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Superman: The Dailies 1939-1942 (Superman: The Dailies)

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Beginning in 1939, Superman reigned as the leading hero of both comic books and newspaper comic strips. These formative stories star a Man of Steel who boldly tackles the social injustices of his day.

This deluxe edition collects the first three years of the classic Superman comic strips as written and illustrated by the Man of Steel's creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published May 4th 2006 by Sterling (first published July 2nd 1999)
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Bob Garrett
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This hefty volume is actually a collection of collections. Specifically, it collects three smaller volumes (originally published jointly by DC Comics and Kitchen Sink Press in the late 1990s) of Superman daily comic strips. I don't know if its cover price is cheaper than that of the three other volumes combined, but regardless, it's certainly nice to have these strips in one book instead of three.

It should probably be noted, though, that the three collected volumes aren't equal in quality. The s
Paul Riches
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
In 1938, the first adventure of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s creation Superman saw print.

And made us all believe a man could leap tall buildings in a single bound.

With the celebrations and festivities filling the Geek world this year for the 75th birthday of Superman, I decided some time ago to finally read my accumulation of Golden Age volumes featuring the Man Of Steel. A journey to the beginning of it all, just to get a feel for the unknown decades to come.

Starting with The Superman Chronic
Nov 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Originally written to be an arrogant show-off in these early newspaper strips, Superman doesn't share the same martyred, self-righteous attitude he would later develop in the last half of the 20th century. From 1939-1942, Superman manages to leave a pile of dead criminals, spank a couple of misbehaving women, eavesdrop on numerous private conversations, and taunt ordinary people into shooting/hitting/fighting him. The strips are definitely artifacts of the era they were written in, so the art is ...more
Hikes in Rain
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Back to the earliest visions of the "Man of Steel", before he even learned to fly! (Although he was certainly faster than a locomotive and could leap tall buildings) Not completely invulnerable, either, as in one of the early episodes presented, he's knocked unconcious by a bomb) By today's "elightened" standards, it's often politically incorreect, but let's face it, it's the way things were back then, and no point in trying to whitewash it. Fun reading, and a true period piece.
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating piece of history of one the most recognizable characters in the world. Reading Superman as he was originally conceived is a treat. To those younger readers who only know him as the darker version written in the 90's and onward, I think this will open their eyes to a piece of Superman history not to be forgotten.
Feb 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The Dailies are fantastic. I'm a huge fan of Superman and I love seeing his beginning. I actually enjoy the dailies more than some of the early Action Comics issues. I also can't get over how much they got away with. Superman all but murdered countless bad guys and he dealt with social issues that, if printed today, would cause a massive outcry.
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I’m not normally a fan of Superman at all, but I love the rougher version of him from his start in the Golden Age. That is most certainly the feel you get from him here.
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Jerome "Jerry" Siegel, who also used pseudonyms including Joe Carter, Jerry Ess, and Herbert S. Fine, was the American co-creator of Superman (along with Joe Shuster), the first of the great comic book superheroes and one of the most recognizable icons of the 20th century.
He and Shuster were inducted into the comic book industry's Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Jack Kirby Hall
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