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The Man of Steel’s upcoming birthday offers a gift to fans: an unpublished story by his creators

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ON APRIL 18, 1938, ACTION COMICS No. 1 hit newsstands, and the world was introduced to Superman. Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster— two young guys out of Cleveland— the character was so primal, so evocative, so revolutionary that he instantly connected with readers (kids and adults alike), altered the fortunes of the lowly comic book and birthed a new concept: the superhero. Without Siegel and Shuster’s imagination, without Superman—indeed, without Action Comics—our pop culture landscape would be a blander place.

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