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The Origin of Superman!

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"This is the story I'm proudest of."

- Curt Swan

Layouts: Carmine Infantino
Pencils:Curt Swan
Inks:Murphy Anderson
Dialogue: E. Nelson Bridwell

 
When Superman debuted in 1938, a one-page origin was included.  For the first issue of his own magazine, the origin was increased to two pages.  The early comic strips had Jor-El and Lara (then called Jor-L and Lora) making their first appearance.  But not until the Man of Steel had been running for ten years did he get a complete story devoted to his origin (coming soon to this website).

The story was retold and updated from time to time.  In 1973, plans were made for a Superman Park in Metropolis, Illinois.  A book was produced for the park which included a new origin for Superman - the same origin which you have just read.  In this version, two deviations were made from the traditional legend: Superbaby's rocket did not explode after he was taken away from it, since the rocket was to be on display in the park; and the Kents were buried in their own back yard, rather than in a cemetery, as that was where the park planners had the grave situated.

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Originally published in The Amazing World of Superman, 1974

The ORIGINS of SUPERMAN!
THE ORIGINS OF SUPERMAN
1938
one page
1939
two pages
1939
12 pages
1945
5 pages
1948
coming soon
1949
3 pages
1961
13 pages
1973
15 pages
2001
6 pages
2003
287 pages
2005
one page
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