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Action Comics (1938 DC) comic books 1939 or before

  • Issue #1
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 1
    Published Jun 1938 by DC.
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    • Paper: Off white to white
    • Page 24 only.
    • Label #2016059008
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    • Paper: Off white
    • Page 29 only.
    • Label #2016998007

    Cover art by Joe Shuster. Legendary issue featuring the origin and 1st app. of Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. 1st app. of Zatara and Lois Lane. One-page Superman story, script by Jerry Siegel, art by Joe Shuster; A space vehicle from a destroyed world lands on Earth, and its occupant becomes Superman; In addition, a scientific explanation for this being's powers is given. "The Coming of Superman," script by Jerry Siegel, art by Joe Shuster; Superman delivers a witness to the governor to stop an execution, then stops a wife-beater; Later Superman, as Clark Kent, goes out with Lois, but she earns the wrath of Butch Matson and Superman must save her; Finally, Clark is assigned a story on the South American republic of San Monte. Superman ad. "The A-G Gang," art by Homer Fleming; Chuck begins a vendetta against the crooked ranch owners who have, by fraud, acquired the range lands he inherited after his father's death. "The Mystery of the Freight Train Robberies," script and art by Fred Guardineer; Zatara and Tong investigate the murders of several railroad detectives and the theft of over $200,000 in loot. "South Sea Strategy" text story by Captain Frank Thomas. "Sticky-Mitt Stimson," script and art by Russell Cole (as Alger); Sticky swipes some apples and is pursued by the police. He gets a lucky break to make good his escape. Untitled The Adventures of Marco Polo story, art by Sven Elven; Marco, his father and his uncle are given an audience with the new Pope; They are sent on a mission to satisfy a request from the Khan of Tartary for priests and men of learning. "The Light Heavyweight Championship," script by Gardner Fox, art by Fred Guardineer; When the Boxing Commission runs a dirty fight trainer out of town, he swears his revenge...against Pep. "The International Jewel Thief," art by Will Ely; An international jewel thief arrives in America as a prisoner, but Scoop and Rusty are on hand to witness his escape with the help of his gang lying in wait. "Murder in England," art by Bernard Baily; Ken is framed for the murder of a man, and, with the help of Betty and Bobby, sets out to prove his innocence. Stardust cartoon. Odds 'n Ends cartoon by Sheldon Moldoff on inside back cover. 68 Pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #2
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 2

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    Cover art by Leo E. O'Mealia. Thrills! cartoon by Terry Gilkison. "Revolution in San Monte," script by Jerry Siegel, art by Joe Shuster; Clark Kent and Lois Lane are sent by editor Taylor to San Monte in South America to cover a war that is brewing; Besides saving Lois from being executed as a spy, Superman proves the war is being fomented by munitions manufacturers led by Emil Norvell. Superman ad. "The Shipwreck," art by Will Ely; A storm crashes a yacht onto a rocky reef and Scoop Scanlon helps the coast guard rescue the passengers. "Glass Arm" starring "Pep" Morgan, script by Gardner Fox, art by Fred Guardineer (as Gene Baxter). "Elmer the Eel," script and art by Russell Cole (as Alger). Untitled The Adventures of Marco Polo story, art by Sven Elven; In a narrow mountain pass, Marco sends an avalanche onto the bandits threatening the Polo caravan; The few survivors are taken as hostage for save passage through this dangerous land. "South Sea Strategy" Part 2 text story by Captain Frank Thomas. "The Sealed City" Part 1, art by Bernard Baily; The One-Eyed Gorrah rules a legendary city that had been buried by a volcano; However, he had overthrown the "real" Gorrah and Tex Thompson and Bob Daley team up with the "real" Gorrah to retake his throne. "Vindication," art by Leo O'Mealia; Disgraced police inspector Bob Donald disappears and his son Bobby is determined to find him. Untitled story, art by Homer Fleming; Having escaped from jail, Chuck continues his quest to bring down the A-G gang who stole his father's property. "The Haunted Farm," script by Gardner Fox, art by Fred Guardineer; Zatara investigates a murder on a reportedly haunted farm. "Play Ball" one-page story, art by Sheldon Moldoff. 68 Pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #3
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 3
    Published Aug 1938 by DC.

