 7. Untitled (Casey the Cop) Comic story, 0.75 pages

Featuring

Feature
Casey the Cop
Genre
Humor

Credits

Script
Henry Boltinoff
Art
Henry Boltinoff
Letters
Henry Boltinoff
Show/hide 8. Secret of the Super Animals (Congo Bill) Comic story, 5.67 pages

Featuring

Feature
Congo Bill
Genre
Jungle
Characters
Congo Bill; Janu the Jungle Boy; Professor Peters

Credits

Script
Jack Miller
Art
Howard Sherman

Notes

writer credit by Craig Delich 8/05


Status

AusReprints ID

  • 36976

Entry created

  • 12/07/2008

Index completed

  • 31/01/2012