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Joe Shuster cvr/art; 1st app. of Lex Luthor; 1st mention of Daily Planet
Joe Shuster cvr/art; 1st app. of Lex Luthor; 1st mention of Daily PlanetJust as Sherlock had Moriarty, so does Superman have his Alexei "Lex" Luthor, the template for all super-nemeses to follow, and arguably one of the best-known literary creations of the 20th Century in his own right. Initially, a standard evil-genius-with-a-death-ray stereotype developed by Siegel and Shuster for one of the anti-war potboilers for which the series was first known, Luthor quickly gained a style all his own, with a subsequent fan following, and flourished into one of the all-time great comic baddies. This comic is the first appearance of the character and is among the rarest of Golden Age keys.