DC offers affordable Action Comics No. 1Written by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
“I have a first-printing of Action Comics No. 1.” That used to be a million-dollar statement, literally, up until Sept. 7. That was the day DC Comics released, for the first time since 1938, a new Action Comics No. 1, hoping to change the face of the industry forever. The issue is already sold-out, with new printings on the way, and has proven controversial with readers and reviewers — this isn’t your and your father’s Superman, but a leaner, meaner Man of Steel your grandfather or great-grandfather might recognize.
“I read Action Comics No. 1 and wow, it was really good!” said Jim Collins, comics purveyor of JC’s Comic Stop. “I had to check to see if Grant Morrison wrote this, because I’m not a big Morrison fan. I think he’s way overrated, too hit-or-miss. Action Comics, however, had a great feel to it. The story flowed without any ‘What did I just read?’ moments. The artwork from Rags Morales was top-notch, top of his game! He captured the nerdy look of Clark Kent; there’s no way you could mistake this guy for Superman.”
Collins said DC seems to have taken a page from Marvel’s more “realistic” characters by saddling poor Clark with back-due rent, a run-down apartment and limitations that the previous “big blue Boy Scout” Superman might find alien. Writer Morrison’ has evoked the 1938 prototype, a Superman who is more a vigilante than a superhero, one who sneers at the law and muscles his way through any and all serious consequences. Caught unaware, you might think you’ve stumbled upon Bizarro rather than the true blue Man of Tomorrow.
“Will this new No. 1 ever be worth the $1.5 million that two copies have recently sold for?” Collins asked. “Sure, if 90 percent of the print run is destroyed or lost … and you’ll probably have to wait 70-plus years, too. Of course, there’s a lot more people today that can say they own a copy of Action Comics No. 1!”