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- Peregrine Fisher 04:43, 26 April 2007 (UTC)


I added two cats, really I'm gonna say it doesn't belong in titles categories as this a specific issue. Maybe someone should look for similar articles to find the cat type needed. akuyumeTC 00:14, 11 June 2007 (UTC)


There is no need for the title "Action Comics 1" followed by the disclaimer that it should really be called "Action Comics #1".

The simple reason is that "#" is simply an abbreviation for "Number", and it's mindlessly pedantic to think that when something is printed one way, the other is incorrect.

But even that's a moot point (I'm just being counter-pedantic). The cover of the issue, in plain view on the page, reads "No. 1", not "#1". So pedants of any stripe can agree that the article should be under "Action Comics No. 1", no caveats, no qualifiers, nothing.

So it should be moved. I don't know how or want to trouble with it. But true Superman fans should be appalled that this error has been allowed to remain uncorrected. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:53, 20 July 2008 (UTC)

"Action Comics 1" with the explanatory "Action Comics #1" is needed to keep people from trying to constantly retitle the article. 5Q5 (talk) 15:09, 27 July 2011 (UTC)
And yet, by the picture there for all to see, neither is the correct title. ~ R.T.G 00:29, 6 September 2014 (UTC)

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Cover in other media[edit]

Here's the text I removed. Please bring back anything you can find a ref for:

The cover of Action Comics #1 is one of the most referenced comic covers, including:

  • The cover of Sensation Comics #51 is among the earliest homages. It depicts Wonder Woman hoisting a car in the same manner.
  • It is also recreated by Kal-L (the Golden-Age Superman) in Infinite Crisis #5 in the setting of Earth-Two, the Golden Age DC Universe.
  • A reenactment also appears in Kingdom Come, alongside a reenactment of Detective Comics #27, the first appearance of Batman.
  • Superman: The Movie begins with a young boy reading Action Comics #1 before the film's opening credits.
  • The 2006 film Superman Returns also references the cover of issue 1 in two scenes.
  • It is re-enacted in a full page spread in the Elseworlds Frankenstein pastiche The Superman-Monster in which the Monster lifts Eloise Edge's carriage when the horses bolt.
  • The cover of Superman #136 shows the Superman of 2999 AD lifting a hovercar.
  • The cover of The Amazing Spider-Man #306 shows Spider-Man hoisting a police car in the same manner as Superman on the cover of Action Comics #1. The police car has the number 1938 on it, the same year of Superman's first appearance.
  • In a Elseworlds Superman: The War Of The Worlds, have a scene with Superman hoisting a car in the same manner on the cover of Action Comics #1.
  • In the beginning the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Citizen Max", while Montana Max is furiously destroying his room, at one point there is an extreme close up of a comic book that Monty tears to shreds. Its cover appears to be a reproduction of that of Action Comics #1, only under-detailed. The possible parody name is unknown, due to how tight the shot is on the comic. Only the word "Comics" is barely visible.
  • Internet writer Maddox spoofed the cover for an announcement of his own comic book.
  • Although not a parody of the issue itself, the comic was turned into Active Comics for the film Unbreakable, a thriller where David Dunn (Bruce Willis) is told by a stranger (Samuel L. Jackson) who collects comic books, that he is in fact a superhero with the powers of invulnerability and to sense danger ala Spider-Man's spider sense.
  • The cover was parodied on the cover of Fallen Angel #15.
  • The cover was re-enacted in Action Comics #685 with Supergirl raising a modern variation of the green automobile above her head.
  • Superboy & Risk #1 recreates the cover.
  • The Action Comics #1 cover art is again homaged on the cover of DC Comics Superman #124 from June 1997.
  • Superman #201 shows Mr Majestic in the same stance as Superman from the original cover of Action Comics #1
  • The cover is yet again recreated on the front cover of Fuzzy Bunnies From Hell #1 With Frank the demon taking task of raising the car aloft.
  • The title card at the beginning of the Superman review on The Angry Video Game Nerd is based on the cover. - Peregrine Fisher (talk) (contribs) 16:17, 1 August 2008 (UTC)

come on, are you joking? it's ART were talking about, does an artist has to say he paid homage to the most well known cover in comic history, or dies his ART, what he actually does, doesn't say enough? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:12, 10 May 2011 (UTC)

Price of Action Comics 1[edit]

