Last month, the most iconic superhero in the world, Superman, turned 80. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's creation of the Man of Steel changed comics forever, and the character's impact is still felt across the comics industry today. But so is the impact of another, darker aspect of Superman's origins: A creator's right to their work.
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Until recently it was hard to get your hands on American comics in Europe. If you wanted to read the latest adventures of the X-Men or Superman, you had to import them. European audiences were familiar with superheroes -- but largely through movies and TV. For a lot of older comic fans from Europe this has led to some... eclectic comic tastes. Like Julian Voloj, whose parents immigrated to Germany from Columbia in the '70s. Since the mid-1980s Voloj has been collecting the American comics he could acquire.