Comic books in 'Superman'

  • Issue #407
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 407
    Published Dec 1971 by DC.

    52-page giant. Cover pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson. "The Fiend in the Fortress of Solitude," script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; A gangster discovers the secret location of the Fortress of Solitude, enlists his son and a specialist (who turns out to be Lex Luthor) to help him get in, and, for a hostage, takes Clark Kent along. Classic reprint, "The Challenge of the Expanding World" (Part 2), script by Bob Haney, art by Alex Toth; The Flash and The Atom team up. "The Planet of Prey!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; In outer space, Superman encounters a planet that tries to eat him. 52 pgs., full color. $0.25. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #408
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 408
    Published Jan 1972 by DC.

    52-page giant. Cover pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson. "The Hero Superman Doomed to Die!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Superman finds himself unable to rescue a stranded astronaut. "The Shocking Secret of Super-X!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Superman creates a new identity to prevent contaminating earth with a strain of artificial bacteria. Classic reprint, "The Atom's Phantom Double!", script by Gardner Fox, pencils by Gil Kane, inks by Murphy Anderson; A laboratory accident creates a ghostly duplicate of Ray Palmer, who wants to take the real Ray's place by destroying him. 52 pgs., full color. $0.25. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #409
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 409
    Published Feb 1972 by DC.

    52-page giant. Cover by Nick Cardy. "Who Is Clark Kent's Killer and Why Is He Doing Those Terrible Things to Me?", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; A would-be detective from another world tries to help Superman discover who is secretly trying to kill Clark Kent, only to learn that Superman is doing it himself, thanks to a personality split caused by not getting enough sleep. Classic reprint, "The Secret Olympic Heroes," script by Bob Haney, art by Nick Cardy; Speedy joins the Teen Titans. "The Baffling Block of Metropolis," script by Cary Bates, pencils by George Tuska, inks by Murphy Anderson; Origin of the door to the Fortress of Solitude. Letter to the editor from comics writer Bob Rozakis. 52 pgs., full color. $0.25. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #411
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 411
    Published Apr 1972 by DC.

    52-page giant. Cover by Nick Cardy. "The Day They Sold Superman's Fortress," script by Leo Dorfman, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Titus J. Pearson secures the rights to look for oil in the arctic and stumbles onto the Fortress of Solitude. Eclipso origin reprint, "Eclipso, the Genius Who Fought Himself," script by Bob Haney, art by Lee Elias; Bruce Gordon and Profesor Bennett go into orbit in an experimental space capsule; When it looks like Eclipso could take over Gordon permanently, Gordon tries to sacrifice himself. Untold Chapter in the LIfe of Clark Kent back-up, "The Girl Who Worshipped Clark Kent," script by Leo Dorfman, pencils by John Calnan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Superman attends a college reunion. 52 pgs., full color. $0.25. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #412
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 412
    Published May 1972 by DC.

    52-page giant. Cover by Nick Cardy. "Secret of the First Metropolis!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; A strangely advanced man is rescued in the subway by Superman, who returns him 60 million years into the past. "The Menace of the Sky-Scorchers," script by Cary Bates, pencils by John Calnan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Superman discovers that something is causing satellites to fall from the sky. Two-page article, "The Superman Legend." Classic reprint, "Duel of the Divided Man," script by Bob Haney, art by Lee Elias; Bruce Gordon and Professor Bennett go into orbit in an experimental space capsule; When it looks like Eclipso could take over Gordon permanently, Gordon tries to sacrifice himself. 52 pgs., full color. $0.25. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #413
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 413
    Published Jun 1972 by DC.

    Last 52-page giant. Cover by Nick Cardy. "The Voodoo Doom of Superman," script by Leo Dorfman, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Dr. Mystir uses a voodoo doll made with souvenirs of Superman to eliminate Superman's powers, one-by-one; When Luthor hears of the doll, he joins Mystir, who is actually Brainiac in disguise. Super-Turtle humor page by Henry Boltinoff. Classic reprint, "The Man Who Destroyed Eclipso," script by Bob Haney, art by Alex Toth; Mona discovers that her boyfriend, Bruce Gordon, is actually Eclipso; Bruce decides to meet an old friend, Judson Randall, and he finds him apparently imprisoned within a luminous blob. Super-Smiles humor page by Henry Boltinoff. "The 7 Sins of Simon Stagg" starring Metamorpho, script by Bob Haney, pencils by John Calnan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Simon Stagg's old college roommate, Ulysses Bronson invites Stagg and company to see his creation, Morality Mountain, which includes statues of three of the seven deadly sins. 52 pgs., full color. $0.25. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #414
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 414
    Published Jul 1972 by DC.

