New York World’s Fair Comics #1 - April 1939
National Allied Publication is still finding their feet with Superman’s skyrocketing success in early 1939, and the second ongoing title featuring Superman is still a couple of months away when New York World’s Fair Comics (#1) debuts. A single issue released to coincide with the wildly popular event, it only made sense for The Man of Tomorrow to make an appearance at the celebration of the world of tomorrow.
It’s a largely sub-par story – possibly the first official dud of Superman’s early career – involving as did most World’s Fair Comic stories a cursory and mandatory tour of the highlights of the Fair (Although, in Superman’s case, this involves a lengthy bit of side-business in helping finish construction on the infantile paralysis exhibit) and a bog-standard political corruption case.
Most interestingly, though, for those who wonder where Superman’s sense of fair play ends – we see here for the first time Superman using his powers to gain an unfair advantage over other reporters (Specifically, he leaps to a second-story window in order to eavesdrop for a scoop, while his competitors mill helplessly by the front stairs)!