An American family recently used a copy of Action Comics 1 they found in their basement to save their home from foreclosure. In honor of this tale (and DC's 75th anniversary), here are 75 absolutely priceless Action Comics covers.

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75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


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75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Note the anachronistic dinosaur. Also, I'm pretty sure this cover is implying that Lois is Moses.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Superman takes modern art way too literally.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


That was the year Superman owed $50,000,000 in FCC violations. He depleted the telethon fund to cover his court fees.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


I like that Superman's not even trying to throw the missile at the sub. It's like punching the barrels in Doom.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


No shit, Lex.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Is Superman guarding a giant's cash register?

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Beached whales and scared children are of no consequence to Superman.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


This is the weirdest Superman sex dream conceivable.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Superman trapped a bunch of evil stereotypical children on a prison cloud. The tree is there just to taunt them.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Superman is furious about the Prankster's lack of effort.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


You know why there's no Santa? Because Superman crushed his solar plexus.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Ah, the old cookie-cutter room burst.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


A little known power of Superman's is to bless currency with sentience.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


This is Superman's idea of a stag film.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


At this point in Action Comics history, Superman disappointing everyone happens every other cover.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


That's one wan wave, Superman.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


More unknown Superman powers: super-pruning and super-narcissism.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


This is what will happen if Shaq is ever elected president.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


I bet Superman did it himself, and those green rays are just laser pointers.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


I think Lois was okay with the face, but put off by the florid rhetoric.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


I hope Superman flies in this issue, and one-half of his body gets torn off by wind shear.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


This comic was the inspiration for Blackest Night.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Self-explantory.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


This is the Kryptonian version of "hairy palm syndrome."

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


And it's fatal!

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Superman can't stop, but he has the time to give a physics lecture?

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


That box is filled with issues of Superman 75.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


It's forbidden because it's fabulous.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


That is some crap bedside manner.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


This is what you get when you tell your cover artist he's being laid off.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


That is the most spectacular suicide I've ever seen.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


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75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


It's bad enough that Superman forces his son to dress like him.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


This cover's a band-aid for when five pages of Scooby Doo script get mixed up in your print run.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Superman has a million kids, and all of them suck.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


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75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Duh.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Remember the time Superman fought Popeye? Is Captain Strong still in continuity?

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Coincidentally, "The Krypton Connection" is the name of my jazz fusion trio.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Self-explanatory.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Superman got drunk and watched Patch Adams.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


That is one callous crowd.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Is that Captain Strong again?

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Note the litigation-proof Golden Arches.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


This is Superman's idea of a Coppertone ad.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


This is hands-down Lex's coolest plan.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Does Superman actually fight crime in Action Comics or just act like a diva?

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


This is right up there with Daredevil's unicycle.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


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75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Just as Superman makes his kids dress in pajamas, Lex forces his fiances to shave their heads.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Superman doesn't speak jive.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Superman doesn't want you to buy his comic.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Bwahahaha.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


See the bubble at the lower-right.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Action Comics wasn't always Superman's show. In this issue, Wild Dog recruits the entire Westminster Kennel Club as a sidekick.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Nice human shield, Speedy.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Superman hangs out in the woods with children.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Ah, Super-David Lee Roth.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


That haircut is strange luck. BURNED.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Thanagarian + Kryptonian = checks + plaid.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


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75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


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75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


I have no idea who Ralph Edwards is, but I guess he was a nationally syndicated fetishwear enthusiast.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


First his son's outfits, next the world.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Way to give your kill switch to Richard Nixon.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


When you meet your doppelganger, immediately lob bowling bowls at him.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


No one's going to take you seriously with that shield, Superman.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Superman vs. West Side Story required severe handicapping.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Superman vs. the dandies.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


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75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Superman is such a jock.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


There's your comeuppance, Superman.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Why are Superman's socks worn out? He flies.

75 Action Comics covers that are worth their weight in gold


Does this mean Lois was unwittingly dating Perry? Great Caesar's Ghost, that's creepy as shit.