The Many Faces of the Man of Steel
The History

Superman in the 1930s and 1940s

When Superman first graced the printed page in 1938, he hardly resembled the hero he is today. He was a crass man with super powers, resembling a tough cop rather than an ethical superhero. It took the golden age of radio, the golden age of comic books, and the golden minds of Jerry Seigel and Joe Shuster to refine the Man of Steel into the protector of "Truth, Justice, and the American way."

From Cleveland to Krypton: A brief history of Superman's early comic and radio years from his creation in a Cleveland apartment, to the Radio City Music Hall.

Comic Radio: As Superman took flight in the airwaves of America, he underwent many changes that influenced his comic book persona as well. As a result, the marriage of radio and print was crucial to Superman's development.

Mirrored Image: When Jerry Seigel and Joe Shuster created Superman, the duo included several elements of their own personal history into the character. A look at the blurred line between creator and creation.

Articles: In Their Own Words: Links to a few articles written and about those responsible for bring the Man of Steel to life.

Created by: Erin Barnes • Dave Hendrick • Chris Yeung