It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no… it’s Superman.
More than that, it’s Superman’s birthday. And he’s still soaring high above the rest of the world even at 72. That’s right; the Man of Steel who never seems to age with each new reproduction of the story is actually… old.
But Superman has, in fact, grown. Initially he couldn’t fly and he didn’t have heat or x-ray vision. It wasn’t until the 1940s that he was finally able to fly. And as the years passed and Superman took on many faces like Bud Collyer, who played the role in the 40’s serials, TV’s George Reeves, Christopher Reeve, Tom Welling, and Brandon Routh, his powers diversified just as much.
The superhero we’ve grown to know and love debuted on June 1st, 1938 in “Action Comics” #1. And he truly does soar above all others. Late this past March, an original version of the comic sold for a record breaking $1.5 million. Previously the record sale of a single comic book belonged to Batman and his debut in “Detective Comics” #27 which went just a month earlier for $1.075 million.
So curl up with your favorite Superman reproduction today to honor the Man of Steel. And save your comics, movies, and season DVDs… you never know what they’ll go for in another 72 years.