Toronto’s 6th Gift to the World

Superman!

It’s 1933. Look up, waaaayyy up above the Royal York Hotel and the Canadian Bank of Commerce tower, the tallest buildings in the British Commonwealth, and what do you see? A bird? A plane? No, a red and blue-clad comic hero leaping out of the minds of Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel.

Shuster, cousin to one-half of Canada’s most famed comedy duo Frank Shuster, drew Superman, while Siegel wrote the comic strip. Although an American creation, Superman and Metropolis rose out of a Canadian city. Shuster may’ve left Toronto at the age of 10 to move with his family to Cleveland, Ohio, where he met Siegel, but his hometown and birthplace drove his ideas.

While still a child, he delivered newspapers for the Toronto Daily Star (now named the Toronto Star), and as anyone who has ever delivered papers for that venerable broadsheet knows, once a paper carrier, always a loyal fan. And so Clark Kent’s Daily Star newspaper was named after the Toronto Daily Star, and Metropolis’ cityscape was Toronto.

What a super gift our old hometown boy gave to the world.

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