$130: The Ongoing Saga of Jerry Siegel and Superman

   The sale of the rights to Superman by Siegel and Shuster to National Periodicals has been likened to the sale of Manhattan Island from the Native Americans. The purchase price of $130, as well as follow up questions about page rates, work for hire vs perpetual ownership and percentages of merchandise and licensing was …

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Superman Inspiration: Gladiator by Philip Wylie

  It’s no secret that the Man of Steel is a conglomeration of several characters and elements of science fiction. Jerry Siegel drew from many sources throughout his life and as a sci-fi fan, and there were many: books, films, pulps, the Old Testament, the list goes on. Edgar Rice Burroughs’ famous hero of Balsoom, John …

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Superman The Golden Age Dailies: 1942-1944- A Review

A few years back, I bought a copy of “Superman: The War Years,” part of a “war years” themed series of hardcovers (along with Batman and Wonder Woman) curated by Roy Thomas. As much as I love World War II history and fully respect Roy’s knowledge of said history and Golden Age comics in general, …

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Superman Artist Spotlight: Paul Cassidy

"We had a reception room and a main office; Joe worked in there, and Wayne Boring and myself." - Paul Cassidy, Interview with James Vance, 1998   Shortly after he premiered in 1938, Superman had become a sensation. In order to keep up with the increasingly heavy workload and deadlines, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster …

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Superman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 2- A Review

DC continues their well-received run of Omnibuses using periods in comic book history as themes, and Superman is once again the beneficiary of a great oversized hardcover book collecting his earliest adventures! Superman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 2 is of a similar quality to its predecessor- nice paper, vibrant colors, sewn binding for flexibility …

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