byRoy Thomas

Hardcover | July 9, 2015

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Superman's original origin story, first published on the eve of World War II, has been compiled with other original 30s and 40s comics and artwork in Superman the War Years. Classic art featuring the first occurrences of widely known tropes is now available for long-time fans or people looking to learn a bit of art and the way it influenced the people during wartime. 

Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Superman! 

You can probably recite his seminal title sequence by heart. However, there was a time when the Man of Steel was struggling to become the star of his own comic strip (let alone comic book).  Pioneering his skills with bank robbers, corrupt business owners, and ruthless criminals, crooked football coaches, and natural disasters, after combating all this at home Superman was ready to take on more. In his earliest iterations, Superman was called 'the champion of the oppressed,' which basically mean that he was exactly the mascot that was needed for World War II. With real world problems bringing people down like the war and the Great Depression, it's no wonder Action Comics took off with the Man of Steel leading the way. Superman paved the way out of American isolationism and right into the World War II.

Earth's favorite Kryptonian is one of the most recognized characters in pop culture. Though he may not be from this planet, his dedication to protecting its people is inspiring. Superman: The War Years 1938-1945 shows how his introduction at the start of World War II lifted the spirits of a weary country and brought people the hero they so desperately needed.

Read all about all of these original adventures and more!

  • Champion of the Oppressed
  • Champions of Universal Peace
  • Sinister Sagdorf
  • Europe at War Parts 1 and 2
  • X Alloy
  • Peril on Pogo Island
  • Superman Sunday Strips
  • Rubber Band
  • Meet the Squiffles
  • Atoms for Peace?

Roy Thomas has been a comics writer since 1965, mostly for Marvel or DC. Among the thousands of comic books he has written are Conan the Barbarian, The Avengers, The X-Men, Fantastic Four, All-Star Squadron, Sub-Mariner, The Invaders, Dr. Strange, Red Sonja, Wonder Woman, and The Savage Sword of Conan.  

Brush up on the history of the world's favorite farm boy turned international hero, with Superman the War Years.  Part of The DC Comics War Years trilogy that celebrates the Golden Age of Heroes.

Having co-founded the super-hero comics fanzine Alter Ego in 1961, Roy Thomas (b. 1940) became writer/assistant editor for Stan Lee at Marvel Comics in 1965 after a very brief stint as assistant editor of DC's Superman titles. From 1965-1980 and/or during the 1990s he wrote for Marvel The Avengers, The X-Men, Fantastic Four, Thor, The ...
Title:SUPERMAN DC COMICS THE WAR YEARS 1939Format:HardcoverProduct dimensions:304 pages, 9.41 X 7.24 X 0.98 inShipping dimensions:304 pages, 9.41 X 7.24 X 0.98 inPublished:July 9, 2015Publisher:Book SalesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0785832823

ISBN - 13:9780785832829

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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