16 Facts About Joe Shuster


In 2005, the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association instituted the Joe Shuster Awards, named to honor the Canada-born artist.


Joseph Joe Shuster was born in Toronto to a Jewish family.


Joe Shuster's family, including his sister, Jean, lived on Bathurst, Oxford, and Borden Streets, and Shuster attended Ryerson and Lansdowne Public Schools.


Sometime in 1924, when Joe Shuster was 9 or 10, his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio.


Siegel and Joe Shuster then began a six-year quest to find a publisher.


Joe Shuster was distraught over the rejection, and, by varying accounts, either burned every page of the story, with the cover surviving only because Siegel saved it from the fire, or he tore the story to shreds, with only two cover sketches remaining.


Joe Shuster said he modeled the cityscape of Superman's home city, Metropolis, on that of his old hometown.


In 1946, near the end of their ten-year contract to produce Superman stories, Siegel and Joe Shuster sued Detective Comics, Inc to have their contract annulled and regain their rights to Superman.


Joe Shuster continued to draw comics after the failure of Funnyman, although exactly what he drew is uncertain.


Comic historian Ted White wrote that Joe Shuster continued to draw horror stories into the 1950s.


Joe Shuster was the anonymous illustrator for Nights of Horror, an underground sadomasochistic fetish paperback book series.


In 2004, Gerard Jones revealed that Joe Shuster had drawn the books.


Jerry Robinson claimed Joe Shuster had delivered a package to the DC building, embarrassing the employees.


Joe Shuster was summoned to the CEO, given one hundred dollars, and told to buy a new coat and find another job.


In 1975, Siegel launched a publicity campaign, in which Joe Shuster participated, protesting DC Comics' treatment of him and Joe Shuster.


Joe Shuster died on July 30,1992, at his West Los Angeles home of congestive heart failure and hypertension.