Thursday, September 11, 2008

Character of Superman was inspired by real tragic events

Here's an interesting article from UK's Daily Mail:

Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound. For more than 70 years, Superman has been the king of superheroes.

Whether fighting injustice, defeating evil-doers or saving the world in comic books, on TV or on the big screen, the Man of Steel has proved himself both indestructibly popular and unassailably virtuous.

Yet, having spent all those years fighting for truth and justice, it now seems that Superman has been keeping a deep, dark secret about his true origins (and no, it is not his secret identity as mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent).

Far from being born on the pages of Action Comics back in 1938 - as is generally acknowledged to be the case - it seems that the Man of Steel actually came into being six years earlier, on the night of June 2, 1932, when an elderly Jewish immigrant from Lithuania died during a robbery at his second-hand clothing store.

Only now can the tragic story of the birth of Superman be told for the first time.

To understand its poignancy, we must go back to mid-town America - Cleveland, Ohio to be precise - and the brutal killing of immigrant Mitchell Siegel at the hands of a gang who robbed his clothes shop.

It was Siegel's teenage son, Jerry, who, along with his friend Joe Shuster, would go on to create the character of Superman. Read the full article here.

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