Dressed as the iconic character he played in both Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Henry Cavill recently posed with a copy of Action Comics #1, the first appearance of the Big Blue Boy Scout himself, Superman. Having the actor pictured with a copy of such an important issue seemingly further cements him as the definitive Superman for the DCEU.
Action Comics #1 debuted in June of 1938. While the original publication featured multiple comic book characters, including the now defunct Zatara, Master Magician, The Adventures of Marco Polo, and Scoop Scanlon the Five-Star Reporter in addition to The Rise of the Super-Man. Originally published by National Allied Publications (a predecessor of DC Comics), Action comics was started by publisher Jack Liebowitz. The initial printing of 200,000 issues sold out quickly and according to ComicsAlliance, creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were paid $10 per page which amounts to $130 for the very first comic-book superhero.
It would be interesting to learn which issue of Action Comics #1 that’s being pictured here. A pristine copy was sold on August 14, 2014 for $3,207,852 to Vincent Zurzolo and his partner Stephen Fishler. The duo own Metropolis Collectibles in Manhattan and purchased it as an investment for their business, according to THR. Is this the issue that Cavill is pictured with?
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This could be seen as a real sign of faith from DC Comics in Cavill’s take on Superman. While the DCEU has met with some degree of critical scorn, DC comics and CCO Geoff Johns clearly have faith in this version of Superman. Cavill will return in Justice League and while fans may be skeptical, Cavill certainly has done his best to embody the role. It’s a rare honor to take on the role of an iconic character like Superman.
The actor has taken his time as Superman seriously, from his physical training to figuratively leading the DCEU by offering praise for the Wonder Woman team. He even reached across the aisle to Marvel during National Superhero Day to praise other actors in superhero films.
While it has taken some time for the DCEU to find its footing, the DCEU’s true Superman will be born in Justice League which is where you can next catch Cavill’s performance. The fact that the actor has the faith of DC Comics bodes well for the character and the path that began in June of 1938, 79 years ago.
Justice League hits theaters November 17, 2017
Source: DC Extended Universe