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    Cover art by Leo E. O'Mealia. Ad for More Fun Comics, New Adventure Comics and Detective Comics. "The Blakely Mine Disaster," script by Jerry Siegel, art by Joe Shuster; After Superman saves a group of miners from a cave-in, Clark Kent senses a story that may mean that the mine's owner, Thorton Blakely, is actually running unsafe mine operations and blaming accidents on the miners themselves. "Murder at the Blue Bird Dance Palace," art by Will Ely; Scoop investigates an apparent murder at a dance hall. "Wins a Doubleheader," script by Gardner Fox, art by Fred Guardineer (as Gene Baxter); Pep attempts to win race car prize, despite dirty tricks from his opponents. "Shifty Simpson," script and art by Russell Cole (as Alger). Untitled The Adventures of Marco Polo story, art by Sven Elven; Marco saves a guide from an attacking tiger. Upon reaching the flats of Iran, they release their mountain captives; A giant desert storm descends on their caravan. "Sports at Sea," script and art by Dick Lawlor; A giant storm pushes a freighter onto the rocks of the English coast; Ted summons his baseball skills to save the crew. "The Sealed City" Part 2, art by Bernard Baily; Tex and Bob discover the real Gorrah of the Sealed City and help him overthrow the one-eyed imposter who tried to kill them all. Untitled "Chuck" Dawson story, art by Homer Fleming; After Chuck escapes from Trigger and Butch, the Sheriff posts a $500 reward for his capture for murder. "Death from the Air," art by Fred Guardineer; Zatara foils the latest scheme of the Tigress where she uses airplanes to kill weathy men and then collects on their will. Here and There cartoon. 68 Pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #4
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 4
    Published Sep 1938 by DC.

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    Cover art by Leo E. O'Mealia. Ad for New Adventure Comics, More Fun Comics, and Detective Comics. "Superman Plays Football," script by Jerry Siegel, art by Joe Shuster; Overhearing a crooked college football coach at Dale University plotting to populate his team with thugs to defeat rival Cordell University, Superman impersonates a football player from Cordell to straighten the situation out. Acquiring Super-Strength activity. Untitled "Chuck" Dawson story, art by Homer Fleming; Chuck rescues his horse from Steve and is chased into the mountains by the Sheriff, Trigger, and Butch. "The All-Star Athlete,: script by Gardner Fox, art by Fred Guardineer (as Gene Baxter); Pep is leading in the Camp Indian Head swimming competition until some campers lives are endangered. "Bad Bill and The Menace of the Hills," script and art by Russell Cole (as Alger). Untitled The Adventures of Marco Polo story, art by Sven Elven; After the desert storm passes, the caravan finds fresh water. A giant python attacks a lioness, who is saved by her mate; Then the snake turns on the Polos! "Legion Loyalty" text story by Captain Frank Thomas. "Sealed City" Part 3, art by Bernard Baily; Rabb Khazan attempts to overthrow the Gorrah of the Sealed City. "Brady's Revenge, art by Will Ely; After the Bulletin is bombed, Scoop tracks down the culprits. "The Protection Racket," art by Leo E. O'Mealia; Evans, a glazier, operates a protection racket for local merchants: those who don't pay, get their windows broken; Bobby attempts to blackmail the blackmailers, with deadly results. "The Night Club Murder," script and art by Fred Guardineer; Zatara defends the lovely dancer, Joan, from the advances of Big Bill. Thrills cartoon. 68 Pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #5
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 5
    Published Oct 1938 by DC.