    First 20-cent cover price. Cover by Nick Cardy. "Superman vs Superstar!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Gregory Reed, the actor who plays Superman, uses black magic to transfer his mind into Superman's body to take revenge on Superman. "Fadeout for a Freak," script by Bob Haney, pencils by John Calnan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Metamorpho, with the help of Simon Stagg, defeats Ulysses Bronson. Letter to the editor from comics writer Bob Rozakis. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #415
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 415
    Published Aug 1972 by DC.

    Cover by Nick Cardy. "Meet the Metropolis Monster!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Superman brings a male humanoid back to life after he has been attacked by a Frankenstein-like monster, only to learn that he has made a terrible mistake in doing so. "Fill My Grave With Money!", script by Bob Haney, art by John Calnan; Metamorpho helps out a man who has voluntarily trapped himself within a mine Simon Stagg has shut down, and who is transformed into a monster as a result. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #416
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 416
    Published Sep 1972 by DC.

    Cover by Nick Cardy. "Superman, You Scare Me to Death!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Superman encounters a crippled girl named Christy whom he terrifies, but who likes Clark Kents company; As a child, she formed a psychic link with a doll, and when the dolls legs were broken in a fire from which Superboy once rescued her, she psychically lost mobility in her own legs and developed a phobia of Superman. "Oh Pity, Where Is Thy Sting?", script by Bob Haney, art by John Calnan; Unable to convince Sapphire to marry him due to an astrological forecast, Metamorpho runs off to join the circus, and helps them keep from folding by putting on an act for the president and the premier of China. Letter to the editor from comics writer David (Dave) Michelinie. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #417
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 417
    Published Oct 1972 by DC.

    Cover by Nick Cardy. "The Conspiracy of the Crime-Lords!", script by Leo Dorfman (as David George), pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Four of Supermans deadliest foes sue for peace, and convince him that his recent visit to the Phantom Planet is creating phantom doubles of himself, which then destroy places he has recently been; To protect Earth, which the villains still value as a prize, they ask him to team with them to defeat the super-phantoms, and Superman agrees. "The Kid and the Corruptors!", script by Bob Haney, art by John Calnan; On Christmas Eve, Simon Stagg invites his nephew Randall into the Stagg household, not knowing that the boy has been brainwashed by spies to turn over secret projects found in his house. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #418
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 418
    Published Nov 1972 by DC.

    Cover by Nick Cardy. "The Attack of the Phantom Super-Foes!", script by Leo Dorfman, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Superman signs a peace accord with his four foes, not knowing the three phantom Supermen have secretly been created by the Marauder; Lex Luthor believes that all four of them are tricking Superman into a trap, not knowing the other three have plans for him, as well. "The Fountain of Death!", script by Bob Haney, art by John Calnan; Simon Stagg fakes his own death in order to cause Metamorpho, thru a clause in Staggs will, to bring back a rare element which he thinks will restore his lost youth. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #419
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 419
    Published Dec 1972 by DC.
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    Cover pencils by Neal Adams, inks by Murphy Anderson, fumetti photo by Jack Adler. "The Most Dangerous Man on Earth!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Moe Malloy fishes a strange glowing gun and pair of shoes out of Metropolis harbor which give him super powers. First Appearance of the Human Target in "The Assassin-Express Contract!", script by Len Wein, pencils by Carmine Infantino and Dick Giordano, inks by Dick Giordano; The Human Target poses as a business man on a train to stop an assassination. Letter to the editor from comics writer Bob Rozakis. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #420
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 420
    Published Jan 1973 by DC.

    Cover by Nick Cardy. Towbee the Minstrel of Space in "The Made-to-Order Menace!", script by Elliot S! Maggin, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; A space-travelling bard who has the power to create what he sings about comes to Earth and creates a super-menace for Superman to battle. "The King of the Jungle Contract!", script by Len Wein, art by Dick Giordano; Christopher Chance is hired by famous hunter Gunther King, who believes that his rival Ernest Holoway is trying to kill him; The Human Target travels around disguised as King on safari in Kenya, dealing with traps that have been set for him; After fighting a lion and a buffalo, he gets into a gunfight with the hidden Holoway. Letter to the editor from comics writer David (Dave) Micheline. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #421
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 421
    Published Feb 1973 by DC.

