George Lowther: The Adventures of Superman. (New York: Random House, 1942), first edition, 215 pages, red cloth with blue lettering on spine and decorative stamping on the front board, 8vo (6.25" x 9.25"), dust jacket (in protective Mylar). Illustrated by Joe Shuster, one of the co-creators of the Man of Steel. This is the first appearance of Superman in book form, published four years after the comic book debuted in June of 1938. The author, George Lowther (not to be confused with the 18th century Caribbean pirate of the same name) was a script writer and narrator on the Mutual Network's Adventures of Superman radio show. The copy presented here is in very good condition, with the slightest bit of soiling on the edges, and minor edge wear. The dust jacket shows some edge wear, some minor wear along the folds, one small scar on the front panel, and a .75" tear at the top of the rear panel. Further inspection reveals that the dust jacket has been restored, especially to the spine and rear panel edges. Still, the cover retains its vibrant color. This is an essential entry into the evolution of Superman in American popular culture. From the Ventura Collection.

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