REVIEW CORNER: Action Comics Annual # 1

Action Comics Annual # 1 (1987)

Writer: John Byrne
Penciller: Arthur Adams
Inker: Dick Giordano
Letterer: Albert DeGuzman
Colorist: Petra Scotese


For this week’s edition of Review Corner, I’ll take a look at Action Comics Annual # 1 from 1987 that features a great team-up between Superman and Batman against the unholy forces of …..Vampires!

A small South Carolina town called Faverville is being terrorized by Vampires, especially one called “Skeeter” who’s got the entire town chasing after her. Naturally, Batman rolls into Faverville to investigate the strange phenomenon since most of the murders occurred in Gotham but finds that he needs some help in figuring this out, A quick call to The Daily Planet and it’s not long before Superman shows up. The two of them find their match in Skeeter as they deal with a group of vampires who escaped from a local hospital, but I believe this is the first time we find out about the pre-Crisis Superman’s vulnerability to magic.

Even though Superman and Batman don’t spend much time together, This was a strong effort by Byrne as he took the concept of superheroes battling vampires to great effect all while bringing the horror factors on full display which truly made this annual amazing. Arthur Adams’ artwork takes the dark elements of this story and brings it alive, once again showing what a legend he is. This annual will no doubt terrify you from beginning to end, but it does take the spirit and creativity of “World’s Finest” and delivers a story that will fascinate anyone who enjoys a Superman/Batman team-up.

Well, that’s it for me this week. Thanks for sticking around and I will see you next time.

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