Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Correcting an Error

In my posting for July 1st -- Canada Day -- I made a serious error. In my “Top Five Comics and Canada’ list I neglected to mention that Joe Shuster, co-creator of Superman was Canadian. This was completely unintentional and would have certainly landed him in the top spot. 

Joe Shuster was born in Toronto on July 10, 1914, which means today would have been his 98th birthday. And although ten years later he would move to Cleveland, meet Jerry Siegel and later co-create Superman in the first Action Comics #1 (June 1938), it isn't lost on Canadian comic readers that many of his early memories had a lasting impact on his most famous creation. Two examples include the Toronto Daily Star serving as a model for Clark Kent's Daily Planet and the burgeoning cosmopolitan character of Toronto being an example for Superman's fictional city of Metropolis. 

The City of Toronto returned a civic-minded favour in the early 2000s when it recognised the important legacy of Joe Shuster and named a street after him. Here it is -- Joe Shuster Way -- named after one of Canada's greatest comic book creators and an unfortunate omission by your humble blogger.     

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