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Action Comics (1938) - #554
"If Superman Didn't Exist..."
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Gil Kane

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Cover Date: April 1984
Cover Price: US $ 0.75

Issue Tagline: If Superman Didn't Exist, Someone Would Have to Create Him!

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 32 pages

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Letters Column: Action Reaction

An alien invasion is set in motion by installing machines throughout history to eliminate the idea of heroism. War and mythology are unknown: humanity lives in an agricultural society which is unable to resist the alien attack. Until two young boys named Jerry and Joey come up with the concept of a man who flies like a bird and can defend their village. Superman is reborn...

Reprinted/Collected in:
Adventures of Superman: Gil Kane (2012) HC
The Best of DC (1979) #61
Superman (1982) #35
Superman In The Eighties (2006) TPB

All JLA characters appear in 1 cell as a flashback.

Issue is "Dedicated to JERRY SIEGEL and JOE SHUSTER, whose imagination led generations to even more imaginings. With deep respect from JULIE, MARV and GIL."

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