Joe Shuster
July 10, 1914 - July 30, 1992

Joe Shuster was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. At age 9 he and his family moved to Toledo, 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 villian, 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 imediate 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.


1. "Justice League" (2001) TV Series (Superman character)
... aka "JL" (2001) (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka "JLA" (2001) (USA: abbreviated title)
... aka "Justice League of America" (2001) (USA: informal alternative title)
2. "Smallville" (2001) TV Series (characters)
... aka "Smallville: Superman the Early Years" (2001) (UK: promotional title)
3. Superman 64 (1998) (VG) (characters)
4. Batman/Superman Movie, The (1998) (TV) (Superman character)
... aka Batman/Superman Adventures: World's Finest (1998) (TV) (USA)
5. "Superman" (1996) TV Series (characters)
... aka "Superman: The Animated Series" (1996) (USA: informal alternative title)
6. Superman: The Last Son of Krypton (1996) (TV) (characters)
7. "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (1993) TV Series (characters)
... aka "Lois & Clark" (1993)
... aka "New Adventures of Superman, The" (1993)
8. "Superman" (1988) TV Series (characters)
9. Superman 50th Anniversary (1988) (TV) (characters)
10. "Superboy" (1988) TV Series (characters)
... aka "Adventures of Superboy, The" (1990) (USA: new title)
11. Superman (1987) (characters) (uncredited)
... aka Indian Superman, The (1987) (India: English title)
12. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) (characters)
13. "Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, The" (1985) TV Series (Superman character)
... aka "SuperFriends VI" (1985) (USA: short title)
14. "SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show" (1984) TV Series (Superman character)
... aka "SuperFriends V" (1984) (USA: short title)
15. Superman and Aquaman (1983) (Superman character)
16. Superman III (1983) (characters)
17. Superman II (1980) (characters)
18. Superman (1979) (VG) (characters)
19. "World's Greatest SuperFriends, The" (1979) TV Series (Superman character)
... aka "SuperFriends IV" (1979) (USA: short title)
20. Superman (1978) (comic)
... aka Superman: The Movie (1978)
21. "Challenge of the SuperFriends, The" (1978) TV Series (Superman character)
... aka "SuperFriends III" (1978) (USA: short title)
22. "All-New SuperFriends Hour, The" (1977) TV Series (Superman character)
... aka "SuperFriends II" (1977) (USA: short title)
23. Superman (1973) (characters)
24. "SuperFriends" (1973) TV Series (Superman character)
25. Süper adam (1971) (uncredited)
26. "Batman/Superman Hour, The" (1968) TV Series (Superman character)
27. "Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure, The" (1967) TV Series (Superman character)
28. "New Adventures of Superman, The" (1966) TV Series (characters)
29. Superman Vs. the Gorilla Gang (1965) (character)
30. Adventures of the Spirit (1963) (Superman character)
31. Adventures of Superboy, The (1961) (TV) (characters)
32. Adventures of Superpup, The (1958) (TV) (Superman concept)
33. Stamp Day for Superman (1954) (characters)
34. Superman and the Jungle Devil (1954) (characters)
35. Superman Flies Again (1954) (characters)
36. Superman in Exile (1954) (characters)
37. Superman in Scotland Yard (1954) (characters)
38. Superman's Peril (1954) (characters)
39. "Adventures of Superman" (1952) TV Series (characters)
40. Superman and the Mole Men (1951) (characters)
... aka Superman and the Strange People (1951)
41. Atom Man Vs. Superman (1950) (characters)
42. Superman (1948) (characters)
... aka Adventures of Superman, The (1948) (USA)
43. Secret Agent (1943) (characters)
44. Underground World, The (1943) (characters)
45. Jungle Drums (1943) (characters)
46. Mummy Strikes, The (1943) (characters)
47. Destruction Inc. (1942) (characters)
48. Eleventh Hour (1942) (characters)
49. Showdown (1942) (characters)
50. Japoteurs (1942) (characters)
51. Terror on the Midway (1942) (characters)
52. Volcano (1942) (characters)
53. Electric Earthquake (1942) (characters)
54. Magnetic Telescope, The (1942) (characters)
55. Bulleteers, The (1942) (characters)
56. Arctic Giant, The (1942) (characters)
57. Billion Dollar Limited (1942) (characters)
58. Mechanical Monsters (1941) (characters)
59. Superman (1941) (characters)
... aka Death Ray, The (1941) (UK: video box title)
... aka Mad Scientist, The (1941)
... aka Superman: The Introduction (1941) (UK: video box title)

Miscellaneous Crew

1. Iron Giant, The (1999) (creator: "Superman")