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I am looking at my Supes collection and a self imposed glaring hole is Action Comics weekly. Was this run any good? I keep seeing those issue numbers missing and it bugs me. Any input would be welcome. Thanks.

Eric

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Scott




I used to own them all. There was nothing in those weekly issues that stood out. Captain Marvel had a so-so series but that's about it. The Superman stories were just pages and I don't remember a thing about them. Someone mentioned a few years ago that DC was going to collect them into a tpb but nothing ever materialized. Unless you found them as a lot and for a very inexpensive amount, I wouldn't bother with them.

Scott


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omike015




> I am looking at my Supes collection and a self imposed glaring hole is Action Comics weekly. Was this run any good? I keep seeing those issue numbers missing and it bugs me. Any input would be welcome. Thanks.


ACW was hit-and-miss, mostly miss. The Superman stories are only two pages in each issue. They were written by Roger Stern and the art was by Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson. If you're only interested in the Superman stories, it probably isn't worth tracking down all the issues. If they collect the Superman parts into a trade, though, I'd recommend that.

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Bobby H




> I am looking at my Supes collection and a self imposed glaring hole is Action Comics weekly. Was this run any good? I keep seeing those issue numbers missing and it bugs me. Any input would be welcome. Thanks.
>
> Eric
>
> Wednesday's Heroes
> www.comicartfans.com/GalleryDetail.asp?GCat=23962
> & at www.meadowcreations.com
>

I recently picked up 20 or so issues of this book in the 'quarter bin' of a local comic book store. The only parts I really enjoyed were the Green Lantern and Blackhawk stories. While I was only about 7 years old when they switched to that format, I'd have to give them credit for turning ACTION into an anthology again. Part of me wishes they'd cut the main Superman story a little shorter each month and have a backup story starring Green Arrow, Aquaman, Steel, or anybody else they want to give some exposure to. However, it would only take one really lame Blue Devil/Metamorpho team-up or something along those lines to make me regret it.

-Bobby H


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little kon-el




> I used to own them all. There was nothing in those weekly issues that stood out. Captain Marvel had a so-so series but that's about it. The Superman stories were just pages and I don't remember a thing about them. Someone mentioned a few years ago that DC was going to collect them into a tpb but nothing ever materialized. Unless you found them as a lot and for a very inexpensive amount, I wouldn't bother with them.
>
> Scott

Neil Gaiman was supposed to write the last Action Comics Weekly story that tied all the threads of the stories together into one logical story that took up the whole issue. It was all about Superman and Green Lantern going to hell and it was kind of cool to read. I think it was called "Superman and Green Lantern: The Legend of the Green Flame" and it had art by Mike Allred.

I'd read Action Comics Weekly if only to see how Neil Gaiman ended the story.

- l.k.


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omike015




I've read all the ACW issues, as well as LEGEND OF THE GREEN FLAME. It doesn't tie together all the various storylines, and wasn't meant to do so. It was just meant to use all the various characters that had appeared (Superman, Green Lantern, the Phantom Stranger, etc.) in one story. It did that and gave us a darn enjoyable read in the process. (Unfortunately, Wild Dog got the shaft and did not appear. as I recall.)

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The Rev




It seems like I may be the discenting voice here but I really enjoyed these books. How can you not love a cult that shows up to worship Superman or those classic images of Katma Tui all bloodied after Star Sapphire got a hold of her. Mad Dog was a bit of a waste but let's not forget that this was the first introduction of the second (and oh, so memorable in the story by none other than Chuck Austen) Phantom Lady. I really enjoyed the Blackhawk, Secret Six, Nightwing and Speedy, and Black Canary stuff as well. If I'm not mistaken, this was the story where BC burned the costume that Giffen and DeMatteis introduced in JLI. I think the wrap up story that someone else mentioned was supposed to be either issue 635 or 642. 635, IIRC, was a story that saw several of the characters featured in the anthology crossing over with one another. It was also the end of GL as a regular feature which was actually why I bought the book in the first place rather than as a Superman fan. Then, in 642 you had that great what if story where they looked at what would have happened if the GL ring had been given to various other DCU characters including Superman and Nightwing. I really thought there was a lot to like about these books but then again, I too only gave about 50 cent a piece for them if that. I guess all things considered, if you can find them in bargain bins (which shouldn't be hard) go for it but if you've got some hack trying to charge you $3-$6 a piece for them, save your money. Good luck.

The Rev


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