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Action Comics (1938) - #601
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  Editor(s):
Brian Augustyn
Dick Giordano
Mike Gold
Robert 'Bob' Greenberger

Cover Artist(s):
Dave Gibbons
 

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Cover Date: May 24 1988
Cover Price: US $ 1.50

Issue Tagline: None.

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 48 pages

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Letters Column: Action Comics Weekly

Synopsis:
None entered.

Notes:
The editing of this book is...interesting. Gold is the overall editor; Augustyn, his associate. Greenberger is the cover editor. Then, each individual story has its own editor, as indicated. One assumes that the trials of getting a 52-page book out on a weekly schedule would have been simply too overwhelming for just one editor, who also probably had other editing chores elsewhere.

Action enters its one-year experiment in weekly publication--the only real precedent in DC Comics history for its 2006 series, 52.

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"... And The Pain Shall Leave My Heart" - Edit this story

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Action Comics Featuring: Green Lantern

Writer(s):
Jim Owsley

Penciller(s):
Gil Kane

Inker(s):
Gil Kane

Colorist(s):
Anthony Tollin

Letterer(s):
Albert Tobias De Guzman

Editor(s):
Dennis 'Denny' O'Neil

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"Moral Stand Chapter One: Point Of Order" - Edit this story

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Action Comics Featuring: Wild Dog

Writer(s):
Max Allan Collins

Penciller(s):
Terry Beatty

Inker(s):
John Nyberg

Colorist(s):
Michele Wolfman

Letterer(s):
Gaspar Saladino - 'Gaspar'

Editor(s):
Mike Gold

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Captain Lange
Detective Calloway
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Len
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Synopsis:
Freedom of Speech is one thing; literally taking a City Council hostage, though, that's probably where the Committee for Social Change crossed the line. But then, so did Wild Dog when he showed up to extricate the council members--and ended up killing some of the criminals instead of wasting taxpayer money on a trial.

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Story continues in #602.

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Action Comics Featuring: The Secret Six

Writer(s):
Martin Pasko

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Dan Spiegle

Inker(s):
Dan Spiegle

Colorist(s):
Carl Gafford - 'Gaff'

Letterer(s):
Carrie Spiegle

Editor(s):
Dick Giordano

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Crimson Dawn
Lili Deneuve
Carlo di Rienzi
Rafael di Rienzi
Dr. August Durant
Ed Flaum
Mitch Hoberman
La Donna Jameal
Warren Lichfield
Anthony Mantegna
Gus Markesson
Luke McKendrick
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King Savage
Melanie Sommers
Vic Sommers
Mike Tempest
Dr. Maria Verdugo

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Secret Six (DC)(01 - Original)
Secret Six (DC)(02 - Action Comics Weekly)

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At a 5-year reunion of the original Secret Six (see the 60s miniseries, Secret Six), Mockingbird invites new members to form a new Secret Six.

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For serious DC chronologists, the fact that this is ostensibly the 5-year reunion of the Secret Six gives a clue as to the post-Crisis interpretation of the events depicted in the pre-Crisis 1968 miniseries.

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"Faster Than A Speeding Bullet!" - Edit this story

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Writer(s):
Roger L. Stern

Penciller(s):
Curt Douglas Swan

Inker(s):
John R. Beatty

Colorist(s):
Tom Ziuko

Letterer(s):
Bill Oakley

Editor(s):
Michael 'Mike' Carlin

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Charles Culpepper
Robert Galt
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Bob Galt's assassination day comes. Superman stops it...but the investigation into his would-be killers begins.

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Oddly, Superman gets the shortest story in the book--a mere two pages. Also odd--the comparatively rare example of the Curt Swan post-Crisis Superman.

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Action Comics Featuring: Deadman

Writer(s):
Mike Baron

Penciller(s):
Dan Jurgens

Inker(s):
Tony DeZuniga

Colorist(s):
Elizabeth Ann Berube - 'Liz Berube; Elizabeth'

Letterer(s):
Steve Haynie

Editor(s):
Barbara J. Randall

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Professor Fulgencio Flores
Major Grace Kasaba

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Synopsis:
How inconvenient would it be if a mere mortal could see the Deadman? Very--especially if that person is a CIA section chief and the former Boston Brand has just stopped a CIA drugs-for-guns operation.

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And they say the dead have bad timing. But here, right in the midst of the real life Iran-Contra scandal, comes this fascinating "DC morality play".

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Action Comics Featuring: Blackhawk

Writer(s):
Mike Grell

Penciller(s):
Rick Burchett

Inker(s):
Pablo Marcos

Colorist(s):
Tom Ziuko

Letterer(s):
Steve Haynie

Editor(s):
Mike Gold

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Cynthia Hastings
Mr. Zalecki

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Synopsis:
Oh, Blackhawk, pay up your debts, financial and romantic, or a certain Mr. Zalecki and Miss Hastings might come looking for you. . .

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Writer(s):
Mike Gold

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Mike Gold

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Mike Gold introduces readers to the new format.

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