Guide to the Superman Comic Book Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0274
Creators:
Austin, Terry
Siegel, Jerry (cartoonist)
Shuster, Joseph (cartoonist)
Salkind, Alexander
Lowther, George
D.C. Comics Inc.
Community Life, Div. of, NMAH, SI
Dates:
ca. 1930s-1985.
Languages:
English
English.
Physical Description:
0.3 Cubic feet
2 boxes, 1 map-folder
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection includes numerous newspaper clippings of the Superman comic strip, 1940-1950, promotional material using the Superman character, Superman comic books, 1944-1978 and illustrations of Superman drawn by Terry Austin in 1984. Dramatic scripts for TV and movie portrayals of Superman in 1977 and 1982 as well as a novel by George Lowther about Superman published in 1942 are also parts of the collection.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Collection organized into six series.
Series 1: Superman illustrations by Terry Austin, 1984
Series 2: Superman motion picture scripts by Alexander Salkind, 1977-1982
Series 3: Superman comic books, 1944-1978
Series 4: Superman (novel) by George Lowther, 1942
Series 5: Superman promotional material, 1947-1985
Series 6: Superman newspaper clippings and comic strips, 1940-1950

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Superman character was created and illustrated in the 1930s by two Cleveland high school students, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. At first unable to achieve publication as a comic strip, they got the character incorporated into a 1938 comic book, which was an immediate success. Since then Superman has been syndicated widely in newspapers, books, radio and TV programs, movies and animated cartoons. The character has been extensively used in commercial and public interest advertising campaigns.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Dan Darroch, 1987
Author
Dan Darroch
Immediate Source of Acquisiton
This collection was donated by D.C. Comics Incorporated, through Paul Levitz, Vice President, Spring, 1987.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research use.
Preferred Citation
Superman Comic Book Collection, circa 1930s-1985, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Related Archival Materials
Superman artifacts and additional documentary material from D.C. Comics in Community Life collections (separate transaction, accession no. 1987.0213). See also AC0106, Mrs. Curtis B. Patterson Comic Book Collection, 1901-1917.

Ownership and Custodial History
Ownership and Custodial History
This collection was transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Community Life, October 5, 1987.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Novels -- 1940-1950 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scripts (documents) Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Screenplays -- 1970-1980 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Letters (correspondence) -- 1920-1930 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Heroes -- 1930-1990 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Comic strips -- 1930-1990 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Superman (Fictitious character) in mass media Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cartoonists -- 1930-1990 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Superman (Fictitious character) Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives