Arch-nemisis to Superman, and architect of the Legion of Doom, Lex Luthor is a name infamous to pop culture, even to those not terribly interested in "funny books." He is the quintessence of evil and the poster child for master plans and dreams of world domination. For decades he has waged a one-man war, pitting super-science against superpowers in an unending quest for total conquest. According to Wikipedia:
"he character was originally depicted as a mad scientist who, in the vein of pulp novels, wreaks havoc on the world with his futuristic weaponry. In his earliest appearances, Luthor is shown with a full head of red hair; despite this, the character later became hairless as the result of an artist's mistake...Although Luthor would not appear until two years after Superman's debut, a central theme to his character -a dichotomy of science versus superpowersówas in place.
Superman #4 (April 1940).
Luthor's 1st bald appearance
character's original incarnation, as drawn by Joe Shuster, appeared only
twice between 1940-1941. In his debut, "Luthor" (who is referred to only
by his surname) is a wily genius who resides in a flying city suspended by a dirigible.
Having taken control of several European countries through his machinations, he
tries to provoke a war between the two fictional nations of Galonia and
Toran, but is stopped by Superman
his earliest appearances, Luthor is shown as a middle-aged man with a full
head of red hair. Less than a year later, however, an artistic goof resulted in
Luthor being depicted as completely bald in a newspaper strip. The original error
is attributed to Leo Novak, a studio artist who illustrated for the Superman
dailies during this period. One theory is that Novak mistook Luthor for the Ultra-Humanite,
a frequent foe of Superman who, in his Golden Age incarnation, resembled a balding,
elderly man. Other evidence suggests Luthor's design was confused with that of
a stockier, bald henchman in Superman (vol. 1) #4 (1940)"
Action Comics #23 (April 1940).
Luthor's 1st appearance;
with a full head of hair!