de Young Museum
The year was 1938. School children had hardly begun to enjoy their summer vacation… when all of the sudden, look! Up in the sky—it’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Superman! This year marks the 75th anniversary of Action Comics #1, the first comic book in which the enduring caped crusader known as Superman first appeared. Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman and his adventures have captivated the world ever since.  Born in 1935 in Sacramento, Mel Ramos grew up with Superman. Ramos’s painterly portraits of superheros gained the artist popularity in and around the the burgeoning Pop Art movement of the 1960s. Our Superman, a favorite among museum visitors and staffers alike, is almost always on view! Mel Ramos (American, b. 1935). Superman, 1962. Oil on canvas. Museum purchase, Dr. Leland A. and Gladys K. Barber Fund and American Art Trust Fund. 2004.2

The year was 1938. School children had hardly begun to enjoy their summer vacation… when all of the sudden, look! Up in the sky—it’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Superman! This year marks the 75th anniversary of Action Comics #1, the first comic book in which the enduring caped crusader known as Superman first appeared. Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman and his adventures have captivated the world ever since.

Born in 1935 in Sacramento, Mel Ramos grew up with Superman. Ramos’s painterly portraits of superheros gained the artist popularity in and around the the burgeoning Pop Art movement of the 1960s. Our Superman, a favorite among museum visitors and staffers alike, is almost always on view!

Mel Ramos (American, b. 1935). Superman, 1962. Oil on canvas. Museum purchase, Dr. Leland A. and Gladys K. Barber Fund and American Art Trust Fund. 2004.2

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