Anniversary of ‘The Dailies’

On Jan. 16, 1939, Superman co-creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster began publishing their daily comic strip centered around the Man of Steel. The daily strip was host to many storylines, unique from the regular Superman comic series. The early years consisted of Siegel-era Superman stories, many of which have yet to be republished. The strips contained the first appearance of a bald Lex Luthor, the first appearance of Mr. Mxyzptlk and the first telephone booth costume change in comics. Other stories of note include Superman saving Santa Claus from the Nazis, World War II-era stories of Superman protecting the American home front and Clark Kent marrying Lois Lane. The strip also played host to the introduction of the Daily Planet. The artwork includes runs by famed Superman artists Wayne Boring and Curt Swan.

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