Category:Characters created by Joe Shuster
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The following 17 pages are in this category, out of 17 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 17 pages are in this category, out of 17 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Joe Shuster – Joseph Joe Shuster was a Canadian-American comic book artist best known for co-creating the DC Comics character Superman, with writer Jerry Siegel, in Action Comics #1. Shuster was involved in a number of 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 due to partial blindness. He and Siegel were inducted into both the book industrys Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1993. In 2005, the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association instituted the Joe Shuster Awards, joseph Shuster was born in Toronto, to a Jewish family. His father, Julius Shuster, an immigrant from Rotterdam, had a shop in Torontos garment district. His mother, Ida, had come from Kiev in Ukraine and his family, including his sister, Jean, lived on Bathurst, Oxford, and Borden Streets, and Shuster attended Ryerson and Lansdowne Public Schools. One cousin is comedian Frank Shuster of the Canadian comedy team Wayne, as a youngster, Shuster worked as a newspaper boy for the Toronto Daily Star. The family barely made ends meet, and the young artist would scrounge for paper. He recalled in 1992, I would go from store to store in Toronto, one day, I was lucky enough to find a bunch of wallpaper rolls that were unused and left over from some job. So it was a goldmine for me, and I went home with every roll I could carry, I kept using that wallpaper for a long time. Sometime in 1924, when Shuster was 9 or 10, his family moved to Cleveland, there Shuster attended Glenville High School and befriended his later collaborator, writer Jerry Siegel, with whom he began publishing a science fiction fanzine called Science Fiction. Siegel described his friendship with the shy and bespectacled Shuster, When Joe and I first met. And DC approved them, just like that, but DC did say, We like your ideas, we like your scripts and we like your drawings. But please, copy over the stories in pen and ink on good paper. So I got my mother and father to me the money to go out and buy some decent paper. The character was not successful, and Siegel eventually devised the more familiar version of the character, lois Lane was modelled on Joanne Carter, who later became Siegels wife. Siegel and Shuster then began a six-year quest to find a publisher, titling it The Superman, Siegel and Shuster offered it to Consolidated Book Publishing, who had published a 48-page black-and-white comic book entitled Detective Dan, Secret Operative No.48
2. Superboy – Superboy is the name of several fictional superheroes appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. These characters have featured in five Superboy comic book series. The first, and arguably best-known, Superboy was simply Superman as a boy, acting as a superhero in Smallville, where Kal-El lives under his secret identity, Clark Kent. The character was featured in series from the 1940s until the 1980s, with long runs appearing in Adventure Comics. He developed a mythos and supporting cast of his own, including foster parents Ma and Pa Kent, love interest Lana Lang, and time traveling allies the Legion of Super-Heroes. In the last few years, some features of Superboys history. In 1993, DC introduced a modernized Superboy, a clone of both Superman and Lex Luthor, also known by his Kryptonian name Kon-El and his secret identity as Clarks cousin Conner Kent. This Superboy was featured in his own series, Superboy, from 1994 until 2002 and he was featured in DCs relaunch of Adventure Comics and got his own series again in November 2010, which ran until August 2011. A revised version of Kon-El, complete with a new origin and this Superboy made his Smallville debut on Friday, March 4,2011 in the episode Scion. In this episode, Conner is a made up of both Lex Luthor and Clark Kents DNA, and has several of Supermans powers. Superboy is also featured in the animated series Young Justice, due to DC Comics’ complex Multiverse, several other Superboys have appeared over time with the most notable, being the mentally unstable Superboy-Prime, a parallel world version of Kal-El. In 2016, a new Superboy, Jonathan Samuel Kent, was introduced by DC Comics, unlike previous versions, this Superboy is the son of Superman and Lois Lane. The original pitch for a Superboy character was made by Jerry Siegel in November 1938, the idea was turned down by Detective Comics, Inc. and the publisher again rejected a second, more detailed pitch by Siegel two years later. Siegels conception of Superboy was that of a prankster, and editor Mort Weisinger felt this would have cheapened Supermans image. Superboy first appeared in More Fun Comics No.101, though Joe Shuster supplied the art, the Superboy feature was published without the input or approval of Jerry Siegel, who was serving in World War II. This fact increased an already-growing rift between the publisher and Siegel and Shuster, in early 1946, Superboy moved to Adventure Comics, where he debuted in issue No.103 as the lead feature for the anthology comic, and he remained the headlining feature for over 200 issues. Stories in Adventure Comics treat Superboy as essentially a version of Superman. To that end, he wears the Superman costume and his alter ego Clark Kent wears glasses as a disguise for his civilian identity, Superboy is the superhero of Clarks hometown of Smallville and grows up under the guidance of his foster parents, Ma and Pa Kent
