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The debut of the world’s most recognizable superhero! Learn the original origin of the Man of Steel in his very first appearance! This issue also features the first appearance of Superman’s Lois Lane and the superhero magician Zatara!


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The debut of the world’s most recognizable superhero! Learn the original origin of the Man of Steel in his very first appearance! This issue also features the first appearance of Superman’s Lois Lane and the superhero magician Zatara!

30 review for Action Comics (1938-2011) #1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jedi JC Daquis

    Finally, I got the chance to read Action Comics #1 (the Superman part), thanks to DC's 80 Years of Superman: Deluxe Edition. While nothing really is remarkable with Supes in this issue, I could just imagine how phenomenal it was back in 1938. With most of the comics during that time being grounded with human characters doing extraordinary things, Superman redefined the industry, being the prime superhero archetype that started what can be rightfully called as modern mythology. The Superman story h Finally, I got the chance to read Action Comics #1 (the Superman part), thanks to DC's 80 Years of Superman: Deluxe Edition. While nothing really is remarkable with Supes in this issue, I could just imagine how phenomenal it was back in 1938. With most of the comics during that time being grounded with human characters doing extraordinary things, Superman redefined the industry, being the prime superhero archetype that started what can be rightfully called as modern mythology. The Superman story here took me to the time I was just experiencing comics for the first time, being mesmerized by the illustrations and the otherworldly things the characters can do, like superstrength and flying and megablasts, leaving me wanting for more and slightly frustrated because the next issue is going to be published next week. I miss that time (90's) when things were so much simpler. That sense of nostalgia that I unexpectedly felt from reading this first Superman story gave me a sincere feeling of childhood joy. Objectively, I can describe Jerry Siegel's writing as youthfully frenetic where the plot (which is almost nonexistent) bounces from panel to panel like a frenzied mosquito on steroids. It is fast, straightforward, compact. His illustrator pal Joe Shuster didn't slack off either. His panels are fast and direct to the point, with minor perspective and movement issues. Action Comics #1 is not just a debut comics. It is a piece of history as important as the birth of graphic literature itself.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nédu

    Lois Lane! that is all.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bill Burris

    This is the beginning of superman. Superman is just a small part of the comic book and only has part of a story. Many of the other stories are also continued in the next issue.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Spencer Eschmann

    Look, there's a reason Superman has grown to become the most recognized character in the world and it isn't because he had a mediocre first appearance. He this is the first time comic readers of the 30's ever saw a man with superpowers, whereas today we get a superhero origin story every 6 months, this was the original, the very first time a superhero origin story was told. Sure there is absolutely no character conflict with Superman, he's the all American boy scout good guy, no questions about Look, there's a reason Superman has grown to become the most recognized character in the world and it isn't because he had a mediocre first appearance. He this is the first time comic readers of the 30's ever saw a man with superpowers, whereas today we get a superhero origin story every 6 months, this was the original, the very first time a superhero origin story was told. Sure there is absolutely no character conflict with Superman, he's the all American boy scout good guy, no questions about it, but even without the complex character development the comic shares a depth that is definitely intended for people's older that the target demographic. A good story that, as famous and important as it is, would be considered mediocre by today's standards, as far as depth of plot and continuity. But just remember, whoever your favorite superhero is he or she is around because of this comic right here.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    I have finally read the very first comic to ever have Superman grace their pages! And there are so many things that are just so different, yet some things never change! Superman's powers work a little differently, his backstory is almost the same, and Lois can't stand the weakling Clark. They go right into the action, which left me slightly confused but overall, not a bad comic. P.S. Love that even from the first comic you see her in, Lois is still a kick ass woman!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alayne

    3.5 ¡La primer aparición de Superman en la historia! Según vi, este cómic vale una fortuna y se lo considera como el "nacimiento del super héroe". Es corto, pero pasan mil cosas muy rápido.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ana Paula Lelis

    I can't believe I just read the first comic about Superman, awesome! Superman is my favorite superhero and it's so cool to see how similiar he is until today. I liked it very much.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ross

