Jerome "Jerry" Siegel (October 17, 1914 - January 28, 1996) along with Joe Shuster (July 10, 1914 - July 30, 1992) created the first of the great comic book superheroes and one of the most recognizable of the 20th century. 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. The duo met and became best friends during high school. They modeled superman on Douglas Fairbanks Sr., and his alter ego, Clark Kent, on a combination of Harold Lloyd and Shuster himself.
They both enjoyed
comics, such as..

Little Nemo

Tarzan

Flash Gordon

The Shadow
Publication of Superman


For years the duo of Jerry Siegle and Joe Shuster tried to sell superman to get it published, but kept getting turned down by puplishers, they felt it was too unrealistic, wouldn't appeal to fans, it was too sensational, and too immature. It wasnt until DC comics needed a new comic that Superman would finally be published. The first story was published in May (with a June cover date) of 1938.