Superman the Beginning
The history of Superman started in 1933 when two young creative
geniuses, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in Cleveland Ohio,
were working on a magazine called Science Fiction. It's
third issue contained a story called "The Reign of the
Superman". It was about a man with enhanced mental powers.
Shuster the artists showed an illustration of a bald evil looking
man hovering over a city. The Superman looked more like Lex Luthor
than Kal-El from Krypton. Interestingly enough 1933 was the same
year another artist, one that had failed, became the chancellor of
Germany and announced a reign of "supermen".
Siegel and Shuster's final version of Superman would battle the
Nazis in the comic book world. The next version of Superman came
later that year with hair and was a full fledged super hero.
Unfortunately, the publisher they prepared the story for
turned it down and went out of business a short time later.
1934 was the year that Siegel
came up with a version matching today's Superman. His name was
Clark Kent and he was a reporter, but for four years nobody wanted
to publish the adventures of Superman. It wasn't until DC Comics
accepted the Man of Steel looking for material for the new Action
Comics book. So in Action Comics #1, June 1938 Superman appeared
for the first time to wide eyed wonderment of kids everywhere.
Action Comics would soon be selling a million copies every issue.
From there Superman got his own radio show, a cartoon series on
the big screen, a 1940's movie serial, and would go on to conquer
television the next decade. The next generation would see Superman
really appear to fly in the Christopher Reeve movies, and today
after numerous cartoon shows and popular tv shows like Smallville,
Superman fans await the next big screen adaptation of the Man from
Krypton from director Bryan Singer.
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