Superman’s First Appearance In Action Comics #1, Published 85 Years Ago Today

Superman will get a brand new feature film in 2025 from James Gunn.

Action Comics #1 was first published 85 years ago today, on April 18th, 1938, and introduced the world to Superman. To commemorate the occasion, James Gunn has shared on Twitter that his script for Superman: Legacy is complete, and pre-production has begun. The character has become one of history’s most iconic and enduring superheroes. The comic is widely considered the start of the superhero genre and has profoundly impacted pop culture. The story of Action Comics #1 begins with two young men named Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. They had been creating comic strips and publishing them in various magazines, but they had yet to find breakthrough success. Then, one day, they came up with the idea for a new character: a superhero with incredible strength, the ability to fly, and a desire to fight for justice.

They pitched the idea to various publishers, but none were interested. Finally, they sold the idea to DC Comics for $130, and Superman was born. The character was an instant hit, and Action Comics #1 sold out quickly. The comic features Superman’s origin story, in which he is sent to Earth from the dying planet Krypton as a baby. He is raised by the Kents, a farming couple in Smallville, and he learns to use his powers for good. The story also introduces the villainous character of Lex Luthor, who would become one of Superman’s most notorious foes.

The impact of Action Comics #1 was immediate and profound.

It established the superhero genre, paving the way for countless other heroes like Batman, Wonder Woman, and Spider-Man. Superman quickly became a cultural icon, appearing in radio serials, TV shows, movies, and video games. In addition, the character has become a symbol of hope and justice, inspiring generations of fans worldwide. The value of Action Comics #1 has skyrocketed over the years, with some copies selling for millions of dollars. In 2014, a copy of the comic sold for a record-breaking $3.2 million at auction. It is considered one of the world’s most valuable and sought-after comic books. Action Comics #1 is a landmark comic book that changed the world of comics forever. It introduced the world to Superman, created the superhero genre, and inspired countless fans and creators worldwide. Its impact can still be felt nearly a century after its publication.

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Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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