80th Aniversary of Action Comics

Today is the 80th anniversary of the publication of Action Comics 1, which introduced the character of Superman and started the genre of superhero comics as we know it. You can read the entire first issue online here. A federal ruling last month restored copyright to Jerry Siegel’s heirs. Siegel and co-creator Joe Shuster initially received very little compensation for the character who is now one of the most recognizable fictional creations on the planet. There’s lots of speculation as to what this means for future publication of the character, but it’s good to see the creators get compensation. And now, 80 years later, the best story ever written for the character is currently in publication in All Star Superman.