super: the arrival of mr. right

Jesse Marinoff Reyes ( Jesse Marinoff Reyes Design, Maplewood, N.J.)

… 1938, Depression-era kids spotted Action Comics No. 1 at the newsstand or the drugstore counter. Action Comics debuted a story about a new kind of action hero, a “super” hero, a super-man. Writer-and-creator Jerry Siegel recalled that “there was a long silence for a while, then Joe (Schuster, artist and co-creator) and I got wind that our creation was a success.” They and their editor and publishers didn’t quite realize what they had on their hands until they learned that “…at the newsstands people were asking not for Action Comics, but for that magazine with SUPERMAN in it.”

Action Comics. 1938.

Well, you know the rest.

Action Comics, No. 1, June 1938 issue
National Allied Publishing (later, DC Comics)
Illustration: Joe Schuster
Reproduced from:
Superman: The Golden Age
Chronicle, 1999

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