Jerry Siegel in 1976, photo by Alan Light
|Birth name||Jerome Siegel|
|Born||October 17, 1914|
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||January 28, 1996 (aged 81)|
|Pseudonym(s)||Joe Carter, Herbert S. Events 539 BC - King Cyrus The Great of Persia marches into the city of Babylon, releasing the Jews from almost Year 1914 ( MCMXIV) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year Cleveland is a City in the US state of Ohio and the County seat of Cuyahoga County, the most populous county in the state The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Events 1077 - Walk to Canossa: The Excommunication of Henry IV Holy Roman Emperor is lifted Year 1996 ( MCMXCVI) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar) The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Fine|
Jerome "Jerry" Siegel (October 17, 1914 – January 28, 1996), who also used pseudonyms including Joe Carter, Jerry Ess, and Herbert S. Events 539 BC - King Cyrus The Great of Persia marches into the city of Babylon, releasing the Jews from almost Year 1914 ( MCMXIV) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year Events 1077 - Walk to Canossa: The Excommunication of Henry IV Holy Roman Emperor is lifted Year 1996 ( MCMXCVI) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar) Fine, was the co-creator of Superman (along with Joe Shuster), the first of the great comic book superheroes and one of the most recognizable fictional characters of the 20th century. Superman is a fictional Comic book Superhero widely considered to be one of the most recognized of such characters and an American Cultural icon Joseph "Joe" Shuster (July 10 1914 - July 30 1992 was a Canadian -born American Comic book Artist best known for co-creating the DC Comics A comic book (often shortened to simply comic and sometimes called a comic paper or comic magazine) is a Magazine or Book of narrative A superhero (sometimes rendered super-hero or super hero) is a Fictional character "of unprecedented physical prowess dedicated to acts of derring-do The twentieth century of the Common Era began on
The son of Jewish immigrants from Lithuania, Siegel was the youngest of six children. PLEASE TAKE NOTE************ Lithuania, officially the Republic of Lithuania (Lietuvos Respublika is a Country in Eastern often referred to as Northern Europe or in the His father Mitchell was a sign painter who opened a haberdashery and encouraged his son's artistic inclinations. A haberdasher is a person who sells small articles for Sewing, such as buttons ribbons and zippers Tragically, Mitchell Siegel was shot and killed in his store by a thief when Jerry Siegel was still in junior high school. Middle school or Junior High School serves as a "bridge" between the Elementary School and the High School
Siegel was a fan of movies, comic strips, and, especially, science fiction pulp magazines. A comic strip is a sequence of drawings that tells a story Currently in the Western world, most comic strips are written and drawn by a Comics artist Pulp magazines (or pulp fiction; often referred to as "the pulps" were inexpensive Fiction magazines He became active in what would become known as fandom, corresponding with other science fiction fans, including the young future author Jack Williamson. Fandom (from the noun fan and the affix -dom, as in kingdom, dukedom, etc Science fiction fandom or SF fandom is a community of people actively interested in Science fiction and Fantasy literature, and in contact with one another John Stewart Williamson ( April 29, 1908 – November 10, 2006) who wrote as Jack Williamson (and occasionally under the Pseudonym In 1929, Siegel published what might have been the first SF fanzine, Cosmic Stories, which he produced with a manual typewriter and advertised in the classified section of Science Wonder Stories. A fanzine (see also Zine) is a nonprofessional publication produced by fans of a particular cultural phenomenon (such as a literary or musical genre for the pleasure A typewriter is a mechanical or Electromechanical device with a set of "keys" that when pressed cause characters to be printed on a medium He published several other booklets over the next few years.
Siegel attended Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio and worked for its weekly student newspaper, The Torch. Glenville High School is a public high school in the Glenville neighborhood on the East Side of Cleveland Ohio. Cleveland is a City in the US state of Ohio and the County seat of Cuyahoga County, the most populous county in the state Ohio ( is a Midwestern state of the United States. As part of the Great Lakes region, Ohio has long been a cultural and geographical crossroads A student newspaper is a Newspaper run by Students of a University, High school, Middle school, or other school He was a shy, not particularly popular student, but he achieved a bit of fame among his peers for his popular Tarzan parody, "Goober the Mighty". Tarzan is a Fictional character, an archetypal Feral child raised in the African jungle by Apes who later returns to civilization only to At Glenville he befriended his later collaborator, Joe Shuster. The writer-artist team broke into comics with Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's landmark New Fun, debuting with the musketeer swashbuckler "Henri Duval" and the supernatural-crimefighter strip Doctor Occult in issue #6 (Oct. A writer is anyone who creates a written work although the word usually designates those who write creatively or professionally as well as those who have written in many different forms The definition of an artist is wide-ranging and covers a broad spectrum of Activities to do with creating Art, practicing the Arts and/or demonstrating Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (1890-1968 was an American Pulp magazine Writer and Entrepreneur who pioneered the American comic More Fun Comics, originally titled New Fun The Big Comic Magazine a A musketeer (mousquetaire was an early modern type of Infantry Soldier equipped with a Musket. Doctor Occult is a Fictional character, a magic user in the DC Comics universe. 1935).
