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."
- 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.''