Who created Superman?

17 Feb

Stan Lee is a legend in the pantheon of comic book creators. And deservedly so, given the man created such luminaries as Spider-Man and the X-Men.

But there’s a whole host of superheroes he can’t lay claim to. And one of them is Superman, who was last played by Brandon Routh and will arrive in cinemas next year rebooted with British actor Henry Cavill in the blue tights.

He’ll be joined by Amy Adams, who I think will make a far more convincing Lois Lane than certain predecessors. But while we wait for opening day, I wanted to know who created the hero. And it turns out to be a double duo.

Their names were writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, who invented the character in the 1930s.

But it surprised me to learn he wasn’t always out to protect truth, justice and the American way. In fact their first short story, The Reign of the Super-Man, portrayed him as a bald-headed villain seeking world domination.

Fortunately, the story didn’t sell, so they decided to switch him over to the right side of the law. And thus a legend was born.

You can read more about the Man of Steel here. But in the meantime, enjoy this first look at the new Superman in costume. Awesome . . .

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