The famous Superman line is

It's a bird, it's a plane, no it's Superman!

Who was the first person to say that in a Superman story?

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    Well, the famous Superman line would be: "Save Martha". But i'm not the one to argue :P
    – Shreedhar
    Jan 25, 2020 at 16:14

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1940: In the form

Up in the sky! Look! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!

it was part of the introduction to each episode of the Superman radio serial, which first aired on February 12, 1940. You can listen to it at the Internet Archive.

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    But the question asked for "in the comics", not on radio. Jan 26, 2020 at 3:02
  • Think of it this way: You've reduced the number of issues of Action Comics someone will have to comb through. I lost interest at 4.
    – Spencer
    Jan 26, 2020 at 16:04

In 1941 and 1942, Fleischer Studios produced a series of seventeen animated shorts featuring Superman for Paramount Pictures. (Fleischer produced the first eight as an independent company before being acquired by Paramount in 1942).

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's SUP-er-man!"

is used as the introductory sequence for the very first one, called "The Mad Scientist". The "speakers" are random people in the street. The titles contain a caption

COPYRIGHT MCMXLI Paramount Pictures, Inc.

  • A Yahoo Answer on this question links to saratogaconcepts.com/superman.html but the link is dead Jan 25, 2020 at 17:27
  • @Stormblessed That website appears to be devoid of content except one embedded version of the Superman video I linked to elsewhere. Archive.org only crawled it twice;the first is just an empty stub and the second is the single link-free page in the live version you can go to.
    – Spencer
    Jan 25, 2020 at 21:53
  • Thank you for that, was this line only used this one time then has it become one of those things that everyone thinks was said or written more then it was?
    – Richard C
    Jan 25, 2020 at 23:18
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    But the question asked for "in the comics", not in film. Jan 26, 2020 at 3:02
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    @Spencer I would argue that it is an animated cartoon, not a comic. A comic would normally mean a set of sequential non-animated cartoon images drawn on paper or a static digital equivalent.
    – trlkly
    Jan 26, 2020 at 16:36

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