Jerusalem Report

A superhero from the shtetl

In creating Superman’s universe, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster found inspiration in their heartbreaks, failures and daily travails.

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (right) view a cartoon of themselves with Superman
Photo by: DEBRIS 2008
Superman was  born light years away as the last scion of a learned elite on the dying planet of Krypton, with its two moons, scorching red sun and menagerie of fantastic creatures. Or so comic book lore has it.

In reality, he saw the light of day right here on Earth, during the Great Depression, in the Yiddishkeit milieu of a hardscrabble Jewish area of Cleveland, Ohio, with its Orthodox synagogues, kosher butchers and Yiddish theaters. Nor was his real father Jor- El, a wise Kryptonite scientist; it was Jerome (Jerry) Siegel and Joe Shuster, two shy, maladjusted Jewish kids who loved pulp fiction and comic strips.



Read More...
   
Jpost.com, the online edition of the Jerusalem Post Newspaper - the most read and best-selling English-language newspaper in Israel. For analysis and opinion from Israel, the Jewish World and the Middle East. Jpost.com offers expert and in-depth reporting from Israel, the Jewish World and the Middle East, including diplomacy and defense, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the Arab Spring, the Mideast peace process, politics in Israel, life in Jerusalem, Israel's international affairs, Iran and its nuclear program, Syria and the Syrian civil war, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Israel's world of business and finance, and Jewish life in Israel and the Diaspora.

All rights reserved © The Jerusalem Post 1995 - 2013