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    Cover art by Leo E. O'Mealia. Ad for Barry O'Neill; New Adventure Comics. "Superman and the Dam," script by Jerry Siegel, art by Joe Shuster; Lois and Clark compete with one another to get the scoop on the possible collapse of the Valleyho Dam. Untitled one-page Coyote Canyon Bill story, script and art by Fred Schwab. Fantastic Facts cartoon, art by George Papp. Untitled The Diddle Family story, script and art by Paul Gustavson. Untitled "Chuck" Dawson story, art by Homer Fleming; Chuck briefly evades Burwell's henchman but Trigger and Butch eventually overtake him. "The Newport Silver Cup Races," script by Gardner Fox, art by Fred Guardineer (as Gene Baxter); Pep competes in a sailboat race with the Watkins brothers. Untitled Phil the Floater story, script and art by Russell Cole (as Alger). Untitled The Adventures of Marco Polo story, art by Sven Elven; Marco rescues his uncle and father from the coils of a giant python; Their caravan reaches the town of Kerman where they enjoy the comforts of civilization. "Valley of the Past" text story by Richard Martin. "The Nestralian Spy," art by Bernard Baily; Tex and Bob help a mysterious woman foil a coup attempt in Nestralia. Pedro Montanez Sportettes cartoon. "France and Her Colonies" World of Stamps article. "Gentleman Jack, the Bank Robber" Part 1, art by Will Ely; Scoop and Rusty help police with capturing the Robin Hood of Kentucky. "The Egyptian Wizard," script and art by Fred Guardineer; While visiting Egypt, Zatara helps archaeology professor Dunn find his lost expedition party. Star-Light cartoon featuring Frederic March, Fred Astaire, Joan Crawford, Al Jolson, Henry Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Fred Steele, and Ruppert, art by Sheldon Moldoff. Action Comics ad. 68 Pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #6
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 6
    Published Nov 1938 by DC.
    • Moderate professional restoration
    • Paper: Cream to off white
    • Professional Restoration includes: Back cover and small pieces of front cover reattached, pieces added to cover, cover and centerfold reinforced, tear seals to cover, cover cleaned.
    • Label #455-AC-001
    • CGC Qualified
    • Slab: Minor side edge crack
    • Centerfold Married. (Very small amount of dried glue on cover.)
    • Label #0095446001

    Cover art by Leo E. O'Mealia. 1st app. of Jimmy Olsen. Superman story, script by Jerry Siegel (as Jerome Siegel), art by Joe Shuster. Chuck Dawson story, art by Homer Fleming. Pep Morgan story, script by Gardner F. Fox, art by Fred Guardineer (as Gene Baxter). Adventures of Marco Polo story, art by Sven Elven. Double Trouble [Part 1] starring Tex Thomson, art by Bernard Baily. Scoop Scanlon, Five-Star Reporter story, art by Will Ely. The Emerald of Cheops starring Zatara Master Magician, script and art by Fred Guardineer. 68 Pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #7
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 7
    Published Dec 1938 by DC.

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    2nd Superman cover - Cover art by Joe Shuster. Superman story, script by Jerry Siegel (as Jerome Siegel), art by Joe Shuster. Chuck Dawson story, art by Homer Fleming. Pep Morgan story, script by Gardner F. Fox, art by Fred Guardineer. Adventures of Marco Polo story, art by Sven Elven. Double Trouble [Part 2] starring Tex Thomson, art by Bernard Baily. Fact page art by Sheldon Moldoff. Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter, art by Will Ely. Zulu Diamond Mine starring Zatara Master Magacian, script and art by Fred Guardineer. 68 Pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #8
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 8
    Published Jan 1939 by DC.

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    Cover art by Fred Guardineer. Superman story, script by Jerry Siegel (as Jerome Siegel), art by Joe Shuster, 1st super-hearing. Chuck Dawson story, art by Homer Fleming. Pep Morgan story, script by Gardner F. Fox, art by Fred Guardineer (as Gene Baxter). Adventures of Marco Polo story, art by Sven Elven. Tex Thomson story, art by Bernard Baily. Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter story, art by Will Ely. The Indian Prince starring Zatara Master Magician, script by Gardner F. Fox, art by Fred Guardineer. Oscar the Gumshoe 2/3, art by Bob Kane. 68 Pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #9
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 9
    Published Feb 1939 by DC.
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    • Moderate professional restoration
    • Paper: Off white to white
    • Professional Restoration Includes: Back cover re-attached, pieces added to cover, cover & centerfold reinforced, cover cleaned, front cover reglossed.
    • Label #455-AC-002