    Would recommend: Duh! It's history, people! I mean it's Action Comics #1! Sure it might not be all MUSCLES and GUNS and BUTTS, but it's still pretty sweet.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Read this review and more on my blog, uncovered-books. I received a free copy of the 2018 Action Comics #1 reprint in a giveaway on the collectors website Gemr. If you have not heard of Gemr, I would highly recommend checking them out as they are a great way to catalogue and show off your collection, whether it be comic books, to movies, collectable figures to watches. I have been on Gemr for quite a while if you want to check out some of the stuff that I have collected, click here. This is the fi Read this review and more on my blog, uncovered-books. I received a free copy of the 2018 Action Comics #1 reprint in a giveaway on the collectors website Gemr. If you have not heard of Gemr, I would highly recommend checking them out as they are a great way to catalogue and show off your collection, whether it be comic books, to movies, collectable figures to watches. I have been on Gemr for quite a while if you want to check out some of the stuff that I have collected, click here. This is the first time Superman was ever in a comic book, so to say that I was curious as to how his first outing went is a bit of an understatement. Action Comics #1 contains other comics such as Chuck Dawson and Sticky-Mitt Stimson, but I do not particularly feel like reading those right now so I will only be reviewing Action Comics. Before I review the comic book I have to say that I was surprised when I read this comic as the paper that it was printed on felt like newspaper! Whilst most of you will be like why is this a big deal, I just found it great that for this reprint they made it as authentic as possible by printing it in the same materials that it was printed in back in 1938. Lets start with the storyline. I found that it set up Superman’s / Clark Kents character very well for only 13 pages. In the first pages it shoes what Clark Kent is capable of, and what is motives are. It was very obvious how future writers of Clark Kent / Superman drew from this original comic and continue to try and keep Superman at his roots as it works. The art style is what you would expect from the 1930’s. Block colours with a very limited colour palette, whilst do look old compared to modern drawing styles, somehow manage to simplify what is going on (even though that was all that was available on printers at the time). It forces you to pay attention to the story instead of the wonderful world that the artists have drawn (no offence intended). If you have not read the first ever issue of Action Comics I would highly recommend it if you enjoy comic books. It is the starting place of superhero’s and should give you an appreciation for how much the superhero genre has evolved over the years.

  10. 5 out of 5

    SkywalkerSyd

    I got the reprinted version in the 2017 January Lootcrate, and I love it! The only reason this is marked under "owned with no plans to read" is because I refuse to break the plastic casing it is in.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Oscar Aaron

    Ok, dos cosas importantes: 1. No pienso calificar cada cómic por separado porque son demasiados y meta anual se verá afectada. Sólo calificaré éste cómic en concreto. 2. No soy un lector de cómics, prefiero la prosa extendida, pero por cuestiones del destino me crucé con unos libros maravillosos de colección en donde recopilan las 100 primeras aventuras de Superman y yo... FAN. La estética de los cómics en esa época es PRECIOSA, los gráficos y los diálogos me permiten viajar muchos años atrás. Se n Ok, dos cosas importantes: 1. No pienso calificar cada cómic por separado porque son demasiados y meta anual se verá afectada. Sólo calificaré éste cómic en concreto. 2. No soy un lector de cómics, prefiero la prosa extendida, pero por cuestiones del destino me crucé con unos libros maravillosos de colección en donde recopilan las 100 primeras aventuras de Superman y yo... FAN. La estética de los cómics en esa época es PRECIOSA, los gráficos y los diálogos me permiten viajar muchos años atrás. Se nota que fueron publicadas a finales de los 30's . Cuando termine de leer al menos los 100 primeros cómics espero volver, actualizar esta reseña y hablar de la experiencia.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    This really jumps around. It starts with Superman breaking into the governor's mansion to stop an execution, after which he interrupts a wife beating and does surveillance on a crooked lobbyist and politician. All of this while disappointing Lois Lane and possibly not being a very good reporter. Fascinating as the starting shot, but not nearly as sophisticated and well-developed as what modern readers are used to.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Received this in Lootcrate awhile ago. Honestly, I wouldn't have read it otherwise. I've never been a huge fan of Superman (Lois Lane is probably the only good thing about it in my opinion) so I found this slightly boring and quite disjointed plot-wise. I mean I know it was first issue and back in 1938 but really.......it's not that hard to create a plot that makes sense. 2 stars for Lois Lane slapping a grabby guy like a boss.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Yeary Orion Maple

    Classic Start to a great series. Can't wait to see what else superman will do. It's a quick start, but I'm sure more will be expanded on later.

  15. 5 out of 5

    louisrossmartin

    Review of superman 1st app Waited a long time to read superman 1st app wasn't disappointed although somewhat dated I enjoyed it I'm hooked now on to #2

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nina

    1938 Lois Lane was badass. And superman took on corrupt lobbyists and Senators trying to trick Congress into war. Who knew? This stuff is awesome!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Roman Colombo

    Reading this as an artifact, you can't help but admire it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kevin King

