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    Science Fiction (Fanzine) Group Lot of #2-5 (Siegel and Shuster, 1933). Everyone knows that Superman was created in 1938 for Action Comics #1, right? Well, if that's true, then what's up with the story "The Reign of the Superman" from 1933? Set the wayback machine, Sherman, we're going to visit Cleveland circa 1933. Two teenage fans of science fiction, Jerome Siegel and Joseph Shuster, put together a set of science fiction fanzines featuring their stories and art. In issue #3, they wrote and drew the story "The Reign of the Superman" that is considered a precursor to their eventual creation of Superman. This lot consists of the last four issues of their fanzine, including issue #4 containing the first printed image of King Kong, and issue #5 featuring bios and pictures of Siegel and Shuster. Only one other set is known to exist, issues #1-5 from the collection of Forrest Ackerman, which was restored with whitened pages and was sold by Sotheby's in 1991 for $10,000. This set is unrestored except for the corner of one page that has been amateurly glued back on. The page color ranges from off-white to tan, but they are all still supple enough to be handled gently. If you don't bid on this set, it may be at least another decade before you have the chance again. From the collection of Nicolas Cage.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2002
    6th-7th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 15
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