Updated 10/30/09


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Sometime prior to April 1948 Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster quit National Comics' employ and began a lawsuit against the company demanding complete reversion of the rights to Superman and Superboy to them to do with as they saw fit.  Although they won some monetary damages over Superboy, which had been released without Siegel's approval while he was in the army, their main campaign was a failure.  With most of their studio in tow (sans Wayne Boring) they set up shop at Magazine Enterprises, run by Vin Sullivan, (the first Superman editor) where they created a new character Funnyman.  It ran as both a comics strip and a book.  Both were dismal failures.  Siegel went on to work for Ziff-Davis, St. John and Toby Press before they both ended up at Charlton in the mid-Fifties. 

Jon Juan #1 Toby Press Spring 1950

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Lars of Mars 10 Ziff Davis May 1951

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Shuster provided illustrations to a sleazy pulp magazine called Nights of Horror circa 1953, but after his Charlton days, he  never worked in comics again.  Siegel returned to DC from 1959 until 1965 when he created the Mighty Crusaders for the Archie Comics Group.  Most of Siegel's writing after that appeared in foreign countries.  One of his most unusual assignments was writing a series of Huey, Dewey and Louie Junior Woodchuck stories for an Italian publisher.

Funnyman #1 January 1948

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Strange Suspense Stories #22, November 1954.

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The two resumed their lawsuit against National Periodical Publications in 1967 but never really got anywhere until the Christopher Reeve Superman film was due to come out.  DC's new corporate owners deemed it the better part of political discretion to provide the two with a pension and  medical insurance for the rest of their lives.

Siegel and Shuster's departure from National coincided pretty closely with editor Mort Weisinger's taking control of the series back from Jack Schiff.  Weisinger brought in a new team of artists to prepare the Man of Steel for the next decade.

The two most important were Wayne Boring  and Curt Swan  who have their own pages. Others included:

Superman 90 July 1954

Win Mortimer from "The Superman Time Capsule" a 1955 advertising giveaway.

 

1953 Superman dailies by Win Mortimer

Win Mortimer (1919-97) began work at DC in 1945 doing Batman stories.  He did a handful of Superman stories in 1948, including most of  issues 50 and 51.   Then from 1950 to 1955 he became National Comics' main cover artist for both Superman and Batman.

During this same period he also took over the Superman dailies from Wayne Boring.  Mortimer left National in 1956, but returned 10 years later.  He did Legion Of Superheroes for a while and a number of humor books and penciled the World of Metropolis mini-series in 1988.

Al Plastino - Punch Comics January 1946

copyright Harry Chesler

Al Plastino - Volto from Mars advertisement from Action 90 Nov 1945

copyright General Mills

Al Plastino (b.1921) Al worked for just about every publisher in the 30's and 40's at one time even penciling Captain America for Marvel.  He came to DC in 1948 and became the most prolific Superman penciller of the 1950's.  He continued to work on the feature until 1968 when he left to take over the syndicated strip Ferd'nand.  He drew the syndicated Batman comic strip from 1966-72 and the Superman strip in the late 1960's

Al Plastino from Action 252  "The Supergirl from Krypton"  by Otto Binder May, 1959.

Superman 86 January 1954

Al Plastino, writer unknown

Ruben Moriera and Al Plastino from Superman 110 "The Mystery Superman" writer unknown, Jan 1957

Dick Sprang and Stan Kaye- Superman 123 "The Three Magic Wishes" by Otto Binder, August 1958

Ruben Moriera  Ruben worked for Quality and Fiction House in the early forties before coming to National where he worked on Gangbusters and the Shining Knight.  He is most famous for his work on Roy Raymond, TV Detective, which appeared in Detective Comics for much of the fifties.  He appears to have left DC around 1963.  He drew only a very few Superman stories, all inked by Al Plastino, including work in Showcase #9, the first Lois Lane solo comic book. Dick Sprang is primarily known as a Batman artist, but he handled both characters after they started teaming up in World's Finest in 1954.  Mort Weisinger apparently liked Dick's version of Superman enough to feed him a few solo stories, including "The Three Magic Wishes" from Superman 123.

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