"The Secret Origin of the Golden-Age Superman"

1986-04

Main Details
Series
Volume 2
Issue 1
Credits
Date 1986-04
Publisher
Location of Publication New York, New York
Genre Superhero
Format Softcover
Type Comic Book
Page Count 32
Language English
Characters
  • Superman (Kal-L)(Earth 2)(Origin)
Story Location Earth-Two: Negus system; Krypton (Destroyed), Sol system: Earth, Kansas; Smallville, Metropolis
Notes Non barcode variant: 1935-1985 DC 50 instead.
Cover artwork: the image inside the crystal ball is by Boring and Ordway, the rest of the cover is by Ordway.
This is a retelling of Superman's origin and first adventure from Action Comics #1 with information from later stories incorporated. It was intended to be the definitive version of the origin of the Superman of the recently-destroyed Earth-Two.
The cover to this issue features cameo appearances by: Doctor Fate (Kent Nelson), the Flash (Jay Garrick), the Huntress (Helena Wayne), the Spectre (Jim Corrigan), and Wonder Woman. None of these characters actually appear inside the comic book.
This issue includes a Superman pin-up with a dedication to Superman-creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
This issue includes a three page article written by Roy Thomas entitled, "The Secret Origin of Secret Origins".
There are many differences between the Golden Age version of the Superman mythos and the subsequent retellings in both the Silver and Modern Age continuities.
The Golden Age Superman's birth name is Kal-L rather than Kal-El. As such, his father's name is likewise, Jor-L, as opposed to Jor-El.
Superman's adoptive parents are named John and Mary Kent. In the Silver and Modern Age continuities, his parents' names are Jonathan and Martha.
In the Golden Age, Clark Kent initially worked for George Taylor at the Daily Star. In later versions, Taylor and the Star were replaced with Perry White and the Daily Planet.
The Golden Age Superman did not originally possess the ability to fly. Rather, he could only take giant leaps of no more than 1/8th of a mile.
There were also subtle differences in costume design between the original Superman and later versions.

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