(July 10, 1914 – July 30, 1992)
Joseph "Joe" Shuster was the comic book artist who co-created Superman with Jerry Siegel, a Cleveland high-school classmate, in Action Comics #1 (cover-dated June 1938). Before that, in 1932, the two teenagers published a mimeographed fanzine named Science Fiction. They also used the joint pseudonym Bernard J. Kenton.
They were involved in a number of legal battles over ownership of the Superman character. His comic book career after Superman was relatively unsuccessful, and by the mid-1970s Shuster had left the field completely due to partial blindness.
Shuster was born in Toronto to Jewish immigrants. His father, Julius Shuster (originally Shusterowich), from Rotterdam, had a tailor shop in Toronto's garment district. His mother, Ida Katharske, had come from Kyiv in Ukraine. The family moved to Cleveland in 1924.
In 2005, the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association instituted the Joe Shuster Awards, named to honor the Canada-born artist.
- Emigrant’s Life: “Joe Shuster & Jerry Siegel: The Men Behind Superman.”
- Pop Culture Wiki bio.
- 1983 interview from Nemo 2.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1992 — Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame
- 1993 — Jack Kirby Hall of Fame
- 2014 — Loncon 3 Special Committee Award in recognition of the first published appearance of Superman
- 2020 — 1945 Best Graphic Story or Comic Retro Hugo
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