It was 75 years ago that a comic book superhero was dreamed up by Joe Shuster, a young boy from Toronto. Later, with his American collaborator, Jerry Siegel, they created perhaps the most iconic of fictional heroes..Superman.
Superman’s success later spawned a whole new genre of comic book heroes with varying degrees of super powers, or ingenious crime fighting technology.
The Royal Canadian mint celebrated the Canadian connection by unveiling the new series of seven coins ranging from a base metal 50c coin, to a range of silver and gold coins with face values of 10-75$.
What makes them unique is the added colour on most of the coins.
They were unveiled in the city that inspired the creation of Superman, Toronto, where Shuster also worked as a very young newspaper boy, delivering the local newspaper, the Daily Star (now simply the Star). This was in fact the name used initially for Clark Kent’s paper, which was later modified to “Daily Planet” for copyright considerations.
Although he moved to Cleveland at age 10, Shuster said that the inspiration for his fictional city and its buildings was Toronto.
Joe Shuster died in Los Angeles in 1992.
The new special Superman collector coins were unveiled today by Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, and the president and CEO of the mint, Mr. Ian E. Bennett
The presentation boxes each have a different image from different periods in Superman’s evolution, with the following caption on the back
“Co-created by Canadian Joe Shuster, and American Jerry Siegel, Superman quickly became a symbol of hope. Seventy-five years later, after countless adventures in comics, on television, and in cinema, the timeless hero continues to inspire millions.”