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Action Comics (v1) #4 [A Story]

"Superman, Gridiron Hero"
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Action Comics (v1) #4 [A Story]
Universe:   Earth-Two 
Editor: Vincent Sullivan
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Penciler: Joe Shuster
Cover Artist : Leo O'Mealia
Cover Date : September 1938
On Sale Date: August 1938
Story Arc: -
Pages: 13
Cover Price : $0.10
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A college football coach tries to save his job by hiring thugs to eliminate key players from their opponents. Superman takes the place of a bench-warmer to try to expose the scheme.
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  Superman last appeared in Action Comics (v1) #3 [A Story]. Superman next appears in Action Comics (v1) #5 [A Story].

Supporting Characters
  Coach Randall First Appearance
  This is Coach Randall's only appearance.

  Tommy Burke First Appearance
  This is Tommy Burke's only appearance.

Other Characters
  Ray Martin First Appearance
  This is Ray Martin's only appearance.

  Mary First Appearance
  This is Mary's only appearance.

  Olvier Stanley First Appearance
  This is Olvier Stanley's only appearance.

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  ViolentPhlegm Says:    
  2017-11-27 18:41:05  
  Um... I can't say I really approve of Superman's behavior here.  

  thatsAgoodONE11 Says:    
  2017-12-04 18:27:44  
  The story is a bit contrived just to get Superman on a football field. He didn't really need to pose as a different person to shake up those thugs. And he also didn't need to be the most dominating football player of all time either. It's good fun to see that, but it makes him seem kind of pompous. If the modern day Superman found his way on a football field for some reason, I think he would have dialed it back a bit. Then again, this is only his fourth appearance, so we are still learning his skill-set.

Superman is faster than an express train! Cool to see him put that statement to the test!

Tommy Burke, the player that Superman emulates, is pretty funny at the end. He starts cheering for "himself" after hearing his girlfriend say how good he is and when he goes back in the game himself, he gets knocked the heck out. Why was he on the team for so long though? Is this not college? Did they do 6-year colleges back then?

The story seemed rather rushed on the last page, but this is still Superman and Superman is Superman at this point in the Order.


  Russ Says:    
  2017-12-15 22:13:23  
  I thought it was interesting that so far in this series, 3 of the 4 stories involved Superman in a disguise. A soldier in issue #2, a miner last issue, now a college football player. It's as if Jerry and Joe are emphasizing the everyman aspect of this super-human's character, in addition to his feats. This direction isn't exactly dazzling to kids, and it won't last, but I do like it.

But, drugging a guy so he can take his place in life for a few days? Can't say I approve of that either. Clearly we're still figuring out the parameters of "heroic" behavior, along with Superman himself. However, it was fun seeing Superman getting kicked off the team for fighting in the locker room!

3 stars. Tommy's girlfriend was a bit shallow, wasn't she?

  shawn313 Says:    
  2018-01-29 07:05:14  
  So the story starts out with a hit and run. Does Superman rush the victim to the hospital or capture the criminal? No, the criminal gets stuck on train tracks and dies of a heart attack when Superman rescues him. Iím not sure of the point of these panels when they could have just started with Superman overhearing the coachís plan. Also Superman acts like a criminal himself, what with the kidnapping he did of the football player he impersonated. And the girlfriend is unbelievable stereotyped as only wanting someone who is a star athlete and breaks up with the football player. What does the bench warmer do after the game where Superman impersonated him? Takes the way unbelievably shallow girlfriend back. Ugh

These golden age comics always remind me of the scene in Return of the Jedi where C-3PO is recounting his adventures to the Ewoks. He goes from AT-ATís to carbonite in seconds without much in the way of transition.

  ScottG12 Says:    
  2018-04-11 10:14:13  
  Early Superman is so strange.. But I kinda love how goofy it is. Especially love the part where he drugs a kid and assumes his identity without explanation. Really contrived story too. But I like it, it isn't a chore to read.

So far Superman is reminding me more of the 70's Incredible Hulk series than anything else, as that dealt with a new story every week where David Banner had to go undercover to help save the day and what not.

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2018-05-13 12:40:29  
  At the time this was published, there were more than a few sports related comic strips. So this is entirely within the parameters of the day.

The comics of this time are still trying to find their place somewhere in the universe with comic strips and pulp magazines.

This one isn't too bad and I still love the fact that Supes isn't above wearing a disguise from time to time. But I'm not really a sports hero comic fan.

Two stars.

  LarryE Says:    
  2018-06-20 16:31:06  
  I'm enjoying this "undercover Superman" phase.  

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