Siegel and Shuster created Superman. Superman is a fictional Comic book Superhero widely considered to be one of the most recognized of such characters and an American Cultural icon They had used characters of the same name in short stories and in a 1933 comic-strip proposal. In 1938, after that proposal had languished among others at More Fun Comics — published by National Allied Publications, the primary precursor of DC Comics — editor Vin Sullivan chose it as the cover feature for National's Action Comics #1 (June 1938). DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company Vincent "Vin" Sullivan (born circa 1911 died February 3, 1999) was a pioneering American Comic book editor, Artist Action Comics is an American Comic book series which introduced Superman, the first major Superhero character as the term Year 1938 ( MCMXXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The following year, Siegel & Shuster initiated the syndicated Superman comic strip. Print syndication is a form of syndication in which News articles columns, or Comic strips are made available to Newspapers, Magazines The daily Superman Newspaper comic strip began in January 6 1939 and a separate Sunday strip was added on November 5 1939
In 1946, Siegel and Shuster, nearing the end of their 10-year contract to produce Superman stories, sued National over rights to the characters. In 1947, the team had rejoined editor Sullivan, by now the founder and publisher of the comic-book company Magazine Enterprises; there they created the short-lived comical crime-fighter Funnyman. Magazine Enterprises was an American Comic book company lasting from 1943 to 1958 which published primarily Western, Humor, crime Funnyman is a Fictional Comic book character whose adventures were published in 1948 by Magazine Enterprises. Siegel went on to become comics art director for publisher Ziff-Davis in the early 1950s, and later returned to DC to write uncredited Superman stories in 1959. The term art director is a blanket title for a variety of similar job functions in Advertising, Publishing, film and Television, the Internet Ziff Davis Inc (ZD is an American publisher and Internet company The 1950s Decade refers to the years of 1950 to 1959 inclusive When he sued DC over the Superman rights again in 1967, his relationship with the hero he had co-created was again severed.
Siegel's later work would appear in Marvel Comics, where under the pseudonym "Joe Carter" he scripted the "Human Torch" feature in Strange Tales #112-113 (Sept. Marvel Comics is an American comic book company owned by Marvel Publishing Inc The Human Torch ( Jonathan "Johnny" Storm) is a Fictional character and Superhero of the Marvel Comics universe Strange Tales was the name of several Comic book Anthology series that have been published by Marvel Comics. -Oct. 1963), introducing the teenaged Torch's high school girlfriend, Doris Evans; and, under his own name, a backup feature starring the X-Men member Angel, which ran in Marvel Tales and Ka-Zar. High school is the name used in some parts of the world (in particular Scotland, North America and Australia) to describe an institution The X-Men is a team of fictional Superhero characters in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. Warren Kenneth Worthington III is a Fictional character, a Comic book Superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. Marvel Tales is the title of three American Comic-book series published by Marvel Comics, the first of them from the company's 1950s predecessor Atlas Ka-Zar is the name of two Jungle -dwelling Fictional characters The first appeared in Pulp magazines of the 1930s and was adapted for his second iteration  Siegel wrote as well during this time for Archie Comics, where he created campy versions of existing superheroes in Archie's Mighty Comics line; Charlton Comics, where he created a few superheroes; and even England's Lion, where he scripted The Spider. Archie Comics is an American Comic book publisher known for its many series featuring the fictional teenage Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper Mighty Comics Group, sometimes referred to as Archie Adventure Series and Radio Comics, refer to the attempt(s by Archie Comics to revamp and publish superhero Charlton Comics was an American Comic book publishing company that existed from 1946 to 1986 having begun under a different name in 1944 The Spider is a British Comic book character who started out as a supervillain before becoming a superhero In 1968, he worked for Western Publishing, for which he wrote (along with Carl Barks) stories in the Junior Woodchucks comic book. Western Publishing, also known as "Western Printing and Lithographing Co Carl Barks ( March 27, 1901 &ndash August 25, 2000) was a famous Disney Studio illustrator and Comic book creator who In Disney 's fictional universe The Junior Woodchucks are the Boy Scouts of America -like youth organization to which Donald Duck 's nephews Huey Dewey In 1970s, he worked for Mondadori Editore (at that time the Italian Disney comic book licensee) on its title Topolino, listed in the mastheads of the period as a scriptwriter (soggettista e sceneggiatore). Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, ( Borsa Italiana: MNDI is the second biggest Publishing company in Italy. Italy (Italia officially the Italian Republic, (Repubblica Italiana is located on the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe, and on the two largest Mickey Mouse is a comic animal Cartoon character who has become an icon for The Walt Disney Company.
