Joe Shuster


10 Jul 1914


Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Joseph Schuster


Joe Shuster was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. At age 9 he and his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he met and befriended his future partner Jerome "Jerry" Siegel. Siegel and Shuster were both avid science fiction fans, publishing a fanzine in the mid-1920s. It was during this period that they read Philip Wylie's book, "Gladiator", about a mysterious character with superpowers and invulnerability. They created a strip for their fanzine (Shuster drawing, Siegel writing) featuring a super-powered villain, but later made him into a hero. In 1936, they tried, unsuccessfully, to turn it into a daily comic strip. About the same time, both young men got a job working for DC-National (now DC Comics), working on such titles as Doctor Occult, Slam Bradley, and Radio Squad.

In 1939, DC editor Sheldon Meyer decided to give the two young men a chance, and published their character Superman a new comic title, "Action Comics". Superman was an almost immediate hit, spawning his own eponymous title within a year, then going on to be featured in virtually every type of media.

Shuster and Siegel continued working on Superman for many years, but became increasingly resentful of the profits that DC-National made off their character (because of the practice at the time, the creators had signed away all rights to the character to the publisher). In 1946, Shuster and Siegel sued DC for a share of the rights to Superman (their lawyer was Albert Zugsmith). The case dragged on until 1948, when the two men settled for royalties only on the Superboy character. They were also required to sign away any future claims to the Superman character.

Shuster was bitter about his treatment, and decided to leave the comics field. In 1975, after the Superman movie raised new interest in the character, the two men once again sued DC for recognition and royalties. DC, with much prodding from publisher/editor Carmine Infantino, re-instated Siegel and Shuster's name on the masthead as creators, and awarded the two men an annual stipend of $35,000. Shuster died in 1992, nearly blind and still bitter about the treatment he'd received.

Actor ( 1 credit )

Arena (1975)  Himself (1 episode, 1981)

Writer ( 58 credits )

Justice League (2017) (characters)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) (Superman created by) &
Cartoon Superheroes Abridged (2015) (1 episode, 2015)
DC Super Friends (2015) (4 episodes, 2015)
Supergirl (2015) (20 episodes, 2015-2016)
Man of Steel (2013)
Bizarro Classic (2012) (characters)
Superman: Requiem (2011) (creator)
Superman Classic (2011) (characters)
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008) (2 episodes, 2011)
Superman Returns (2006)
Krypto the Superdog (2005) (39 episodes, 2005-2006)
World's Finest (2004)
Smallville (2001) (216 episodes, 2001-2011)
Justice League (2001) (8 episodes, 2003-2004)
Superman (1996) (creator) (46 episodes, 1996-2000)
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) (creator) (45 episodes, 1993-1997)
Superboy (1988) (creator) (1 episode, 1988)
Superman (1988) (6 episodes, 1988)
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) (screenplay)
SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984) (unknown episodes)
Superman III (1983) (creator) and
Superman II (1980) (characters)
The Return of Superman (1979)
The World's Greatest SuperFriends (1979) (unknown episodes)
Superman (1978) (creator)
Superman (1973) (characters)
Superman (1971) (uncredited)
The Batman/Superman Hour (1968) (unknown episodes)
The New Adventures of Superman (1966) (unknown episodes)
Superman in Scotland Yard (1954)
Superman Flies Again (1954)
Superman in Exile (1954)
Superman and the Jungle Devil (1954)
Superman's Peril (1954)
Stamp Day for Superman (1954) (characters)
Adventures of Superman (1952) (unknown episodes)
Superman and the Mole-Men (1951)
Atom Man vs. Superman (1950)
Superman (1948) (screenplay) (as Royal Cole)
Secret Agent (1943) (comic strip created by: Superman) &
The Underground World (1943) (comic strip created by: Superman) &
Jungle Drums (1943) (comic strip created by: Superman) &
The Mummy Strikes (1943) (comic strip created by: Superman) &
Destruction Inc. (1942) (comic strip created by: Superman) &
Eleventh Hour (1942) (comic strip created by: Superman) &
Showdown (1942) (comic strip created by: Superman)
Japoteurs (1942) (comic strip created by: Superman) &
Terror on the Midway (1942) (comic strip created by: Superman) &
Volcano (1942) (comic strip created by: Superman) &
Electric Earthquake (1942) (comic strip created by: Superman) &
The Magnetic Telescope (1942) (comic strip created by: Superman) &
The Bulleteers (1942) (comic strip created by: Superman) &
The Arctic Giant (1942) (comic strip created by: Superman) &
Billion Dollar Limited (1942) (comic strip created by: Superman) &
The Mechanical Monsters (1941) (comic strip created by: Superman) &
Superman (1941) (comic strip created by: Superman) &
Untitled Superman Project (0) (characters)