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    Cover by Nick Cardy. First appearance of Captain Strong (he looks like Popeye!) in "The Fantastic Feats of Captain Strong!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Superman encounters Captain Strong, who becomes super-powerful by eating seaweed grown from alien spores. "The Headline Maker!", script by Elliot S! Maggin, pencils by Sal Amendola, inks by Dick Giordano; After saving patrons from a burning theater and trading bon mots with a press agent, Green Arrow switches to Oliver Queen and helps Dinah Lance open her new flower shop in Star City; Since he needs a job, he is inspired to become a press agent, and promises to get Dinahs shop in the headlines; Not long afterward, he spies hitman Lucas Branson, learns he is about to perform a killing, and phones the city newspapers saying that Green Arrow will take down Branson in front of Dinahs shop. Letter to the editor from comics writer Bob Rozakis. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #422
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 422
    Published Mar 1973 by DC.

    Cover by Nick Cardy. "The TV Show That Menaced Metropolis!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Woody Nescott has had to live in one room for all his life due to a strange blood disease, but his path crosses Supermans when he produces white cells that grow to giant size and begin devouring things. "The Shadows-of-Yesterday Contract!", script by Len Wein, art by Dick Giordano; Christopher Chance takes on Hyram Walsh as his client, a man who is being pursued by a ruthless killer with ties to Chance's past; The assassin is the same man who killed his father; He takes on the case for nothing because the man can't pay, and reflects on his origins; Christopher Chance becomes the Human Target. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #423
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 423
    Published Apr 1973 by DC.

    Cover by Nick Cardy. "Luthor's Hammer of Hate!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Lex Luthor finds a means of transferring his hatred for Superman - and a loss of control and judgment - into Superman himself via an energized hammer. "The Deadly Dancer Contract!", script by Len Wein, art by Dick Giordano; Christopher Chance poses as a man named Hyram Walsh, an accountant informing on the mob, to draw out a hitman named Dancer who killed his father; He takes out two thugs who try to collect the price on his head and leaves them both knocked out in an alleyway. Tracking the killer down to an abandoned movie theater, he confronts Dancer and the two men fight against each other. It is an intensely physical struggle, with a single gun between them, and after a number of blows are exchanged, Chance grabs the weapon. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #424
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 424
    Published Jun 1973 by DC.

    Cover by Nick Cardy. "Gorilla Grodd's Grandstand Play!", script by Elliot Maggin, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Gorilla Grodd escapes his prison in Gorilla City and destroys the force-field that hides the city from humans; Solovar, the gorilla chieftain decides to focus his efforts on the bigger problem of Gorilla Citys exposure instead of pursuing Grodd; Superman battles Grodd. "The Candy Kitchen Caper!", script by Elliot S! Maggin, pencils by Dick Dillin, inks by Dick Giordano; After failing to stop two jewel thieves, Green Arrow changes into his Oliver Queen identity, goes by Ye Olde Candy House on an impulse, tries some of confectioner Evelyn Woodhouses fudge, and is quite pleased; The jewel thieves are using the shop as a front for their diamond-stealing operation, and are encasing the gems in fudge and smuggling them out. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #425
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 425
    Published Jul 1973 by DC.

    Cover by Nick Cardy. "The Last Moa on Earth!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Frank Giacoia; The hunter Jon Halaway shoots the last of the moa birds and is guilt-ridden by this; Eventually he finds a moa egg and returns to Metropolis; The moa hatches and has gained super-powers. "13 Old Men Who Run the World!" starring the Atom, script by Elliot S! Maggin, pencils by Dick Dillin, inks by Mike Esposito and Frank Giacoia (as Phil Zupa); Jean Loring is defending Dr. Selzheim in a case where he is framed by a mafia boss for stealing gold bullion. "The Short-Walk-to-Disaster Contract!", script by Len Wein, pencils by Neal Adams, inks by Dick Giordano; Human Target is hired by his servant Luigi to pose as Luigi's cousin Antonio; He is a circus artist, and his act has been sabotaged a couple of times. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #426
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 426
    Published Aug 1973 by DC.

