ByJacobus Dixon, writer at
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Jacobus Dixon

With both National Allied Publications and Detective Comics Inc. under his belt, Harry Donenfeld was happily reaping the rewards from the comics both publishers produced. Before he absorbed National though, they were about to put out one more magazine called Action Comics which would be...y'know, action/adventure stories while More Fun Comics could become silly and cartoony. As you can see, the cover features the dream child of teenage creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Both had successfully teamed up to make Slam Bradley stories for Detective, and had tried peddling their Superman around the industry. Donenfeld agreed to showcase the character, and we were treated to the story of a humanoid alien whose physiology gets affected by Earth's atmosphere to the point where he can do amazing things like run faster than a speeding bullet, have the strength of a locomotive, and have the ability to leap over tall buildings in a single bound (he actually didn't fly, that would come later). Here's the kicker though, he actually used his powers to help people as opposed to just pursuing his own desires. With the problems people faced during the Great Depression, you needed abilities like Superman just to fight back properly. And seeing him trash racketeers and corrupt businessmen and politicians really gave folks a chance to live out their fantasy of wanting to do the same. He was righteous vengeance personified in flashy blue tights and a dazzling red cape. You felt strong just by looking at him, and felt even stronger when he took on the forces that you knew were keeping you down. And the biggest joke was that most of the time he pretended to be a mild mannered weakling just to find trouble (and then change personas to take it out). With this being the dream of so many put-upon laborers, Superman was an absolute sensation! To the point where National/Detective Comic Inc. was nicknamed Superman-DC). Harry Donenfeld now had a character and a genre that stood above other comic magazines.


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