Superman Turns 70

A collection of essays to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the first appearance of the Man of Steel.



In April 1938, the fledgling publisher Detective Comics debuted a new anthology in their comic book line, Action Comics. The book’s cover highlighted a new kind of hero that debuted within its pages, a caped, tights-clad superhuman crushing a car to prove his mettle. The story therein, by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, told the tale of a strange visitor from another world sent to Earth from his dying home planet, where he discovered his new home’s yellow sun granted him powers beyond those of mortal men. His name was Superman, and after he was introduced, the world of comics would never be the same.

This month marks the 70th anniversary of the first appearance of the world’s first superhero, and we here at PLAYBACK:stl are celebrating with a whole week of features dedicated to the Man of Steel. Be sure to check back every day this week for new articles on the character’s legacy and a look back at some of our favorite stories starring Smallville’s favorite son.


We also had a number of excellent illustrations created exclusively for PLAYBACK:stl, just for the occasion!

Illustration by Nick Main

Illustration by Nick Main



Superman illustration by Paul Little

Illustration by Paul Little


Illustration by Justin Crouse.

Illustration by Justin Crouse

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