Superman is one of the most iconic comic book superheroes of all time, and is widely regarded as the first superhero in the world. But who created the Man of Steel?
Superman was created in 1933 by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster. Siegel and Shuster became friends while attending the same high school together in Cleveland, Ohio. The former classmates had a vision for a powerful, almost god-like superhero who could save the world. The pair had been discussing the idea of a super-powered hero since their high school days, and Siegel was inspired by the idea of a hero with superhuman strength saving the world.
The duo wrote the first Superman story in 1933, which was eventually published by Action Comics in 1938. Siegel and Shuster wrote the story, drew the illustrations, and sold the rights to Superman to DC Comics for a one-time payment of $130. This would be the equivelant of approximately $3000 in today’s money taking inflation into account. Still a pretty good deal on DC Comics part for the most famous superhero of all time though!
The pair continued to work on Superman-related stories and comic books until 1947, when they left DC Comics due to disputes over ownership of the character.
Since then, Superman has become an iconic symbol of justice and heroism around the world. He has been featured in numerous comic books, films, television shows, and video games, and has become one of the most recognisable comic book characters in the world.
So, the next time you see Superman flying across the sky, remember that it was Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster who created him. Their vision for a powerful, heroic character has endured for almost a century and continues to inspire generations of fans around the world.