The Superman (lost comic; 1933)


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The Superman
The surviving front cover.
The surviving front cover.
Status Lost

Superman needs little to no introduction. He remains one of the most recognizable pop culture icons and is considered one of the first "true" superheroes.

Most Superman fans know his "official" debut was in 1938 with Action Comics No. 1. What many people don't know is that the Man of Steel had 2 other known (or, in this case, at least planned) appearances before this issue. One was a depiction of the character as a villain in a short story called The Reign of the Superman dated for June 1933. This short story, though extremely rare in physical form, is readily available online.

Superman's creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster started playing around with the idea of making the character a hero instead of the villain. They got in touch with a publishing company, Consolidated Book Publishing. The duo worked enthusiastically and hard, even receiving a promising letter for publication. Eventually, though, Consolidated pulled out, leaving Siegel stressed. After trying again with a few other publishing companies that denied them, Siegel threw the entire issue into a fire out of rage and frustration. It wouldn't be for another 5 years that the hero would finally see his first publication.

Today, all that survives of this comic is the cover, where Superman is seen in an entirely different design (notably capeless). Little is known about its plot, or what other character designs may have looked like. Collectors and historians have contacted multiple sources of whom may hold a copy. It is more than likely, however, that this work is forever lost due to its creators' shame and rage.

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Anonymous user #1

12 months ago
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WHY DID THEY RAGE???
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Anonymous user #2

8 months ago
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2nd paragraph is your answer
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Anonymous user #3

7 months ago
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Damn. Calm down Joe!
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Anonymous user #4

5 months ago
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What's funny is that the copyright date is 1928, I wonder why that is so.
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Aestheticthug2001

2 months ago
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I had a feeling when I did a bit of research about this, it reminded me of the build up for Lex Luthor (Archenemies of Superman). This link has the plot and another bit of screenshot from what looks likes the one from reign of Superman.

http://ohdan...uperman.html
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William8456

2 months ago
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if found. which will be NEVER. then upload it online or give to DC and they'll deal with it wait theres only one copy and it was burnt down -_-
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Anonymous user #5

1 months ago
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That cover is most definitely fascinating because it really doesn't look much like the popular art of the time on a lot of ends.
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