Summer 1939 - September 1986
Issue Count: 423 (All Superman Issues)
Superman. Clark Kent. Kal-el. Man of Steel. Last Son of Krypton. Man of Tomorrow...and Boy Scout? Yes. You have probably heard this same thing uttered by Batman or Luthor or any number of other DC villains and heroes. Superman is known for his staunch and steadfast commitment to obey the laws of the land. There is no act too kind or too small for a real hero. Superman has been forced to choose countless times and still ends up conquering all! This kind and gentle Superman only showed himself as radio brought the character to life in a way not possible before. Prior to the "All-American" good guy version of Superman he could be found confronting evil with guns, threats of death or just general extreme violence, lacking many of today's over-the-top powers!
The brainchild of Jerome "Jerry" Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman was officially "born" in 1933 as a bald genius with designs on world domination. He was very much a Brainiac or Lex Luthor hybrid. Two characters the team would be responsible for several years later. Ultimately the duo decided to frame Superman as a hero, a champion, a man of the people in a era known for the depressed people and economy of the time. They tried to sell Superman as a daily syndicated strip and failed. During their quest to get this idea to light they took on work for one of the largest print companys of the day and it's fairly new comic book division, National Comics Publications. In March of 1938 they would present their idea to the powers that be at National and would then sell the rights to the not-yet-iconic character for $130 (approximately $2270.00 in today's money adjusted for inflation).
The next several years would prove to be very lucrative for Siegel and Shuster and they would earn nearly half a million dollars per year each in todays money for their contributions to the seminal title. Superman's immediate popularity after his first appearance in Action Comics led to a second title with his name as well as his continued success in Action Comics. The two books have been running virtually uninterrupted month after month for over eighty years and are still going strong!
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