The Jewish American Hall of Fame (JAHF) is proud to present its 2021 inductees, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the creators of Superman -the first comic book superhero. The induction ceremony will take place on Sunday, November 14th, from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM PST (2:00-4:00 PM EST). Learn about their contributions to American society in this unique digital event.
Jerry Siegel was born in 1914 in Cleveland, Ohio to Jewish immigrants parents who had fled antisemitism in their native Lithuania. Joe Shuster was born in Toronto in 1914 to Jewish parents from the Netherlands and Ukraine. After Shuster’s family moved to Cleveland in 1924, the pair became friends in high school and shared a love of science fiction, adventure fiction, and movies.
After developing the comic strip characters of Superman, Clark Kent, Lois Lane, etc., Siegel and Shuster began a 6-year quest to find a publisher. Eventually they sold their concept to DC comics for just $130! The strip proved so popular that Superman was launched into its own self-titled comic book, the first for any superhero, premiering in 1939.
Guest speakers include Former US Special Envoy to Monitor & Combat Antisemitism Elan S. Carr; Don Boozer, Manager of the Literature Dept., Cleveland Public Library (home to the largest Superman memorabilia collection); renowned sculptor Eugene Daub (creator of the Siegel and Shuster JAHF plaque & medal); Sam Asher, Executive Director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum (home of the JAHF plaques); Abby Schwartz, Executive Director of the Skirball Museum in Cincinnati; relatives of Siegel & Shuster; Gary Kaplan, Acting President of the Siegel & Shuster Society; and Mel Wacks, Founder and Director of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame.
Founded in 1969, JAHF is a division of the American Jewish Historical Society. Over the past half century, the JAHF has inducted over 50 Jewish Americans in all fields of endeavor ranging from one of the first Jewish Settlers, Asser Levy, to Ruth Bader Ginsburg.