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Action comics
Bib ID 4593858
Format JournalJournal [text, still image, volume]
Uniform Title Action comics (Sydney, N.S.W.)
Description [Sydney, N.S.W.] : [Peter Huston Publishing Co.], [1946]- 
volumes : chiefly illustrations ; 28 cm 
Series

Australian Comics Collection (Specific issues).

G.C. Bleeck Collection (Specific issues).

John Ryan Comic Collection (Specific issues).

McGee Comics Collection (Specific issues).

Biography/History

"The first issue of Action Comics was published in October 1946 and was to lay the foundation for the largest single line of locally drawn comics to be published in Australia. This first issue contained a science fiction and a detective strip, all drawn by Len Lawson, and gave no hint that it would develop into one of the largest and somewhat controversial comic titles. However, it did establish the pattern of using the splash page of the first comic as the cover. This was to become a trademark of the title. The second issue of Action Comics contained the introduction of The Lone Avenger - Lawson's masked cowboy in the mould of Fran Striker's The Lone Ranger. Lawson's character soon took over the cover spot which he retained in a run lasting almost 13 years and, during later years, he took over the entire comic. It was inevitable that as the Action Comics logo grew smaller the name of the lead chracter grew larger and the comic was always referred to as The Lone Avenger" -- Ryan, John. Panel by panel. Stanmore, N.S.W. : Cassell Australia, 1979. Page 184.

Numbering Note Three series published. First series, nos. 1-68, published by Peter Huston Publishing Co., and later, Leisure Publications. Second series, nos. 10-51+ and 2 one-shots (A1 and Action Special), published by Action Comics Pty. Ltd. The AusReprints website says that issues 1-9 were probably not published. Third series, nos. 20-48+, published by Action Comics Pty. Ltd. The AusReprints website says that issues 1-19 were not published. First issue of the first series with the subtitle 'Spencer Steele', is unnumbered. 
Notes

Cover title.

Library's John Ryan Comic Collection copy of No. 37 is missing its cover.

Life Dates Began with No. 1 (October 1946) 
Subjects Cowboys -- Comic books, strips, etc.  |  Cowboys -- Periodicals.  |  Adventure and adventurers -- Comic books, strips, etc.  |  Adventure and adventurers -- Periodicals.  |  Australian
Form/genre Comics (Graphic works)
Other authors/contributors Lawson, Len, 1927-2003, author, artist
Also Titled

Action comic

Spencer Steele

Secret mission

Diana : queen of the apes

The Lone Avenger

Mad scientist

Johnnie Star

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    Collect from: Main Reading Room
    Call Number: Nq 741.5994 STO
    Spine/Cover Title: Australian Comics Collection - Box A(i)
    Status: Available
    Items/Issues Held: No. 1 (Series 1)
    No. 3 (Series 1)
    No. 8 (Series 1)
    No. 17 (Series 1)
    No. 21 (Series 1)
    No. 28 (Series 1)
    No. 30 (Series 1)
    No. 39 (Series 1)
    No. 42 (Series 1)
    No. 16 (Series 2)
    No. 32 (Series 2)
     
    Collect from: Main Reading Room
    Call Number: Nf A 823.3 B646bl
    Spine/Cover Title: G.C. Bleeck/Misc #4
    Status: Available
    Items/Issues Held: No. 35 (Series 3)
     
    Collect from: Special Collections Reading Room
    Call Number: MS 6514, Box 10, Item 276-279
    Status: Available
    Items/Issues Held: No. 18 (Series 1)
    No. 24 (Series 1)
    No. 33 (Series 1)
    No. 37 (Series 1)
    No. 48 (Series 1)
    No. 64 (Series 1)
    No. 67 (Series 1)
    No. 68 (Series 1)
    No. 15 (Series 2)
    No. 18 (Series 2)
    No. 31 (Series 2)
    No. 33 (Series 2)
    No. 37 (Series 2)
    No. 38 (Series 2)
    No. 30 (Series 3)
    No. 45 (Series 3)
     
    Collect from: Special Collections Reading Room
    Call Number: SR 741.5 M145
    Status: Available
    Items/Issues Held: No. 1-no. 10 (Series 1)
    No. 12-no. 13 (Series 1)
    No. 15-no. 20 (Series 1)
    No. 41-no. 43 (Series 1)
    No. 45-no. 48 (Series 1)
    No. 51-no. 68 (Series 1)
    No. 10-no. 37 (Series 2)
    No. 40 (Series 2)
    One shot (Special)
    One shot (No. A1)
    No. 22 (Series 3)
    No. 27 (Series 3)
    No. 32-no. 33 (Series 3)
    No. 44 (Series 3)
    No. 46 (Series 3)
    No. 48 (Series 3)
    Details Collect From
    Nq 741.5994 STO
    Label: Australian Comics Collection - Box A(i)
    Main Reading Room
    Nf A 823.3 B646bl
    Label: G.C. Bleeck/Misc #4
    Main Reading Room
    MS 6514, Box 10, Item 276-279
    Note: No. 18 (Series 1)
    Special Collections Reading Room
    SR 741.5 M145 Special Collections Reading Room

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