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The A13 Collection (Obscured)

Set Type: Action Comics Weekly #601-#642
Owner: Zabra
Last Modified: 4/12/2019
Views: 180

Score: 1214
Leading by: 97
Points to Higher Rank: N/A

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Action Comics Weekly
(May 1988-March 1989)

From May 24, 1988 - March 14, 1989, the publication frequency was changed to weekly, the title changed to Action Comics Weekly, and the series became an anthology. Prior to its launch, DC cancelled its ongoing Green Lantern Corps title, and made Green Lantern and his adventures exclusive to Action Comics Weekly.

The rest of these issues featured rotating serialized stories of other DC heroes, sometimes as try-outs that led to their own limited or ongoing series. Characters with featured stories in the run included:

1. Black Canary
3.Captain Marvel
5. Deadman (My favorite cover is Action Comics Weekly # 625)
7.Phantom Lady
8.Phantom Stranger
9.Secret Six
11. Wild Dog. (My favorite covers are Action Comics Weekly # 615 and #640)

Titles spun off from Action Comics at this time included a Catwoman miniseries and a Blackhawk ongoing, in both cases by the same creative teams that worked on the weekly serials. Each issue also featured a two-page Superman serial, a feature which, according to an editorial in the first weekly issue, was intended as a homage to the Superman newspaper strips of the past.

The final issue of the weekly was originally intended to feature a book-length encounter between Clark Kent and Hal Jordan by writer Neil Gaiman. While Gaiman's story primarily teamed up Green Lantern and Superman, it also featured other characters from Action Comics Weekly, including the Blackhawks (in flashback), Deadman, and the Phantom Stranger. The story ran counter to DC editorial policy at the time as it portrayed Hal Jordan and Clark Kent as old friends who knew each other's secret identities. This was not considered canon in 1989 and Gaiman was unwilling to change this aspect of the story. The story was pulled and a different story, written at the last minute by Elliot S. Maggin, was run. Gaiman's story was finally published as a one-shot in Green Lantern/Superman: Legend of the Green Flame in November 2000.

The Action Comics Weekly experiment lasted only until the beginning of March 1989 and after a short break, issue #643 (July 1989) brought the title back onto a monthly schedule.Writer/artist George Pérez took over the title and was joined by scripter Roger Stern the following month.

This is a high grade collection of Action Comics Weekly and the goal is to collect 100% of these comics in grade 9.8. These books have some amazingly pleasing covers.
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