    Cover by Nick Cardy. "Master of the Moon Rocks!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Terra-Man starts an anti-moon rock cult in order to get moon rocks to fuel an anti-Superman weapon. "The Wrong Side of the Tracks!", script by Elliot S! Maggin, pencils by Dick Dillin, inks by Dick Giordano; Oliver Queens suspicions are aroused when two truckers ask directions for an address from him, while driving a truck from a firm that has been defunct for two years; Traveling to the address as Green Arrow, he discovers the truth: that Osborne Foundation president Chatsworth Osborne, Jr. is being electronically bugged by his vice-president, Gregory Gates, who was demoted from general finance manager by Osborne; Dinah Lance/Black Canary appearance. "The Short-Walk-to-Disaster Contract!" starring the Human Target, script by Len Wein, art by Dick Giordano. Letter to the editor from comics writer Bob Rozakis. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #427
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 427
    Published Sep 1973 by DC.

    Cover by Nick Cardy. "The Man Who Never Lived!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; A programmed assassin of the 21st Century sets in motion a plan for an ancestor of his to encounter Superman and prevent his future existence. "The Time Thief Strikes But Once!", script by Elliot S! Maggin, pencils by Dick Dillin, inks by Dick Giordano; Chronos breaks jail and issues a challenge to the Atom to try and stop his next crime before he can commit murder. Letter to the editor from comics writer Bob Rozakis. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #428
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 428
    Published Oct 1973 by DC.

    Cover pencils by Nick Cardy, inks by Nick Cardy and Murphy Anderson (Superman poster only). "Whatever Happened to Superman?", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Lex Luthor puts a satellite into orbit that causes everyone to believe Superman has vanished for the last ten years. "The Plot to Kill Black Canary!", script by Elliot S! Maggin, art by Dick Giordano; Green Arrow commits Black Canary to be the spokesman for a motorcycle company; While doing a display of the motorcycle at a car show, two thugs try to kill Black Canary. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #429
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 429
    Published Nov 1973 by DC.

    Cover by Nick Cardy. "The Man Who Wrote Superman's Obituary!", script by Elliot S! Maggin, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Bob Oksner; After Superman defeats Oxymaxias, a monster from ancient Earth, he learns that the Daily Planets morgue keeper has learned his secret identity thanks to an accidental link between his teletype and the diary-writing device at the Fortress of Solitude; Cameos by Supergirl, Flash, Batman, and Green Lantern. "The Rodeo Riddle Contract!" starring the Human Target, script by Len Wein, art by Dick Giordano. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #430
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 430
    Published Dec 1973 by DC.

    Cover by Nick Cardy. "Bus-Ride to Nowhere!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Superman is warned about a lizard-being from the 420th Century, the Quakerer, who has the power to change his own appearance or that of other beings or objects, and who has come back to the 20th Century to find a weapon that will destroy the humans of the future; The Quakerer is disguised as one of Clarks neighbors, but he does not know who. "Up Pops The Atom" starring Atom, Hawkman, Batman, the Flash, and Green Lantern, script by Elliot S! Maggin, pencils by Dick Dillin, inks by Dick Giordano; While taking Jeans nephew to an amusement park, Ray Palmer has to become the Atom to trap two spies. Letter from comics writer Bob Rozakis. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #431
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 431
    Published Jan 1974 by DC.

    Cover by Nick Cardy. "The Monster Who Unmasked Superman!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Clark Kent is forced to reveal his Superman identity to the others on the bus when the Quakerer unmasks himself as Jonathan Slaughter; But, after he defeats the villain and gets himself and his friends back to the 20th Century, Batman helps Superman conceal his identity again, along with some help from a hypnotic device. "The Case of the Runaway Shoebox!", script by Elliot S! Maggin, pencils by Dick Dillin, inks by Dick Giordano; Oliver Queen has his pocket picked on the way to paying his rent, and, retracing his steps to try and find it, runs into a robbery scene in front of a museum; He switches to his Green Arrow identity and takes down a ring of thieves before they can steal the rare and valuable fragments of an ancient Greek amphora. Letter from Guy Lillian III. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #432
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 432
    Published Feb 1974 by DC.

    Cover by Nick Cardy. "Target of the Toymen!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Clark Kent is shooting a commercial at the airport when a criminal similar to the Toyman shrinks and steals a 707; The new Toyman is able to escape by using exploding bubble gum animals to threaten the town below, forcing Superman to abandon the chase to protect the residents; Within a few days, a nuclear submarine and a solar-powered train are stolen as this new Toyman intends to ransom off the stolen vehicles. "The Million-Dollar Methuselah Contract" starring the Human Target, script by Len Wein, art by Dick Giordano; Christopher Chance is hired by millionarie oilman Henderson Repp, who suspects his nephew is trying to kill him. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #433
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 433
    Published Mar 1974 by DC.

