DC comics published Action Comics #1 in June 1938; it was the first issue of the Action Comics. It also featured the first appearance of most remarkably the Jerry Siegel/Joe Shuster creation Superman.
In a nutshell, Superman was: Rocketed as a baby from the exploding planet Krypton Kal-El raised by the farmer Jonathan Kent and his wife Martha Kent. Kal-El –now Clark Kent grew to manhood on Earth, whose yellow sun and lighter gravity gave him fantastic super powers! In the city of Metropolis, he poses as mild-mannered news reporter Clark Kent, but battles evil all over Earth and beyond --as Superman: Man of Steel!
Detective Comics Issue No. 27 was the first comic book where Batman was featured. With no detailed story, the comic starts with Lambert and Bruce Wayne talking to each other when a sudden killing of a businessman grabs their attention. The son gets blamed for killing his dad as the police find his fingerprints on the knife. Meanwhile, another millionaire businessman gets murdered. So, these series of murders makes Batman investigate the issue and in the process of the third businessman being killed, he stops the murderer and gets evidence. Only to discover that the person behind all the killings was the businessmen’s partner whose plan was to be the sole owner. Batman a man of smart, wit and a knack for doing the perfectly right thing, Batman is distinctive compared to other super heroes, as he does not posses special powers. He keeps his town safe with the help of his fancy gadgets, his money, but also his dexterousness is credible.
All this while we have been reading and comprehending about comics, but by getting the opportunity to actually read such legendary comics is mind-boggling. To me both the Superheroes are par. These characters have been around for about 7 decades now, and in this time span, they have changed, developed, grown stronger, more invincible and have stayed immortal (at least for some). Having to choose between the two is hard as they do pretty similar things: fight crime to protect mankind, which make them the champion of the oppressed. These comics and the messages sent across make me agree a 101% to Weinstein and 'How Jewish History, Culture and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero'. The formats of these comics give justice to McCloud’s analogy of comic books too. Reading the very first editions of the world famous Superhero’s has been the most EPIC part of this course!
But, Superman lifting a car? Not a big deal in today’s comics, but when it’s the Man of Steel lifting a car drawn on a “very fine”-rated 10-cent-issue of Action Comics No. 1, the deal is the biggest in comics history: over 2 million US dollars. Hence, making it a little more special!
Talk about new beginnings........