ABOUT THIS BOOK
Writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster were two high school
misfits who created the Man of Steel to reflect all the things they
• Jerry and Joe’s Superman
comic strips were turned down by editors
for over three years. Finally a publisher said yes and asked them to
rearrange their comic strips to fit the new comic book format. They
sold all rights to the character for a mere $130.
debuted during the time of the Great Depression and
World War II. With men going off to war, people were drawn to a
hero they knew would always come home.
DISCUSSION AND WRITING
• The excitement of creating Superman
kept Jerry up all night
writing and Joe busy all day drawing. How did Jerry and Joe turn
their passion into a career? What work have you felt passionate
about in your own life? What type of careers could your hobbies
• If you had a superpower, what would it be? Draw a comic strip of a
larger-than-life version of yourself. Then add a storyline and speech
bubbles with your thoughts.
• Collaborate with a friend to invent a new superhero for the 21st
century. Come up with the superhero’s name, powers, character
traits, clothing, and a slogan. Think about the concerns of today’s
citizens as you make your decisions.
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