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The cover of the January 1939 issue of Action Comics featuring Superman.

This is an Action Comics featuring Superman. Superman’s June 1938 appearance in the first Action Comics gave birth to the superhero genre. Superman used his extraordinary powers to fight for “truth, justice, and the American way.” The character’s popularity led to the creation of other costumed crime fighters such as Batman and Captain Marvel. This edition was included as part of a World’s Fair display in 1939.