Bendis on the Differences Between “Action Comics” and “Superman”

In an interview with writer Brian Michael Bendis explains how he’s telling two very different stories between “Action Comics” and “Superman”, what the differences are, and how they relate to one another. Here’s an excerpt from the interview…

“They’re completely different storylines,” he explains. “But they mirror and breathe next to each other like all good comic books should.”

“Whereas Superman, the title, is very big, with big stories and big villains and big goings-on in the DC Universe, the kind of things only Superman can handle, in Action Comics, it’s more the world according to Clark Kent, which of course includes Superman but is The Daily Planet and truth and justice and the American Way and what’s going on in the streets of Metropolis and with Lois Lane and all of that.”

“So we have one book that takes Superman to the farthest reaches of everything DC has to offer and one that has him at his desk trying to figure out what the truth is.”

Read the complete interview at

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July 9, 2018 10:51 pm

While I think I see where Bendis is coming from I have to ask if it necessarily has to be such an either/or thing? To me a well balanced series of Superman comics lets you look in on his life as Clark Kent and his being a reporter building to time for the shirt-rip and getting to see him in action as Superman. Some adventures may be more grounded and generating out of his being a reporter seeking the truth of a situation while others may take him to the far reaches of the galaxy or strange and wondrous realms… Read more »

Steve Eden
Steve Eden
July 10, 2018 1:05 pm

Basically, it sounds like Bendis is saying that Action Comics should be retitled as IN-Action Comics…