    Cover art by Fred Guardineer. Superman story, script by Jerry Siegel (as Jerome Siegel), art by Joe Shuster. Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter story, art by Will Ely. Pep Morgan story, script by Gardner F. Fox, art by Fred Guardineer (as Gene Baxter). Adventures of Marco Polo story, art by Sven Elven. Tex Thomson story, art by Bernard Baily. Chuck Dawson story, art by Homer Fleming. The Mad Lama starring Zatara Master Magician, script by Gardner F. Fox, art by Fred Guardineer. Candid Comic Camera one-pager, art by Bob Kane. 68 Pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #10
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 10
    Published Mar 1939 by DC.

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    3rd Superman cover - Cover art by Joe Shuster. Superman story, script by Jerry Siegel (as Jerome Siegel), art by Joe Shuster. Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter story, art by Will Ely. Pep Morgan story, script by Gardner F. Fox, art by Fred Guardineer. Adventures of Marco Polo story, art by Sven Elven. Tex Thomson story, art by Bernard Baily. Chuck Dawson story, art by Homer Fleming. Treasure of Ghengis Khan starring Zatara Master Magician, script by Gardner F. Fox, art by Fred Guardineer. 68 Pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #11
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 11
    Published Apr 1939 by DC.
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    • Slight amateur restoration
    • Paper: Off white to white
    • Slight/Moderate Amateur restoration includes: Small amount of color touch on cover, tiny pieces added to cover, cover cleaned. All three edges trimmed.
    • Label #127-AA-002

    Cover art by Fred Guardineer. Superman story, script by Jerry Siegel (as Jerome Siegel), art by Joe Shuster. Superman called the Man of Steel for the first time. Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter story, art by Will Ely. Pep Morgan story, script by Gardner F. Fox, art by Fred Guardineer (as Gene Baxter). Adventures of Marco Polo story, art by Sven Elven. Tex Thomson story, art by Bernard Baily. Chuck Dawson story, art by Homer Fleming. Sea Ghost starring Zatara, script by Gardner F. Fox, art by Fred Guardineer. 68 Pages, Full Color.

    NOTE: "1st time Superman uses his X-Ray Vision." - Odinson, mycomicshop.com Archivist

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  • Issue #12
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 12
    Published May 1939 by DC.

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    Cover art by Fred Guardineer. From the 4 Corners fact page, art by Sheldon Moldoff. Superman story, script by Jerry Siegel, art by Joe Shuster. Batman/Detective ad with art by Bob Kane. Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter story, art by Will Ely. Pep Morgan story, script by Gardner F. Fox, art by Fred Guardineer (as Gene Baxter). Adventures of Marco Polo story, art by Sven Elven. Tex Thomson story, art by Bernard Baily. Chuck Dawson story, art by Homer Fleming. Land of the Fourth Dimension starring Zatara Master Magician, script by Gardner F. Fox, art by Fred Guardineer. 68 Pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #13
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 13
    Published Jun 1939 by DC.
    • Paper: Cream to off white
    • INCOMPLETE. 1/3 of back cover missing. Piece torn out of page 32, slightly affects story. Tape on cover. Extra staples added after manufacturing.
    • Label #1417264001

    Cover art by Joe Shuster. Superman story, script by Jerry Siegel, art by Joe Shuster. Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter story, art by Will Ely. Pep Morgan story, script by Gardner F. Fox, art by Fred Guardineer (as Gene Baxter). Adventures of Marco Polo story, art by Sven Elven. Tex Thomson story, art by Bernard Baily. Chuck Dawson story, art by Homer Fleming. Swamp of Satan starring Zatara Master Magician, script by Gardner F. Fox, art by Fred Guardineer. 68 Pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #14
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 14
    Published Jul 1939 by DC.

