Today, Ricca stops by the NOOK Blog to reveal 5 Things You Probably Don't Know About Superman:
1. We all know that Superman was rocketed here from the doomed planet of Krypton. Most of us even know that he was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, two best friends from Cleveland, Ohio during the Great Depression. But in an early version of Superman that Jerry did with artist Russell Keaton (after a fight with Joe), young Kal-L actually traveled through time to get here from an apocalyptic future. They only did a few weeks of this comics strip before Keaton abandoned it – partly because none of the newspapers wanted to buy it, but mostly because he realized Jerry Siegel was just a teenager.
2. The love of Superman’s life, Lois Lane, was based on a real woman who came over to Joe’s apartment in 1935 to pose for the character. Later, this same woman would be involved in a real-life love triangle that inspired the famous one between Clark, Lois, and Superman. To blur the line between fact and fiction even further, this love triangle involved her and the two creators of Superman – one of whom she ended up marrying. Her story, and the development of the Lois Lane character, one of comic’s all-time best characters, is almost completely autobiographical. Almost.
3. Superman made his first public appearance in 1940 (two years after he hit the comics) when a Broadway actor dressed up in tights at the World’s Fair in New York. It was called “Superman Day” and the kids went nuts over the elaborate parade and a physical fitness contest to crown a “Super-Boy” and ”Super-Girl” (Super-Boy actually cheated). The day after this landmark day for the character, tragedy struck the fairgrounds in the form of a mysterious terrorist bomb, which would change the course of Superman’s adventures forever.
4. When they were still in high school, Jerry and Joe wrote their first Superman story, a weird tale about a bald madman intent on taking over the world. Most people think this was their first attempt at Superman – it wasn’t. It turns out they basically took this whole story from somewhere (and someone) else.
5. Jerry and Joe got the idea for Superman having a secret identity from The Shadow, a popular radio show about a man who shrouded his face and fought crime. But that is kind of a misleading lie, too. In fact, much of what we think we know about Superman and his creators has been, at times, a carefully orchestrated myth. Superman’s alter ego, Clark Kent, was also based on someone real: a secret identity of a man who should not exist. A man who, like Clark Kent, has been standing in front of us the whole time. Who is Superman? We only think we know.
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