In 1986, Siegel was invited by DC Comics' editor Julius Schwartz to write an "imaginary" final story for Superman, following the pivotal Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline and the miniseries The Man of Steel, which reintroduced Superman. Julius "Julie" Schwartz ( June 19, 1915 – February 8, 2004) was a Jewish Comic book and Pulp magazine Superman Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? is a notable story from 1986 featuring the DC Comics character of Superman. Crisis on Infinite Earths is a twelve-issue American comic book Limited series (identified as a "12-part maxi-series" and crossover Siegel declined, and the story was instead given to writer Alan Moore, and published in September 1986 in two parts entitled "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?" (the story was published in Superman #423 and Action Comics #583). Alan Moore (born November 18 1953 in Northampton) is an English Writer most famous for his influential work in Comics, including the acclaimed Superman Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? is a notable story from 1986 featuring the DC Comics character of Superman.
Siegel died in 1996. In 2005, he was posthumously awarded the Bill Finger Award For Excellence in Comic Book Writing. The Bill Finger Award For Excellence In Comic Book Writing is an American award for Comic book writers who were not sufficiently honored for their work in the medium He was inducted into the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1993. Jack Kirby (born Jacob Kurtzberg, August 28, 1917 &ndash February 6, 1994) was an American Comic book
Siegel in 1975 launched a public-relations campaign to protest DC Comics' treatment of him and Shuster; ultimately Warner Communications, DC's parent company, awarded Siegel and Shuster $35,000 a year each for the rest of their lives and guaranteed that all comics, TV episodes (which would eventually include the popular Smallville show), films, and (later) video games starring Superman would be required to credit Superman was "created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Time Warner Inc ( is the world's largest media and entertainment conglomerate, headquartered in New York City. A television program (US television programme (UK or television show (U A video game is a Game that involves interaction with a User interface to generate visual feedback on a video device. "
On April 16, 1999 Siegel's widow Joanne Siegel, and their daughter, Laura Siegel Larson, filed a copyright termination notice. Events 1178 BC - A Solar eclipse may have marked the return of Odysseus, legendary King of Ithaca, to his kingdom Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar)  Warner Bros. contested this copyright termination, making the status of Siegel's share of the copyright the subject of a legal battle. Warner Bros. and the Siegels entered into discussions on how to resolve the issues raised by the termination notice, but these discussions were set aside by the Siegels and in October 2004 they filed suit alleging copyright infringement on the part of Warner Bros. Warner Bros. countersued, alleging, among other arguments, that the termination notice contains defects.  On the 26th March, 2008, Judge Stephen G. Larson of the Federal District Court for the Central District of California ruled that Siegel's estate was entitled to claim a share in the United States copyright. The United States federal courts are the system of Courts organized under the Constitution and laws of the Federal government of the United States The ruling does not affect the international rights which Time Warner holds in the character through its subsidiary DC Comics. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company Issues regarding the amount of monies owed Siegel's estate and whether the claim the estate has extends to derivative works such as move versions will be settled at trial, although any compensation would only be owed from works published since 1999.  The case is currently scheduled to be heard in a Californian federal court in May, 2008. PortalCurrent events International holidays February 2 - Candlemas February 5 - Shrove The United States federal courts are the system of Courts organized under the Constitution and laws of the Federal government of the United States 
Superboy was the subject of a legal battle between Time Warner, the owner of DC Comics and the estate of Jerry Siegel. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company The Siegels argued that Siegel was an independent contractor at the time he proposed the original character, which DC declined at the time. After returning from World War II, Siegel found that DC had published a Superboy story using ideas from his proposal.
On March 23, 2006, federal judge Ronald S. W. Lew issued a summary judgment ruling that the Siegel heirs had the right to revoke their copyright assignment to Superboy and had successfully reclaimed the rights as of November 17, 2004. Events 284 - Diocletian is proclaimed emperor by his soldiers Warner Bros. and DC Comics replied that they "respectfully disagree" with the ruling and will seek review. Warner Bros. and DC Comics filed a motion for reconsideration of Judge Lew's ruling in January 2007. On July 27, 2007, federal judge Larson (who had replaced Lew upon his taking "senior status") issued a ruling reversing Judge Lew's ruling that the Siegel heirs had reclaimed the rights to Superboy.