This month sees the 75th anniversary of the initial arrival of Superman.
June 1938 saw the 1st issue of ‘Action Comics’, which enclosed the actual 1st arrival of the character that will inspire millions of people worldwide. It is, to all intents and purposes, the birth of the superhero story.
The character was an immediate hit, inspiring not just the whole genre of superhero fiction, but additionally radio plays, film serials and reams of products.
Superman creators Jerry Siegel (writer) and Joe Shuster (artist) had partnered for years, first to generate the character and to sell him to a publisher.
In 1932, the twosome made a fanzine called ‘Science Fiction’ which enclosed the story ‘Reign #of the# Supermen’, featuring a infamous, all-powerful being. Later that same year, this emergent ‘Superman’ was re-tooled into the greater heroic version we know today.
The thought for this new Superman in fact came to Siegel one restless night, during which he wrote the entire story that would eventually show in ‘Action Comics’ initial issue. The next day, Shuster created the character’s iconic look and a noticeably hero was delivered.
In 1933, following a series of rejections, a dejected Shuster in fact set fire to this early adaptation of the story. All that survived was the cover art, a picture that has ever since become iconic.
Editor Sheldon Mayer was the very first person to take a gamble on Superman, giving the colourful hero a cover appearance on the first issue of Action Comics. This subject, in mint condition, can today reach fees as high as $2Million.
Superman has remained popular 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 movies like Richard Donner’s 1978 ‘Superman’ film as well as the 2006 movie ‘Superman Returns’. The character is also a TV mainstay, being depicted in profitable series for example ‘Lois & Clark’ and ‘Smallville’ as well as many children’s cartoons.
Superman’s seventy fifth celebration will see DC Entertainment unveiling a temporary Superman-themed emblem celebrating this landmark anniversary.
The particular event will also be commemorated by a 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 modern 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!