    Cover by Nick Cardy. "The Man Who Was Buried on Page 64!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson; Superman is abducted by three minions of Noam Sythe, who plans to use the combined unused brainpower of them and the Man of Steel to terraform the moon; But Superman realizes the power will cause the moon to explode. "Affair of the Bouncing Chair!", script by Elliot S! Maggin, pencils by Dick Dillin, inks by Dick Giordano; The Atom deals with an intelligent insect from a micro-world which is accidentally enlarged in a students experiment. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #434
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 434
    Published Apr 1974 by DC.
    • INCOMPLETE. Pages missing. Interrupts art and story.

    Cover by Nick Cardy. "The Krypton Connection!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Vince Colletta; The Kryptonians Dr. Xadu and Zeda trick Clark Kent into a dentist chair where they reveal that they have returned to Earth and have placed Superman under their control. "Zatanna's Double Identity!", script by Elliot S! Maggin, pencils by Dick Dillin, inks by Frank McLaughlin; Zatanna accidentally gives herself the powers and personality of Black Canary, causing Green Arrow problems when the real Black Canary becomes jealous. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #435
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 435
    Published May 1974 by DC.

    Cover by Nick Cardy. "I Want to Wreck the World!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Vince Colletta; Superman tries to resist Dr. Xadus mental orders to destroy the Earth. "The Unmasking of the Atom!", script by Elliot S! Maggin, pencils by Dick Dillin, inks by Dick Giordano and Frank McLaughlin; Just as Ray Palmer decides to give up his Atom identity, patent his shrinking device, and make a fortune, the Atom has to defend Jean Lorings life from gangsters. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #436
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 436
    Published Jun 1974 by DC.

    Cover by Nick Cardy. "The Super-Cigars of Perry White!", script by Elliot S! Maggin, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Vince Colletta; Chief editor Perry White receives a special present and suddenly appears to have superpowers; He soon faces the accompanying difficulties and dangerous enemies. "Young Man With A Drum!", script by Elliot S! Maggin, pencils by Dick Dillin, inks by Tex Blaisdell; Green Arrow is tracking down a stolen goods ring and discovers that Roy is on the same case; Black Canary cameo. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #437
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 437
    Published Jul 1974 by DC.

    Cover by Nick Cardy. "Magic is Bustin' Out All Over!", script by Elliot S! Maggin, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Kurt Schaffenberger; Effron the Sorcerer is back with a plot to defeat his two old foes, Superman and Green Arrow, and to charge the Earth with magic energy. "The First Frogman!", script by Robert Kanigher, pencils by Ross Andru, inks by Mike Esposito. "The Sea Devils vs. the Octopus Man!", script by Bob Kanigher, art by Russ Heath; reprinted from Sea Devils #1. "Riddle of the Runaway Rockets!", script by Gardner Fox, pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Murphy Anderson; An ancient metal robot reappears and tries again to destroy Rann. "The Barbed Wire Barricade!", script by Gardner Fox, pencils by Gil Kane, inks by Joe Giella; reprinted from Western Comics #77. "I Was King of the Daredevils," script by Dick Wood, art by John Prentice; reprinted from My Greatest Adventure #3. "The Man Who Returned from the Dead!", script by William Woolfolk, pencils by Reed Crandall; reprinted from Doll Man #13. 100 pgs., full color. $0.60. Cover price $0.60.

  • Issue #438
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 438
    Published Aug 1974 by DC.

