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I've always wondered who Jerry Siegal and Joe Shuster based Lois Lane on.  The answer is actually 2 ladies are the inspiration for the famous iconic character and I'll share what I've learned in 2 posts.  It wasn't  Lois Long who was a classmate of Siegal's and sang in the school choir or Lois Donaldson who was the editor of the school paper he worked on called the GLENVILLE H.S. TORCH.   Smallville fans.... notice anything?

The first lady who was the inspiration for the characteristics and personality of Ms. Lane was  Lois Amster who was the most beautiful girl in Glenville High, where Jerry and Joe went to school in Cleveland.  It seems that Siegal had a crush on Amster and would stare at her from afar and she thought of him as a nerd that she avoided.  It seems that Siegal might be the author of some romantic poems published about Lois Amster in the Glenville H.S. Torch school paper.

“She scarcely ever looks at me, I worship every glance, If only she would talk to me I’d do a jubilant dance.”  

It sure sounds like this was the basis of the mild mannered reporter in love with the intrepid beautiful reporter.  Lois Amster is still alive at 92 and is described as beautiful, spunky, independent, and witty and always wanted to be a detective...sounds like Lois Lane to me. *grins*

Sources and links to articles here... )

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As we get closer and closer to Comic Con and another season of Smallville's Clark Kent getting closer and closer to his heroic destiny I thought it would be fun to go back to the beginning and see where the inspiration came from to create the most famous comic book hero...ever.   So I've found some interesting articles I'd like to share on my LJ so this is the first installment.  Thank you [ profile] shardsofblu for patiently waiting...enjoy:)

On April 26 1992, the last interview with one of the co-creators of Superman, Joe Shuster was done for the TORONTO STAR,  Joe Shuster was born in Toronto, Canada but later moved to Cleveland Ohio when he was 10 but in this interview he reveals why Toronto and its newspaper were very important to him and some other interesting tidbits.

``Cleveland was not nearly as metropolitan as Toronto was, and it was not as big or as beautiful. Whatever buildings I saw in Toronto remained in my mind and came out in the form of Metropolis."

Interesting facts.
  • Superman is patterned off of the "heroic physique and glowing optimism" Douglas Fairbanks Sr
  • Clark Kent's name is from old movie stars Clark Gable and Kent Taylor and he's patterned off of Harold Lloyd and Shuster himself.
  • Lois Lane?  Joe Shuster's model was Joanne Carter, who later became the other co-creator of Superman, Jerry Siegel's wife. Note...Jerry Siegal invisioned the character and personality of Lois Lane before he met the model.
  • Joe was a newsboy for one of Canada's biggest newspapers
  • The Daily Planet was called a different name originally but was changed by DC....The Daily Star...aka The Toronto Daily Star now known today as the Toronto Star.
  • The Toronto newspaper introduced him to the colorful and imaginative world of comics at an early age and by age 4 he was drawing all over the walls of his parents house!

``There it is,'' Shuster says, pointing to a picture of Superman descending toward a Metropolis skyline. The caption on the comic panel says the Man of Steel has landed near the Daily Star building.

``Sure! The Star!'' Shuster exclaims, wheezing slightly. ``Not the Planet. That came later.``I still remember drawing one of the earliest panels that showed the newspaper building. We needed a name, and I spontaneously remembered the Toronto Star. So that's the way I lettered it. I decided to do it that way on the spur of the moment, because The Star was such a great influence on my life.''

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While we are waiting for a brand new episode of Smallville, INFAMOUS, and the further adventures of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, I thought I share this with my F-list because many of you are fans of Smallville / Superman and Toronto plays a part in the blue tights legacy.  T.O. was the birthplace of the co-creator and original Superman artist Joe Shuster.  He moved to Cleveland as teenager but when he needed inspiration to draw "METROPOLIS" , he drew you guessed it....Toronto.  The Daily Planet with its busy newsroom is iconic in the mythos but if you know your Superman history you'll know that originally the creators called it the DAILY STAR and only changed if for legal reasons years later.   During his youth, Shuster worked for the Toronto Daily Star and drew upon the architecture of the Star's original building and its busy newsroom to bring Clark Kent's and Lois Lane's professional world to life.

Behind the cut I've placed pictures of the original Toronto Daily Star building that Joe Shuster used to create the DAILY PLANET, another picture Joe Shuster with Jerry Siegel,  and a modern picture of Toronto's waterfront.

I think Smallville was really lucky that there was an art deco building in downtown Vancouver that looked alot like the old Toronto Star building that inspired the drawings of the Daily Planet in the comics. 


Sadly this building no longer exists and fell to the wrecking ball in the early 1070's.

Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel

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Wow I just read online that President Obama is coming to Canada on February 19th !  They haven't released official details of how long and where but he'll probably be visiting our national capital of Ottawa...take your parka sir *grin.   Some people might ask why he would choose to come to Canada (even though its a hop skip and a jump away) as his first international visit but its a sign of his administrations respect for our 2 nations strong relationship.  Canada is the U.S.'s largest trading partner with over 80% of our exports heading south (besides tv productions and and we have a large contingent of soldiers in Afghanistan.  Canada is now the #1 supplier of oil to America beating Saudia Arabia and its rumoured that the President might be visiting Alberta to visit the "oil patch".  He's probably going to check out the environmental factors re: Alberta's crude because let's just say its not the most environmental correct oil to get out of the ground because there is no drilling.  Let's roll out the red carpet Canucks!
links to Obama news... )
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This is one of those days. I am so proud and happy for my American friends for having the courage to embrace a new chapter in their history having Barack Hussein Obama be their  President.  Scrolling through international news sites, it feels like the whole world is going to be watching this moment and will remember for years to come where they were.   Congratulations!

After the I can say is FINALLY we have a partner again. :)

As for our common defence, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

Guess which country President Obama is going to make his first state visit to?  Our Prime Minister has confirmed that he has accepted Canada's invitation and we are just waiting for him to make a formal announcement in the U.S. Yeah :)


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