This glosses over the actual origin: Jerry Siegel took the name and concept of Nietzsche's Übermensch -- commonly translated as "Superman" -- and created a villain, bent on world domination, writing "The Reign of the Superman." WIth high school pal Joe Schuster, the idea was changed into a heroic character which borrowed heavily from the 30s Doc Savage (aka "Clark Savage") pulp stories - a proto-superhero with the moniker "Man of Bronze" who happened to have built a "Fortress of Solitude" in the Arctic. While Savage was from Earth, he was written as the ultimate express of Nietzsche's Übermensch -- a perfectly developed human. Also, contrary to the article's claim -- Shuster & Siegel had nothing to do with writing the movies Superman or Superman II. In fact, father and son producers Alexander & Illya Salkind commissioned Mario Puzo to write the movies, the scripts for which subsequently went through additional re-writes by Tom Mankiewicz
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from the article: Superman, Man of Schlemiel?