Superman was inspired by Moses. You know the guy, he’s the one from the Bible that parted the sea fleeing the Egyptians and collected the Ten Commandments. Sure, the Bible certainly makes him out to be the all round good guy, freeing an enslaved people and acting as a moral compass for the rest of us, but how could he be considered a superhero? The last time I checked he didn’t perform any superhuman feats, well, apart from that sea thing, the plagues in Egypt, and a few others. Alright, they’re pretty special, but could he fly or stop a bullet? Nah, didn’t think so. So how is it that the man of steel, Superman, was inspired by Moses, a man from the Bible who is revered by Jews, Muslims and Christians alike? Believe it or not, he was born out of a bigoted 1930’s society.
Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were a couple of Jewish friends from Cleveland. They often spent time together working on different stories for their high school paper. This formed the basis for both their friendship, and their creative future. But being creative was one thing, overcoming a closed minded culture that excluded individuals because they were misunderstood or slightly different was another thing all together.