    Cover by Nick Cardy. Superman promo ad with Pat Broderick art. "A Monster Named Lois Lane!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Bob Oksner; A jewel from space turns Lois Lane into a super-powered beast-woman. Superman pretends to develop similar monster-like symptoms in order to trap and subdue her but she sees through his disguise; Finally Superman realizes that Lois developed the condition only because she had a cold which lowered her immunity to the space jewel. "The Man Who Tape-Recorded the Atom!", script by Martin Pasko, pencils by Dick Dillin, inks by Tex Blaisdell; Jean Loring is kidnapped by the evil scientist Dr. Myles Adrian who wishes to force Ray Palmer to show him how to reverse the side-effects of a shrinking experiment which threatens to shrink him to infinitesimal size; When the Atom travels through the phone wires after receiving a distress call from Jean, Professor Adrian traps the Atom in an answering machine and threatens to erase him forever unless he reveals the secret of his shrinking reversal powers. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #439
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 439
    Published Sep 1974 by DC.
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    Cover by Nick Cardy. "Too Big To Live!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Bob Oksner; The spaceman Carnox was caught on Earth 1 million years ago and is revived in the present; He has got a decease that can be cured by Captain Strong's sauncha plants. "Danger In Two Dimensions!", script by Martin Pasko, pencils by Dick Dillin, inks by Tex Blaisdell; Professor Myles Adrian has gained the power to shrink to 2 dimensions, but is dying by it. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #440
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 440
    Published Oct 1974 by DC.
    • INCOMPLETE. Pages missing. Interrupts art and story.

    Cover by Nick Cardy. "The Man Who Betrayed Krypton!", script by Elliot S! Maggin, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Bob Oksner; A criminal mastermind tries to demoralize Superman with illusions of his parents. "Little Dog Lost!" starring Green Arrow, Black Canary, and Krypto, script by Elliot S! Maggin, art by Mike Grell; Green Arrow is assisted in his fight against Prof. Steelgraves and his smuggling ring by a white dog, who later brings Oliver Queen a device Steelgraves was trying to smuggle, and shuts it off when it produces a beam that makes Dinah Lance hallucinate; Both Ollie and Dinah agree that he is no ordinary dog, and Dinah gives him the name Demian. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #441
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 441
    Published Nov 1974 by DC.

    Cover by Nick Cardy. "Weather War Over Metropolis!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Bob Oksner; The Weather Wizard tricks Superman and Flash into visiting him in prison so he can attack Superman with a unique Kryptonian style of lightning that will make him a killer. "The Mystery of the Wandering Dog," script by Elliot S! Maggin, art by Mike Grell; Green Arrow and Black Canary stop a smuggling ring with the help of Krypto. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #442
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 442
    Published Dec 1974 by DC.

    Last 20-cent cover price. Cover by Nick Cardy. "The Midnight Murder Show!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Kurt Schaffenberger; Superman enacts a desperate plan to save the life of kidnapped TV host Johnny Nevada. "The Little Man from Mars!", script by Martin Pasko, art by Mike Grell; To find the missing page to an important diary, the Atom goes back in time to Grovers Mill, New Jersey on October 30, 1938, the date of the "War of the Worlds" broadcast by Orson Welles. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #443
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 443
    Published Jan 1975 by DC.

    Cover by Nick Cardy. "At Last! Clark Kent - Superhero!", script by Elliot S! Maggin, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Tex Blaisdell; Queen Bee captures all of the Justice League except Superman, who uses Kryptonian technology to reverse earth residents' perceptions of Clark Kent and Superman; This confuses Brainiac so that Superman can trace Queen Bee's Bee-Men back to her lair and free the Justice League, who then capture her and the other villains. "7 Threats in the 7 Seas!"; One-panel recaps of stories from Sea Devils #2-3, 6-9, and 12. "The Ghost of the Deep!", script by Bob Kanigher, art by Russ Heath; After watching a singer named Circe Smith at a nightclub, the Sea Devils appear to meet the mythological Circe during their next dive. "Revolt in Painted Canyon!", script by Gardner Fox, pencils by Gil Kane, inks by Joe Giella; Matt concocts a ruse with his men to capture Jed Crogan and his men, who have been menacing a town and its ranchers. "The Super-brain of Adam Strange!", script by Gardner Fox, pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Sid Greene. "Amazing Thefts of the I.Q. Gang!" starring Hawkman and Hawkgirl, script by Gardner Fox, art by Murphy Anderson. "A Spanish Castle!" starring The Black Pirate, script and art by Sheldon Moldoff. 100 pgs., full color. $0.60. Cover price $0.60.

  • Issue #444
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 444
    Published Feb 1975 by DC.

    First 25-cent cover price. "Beware the Hero-Killers!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Tex Blaisdell; Sinestro hires two alien assassins to kill Green Lantern, using Superman as their weapon. "The Black Canary is Dead!", script by Elliot S! Maggin (script) and Mike Grell (plot), art by Mike Grell; At the behest of the boys father, Green Arrow tries to talk Tommy Genetta out of hanging around with a crowd of juvenile delinquents and junkies, who have indirectly caused the death of Tommys big brother Frankie through an overdose; Black Canary guest-stars. 36 pgs., full color. $0.25. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #445
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 445
    Published Mar 1975 by DC.

