Okay, so it’s technically a late story, but Action Comics #1 (which had a June 1938 cover date but was published in April 1938) marked the debut of the greatest superhero of them all: Superman. Considered the first true superhero comic, Action Comics #1 was originally an anthology built around Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s “Man of Tomorrow” and published by National Periodical Publications. It continues today as part of DC Comics’ line of books. The comic is the most valuable comic in the world (respective to grade) and roughly one hundred copies remain in existence (so if you see one at a garage sale, I’d be interested).
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In other interesting historical news, Dr. Jack “Dr. Death” Kevorkian was released from prison after eight years today. TV-news network CNN made its debut at 6:00 PM EST twenty-seven years ago on June 1, 1980, activist Hellen Keller died on this date in 1968, and The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released today in 1967. Finally, that rat-bastard, Benedict Arnold, was court-martialed today waaaaaay back in 1779.