Paul’s post today is a story that is all too familiar when it comes to creativity and invention. Rarely do the originators of an idea or concept receive their due whilst those who take advantage are often those that profit.. massively.. Few of us have not heard of Superman but what is equally fascinating is the story behind the man… Paul Andruss as usual has dug deep and brings us the truth about another legend.
Working for the Yankee Dollar (Andruss)
Superman is not only the most lucrative comic book superhero of all time, with countless spin-offs into films, animation and television, but he was also the first. Despite being a worthy tale, the Superman saga pales in comparison with his creators’ struggles to assert their rights over their property.
In 1933, 17-year-old high school buddies, writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Schuster created a comic strip vigilante without superpowers or costume called Superman. Influenced by pulp magazines characters like Dick Tracy they hoped to syndicate the Superman comic strip in newspapers, which paid a lot better than the upcoming comic book market. Frustrated by rejection, Schuster destroyed everything but the cover.
Read the rest of this fascinating background to one of our heroes: http://www.paul-andruss.com/the-fight-for-superman/
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