Today in Canadian Art History: January 16, 1939 – Joe Shuster Published His First Self-titled Superman Comic Strip


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Joe Shuster, circa 1941 (via Metro)

January 16, 1939 – Joe Shuster from Toronto published his first self-titled Superman comic strip. The character had already made an appearance in Action Comics #1 in June of 1938, but began to appear daily under its own name in 1939.

A separate Sunday strip was introduced later in the year in November and the comic – which at its peak was in over 300 daily newspapers and 90 Sunday papers, with a readership of over 20 million – ran continuously until May 1966.

* Tip via Canada Channel. Number via Superman (Comic) – Wikipedia.


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