The first comic book superhero also became
the first comic book character to have an entire comic book
solely devoted to him. The one and only Superman.
Up to that
time characters shared a title together and it was not
uncommon to have up to 6 different characters packed into
one book with some slightly more.
Most comic books back in the 1930s consisted of 64 pages.
One character's story would run in 8 pages in the book as
publishers at the time felt that buyers wouldn't pay for one
comic book that only featured one character. They felt
by producing each issue with multiple stories is what the
began to change in 1938 when Superman debuted in Action
Comics #1. Superman would launch superhero comic books
and started the Golden Age of Comics.
sales registered from those early issues of Action Comics
and the amount of positive attention that Superman was
receiving as the issue's lead feature, National Periodical
(DC Comics' original name) realized they had a hit on their
hands and wanted to find other ways to capitalize on his
success yet not take away from the other characters that
Action Comics featured at the time.
natural thought was to see if Superman could carry his own
title. A book solely consisting of Superman stories.
legendary first issue which featured one of the most
recognized comic book covers in history made its way to
newsstands in the late spring of 1939 and was a major
success with buyers and fans.
No one had
ever experienced a comic book like this before, but it was
very easy for fans to adjust as Superman was a favorite and
the title allowed its writers and artists more leeway to
grow the Superman mythology since they weren't confined to 8
pages per issue anymore.
The Superman title has introduced so many elements to
Superman's world than any other title published.
origin has been re-visited, re-interpreted and sometimes
re-invented in this title. Lex Luthor has seen his
history expanded in this title as well.
Superman's key characters have seen their first appearances,
early appearances and origins featured in the Superman title
such as Perry White, Mr. Mxyztplk, Legion of Superheroes,
Legion of Super-Villains and villains from Krypton.
made its world debut in the pages of Superman.
element in the DC Universe occurred in this title when
Superman and Batman learn each other's identities for the
element came in the Superman title that would rock the comic
book world many decades later in the 1990s with the general
public feeling it as well during the title's second series
makeover when Superman DIED.
There was never going to be a more recognized and more
famous character in comic book history than the Man of Steel
and for DC Comics to decide to kill him off drew major
attention from all over the world.
DC Comics revived Superman and brought him back
for a new generation to enjoy this legendary character a
couple of years later.
been several Superman movies, television shows,
radio shows and a host of other media related programs
the character and his supporting cast.
A new Superman film called the Man of Steel will be coming
to theaters in 2013 continuing the great tradition and will
most certainly add to the interest in Superman related
He is still
the most symbolic and most well-known of all comic book
characters to date.
title continues to be published today and is a great source
for comic collectors all over.
There are some really great issues in this magnificent run
and not all of the issues will cost you a life fortune to
Since a lot of people bought and kept Superman
issues in good shape, they shouldn't be too hard to find and
to acquire copies in condition that will make you proud to
have in your collection.
Purchasing Superman Comics
When reviewing sources to acquire
Superman issues, I like to check
out local comic book shops and conventions. I get to see
the comics in person and can examine more issues at one time than I could online.
Eventually local sources go only so far since they rely on
collectors and other sellers in the area to bring them in.
Sources on the internet tend to travel and pick up
collections and will buy a lot of books online to add to
their inventory. They also have a lot of people from
all over the world who will contact them since they are not
tied to a local area to sell to them. These sellers
also tend to advertise on a more global scale than the local
comic book shop since their marketplace is the entire world
is a great place to find
issues. They're a
national online seller and have been selling comic books
through the mail since the 1960s. They try to stock every issue of every
title that has ever been published.
see a large amount of
covers of key books in the run
as well as general issues in the title on this page that I
think will interest any
collection which will take
you directly to mycomicshop's inventory of that issue.
will see every condition of that issue they currently have
in stock so you can choose the right condition of the book
that you're looking for.
worried if you do not see an issue in stock when you click
on any of the links. Often times they will receive an
issue into their inventory on a fairly regular basis as they
purchase books and collections daily. Just go ahead
and bookmark the link after you've clicked on the issue here
or check back here and click on the link to see if the issue
has come into stock. The links will stay permanently
purchased books from mycomicshop before and will continue to use them.
Their grading is accurate and they are a reliable source.
They have great customer service in providing you books in a
Amazon.com is another great choice. There is a
large amount of sellers who have their own eStores there and
offer a variety of issues from this long-running title. Amazon themselves stock various reprint books which are a
great way to purchase some of these issues are a very
I have provided direct links to some
and hardcovers that are on sale at Amazon on this page which will
have additional details, reviews and purchasing information.
Simply click on any of the image links and you'll be able to
find more information on those publications.
Ebay is another option as thereís a lot of
collectors/sellers/dealers always looking to move in
and out of product and use Ebay as their avenue.
You may find some good deals on Ebay, but be careful to check out
the auctions and or Buy it Now listings carefully. Some
sellersí terms are not right for everyone and sometimes the
items are not what you expect.
If condition is important to you, then be sure to ask a lot
of questions. If you donít get the right kinds of answers
youíre looking for, then move on and try another listing.
Always check out the sellerís profile to see how their past
selling has been. If theyíre new to selling and have only
been buying, ask questions.
You always want to be comfortable with the person youíre
potentially going to be buying from and you really need to
know what it is youíre getting.
If you're looking for CGC
Superman comics, then ComicLink is
your best choice. They focus primarily on CGC books
and you can find some of the top notch Superman issues available on their site. Expect to see
Superman #1 when it becomes available as well as other
Superman and Action Comics related titles of that era and CGC
Action Comics and Superman comic books from the Silver and
They even will have CGC copies of
issues that came out in the 1980s and 1990s.
Enjoy your hunt and