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PostPosted: Aug 25, 2013 4:54 PM 
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A few years ago I was reading some Superman Archives to my kids and decided to start collecting early issues of the title. I also decided that for the first time I'd specifically go after low grade copies for the following reasons - cheaper, little chance of having been pressed, can be handled and read without worry. So far I have 11 of the first 15 issues and thought I'd share them here in one thread.

Warning: Nothing better than Good to be found here so this thread isn't for the faint of heart or perfectionist.


Superman 3 - Coverless

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This issue includes the first kiss between Superman and Lois (although they don't actually show it). Lois is pretty brutal to Clark in the last panel.

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It also includes the supposed two first appearances of Jimmy Olsen, although he isn't named. Here is the first appearance.

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PostPosted: Aug 25, 2013 8:06 PM 
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Superman 4 - Coverless

Purchased from Gary Dolgoff on eBay.

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This issue includes the second appearance of Lex luthor while he still had red hair.

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PostPosted: Aug 26, 2013 6:59 PM 
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Great stuff, Mike. I love it.

The simple, clean panels are great IMO. Sometimes i think one of the problems of todays art is that is can be "over designed." Sometimes simplicity is best.

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Superman 3 & 4--two of my favs w/ gorgeous covers. Hope to add a 2 one day, but so blasted expensive. Fortunate to land copies of these a few years back!

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Superman 5 - Married cover

I first purchased this cover off ebay and then the dog of a coverless comic from Terry O'Neil. The kid who ownd the comic had cut up the cover and pasted part of it to a blue cardboard which has holes for a spiral binder.

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In this issue Lex Luthor has grey hair.

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There is also an ad for Batman 1 and All-Star 1.

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Superman 7 - Coverless

Nice coverless copy purchased from Flying Donut on the CGC Boards.

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First appearance of Perry White.

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PostPosted: Sep 01, 2013 7:43 PM 
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:applause:

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PostPosted: Sep 02, 2013 12:35 AM 
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:yipeeeee:

Superman was so much cooler when he first came out. Great looking comics.

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One thing about these early Supermans is that they still look "decent" even in super low grade. Must be the bright color palette. :righton:

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Although I'm buying the cheapest copies I can find, I do focus on presentation to a certain extent. The page quality on the coverless copies is all pretty good and I avoid foxing. Even though the #8 has tape all over the spine, it's still pretty well intact. I don't think I'd buy a copy with pieces missing from the cover.

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Superman 10

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This issue includes the first bald Lex Luthor in comics. He had earlier appeared bald in the Sunday newspaper strip. Image to follow.


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Superman 11

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Superman 11 is one of my favorite comics in my collection. Even after I eventually liquidate most of my books, my sense is that is one I will hold onto for a long time. Love it!

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Is that a Pop Hollinger #11?


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macathro wrote:
Is that a Pop Hollinger #11?


No idea.


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Excerpt from the Pop Hollinger story in the Pedigrees section...

"He assured himself a certain amount of
immortality with thousands of comic books in many private collections
bearing his trademark: brown paper tape on the spine and inside
edges of the cover. I think of Pop everytime I see one."

That is what made me think it was one of his.


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It wasn't sold to me as a Pop Hollinger and there isn't any tape on the inside edges of the cover.

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"Lois is pretty brutal to Clark in the last panel." What a winch. :lol:

I never get tired of seeing these and being reminded of simpler times. As you said, low grade but still a nice collection. Thanks for sharing.


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Superman 13

This issue includes the first time that Jimmy Olsen's first name is used.

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Superman 14

Classic cover on this issue. :lol:

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Superman 15

Jimmy Olsen gets his last name.

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highradart wrote:
"Lois is pretty brutal to Clark in the last panel." What a winch. :lol:

I never get tired of seeing these and being reminded of simpler times. As you said, low grade but still a nice collection. Thanks for sharing.


Yep, Lois really treats Clark like dirt in the early issues.

One other thing I notice is that all the villains die at the end of every story (except Lex Luthor).


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That's all I have so far. I guess I'll try to fill in the holes (1, 2, 6, 9), complete 16-25 and maybe find upgrades with covers.


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That's all I have so far. I guess I'll try to fill in the holes (1, 2, 6, 9), complete 16-25 and maybe find upgrades with covers.

:applause:

Your collection looks fantastic... love #11.

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Superman 6

Nice looking copy, but the spine is completely split and detached.

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But, but it's a Superman 6! :applause:


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But, but it's a Superman 6! :applause:

+1. Awesome! :applause:

This is one of the single-digit Supermans I've wanted the most, and it's eluded me for the longest time. Very tough to find in presentable low grade. Congrats, Mike!


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Superman #2 - Coverless

Looks almost brand new except for the lack of a cover.

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