It makes one wonder if Superman’s introduction by artist Joel Shuster was a hero or villain. When you look upon the faces of the innocent bystanders, it world seem that they are perplexed with fear, and wonder where did this “Man of Steel” come from? Indeed this is a unique comic cover that began a revolution in the Golden-Age of comics. Artist Joel Shuster in collaboration with Action Comics captured the attention of the mainstream society. During this time there were many artists who began creating great works of fiction to entertain the minds of young Americans. Joel Shuster captivating and colorful cover introduced the Superman character in a bold and authentic way.
This comic cover speaks volumes in its retrospect to the modern world of the early 19th century. The cover is essentially simple in design, but has engaging elements that has entertained comic fans since its inception into the annals of American pulp history. The definitive style of Joel Shuster was the beginning of an American icon whose work helped paved the way for super heroes to become the passing fancy of childhood fantasies.
Artwork: Joel Shuster – June 1938
Published by Action Comics – June 1938