The Man of Steel’s newspaper adventures ran for more than twenty-five years, from 1939 until 1966, yet only the first three years have ever been reprinted. The vast majority of the strips remain among the rarest of all Superman collectibles. In a partnership between The Library of American Comics and DC Comics, this series remedies that gap in the Superman mythos by beginning a comprehensive archival program to bring back into print every one of the Superman newspaper strips. The complete comics will be published in three sub-sets, starting with The Silver Age (1960s), then The Atomic Age (1950s), and finally, The Golden Age (1940s). The black-and-white dailies and color Sundays contained distinct storylines and will be released in separate, concurrent, series.
Superman was created in 1938 by two ambitious Cleveland youngsters, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel. Their defender of the oppressed became an enduring smash sensation in comics, radio, animation, television, and motion pictures. He remains the little guy’s White Knight, battling terrestrial and extra-terrestrial menaces and standing for Truth, Justice, and the American Way.