    Cover by Nick Cardy. "Count Ten, Superman... and Die!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Kurt Schaffenberger; After helping blast through a mountain on a construction project 2200 miles west of Metropolis, Superman quickly flies to the Metropolis Civic Center for a lecture given by actor Gregory Reed dressed in a Superman costume; Reed recounts his disfigurement and miracle surgery performed by Superman where the actor now resembles the hero he portrayed on television After the lecture, Reed takes questions from the media in the Civic Center garden and is struck by a puls-bolt from a spaceship of the Superman Revenge Squad. "Find Black Canary, Dead... or Alive!", script by Elliot S! Maggin (script) and Mike Grell (plot), art by Mike Grell; As Cherry Noller leaves an underground casino, she is confronted by Green Arrow who asks for her help in finding Black Canary; The Emerald Archer tells Noller how his partner came to be captured and possibly killed by Max Lucker. Letter from comics writer and editor Robert Greenberger. 36 pgs., full color. $0.25. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #446
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 446
    Published Apr 1975 by DC.

    Cover by Bob Oksner. "Batman and the Mummy" ad for Hostess Twinkies. "Clark Kent Calling Superman... Clark Kent Calling Superman!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Bob Oksner; Communist spies try to discover the secret of how Clark Kent summons Superman. "Billion-Dollar Bust!", script by Elliot S! Maggin, art by Mike Grell; Black Canary utters her Canary Cry and enables herself and Green Arrow to escape; Then both heroes have a showdown with Lucker and Noller and their gang at a point where a drug boat is being unloaded, and, with the help of the police, the crooks are caught and a billion-dollar drug raid is accomplished. Letter from comics historian Peter Sanderson. 36 pgs., full color. $0.25. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #447
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 447
    Published May 1975 by DC.

    Cover by Dick Giordano. "The Man Who Created Superman!", script by Elliot S! Maggin, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Bob Oksner; An island hermit with second sight helps Superman defuse a deadly solar energy bomb. "The Girl With The 24-Karat Dreams!", script by Martin Pasko, pencils by Rich Buckler, inks by Klaus Janson; Enrichetta Negrini finds she has the apparent power to turn whatever or whoever she dreams of into solid gold, including her fiancé, and the Atom takes a hand... only to find that his hand has also turned into gold. 36 pgs., full color. $0.25. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #448
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 448
    Published Jun 1975 by DC.
    • Tape along length of spine. (interior and exterior) Large piece of cover and first page missing. Interrupts art and story. Water damage.

    Cover by Bob Oksner. "The Spy" Hostess snack cakes ad with Superman. "Don't Get Off On the 13th Floor!", script by Elliot S! Maggin, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Bob Oksner; The secret to the mysterious aliens that keep arriving in Metropolis is found on the 13th floor of the Daily Planet. "Nightmare in Gold," script by Martin Pasko, pencils by Dick Dillin, inks by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez; Criminals are using Enrichetta's subconscious mind to turn Ray Palmer into solid gold. 36 pgs., full color. $0.25. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #449
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 449
    Published Jul 1975 by DC.

    Cover by Bob Oksner. "My Best Friend - The Super-Spy!", script by Elliot S! Maggin, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Bob Oksner; The enemy agent inside Galaxy Communications uses androids against Superman. "The Mystery of the Giant Arrows," script by France Herron (possibly plotted by Jack Kirby), pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Jack Kirby and Roz Kirby (backgrounds); Green Arrow and Speedy investigate giant arrows falling from the sky and are pulled into an alternate dimension where they meet Xeen Arrow. "Green Arrow's Amazing Arsenal!" two-page story. "The Atomic Flea!" starring the Atom, script by Gardner Fox, pencils by Gil Kane, inks by Sid Greene. 68 pgs., full color. $0.50. Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #450
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 450
    Published Aug 1975 by DC.

    Cover by Bob Oksner. "The Laugh Heard 'Round The World," script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Tex Blaisdell; While in Las Vegas, Johnny Nevada is struck on the head by muggers; The blow to his head causes him to become a sand-monster who desperately wants to hear the public laugh. "A Gremlin In The Works," script by Elliot S! Maggin, art by Mike Grell; Green Arrow and Black Canary investigate the killings at a resort. 36 pgs., full color. $0.25. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #451
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 451
    Published Sep 1975 by DC.

