Action #392 (Sept. 1970)was the second of a two part "imaginary story" (as Alan Moore pointed out, "aren't they all?") speculating on what the sons of Superman and Batman might be like. In the story, Superman's really a douchebag, bitching that his son isn't nearly the hero-in-training that Batboy is, treating him like crap, even using gold kryptonite to take away his powers after Superkid wrecks a bunch of stuff in the Fortress of Solitude! In part 2, Superman realizes the folly of his ways and, utlizing some convenient "cosmo-kinetic bracelets," transfers his super powers to his son. It's a supremely silly, head-shaking puzzler of a story, but it blew my mind as a kid. The campy cover is by Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson.
In June of 1978, in Action #484, Superman married Lois Lane (for the first time). Actually, this was the Earth-2 Superman, the character that DC published in the so-called Golden Age. He was Kal-L instead of Kal-El, he worked for the Daily Star, not the Daily Planet and he wasn't nearly as strong as the character as he had evolved into the late 1950s. Sound confusing? Don't worry about it, he went away after Crisis on Infinite Earths in the 80s, only to be resurrected and killed off in DC's recent atrocity Infinite Crisis. Just look at the lovely cover by José Luis Garcia-Lopez and Dick Giordano and it'll all be okay. (As a side note, in 1992, I used this image on the RSVP card for my wedding).
POSTSCRIPT, JULY 2013:
I've begun going back and adding extra covers to the Bronze Beauties posts, because a mere two covers just ain't gonna cut it for most of these entries. So added to the roster are 17 more great covers spanning the Bronze Age (the first one below was one of my very first comic books, and thus the recipient of much love!). Up, up, and away!
|Action Comics #387, April 1970. Art by Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson|
|Action Comics #388, May 1970. Art by Curt Swan & Murphy Anderson|
|Action Comics #389, June 1970. Art by Curt Swan & Murphy Anderson|
|Action Comics #392, September 1970. Art by Curt Swan & Murphy Anderson|
|Action Comics #399, April 1971. Art by Neal Adams & Dick Giordano|
|Action Comics #402, July 1971. Art by Neal Adams|
|Action Comics #406, November 1971. Art by Curt Swan & Murphy Anderson|
|Action Comics #413, June 1972. Art by Nick Cardy|
|Action Comics #425, July 1973. Art by Nick Cardy|
|Action Comics #440, October 1974. Art by Nick Cardy|
|Action Comics #443, January 1975. Art by Nick Cardy|
|Action Comics #446, April 1975. Art by Bob Oksner|
|Action Comics #466, December 1976. Art by Neal Adams|
|Action Comics #481, March 1978. Art by Jose Luis Garcia Lopez|
|Action Comics #484, June 1978. Art by Jose Luis Garcia Lopez & Dick Giordano|
|Action Comics #500, October 1979. art by Ross Andru & Dick Giordano|
|Action Comics #545, July 1983. Art by Gil Kane|
|Action Comics #569, July 1985. Art by Howard Bender & Bob Oksner|
|Action Comics #574, December 1985. Art by Eduardo Barreto|