What we know as individuals relative to history is largely dependent upon that which we want to know more about. This is true of studies in the past, events of today and that which is to come in the future. If your interest was, perhaps still is, in knowing a bit of trivia about one of America's superheros, then step back in time to the era when comics were king.
This Day in History: April 18, 1938
|Action Comics #1 (June 1938), |
the debut of Superman.
Cover art by Joe Shuster.
Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster saw their creation, Superman (also known as Kal-El, originally Kal-L), launched in Action Comics #1 on April 18, 1938. This Superman is the Superman we have all known and loved for decades. In its first issue having been dubbed by the publisher as being ridiculous, strong sales proved differently. So, instead of being banned from the cover of Action Comics as intended, Superman became a permanent presence in issue #19 onward.
The series saw the introduction of several characters and themes which would become longstanding elements of the Superman mythos.
|Cover of Action Comics #23 (April 1940). |
The first appearance of
Superman's archenemy Lex Luthor.
Art by Joe Shuster.
Action Comics #1 - Lois Lane made her debut in the first issue with Superman.Superman has remained a pop culture icon, a protector and defender blessed with X-ray vision, herculean strength and the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound. After the initial launch in April, 1938, a daily newspaper comic strip came next, debuting on January 16, 1939, with a retelling of the character’s origin on the doomed planet Krypton. Since then, Superman has appeared in innumerable comic books, TV shows, movies, radio serials, video games, novels and even a Broadway musical.
Action Comics #6 - An unnamed "office boy" with a bow tie makes a brief appearance in the story "Superman's Phony Manager" (November 1938), which is claimed to be Jimmy Olsen's first appearance by several reference sources.
Action Comics #13 - Superman was first depicted as possessing the power of flight (June 1939).
Action Comics #18 - Superpower of X-ray vision depicted for the first time (November 1939).
Action Comics #20 - Superpower of telescopic vision and super-breath introduced (January 1940).
Action Comics #23 - Luthor, a villain who would later become Superman's archenemy, was introduced (April 1940).
Action Comics #64 - The original Toyman was created by writer Don Cameron and artist Ed Dobrotka (September 1943).
If you did not know Superman could have been a madman, instead of a hero, you can now add that tidbit of trivia to your ever growing history knowledge bank!