    Cover by Bob Oksner. "The Great Super-Hero Contest," script by Jim Shooter, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez; Superman encounters a super-powered prince from another world and the princes intended, the latter of whom falls for the Man of Steel and sparks trouble. "The Day The Dreaming Dies," script by Elliot S! Maggin, art by Mike Grell; Green Arrow and Black Canary feel they have little choice but to help Davy Tenzer, who claims to have lived for centuries, and who tells them that a deadly band called the Organization is meeting at the hotel, planning to neutralize every government on Earth!; Davy gets them into the Organizations secret planning room, but the three of them are taken down by guards. 36 pgs., full color. $0.25. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #452
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 452
    Published Oct 1975 by DC.

    Cover by Bob Oksner. "The Loser.. and New Champion!", script by Jim Shooter, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Tex Blaisdell; Superman faces a crook who has been genetically altered to gain the power of anyone who fights him. "When Madmen Rule the World!", script by Elliot S! Maggin, art by Mike Grell; Green Arrow frees himself and his friends from their bonds and leads Davy and Black Canary in an assault on the Organization; But, once again, they find themselves outnumbered and make an escape... without Davy, who stays behind and blows up the Organization with a detonator from one of the nuclear bombs. 36 pgs., full color. $0.25. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #453
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 453
    Published Nov 1975 by DC.

    Cover by Bob Oksner. "Superman's Fantastic Face-Saving Feat!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Tex Blaisdell; A criminal uses a device to change facial features with Clark Kent to get close enough to take a shot at Superman. "Minerva Menace!" Hostess snack cakes ad with Shazam. "Danger: Thoughts at Work!", script by Martin Pasko, art by José Delbo; Dr. Speer asks Ray to help him fix his Actualizer machine which is causing people to act out their subconscious thoughts. 36 pgs., full color. $0.25. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #454
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 454
    Published Dec 1975 by DC.

    Cover by Bob Oksner. "Superman's Energy-Crisis!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Tex Blaisdell; A strange energy-drain causes Superman to consume mass quantities of food while the Toyman runs rampant; Superman discovers that solar energy is being drained somewhere deep inside the earth's core; S.T.A.R. laboratories creates a Super Solar Cells suit that enables Superman to burrow into the earth's core where he discovers a freak hybrid of metal alloys that is absorbing the sun's energy and his own. "The Campus That Swallowed Itself!", script by Martin Pasko, art by José Delbo; A groundskeeper accidentally activates the Actualizer, causing Ivy University to be inundated in a tide of creeping ivy, until the Atom finds a solution. 36 pgs., full color. $0.25. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #455
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 455
    Published Jan 1976 by DC.

    Cover by Bob Oksner. "Junkman - The Recycled Superstar!", script by Elliot S! Maggin, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Tex Blaisdell; A freak accident in Kandor transmits super-power to a junkpile robot, and Superman, the Atom, and Green Arrow must find a way to stop it before it destroys the bottle city. 36 pgs., full color. $0.25. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #456
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 456
    Published Feb 1976 by DC.

    Last 25-cent cover price. Cover by Mike Grell. "Jaws of the Killer Shark!", script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Tex Blaisdell; The Shark, Green Lanterns old foe, regains his humanoid form and battles Superman. "Bail Out the Nutty Kid," script by Elliot S! Maggin, art by Mike Grell; Comedian Danny Harris is kidnapped by a group of thugs masquerading as clowns during his pledge-drive telethon, at which Oliver Queen is manning a phone bank; Ollie telephones Black Canary to come to their aid while the clowns levy a demand for ransom money before taking him to a helicopter. 36 pgs., full color. $0.25. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #457
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 457
    Published Mar 1976 by DC.

    First 30-cent cover price. Cover by Bob Oksner. "Superman, You're Not Clark Kent - and I Can Prove It!", script by Gerry Conway, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Tex Blaisdell; Pete Rosss son is endangered by a disease and the lack of his will to live, so Superman tries to give Jon Ross what he most wants to know, the revelation of his secret identity; But Jon wont believe that the Man of Steel is really Clark Kent; Superman battles Whirlicane. "Flight of the Nutty Kid!", script by Elliot S! Maggin, art by Mike Grell; Black Canary stops a kidnapping of the Nutty Kid alias Lex Luthor. 36 pgs., full color. $0.30. Cover price $0.30.