Superman Mix or Match Storybook

Superman Mix or Match Storybook

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Description (Brief)
Spiral bound children’s book published in 1977 by Random House, with art by Ross Andru and Joe Orlando. The book has eight pages, each page separated into six individualized story sections.. The reader can flip the sections independently, allowing for new combinations. The book features Superman, as well as several of his most well-known nemeses, including Brainiac, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Lex Luthor and Bizarro.
The character of Superman first flew into action in 1938. The costumed superhero was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, two Jewish teenagers from Cleveland Ohio, who used, among other things, Classical mythology, philosopher Fredrich Nietzche’s concept of the “uber mensch,” and the era’s popular science fiction and adventure writing, for inspiration.
With his debut in Action Comics #1, Superman became an instant sensation with audiences, inspired by the “Man of Tomorrow’s” virtue and heroics at time when the Nation was slowly emerging from the economic catastrophe of the Great Depression and moving closer to World War.
Born on the doomed planet Krypton, Superman was sent to Earth as a child, where our world’s yellow sun granted him extraordinary powers such as flight, super-strength, near-invulnerability, as well as other extraordinary abilities including heat and X-Ray vision. As an adult living in the city of Metropolis, the alien, born Kal-El, protects his identity by assuming the persona of Clark Kent, a “mild-mannered” journalist.
Fighting for “Truth and Justice,” Superman birthed a cultural fascination with superheroes, and has become one of the most recognizable and influential fictional characters in history. In addition to comic books, the character has been explored in all forms of media, including radio, television, and film, and has been used to promote a variety of successful consumer products, educational initiatives and public service campaigns.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
book
Date made
1979
publisher
Random House, Inc.
artist
Andru, Ross
Orlando, Joe
designer
Andru, Ross
Orlando, Joe
maker
Random House, Inc.
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
metal (spine material)
Measurements
overall: 10 1/2 in x 12 1/4 in x 1/4 in; 26.67 cm x 31.115 cm x.635 cm
ID Number
1987.0213.130
accession number
1987.0213
catalog number
1987.0213.130
Credit Line
DC Comics, Incorporated
subject
Literature
Comics
Superman
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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