Between 1939 and 1985, almost 12,000 Superman newspaper strips were published. Among these strips were first appearances of characters, unique storylines, original work from Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and early works from Superman comic artists. If these aren't reasons enough for why attention should be paid to these strips, I have created my own personal list of 10 reasons to read these strips. These strips contain
1. the last remaining Siegel-era Superman stories that have yet to be republished.
2. the first appearance of a bald Lex Luthor.
3. great WWII-era stories with Superman fighting to preserve democracy.
4. an amazing run of art by Wayne Boring.
5. the first appearance of Mr. Mxyzptlk.
6. Superman saving Santa Claus from the hands of the Nazis.
7. the artwork of Curt Swan.
8. the first telephone booth change in comics.
9. a singing Superman.
10. Clark Kent finally marrying Lois Lane.
This archive has not existed before, and hopefully it will become a reference for other researchers to use. As I catalogue these stories, I will add descriptions (strip numbers, dates, and episode titles), a sample strip for each episode, and a complete representative storyline for each period.
This website could not be what it is today without the help of a number of fellow collectors and contributors:
I wish to thank everyone for their help, if I have left off a name, please let me know.
The Speeding Bullet
The Speeding Bullet was originally created back in November 1996 as a complete listing of Superman movies and television shows, which had not been put on the internet yet. Since then, The Speeding Bullet has been redesigned and reformated to be an accurate listing of the stories from the Superman newspaper strips. I hope you enjoy the site and please feel free to post any questions in the discussion group.
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