Action Comics #242

DC Comics

United States

Published
July 1958
Page count
36
Cover price
0.10
Colour
Colour
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/14460

Credits

Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (credited)
Jack Schiff (managing)
Mort Weisinger, George Kashdan (assistants)

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover The Super-Duel in Space! (Superman) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman; Brainiac

Credits

Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Stan Kaye
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (credited)
Jack Schiff (managing)
Mort Weisinger, George Kashdan (assistants)

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Superman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #134 ([September 1958?])
The Super-Duel in Space!
Printed in
in Superman: The Man of Tomorrow Archives (DC, 2004 series) #1
in Showcase Presents Superman (DC, 2005 series) #1
Show/hide 1. Are You a Litter Bug? (Little Pete) Public service announcement, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Little Pete
Genre
Children; psa

Credits

Script
Jack Schiff
Art
Henry Boltinoff
Letters
Henry Boltinoff

Notes

no dialogue

Show/hide 2. The Super-Duel in Space (Superman) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman (brief origin); Lois Lane; Brainiac (villain, intro); Professor Kimda; Superboy (flashback); Jonathan Kent (flashback); Martha Kent (flashback); Superboy (flashback); Kandor (intro); Fortress of Solitude

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Art
Al Plastino

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Superman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #134 ([September 1958?])
The Super-Duel in Space
 
United Kingdom
Superman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #102 (October 1958)
The Super-Duel In Space
 
United Kingdom
Superman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #102 (October 1958)
 
United States
Superman Annual (DC, 1960 series) #2 (1960 [January 1961])
The Super-Duel in Space
 
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #37 ([May 1966?])
The Super-Duel in Space
 
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #37 ([May 1966?])
 
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #217 (June-July 1969)
The Super-Duel in Space
 
Australia
Giant Superman Album (Colour Comics, 1961 series) #16 ([November 1970?])
The Super-Duel in Space
 
Australia
Giant Superman Album (Colour Comics, 1961 series) #16 ([November 1970?])
 
Australia
Giant Superman Album (KG Murray, 1973? series) #23 ([May 1974?])
The Super-Duel in Space
 
Australia
Giant Superman Album (KG Murray, 1973? series) #23 ([May 1974?])
 
Australia
Krypton Chronicles (Murray, 1982?) ([August 1982?])
The Super-Duel in Space
 
Australia
Krypton Chronicles (Murray, 1982?) ([August 1982?])
 
United States
Superman From the Thirties to the Eighties (Crown, 1983 series) (1983)
The Super-Duel in Space
 
United States
Superman in the Fifties (DC, 2002 series) ([September] 2002)
The Super-Duel in Space
 
United States
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow Archives (DC, 2004 series) #Volume 1 ([September] 2004)
The Super-Duel in Space
 
United States
Showcase Presents Superman (DC, 2005 series) #Vol. One ([September] 2005)
The Super-Duel in Space
From GCD
in Superman Annual (DC, 1960 series) #2 (1960)
in Superman (DC, 1939 series) #217 (June-July 1969)
in Superman from the Thirties to the Eighties (Crown Publishers, Inc., 1983 series) #nn (1983)
in Superman: The Man of Tomorrow Archives (DC, 2004 series) #1
in Superman in the Fifties (DC, 2002 series) #nn
in Showcase Presents Superman (DC, 2005 series) #1
in Superman: The Bottle City of Kandor (DC, 2007 series) #[nn]
Original
Action Comics 242, July 1958
This version
Superman 217, June-July 1969 (80 Page Giant G-60)
Printed in
Superman Annual 2, 1960
 
Superman 217, June-July 1969
From GCD
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #242
 
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #242 (July 1958)

Synopsis

While Clark Kent and Lois Lane are passengers on an experimental rocket, the rocket is snagged by the alien Brainiac. Clark switches to Superman, but can't penetrate Brainiac's force shield, so moves the rocket out of the control of Brainiac's ship. Brainiac turns to his primary goal, which is to shrink and bottle the great cities of Earth in order to restore them to normal size and repopulate his own planet, whose native people have all been wiped out by a plague. Superman returns to Metropolis, expecting Brainiac to also snatch that city, and through that gain entrance into Brainiac's ship. Once inside, he finds a bottle with a shrunken Kryptonian city. He enters the bottle, but loses his powers under its artificial gravity. There he seeks the help of a scientist who helps him plan a way to restore the cities of Earth while Brainiac lies in suspended animation for the trip back to his own planet. But unfortunately there isn't enough power to restore Kandor, so Superman places it in his Fortress until he can find a way, as Brainiac's ship rockets away, with Brainiac unaware that he is returning home empty-handed.

Show/hide 3. Untitled (Little Pete) Comic story, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Little Pete
Genre
Children; humor

Credits

Script
Henry Boltinoff
Art
Henry Boltinoff
Letters
Henry Boltinoff
Show/hide 4. The Traffic Cop of 2058, A.D. (Tommy Tomorrow) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Tommy Tomorrow
Genre
Science fiction
Characters
Tommy Tomorrow; Brent Wood

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Art
Jim Mooney
Show/hide 5. Untitled (Shorty) Comic story, 0.5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Shorty
Genre
Humor

Credits

Script
Henry Boltinoff
Art
Henry Boltinoff
Letters
Henry Boltinoff
Show/hide 6. Gag Bag Text article, 1 page

Credits

Author
Letters
typeset
Show/hide 7. Safari From Space (Congo Bill) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Congo Bill
Genre
Jungle
Characters
Congo Bill; Janu; Xov (villain)

Credits

Art
Howard Sherman
Show/hide 8. Untitled (Nature Wonderland) Comic story, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Nature Wonderland
Genre
Fact

Credits

Script
Martin Naydel
Art
Martin Naydel

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 41080

Cover added

  • 13/02/2010

Index completed

  • 13/02/2010