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Superman Comic Book Collection

Illustrator:
Austin, Terry  Search this
Creator:
Siegel, Jerry (cartoonist)  Search this
Shuster, Joseph (cartoonist)  Search this
Author:
Salkind, Alexander  Search this
Lowther, George  Search this
Publisher:
D.C. Comics Inc.  Search this
Collector:
Community Life, Div. of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Names:
Superman (Fictitious character)  Search this
Extent:
0.3 Cubic feet (2 boxes, 1 map-folder)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Novels
Scripts (documents)
Screenplays
Letters (correspondence)
Date:
ca. 1930s-1985.
Scope and Contents:
The collection includes numerous newspaper clippings of the Superman comic strip, 1940-1950, promotional material using the Superman character, Superman comic books, 1944-1978 and illustrations of Superman drawn by Terry Austin in 1984. Dramatic scripts for TV and movie portrayals of Superman in 1977 and 1982 as well as a novel by George Lowther about Superman published in 1942 are also parts of the collection.
Arrangement:
Collection organized into six series.

Series 1: Superman illustrations by Terry Austin, 1984

Series 2: Superman motion picture scripts by Alexander Salkind, 1977-1982

Series 3: Superman comic books, 1944-1978

Series 4: Superman (novel) by George Lowther, 1942

Series 5: Superman promotional material, 1947-1985

Series 6: Superman newspaper clippings and comic strips, 1940-1950
Biographical / Historical:
The Superman character was created and illustrated in the 1930s by two Cleveland high school students, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. At first unable to achieve publication as a comic strip, they got the character incorporated into a 1938 comic book, which was an immediate success. Since then Superman has been syndicated widely in newspapers, books, radio and TV programs, movies and animated cartoons. The character has been extensively used in commercial and public interest advertising campaigns.
Related Archival Materials:
Superman artifacts and additional documentary material from D.C. Comics in Community Life collections (separate transaction, accession no. 1987.0213). See also AC0106, Mrs. Curtis B. Patterson Comic Book Collection, 1901-1917.
Provenance:
This collection was donated by D.C. Comics Incorporated, through Paul Levitz, Vice President, Spring, 1987.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research use.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Heroes -- 1930-1990  Search this
Comic strips -- 1930-1990  Search this
Superman (Fictitious character) in mass media  Search this
Cartoonists -- 1930-1990  Search this
Genre/Form:
Novels -- 1940-1950
Scripts (documents)
Screenplays -- 1970-1980
Letters (correspondence) -- 1920-1930
Citation:
Superman Comic Book Collection, circa 1930s-1985, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0274
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Superman Comic Book Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0274

Dennis Manochio Fireworks Collection

Collector:
Manochio, Dennis  Search this
Names:
Little Bo-Peep (Fictitious character)  Search this
Sambo (Fictitious character)  Search this
Superman (Fictitious character)  Search this
Extent:
0.5 Cubic feet (2 Boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Packaging
Labels
Date:
ca. 1920s-1940s.
Summary:
Fireworks packaging, labels, wrappers and boxes. Many of the labels contain illustrations and logos with ethnic imagery, often stereotypical, and a variety of other subjects.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of fireworks labels, wrappers, and packaging, part of a crate, and one product catalogue for the Martin's Real Fireworks Displays of Iowa. The majority of the fireworks labels and packaging were made in China or Macao, but some were made in the United States, Canada, and India. The labels are in Chinese, English, French, and German. Many of the labels are for "firecrackers," small noisemaking cylinders that are an inch and a half in length, often strung together with others and fused consecutively. Other types of fireworks include ladyfingers (a small ¾" firecracker), cherry bombs and M-80s (illegal firecracker with a small red sphere an inch in diameter with flash powder), rockets (a cylinder with cone shaped head filled with pyrotechnic materials), shells or bombs (a canister fired out of a mortar), and torpedoes (fulminate of mercury mixed with grit and twisted in a piece of paper). The collection is particular rich in ethnic imagery. Other images include" elephant, birds, cowboys, anchors, pirates, tigers, cats, dogs, camels, cocks, lions, coyotes, dragons, wheels, horses, gorillas, rick shaws, rockets, fishing, and superman to name a few. The collection is divided into one series by fireworks brands and is arranged alphabetically. Information is provided for where the fireworks were manufactured, what company made them and what company distributed them. Most labels are undated.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into one series.

