PAL/Region 0. Two DVD set. Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and first appeared in the June 1938 in the first issue of Action Comics. He became the hero of his own cartoon series in 1941, with Fleischer Studios turning out 17 highly rated episodes over the space of two years. The first cartoon cost $50,000 to make, whilst the remaining 16 were given a $30,000 budget each. Pickwick.