In the week sees the seventy fifth anniversary of that 1st arrival of Superman.
June 1938 saw the first issue of ‘Action Comics’, which enclosed the actual initial arrival of the individual that will inspire lot of people worldwide. It is, to any or all intents and purposes, the birth of that superhero story.
The character was an immediate winner, inspiring not only the whole genre of superhero fiction, but additionally radio plays, film serials and reams of merchandise.
Superman creators Jerry Siegel (writer) and Joe Shuster (artist) had worked for years, first to bring about the individual and then to retail him to a publisher.
In 1932, the twosome created a fanzine called ‘Science Fiction’ which enclosed the tale ‘Reign #of the# Supermen’, featuring a villainous, all-powerful being. Later that same year, this embryonic ‘Superman’ was re-tooled into the more heroic version we all know today.
The thought for the new Superman in fact came to Siegel one sleepless nighttime, during which he wrote the whole story that will ultimately show in ‘Action Comics’ initial issue. The following day, Shuster created the character’s iconic appearance and a hero was delivered.
In 1933, following a series of rejections, a gloomy Shuster actually set fire to the early version of the story. All that survived was the cover art, an image which has ever since become iconic.
Editor Sheldon Mayer was the very first person to take a gamble on Superman, giving the colourful hero a canopy appearance on the first issue of Action Comics. This issue, in mint form, can today reach prices as high as $2Million.
Superman has remained well-liked in comic book series like ‘Superman’ and ‘Action Comics’ as well as plentiful 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 can also be a TV mainstay, being depicted in lucrative series like ‘Lois & Clark’ and ‘Smallville’ also as numerous children’s cartoons.
Superman’s 75th celebration will see DC Entertainment unveiling a brief Superman-themed emblem celebrating this landmark anniversary.
The particular event will 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 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!