Classic Comic Cover Corner: Action Comics #81

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Welcome to the very first post of Nerdvana’s new weekly column called, Classic Comic Cover Corner! That’s right, every Sunday morning you will be captivated as we showcase a classic comic cover, complete with compelling commentary, for your cordial contemplation.

Let’s face it, old-school comic covers are just plain cool, and the Classic Comic Cover Corner will be a nostalgic look back at the comics of yesteryear, when a comic’s outside cover gave some consideration to the content of the book, when thought balloons and dialogue were used in conjunction with the artistic action to give potential readers some idea of what was within – unlike the majority of today’s covers that are typically just a generic action pin-up of the title character.

Be sure to use our comments section below to let us know what you think of our cover selections, suggest a favorite, or just wax nostalgic about the comic book’s bygone era.

Action Comics #81 – February 1945

Action Comics #81 - Feb. 1945
Action Comics #81 – Feb. 1945

It’s a new year and our very first Classic Comic Cover Corner post, so we thought it was only appropriate that we showcase the classic superhero himself, Superman, in his original flagship book, Action Comics. In issue #81, the Man of Steel character was only about 6 1/2 years old (first appearing in Action Comics #1 – 1938), but he had already saved the world many times over.

This cover has Kal-El carrying out the old year (symbolized as an old man) and ushering in the new (as a baby). The book contained just a one-page story regarding the New Year as Supes flies to the Philippines to help the troops (remember, this issue takes place during World War II) with the 1945 New Year baby that has miraculously appeared on their battlefield.

The soldiers don’t know what to do with the kid, but the Man of Tomorrow helps out by flying him around the planet so all the armed forces can enjoy ringing in 1945; and that year would prove to be a very good one indeed as, a few months later, the war finally came to an end.

Check back next Sunday morning for the Nerdvana Classic Comic Cover Corner.

 

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Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.

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