Somebody Turns 70 Next Month

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Up, up, and away.

Next month, Superman turns 70.

The intergalactic traveller from the planet Krypton has starred in comic books, TV and radio shows, movies, newspaper strips and video games.

His likeness appears on toys, statues, posters and all types of memorabilia.

But Superman had humble beginnings. In April 1938, the fledgling National Periodical Publications (now DC Comics) took a leap of faith and introduced the world to a character unlike anything anyone had ever seen.

On the cover of Action Comics No. 1 was a circus-like strongman in blue tights, lifting a car over his head. The pictures inside the book were just as astonishing, showing a man bouncing bullets off his chest and leaping over buildings.

That comic went on to become iconic, and copies of Action Comics No. 1 sell for more than $500,000 US today.

"When Superman came along, he became one of the seminal characters because it was a radical departure from the norm. It wasn't a humour thing, he wasn't a detective. All of a sudden you had this alien Man of Steel who could do anything," said Richard Olsen, professor emeritus of the University of New Orleans and a rabid comic book fan who regularly contributes articles to the annual comic industry valuation book the Overstreet Price Guide. "People were just captivated by it."

Still. Forever. Always. (via)