"World’s Finest" by Bruce Timm
The First Meeting of The World’s Finest
SUPERMAN #76 (May 1952)
Art by Curt Swan (pencils), Stan Kaye & John Fischetti (inks)
Words by Edmond Hamilton
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 - World’s Finest Comics #201 (CGC)
Pencils: Neal Adams
Inks: Dick Giordano
Latest Painting - “Truth, Justice & The Letter ‘S’” (Superman / Super Grover - 18” x 24” Gesso / Graphite / Acrylic / Color Pencil on Canvas)
I’ll be framing the original painting and bringing it along to Fanboy Expo, Tampa in September where you can buy it, if you like!
Thanks for your niceness, as always :)
Superman vol.1 #30 - Cover date September-October 1944
Lois stars in her third solo installment, and features prominently in the opening story to this issue (which involves Superman and Clark Kent switching roles, or at least pretending to, for Jimmy’s and Lois’ benefits), followed by Superman helping set a rightful heir to a foreign throne back in charge of the country which was stolen from his ancestor.
More importantly than any of these, though, is the comic book debut of Mr.Mxyztplk, and - unlike his newspaper appearance - this story focuses entirely on his peculiar brand of mischief.
Fans of the animated Superman series from the 1990s will recognize some of the elements of the story, from Mxyztplk’s bulb-headed, purple-suited appearance to his faking death after a truck collision and, of course, loudly awakening the forgetful “McGurk” (actually the famous Rodin statue The Thinker) at a Metropolis museum.
The incredibly popular imp causes a number of ruckuses around the city, engages Superman in a super-breath contest - not something that happens every day - and eventually laughs himself right back to the magical dimension of Zrrrf - for a short while, anyway, as he quickly proves to be one of Superman’s most popular foes.