It's been 75 years since Superman first appeared in Action Comics and today Canada Post launches six commemorative stamps of the superhero, in honour of his little known Canadian origins.
The Early Edition spoke with the Vancouver man who was in charge of designing the Superman stamps -- and discovered three things you probably didn't know about the Man of Steel:
- Superman was co-created by a Canadian: Toronto-born artist Joe Shuster created the superhero with American writer Jerry Siegel while they were still at high school in Cleveland in 1933.
- The Daily Planet was based on the Toronto Star: Before moving to the U.S. as a young child, Shuster had an afterschool job selling newspapers for what is now The Toronto Star. The newspaper was founded in 1892 as The Evening Star before being renamed The Toronto Daily Star in 1900. The original name for The Daily Planet was The Daily Star -- later changed by the New York editors. One can only speculate that the Planet's tough-talking, yet highly ethical editor-in-chief, Perry White, was inspired by the social conscience of Joseph "Holy Joe" Atkinson, the Toronto Daily Star's editor from 1899, until his death in 1948.
- Metropolis was inspired by Toronto: Shuster had been greatly impressed by Toronto’s vitality and size as a young child -- Cleveland was simply not as big and metropolitan back in the 30s. In creating the Metropolis skyline, Shuster drew on his fond memories of Toronto, which he continued to consider more beautiful than Cleveland until his death in 1992.