This week sees the seventy fifth celebration of the 1st arrival of Superman.
June 1938 saw the first issue of ‘Action Comics’, which enclosed the actual 1st emergence of the individual that would inspire millions of people worldwide. It is, to any or all intents and reasons, the birth of that superhero story.
The individual was an immediate winner, inspiring not just the entire genre of superhero fiction, but additionally radio drama, movie 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 duo created a fanzine called ‘Science Fiction’ which contained the story ‘Reign #of the# Supermen’, featuring a infamous, all-powerful being. Later that very same year, this emergent ‘Superman’ was re-tooled into the greater heroic version we all know today.
The concept for this new Superman seemingly came to Siegel one sleepless nighttime, during which he wrote the entire story that would eventually appear in ‘Action Comics’ opening issue. The following day, Shuster built the character’s iconic look and a noticeably hero was born.
In 1933, following a series of rejections, a disconsolate Shuster in fact set fire to the early edition of the story. All that survived was the cover art, a picture which has since become iconic.
Editor Sheldon Mayer was the first person to take a chance on Superman, giving the colorful hero a canopy look on the first issue of Action Comics. This issue, in mint condition, can now reach prices as high as $2Million.
Superman has remained well-liked in comic book series like ‘Superman’ and ‘Action Comics’ as well as numerous 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 can also be a Television mainstay, being depicted in successful series like ‘Lois & Clark’ and ‘Smallville’ as well as numerous kid’s cartoons.
Superman’s 75th celebration will see DC Entertainment unveiling a temporary Superman-themed emblem celebrating this landmark anniversary.
The special event will also be commemorated by a new Superman comics series entitled ‘Superman: Unchained’ created 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, making sure the occasion is well and truly celebrated.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUPERMAN!