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The first "Superman" action comics #1 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.

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The story did not action comics #1, forcing the two to preposition their character on the right side of the law. Intheir 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 novel.

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DC decided to take a chance with Superman, figuring if any lawsuits were filed, they action comics #1 just drop the feature. The revised Superman first appeared in Action Comics 1, June Inwhen Siegel and Shuster sued for more money, DC fired them, prompting a legal battle that ended inwhen they signed away action comics #1 further claim to Superman or any character created from him.

DC soon took their names off the byline.


Following action comics #1 huge financial success of Superman: 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 action comics #1 spanning over eighty 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: By the early s, DC Comics had decided that a major change was needed to make Superman more appealing to current audiences.

This reboot brought substantial changes to the character and met huge success at the time, being one of the top-selling books.

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The re-launch of Superman comic books returned the character to the mainstream, again in the forefront of DC's titles. Published on April 18, cover-dated June[4] by National Allied Publications[5] a corporate predecessor of DC Comics, it is considered the first true superhero comic; and though today Action Comics is a monthly title devoted to Superman, it began, like many early action comics #1, as an anthology.

The first issue had a print run ofcopies, which promptly sold out, although it took some time for National to realize that the "Superman" strip was responsible [7] for sales of the series that would soon approach 1, a month.

Liebowitz would action comics #1 say that selecting Superman to run in Action Comics 1 was "pure accident" based on deadline pressure and that he selected a "thrilling" cover, depicting Action comics #1 lifting a car over his head.

It told the story of a bald villain with telepathic powers. Trying to create a character they could sell to newspaper syndicates, Siegel re-conceived the "superman" character as a powerful hero, sent to our world from a more advanced society. He and Shuster developed the idea into a comic strip, which they pitched unsuccessfully.

National Publications was looking for a hit to accompany their success with Detective Comicsand did not have time to solicit new material.


Jack Liebowitz, co-owner of National Publications, told action comics #1 Vin Sullivan to create their fourth comic book. Because of the tight deadline, Sullivan was forced to make it action comics #1 of inventory and stockpile pages.

He found a number of adventurer stories, but needed a lead feature. Sullivan asked former coworker Sheldon Mayer if he could help.