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January 7, 2013

Superman comes to life in 1945 — seven years after he was invented by Joe Shuster

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Long story short from Dave Itzkoff's January 2 New York Times article: "Years before Superman could be easily spotted in the sky among the birds and planes — or in motion pictures, or on billboards or lunchboxes or the many other pop-cultural artifacts he now occupies — his co-creator Joe Shuster met him in person on the street."

"In 1945, some seven years after he had been regularly illustrating Superman adventures written by his partner, Jerry Siegel, Shuster encountered a young man who looked exactly like the Superman character as he imagined him. He asked the man, named Stanley Weiss, if he could draw him, resulting in some sketches [top] that have gone largely unseen for nearly 70 years, as well as some insights into the origins of this long-lived American champion."

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So, Superman was Jewish? I'm kvelling.

Posted by: tamra | Jan 8, 2013 2:45:20 AM

Did you ever read Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay?

Wonderful book. Any book that starts of with a gholum (sp?) can't be bad.

Posted by: Becs | Jan 7, 2013 5:01:30 AM

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