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Action Comics (v1) #13 [A Story]

"Superman Vs. the Cab Protective League"
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Action Comics (v1) #13 [A Story]
Universe:   Earth-Two 
Editor: Vincent Sullivan
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Penciler: Joe Shuster
Cover Artist : Joe Shuster
Cover Date : June 1939
On Sale Date: May 1939
Story Arc: -
Pages: 13
Cover Price : $0.10
Users Read: 49 Users Rated: 32
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New York World[appost]s Fair Comics 1939 [I Story]
New York World[appost]s Fair Comics 1939 [J Story]
Action Comics (v1) #13 [A Story]
Action Comics (v1) #13 [B Story]
Action Comics (v1) #13 [F Story]
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Mobsters attempt to take over the city's cab services. When Superman raises up to stop the racketeering, he uncovers a far more sinister threat.
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  Superman last appeared in New York World[appost]s Fair Comics 1939 [A Story]. Superman next appears in Detective Comics (v1) #28 [B Story].

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  Ultra-Humanite First Appearance
  Ultra-Humanite next appears in Action Comics (v1) #14 [A Story].

Other Characters
  Mr. Carlyle First Appearance
  This is Mr. Carlyle's only appearance.

  Pete First Appearance
  This is Pete's only appearance.

  Reynolds First Appearance
  This is Reynolds's only appearance.

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  Alex Daily Says:    
  2017-11-11 07:33:32  
  Ultra-Humanite is Superman's first supervillain -- and DC's, I think, by extension -- but is he also the first of the Golden Age?  

  go2shaw @ Alex Daily (original post):    
  2017-11-11 10:07:52  
  I believe that is an accurate statement. Marvel Comics # 1 is still a few months away and the other publishers are just starting to jump on the super-hero bandwagon in 1939.

There could possibly be some super-villains that originated in a comic strip or a pulp prior to Ultra-Humanite, but I don't know enough about those publications to say for sure...

  owenneil Says:    
  2017-11-12 23:46:28  
  And now Superman is a murderer (probably already was). I think most reasonable juries would find that frantically stabbing someone who had kidnapped you and taken you high in the air as reasonable self defense, leaving dropping the guy pretty much on Supes.  

  Ice Says:    
  2017-12-08 15:10:07  
  Huh. Ultra-Humanite is kind of a cool character. I'm not sure where the "super smart (and/or brain powers) bald guy in a wheelchair" trope started, but he reminded me a little of Professor X.  

  Russ Says:    
  2018-01-03 16:18:57  
  The Ultra-Humanite! Superman's, and DC's, first arch-baddie! I've always kind of liked this guy since I first read him in the '80s. I was wondering why DC hadn't used him more since his first introduction here, but the story I got later on seemed to make a sort of sense. Too bad; we'll see a few of his capabilities we won't really see anywhere else.

What's odd about this appearance, is that he seemed to be shoe-horned in at the ending as if to pad out some pages. The Cab Protective League actually was a decent story by itself until Ultra revealed himself. Superman being his gleefully destructive self, as he is at this point in his career, and takes down the protection racket with a vengeance. Plus, I'm not sure what a brainy guy like Ultra would figure he'd take over the world by monopolizing a city's taxi services. Guess you gotta start somewhere!

4 stars, a 3-star story gets an extra star for a historical first appearance, and in spite of the seemingly last minute add-on of Ultra, the story flows pretty well for its time. Another Jerry and Joe first!

  thatsAgoodONE11 Says:    
  2018-01-13 00:03:58  
  The first three quarters of this is very standard for these early Superman stories. There's some sort of social issue that Clark discovers which he solves as Superman. I like how he makes the members of the racket help him smash the cabs. Growing up, Clark's parents must have used the "how do you like your own medicine" style of parenting.

The two deaths in this was eye-opening. I know this happens a lot in the Golden Age, but I guess I just got taken aback by it in a Superman story. The first death is mostly his fault (although accidental), and he probably could have prevented it. The second death came during that awesome scene with the saw-blade.

First appearance of Ultra-Humanite! I know he was thrown in there in the last 25% of the story, but this is historical. Superhero books need recurring villains and this is the start of the huge cast of Superman and other DC baddies.

However, if "Ultra" is so smart, why did he think fire could do Superman in moments after the wall of flame proved ineffective? Still, this appearance gets me excited for the super villains to come!


  mrtc2003 Says:    
  2018-01-20 19:40:03  
  Not being much of a DC reader, I donít really know anything about the Ultra Humanite. However my first thought here was that he was bit like Moriarty from the Sherlock Holmes stories.  

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