3. Slam Bradley – Samuel Emerson Slam Bradley is a fictional character that has appeared in various comic book series published by DC Comics. He is a detective who exists in DCs main shared universe. Slam was one of the first stars of Detective Comics, debuting in #1 a year before Superman first appeared, Slam Bradley was originally outlined by Wheeler-Nicholson in a May 13,1936 letter to Jerry Siegel, which stated, We need some more work from you. We are getting out at least one new magazine in July and possibly two, the first one is definitely in the works. It will contain longer stories and fewer, from you and Shuster we need sixteen pages monthly. We want a detective hero called Slam Bradley and he is to be an amateur, called in by the police to help unravel difficult cases. He should combine both brains and brawn, be able to quickly and reason cleverly and able as well to slam bang his way out of a bar room brawl or mob attack. Take every opportunity to him in a torn shirt with swelling biceps. The pages are to run the same size as New Comics, Detective was originally an anthology comic, Slams adventures continued despite Batmans debut in #27, through World War II and beyond, finally ending in Detective Comics #152. The feature was replaced by Roy Raymond, TV Detective, Bradley would not make another significant appearance for over 32 years and his sidekick Morgan disappeared completely. Slams first appearance after his run in Detective Comics ended in 1949 was in Detective Comics #500, Bradley assisted in The Too Many Cooks. Caper. about a fellow retiring detectives murder, the story featured other DC detectives, such as Jason Bard, Pow-Wow Smith, Roy Raymond, TV detective, the Human Target, and Mysto, Magician detective. This story established him and his previous adventures in DCs Earth-One continuity due to his interactions with characters of that world. Slam returned in Detective Comics #572, teaming up with Batman, Robin, Elongated Man and this was his first story in Post-Crisis continuity. He later appeared in the Superman titles in the 1990s, working for the Metropolis Police Department, however, this incarnation of the character was short-lived. In that story, Bradley teamed up with versions of Bat Lash. Originally, Slam was slated to appear, but another editor had plans for Slam, hence, his heretofore unknown brother Biff was substituted. At the end of the series, Biff sacrifices his life to stop the villainous Vandal Savage, Bradley investigates the death of Selina Kyle and in the process runs afoul of the Batman
4. Funnyman (comics) – Funnyman is a fictional comic book character whose adventures were published in 1948 by Magazine Enterprises. Siegel and Shusters new creation, Funnyman, starred in a series that ran six issues, the premiere issue was preceded the previous month by a black-and-white ashcan printing for copyright reasons. A newspaper comic strip debuted in October 1948, but Funnyman also failed to find an audience in this format, Funnyman at the Comic Book DB Gordon, Mel, Andrae, Thomas. Siegel and Shusters Funnyman, The First Jewish Superhero from the Creators of Superman
5. Jor-El – Jor-El is a fictional character appearing in titles published by DC Comics. A Kryptonian, Jor-El is Supermans biological father, the husband of Lara, and he foresaw the planets fate but was unable to convince his colleagues in time to save the inhabitants. Jor-El was able to save his infant son Kal-El by sending him in a homemade spaceship towards Earth just moments before Krypton exploded, after constructing his Fortress of Solitude, Superman honored his deceased biological parents with a statue of Jor-El and Lara holding up a globe of Krypton. Physically, Jor-El is usually portrayed as resembling his son Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman. Created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, Jor-El first appeared in a comic strip in 1939 with Superman. Shuster and Siegel, Supermans creators, first introduced a character named Jor-L in 1936, Jor-El was first referred to indirectly in Action Comics #1 in 1938, which only mentioned a scientist who sends his son to Earth. He made his first full-fledged appearance in the Superman newspaper comic strip in 1939 and his name first appeared as being spelled Jor-el in the Superman novel The Adventures of Superman written by George Lowther. Later comic books capitalized the E in El, Jor-Els first appearance in an actual comic book was in More Fun Comics #101. However, Jor-El was the father of the Silver Age version of Superman, a retelling of Supermans origin story in 1948 first delved into detail about Jor-El. However, his formal and more familiar Silver Age aspects were firmly established starting in the late 1950s, over the course of the next several decades, there was a definitive summarization in the miniseries World of Krypton in 1979. This device got him a seat on the Science Council, Kryptons ruling body and he lived in Kryptons major city of Kryptonopolis. Even before Jor-Els birth, the El family was renowned across Krypton for its various contributions to Kryptonian society. Jor-El had two brothers, Zor-El, who lived in Argo City and eventually became the father of Kara Zor-El, alias Supergirl, and a twin brother named Nim-El. In several stories, Jor-Els father was established as Jor-El I, Jor-El eventually met and married Lara, the daughter of Lor-Van and a young astronaut in Kryptons fledgling space program, the two had an infant son, Kal-El. When Krypton began experiencing a series of earthquakes, Jor-El investigated, however, the Council was dismissive of Jor-Els findings and refused to comply with his plan. Some even accused him of treachery, trying to cause chaos so he could take over, around the time he discovered his homeworlds impending doom, Jor-El met his own son Kal-El without realizing it. There were supporters of Jor-Els theory, but when a ship was constructed to evacuate them, frustrated, Jor-El continued his work on space travel on his own, hoping to build a spacecraft to save his own family. This work included launching several smaller test rockets, one of these included the family dog
