~ 1914 – 1992 ~
Joe Shuster was born in Toronto, Canada on July 10, 1914. At the age of nine, his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio where he would later meet Jerome Siegel, with whom he would become a creative partner. Siegel and Shuster created a hero character which later became famous as Superman.
The story on Joe Shuster is a sad and shameful tale. He drew that big read S, made comic history and never received anything amounting to even a tiny percentage of the financial rewards his character should have given him. It led him towards drawing fetish artworks for the magazine Titled Nights of Horror, in the 1950s when the artist was down on his luck. These magazines were sold under the counter at drugstores untill they got banned in the U.S.
Some say the knowledge of Joe publishing in these ‘ crude, stapled pamphlets of erotic horror’ magazines should have never been brought to anyones attention. From an erotic artistic point of view this part of his artworks is as much legacy as his non erotic artworks are, and therefor worthwile to share in order to pay respects to an artist who maybe was just miles ahead of his time with his fetish artworks.
Joe Shuster, nearly blind & very bitter about his treatment from DC died July 30, 1992 just short of his seventy-eighth birthday. Though forgotten by the publisher that should have presented him as their savior, he will never be forgotten by the millions of fans worldwide who have read his legendary creation.