Action Comics vol.1 #80 - Cover date January 1945
Mister Mxyztplk is indeed back and certainly by popular demand, and having appeared in three Superman-related media (both Action and Superman comics, as well as the daily newspaper strip), he effectively completes a triad of recurring comical villains alongside The Prankster and The Toyman, just as the general population of mad scientists is declining notably (including resident nemesis Lex Luthor, whose appearances are less common).
Less than a year after unveiling seven collector coins celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Man of Steel, this morning at Fan Expo in Toronto the Royal Canadian Mint introduced four more, featuring iconic Superman comic book covers.
The superhero’s milestone anniversary and Toronto roots were also celebrated last year with a set of stamps from Canada Posts. Although Superman was created in 1933 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster when they were teenagers living in Cleveland, Shuster was actually born in Toronto, and lived there until age 9 or 10. He worked as a newspaper boy for the Toronto Daily Star, whose building served as a model for the Daily Planet (originally called the Daily Star).
“Canadians from coast to coast to coast recall Superman’s adventures in the comic books of their youth and still follow his adventures today,” Minister Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, said in a statement. “Our government is proud that the Royal Canadian Mint has created this coin series to preserve his legacy and to promote the values that the Man of Steel embodies.”
Vintage Comic - Action Comics #484
Pencils: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez
Inks: Dick Giordano
Vintage Comic - Action Comics #442
Pencils: Nick Cardy
Inks: Nick Cardy
"Somewhere In Metropolis A Man Is Being Murdered! I’ve Got To Be Faster Than A Speeding Bullet To Save Him!”
DC Comics Annuals 1997: “Pulp Heroes” Covers Pt 01
"… The original art for the cover of Action Comics #15 has sold at Heritage Auctions today for $286,800. The 1939 piece by Fred Guardineer was just the 5th Superman cover ever created (behind Action Comics #1, 7, 10, and 13), and is the earliest Superman cover known to still exist today.
This sale ranks as the 2nd highest price ever publicly paid for a piece of Golden Age (the period from the mid-1930s through the early/mid 1950s) American comic book art, behind the $380,000 sale of the cover of the Frank Frazetta Weird Science-Fantasy #29 cover in 2010…”
Via Bleeding Cool