|Originally introduced in Action Comics
23 as a crazed Eurpean dictator, Luthor originally was portrayed with red
Art by Joe Shuster and Paul Cassidy
|But by October 1940, when Luthor first appeared in the daily comic strip, he was portrayed as bald. Art by Wayne Boring|
|By 1952, Ed Hamilton and Wayne Boring
had turned Luthor into an overweight, business suited con-man.
Here he's selling Metropolis citizens protection from disasters he's created himself.
|In April 1960, Jerry Siegel recast Luthor
as Lex, a former childhood pal of Superboy's who vowed revenge after an
unfortunate lab accident.
Adventure Comics 271
|In Action comics 271, December 1960, Luthor
began wearing a prison uniform pretty consistently, even when not in jail.
"Voyage to Dimension X" by Otto Binder and Al Plastino.
|Although Luthor was routinely portrayed as fat and out of shape in the 1950's, by 1963 he had slimmed down and built himself up to the point where a physical duel with a (non-Super) Superman was a possibility Superman feared. Superman 164, Oct 1963 by Ed Hamilton, Curt Swan and George Klein.|
|In 1974, Luthor adopted his own colorful action uniform and tried to go toe to toe with the Man of Steel, using super science to duplicate Superman's powers. From Superman 282, by Elliot Maggin, Curt Swan and Kurt Schaffenberger.|