This week sees the seventy fifth anniversary of the 1st arrival of Superman.
June 1938 saw the first issue of ‘Action Comics’, which enclosed the very initial emergence of the individual that will inspire millions of people worldwide. It is, to all intents and purposes, the birth of that superhero story.
The character was an instant winner, inspiring not just the entire genre of superhero fiction, but additionally radio drama, movie serials and reams of products.
Superman creators Jerry Siegel (writer) and Joe Shuster (artist) had worked for years, first to create the individual and to retail him to a publisher.
In 1932, the twosome created a fanzine called ‘Science Fiction’ which contained the story ‘Reign #of the# Supermen’, featuring a villainous, all-powerful being. Later that very same year, this embryonic ‘Superman’ was re-tooled into the greater heroic version we know these days.
The thought for this new Superman seemingly came to Siegel one sleepless nighttime, during which he wrote the whole story that would eventually appear in ‘Action Comics’ initial issue. The next day, Shuster created the character’s iconic look and a hero was born.
In 1933, following a series of rejections, a dejected Shuster actually set fire to the early adaptation of the story. All that survived was the cover art, an image which has ever since become iconic.
Editor Sheldon Mayer was the first person to take a chance on Superman, giving the colorful hero a cover look on the first issue of Action Comics. This issue, in mint condition, can today reach fees as high as $2Million.
Superman has remained well-liked in comic book series like ‘Superman’ and ‘Action Comics’ as well as abundant spin off series starring his supporting characters like Superboy, Supergirl, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen.
He has also drawn crowds with hit films like Richard Donner’s 1978 ‘Superman’ film and the 2006 movie ‘Superman Returns’. The character is also a Television mainstay, being depicted in profitable series like ‘Lois & Clark’ and ‘Smallville’ as well as many kid’s cartoons.
Superman’s 75th celebration will see DC Entertainment unveiling a brief Superman-themed emblem celebrating this milestone anniversary.
The special event will also be commemorated by an innovative new Superman comics series entitled ‘Superman: Unchained’ made by the creative team of Scott Snyder (writer), Jim Lee (artist) and Scott Williams (inks).
Elsewhere, the latest Superman movie ‘Man of Steel’, starring Henry Cavill, will open in theatres from Friday 14th June, ensuring the occasion is well and truly marked.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUPERMAN!
seventy fifth anniversary of the initial appearance of Superman.