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Vin Sullivan

Real Name
Vincent Sullivan
Vin Sullivan

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Personal History

Vin Sullivan
Born Vincent Sullivan
June 5, 1911
Died February 3, 1999(1999-02-03) (aged 87)
Manhasset, New York
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller, Editor, Publisher
Notable works Superman acquisition
Detective Comics #1 cover
Columbia Comics
Awards Inkpot Award, 1993

Vincent "Vin" Sullivan (June 5, 1911- February 3, 1999)[1] was a pioneering American comic book editor, artist and publisher.

Detective Comics #1 (March 1937). Cover art by Sullivan.

As an editor for National Allied Publications,[2] the future DC Comics, he was responsible for buying Superman from creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster,[citation needed] and edited that archetypcal superhero in his first appearance, in Action Comics #1 (1938), and in the following year's Superman, the first American comic book devoted to a single character. In addition, Sullivan drew the premiere cover of Detective Comics, the series that in issue #27 launched the hit character Batman.

After leaving National in 1940, Sullivan was hired by the McNaught Newspaper Syndicate to form a new comic book publishing house.[citation needed] This became the Columbia Comic Corporation (Columbia Comics), where Sullivan launched the superhero omnibus Big Shot Comics, publishing early work by Gardner Fox, Creig Flessel, and Ogden Whitney, among others. Columbia Comics' several superhero features included Skyman.

Unhappy with the reluctance of the owners to develop more original series,[citation needed] Sullivan left Columbia in 1943 and formed Magazine Enterprises. This company lasted until 1958, after which Sullivan left comics.[citation needed]

Sullivan was a guest at the August 1998 Comic-Con International in San Diego, California, where he was reunited with some of his former colleagues. He died six months later.

Professional History

Professional History of Vin Sullivan is unknown.



  1. Vincent Sullivan, Social Security number 056-01-8826, at the Social Security Death Index via
  2. Gerard Jones, Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book (Basic Books, 2004; trade paperback ISBN 978-0-465-03657-8)

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