Superman vol.1 #1 - cover date Summer 1939
Superman Comics debuts in the Summer of 1939, making the Man of Steel not only the first super-hero (in a rapidly crowding field of like-powered gents and ladies) but the first one to headline two ongoing comics simultaneously. (Since I’m listing its accolades, I should mention that it will also be the first comic to regularly feature a letters column, although that’s a couple of decades or so up the road)
With new adventures appearing in both Action and the newspaper dailies, Superman’s eponymous title becomes the home for reprints – here, the full adventures of Superman from Action Comics #1 through #4 are reprinted, including additional material which had been cut from his 1938 debut AND an expanded origin page (from which comes the above image – one of my absolute favorites – of an infant, unadopted superbaby cheerily hefting a dresser above his head).
Despite recycled contents, the cover to this issue becomes one of the medium’s most iconic, Superman leaping merrily over a far-recessed skyline …