Superman: The Complete Comic Strips
Publication information
PublisherThe Library of American Comics
Publication dateAugust 13, 2013
No. of issuesGolden Age
Newspaper Dailies: 3
Sundays: 2

Atomic Age
Newspaper Dailies: TBA
Sundays: 3

Silver Age
Newspaper Dailies: 3
Sundays: 2

Total: TBA
Main character(s)Superman
Creative team
Written byJerry Siegel
Whitney Ellsworth
Alvin Schwartz
Bill Finger
Artist(s)Joe Shuster
Wayne Boring
Curt Swan
Stan Kaye
Editor(s)Dean Mullaney

Superman: The Complete Comic Strips 1939-1966 is an unofficial umbrella name for the six following titles: Superman: The Golden Age Dailies, Superman: The Golden Age Sundays; Superman: The Atomic Age Dailies, Superman: The Atomic Age Sundays; Superman: The Silver Age Dailies and Superman: The Silver Age Sundays, all published by The Library of American Comics. These six series of books collects the complete run of the American comic strip Superman by DC Comics, which was originally distributed in newspapers by the McClure Syndicate between 1939 and 1966.


In 1999 Kitchen Sink Press and DC Comics published a hardcover collection of the first years of the daily and Sunday Superman comic strip.[1]

After several years of prior negotiations between Greg Goldstein of IDW Publishing and DC Comics with the goal of getting the reprinting rights to the Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman comic strips, a deal was struck in 2013 to finally include them in The Library of American Comics' line of reprint collections.[2]

Superman comic strip collector Sidney Friedfertig, contributed a lot of the source material to these LOAC book series, had succeeded collecting 97 percent of the daily strips in newspaper clippings from 1959-1966 and published it online at his own website in 2012. Since most of these clippings are in good publishable condition, compared to what have been available on microform in libraries, the clippings are far better suitable as source material for reproduction. After Friedfertig's publication of the comic strip on his website he was approached by IDW Publishing and The Library of American Comics about publishing the material he had collected in their upcoming Superman comic strip collections. Friedfertig's accomplishment was very substantial since the original proofs of the Superman daily strips were never archived by DC Comics after their initial publication, therefore there are no originals available.[3]

In December 2015 The Library of American Comics reached out to comic collectors worldwide in order to get hold of missing strips which themselves had trouble locating, in order to have as source material for the books.[4]


Volumes collecting dailies

Landscape orientation, 11 inches × 8.5 inches (280 mm × 216 mm), hardcover with sewn ribbon bookmark, Contains approximately 700-800 daily strips each, arranged three per page, reproduced in original black-and-white.[5][6]

The daily strips are divided into three sub sets collections, one for each decade: The Golden Age - The 1940s, The Atomic Age - The 1950s and The Silver Age - The 1960s.

Introductions featuring information about the creators, comparison and analysis of the storylines from the comic strips and the comic books.[7] Some of the material used to reproduce the strips have been sourced from comic collectors newspaper clippings collections, therefore some art is not engraver's proof pristine, but can have noticeable smudging, however this is the best reproduction to date. Essays written by Sidney Friedfertig are included in the volumes.[8]

Volumes collecting Sundays

Porttrait orientation, 9.25 inches × 12 inches (235 mm × 305 mm),[9] hardcover with clear art reproductions, in sharp full color and with a sewn linen bookmark.[10]

The Sunday strips run is divided into three sub-sets:1940s - Golden Age, 1950s - Atomic Age and 1960s - Silver Age,[11] just as the daily strips also are collected.

Introductions written by Mark Waid and John Wells, pinpointing many of the featured storylines and other noteworthy facts.[12] Each Sunday strip has the annotated original strip number and first publishing date noted. The Reproduction size is slightly smaller than the original Sunday paper sizing. Cover art, both front and back have been drawn by Pete Poplaski.[13] Galleries of comic book covers done by the newspar strips' artists are included.[14]


Golden Age - The 1940s

Atomic Age - The 1950s

Silver Age - The 1960s


  1. ^ "Superman: The Golden Age Sundays 1943-1946". The Comics Journal. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  3. ^ Findlay, Kurtis (2018-05-02). "Episode 007 with special guest Sidney Friedfertig".
  4. ^ "Hey, BATMAN & SUPERMAN FANS! IDW Needs Your Help!". 13th Dimension. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Book Review: Superman: The Golden Age Newspaper Dailies (1942-1944)". Cinema Sentries. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Book Review: Superman: The Silver Age Newspaper Dailies, Volume 2: 1961-1963: Super-Ridiculous, Super-Fun". Cinema Sentries. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Dean Mullaney on IDWS Superman Silver Age Newspaper Dailies Vol.1". Westfield Comics. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Book Review: Superman: The Silver Age Newspaper Dailies, Volume 2: 1961-1963: Super-Ridiculous, Super-Fun". Cinema Sentries. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  9. ^ "IDW to Republish Superman Sunday Newspaper Strips". Entertainment Fuse. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Book Review: Superman: The Silver Age Sundays, Volume 1 (1959-1963)". Cinema Sentries. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Library of American Comics Collects Superman's Sunday Strips". Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Comic Review: Superman: The Silver Age Sundays, Vol. 1 1959–1963 (IDW/DC Comics)". Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Superman: The Golden Age Sundays 1943-1946". Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Book Review: Superman: The Atomic Age Sundays, Volume 3 (1956-1959): A Wonderful Time Capsule for Fans of the Man of Steel". Retrieved 3 April 2019.