Action Comics No. 1

I found this link a few months ago and thought it was an interesting peak into pop culture from the past. Someone has graciously scanned every page of their Action Comics No. 1. This comic book is especially noteworthy because it shows the debut of Superman. Though I’m not a big Superman fan, I appreciate the significance of this book. It feels like you’re looking through a hole in the wall. Here you are reading a 64 page book, and 70 years later we still seem to care about the character introduced. Published in 1938, this thing cost 10¢ back then. I imagine that is pretty pricey for something as disposable as a book of cartoons. Probably better spent on bread. Though, fitting for something that was a direct manifestation of the nuclear age. It’s worth between $500,000 and $1 Million today.

Sure he’s a bit of a deus ex machina, and maybe a little too jingoistic for my taste (at least he was. Truth, Justice, the American way?) But come on, it’s Superman. He’s a super alien! Yeah, I hear ya, he’s just ok. Now if someone would do this for Detective Comics No. 27, I’d be a happy man.

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