Jerry Siegel

(October 17, 1914 – January 28, 1996)

Jerome "Jerry" Siegel, was a very early fan who corresponded with Carl Swanson in 1931-32 on an unsuccessful plan to set up a weird/sf prozine to be called Galaxy. In 1932 he also published (with Joe Schuster) a fanzine named Science Fiction or (possibly, the sources disagree), a semiprozine named Science Fiction Magazine. He attended the Chicon and participated in the masquerade as Clark Kent in normal clothes.

But in the next few years he and Joe Schuster made it big with the invention of Superman, the first of the great comic book superheroes and one of the most recognizable of the 20th century. He also used pseudonyms including Joe Carter, and Jerry Ess.

He was inducted (with Shuster posthumously) into the comic book industry's Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1992, and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1993.


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