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Action Comics 284

ACTION COMICS #284

Cover Date: January 1962
Cover Price: $.12
Publication Date: 1961-11-30

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Cover Credits:
Pencils: Curt Swan
Inks: Sheldon Moldoff


Story: "The Babe of Steel!" (17 Pages)

Credits:

StoryRobert Bernstein
PencilsCurt Swan
InksGeorge Klein
LetteringJoe Letterese
EditingMort Weisinger

Feature Character(s):

Superman (last in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #58/3; next in Superman Vol. 1 #151)

Guest Star(s):

Krypto (last in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #58; next in Action Comics #278/2)
Mon-El (ast in Adventure Comics #293; next in Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #33)
Supergirl (last in Superman Vol. 1 #150; next in Action Comics #278/2)

Supporting Character(s):

Perry White (last in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #58/3; next in Superman Vol. 1 #151)

Villain(s):

Phantom Zone Prisoners
Jax-Ur (last in New Adventures of Superboy #9; next in Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #33)
Professor Vakox (first appearance; also in flashback to origin; last appearance in Superboy Vol. 1 #162; next in Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #33)

Location(s):

Space Sector 2813
Krypton (in flashback)
Great Krypton Lake (first appearance)
Space Sector 2814
Earth
Metropolis
Phantom Zone

Story Reprinted in:

Superman Vol. 1 #212 (December 1968)
Showcase Presents Superman #3 (April 2007)

Solicitation:

“THE BABE OF STEEL.” Clark Kent has been sent out to do a report on a medium who can contact people from beyond the grave!


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Second Story: "The Strange Bodies of Supergirl!" (12 Pages)

Credits:

StoryRobert Bernstein
ArtJim Mooney
LetteringMilt Snapinn
EditingJulius Schwartz

Feature Character(s):

Supergirl (in between issues #283/2 and #285/2)

Guest Star(s):

Jerro (in between issues #278/2 and #285)
Lori Lemaris (in between issues #278/2 and #285)
Superman

Supporting Character(s):

Fred Danvers
Edna Danvers

Villain(s):

aliens buried in the "Valley of the Hands" (first appearance of all)

Other Character(s):

Lenora Lemaris (first appearance; sister of Lori Lemaris)

Cameo Appearance(s):

Krypto (hallucination)

Location(s):

Atlantis (Tritonis)
Valley of the Hands (first appearance)
Midvale

Comment(s):

Supergirl is still experiencing the effects of red kryptonite exposure from the previous issue, temporarily gaining a second head, having a hallucination that she has "fatal-vision," which kills anything she looks at and finally temporarily becoming a mermaid.
This story is continued from the previous issue and continues in the next issue.

Story Reprinted in:

Action Comics #360 (March-April 1968)
Supergirl Archives #2 ([December] 2003)
Showcase Presents: Supergirl #2 ([December] 2008)
Supergirl: The Silver Age Omnibus #1 ([June] 2016)
Supergirl: The Silver Age #1 (2017)

Solicitation:

In “THE STRANGE BODIES OF SUPERGIRL!” Supergirl experiences effects from red Kryptonite by growing an extra head!


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