Superman leapt from comic books to radio serials in the 1940s,
and on to the television screen by the 1950s.
At the beginning of each episode a breathless announcer proclaimed
that the caped superhero would once again defend
"Truth, Justice and the American Way."
Who would have thought that this great American hero was a Canadian creation?
Superman's creator, Joe Shuster, came up with the idea of a
"strange visitor from another planet with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men"
with his buddy, Jerry Siegel, when the pair were only 17 years old.
Jerry Siegel was working in Toronto at The Daily Star ( which became the famous Daily Planet)
and the Star's building was the model for the first Daily Planet building.
Shuster, a Toronto-born cartoonist, was living in Cleveland at the time,
but most of his family lived north of the US border.
(including cousin Frank,
whose own fame would come
as half of Canada's "Wayne and Shuster" comedy team).
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