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Action Comics #23 Values

Publisher: DC, 1940

About Action Comics #23

This issue heralded the first appearance of super-villain Lex Luthor, who sported a healthy headful of red hair, and it also contains the first mention of the Daily Planet. Superman cover by Joe Shuster. Story art by Shuster, Sheldon Moldoff, Bernard Baily, and Fred Guardineer. Currently #40 on Overstreet's list of Top 100 Golden Age Comics.

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COVER DETAILS

Action Comics #23 (DC, 1940) CGC VF+ 8.5 Off-white to white pages....
Characters: Superman [Clark Kent] (also inset)

Pencils: Joe Shuster

Inks: Paul Cassidy


STORY DETAILS

Title: Europe at War, Part 2

Characters: Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; George Taylor; Luthor (villain, introduction, no first name given in this story, apparent death); General Lupo (villain)

Synopsis: While on assignment with Lois Lane as Clark Kent, Superman investigates the conflict between Galonia and Toran and finds munitions manufacturer Luthor behind it. When Lois is kidnapped and taken to Luthor's colossal dirigible, Superman follows and puts an end to Luthor and the war.

Pages: 13.000

Script: Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)

Pencils: Joe Shuster (signed)

Inks: Paul Cassidy

Notes: First mention of Daily Planet in comic book. Superman #4 went on sale 2/15/40, which predates Action 23. However, careful examination of the two Luthor stories in Superman #4 and the Luthor story here, it becomes clear that this Luthor story in Action #23 comes first. One telltale clue is to see Superman asking someone "Who is Luthor?" Luthor has red hair. The last panel of this story is an illustrated promotional ad for the Sandman in Adventure Comics.

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CGC Census Report*

Grade 0.5 1.0 1.5 1.8 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.0 9.2 9.4 9.6 9.8 9.9 10.0 Total
Universal  9 2 3 3 3 8 12 5 9 6 7 4 5 5 4 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 91
Qualified  2 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Signature Series  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Restored  1 1 1 1 3 3 2 2 5 1 3 1 3 2 5 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 40
Total 12 3 4 4 6 12 14 8 14 7 10 5 8 7 9 2 4 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 135

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