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Action Comics (v1) #12 [A Story]

"Superman Declares War on Reckless Drivers"
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Action Comics (v1) #12 [A Story]
Universe:   Earth-Two 
Editor: Vincent Sullivan
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Penciler: Joe Shuster
Cover Artist : Fred B. Guardineer
Cover Date : May 1939
On Sale Date: April 1939
Story Arc: -
Pages: 13
Cover Price : $0.10
Users Read: 81 Users Rated: 56
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All-American Comics (v1) #2 [S Story]
All-American Comics (v1) #2 [T Story]
Action Comics (v1) #12 [A Story]
Action Comics (v1) #12 [H Story]
Detective Comics (v1) #27 [A Story]
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Superman tries to deliver a message to largely indifferent citizens about the dangers of drunk and reckless driving, after seeing a friend of his in a traffic accident.
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Main Characters
  Superman last appeared in Action Comics (v1) #11 [A Story]. Superman next appears in New York World[appost]s Fair Comics 1939 [A Story].

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  Mr. Bates First Appearance
  This is Mr. Bates's only appearance.

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  George Taylor
  George Taylor last appeared in Action Comics (v1) #11 [A Story]. George Taylor next appears in New York World[appost]s Fair Comics 1939 [A Story].

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Daily Star
Daily Star last appeared in Action Comics (v1) #1 [A Story]. Daily Star next appears in Superman (v1) #1 [A Story].
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  owenneil Says:    
  2017-11-12 23:44:28  
  In the continued stories of Superman, he continues to destroy private property of individuals and companies, likely costing hundreds of jobs. Not to mention the continuous string of threats of bodily harm or death. Good intentions or not, Superman is essentially a terrorist at this point.  

  Shinderu Says:    
  2017-11-19 10:46:20  
  Maybe the Marvel Universe civilians are too hard on their superheroes, but if the DC ones still celebrate Supes after all the destruction hes been causing then theyre too soft on theirs!  

  Ice Says:    
  2017-12-07 17:07:01  
  Hearing Superman mention "the world war" in the singular was a little surreal.

Breaking into radio stations, busting down walls, assaulting people, destroying cars seemingly randomly, even tearing up an auto-plant while the workers run and hide, destroying road signs and trying to trick motorists into accidents, ... Superman a bad guy?

This one was weird! I mean, how in the heck is "Superman goes on a rampage and threatens people" a solution to a problem like "people don't drive safely"? Just strange!

I like that advertisement at the end, though. Who's this? Some kind of "Batguy"?

  Russ Says:    
  2017-12-31 14:12:40  
  Yeah, this is Superman, because nobody can really stand against him, going around town throwing his weight around and being a bully. I get his intentions were noble but making someone do the right thing out of respect and conscience is different from doing it out of fear.

But I'm giving Superman a pass here. In the storytelling sense, this is still Jerry and Joe trying to wow the reader with feats of strength never seen before. In Superman's ongoing narrative, he did see the dead body of someone he knew, and feeling a bit of sorrow and anger he probably hadn't felt since the Kents passed away, chose to do whatever he could about it in his own way. He's still learning the extent of his strength and his effect of the people around him. And Jerry and Joe, the leaders of this brave new frontier of heroes with superpowers, don't have the parameters of this new heroism defined for them or by them yet.

In short, this is still Superman doing the right thing, but doesn't yet know how to do it the right way, thereby scaring the crap out of the people he's trying to protect. I don't think we'll see any stories of him actively trying to redeem himself, but we know without spoiling anything that he eventually does.

Still, 2 stars. Consider it on-the-job training, Supes, but learn fast. Your mission to help humanity is going to tank if you keep throwing your weight around.

  thatsAgoodONE11 Says:    
  2018-01-04 20:05:50  
  I agree with what people say above, that Superman is going about this hero stuff in a very different way. But man, the story was all over the place. Superman is at a factory smashing equipment, then he's at the mayor's office and throws his car away, then he's fixing the road. It almost feels like a road safety montage.

I'm with Russ in that I am kind of giving him a pass. Siegel and Shuster hasn't branded him the goody two-shoe boy scout status that he eventually acquires. They are still trying out different story methods and are leaning towards fixing social issues by brute force at the moment. Plus, sequence where the guy fixing the wall declares the repair finished only to witness Superman jumping through at the same spot is gold.


  shawn313 Says:    
  2018-01-30 15:13:11  
  This issue was pretty funny. Superman was acting like a lunatic and really a menace, Im surprised he had any following at all.  

  Neskit Says:    
  2018-03-03 10:52:06  
  OOOO Batman teaser... that was more exciting to me then Craze Supes.  

  ScottG12 Says:    
  2018-04-22 14:25:09  
  Worst issue so far.. Hated Superman's behaviour here. What a madman.  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2018-06-02 08:28:37  
  One problem we are having here is the fact that these stories are truly a product of their times. The Depression was hard on people and they saw the world as the strong vs. the weak and Superman is the strong helping the weak.

Two stars.

  Scaredevil Says:    
  2018-07-16 19:29:31  
  Wait...what? I have no words. One of the stupidest comics I'be read so far.


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