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Appearing in "Superman, Champion of the Oppressed"Edit

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Adversaries:

  • Bea Carroll (Single appearance)[1]
  • Butch Mason (Single appearance)[1]
  • Senator Barrows (Single appearance)[1]
  • Alex Greer (Single appearance)[1]

Other Characters:

  • Evelyn Curry (Single appearance)[1]

Locations:

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for "Superman, Champion of the Oppressed"Edit

  • Synopsis not yet written.

    Appearing in "Chuck Dawson: The 4-G Gang (Part 1)"Edit

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Blacky (First appearance)

Adversaries:

  • John Burwell (First appearance)
  • Butch (First appearance)
  • "Trigger" Holt (First appearance)
  • Notch Logan (First appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Dan Dawson (Single appearance)[1]
  • Sheriff of Red Gulch (First appearance)
  • Deputy sheriff of Red Gulch (First appearance)

Locations:

Items:

  • Colt Revolver

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for "Chuck Dawson: The 4-G Gang (Part 1)"Edit

  • Synopsis not yet written.

    Appearing in "The Mystery of the Freight Train Robberies"Edit

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Tong (First appearance)

Adversaries:

  • The Tigress (First appearance)
  • Train Inspector Babcock
  • Monk
  • Spike

Other Characters:

  • Detective Brady (Only appearance; dies)[1]
  • Detective Brown
  • State Police Captain Kennedy

Locations:

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • Freight Train

Synopsis for "The Mystery of the Freight Train Robberies"Edit

  • Synopsis not yet written.

    Appearing in "South Sea Strategy (Part I)"Edit

Featured Characters:

  • Bret Coleman
  • Cottonball
  • Samuel Newton
  • Merna Newton (behind the scenes, captive of "island natives"

Supporting Characters:

  • Unknown

Adversaries:

  • Unknown

Other Characters:

  • Unknown

Locations:

  • Unknown

Items:

  • Unknown

Vehicles:

  • Unknown

Synopsis for "South Sea Strategy (Part I)"Edit

This is a two-page text story with spot illustrations.

Appearing in "Sticky-Mitt Stimson"Edit

Featured Characters:

  • Sticky-Mitt Stimson

Supporting Characters:

  • Unknown

Adversaries:

  • Unknown

Other Characters:

  • Unknown

Locations:

  • Unknown

Items:

  • Unknown

Vehicles:

  • Unknown

Synopsis for "Sticky-Mitt Stimson"Edit

This is a humor story involving a produce thief and his efforts to elude police.

Appearing in "The Adventures of Marco Polo (Part I)"Edit

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Niccolò Polo (First appearance)
  • Maffeo Polo (First appearance)
  • Niku (First appearance)

Adversaries:

  • Babylonians
  • The Bararri Men

Other Characters:

  • King of Armenia's emissary (Single appearance)[1]
  • King of Armenia (Behind the scenes)
  • Pope Gregory X (Behind the scenes)
  • The Khan of Tartary (Behind the scenes)

Locations:

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • Armenian Galley
  • Babylon Warships

Synopsis for "The Adventures of Marco Polo (Part I)"Edit

  • Synopsis not yet written.

    Appearing in "The Light Heavyweight Championship"Edit

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Pop Burkett (Single appearance)[1]

Adversaries:

  • Doc Lowry (Single appearance)[1]
  • Boomerang (Single appearance)[1]

Other Characters:

  • Sailor Sorenson (Single appearance)[1]
  • O'Rourke (Single appearance)[1]

Locations:

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for "The Light Heavyweight Championship"Edit

  • Synopsis not yet written.

    Appearing in "The International Jewel Thief"Edit

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Rusty James (First appearance)

Adversaries:

  • Arnold (Single appearance)[1]

Other Characters:

  • Police Officers

Locations:

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for "The International Jewel Thief"Edit

  • Synopsis not yet written.

    Appearing in "Murder in England"Edit

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Robert
  • Betty

Adversaries:

  • Sonja
  • Chief
  • Monk

Other Characters:

  • Sheriff
  • Sergeant Smith

Locations:

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for "Murder in England"Edit

  • Synopsis not yet written.



NotesEdit

The first Superman character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster was not a hero, but a villain. Their short story "The Reign of the Superman" concerned a bald-headed villain bent on dominating the world. The story did not sell, forcing the two to reposition their character on the right side of the law. In 1935, their Superman story was again rejected by newspaper syndicates wanting to avoid lawsuits, who recognized the character as being similar to a lead character from Philip Wylie's 1930 novel. DC decided to take a chance with Superman, figuring if any lawsuits were filed, they would just drop the feature.

The revised Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1, June 1938. Siegel and Shuster sold the rights to the company for $130 and a contract to supply the publisher with material. The Saturday Evening Post reported in 1941 that the pair was being paid still a fraction of DC's Superman profits. In 1946, when Siegel and Shuster sued for more money, DC fired them, prompting a legal battle that ended in 1948, when they signed away any further claim to Superman or any character created from him. DC soon took their names off the byline. Following the huge financial success of Superman: The Movie in 1978 and news reports of their pauper-like existences, Warner Communications gave Siegel and Shuster lifetime pensions of $35,000 per year and health care benefits. In addition, any media production which includes the Superman character must include the credit, "Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster".

During a multimedia career spanning over sixty years, Superman has starred in nearly every imaginable situation, and his powers have increased to the point that he is nearly omnipotent. This poses a challenge for writers: "How does one write about a character who is nearly as powerful as God?" (Superman's Kryptonian name, Kal-El, resembles the Hebrew words for "voice of God") This problem contributed to a decline in Superman's popularity, especially during the 1960s and 1970s under the editorship of Mort Weisinger and then Julius Schwartz, when Marvel Comics brought a new level of character development to mainstream comic books. By the early 1980s, DC Comics had decided that a major change was needed to make Superman more appealing to current audiences. Writer-artist John Byrne joined Superman and re-started with his The Man of Steel retelling of his origin. This 1986 reboot brought substantial changes to the character and met huge success at the time, being one of the top-selling books. The re-launch of Superman comic books returned the character to the mainstream, again in the forefront of DC's titles.

  • "The A-Gang" is presented entirely in black and white.
  • The inside cover of this issue directs the reader to use crayons to color the first page of this story, tear out the page, and send it into a contest where the best 25 submissions would win $1. The entry deadline was midnight, June 6, 1938.
  • Lois Lane is kidnapped for the first time in the first Superman story.


TriviaEdit

Original price for $0.10, in 2010, this issue sold for $1,500,000 online.[2]


See Also



  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. [1]

References

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