Oh Canada, Canada! Joe Shuster Superman

Oh Canada, Canada! Episode 2: Joe Shuster

In this episode of Oh Canada, Canada!, Kim and Jerry© look at the Joe Shuster (Superman) Heritage Minute and discuss the life and legacy of Joe Shuster, the Canadian co-creator of Superman and human cautionary tale for copyright.  In addition to being the quintessential immigrant story, Superman inspired (and continues to inspire) generations of tight-clad crime-fighting brawny dudes. Intro and outro music credit www.intoinfinity.org

The Joe Shuster/Superman Heritage Minute, Linked below:

As mentioned in the episode, here’s a photograph of the old Toronto Star building on King Street West, which inspired Shuster’s design of the Daily Planet (initially called the Daily Star):

Oh Canada, Canada! Podcast: Joe Shuster - The Toronto Star Building inspiration for the Daily Planet


BBC Documentary – “The Comic Strip Hero” – Available here.

Chambliss, Dr. Julian C. (19 May 2012). Superhero Comics: Artifacts of the U.S. Experience.  Delivered at Sequential SmArt: A Conference on Teaching with Comics.

Khouri, Andi. (18 April 2013). “Superman’s Co-Creators Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster Discuss the Man of Steel’s Origins.” Available here.

Mietkiewicz, Henry. (26 April 1992). “Great Krypton! Superman was the Star’s Ace Reporter” Available here.

Schneider, Andrea. (2001). TV Nation: The Nationalist Narratives and Mythological Messages of the Heritage Minutes. MA Thesis submitted to Queen’s University.

“Joe Shuster” entry in The Canadian Encyclopedia.Written by Alan Hustak, last edited 11 July 2016 –  Available here.

“Superman Ownership Disputes” Wikipedia entry, available here.

“Joe Shuster” Wikipedia entry, available here.

Further reading:

Haehn, Timothy Jeffrey. (2014). Responsibility, Freedom, and the State: Towards an Aesthetics and Politics of Guilt in American Literature, 1929 – 1960. Doctoral thesis submitted to UCLA.

Hughes, Joseph. (14 June 2013) “Alan Moore On Superman Creators Siegel And Shuster’s Plight In ‘Occupy Comics’ #2 [Essay Excerpt]” Available here.