6. Clark Kent – Clark Joseph Kent is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, he debuted in Action Comics #1 and serves as the civilian, over the decades there has been considerable debate as to which personality the character identifies with most. From his first introduction in 1938 to the mid-1980s, Clark Kent was seen mostly as a disguise for Superman and this was the view in most comics and other media such as movie serials and TV and radio. In 1986, during John Byrnes revamping of the character, Clark Kent became more emphasized, different takes persist in the present, with the character typically depicted as being clumsy and mild-mannered. Another, perhaps more likely possibility, is that Jerry Siegel pulled from his own love of pulp heroes Doc Clark Savage and this idea was notably stated in the book Men of Tomorrow, Geeks, Gangsters, and the Rise of the American Comic Book. He is also cousin to Kara Zo-El, also known as Supergirl, Clarks middle name is given variously as either Joseph, Jerome or Jonathan, all being allusions to creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. In the earliest Superman comics, Clark Kents primary purpose was to fulfill the perceived dramatic requirement that a costumed superhero cannot remain on duty all the time. Clark thus acted as more than a front for Supermans activities. He sees his job as a journalist as an extension of his Superman responsibilities—bringing truth to the forefront and he believes that everybody has the right to know what is going on in the world, regardless of who is involved. To deflect suspicion that he is Superman, Clark Kent adopted a passive and introverted personality with conservative mannerisms, a higher-pitched voice. This personality is described as mild-mannered, perhaps most famously by the opening narration of Max Fleischers Superman animated theatrical shorts. These traits extended into Clarks wardrobe, which consists of a bland-colored business suit, a red necktie, black-rimmed glasses, combed-back hair. Fellow reporter Lois Lane became the object of Clarks/Supermans romantic affection, Lois affection for Superman and her rejection of Clarks clumsy advances have been a recurring theme in Superman comics, as well as in movies and on television. Superman usually stores his Clark Kent clothing compressed in a secret pouch within his cape, in the Pre-Crisis Superman comic book, Clark appears in occasional back-up stories called The Private Life of Clark Kent, wherein he solves problems subtly as Clark without changing into Superman. The feature was shown in the Superman Family title. Adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent from the Kansas town of Smallville, Clark was raised with the values of a typical rural American town, most continuities state that the Kents never had biological children of their own and were usually depicted as middle-aged or elderly when they found Clark. In the Silver Age comics continuity, Clarks superpowers manifested upon his landing on Earth and he learned to master them. He subsequently developed Clarks timid demeanor as a means of ensuring no one would suspect any connection between the two alter-egos
7. Jonathan and Martha Kent – Jonathan Kent and Martha Kent, often referred to as Pa and Ma Kent, are the fictional adoptive parents of Superman. They live in the town of Smallville, Kansas. The Kents are usually portrayed as caring parents who instill within Clark a strong sense of morals, in a few continuities, Martha is also the one who creates Clarks superhero costume. In DC Comics continuity before John Byrnes 1986 reboot of the Superman story, in post-Crisis continuity, they both remain alive even after Clark becomes an adult, with the Kents as supporting characters until Pa Kents death during an attack by the supervillain Brainiac. Ma Kent remains a character in Superman comics until 2011s the New 52 continuity reboot. The Kents first names vary in stories from the 1940s and this issue firmly establishes that it is the Kents who discover the infant Kal-El. The Kents take him to a home for foundlings and express an interest in adopting him and this story also establishes that Clark is Mary Kents maiden name. Oddly, no mention of Superboy is included, though that feature had already been established, Pa Kent is first named Jonathan in Adventure Comics v1 #149. Ma Kent is first named Marthe in Superboy v1 #12 and Martha in subsequent appearances and her full name is given as Martha Hudson Clark Kent in answer to a letter writers query in Superman v1 #148. The Kents made few appearances in Superman stories until the introduction of the Superboy comic book series in 1949, in this series, they are regular supporting characters of the teenage superhero. The Superboy stories establish the Kents backstory, Jonathan, a former race car driver, is a farmer on a farm just outside Smallville. After he and Martha find the toddler Kal-El in his rocket, they take him to the Smallville Orphanage and later adopt him. They soon discover that Clark possesses an array of superpowers. Around the time Clark starts school, the Kents sell their farm, and the moves into Smallville. During Clarks early grade school years, Jonathan trains young Clark in the use of his superpowers to the best of his knowledge while urging him to keep the use of his powers a secret, at the age of eight, Clark begins a superhero career as Superboy. The Kents assist their son on many adventures as Superboy. In Superboy vol.1 #145, Jonathan and Martha are rejuvenated physically, after this, Jonathan and Martha were drawn by artists as late middle-aged — as opposed to elderly — in appearance until Supermans 1986 reboot. Before dying, Jonathan reminds Clark that he must always use his powers for the benefit of humanity, Clark mourns his parents and moves to Metropolis to attend college