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(CBR)   Everyone recognizes Superman's iconic cover of Action Comics #1. But where was he for Numbers 2 through 6?   ( cbr.com) divider line
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2018-04-23 11:05:17 AM  
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number 2
 
2018-04-23 11:22:30 AM  
DC thought Superman was silly until they saw that orders for Action Comics #1 was outpacing everything else and buyers were specifically ordering Superman.

This isn't news.
 
2018-04-23 11:25:46 AM  
Those were the times he carried you.
 
2018-04-23 11:30:04 AM  
Article headline: Was Superman banned for all those other covers?

Article: IDA KNOW, LOL!
 
2018-04-23 11:31:27 AM  
Same place Judge Dredd was for prog 1.
 
2018-04-23 11:40:08 AM  
Was he at home, washing his tights?
 
2018-04-23 11:43:09 AM  
. . .because Superman was just one part of Action Comics at first, and it wasn't until the 1970's that the last non-Superman parts were finally removed.

Action Comics was originally a comic book/magazine that had several different characters with comics, and even had non-comic articles/columns in the early years.  Even when it started to become more and more Superman oriented, for decades they still ran some non-Superman content.

Detective Comics had the same thing with Batman.

Why do you think it's called Action Comics instead of Superman?  It's a bit of a legacy title.
 
2018-04-23 11:44:38 AM  
Seeing Superman's covers right up next to all the others he didn't appear in makes Shuster look like a kinda mediocre artist in comparison. Though of course there's something to be said for his genius design skills that, while simple, the simplicity is probably a large part of what made that character so memorable. But the actual drawing and composition is so bland in comparison to the other art on display.

Just never really saw his Superman art right alongside contemporaries like that. It jumped out at me.
 
2018-04-23 11:53:00 AM  
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2018-04-23 11:56:53 AM  

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number 2


Note to self: the "Kryptonite burrito" at Lex's Taco Palace contains actual Kryptonite.
 
2018-04-23 12:03:58 PM  
Leo E. O'Mealia was a badass artist by comparison. don't know who he is but there is a lot of great linework for those next few covers after #1. i am now curious about more artwork from Leo to see what else he'd done.
 
2018-04-23 12:08:32 PM  
I Googled a few of the names of the contest winners from the 1938 Issue #4 Coloring Contest. More than a few appear to be still alive and in their early to mid-90s. Richard Wimmer is now 96 and still living in MN, for example. Reading comic books is good for your longevity, apparently.
 
2018-04-23 12:18:52 PM  

Billy Liar: [s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 236x327]


that's not superman. No big letter "S"!
 
2018-04-23 12:22:07 PM  
It looks to me more like that they went with the better art.  Also, superman WAS kinda goofy compared to Doc Savage and Alan Quartermain who were a little more "realistic" and more tested a concept at the time.

Once Superman became clearly the superior draw, I'm sure they changed the covers and such, but this doesn't seem like any kind of conspiracy.  These guys would have put ANYTHING THEY COULD GET AWAY WITH to sell books.
 
2018-04-23 12:23:27 PM  
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2018-04-23 12:25:15 PM  
Really enjoyed #4's story "The Mountie in the Lamp."
 
2018-04-23 12:27:32 PM  

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2018-04-23 12:28:06 PM  
It takes a few months to see how sales are going, so they were in the dark and scheduled the covers (which were chosen long before they appeared on newsstands) to rotate through the characters.  Most likely, the covers had already been printed when they realized Superman was a big deal and it would have been expensive to rerun them.
 
2018-04-23 12:29:59 PM  
My brother and i ponied up $5 in the early 80s for a Superman comic. It was, as per the comic itself, the first issue in which Superman never appeared in his Super Suit. I don't know if it was ever worth anything and it wouldn't matter because we ended up wrecking it anyway.
 
2018-04-23 12:36:21 PM  
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Let's get it on, sister.
I'm not your sister.
 
2018-04-23 12:41:18 PM  

Danger Mouse: Billy Liar: [s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 236x327]

that's not superman. No big letter "S"!


It's not a "big letter 'S'", it's the family insignia of The House of El.
 
2018-04-23 12:43:40 PM  

Billy Liar: [s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 236x327]


Username checks out...
 
2018-04-23 12:46:10 PM  

ZMugg: Danger Mouse: Billy Liar: [s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 236x327]

that's not superman. No big letter "S"!

It's not a "big letter 'S'", it's the family insignia of The House of El.


Yeah, yeah, we know the retcon.  Big deal.

I think I'll stick to the original version - Ma Kent unraveled the blankets Kal-El was wrapped in and rewove the threads into his costume.  So *she* was responsible for the design, and therefore it is indeed a Big Red 'S'.
 
