The first Superman character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster was not a hero, but a villain. Their short story "The Reign of the Superman" concerned a bald-headed villain bent on dominating the world. The story did not sell, forcing the two to reposition their character on the right side of the law. In 1935, their Superman story was again rejected by newspaper syndicates wanting to avoid lawsuits, who recognized the character as being similar to a lead character from Philip Wylie's 1930 novel Gladiator. DC decided to take a chance with Superman, figuring if any lawsuits were filed, they would just drop the feature.
The revised Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1, June 1938. Siegel and Shuster sold the rights to the company for $130 and a contract to supply the publisher with material. The Saturday Evening Post reported in 1941 that the pair was being paid still a fraction of DC's Superman profits. In 1946, when Siegel and Shuster sued for more money, DC fired them, prompting a legal battle that ended in 1948, when they signed away any further claim to Superman or any character created from him. DC soon took their names off the byline. Following the huge financial success of Superman: The Movie in 1978 and news reports of their pauper-like existences, Warner Communications gave Siegel and Shuster lifetime pensions of $35,000 per year and health care benefits. In addition, any media production which includes the Superman character must include the credit, "Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster". More about Superman
Superman Returns is a 2006 American superhero film based on the fictional character and superhero Superman. The film is currently being directed by Bryan Singer and the role of Superman/Clark Kent will be portrayed by Brandon Routh. The roles of Lois Lane and Lex Luthor will be played by Kate Bosworth and Kevin Spacey, respectively. The screenplay has been written by Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. Filming initiated in February 2005 and the movie is expected to be released in the United States on June 30, 2006. Superman Movies, Photos & downloads
Marvel Comics was founded by established pulp magazine publisher Martin Goodman in 1939 as an eventual group of subsidiary companies under the umbrella name Timely Comics. Its first publication was Marvel Comics #1 (Oct. 1939), featuring the first appearance of Carl Burgos' android superhero, the Human Torch, and the first generally available appearance of Bill Everett's mutant anti-hero Namor the Sub-Mariner.
X-Men, Spider-Man, The Hulk, Fantastic Four, Captain America, The Avengers
Formerly known as National Periodicals, D.C. Comics took it's new name from one of it's most successful titles, Detective Comics, the origin place of Batman. At present this site has no plans to cover heroes of the mainstream D.C. Universe (plenty of other sites do that), but there are a number of characters, often creator owned, that D.C. has published, either directly or as part of their Vertigo imprint. They also bought out a number of other comics companies over the years, inheriting their characters, some of whom have now been absorbed into the D.C. universe.
Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Green Lantern, The Flash, The JLA, Teen Titans
Dark Horse Comics is an American comic book publisher, one of the largest "independent" publishers behind dominant publishers Marvel Comics and DC Comics. It was founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson and is based in Milwaukie, Oregon.
Sin City, Hellboy, Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Conan
IDW & Image
IDW 30 Days of Night, Fallen Angel, Criminal
Image Godland, The Waking Dead, Invincible
Simpsons, The #1 American Family
Simpsons - with live actors!
A video that recreates the introduction to "The Simpsons" with live actors is spreading across the Internet as a part of a viral marketing campaign by BSkyB. The "Simpsons" video was intended to spread freely. Sky worked closely with Simpsons producers and creator Matt Groening.
Survey: Americans know 'Simpsons' better than 1st Amendment
A survey released in March 2006 showcases a bit of data that should surprise nobody: Americans know more about "The Simpsons" than they do about the First Amendment.
The study, conducted by the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum, focuses on the First Amendment and found that less than 1 percent of the respondents could identify the five protected rights - freedom of religion, speech, the press, assembly and to petition the government.
On the other hand, about 20 percent of respondents could name Bart and Homer and all the other three members of the animated Simpson family.
The Simpsons Movie 2007
The Simpsons Movie is an upcoming 2007 animated comedy film based on the animated television series The Simpsons. It has been produced by Gracie Films for 20th Century Fox, with animation produced by Film Roman and Rough Draft Studios, and is scheduled to be released worldwide by July 27, 2007.
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