This Day in Jewish History 1914: Superman's Father Is Born, Only to Repudiate His Child

The first effort of high school buddies Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster was a mad scientist. The ensuing Man of Steel was rather more benign, yet his disillusioned creators came to loathe him in the end.

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October 17, 1914, is the birthdate of Jerry Siegel, who together with partner Joe Shuster, created the Man of Steel: no, not Joseph Stalin – Superman.