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Action Comics 223

ACTION COMICS #223

Cover Date: December 1956
Cover Price: $0.10
Publication Date: 1956-10-28

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Cover Credits:
Pencils: Wayne Boring
Inks: Stan Kaye


Story: "The First Superman of Krypton" (12 Pages)

Credits:

StoryEdmond Hamilton
PencilsWayne Boring
InksStan Kaye
Assistant editingGeorge Kashdan, Mort Weisinger
EditingWhitney Ellsworth

Feature Character(s):

Superman (last in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #17/3; next in Superman Vol. 1 #110; also in flashback to birth and earliest chronological appearance, next in flashback in issue #378)

Supporting Character(s):

Jor-El (in flashbacks; chronology as follows: last in flashback in World of Krypton #2 (page 1, panel 4 to page 6, panel 6), flashback in Action Comics #223 (Page 5, panels 5-6); flashback in issue #218; Superman Vol. 1 #141 (Page 17, panel 4 to page 18, panel 1); flashback in World of Krypton #2 (page 8, panel 1 to page 9, panel 6), Superman Vol. 1 #141 (Pages 19-23), flashback in World of Krypton #2 (page 12, panels 1-4),flashback in Action Comics #223 (page 6, panel 1), flashback in Action Comics #378 (page 13, panel 5 to page 14, panel 1), flashback in Action Comics #223 (page 6, panels 2-3), flashback in Superman Vol. 1 #257/2 (page 3, panels 3-4), flashback in Action Comics #378 (page 14, panel 2), flashback in Superman Vol. 1 #100/3 (page 2, panels 2-4), Action Comics #223 (page 6, panel 5 to page 12, panel 1), next in flashback in Adventure Comics #276)
Lara Jor-El (referred to as Lora; in flashback; last in flashback in issue #378 (page 13, panel 5 to page 14, panel 10; next in flashback in Superman Vol. 1 #257/2 (page 3, panels 3-4), then in flashback following the flashback in More Fun Comics #101/3 (page 3, panels 3-4) and Superboy Vol. 1 #158, (Canonicity uncertain))

Villain(s):

Val-Arn (first appearance; in flashback; a member of the Science Council, seeking to go to Earth where he will have super powers; next in Superboy Vol. 1 #158)
Khai-Zor (first appearance; in flashback; a member of the Science Council, seeking to go to Earth where he will have super powers; next in Superboy Vol. 1 #158)

Other Character(s):

Science Council of Krypton (in flashback)
other citizens of Krypton (in flashback)

Location(s):

Space Sector 2813
Krypton
an unidentified valley (in flashback; transformed by Jor-El to resemble Earth)
Kryptonopolis (in flashback)
Space Sector 2814
Earth
Metropolis

Comment(s):

The flashback portion of the story occurs during celebrations for Krypton's 10,000th year of civilization and encompasses the birth of baby Kal-El.
The piece of Krypton - or more specifically debris from Krypton containing Jor-El's desk - found floating in space did not turn to kryptonite.

Story Reprinted in:

Superman Vol. 1 #193/4 (January-February 1967)


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Second Story: "Janu, Jungle God" (6 Pages)

Credits:

StoryJack Miller
ArtHoward Sherman
Assistant editingGeorge Kashdan, Mort Weisinger
EditingWhitney Ellsworth

Feature Character(s):

Congo Bill

Supporting Character(s):

Janu the Jungle Boy

Villain(s):

a native tribe (first appearance of all; mistakenly believe that Janu is a god; Shrudlu, the witch doctor named)

Location(s):

somewhere in Africa


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Third Story: "The Amazing Future Toys" (6 Pages)

Credits:

StoryOtto Binder
ArtJim Mooney
Assistant editingGeorge Kashdan, Mort Weisinger
EditingWhitney Ellsworth

Feature Character(s):

Tommy Tomorrow (in between issues #222/3 and #225/2)

Supporting Character(s):

Brent Wood (in between issues #222/3 and #226/2)

Villain(s):

"Nova" Norton (first appearance; a space bandit)
his gang (first appearance of all)

Other Character(s):

Sparky (first appearance; cousin of Tommy Tomorrow)
Sparky's parents (presumed; first appearance of both; names and exact relationship to Tommy Tomorrow not given)
cargo ship crews (voices only)

Location(s):

Earth
the Dark Asteroid Field (including force field generated through-way)

Story Reprinted in:

World's Finest Comics #185/2 (June 1969)


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