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TALLAHASSEE, FL – The first superhero to start it all, Superman, had his 75th birthday in April. In his hometown of Cleveland, the “Man of Steel” gets a lighting ceremony at City Hall and an official proclamation of Superman Day.
Appearing in the first Action Comics No. 1, the issue released on April 18, 1938.
In Ohio, Plain Dealer Comic Book Critic, Michael Sangiacomo is a huge Superman fan. “I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t reading comic books,” said Sangiacomo. “Superman is my favorite. He was the first.”
Sangiacomo owns at around 50,000 comic books at his home.
America’s favorite hero is strong enough to move planets, faster than a speeding bullet, capable of super-freeze breath and laser-heat vision. In one comic book, he was said to have hurled a mountain with one hand.
“The Man of Steel became a Depression-era bootstrap strategy for the Siegel/Shuster team,” according to Case Western Reserve University professor Brad Ricca.
Over the years Superman has been recreated. Starting out in 1938, he didn’t get revamped until 1986, by John Byrne. The latest version of Superman died in 1992, but was revived in 2011 when DC Comics reset its “superhero” clock.
In an article written in The New York Times, George Gene Gustines, talks about the revised “Man of Steel.”
Gustines noted that the later version of Superman had taken an interest to Lois Lane, but hooked up with Wonder Woman. The pairing was made public in 2012 and Wonder Woman makes her own public statement in Issue No. 19, which will be released later this week.
“Government sanctions may prevent others from coming in here, but not us,” said Wonder Woman. “Nothing can stop us.”
Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster also grew up in Cleveland Ohio. They both have been recognized and inducted into the comic book industry’s Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1993.
By Brandon Brown
With contributions by The New York Times, DC Comics
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