Sunday, February 24, 2013

Action Comics #1: When Superman was tough

Joe Shuster, Action Comics #1 (June 1938)
Yeah, Superman was a pugnacious dude when he first appeared in Action Comics #1 (June 1938).  While artist Joe Shuster gave him a mature, beefy look even in his circus tights, writer Jerry Siegel provided the Man of Steel with an aggressive, roughneck personality.  Superman is a good guy, but he isn't playing around.  He manhandles butlers and wife-beaters with equal aplomb.  But you know who else is tough in Action Comics #1?

Joe Shuster, Action Comics #1 (June 1938)
Lois Lane!  The Daily Star's star reporter takes no guff from anyone, gangsters included.

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