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Superman At 75: Martin Pasko's View of The Man of Steel

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In celebration of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's Superman hitting 75, writer Martin Pasko reflects on his personal connection to the Man of Steel, his take on Superman's foes, the history of the hero's editors and more.

Last week marked 75 years since the very first issue of "Action Comics" rolled off the printers and introduced Superman to the world. Though the character had lived in the minds of creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster for years before that, the date is as good as any to celebrate the Man of Steel's legacy as a character in and out of the comics.

CBR has marked the occasion with features including Comics Should Be Good's reader-driven countdown of the 75 Greatest Superman Stories of All Time, Mark Waid's personal Superman trivia test and a lengthy interview with longtime Superman writer/artist Dan Jurgens. To continue discussing the legacy of Siegel and Shuster's hero, we also reached out to other voices who have guided the Man of Steel over the years, and today we present one of the writers with one of the strongest takes and connections to the character during the Bronze Age: Martin Pasko.

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Pasko came to Superman at a transitional time for the character. In the 1970s, the Man of Steel was attempting to shake off an image as a paternalistic, square-jawed superhero who seemed increasingly out of date after the popularity of the Marvel Comics superheroes of the '60s. Along with fellow writers Elliot S! Maggin, Gerry Conway and others, Pasko began crafting Superman stories that drew out both the humanity of the hero and the vast potential of his world including a new focus on worthwhile foes for the hero. Aside from reviving or reinventing heroes like the Toyman, Bizarro and Mr. Mxyzptlk, Pasko also co-created new villains like the Atomic Skull and the Master Jailer who were equal parts brain and brawn.

Stay tuned to CBR for more on the legacy of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's Superman at 75 years!

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