This month sees the seventy fifth anniversary of that first arrival of Superman.
June 1938 saw the initial issue of ‘Action Comics’, which enclosed the actual initial appearance of the individual that will inspire lot of people worldwide. It is, to all intents and purposes, the delivery of the superhero tale.
The character was an immediate hit, inspiring not just the whole genre of superhero fiction, but additionally broadcasting drama, film serials and reams of merchandise.
Superman creators Jerry Siegel (writer) and Joe Shuster (artist) had worked for years, first to generate the character and then to sell him to the publisher.
In 1932, the pair created a fanzine called ‘Science Fiction’ which enclosed the story ‘Reign #of the# Supermen’, that includes a villainous, all-powerful being. Later that same year, this emergent ‘Superman’ was re-tooled into the greater heroic version we all know today.
The idea for the new Superman seemingly came to Siegel one restless nighttime, during which he wrote the complete story that would ultimately appear in ‘Action Comics’ inaugural issue. The next day, Shuster built the character’s iconic look and a hero was born.
In 1933, following a series of rejections, a disconsolate Shuster actually set fire to the early edition of the story. All that survived was the cover art, an image which has since become iconic.
Editor Sheldon Mayer was the first person to take a big gamble on Superman, giving the colorful hero a canopy appearance on the first issue of Action Comics. This subject, in mint form, can today reach fees as high as $2Million.
Superman has remained popular in comic book series like ‘Superman’ and ‘Action Comics’ also 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 and the 2006 movie ‘Superman Returns’. The character is also a TV mainstay, being depicted in profitable series like ‘Lois & Clark’ and ‘Smallville’ as well as many kid’s cartoons.
Superman’s seventy fifth anniversary will see DC Entertainment unveiling a brief Superman-themed logo celebrating this milestone anniversary.
The particular event will also be commemorated by an innovative new Superman comics series entitled ‘Superman: Unchained’ created within 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 celebrated.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUPERMAN!
75th anniversary of that 1st arrival of Superman.