Superman 1, no. 150

When the World Forgot Superman by Jerry Siegel cover, Superman doing handstands on a telephone wire

Superman 1, no. 150

Written by Jerry Siegel

Illustrated by Al Plastino

1962

7" x 10"

Borger Comic Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

DC Comics' Superman, the first comic-book superhero to captivate a vast national audience, drew harsh words from psychiatrist Fredric Wertham. In Seduction of the Innocent, Wertham warned of the "Superman Complex"—the arousal of fantasies of "sadistic joy in seeing other people punished over and over again while you yourself remain immune." Following the establishment in 1954 of the Comics Code Authority, Superman's creators reinvented the Man of Steel for less hospitable times.

superman doomsday cover

Superman: The Man of Steel vol. 1, no. 19

Written by Louise Simonson

Illustrated by Jon Bogdanove

1993

7" x 10"

Borger Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

The Death of Superman by Dan Jurgens cover, a ripped superman cape stands in rubble

Superman vol. 2, no. 75 "The Death of Superman"

Written by Dan Jurgens

Illustrated by Brett Breeding

1993

7" x 10"

Borger Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries