AKA Joseph Shuster
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Location of death: Los Angeles, CA
Cause of death: unspecified
Race or Ethnicity: White
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Co-Creator of Superman
Cartoonist and sketch artist Joe Shuster was the high school best friend of Jerry Siegel, illustrator of their zine Science Fiction, and the artist who first drew Siegel's Superman for National Allied Publications (now DC Comics). In his early adventures, Superman's alter ego Clark Kent worked for the Daily Star, named for the Toronto Star, whose papers Shuster sold on street corners in Toronto as a boy.
Siegel and Shuster were paid a good salary for their work at DC Comics, but felt that they deserved a larger share of the many millions in profits generated by their creation. After suing DC in the late 1940s and sharing a small settlement, the friends went their separate ways, and Shuster's subsequent work included the lurid S&M comics Nights of Horror, in which naked women with whips and the hunky men who brutalized them were drawn to look exactly like Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and Jimmy Olsen. Shuster's cousin was the Canadian comedian Frank Shuster.
Father: Julius Shuster (tailor)
Mother: Ida Shuster
Sister: Jean Shuster Peavy (b. 1921)
High School: Glenville High School, Cleveland, OH
The Toronto Star Newsboy
Naturalized US Citizen
Dutch Ancestry Paternal
Ukrainian Ancestry Maternal
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