Heritage Moments: Superman

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A Canadian Fought For The American Way?

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So…this guy’s Canadian?

Is Superman Canadian? Well, no. But in these Canadian Heritage Moments, they highlight a cool part of Superman’s history that most people don’t know.

First, the part that people know: Superman was co-created by two people: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. They met in Cleveland, Ohio, and struck up a friendship fueled by their passions for writing stories and creating characters.

Now, the Canadian part: Shuster was born in Canada. He and his family moved down to Cleveland when he was ten years old. So, before the idea of Superman was first sparked in their imaginations.

As you can see in the video, they aged Shuster up in this video to look like a young adult that’s about to set off to start his career. He’s already sketched out the modern look of Superman on a piece of paper…even before meeting Jerry Siegel.

It’s a cool little backstory, but Joe Shuster is Canadian in the same way that Jim Carrey is Canadian. Sure, he was born here, but he moved away as a ten year old and spent most of his life in the United States.