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Special Order – takes 3-4 weeks! Highly Recommended. By Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Introduction by Mark Waid. This takes up right after the solo Kitchen Sink volume, which collected the first 183 Sundays. This begins May 9, 1943 and continues through August 4, 1946, filling another major gap in the Superman mythos. In a partnership between IDW’s The Library of American Comics and DC Comics, this volume begins a comprehensive archival program to bring back into print every one of the Superman Sunday newspaper strips. IDW, 2014.

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This takes up right after the solo Kitchen Sink volume, which collected the first 183 Sundays. This begins May 9, 1943 and continues through August 4, 1946, filling another major gap in the Superman mythos. In a partnership between IDW’s The Library of American Comics and DC Comics, this volume begins a comprehensive archival program to bring back into print every one of the Superman Sunday newspaper strips.

The complete comics are being published in three sub-sets, The Golden Age (1940s), The Atomic Age (1950s), and The Silver Age (1960s). The color Sundays and black-and-white dailies contained distinct storylines and will be released in separate, concurrent, series. Here is the Man of Steel helping the war effort, fighting Nazis and the Japanese, dodging a marriage to a voluptuous blonde, as well as keeping ahead of Lois Lane, and even helping a scientist and his lovely daughter on the first rocket ship to Saturn!

Unlike the comic books, Superman seems far more immersed in the war effort, perhaps because the newspaper stories were being written for an older and more perceptive audience. Stories and characters were allowed far more complexity and development here, in adventures that stretched out for months, rather than the typical all-in-one comic book stories that were wrapped up in 10 or 15 pages.

Artist Jack Burnely provides some fine work here on the early strips, while the majority are by Wayne Boring, who continued the Sunday page for decades, as well as setting the style for the Superman comic books in the late 1940s and all through the 1950s. Siegel wrote the earlier stories, and when he entered the armed services, DC scripters took over. This includes the unusual and fascinating sequence “Superman’s Service to Servicemen.”

This series will collect all the Superman strips up until May 1966, then go back and reprint the first Kitchen Sink volume.

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