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    Cover art by Fred Guardineer. Superman story, script by Jerry Siegel, art by Paul Cassidy (signed as Joe Shuster). Pep Morgan story, script by Gardner F. Fox, art by Fred Guardineer (as Gene Baxter). Adventures of Marco Polo story, art by Sven Elven. Clip Carson story, script Bill Finger, art by Bob Kane. Tex Thomson story, art by Bernard Baily. Chuck Dawson story, art by Homer Fleming. Zatara Master Magician story, script by Gardner F. Fox, art by Fred Guardineer. 68 Pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #15
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 15
    Published Aug 1939 by DC.
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    • Paper: Cream to off white
    • Coverless. INCOMPLETE. 1st wrap missing, affects story.
    • Label #1495411002

    Fred Guardineer cover and art. Joe Shuster, Bob Kane, Bernard Baily and Sheldon Moldoff art. Superman cover; ad for Detective Comics; Clip Carson story; Interior back cover full page ad for 1939 New York World's Fair Comics. 68 Pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #16
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 16
    Published Sep 1939 by DC.

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    Cover art by Fred Guardineer. Superman story, script by Jerry Siegel, art Joe Shuster. Pep Morgan story, script by Gardner F. Fox, art by Fred Guardineer (as Gene Baxter). Adventures of Marco Polo story, art by Sven Elven. Clip Carson story, script by Bill Finger, art by Bob Kane. Tex Thomson story, art by Bernard Baily. Chuck Dawson story, art by Homer Fleming. The Terror from Saturn starring Zatara Master Magician, script by Gardner F. Fox, art by Fred Guardineer. 68 Pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #17
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 17
    Published Oct 1939 by DC.
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    • INCOMPLETE. 1/2 of the first 7 pages are missing. Interrupts art and story.
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    • Paper: Cream to off white
    • Pedigree: Mass. Copy
    • INCOMPLETE. Centerfold only.
    • Label #1171052015

    Superman, Pep Morgan, the Adventures of Marco Polo, Tex Thompson (art by Bernard Baily), Chuck Dawson, and Zatara (art by Fred Guardineer). Full-page ads for Superman # 2 and New York World's Fair Comics. Superman cover. 68 Pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #18
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 18
    Published Nov 1939 by DC.

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    Cover art by Fred Guardineer. Superman story, script by Jerry Siegel, art Joe Shuster. Ad for New York World's Fair Comics. Pep Morgan story, script by Gardner F. Fox, art by Fred Guardineer (as Gene Baxter). Chuck Dawson story, art by Homer Fleming. Clip Carson story, script by Bill Finger, art by Bob Kane. Tex Thomson story, art by Bernard Baily. Three Aces story, art by Bert Christman (as Christopher). The Atlantis Mystery starring Zatara Master Magician, script by Gardner F. Fox, art by Fred Guardineer. 68 Pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #19
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 19
    Published Dec 1939 by DC.
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    • Paper: Off white to white
    • INCOMPLETE. Coverless.
    • Label #320-AA-002
    • This is a consignment item. A 3% buyer's premium ($9.57) will be charged at checkout.
    • Paper: Light tan to off white
    • Pedigree: Northland
    • Coverless/incomplete. 1st 3 wraps missing, affects story.
    • Label #1462523001

    Start Superman covers - Cover art by Joe Shuster. Superman story (in which Clark Kent is credited as a Daily Star reporter), script by Jerry Siegel, art Joe Shuster. Pep Morgan story, script by Gardner F. Fox, art by Fred Guardineer (as Gene Baxter). Chuck Dawson story, art by Homer Fleming. Clip Carson story, script by Bill Finger, art by Bob Kane. The Zombies starring Tex Thomson, art by Bernard Baily. Three Aces story, art by Bert Christman (as Christopher). The Gorilla King starring Zatara Master Magician, script by Gardner F. Fox, art by Fred Guardineer. 68 Pages, Full Color. Full page ad for 1939 New York World's Fair. Cover price $0.10.