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Graphic History

The birth of a comic book hero

1938: SUPERMAN MAKES HIS DEBUT

He’s now considered the archetypal superhero, but Superman started out life as a villain. His teenage creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, self-published their short story The Reign of the Superman in 1933. Sales were low, and thinking that their antagonist was to blame, they recast him as a more marketable hero: an alien from the planet Krypton, who grows up on Earth with superhuman abilities. But still the publishers rejected their idea.

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About BBC History Revealed Magazine

This might well be our most-packed issue ever, and we’ve got pretty much every time and place imaginable covered. Our section in the centre pages looks at those archaeological discoveries that make our understanding of the past possible – from buried kings to mysterious writings.