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Superman (v1) #2 [A Story]

"The Comeback of Larry Trent"
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Superman (v1) #2 [A Story]
Universe:   Earth-Two 
Editor: Vincent Sullivan
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Penciler: Joe Shuster
Inker: Paul Cassidy
Cover Artist : Joe Shuster, Paul Cassidy
Cover Date : August 1939
On Sale Date: August 1939
Story Arc: -
Pages: 16
Cover Price : $0.10
Users Read: 55 Users Rated: 33
 
 
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Smash Comics (v1) #3 [E Story]
Smash Comics (v1) #3 [L Story]
Superman (v1) #2 [A Story]
Superman (v1) #2 [B Story]
Superman (v1) #2 [C Story]
         
 
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When a washed up boxer tries to kill himself, Superman works to help him restore his self-confidence and his skills for another shot at the heavyweight title.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Superman
  Superman last appeared in Action Comics (v1) #16 [A Story]. Superman next appears in Superman (v1) #2 [B Story].
 

 
Supporting Characters
  George Taylor
  George Taylor last appeared in Action Comics (v1) #16 [A Story]. George Taylor next appears in Superman (v1) #2 [B Story].
 

  Larry Trent First Appearance
  This is Larry Trent's only appearance.
 

 
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  "Slugger" Barnes First Appearance
  This is "Slugger" Barnes's only appearance.
 

  Tom Croy First Appearance
  This is Tom Croy's only appearance.
 

 
 
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Daily Star
Daily Star last appeared in Action Comics (v1) #1 [A Story]. Daily Star next appears in Superman (v1) #2 [B Story].
   
 
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  Russ Says:    
  2018-01-20 16:28:38  
  Another story where a death, or a suicide attempt, affects Superman deeply enough to want to take a personal interest in helping him. It's quite possible that the deaths of his adoptive parents affected him more than we're led to believe. Of course, this is Jerry and Joe telling the stories without making any immediate connection, but you get the feeling that Superman has a rather interesting view on death at this stage in his career. He's not above threatening it to criminals, especially Emil Norvell, the munitions manufacturer from Action #2 who perpetuated a war that killed innocents just to spur sales of his inventory. But when it comes to innocent people dying because of the actions of others, he can't seem to abide by that at all. I attribute this to a mix of his alien psychology with the values instilled by his adoptive parents.

And while Superman had to punch his way into fighting contention on Trent's behalf, I found it amusing that he didn't throw a single punch in his bout with Slugger Barnes; he let his opponent wear himself out! Nice touch there. Superman's slowly learning to pull his punches on ordinary people.

But what made the story for me was the conversation between Superman and Trent on page 14. Trent's right; it wasn't going to be any real victory unless Trent won that fight for himself, and although it was a necessary device to propel the story and allow Superman to catch the bad guys, that conversation was the most forward moment in the series up to this point. Excellent piece of writing by Jerry there.

This story may still be rooted in the earliest and forgotten stages of Superman's career, but it's earned 5 stars for some incredible story and character development.
 
 
 

  ScottG12 Says:    
  2018-05-02 14:31:42  
  Much better than the last Superman story! This is more like it!  
 
 

 
 
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