Series 1: Brands
Biographical / Historical:
Collector of patriotic ephemera and fireworks dealer.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the Archives Center, National Museum of American History through Sgt. Leonard Anderson, Office of the Sheriff, Santa Clara County, California on July 11, 1995.
Restrictions:
Colection is open for research and access on site by appointment.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Fishing  Search this
Rickshaws  Search this
Wheels  Search this
Ethnic imagery  Search this
Camels  Search this
Birds  Search this
Cowboys  Search this
Circuses (performances)  Search this
Dragons  Search this
Dogs  Search this
Cats  Search this
Gorilla  Search this
Roosters -- Pictorial works  Search this
Lions  Search this
Tigers  Search this
Elephants  Search this
Hawks  Search this
Pirates  Search this
Anchors  Search this
Fireworks  Search this
Logos (Symbols)  Search this
Horses -- Logos (Symbols)  Search this
Coyote (Canis latrans)  Search this
Swallows  Search this
Genre/Form:
Packaging
Labels
Citation:
Dennis Manochio Fireworks Collection, ca. 1920s, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0533
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Dennis Manochio Fireworks Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0533

Superman : the golden age / by Les Daniels

Author:
Daniels, Les 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
83 p. : ill.; 27 cm
Type:
Comic books, strips, etc
Date:
1999
Topic:
Superman (Fictitious character)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_778838

Superman : the complete history, the life and times of the man of steel / by Les Daniels

Author:
Daniels, Les 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
192 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1998
C1998
Topic:
Superman (Fictitious character) in mass media  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_784751

Superman with Batman & Robin on radio [sound recording]

Title:
Superman with Batman and Robin on radio
World's finest classics
Author:
Collyer, Bud 1908-1969 prf  Search this
Alexander, Joan prf  Search this
Kelk, Jackie prf  Search this
Noa, Julian prf  Search this
Ortega, Santos prf  Search this
Harris, Stacy 1918-1973 prf  Search this
Liss, Ronald prf  Search this
Beck, Jackson prf  Search this
Crowley, Matt prf  Search this
Eric, Elspeth prf  Search this
McCullough, Dan hst  Search this
Amari, Carl  Search this
Talbot, Bruce  Search this
Tollin, Anthony wam  Search this
Freeman, Ben Peter aut  Search this
Ducovny, Allen pro drt  Search this
Physical description:
5 sound discs (6 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Type:
Sound recordings
Place:
United States
Date:
1997
1945
P1997
Topic:
Radio serials  Search this
Superman (Fictitious character)  Search this
Batman (Fictitious character)  Search this
Robin the Boy Wonder (Fictitious character)  Search this
Call number:
disc 000197
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_547353

Superman with Batman & Robin on radio [sound recording]

Title:
Superman with Batman and Robin on radio
Author:
Collyer, Bud 1908-1969 prf  Search this
Alexander, Joan prf  Search this
Kelk, Jackie prf  Search this
Noa, Julian prf  Search this
Ortega, Santos prf  Search this
Harris, Stacy 1918-1973 prf  Search this
Liss, Ronald prf  Search this
Beck, Jackson prf  Search this
Crowley, Matt prf  Search this
Eric, Elspeth prf  Search this
McCullough, Dan hst  Search this
Amari, Carl  Search this
Talbot, Bruce  Search this
Tollin, Anthony wam  Search this
Freeman, Ben Peter aus  Search this
Ducovny, Allen pro drt  Search this
Physical description:
4 sound cassettes (6 hr.) : analog, Dolby processed
Type:
Sound recordings
Place:
United States
Date:
1997
1945
P1997
Topic:
Radio serials  Search this
Superman (Fictitious character)  Search this
Batman (Fictitious character)  Search this
Robin the Boy Wonder (Fictitious character)  Search this
Call number:
ptp 000111
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_547355

Superman on radio [sound recording]

