Daily Panel | ‘Hold me tight! I’m afraid!’

From a February 1939 Superman newspaper strip by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

Superman’s first adventures in the newspaper strip were a mash-up of a few stories from Action Comics, including Shuster’s reusing some of the art. As in the comic books, Superman goes after crooks, but Lois is more involved. Freshly out of the lovelorn columns and eager to prove herself as a journalist, she sniffs out a crime organization by herself and gets captured. This panel is right after Superman’s rescued her and I like it because it’s a rare moment where he’s not being a jerk to her (though he goes back to that when he drops her off at the paper and tells her to “stick to the lovelorn column from now on”).


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