    Loved this foundational Superman. He was a "champion of the people," out to fight for the common man. Also loved (and was previously unaware of) Superman's "dark edge." He got pissed. Which is an indication that he genuinely cared. I was pleasantly surprised with how involved I became, emotionally, with what are fairly simple stories and broadly drawn (literally and figuratively) characters. Definitely worth the time for superhero lovers. The Son of Krypton started it *all*!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This was so cool! I got this reproduction in a Loot Crate, and it's one of the best items I've gotten from the subscription service. In this issue we get the first appearance of Superman, along with a dozen other stories, including a Marco Polo comic. The Superman comic was pretty neat. It was interesting to see how he was first portrayed. It's fairly short, and rushes through some backstory to get to the fun action. Clark Kent is really unlikeable, leaving Lois to handle a jerk who won't take n This was so cool! I got this reproduction in a Loot Crate, and it's one of the best items I've gotten from the subscription service. In this issue we get the first appearance of Superman, along with a dozen other stories, including a Marco Polo comic. The Superman comic was pretty neat. It was interesting to see how he was first portrayed. It's fairly short, and rushes through some backstory to get to the fun action. Clark Kent is really unlikeable, leaving Lois to handle a jerk who won't take no for an answer. Superman himself is rather subtle as far as superheroes go. He doesn't want publicity, and does all of his good deeds in secret. Overall, this was a fascinating look at 1930s culture, and what stories seemed to resonate with comic book audiences of the time.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is an excellent source for comic book fans to see the evolution of comics. And what a long way they have come. Superman’s history is briefly discussed on the first page, leaving a lot of gaping holes. Clearly, the point of this is to admire his amazing feats, not question his abilities. I was surprised to see better narrator than I have read in other classic comics. There is little narration and it does not overly state the obvious (cough, Batman). It is more so a reference for time and loca This is an excellent source for comic book fans to see the evolution of comics. And what a long way they have come. Superman’s history is briefly discussed on the first page, leaving a lot of gaping holes. Clearly, the point of this is to admire his amazing feats, not question his abilities. I was surprised to see better narrator than I have read in other classic comics. There is little narration and it does not overly state the obvious (cough, Batman). It is more so a reference for time and location, with a handful of observational comments. The art is typical of the time, meaning just a little more than enough detail to convey the message and some meh color choices. Unlike my previous encounter, I actually agreed with Lois this time. She gets hit on by a total creep, who goes on to abduct her. As Clark, little can be done to save her. While she does not know he rescues her as Superman, I certainly understand why she calls Clark a “spineless, unbearable coward.” His method of saving her seemed a bit… overzealous though? I mean, he literally shook the bad guys and her out of the car. Her crush on him is not as evident, and maybe a broken rib this is why. Overall, the issue jumps from one event to the other with little or no connection. Like I said, not much development going on. But I still respect the foundation, because without it there would be no current Superman.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sam Kyle

    The very first Superman comic! I mainly gave it the four star rating because of its historical significance and its massive contribution to the comic book world in general and superhero comics in particular. The story itself is very quaint by today's standards. Superman is indestructible and has no flaws except for the fact that he's always messing up his chances with Lois Lane, mainly due to the fact that he is trying to keep his superhero identity a secret. I was actually pleasantly surprised The very first Superman comic! I mainly gave it the four star rating because of its historical significance and its massive contribution to the comic book world in general and superhero comics in particular. The story itself is very quaint by today's standards. Superman is indestructible and has no flaws except for the fact that he's always messing up his chances with Lois Lane, mainly due to the fact that he is trying to keep his superhero identity a secret. I was actually pleasantly surprised by the portrayal of Lois. She's a tough, smart reporter and doesn't put up with any crap, either from Clark Kent or the bad guys. In the end, she still needs to be rescued by Superman but it's nice to know that (some) progress has been made since 1938. This is an interesting look at an important piece of comic book history. Essential for die-hard Superman fans and for those who want to see where it all began. Maybe not for people who prefer modern comics or are only casual Superman readers.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Uke

    Gotta love the first-ever superhero comicbook. It has some of that old-timey straight-faced charm I can't help but enjoy.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ronald

    And this my friends is the beginning of the super hero from which everything we know today grew.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Farhana Sufi

    The very first adventure of my favorite Superhero. Published in 1938 this is not the ultimate well thought out scientifically solid comic of today and neither do these earliest comics explain Superman's history on planet Earth or on Krypton. This Supeeman however tries to stop wars. Human race's evergoing urge to destruct ourselves is promiment even in the earliest comics.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carolina

    El primer comic de superman es algo que me daba mucha curiosidad, no vuela sino que salta, no tiene tantos poderes y todo lo soluciona a los puños. Creo que con Superman se puede ver como el uso de la violencia está legitimado a la hora de enfrentar la frustración en los heroes, eso es quizá lo único que no ha cambiado.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I picked a bunch of comics up on a Nook sale a while ago and finally got around to reading this. It confirmed my disinterest in Superman in general, but it was a fun read for the feel of the early comic.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Torey Sittler

    Legendary Superman's first appearance ever, need I say more? A definite need to the collection, absolutely. For the price of a soda, owning a valuable piece of historical fiction is a no brainer.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Seleyia

    Never thought I'd pick up a comic book and enjoy it. But after watching Smallville, I got interested and so I decided to pick up the comics. Hopefully I can catch up with some of them.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Robert Hultman

    Story lines are jumpy, but this comic is better written than many that have come before and after.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dr Zorlak

    The gravitas acquired lately by this impenitent buffoonery aimed at listless children is a testament to American optimism.

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