Millennium Edition: Superman 1 #[Chromium Edition]
(December 2000)

DC, 2000 Series
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Price
[none]
Pages
68
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics
Brand
DC Comics Millennium Editions
Editing
Adam Phillps (collected edition); Nick J. Napolitano (associate, collected edition); Vin Sullivan (original editor)

Issue Notes

This comic 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.

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.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster (see notes); Leo O'Mealia (see notes)
Inks
Joe Shuster (see notes); Leo O'Mealia (see notes)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

O'Mealia likely photostatted and cut out the Shuster work from the first panel from Action #10 for the cover and drew the ornate detailing surrounding it. See notes in the index of the original printing.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

blank page(s) / 2 pages (report information)


Indexer Notes

Inside front and inside back covers.

[Two Page Origin of Superman] (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Joe Shuster (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Just before the doomed planet, Krypton, exploded to fragments, a scientist placed his infant son within an experimental rocket-ship, launching it toward Earth!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Ma (Mary) Kent (introduction); Pa Kent (introduction)
Synopsis
After the planet Krypton is blown up, a couple finds a baby in a rocket and adopt him. The young boy grows up to be Superman.
Reprints
Keywords
Krypton

Indexer Notes

First version that mentions Krypton and foster parents.

[Clark Kent Gets a Job] (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Outer waiting-room of the Daily Star...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor (not named); Sims; Evelyn Curry; Bea Carroll (villain)
Synopsis
Clark Kent applies for a job at the Daily Star, but is turned down until Superman stops a lynching and Clark phones in the story. Then Superman gets singer Bea Carroll to confess to the murder of Jack Kennedy.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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!"

[The Coming of Superman] (Table of Contents: 4)

Superman / comic story / 11.67 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Shuster ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A tireless figure races thru the night.
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor (intro, not named); Lois Lane (introduction); Evelyn Curry; Bea Carroll (villain); Butch Matson (villain); Senator Barrows (villain); Alex Greer (villain)
Synopsis
Superman delivers a witness to the governor to stop an execution, then stops a wife-beater. Later Superman, as Clark Kent goes out with Lois, but she earns the wrath of Butch Matson and Superman must save her. Finally, Clark is assigned a story on the South American republic of San Monte. He heads to Washington D.C. to find out who is behind Senator Barrows pushing legislation which will embroil the United States in a war in Europe by grabbing lobbyist Alex Greer and scaring the truth out of him.
Reprints
Keywords
Daily Star

Indexer Notes

Continued in next story sequence. Superman wears blue boots in this story.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Superman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

[Superman: Lex2000] (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Superman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[Revolution in San Monte] (Table of Contents: 7)

Superman / comic story / 12.67 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Joe Shuster (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
As they topple like a plummet to the street below, eighty stories distant, Greer shrieks insanely the entire length of the building!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Alex Greer (villain); Emil Norvell (villain); Lois Lane; Lola Cortez; George Taylor (cameo)
Synopsis
Clark Kent and Lois Lane go to San Monte in South America to cover the war brewing. Superman proves the war is being fomented by munitions manufacturers.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Clark apparently works for the [Cleveland] Evening News, as he sends pictures there. Superman wears blue boots.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Plastic Man / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Scientific Explanation of Superman's Amazing Strength--! (Table of Contents: 9)

Superman / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Shuster ?

Genre
superhero
Reprints
Keywords
Krypton

Indexer Notes

Adapted (not reprinted) from page 1 in Action Comics #1. In the original, this sequence came after the Supermen of America sequence.

Superman & Action Comics Invite You to Become a Charter Member of the Supermen of America (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 2 pages (report information)

[The Blakely Mine Disaster] (Table of Contents: 11)

Superman / comic story / 12.67 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Joe Shuster (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Shuster

First Line of Dialogue or Text
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!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor; Elsa Maxwell; Stanislaw Kober; Thornton Blakely (villain)
Synopsis
Clark investigates accidents in a shoddily run mine.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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!"

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Shazam; Wonder Woman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

[Superman Plays Football] (Table of Contents: 13)

Superman / comic story / 12.75 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Joe Shuster (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Shuster

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Exhilarated by the demon Speed, a drunken, irresponsible driver races faster -- faster still!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Coach Randall (villain); Tommy Burke; Mary; Wallace Dodd (cameo)
Synopsis
Superman impersonates a football player to straighten out a fixed game.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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!"

Acquiring Super-Strength (Table of Contents: 14)

Acquiring Super-Strength / activity / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Reprints

[Biff Dugan] (Table of Contents: 15)

Superman / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Joe Shuster (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
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...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Biff Dugan (introduction, villain); Sergeant Blake
Synopsis
After Superman eludes Sergeant Blake by changing to Clark Kent, Clark blackmails the detective into allowing him a jailhouse interview with Biff Dugan. When Dugan escapes, Clark switches to Superman and returns Dugan to his cell.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

In the original, this sequence came after the "Meet the Creators" sequence.

Boys and Girls: Meet the Creators of the One and Only Superman - America's Greatest Adventure Strip! (Table of Contents: 16)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent] (inset); Jerry Siegel (photo); Joe Shuster (photo)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. [Two Page Origin of Superman]
    Superman
  4. 3. [Clark Kent Gets a Job]
    Superman
  5. 4. [The Coming of Superman]
    Superman
  6. 5. ["An adventure a day keeps the bad guys away!"]
    Superman
  7. 6. [Superman: Lex2000]
    Superman
  8. 7. [Revolution in San Monte]
    Superman
  9. 8. ["He's the slyest, slippery-est, slinky-est super-hero of them all!"]
    Plastic Man
  10. 9. Scientific Explanation of Superman's Amazing Strength--!
    Superman
  11. 10. Superman & Action Comics Invite You to Become a Charter Member of the Supermen of America
  12. 11. [The Blakely Mine Disaster]
    Superman
  13. 12. ["They're magical! They're Mythological! They're Mighty!"]
    Shazam; Wonder Woman
  14. 13. [Superman Plays Football]
    Superman
  15. 14. Acquiring Super-Strength
    Acquiring Super-Strength
  16. 15. [Biff Dugan]
    Superman
  17. 16. Boys and Girls: Meet the Creators of the One and Only Superman - America's Greatest Adventure Strip!
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
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