This edition is missing the following from the original 1939 edition of Superman #1: a house ad for Action Comics, 1/3 page fillers at the end of the third, fourth, and fifth story sequences; and ads from the inside front cover and inside back cover. Some sequences were moved, as noted below. Whitney Ellsworth is incorrectly attributed as the original series editor in this reprint.
There is also a Chromium Edition of this comic that has a metallic foil cover instead of a regular cover, was limited to a press run of 7500 copies, and sold for 9.95 USD. The only content difference is the "Remembering the Millennium" feature isn't printed, and the back cover is replaced with a house ad for the Millennium Editions.
An overview of the context of this issue and the characters, stories, and credits, stating that this issue was the first time a new character had ever carried an entire issue on his own. Appears on inside of front and inside of back covers. This did not appear in the Chromium Edition of this book (just blank (metallic) pages; the indicia was moved to page 3).
First version that mentions Krypton and foster parents. First line: "Just before the doomed planet, Krypton, exploded to fragments, a scientist placed his infant son within an experimental rocket-ship, launching it toward Earth!"
Redrawn sequence edited out of the story from Action #1 when it was recut from comic strip format to comic book format. Superman wears red boots. Story continues in next sequence. In this reprint, this untitled story (including the next sequence as one story) is given the title of "Superman -- Champion of the Oppressed!" First line: "Outer waiting-room of the Daily Star..."
Continued in next story sequence. Superman wears blue boots in this story. First line: "A tireless figure races thru the night."
Ad for Superman the Dailies 1939-1942.
Clark apparently works for the [Cleveland] Evening News, as he sends pictures there. Superman wears blue boots. First line: "As they topple like a plummet to the street below, eighty stories distant, Greer shrieks insanely the entire length of the building!"
Ad for the Plastic Man Archives.
Adapted (not reprinted) from page 1 in Action Comics #1. In the original, this sequence came after the Supermen of America sequence.
Supermen of America fan club application. Illustration accompanying promo also used on the pinup on the back cover. In the original, this sequence came before the Scientific Explanation of Superman's Amazing Strength sequence.
Superman appears in only one panel in this story, wearing blue boots. In this reprint, this untitled story is given the title of "Cave-In at the Blakely Mine!" First line: "A creaking of timber - an ominous rumble - and then, with a terrific crash, the Blakely coal mine caves in, entrapping a lone miner within its terrible confines!"
Ad for Shazam! Archives and Wonder Woman Archives.
Clark works for the Evening News in this story. Superman wears blue boots. In this reprint, this untitled story is given the title of "Superman -- Football Hero!" First line: "Exhilarated by the demon Speed, a drunken, irresponsible driver races faster -- faster still!"
In the original, this sequence came after the Meet the Creators sequence. First line: "Smashed desks, overturned filing cabinets, strewn plaster, gaping holes in the walls, shining steel fixtures drooping in sad caricature of their former modernistic splendor, greeted the startled Detective Sergeant's eyes as he swung open the office door to the firm Harvey Brown, Patent Attorney."
Has photos and bios of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. In the original, this sequence came before the Text Story sequence, and the opening paragraph was in red text instead of black text. First line: "Boys and Girls: Meet the creators of the one and only Superman - America's Greatest Adventure Strip!"
This illustration was used for Supermen of America club. This did not appear in the Chromium Edition of this book (replaced with a house ad for DC Millennium Editions). On back cover.