April 18, 1938 – 75 Years of Siegel and Shuster’s Superman

Joe Shuster, Superman, Jerry Siegel
Jerry Siegel (left), Superman, Joe Shuster (right). Drawing by Shuster.

75 years ago today on April 18, 1938: Action Comics #1 (cover dated June 1938), featuring Canadian-born Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel’s Superman debuts on newsstands. They were each paid $130 for the work (about $10 a page each), but National retained the rights to the Superman character as part of the deal.