2018-04-23 12:47:06 PM  

red5ish: [img.fark.net image 850x1306]
Let's get it on, sister.
I'm not your sister.


Damn!  That blonde goes through all that, and still manages to keep her seams straight!
 
2018-04-23 12:57:33 PM  

ZMugg: Danger Mouse: Billy Liar: [s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 236x327]

that's not superman. No big letter "S"!

It's not a "big letter 'S'", it's the family insignia of The House of El.


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2018-04-23 01:00:49 PM  

Myk-House of El: ZMugg: Danger Mouse: Billy Liar: [s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 236x327]

that's not superman. No big letter "S"!

It's not a "big letter 'S'", it's the family insignia of The House of El.

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User name checks out
;^D
 
2018-04-23 01:06:39 PM  
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"And lo I was on the Road to Saskatoon, when suddenly the Great Mountie appeared to me and said 'Hoser, Hoser, why do you torment me so, eh, Buddy?"

"And I fell to my knees and said 'Sorry, I'm not your buddy, Friend.'"
 
2018-04-23 01:08:41 PM  

ZMugg: Danger Mouse: Billy Liar: [s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 236x327]

that's not superman. No big letter "S"!

It's not a "big letter 'S'", it's the family insignia of The House of El.


It looks a lot like the Kryponian character for S.
 
2018-04-23 01:13:31 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: ZMugg: Danger Mouse: Billy Liar: [s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 236x327]

that's not superman. No big letter "S"!

It's not a "big letter 'S'", it's the family insignia of The House of El.

Yeah, yeah, we know the retcon.  Big deal.

I think I'll stick to the original version - Ma Kent unraveled the blankets Kal-El was wrapped in and rewove the threads into his costume.  So *she* was responsible for the design, and therefore it is indeed a Big Red 'S'.


Just wait a couple of reboots. They'll get back to that one.
 
2018-04-23 01:20:36 PM  

Cthulhukefka: [img.fark.net image 425x627]


Iunderstoodthatreference.jpeg
 
2018-04-23 01:22:39 PM  

red5ish: [img.fark.net image 850x1306]
Let's get it on, sister.
I'm not your sister.


That art looks like it could have been from the 1980's.
 
2018-04-23 01:26:45 PM  

It's pronounced pacKAGE: red5ish: [img.fark.net image 850x1306]
Let's get it on, sister.
I'm not your sister.

That art looks like it could have been from the 1980's.


Don't think so. You can see their feet.
 
2018-04-23 01:54:39 PM  

Screaming Candle: It looks to me more like that they went with the better art.  Also, superman WAS kinda goofy compared to Doc Savage and Alan Quartermain who were a little more "realistic" and more tested a concept at the time.

Once Superman became clearly the superior draw, I'm sure they changed the covers and such, but this doesn't seem like any kind of conspiracy.  These guys would have put ANYTHING THEY COULD GET AWAY WITH to sell books.


Lesson learned: "Real" is a fetish for manchildren pretending to be adults. Just have fun stories where your best friend becomes an ape or you get in unlikely fights with beings on a dare .
 
2018-04-23 02:48:23 PM  

red5ish: [img.fark.net image 850x1306]
Let's get it on, sister.
I'm not your sister.


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smoke me a kipper, i'll be back for breakfast
 
2018-04-23 04:14:26 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: red5ish: [img.fark.net image 850x1306]
Let's get it on, sister.
I'm not your sister.

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smoke me a kipper, i'll be back for breakfast


What a guy!
 
2018-04-23 04:24:12 PM  
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2018-04-23 04:30:49 PM  

ZMugg: Danger Mouse: Billy Liar: [s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 236x327]

that's not superman. No big letter "S"!

It's not a "big letter 'S'", it's the family insignia of The House of El.


"On my world, it means pedant."
 
2018-04-23 04:47:21 PM  

Mad_Radhu: ZMugg: Danger Mouse: Billy Liar: [s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 236x327]

that's not superman. No big letter "S"!

It's not a "big letter 'S'", it's the family insignia of The House of El.

"On my world, it means pedant."


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Tell her that, I dare you.
 
2018-04-23 07:34:50 PM  

The Pope of Manwich Village: I Googled a few of the names of the contest winners from the 1938 Issue #4 Coloring Contest. More than a few appear to be still alive and in their early to mid-90s. Richard Wimmer is now 96 and still living in MN, for example. Reading comic books is good for your longevity, apparently.


It's true. According to her facebook, June Dunn is still only 16 years old and is now living in El Paso.
 
2018-04-24 11:41:04 AM  

exparrot: It's pronounced pacKAGE: red5ish: [img.fark.net image 850x1306]
Let's get it on, sister.
I'm not your sister.

That art looks like it could have been from the 1980's.

Don't think so. You can see their feet.


That would be 90s not 80s
 
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