Title:
Superman
Author:
Collyer, Bud 1908-1969 prf  Search this
Wever, Ned prf  Search this
Moorehead, Agnes 1906-1974 prf  Search this
Josten, Jay prf  Search this
Noa, Julian prf  Search this
O'Day, Junior prf  Search this
Vinton, Arthur d. 1963 prf  Search this
Bester, Rollie prf  Search this
Ortega, Santos prf  Search this
Lovejoy, Frank 1914-1962 prf  Search this
Shockley, Marion prf  Search this
Choate, Helen prf  Search this
Anderson, Marjorie prf  Search this
Ludlum, George aus  Search this
Chase, Frank prd  Search this
Amari, Carl  Search this
Talbot, Bruce  Search this
Tollin, Anthony wam  Search this
Physical description:
5 sound discs (6 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Type:
Sound recordings
Place:
United States
Date:
1997
1940
P1997
Topic:
Radio serials  Search this
Superman (Fictitious character)  Search this
Call number:
disc 000198
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_547359

Superman on radio [sound recording]

Author:
Collyer, Bud 1908-1969 prf  Search this
Wever, Ned prf  Search this
Moorehead, Agnes 1906-1974 prf  Search this
Josten, Jay prf  Search this
Noa, Julian prf  Search this
O'Day, Junior prf  Search this
Vinton, Arthur d. 1963 prf  Search this
Bester, Rollie prf  Search this
Ortega, Santos prf  Search this
Lovejoy, Frank 1914-1962 prf  Search this
Shockley, Marion prf  Search this
Choate, Helen prf  Search this
Anderson, Marjorie prf  Search this
Ludlum, George aus  Search this
Chase, Frank prd  Search this
Amari, Carl  Search this
Talbot, Bruce  Search this
Tollin, Anthony wam  Search this
Physical description:
4 sound cassettes (6 hr.) : analog, Dolby processed
Type:
Sound recordings
Place:
United States
Date:
1997
1940
P1997
Topic:
Radio serials  Search this
Superman (Fictitious character)  Search this
Call number:
ptp 000112
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_547360

Superman vs. Atom Man on radio [sound recording]

Title:
Superman versus Atom Man on radio
Author:
Collyer, Bud 1908-1969 prf  Search this
Adams, Mason prf  Search this
Kelk, Jackie prf  Search this
Eric, Elspeth prf  Search this
Crowley, Matt prf  Search this
Beck, Jackson prf  Search this
Ocko, Dan prf  Search this
Alexander, Joan prf  Search this
Noa, Julian prf  Search this
Wever, Ned prf  Search this
Kramer, Mandel prf  Search this
McCullough, Dan hst  Search this
Freeman, Ben Peter aut  Search this
Ducovny, Allen pro drt  Search this
Physical description:
7 sound discs (7 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Type:
Sound recordings
Place:
United States
Date:
1999
1945
P1999
Topic:
Radio serials  Search this
Superman (Fictitious character)  Search this
Call number:
disc 000236
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_561989

Superman vs. Atom Man on radio [sound recording]

Title:
Superman versus Atom Man on radio
Author:
Collyer, Bud 1908-1969 prf  Search this
Adams, Mason prf  Search this
Kelk, Jackie prf  Search this
Eric, Elspeth prf  Search this
Crowley, Matt prf  Search this
Beck, Jackson prf  Search this
Ocko, Dan prf  Search this
Alexander, Joan prf  Search this
Noa, Julian prf  Search this
Wever, Ned prf  Search this
Kramer, Mandel prf  Search this
McCullough, Dan hst  Search this
Freeman, Ben Peter aut  Search this
Ducovny, Allen pro drt  Search this
Physical description:
5 sound cassettes (7 hr., 30 min.) : analog
Type:
Sound recordings
Place:
United States
Date:
1999
1945
P1999
Topic:
Radio serials  Search this
Superman (Fictitious character)  Search this
Call number:
ptp 000143
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_561990

Super boys : the amazing adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the creators of Superman / Brad Ricca

Title:
Superboys : the amazing adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
Author:
Ricca, Brad  Search this
Subject:
Siegel, Jerry 1914-1996  Search this
Shuster, Joe  Search this
Physical description:
xxi, 423 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2013
Topic:
Cartoonists  Search this
Superman (Fictitious character)  Search this
Comic books, strips, etc--History and criticism  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1009006

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