Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Origin of Superman

Everyone knows who Superman is and who created him. But, I came across this story in USA Today that gives a little backstory on the possible inspiration of Superman. On the night of June 2, 1932, the father of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel died of an apparent heart attack during a robbery. Gerard Jones, author of Men of Tomorrow, thinks that it was the death of his father that pushed Siegel to come up with the idea of a superhero. The book, published in 2004, is credited as being the first place this story was told. The USA Today article also mentions a possiblity of where the name Lex Luthor came from.

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