Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Superman Celebrates 75th Birthday

This week sees the seventy fifth celebration of the 1st arrival of Superman.

June 1938 saw the very first copy of ‘Action Comics’, which contained the actual initial appearance of the individual that will inspire lot of people worldwide. It is, to all intents and purposes, the birth of that superhero tale.

The individual was an immediate winner, inspiring not just the entire genre of superhero fiction, but also radio drama, movie serials and reams of products.

Superman creators Jerry Siegel (writer) and Joe Shuster (artist) had worked for years, first to generate the individual and to sell him to a publisher.

In 1932, the duo made a fanzine called ‘Science Fiction’ which enclosed the tale ‘Reign #of the# Supermen’, featuring a infamous, all-powerful being. Later that same year, this embryonic ‘Superman’ was re-tooled into the greater heroic version we know today.

The thought for the new Superman apparently came to Siegel one restless nighttime, during which he wrote the complete story that would ultimately show in ‘Action Comics’ opening issue. The following day, Shuster made the character’s iconic appearance and a noticeably hero was born.

In 1933, following a series of rejections, a depressed Shuster actually set fire to this early version of the story. All that survived was the cover art, a picture which has ever since become iconic.

Editor Sheldon Mayer was the 1st person to take a gamble on Superman, giving the colourful hero a canopy look on the first issue of Action Comics. This subject, in mint condition, can today reach fees 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 and also the 2006 movie ‘Superman Returns’. The character can also be a TV mainstay, being depicted in profitable series for example ‘Lois & Clark’ and ‘Smallville’ as well as numerous children’s cartoons.

Superman’s seventy fifth anniversary will see DC Entertainment unveiling a brief Superman-themed logo celebrating this momentous anniversary.

The particular event will also be commemorated by an innovative 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 modern 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.


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