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Modern Mythology: Superman and Batman!

Comic books as we know them today, started as reprinted newspaper comic strips in book format. This format became incredibly popular and lucrative in the early 1930′s. In 1935, DC Comics, seeking higher sales, published the first ever comic books of entirely original material, with the then novel new characters of Superman and Batman. Around that same time, prose-style pulp magazines were gaining ground in sales, but DC comics wanted more. In June of 1938, DC Comics was going to realize its goals with the release of what would become the Holy Grail of comic books — Action Comics #1! The book was an anthology series, contained several different stories, and new characters, but all paled in comparison to the final character introduced into that issue: a

strong man from another world raised as a child by humble Kansas farmers, who wore blue tights and a red cape. He could see great distances; run faster than a speeding bullet; leap tall buildings in a single bound; and was far more powerful than a locomotive. Created by two Jewish teenagers from Cleveland, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman was success that the publishers at DC were looking for, one that initiated an entirely new genre, the superhero. ďżź The actual conception of this character, however, was not entirely original; Superman originated from many different sources, including ancient mythology and the biblical. Much like the Greek legend of Prometheus, Superman was a stranger to humankind 29

The Woven Tale Press Issue #5  

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