I read that at a recent auction, a copy of this comic book sold for $1 million, which is far and away the most money that anyone has ever paid for a single comic book. The article said that that particular copy was only one of two in such excellent condition, implying that others in poorer condition would be worth a lot less. It said that that same comic book was sold in the '90s for something like $150,000. Anyway, I don't have a link to the article, but if someone else finds it, I think the $1 million price tag would be relevant to the article, because it drives home how valuable it is. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:13, 25 February 2010 (UTC)

The auction as well as the $1,000,000 price tag is mentioned in the Collectibility section of the article along with a source. Bhall87Four Scoreand Seven 15:33, 25 February 2010 (UTC)

It sold today (3/29/10) for $1.5 mil. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:42, 29 March 2010 (UTC)

How many copies in existence?[edit]

It would be helpful to mention an estimate in the article if anyone knows. This article says around 100. 5Q5 (talk) 15:12, 27 July 2011 (UTC)

I found an estimate quote in Comic Buyer's Guide #1685 Jan 2012 of around 50 to 100 copies and will add it to the Collectibility section of the article. 5Q5 (talk) 16:31, 21 December 2011 (UTC)
I was at the New York Comic Con in July 1974 and there were FIVE copies of Action 1 there for sale.(Cyberia3 (talk) 18:50, 14 January 2012 (UTC))

Probably just a coincidence[edit]

Back in 1923, a Jewish car inventor made an illustration of a man lifting a car. [1] (Cyberia3 (talk) 18:50, 14 January 2012 (UTC))

Famous "Exact Copy"??[edit]

From the article: "Other Reprints known are the Unauthorized "Copied Edition" which has unknown origins and the famous Unauthorized "Exact Copy" which had every detection point as the Original 1938 issue but was too big until later cut down and put back up for auction."

I read this article to learn more about Action Comics 1, and I only have more questions. Who made the "Exact copy" and why? Is it a forgery or a reprint? The article describes the "exact copy" as famous as though I should have heard of it, but I haven't and googling gives no leads either. What are detection points; how many are there; what are the specific detection points of Action Comics 1? References or referrals please.

Also, please provide more details of the Nicolas Cage heist. (talk) 09:42, 10 March 2012 (UTC)

Two years later and I've tagged this with a [citation needed]. AGF that maybe somebody out there can shed some light on this. If not, it should be removed. Madam Fatal (talk) 13:03, 28 August 2014 (UTC)
I will fix the "exact copy" reference. What I believe is referenced here is the Famous First Editions tabloid-sized reprint that DC issued in the mid-1970s. The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide for years warned collectors that this reprint - exact in every way except for the page size - was being passed off as the original (due in part to comic book pages being larger in the 1930s and there were some tabloid-sized comics at the time, too). (talk) 21:19, 30 April 2015 (UTC)
The Famous First Edition isn't exactly like the original; there are some printing differences that are obvious if you know where to look. I'd add this but it's probably OR to some extent.—Chowbok 06:21, 2 April 2016 (UTC)
The "Exact Copy" may be in reference to the 2006? Copied Edition that was revealed at bipcomics which is "An exact duplicate of the original cover art including all detection points" and "The one known copy that surfaced on eBay has the words "Copied Edition" printed above logo." At this time it is "Perhaps an European or underground reprint?" and "Nothing more is known about this edition at this time."
The "every detection point as the Original 1938 issue but was too big until later cut down and put back up for auction" part seems to be confusion with "The infamous xtci eBay copy, 10¢ cover price." which has this description: "Originally the dimensions reported by eBay member xtci (Memphis, Tenn.) to inquisitive buyers matched those of the oversized Famous First Edition (image on left). After being exposed he trimmed the book down an inch across the bottom (image on right) and printed out a new cover." However, "The cover appears to be on glossy paper stock and printed with a color inkjet printer as you can see some streaking in both images. The image he used undoubtedly came from an original Action #1 as the two main detection points exist on this homemade copy (glare on front fender and the yellow running board). But somehow the "beads of sweat" and the "black line" didn't survive the "photoshop" process."
It looks like someone conflated what are two different reprints into one reprint but given the unknown quality of Bip Comics it likely doesn't meet reliability and I can't find any other reference to this "2006? Copied Edition"--BruceGrubb (talk) 15:47, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

Value of New 52 #1[edit]

Since there's a section devoted to it, it would be interesting/amusing to note the current value of the New 52 version of Action #1, which I think last I looked barely exceeded its cover price. Quite a difference from $3M. (talk) 21:20, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

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