Book Review: Superman: Sunday Classics 1939–1943 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

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Super­man: Sun­day Clas­sics 1939–1943 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shus­ter is a col­lec­tion of the comic strips which were pub­lished in papers across the coun­try between the four years men­tioned. Some of the illus­tra­tions are done by Peter Poplaski and an intro­duc­tion is writ­ten by Roger Stern.

  • 204 pages
  • Pub­lisher: Sterling
  • Lan­guage: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402737866

Book Review Superman Sunday Classics 1939-1943

My rat­ing for Super­man: Sun­day Clas­sics 1939–19435

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Super­man: Sun­day Clas­sics 1939–1943 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shus­ter is a won­der­ful cof­fee table book with an amaz­ing wrap­around dust­cover and excel­lent inte­rior art. This is a large for­mat, hard­bound book in full color printed on pres­tige for­mat paper – some­thing unusual for today and a great value for the money.

As one might imag­ine, the book is a blast to read. Care­fully read­ing and study­ing the panel, one could how Siegel and Shus­ter pro­gressed as a writer and artist and their train of thought. Clark Kent is hardly men­tioned, not sur­pris­ing if you want kids to come back and read the strip the next week, Super­man is not the all-powerful super­hero, his pow­ers haven’t yet fully devel­oped (he doesn’t fly, just jumps real high). In one of the strips he gets hurt and the famous “S” shield varies as the char­ac­ter was being developed.

Super­man in this strip is a step, or a few steps, above a cir­cus strong­man accom­plish­ing mag­nif­i­cent feats, under­wear on the out­side and all. The adven­tures are mas­ter­fully repro­duced to insure enjoy­ment of fan­tas­tic sto­ry­telling, active imag­i­na­tion and the begin­ning of the great­est super-hero of all.

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Zohar — Man of la Book
Dis­claimer: I got this book as a gift.
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